Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 17 of Gelish Manicure - Shine & Color Still Going Strong

Hello all! I just wanted to give some personal feedback on my Gelish experience since we picked up this amazing nail line.

My Gelish manicure was done 17 days ago....and all 10 nails are still holding on strong! As you can see from my photo, the color has not faded, scratched or chipped. The color intensity and shine is still rich and glossy. Though this polish could go the 21 day distance, my nails are growing strong and fast with this product on! I do have some slight wear at the edges, BUT that is because some of my nails were extremely short at the time of the Gelish application. I've learned that capping the edges properly can be challenging when the clients' nails are extremely short. The nails that I am showing wear on were definitely not capped at the edges because they were only nubs at the time of application. The official Gelish trainer repeatedly stated that there were 2 points critical for Nail Pros to follow to ensure lasting Gelish manicures:
    1. Apply Base Coat as thin as possible. It should not be "slick or shiny" looking - it should look "orange peel shiny -- with texture". Overuse of base coat is the most common problem with applying Gelish. If you have slick shine BEFORE you cure, you have used too much foundation.

    2. CAP THE FREE EDGE WITH EVERY LAYER! Our recommendation is to cap the free edge first, then apply product to the nail bed. If you cap the free edge first, when you pull the color down the nail plate, you remove the bulb at the free edge. If you cap at the end, you risk leaving a bulb at the free edge.

Other than some grow-out (hey, I can't control how fast my nails grow, they thrive with Gelish!) my polish still looks great. At 17 DAYS! Under normal circumstances, I can't keep my polish looking this good for 7 days! It is still in tact, with a shine that looks like it was just applied. Definitely A++++, Gelish!

Gelish...The Gel Manicure that's getting everyone Jealous!

What has been missing from the manicure world??

Gelish…..The product that every nail tech needs to know about!

By now, I am sure that every nail technician has heard of the gel manicure and most of you have probably even heard of Nail Harmony’s Gelish, but how much do you really know about the Gelish products? Gelish isn’t like every other gel manicure on the market. What sets Gelish apart from other gel manicures is how it is formulated.

Gelish is a pigmented gel whereas other gel manicures are lacquer/hybrids. In simpler terms, this means you will never have to shake a nail polish bottle again! Ever have a client complain that there favorite color looks a little different this time then the last time they got it? Gelish will make that question completely disappear! The reason that makes all this possible is because a pigmented gel means the color of the polish is always going to be the same, causing consistency bottle to bottle, application to application. Being that Gelish is a pigmented gel also means that you will be providing your customers with a product that lasts longer, won’t deplete or damage their nails, and will give them the strong nails they always wanted.

How Will Gelish benefit you, The Nail Tech:

  • With Gelish’s proven performance, your business will expand like never before.
  • No girl left behind! With 48 colors and 48 more coming in soon there is a color for everyone, every age.
  • Gelish will attract a whole new clientele that you haven’t been able to reach with other products, including girls that have never gotten manicures before.
  • With 20-30 seconds cure time, you can do more manicures a day then you ever thought possible which will increase your profits.
  • No more smudged nails which means no more wasting time fixing a smudged nail.
  • From French manicures to multi-colored glittered manicures, Gelish will allow you to provide clients with a variety of options.
  • When placing a Gelish order with Pure Spa Direct we will help do the advertising for you! Each order will contain a Shelf Talker at no additional charge.

Why your clients will fall in love Gelish:

  • Clients will finally be able to have a long lasting manicure, up to 21 days of perfectly polished nails!
  • Clients will have piece of mind before vacationing, finally their manicure will make it past the plane ride.
  • Clients will be given the opportunity to have fun with the variety and options Gelish will offer them. Something for every occasion – all year long!
  • Clients will feel confident in knowing that they can have a long lasting manicure that protects the nails instead of depleting or damaging the nails.
Your clients will appreciate not having to get a manicure every week, and a happy client makes a happy business & referrals!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Gelish Manicure Benifits. A Client's Prespective on Gelish

Article Written By Gelish client Cecilia from Arlington, TX.

Hands can tell you so much about a person. As a professional business woman, keeping my hands and nails presentable with regular manicures is essential. But for years, I, like so many other women, found myself with polish chipping in just a matter of days, or sometimes hours post-manicure. The only alternative I was offered to avoid this was acrylic nails, but after years of wearing them I ruined my natural nails and vowed never to go back.

