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A manicure not even I can ruin…

26 Oct

Do you go to your favourite salon or spa and pamper yourself with a fabulous manicure only to almost immediately muck up your polish fumbling for your keys because you just can’t wait long enough for it to dry completely? Or do you paint your nails at home and wake up with sheet prints instead of a glossy finish? Do you wear away your polish quickly typing everyday at work? Isn’t it infinitely frustrating?

A perfect manicure really finishes an outfit. From french tips to almost black, impeccable, shiny nails are a must-have accessory.

The problem is, on the other hand (literally), a chipped manicure is the worst. It will detract from even the most glamorous outfits and hair. (Just ask Cosimo… his biggest pet peeve is chipped nails!)

However, ladies (and those gentlemen who are fans of the polish), there is an alternative to finicky nails. CND Shellac promises an ultra-glossy, mirror-like finish that lasts for 14 days. The best part? It’s dry the minute you finish your manicure.

Shellac combines the ease of polish with the permanence of gels. It’s as thin as regular nail polish, hypo-allergenic and contains no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP. And the application is easy peasy! The system includes the same steps as any professional manicure: a base coat, two coats of colour and a top coat. The only difference is that each coat needs to be cured in a UV lamp (ten seconds for the base coat and two minutes for each colour and top coat). And removal is just as simple. The shellac soaks off in acetone in just ten minutes without causing any damage to your nails.

Not only does it remain flawless and shiny for two weeks, it actually helps to protect and strengthen natural nails. It comes in 30 colours at the moment, but by layering colours you can create new shades and effects. For example, if you layer their black colour with purple on top it creates a much darker purple.

I’ve had shellac done twice and have been thrilled by the results. I am the queen of chipped nails, and this has been the solution for long-lasting, great looking manicures. And I definitely recommend it for special occasions like trips, weddings and holidays – you won’t have any last-minute chips!

Sound too good to be true? CND Shellac was voted Nails Magazine’s Best New Product of 2010 and has been praised in Flare, The Oprah Magazine, InStyle and Glamour amongst others. But don’t take our world for it… I dare you to try it for yourself. I guarantee you’ll be hooked!

Your nails deserve some lovin’ too..

19 Aug

I want to talk about amazing manicures today, people. I know, I know… our blog is called Hair Love, but sometimes we want to show some love to our aesthetic department as well! I mean, once you have hair to die for, what’s next? You can’t show up somewhere with drop dead gorgeous hair but shoddy nails, can you? It’s all in the details, baby!

It seems like 2011 has been a stellar year for nail art. From traditional manicures in gorgeous, but unexpected colours (think greys, yellows and iridescent) to the half-moon mani to intricate designs, trendy nails have been anything but boring. This nail art has been seen in fashion magazines, runways, offices and everything in between, showing the wearability of these trends in everyday life. Perhaps the longevity of these manicures stems from the fact that colours can span from conservative to neon, and the designs from simple (but interesting) to lace or snake skin detailing – there really is something for everyone!

Here are some of Haartek’s favourite trendy manicures that we hope will stick around for a while:

Whether you love or hate 2011’s nail art, you can’t deny the creativity. And we can’t wait to see what 2012 will bring!

Which manicure is your favourite? Did you partake in any of these trends this summer?