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Julie Hamblin
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Shellac & OPI Gel Nails

 

Shellac is the ultimate long-lasting manicure, while most of us can’t keep their nails looking neat and perfect with normal nail polish for more than three days, Shellac will last up to two weeks.

Shellac combines the resilient finish of a gel nail overlay with the ease of paint-on colour. ‘Your nails are jewels, not tools!’ most technicians say.

The application process is simple. A clear base coat is applied, which is then ‘cured’ for 20 seconds in an ultraviolet light.

Two coats of coloured polish follow (select your colour from French to Purple Purple), each coat need two minutes to cure, then a high-gloss top-coat, a final 20-second blast of light and it’s all done.

The finished result is great. But does it stand the test of time? I’m careful for the first few days and it continues to look perfect. From day five, I use my nails as normal — picking labels off bottles, opening cans — and they stay in fantastic shape.

Shellac Gel Nails
Shellac Colour Gel overlays        £30:00
Shellac French Gel overlays        £35:00
Shellac Colour - Toes                 £30:00
Shellac French - Toes                 £35:00
OPI

OPI Axxium Gel Lacquer, is a gel lacquers which is applied in layers that were then set under a UV lamp leaving them completely dry in an instant and gloriously glossy - the finish that lasted. The process takes at least an hour.

The finished result looks natural, glossy and chip free for up to three weeks weeks.

The OPI Gel is applied in layers that are then set under a UV lamp leaving them completely dry in an instant and gloriously glossy - the finish that lasted. The process takes at least an hour, so it can be a bit rushed for a lunch break, but it is well worth it.

The manicure should last up to three weeks and when your nail grows out you can simply paint it in with the matching nail varnish or arrange for the colour to be removed and a new colour applied or simply have them removed.

When it comes to taking them off OPI  I would recommend you book in to have them soaked-off professionally. This way you can watch the process and then you can buy a removal solution so you can do it yourself in future, although some salons don't recommend this. It took about 30 minutes to have them buffed down, soaked in the solution then scraped off and buffed again to leave them super shiny.


OPI Axxium Gel Lacquer Nails
OPI Colour Gel overlays        £30:00
OPI French Gel overlays        £35:00
OPI Colour - Toes                 £30:00
OPI French - Toes                 £35:00
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