So then I heard about a product called Gelish, which offers long wear gel polishes in a generous array of colors that can endure up to 21 days of wear. A polish that can last more than a few days without compromising the "well being" of my natural nail sounded amazing! Price doesn't matter at this point, I just HAD TO HAVE IT! Not only is this ideal for my everyday life, while sorting through 48 gorgeous colors, I was thinking about how great a Gelish manicure would be before a beach vacation (my mani / pedis don't hold up well at the beach), or how perfect this would be for my next trip overseas (I hate traveling with polish). My mind was racing with excitement about how a polish with this kind of longevity will make my nail issues a thing of the past.

The Gelish process was seamless and quick! Basically, the process is painting and sealing, leaving me with high gloss, smooth, and completely dry nails. The tech used an LED curing light that took only seconds to "cure" the Gelish and my nails looked perfect! Despite my busy lifestyle of gardening, working out, lots of housework and lots of typing - there are NO signs of chipping, peeling or lifting. I love the peace of mind Gelish gives me: I can relax and live my life, without worrying about my nails looking ugly or unpresentable for the next few weeks! Gelish addresses my 2 major concerns, polish longevity and beauty while keeping my natural nail protected and healthy. Gelish is an excellent quality product, and I highly recommend to my friends all over the country to find a salon that offers Gelish manicures. Finally, a way to conveniently have healthy, beautiful nails!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nails are HOT HOT HOT - Gelish, the 21-Day Manicure!

2010 has shaped up to be the year of the nails - everything nails is hot, hot, hot! We are up for almost anything on our nails these days - bold colors, textures, and even nail art. What is most exciting are the new products to keep those nails looking hot, hot, hot for as long as possible!

As a buyer for Pure Spa Direct, I am constantly on the lookout for innovative products to help our clients grow and succeed in their businesses. A few months ago, we reviewed the CND Shellac products. As we all know, the backorder situation with Shellac has made obtaining all parts for the Shellac system extremely difficult. So, when I began hearing clients talking about Nail Harmony's GELISH products, I was off and running to find out what all the chatter was about!

Gelish is similar to Shellac in that it applies like a polish, yet wears like a gel. It's easy to apply, and the high gloss and beautiful colors make it a popular choice with most clients! Gelish boasts a 21-Day manicure - although you might want to do a fill on your clients during that time to maintain their gorgeous look.

You will be able to reach a wider client base with Gelish, as Gelish currently offers 48 polish colors, with another 48 planned for release soon. The colors range from sweet and mellow pinks, creams, and nudes to fierce and bold blacks, purples, and greens - as well as everything in between! There is a color choice for everyone - from 8 through 80, all of your clients will be satisfied!

Nail Harmony has developed a UV LED Light to cure the Gelish products in seconds instead of minutes. The LED bulbs put out virtually no heat, so there is no discomfort for your client. Also, while UV bulbs rapidly decrease in potency (which leads to problems getting your gel to cure), LED bulbs have a life of approximately 50,000 hours! You will NEVER have to change the bulbs in this light - EVER! Best of all, using the LED lamp allows you to shave up to 20 minutes of cure time from each service. As we all know, Time = Money, so faster services means more clients per day!

Another product featured in the Gelish system truly sets Gelish apart from its competitors - the Structure Gel. While Shellac is not recommended for clients with weak, peeling, or troublesome nails, Gelish has embraced these clients by offering Structure Gel. This is a clear gel you apply after the base coat to strengthen the nail and prevent peeling and breakage. While not all clients will require this step, the clients who do need it will now also be able to benefit from beautiful, glossy, long-lasting manicures!

Also, removal is a breeze. Gelish offers an acetone hybrid remover, which contains proprietary conditioning agents, so it is not harsh on your client's nails and hands. They recommend you lightly buff the gel before applying the remover to "break the seal." Whatever Gelish did not come off when I removed the cotton ball was easily removed using an orangewood stick. Simple, with virtually no damage to the nail!

All in all, Gelish is an awesome addition to any nail salon. Between the color selection, ease of application and removal, and longevity, these manicures are beautiful and designed to stay!

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Sunless Tan Lover!

The Moroccan Mineral Dark Tanning Lotion by Extended Vacation has changed my life, and it will change yours! Like every other girl, I always feel more confident and attractive when I have a tan. Before being introduced to the Moroccan Mineral Dark Tanning Lotion, not only was I was spending my money at tanning salons, but I was also damaging my skin. As a sun and beach lover, I would harm my body with the sun’s rays any chance I got. Now being in my late 20’s, the sun has become more of an enemy than a friend.

