Category:CND/CND Shellac’

Just having fun – nail of the day

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Just a quick nail of the day post :-) I really love China Glaze’s Señorita Bonita (swatch coming soon) but I decided to jazz it up a bit more with a coat of Mavala’s Agena and a coat of CND Effects Ice Blue Shimmer. Pretty! :-D

China Glaze Señorita Bonita layered with Mavala Agena and CND Effects Ice Blue Shimmer

China Glaze Señorita Bonita layered with Mavala Agena and CND Effects Ice Blue Shimmer in natural light

Urban Decay Apocalypse & CND Effects Copper Pearl

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Urban Decay Apocalypse

Apocalypse is one of the minis from Urban Decay’s Apocalyptic Nail Kit. It is a deep eggplant purple crème. It is a nice winter color, but not very unique.

Application was good. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Urban Decay Apocalypse

Urban Decay Apocalypse in sunlight

CND Effects Copper Pearl

Copper Pearl is my second CND Effects. In November I reviewed Ice Blue Shimmer. I am looking forward to trying more of these top coats! They really change personality of the polishes you use with them. Copper Pearl over Apocalypse yielded a much warmer reddish Burgundy shimmer. Pretty!!! My husband did not seem too impressed by Apocalypse, but he loved it with a top coat of Effects. :-D

Application was excellent. Two coats of Apocalypse and one coat of CND Copper Pearl shown.

CND Effects Copper Pearl with Urban Decay Apocalypse

Urban Decay Apocalypse with CND Effects Copper Pearl in sunlight

CND Effects Copper Pearl with Urban Decay Apocalypse

CND Effects Copper Pearl with Urban Decay Apocalypse

Nars Pokerface with CND Effects

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Pokerface is one of Nars’ new holiday colors. It is a lovely cool lilac with a subtle silver shimmer. I applied it while I was watching a movie with my family. I often watch tv while I polish my nails, but I didn’t do a very good job this time! I loved the color, but did not want to take a picture of the substandard manicure. It seemed like the perfect time to try my first CND Effects top coat, and see if I could save this dud mani. Fun! I really like the way it came out! :-) I will try to post a swatch of Pokerface by itself soon, but I think it looks pretty cool with the Ice Blue Shimmer on top :-D

Application was good (the only issues were related to poor application). Two coats of Poker Face, with a top coat of CND Effects in Ice Blue Shimmer.

Nars Pokerface with CND Effects Ice Blue Shimmer topcoat

Nars Pokerface with CND Effects Ice Blue Shimmer topcoat in sunlight

Nars Pokerface and CND Effects Ice Blue Shimmer topcoat

Nars Pokerface and CND Effects Ice Blue Shimmer topcoat

CND Shellac Strawberry Smoothie – Continued

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I enjoy painting my own nails, and changing colors often. Recently my husband and I traveled to Germany, Austria and Italy for a two week vacation. I was concerned that I would not have much time for my nails, and that I would experience extra wear and tear on them. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to try CND’s  much hyped Shellac! :-)

If you missed the first day of my Shellac experience, please refer to my initial impressions and day one pictures: CND Shellac Strawberry Smoothie-Day One

Day 1

CND Shellac Strawberry Smoothie

CND Shellac Strawberry Smoothie in artificial light (posed with Nubar bottle, but no Nubar was used)

Day 7

CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie

CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie Day 7

Day 14

CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie

CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie Day 14

CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie

CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie Day 14 close-up

Day 19

CDN Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie Day 19

CDN Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie Day 19 (right before I removed it)

Pros:

  • It really lasted as promised and stayed shiny and fresh looking (I did get a little tip wear on my right thumb, but it was minor)
  • I did not break any nails even though I was harder on them than usual and much lazier with maintenance (I was on vacation)
  • Although I was a bit worried about removal, it really was quite easy!
  • My nails were not dry, thinner or damaged after the Shellac was removed

Cons:

  • I got bored with having the same color for so long (especially since it was so pale)
  • The growth line drove me nuts!
  • My nails grow fairly fast, and ended up being longer than I like

Conclusion: I think this really is an awesome product for women who are very busy, don’t change their polish often, have issues with nails breaking or are hard on their hands. Although I don’t think it is a good fit for me, I do think it is a stellar product!

CND Shellac Strawberry Smoothie – Day 1

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Usually I change my nail polish every few days. I love the look of fun (often pretty bright) polishes, and change colors several times a week. My husband and I are going on a long vacation in a few days, so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to try CND’s new Shellac product, which is touted as lasting two or more weeks. Since I am hoping I can get this manicure to last 18 days, I picked a sheer color to minimize the look of new growth.

Kristin Craig at DKW did my Shellac. She has been doing nails for 25 years, and Shellac since it first came out on May 1st. Kristin was very friendly and knowledgeable. I enjoy doing my nails myself. Years ago when I first got married I used to get silk wraps. It seemed like it took a while, smelled awful and I always left with sore cuticles. I was a bit leery about going back to have my nails done, but having her work on my nails was very relaxing and a nice treat. When she massaged lotion into my hands, she avoided my rings. Major points in my book since dirty jewelry is a big pet peeve of mine! You can reach Kristin at 831-247-0548. DKW Salon

CND Shellac Strawberry Smoothie

CND Shellac Strawberry Smoothie in artificial light (posed with Nubar bottle, but no Nubar was used for this manicure)

The Shellac does not feel like I have wraps or enhancements on my nails. It looks and feels like I am just wearing regular polish. As you can see in the pictures taken less than an hour after the manicure, my cuticles are not at all irritated. The process was fairly quick too. I think it took about 45 minutes to apply and cure under the UV light, and I really did walk out of the salon with dry nails! :-)

CND Shellac Strawberry Smoothie

CND Shellac Strawberry Smoothie in sunlight

Strawberry Smoothie is a sheer shimmery pink with a very glossy finish. Sadly my nails are a bit stained at the moment due to all of the bright polishes I love. I was afraid that would be an issue with the sheer color. This shows-up much more in my pictures, but is hardly an issue in real life. I am quite pleased with the way my nails look right now.

I am excited about the possibilities of Shellac, and look forward to sharing updates and new pictures over the life of my manicure! Hopefully it will last our whole vacation! :-)

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