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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!!

Pricing:
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. 

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CND Shellac Nail Art - Mermaid Chic, Two Ways

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By beautopia · April 14, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Recently, CND released five new Shellac shades for Spring, one of which was Limeade. I used it, along with Hotski to Tchotchke, nail foils, additives, and studs to make these two very related Spring Break nail looks.

For the one above, I used Limeade, nail art foil in Lime Glitter and Capri Blue metal studs from dollarnailart.com on the green nails, Hotski to Tchotchke and Pacific Blue foil on the teal nails. 

Below I used the same combinations with the addition of a third type of nail. For the tie-dye effect nails I used CND Shellac Cream Puff plus Blue and Yellow additives.

I was really pleased with both of these, they looked very mermaid-y, and they wore super well. The above ones are actually my nails, and I wore them for nearly two weeks on vacation. The suncreen, sand and salt water would have destroyed my nails and any regular polish, but the Shellac was still shiny when I got home. It was kind of crazy. 


Valentine's Day Nail Art with CND Shellac

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By beautopia · February 10, 2013 · 0 Comments ·
Valentine's Day Nail Art with CND Shellac
Kelsey got some V-Day Shellac yesterday, using Cream Puff, Wildfire, and pink Additives pure pigment powder.

Prismatic Purples with CND Shellac

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By beautopia · January 27, 2013 · 0 Comments ·
Prismatic Purples with CND Shellac
I did this look a couple weeks ago for my trip to NYC! I used CND Shellac in Purple Purple and some violet holographic transfer foils and the end result was a very color-saturated and multi-dimensional look.
Tagged with: Shellac, Foils, CND, nail art, purple, nails

Tie-Dye Nail Art with CND Shellac

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By beautopia · January 19, 2013 · 0 Comments ·
Tie-Dye Nail Art with CND Shellac
Did a new manicure for Kelsey today using CND Shellac in Rock Royalty and CND Additives. Sorry for infrequent posting recently. I'll be posting several more of my more recent manicures within the next few days, but probably with just a blurb about the products. If you have any questions about the look, feel free to message or tweet me!

CND Shellac Nail Art Inspired by Chanel

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By beautopia · November 23, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Sorry for the lack of posting recently! I have been crazy busy, like most of you, because of the holidays and work, and so many other things and time just gets away from me. I do try to regularly post something on my new(ish) Instagram, so be sure to follow that. Maybe even check out my Facebook page because all my Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr posts also go there. Anyway, I haven't gotten the chance to do some good old fashioned nail art with regular polish recently because I'm wearing a lot of Shellac, but I do still try to fancy up the Shellac manicures a bit.

This particular manicure features Shellac in Cityscape (light dove grey) and Overtly Onyx (shimmering charcoal) along with some silver small round studs, double-c studs, double-c water transfers and some simple dotting with Cityscape to resemble pearls. A very simple manicure for the week of Thansgiving that was pretty quick to do but still looks pretty cute, I think. 

CND Shellac Limited Edition Holiday - Tinsel Toast

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By beautopia · October 21, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Recently, in addition to the six new Shellac Fall shades that are being released, CND has also released a duo of limited edition Holiday glitter Shellac shades; Ruby Ritz and Tinsel Toast. Above you see two cured coats of Tinsel Toast, and then again Tinsel Toast covered with a design in Black Pool. The two shades are both gorgeous and contain extremely fine glitter that couldn't be recreated even with the finest of craft glitters, so I feel like it's worth having. Plus it's a lot easier to deal with that applying loose glitter because there are less steps. You also don't have to worry that you missed coating an area with topcoat and risk removing it along with the tacky layer. I also think it looks awesome with other shades of Shellac. 

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Granite Nail Art with CND Shellac

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By beautopia · October 13, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


At the salon, I've been playing around with some Shellac designs that will appeal to clients. Some people would like to try something a little more jazzy than plain Shellac, but are hesitant to jump right into crazy nail art, so I wanted to find some Autumn looks that would appeal to a wider range of people. So I started messing around with various mineral eye shadows and MAC Pigments I had lying around and came up with a few stone, granite, and marble looks that are really cool looking and also with the glossy finish of Shellac, look like actual stones. The photo above is supposed to resemble granite, and I used CND Shellac in Black Pool as the base, then created the design with silver, olive and burgundy pigments and some alcohol. The final result was pretty neat, and my client was super happy with it. I'm kind of considering doing this on my own nails this week!

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