No matter how old or what gender you are, your skin always looks healthier and clothes always appear nicer on a tanned body. I have finally found a tanning product that I can use with confidence and get the tanned body I always want… whenever I want. With each application I feel like the Moroccan Mineral
Tanning Lotion was made for me because the color always develops so beautifully, but the truth is that it was made for everyone of all skin types.

To apply the most perfect tan, I highly recommend using the Moroccan Mineral 7 Piece Body Brush Set. With 7 brushes you can use a different size brush for each part of your body. Using the brushes makes the tanning process more fun-- consider it as painting or coloring in your own skin. The 3” Long Handle Flat Brush is great for the legs and back, and the 1 ½” Oval Body Brush is superior in tanning the hands and feet…which can be tricky areas! These brushes are great to tan yourself, your clients and your friends. Painting another is a very relaxing experience for the client especially with this set. The brushes are extremely soft and feel amazing on the skin. The best part is that after each use, with a little soap and water the brushes turn back to bright white, and ready for the next use! The cute carrying case is also a bonus! Why fry your skin when you could achieve an ideal sunless tan that looks just as natural without the sun? Happy Sunless Tanning!

June Jacobs- Helping to Combat Premature Aging!

The team at Pure Spa Direct is constantly searching to find innovative products that will deliver exceptional results to our clients and maximize your success. We feel we have accomplished great things by bringing you the best, with the recently added June Jacobs Spa Collection!

Recently, I have been fortunate enough to try a couple of products from the June Jacobs line. The Cellular Collagen Eye Serum is a miracle product! I am in my late 20’s and I am showing signs of premature aging. The most effected areas are my eyes and lips. I have been using the eye serum regularly for one week now, and already have noticeable differences to the fine lines around my eye area. When you apply it, you instantly feel it working. It tingles a little bit letting you know it is doing its job to plump out the wrinkles. I love all the natural ingredients in the formula, and that its paraben and fragrance fee. This is by far the best and most effective eye serum I have ever tried!

The Lip Kit is a great treat! Try it yourself or add it as an add-on service. The 3-set process works wonders to exfoliate, hydrate, and replenish your lips. The sugar scrub feels amazing knowing you are removing dry and dead skin from the lip area. The oil in the scrub lingers on the lips to make them feel extra soft and smooth. I love that the kit comes with a masque specific for the lips. After the second step, your lips will already feel amazing and you still have one step to go. There is no better way to finish the 3- step process than with the Lip Renewal. It is infused with supreme hydrating ingredients that will have your lips feeling supple all day long! With their proven effectiveness, I couldn’t recommend these products more! You must try them and see the results for yourself!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The June Jacobs Spa Collection - Providing the Best for Your Clients

Hey Ladies and Gents'! I have some fantastic news!! Pure Spa Direct is now the exclusive wholesale supplier of the June Jacobs Spa Collection. Up until very recently, this elite skin care line was only available for purchase in the finest 5 and 6 star resorts and hotels around the world. However, the line is now available for purchase for Pure Spa Direct customers as well!!

From personal experience, I have found that spa treatments are one the most homogeneous services in the salon, spa, and wellness center industry. Everywhere, the treatments seem to be using the same products and same technique. In order to stand out from the rest and supply your clients with truly the finest services and retail, I highly recommend implementing the June Jacobs Spa Collection into your facial and body treatments.

I understand from talking to so many Pure Spa clients that making the leap to a new brand product can be scary. Fortunately, my coworkers and I have chronicled our favorite June Jacobs products so as to give you some more insight into this fantastic line.

1. Lemon Sugar Body Polish
The moment that you open this beautifully packaged scrub, your senses instantly become invigorated with the sweet and tart smell of lemon. It is aromatherapy at its finest. The scrub itself is rich with skin moisturizers and nourishing oils so that when the sugar on your skin has melted away, you are left with glossy, supple skin. I highly recommend this for exfoliating services in your spa.

