OK, so several months ago someone turned me on to Pinterest. I became addicted very quickly. I started out pinning the two things I love the most, traveling and food. Little by little, I started to add on additional interests. Animals, of course. And then a photo of amazing nail design that I found on Chloe's Nails Blog. I have been biting my nails for years. Periodically, I would have acrylic nails put on to prevent me from biting them but I hate the feeling of acrylic nails. Especially when I have to type on a keyboard at work. Also, I hate the damage it does to my natural nails.
I went to a salon and the manicurist asked if I would be interested in Shellac. I had never heard of it. Tried it and was sold instantly. At the time, Salons were selling a Shellac manicure for $50. This would be costly over time but after a little research, I found that I could purchase the supplies and the light online (I got mine off E-bay) and could save alot of money. Awesome solution, I could grow my nails out, the feel is very natural and I don't have to paint my nails every few days to keep them looking nice.
Then I realized that you can use Shellac (and Gelish which I have also begun using) as a base for hundreds and hundreds of different nail designs using regular polish. The polish sticks and you don't have to worry about your color chipping in a few days.
I thought it might be fun to try a blog of my own. I know I will not be close to Chloe's nails because she has perfect hands, nails and is great with the camera but I am going to try and add my ideas.
I am amazed how easy it is now to access gel polish. I saw in Walmart the other day at least three different UV lights for sale. Somewhere along the line I had read that it is not possible to blend Shellac products with Gelish by Harmony. I can now say that this is untrue. I bought a few colors of the Gelish to give it a try since I was only familiar with using the Shellac products. And......no problem!!! I used Shellac base and Shellac top coat with Gelish Princess Tiara and it adhered and set fine.