I always hear that you should 'give your nails a break' from things like this. This is kind of a strange concept for me. It's not as if I'm wearing artificial nails. I was always the girl that went from polish to polish and never 'gave my nails a break' in between colors. In fact, I can count the times I've left the house in the last 15 years without polish - on one hand.
That being said, I decided to remove my shellac and go a few weeks painting the old-fashioned way.
Underneath, my nails were great. Strong and healthy and the same as they always were (with less peeling). I haven't painted my own nails in forever. This is kind of fun! I picked Lo by Zoya and 30 mins later I was done and happy. But you kind of get used to having indestructible nails. My new mani was not indestructible and I needed to keep reminding myself to:
1. Wear gloves for scrubbing
2. Stop picking labels off things
3. Be gentle with the hair washing
|Zoya Lo (direct sunlight)|
|Zoya Lo (indirect sunlight)|
Two days later my first micro chip had me irritated. I'll be going back to shellac. Soon. But right now I'm really enjoying painting my own nails again.
Maybe in the future I'll have one of those gel mani kits for the house. There are more brands available now. I was waiting for Sephora by OPI to come out with their version since they always have such a great selection of color. Has anyone tried these?
|Sephora by OPI - GelShine $159|
|Mally 24/7 Gel Polish System $165|
|Sensationail by Nailene $59.99|
|Red Carpet Manicure - Starter Kit $59.99 (Pro Kit also avail $79.99)|
I do adore my manicurist, so I'm not sure if I'm willing to give her up for the DIY route!