2. Pore Purifying Mud Masque
I'm just going to say it. I have problematic skin. I have pasty, dull, highly sensitive skin with stress breakouts. When getting facials, the moment the mag lamp is turned on, I hear an 'Oh..,' a sigh, and a attempted diplomatic description of what to do about my pores. Well, I would like to personally thank Ms. Jacobs because she has changed my life. This Pore Purifying Mask has been a life saver for me. I applied a thin layer with a synthetic bristle face brush and I just let it sit for 15 minutes. In all honesty, it burned. It wasn't a burn that made it unbearable but it sure did let me know that it was cleaning deep into my pores. At the end of the 15 minutes, I was concerned with what my skin would look like. Anytime I have applied masks, my face would be as red as a lobster for hours. Upon rinsing my face, my skin looked bright and clear with not a single hint of redness or irritation. Consistently using this mask, even for a short period of time, has evened out my skin tone and cleared up my acne issues. I highly recommend this masque for acne treatments as well as back and chest facials. I also recommend retailing this so that your clients can take it home to add to their skin cleansing routine.

3. Vanda Orchid Dry Oil Body Spray
In addition to my clogged facial pores, I also have extremely dry skin. The Vanda Orchid Dry Oil Body Spray is the perfect prescription to treat this condition. This product, along with ALL June Jacobs products, is free of preservatives, parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances. The is a delicate hint of a floral scent to this body spray. I apply it everyday onto my wet skin upon getting out of the shower. After spraying it on, I either rub it in or let it dry. Either way, I am left with soft, supple skin that glows. I absolutely love this product! I recommend using this at the end of wet body treatments.

Spas across the country should update their services to include the elite June Jacobs Spa Collection because the entire line is mutually beneficial for the client and the business. The client is able to experience the zenith in skin care, which will then lead them to not only come back, but bring friends for the truly unique and special experience. In turn, as a business owner, this supplied you with consistent business and free advertising. So call us up today to have your spa services modified to include June Jacobs. You and your clients will be glad that you did!

A Step Above - June Jacobs Spa Collection

As a business owner, you are always looking for the perfect way to be the top in a competitive market. You know that if your services do not stand out, the likelihood of repeat business drops. And we all know how repeat business is what we crave!

Pure Spa Direct has found the answer - an AMAZING line of skin care products which will keep your clients coming back and begging for more - the June Jacobs Spa Collection. Previously only available in 6-star spas and resorts, this entire line is now available through June Jacobs' exclusive wholesale distributor, Pure Spa Direct.

June Jacobs' products are free of parabens, preservatives, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes, sulfates, and fragrances, which makes them perfect for those clients seeking a natural skin care line that DELIVERS!

And when I tell you these products deliver, I mean mind-boggling, bowled-over, absolutely amazed at the difference in my skin since I have started using a few of the June Jacobs products.

As a teen, I was afflicted with a decent case of acne. Now that I am in my late 20's, the acne is mostly under control, but I am left with dark scars on my face. These scars are the bane of my existence - they are all I see when I look in the mirror, and I am forever trying new products to make them disappear. Of course, all these products over-promised and under-delivered - until I came across the June Jacobs Brightening Serum and Brightening Moisturizer.

When we were told to choose three June Jacobs products we felt we could not live without trying, I immediately starting researching which products would most help my scarring. Before long, I found that June Jacobs offers a Brightening Serum and Brightening Moisturizer. They are described as products to promote cell turnover and control the enzymes that cause hyper-pigmentation, while employing natural whitening agents to reduce existing dark spots. Sounds like heaven to me!

After using these products for ONE DAY, I immediately noticed a lightening in my scars. After THREE days, I had multiple people commenting on how clear, even, and bright my skin looked. And now, a week later, I have to stop every time I walk past a mirror to marvel at how fantastic my skin looks! I have never felt this confident in the appearance of my skin before!

Probably due to my previous acne experiences, I often feel my face needs to be cleared and exfoliated. Papaya is an excellent exfoliator, and I am a huge fan of papaya masks. When I found that June Jacobs offered the Papaya Purifying Masque, I knew I had to try it.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the jar of Papaya Purifying Masque was how DELICIOUS this masque smelled! Anyone who has used a papaya mask knows that they do not usually have the most enticing scent - yet I could have sniffed this masque all day long! It is a cream masque, and I applied it using a facial brush with synthetic bristles in a thin, even layer. I expected to feel the masque working away at the top layer of my skin, but I felt nothing. I will admit it, I was a little skeptical because of this....but I was positively astonished at how clear and even my skin looked when I rinsed the masque off. My pores have never looked as clear, my skin tone as even. I am in love with my new-found beautiful skin.

