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By beautopia · October 23, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

If you're a new client, you may not have had the distinct pleasure of hearing me harp on and on about the advantages of CND Shellac. If that's the case, let me help you out. You might be reading this article trying to decide which service you should schedule with me at Beautopia Nails, and I hope that this will help you out. 

CND Shellac is a great system for you if:

  • You have natural nails
  • You have thin or weak nails
  • Your nails peel
  • You hate when your polish chips
  • You want your nail color to last longer
  • You are trying to recover healthy nails after acrylic removal
  • You want more bang for your buck

Application info:

CND Shellac applies much like traditional polish, but each coat is cured under a UV lamp. This semi-hard coating stays shiny, resists chips and scratches, and stays generally fabulous for 10-14 days. Lots of fantastic art elements can be used with Shellac making it a no-brainer. I've been using it as my sole soak-off-gel system for nearly two years and I adore it. Unlike other systems, there is no need to buff the shine from the natural nail before application or after removal. Additionally, removal is simple and doesn't require the bowl of acetone so many new clients tell me about experiencing. A gentle, nourishing remover is applied directly to the color for a period of 10 minutes and the loosened product is gently coaxed off with a orangewood stick. If you have natural nails in any shape whatsoever, this is a great system for you. 

There are other gel systems, namely OPI GelColor and Gelish among others, and I have tried most of them. I have tested them pretty extensively, and while some of the other guys' colors are great, overall CND Shellac is the one I choose to continue to invest in due to it's amazing ease of use and high level of client satisfaction. Even if you're not coming to me for your Shellac, make sure it's actually CND Shellac you're getting from your manicurist. 

If you have any questions about CND Shellac or any other system or product, please feel free to email me at beautopianails@gmail.com or ask me when you make your next appointment. I'd love to talk your ear off about it!!

CND Shellac Manicure - $35
CND Shellac Manicure over CND Brisa Lite Smoothing Gel - $45
CND Shellac Manicure with glitter or additive - $45
CND Shellac Manicure with 2-finger accent art - $45
Custom nail art 3 or more nails - individual basis

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More CND Shellac Nail Art...

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By beautopia · April 23, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Here's another batch of CND Shellac manicures I've done over the past few weeks at the salon. Click to see them all and read about what products I used ...

Some Clients' Nail Art Looks with CND Shellac

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By beautopia · April 23, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

I've had a lot of fun over the last few weeks with clients. A lot of them are really embracing more adventurous nails, and while I still do my most obnoxious and involved stuff on myself, I'm slowly seeing a lot of my clients venture towards that end of the spectrum and I'm so excited. Below I'll show you six clients' nails and tell you what I used. 

Click to see the looks...

Fluoro Pink and Cobalt Color Blocking Nail Art

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By beautopia · April 15, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

This month's Nail It! magazine had a really cool spread about this color combo; fluorescent pink, cobalt and white, and I was immediately a fan. The pink isn't just any neon pink, it's that light, bright neon Pepto pink that seems pretty hard to find. I used Essie Punchy Pink, which is one of my favorite neons, though between us, it chips like Hell. I used it along with Zoya Purity and Ulta Whatever Floats Your Moat, a cobalt I recently acquired. You could also use something similar like Revlon Royal, OPI Eurso Euro or even a more vibrant shade like Essie Butler Please. Either way, color blocking with these colors just makes it even more eye-catching. I painted the nails white, then added a pink triangle to the moons, then did an angular,  exaggerated french with the blue, then one it was pretty dry, I added a white stripe down the center. Pretty simple, but if you're hand-painting maybe a little time consuming. If I did it again, I'd go find those utterly brilliant chevron-shaped french nail guides and use those. Why do these things always occur to me once they're no longer useful? Sigh... 

Click to see the inspiration for this manicure...

Lazerz - with Color Club Beyond, Over The Moon and Illamasqua Cameo

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By beautopia · April 14, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

If you follow me on any of my other social media accounts, you've probably already seen this. But I wanted to share it here because I really love all three of these polishes, and I wore this design for like, a week. That's pretty rare for me. What's even more rare is that it lasted that long without chipping. Holos! Yup. 

Color Club Over the Moon was the base color here, and it is pretty insane. I've never used a holo with such a great formula, and like most of you, I've tried plenty. It's not thick, per se, but it's not the anemic, imperfection-magnifying formula holo lovers are used to. It applies and wears like a regular, AWESOME, polish. I wore it alone also, for a few days, and I honestly sort of want to wear it again soon. Again, RARE. The color is a clear-toned blue, and the holo is pretty strong. 

Color Club Beyond is a charcoal holo, and while the holo isn't as strong as in OTM, it's better than a lot of charcoal holos out there. The real point that needs made here is, again, the formula. Just excellent. 

Illamasqua Cameo. This thing is good. The color is simply unique. There are lots of periwinkles out there, from China Glaze's new Fade Into Hue to China Glaze's old(er) Secret Periwinkle (these two are benchmarks to me) but Cameo just has a clarity and eye-catching purity to it's tone. It's bright, but not. It's one of those. And it's my new jam. 
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