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CND Vinylux Client Education

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By beautopia · October 23, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

If you're about to schedule an appointment with me, or you're just wondering what CND Vinylux is, let me tell you all about it!

You've probably already heard of the other groundbreaking CND invention, Shellac Power Polish, and this is every bit as exciting. Where Shellac will give you two weeks of chip-free wear, Vinylux will usually give you at least 7 days. This may seem like a downgrade, but consider the fact that it applies and removes just like regular polish. You don't have to soak it off at all. Which means you can change your nail color in between your manicure appointments, or just enjoy a longer period of time without chipping till you see your manicurist again. 

CND Vinylux may work well for you if:

  • You have natural nails
  • You like traditional polish but want to stay chip-free for more than a few days
  • You like long-lasting color but don't want to keep the same color for 2 weeks
  • You have issues keeping traditional polish and/or Shellac on

Here's why Vinylux lasts:
Even though there is no basecoat in the Vinylux system, there are adhesion promoters in the color coat itself. Additionally, the special Vinylux topcoat has a thing called ProLight Technology which is not only fast drying via indoor ambient lighting alone, it also has time-enhanced strengthening which just means the longer it's on, the tougher and more resistant to scratches and chips it is. The cross-polymer linkage is just more intense than regular polish, which is just another way of saying, it's pretty rad. I have had Vinylux stay perfectly on clients who, for some reason, couldn't even keep Shellac on. 

You can actually purchase Vinylux from the salon, too, which is great because you can change your color in between manicure appointments, or if the unthinkable happens and you actually do get a chip, you can pop a bit on and camouflage it perfectly until you have time to do your nails again. I've had wonderful feedback on this product from clients so far, especially when used over an overlay of CND Brisa Lite Smoothing Gel. That way they get the smoothing and strengthening properties they like from Shellac, but they can still change their polish when they want without disturbing the gel underneath. 

CND Vinylux Manicure - $30
CND Vinylux Manicure over CND Brisa Lite Smoothing Gel - $40
Vinylux Color (retail bottle) - $9.90
Vinylux Top Coat (retail bottle) - $9.90

Tagged with: Client Education, Vinylux, CND

CND Shellac Client Education

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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

Tagged with: Client Education, Shellac, CND

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...

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