By incorporating June Jacobs Spa Collection professional products into your services, and retailing the supporting products to your clients, you will ensure your clients' long-lasting satisfaction with their skin-care services. Your services will be outstanding and your clients will be happy and coming back. As an esthetician, what more could you ask for?

Monday, May 24, 2010

CND Shellac Troubleshooting - Review by Rebeca

Troubleshooting: Ensuring that a Shellac manicure delivers on it's 14 day promise.

The condition & health of your clients natural nails matters. If a client's natural nails tend to chip, peel and bend, they will still chip, peel and bend -- even with Shellac on! Shellac does not become hard or rigid, so what the nail tends to do (like peel), Shellac will not prevent that from happening. Obviously this can lead to chipping before the 14 days are up. Personally, I would make sure that I disclose to clients with problem nails that they may not get an entire 14 days out of the manicure. My philosophy has been to under promise and over deliver! So even if clients with problem nails get 10+ days from their Shellac manicure, that is still significantly longer than a standard manicure and it will be significantly more glossy and beautiful. Another way to ensure that your clients get the most out of their manicure is to make sure that you follow
the CND Shellac protocol and usage directions. Most of the time, just adjusting your technique, and using LESS product can help troubleshoot problems.

Troubleshooting Issues:

Peeling:
- Polish application was too thick -- Thin and even coats work best.
- Never Skip: Eliminating surface oils by scrubbing the nail with ScrubFresh before applying Shellac UV base coat.

Crazing/ Crackling:
- Polish application was too thick.
- Must be using 36 W Lamp for curing.

Peeling / Lifting: Keep in mind that THIN layers are key to a successful Shellac application. A think layer of polish or Top Coat can make the product peel off the nail.

Keep in Mind: Shellac is NOT a strength building product, it's a replacement for polish on manicure clients that want a longer lasting results. Nail enhancements may be a better choice for clients that need a nail make-over of some kind. Clients with brittle and dry nails that chip or peel easily, and those with thin nails that bend easily are NOT ideal clients for the Shellac service.

Rebeca's Shellac Update:
About my nails & my Shellac experience. Let me start of by saying, I am not the ideal Shellac candidate. My nails peel, chip, bend and break 1-2 times a week. So, due to my nails' delicate condition, I did not get an entire 14 days out of my Shellac manicure... but I did have a glorious 10 day love affair with my Shellac French Manicure until I chipped a nail. Yet, despite my natural nail short comings -- I AM CRAZY IN LOVE WITH THIS PRODUCT!

What My Shellac Manicure SURVIVED IN 10.5 Days
!

- I caught my nail TWICE in the zipper of my handbag -- not a scratch, tear, break or chip! Astonishing.

- I accidentally spilled Tea Tree essential oil all over my manicure (massage training class). Usually EO's eat through my polish -- my Shellac did not budge!

- I rearranged the furniture on my Patio, re-potted 6 plants (without gloves) and scrubbed windows. No problemo!

- Went to COSTCO. Enough said right? After I got home with 3 shopping carts of stuff, I opened countless cardboard mega-boxes with atomic cardboard pull tabs that ALWAYS kill my polish... not this time. Even survived opening plastic, clam shell packaging... that alone is amazing!

- I PEELED the labels off of a new set of 4 glasses with my nails... not a CHIP!

- Survived my OCD hand washings. I have an excessive hand washing ritual & a Purell addiction. Probably why my nails peel!

But as predicted, my peely nails finally did their thing, and I had my first Shellac casualty in the late evening of day 10 (as you can see from photo). Nothing major happened. I was reading my Kindle, looked up and my stomach sank... the corner of my nail had peeled and chipped away. As you can see, the Shellac only peeled back with the break, and did not peel off entirely. Notice that my French Shellac mani still looks GREAT after 10+ days! I had a little bit of grow out, but other than that - my nails look amazing.

Summary: Assess your clients natural nail before the service. A client with strong, (non-peeling) natural nails are your best candidates for a 14 day Shellac result. For clients with nails in less that "perfect" condition, Shellac will still provide a longer lasting manicure than conventional nail polish - but it may be shy of 14 days.

