Okay, so I’m sitting here watch E! news (whatever, I love it and I’m not even ashamed!) and my girl Giuliana Rancic introduces a women who she says is a “lifestyle expert”. I wish I could put emoji’s in blogs… this deserves several good ones. Really?! A LIFESTYLE EXPERT? Some one who is an EXPERT at life and style? Stylish life? Life?!?! I mean, don’t get me wrong I want to be a successful blogger and we do often use the term “lifestyle blog” to represent our brand. We talk about almost every aspect of our life here at 47 Grove. BUT AN EXPERT? Am I the only one who sees an issue with claiming “EXPERT” status on your lifestyle or did I just take too much Nyquil last night? Oh enough ranting… onto choosing Easter nails!
Step 1: Team Shellac
Speaking of style and life… and… expertise?!… geez louise, let’s start over. I just love CND shellac! It’s not quite gel, but it’s a stronger and [a bit] more gentle option for your nails! It is not just another “brand” of gel. It’s made and wears differently all together. I’ve always struggled with weak and brittle nails – might be one of my many desirable side effects from my autoimmune diseases (sarcasm, yes, it’s on point today). Growing up I remember my mom getting acrylic nails all the time because she had the same problem… which is strange because she was the healthiest of us all at the time and has super human strength in general. Luckily for me, fake nails are no longer necessary! That would also get expensive real quick! It’s way less than acrylics, but is understandably a bit more than regular polish. Shellac provides a wicked long lasting and strengthening color that doesn’t chip or loose shine! Also, it dries INSTANTLY! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten a manicure or pedicure and wasted the extremely hard earned money I spent on it within the first five minutes of leaving the salon. Oh, you too? Yeah that sucks. Shellac is ALWAYS ready to go – dig out your keys from your purse, scratch that… scratch and sniff photo! Okay, I don’t know what you scratch but I always end up having to pick or scratch at something and I NEVER have to worry about my nails! That whole scratching scenario just made me seem a lot dirtier than initially intended… let’s say CLEANING! Or doing dishes! Even crafting! Or hello, taking care of your kiddos! FOR WEEKS!!! Here is a photo of my shellac manicure over two weeks old:
Seriously you guys… look below at what my mom’s shellac french manicure looked like after a MONTH… not a single chip or break! You can just tell a bit her nails have grown if you look closely at the cuticle area.
Shellac is the answer. It really does not damage your nail bed as long as it’s removed properly. I’ve had shellac on my hands almost constantly since the summer of 2012 and they are no less weaker. Just to prove that to you, here’s a shot of my nails without ANY polish, clear coat, or shellac:
See? They look the same they’ve always looked. I should probably be on biotin or something due to my health and then they would look even bettah! If you have more questions about shellac you can look here.
Step 2: Team Indecisive about all the colors but I finally went with…
Ok so I’m not a lifestyle expert on choosing nail color… but I do go through a process that will surely make me seem crazier than you have already probably concluded due to the number of times I’ve said “lifestyle expert” in this post. And the number of run on sentences and rants. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, nail color. My friend Karen who does my nails will laugh at this post because she knows I take FOREVER to decide. We are both constantly collaborating on nail design and color. We go through a process. Research, original ideas, tweaking, trail and error! We take nail designs we’ve seen on pinterest or instagram (#shellacmani) and attempt to make it our own! Whether is a holiday, spring, or fall you better believe I’ve done research on what’s going on in the nail world! Sometimes we even experiment a bit and something we never thought would work turns out beautifully. Like today, we thought this particular gold color wouldn’t work on an ombre nail… but it looks fabulous! I also choose colors that will look great for Easter (they almost look like little ombre eggs right?!) but also spring in general! Why is choosing a color so difficult though? I just want fabulous, is that so wrong?
We’ve really done some awesome color combo’s and designs throughout the years! My girl Karen (check out her instagram here) has been doing my nails for years and also happens to be one of my best friends. We love our nail time together because we get a creative outlet – this stuff is art! – and we get to talk everything out. I’m lucky enough to be manicure model so you’ll see my hands on her instagram often! #nailsbykarenbrown #imfamous Find a manicurist / aesthetician you trust and who gets your style and start experimenting together!
Step 3: YAY. Show off those nails!
You have fabulous nails. Take pic. Hashtag shellac mani! Check out Karen’s work from today – my Easter 2015 nails!
What do you think of my Easter 2015 nails? I’m rather obsessed. I love collaborating with Karen on design and color! I just love how I can walk away and not have a care in the world about ruining my new manicure. Imagine all the time you’ll save when you can just walk out the door and not wait around under the drying machines forever?
Check out last year’s Easter shellac mani we did and a few other of my favorite designs! (I apologize in advance for crappy cell phone pics of some of these!)
Hope you enjoy this post and if you’ve never gotten a real #shellacmani – trust me – go get one! Make sure you find a salon that does name brand CND shellac and is a licensed manicurist / aesthetician like Karen! Don’t let them tell you it’s the exact same as gel – different chemicals all together.
What’s been your experience with shellac or manicures? Any tips for me?
ps- I just wanna give Karen the biggest shout out for introducing me to shellac, but more importantly for being my confident and closest friend. There’s something about the time we spend together doing nails that is so healing. I know this is Jesus working through her. Nails ministry anyone? Karen does it and has been one of the biggest blessings of my entire life! THANK YOU FRIEND.