Thursday, May 13, 2010

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 ;-)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Baliage - Adding Professional Hair Painting the Menu

Baliage or Balayage, is a highlighting technique where powder bleach cream is painted directly onto clean, styled hair with a brush in small sections. It is widely favored because it creates very natural-looking highlights that grow out without developing a noticeable and obvious root. Hugely popular with models, starlets and famous beauties, Balayage has received a lot of attention in beauty and style magazines in recent years due to it's popularity among Hollywood's A-List. Due to this increase in demand, many salons have decided to add balayage to their service menu. Many salons even tout "Master Colorists" that have a perfected Balayage technique, marketing them as artisans of the craft and luring a new client base to the salon.

Balayage emerged as an innovative hair coloring technique in Paris in the 1970s. The word is French for “to sweep,” a reference to the way in which the color is applied. Hair is painted by hand with a brush using cream bleach as the medium. Applied in a sweeping process, the highlights are painted on by hand in root to the ends of the hair in small strands. The art of the Balayage technique is paint lightly at the root and heaver as you reach the ends. This creates a rich but natural highlight on hair that looks like hair was "bleached at the beach". As the hair grows, roots will be less obvious for the first eight weeks because a thinner amount of color is applied to the root.
Performing balayage is no more time consuming that foil highlights. In fact, some skilled Baliage artisans can do a full head in about 2 hours.

For more information about Balayage see this Basic Instructional Video.


Friday, September 19, 2008

Events and Education...

In an evolving salon and spa world, staying on top of the trends is key! We've compiled an events and education page that will be updated regularly to help keep professionals "in the know".

Click Here to see it!