UPDATE! Click Here for more CND Shellac troubleshooting tips on the Pure Spa Direct main web site.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

CND Shellac 14 day Manicures = Profits For Salons & Bliss for Customers - Review by Rebeca

Shellac is like any salon polish application, the Shellac system features a Base Coat, Color Coat and Top Coat. Together with a UV Lamp, the system comprises a breakthrough in resilient color that remains flawless for two weeks and removes in 10 minutes. This has to be the most revolutionary offering for natural nail customers! Many want to know what the difference is between Shellac and gel manicures. Well, the Shellac gel hybrid does not require as much prep work to the nail... the process is just like a natural nail manicure with the exception of a UV cure with each coat. Shellac also soaks off quicker that other nail services.

What does this mean for Salons? IMO -- Shellac is a Gold Mine! Imagine being able to offer clients a nail polish that doesn't smudge, peel, dent, knick, or even chip for 14 days! When I asked some local nail salon patrons how they would feel about being offered this type of service, their responses were frenzied. They did not even inquire about the price, they just wanted to know what salon has it and how fast they could get there... they all became possessed with excitement! This is a VERY desirable service, and CND has done a great job of getting press and media to deliver the news to consumers; "the 14 day manicure is here". I am confident most women will find a Shellac manicure a staple service before vacations, holidays, meetings, weddings, reunions or any event in which they don't want to worry about touching up their polish. I am personally looking forward to traveling WITHOUT a big bag of leaky nail polishes and remover (that ALWAYS leaks all over my suitcase). This used to be unavoidable, because Pre-Shellac, my manis & pedis never stayed in tact for any trip over 2 days!

About my Shellac French Manicure:
My CND Shellac French manicure was done with 2 colors, Negligee (a transparent pink with a very subtle iridescent) and Cream Puff (the opaque white used for the tips). Now, I have to admit that I was a bit bummed at how clear the Negligee appeared. I have on 2 coats in this photo. A white on white manicure is my preferred choice (1 coat Essie Waltz and 1 coat Essie Marshmallow was my signature). For now, there is a limited color selection currently available from CND Shellac (with more coming out in November 2010), so Negligee was my only option... though I think Shellac Romantique might make for a good alternative to give more opacity, (I will try next time).

Retail -- Really -- YOU need to retail CND Solar Oil!
So far, on day two of my Shellac French Manicure, I have no nicks, chips or scratches. Just INSANELY shiny and healthy natural nails! A VERY important step to keeping the Shellac manicure looking great, is to have your clients apply Solar Oil every day! Solar Oil contains a luxe blend of natural Rice Bran oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E Oil and Sweet Almond oil to help restore and repair nails and cuticles for a healthy looking manicure. In addition, the act of massaging Solar Oil into the nails daily actually stimulates nail growth while the natural oils condition brittle nails and cuticles. Every time Solar Oil is applied, it totally revives the beauty of any manicure! This is a great way to make sure your clients LOVE their manicure up to day 14 and it helps them nurture their natural nails. Click me to see the Solar Oil Retail Display.

Another great marketing benefit of CND Shellac it that there is absolutely no damage done to the natural nail. Shellac is also 3 Free. It is free of formaldehyde, toluene or DBP. I like to call Shellac "The Kind Manicure"; your nail bed does not need to be mutilated with a nail file or drill at anytime. No glues, bonds, primers or offensive smelling fluids are needed. CND Shellac polishes go on just like regular nail polishes, so there is no damage to your precious, natural nail.

Rev up your business and try the CND Shellac Starter Kit today! People WILL be calling your salon about it. Don't be left out of the Shellac Revolution!

Shellac Attack!- The Nail Biter Experience- Day 1 - Review by Kerri

The joke around the office is that the new CND Shellac is the best
invention since the Internet, and for us ladies it just might be!

Since the beginning of manicure history, a 14-day manicure has always
been unheard of - especially if you’re like me who has been plagued by
nail and cuticle biting their entire life! From the moment I heard
about this, I could not wait for our CND Shellac Kits to arrive. And
today, for the first time, I was "shellacked." I've always been
partial to a glamorous light pink so I selected the CND Shellac
Romantique as my color of choice. I had my nails pre-manicured and my
cuticles clipped. With each coat that was applied, I became more and
more excited to see the finished product. I could not believe how fast
the UV lamp cured the nails. I am so used to waiting for my nails dry,
that I had to be reminded that it was okay to fix my hair with my
freshly painted nails, the minute after we finished! Most importantly,
my nails have stayed far away from my mouth. Even an habitual nail
biter wouldn't want to chomp on these perfectly polished and shiny
nails. 1st day=Success!

Shellac Attack - The Single Mom's Stress-Free Answer! Day 1 - Review by Tara

Like most women, I like to look cute and put together. But as a single Mom of 2, I do not have hours (sometimes I don't even have minutes!) to put into getting ready. I love to have my nails prettily manicured, but who has the time to go to the nail salon every week? And do them myself? By the time I have 5 free minutes to paint my nails, it is bedtime - and then I wake up with the inevitable sheet marks! When I heard about the new CND Shellac system - a UV-cured hybrid nail color that claims to last 14-days - I was so excited. As in dreaming about it every night the week before it was released excited. I mean, even I can spare 30 minutes every two weeks for the perfect manicure!

Finally, Shellac day was here. I had my hands manicured - filed my nails, clipped my cuticles, and made them look extra pretty. After all, if I am going to have a beautiful manicure last 2 weeks, I want to start with the prettiest palette possible! The process is amazingly easy (and in case you didn't notice, EASY is high on my list of necessities!) - apply base coat (just like polish), cure for 10 seconds under the UV lamp. Apply 1 coat of color, cure for 2 minutes. Apply second color coat, cure for 2 minutes. Apply top coat, cure for 2 minutes. Wipe thoroughly with 99% alcohol (this is the
MOST IMPORTANT step) to remove the top layer film and DONE! My nails were beautifully painted in the exotic Tropix color, shiny, and DRY!

For my first Shellac test, I immediately put my hand in my pocket to retrieve my watch and lip gloss. I will admit it - I was nervous. I am Queen of having creases and lines in my nail polish, because I always forget to have everything out of my purse or pockets before polishing. Not to mention having to change a diaper or fix a broken toy... With Shellac, IT DIDN'T MATTER! I stuck my hand in my pocket, got my watch, pulled my hand back out - and my polish was still PERFECT!

The most amazing part about my manicure is how glossy it is. My nails honestly look wet. I have tried tons of top coats to obtain that high-gloss shine that lasts, to no avail. Shellac is different - it looks like I just left the salon. Finally, stress-free nails! YAY!

Shellac Attack: We Really Can Have It All!! Review by Adrienne

Emotions at Pure Spa Direct have been running high ever since the announcement that CND would be introducing their new Shellac manicure system. All us ladies have been waiting with great anticipation to see the colors, feel the consistency of the polish, and see if it can really stand up to the everyday wear that our nails go through.

I, for one, was skeptical. I am one those women that ruins my new manicure, oh, about, 3.5 seconds after I put my hands under the dryer. How could anything, short of acrylics, work for me? Also, even if my polish stayed on for 2 weeks, how could my nail beds possibly maintain that fresh manicure look? Well, we have 2 weeks to discover the answers to these questions. Here is Day 1...

The very first thing I did before anything was applied to my nails was rub all of them with a plastic-backed, lint-free pad that was soaked with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol. This made my nails clean and ready to be Shellac-Attacked. My color of choice was Red Baroness, a sparkling raspberry color that can change to a more cranberry tone, depending upon the light. It is absolutely gorgeous, the kind of color that I want to show off. Also, due to its varying shade, it is also a very versatile color.

The process, in a nutshell, was: Base Coat, bake 10 secs, 1st color coat, bake 2 mins, 2ND color coat, bake 2 mins, top coat, bake 2 mins. Repeat on other hand. In essence, the whole process takes exactly 12 minutes and 20 seconds longer than a traditional manicure, BUT, no drying time and no worrying about inevitable smudges and dents! I don't know about any of you, but I have sat under the nail dryer for 20-30 minutes, and STILL wrecked my manicure before I even left the salon.

The end product is absolutely stunning. I have been getting tons of compliments on the color and shine of the polish, from friends and strangers alike. And rather than having to do activities with extra care and focus, I have been able to throw caution to the wind, successfully combining my tomboyish nature and love of shimmering nails.

As a note, the CND Solar Oil is ESSENTIAL!! I have very dry hands and cuticles and using the 99% Isopropyl Alcohol definitely does not help my situation. After one application of the oil, however, my nail-beds looked and felt super moisturized. I will be applying it every day, multiple times a day, to ensure that my cuticles stay as fresh and gorgeous as my Shellac Manicure does.

As far as CND Shellac, this girl is hooked ;-)