I am a big fan of CND and Gelish nails. CND stands for Creative Nail Designs, a company that created a nail craze with a shellac manicure that lasts 14 days – no chips no smears. I’ve gotten up to three weeks out of these manicures. I’ve been a pretty regular customer in regional salons for more than a year now. And I like the pedicures, too. CND uses a UV light to cure and dry the layers of base coat, polish and top coat while Gelish uses non-UV lamps. Both give you manicures that remain shiny for the full 14 days.
When I first got a CND manicure more than a year ago, they were hard to come by because the service was so popular. At one point, even the few salons that offered it in the region had a hard time getting the polishes.
What a difference a year makes. Now you can give yourself a CND shellac manicure at home for the cost of the nail dryer and polishes. My daughter bought me the dryer, and got an incredible deal on it through Amazon. I have raised a shopper in that girl. She also got a deal on the polishes. Now, this stuff is not cheap. The dryer’s retail price is more than $100, but with sales and coupons, they are available for much less..
I’m not really good at manicures, but I will master this. I’ll still visit my friends in the nail salons because I love chatting it up with nail technicians who do some artsy things mere mortals like me will never accomplish. I’ve been to Charisma, Ambridge Rose, Horizon and Lena’s. They can sparkle your nails, marble them and add beauty that require skill I will never have.
For my daughter and me, getting manicures and pedicures together is a nice bonding experience. We will save some money and time doing our nails at home the next time she is in town. Or, we may have to meet in Grove City and hang out someplace that we can plug in. At any rate, the cost of the dryer pays for itself within the first few months because the cheapest manicure I ever got was between $25 and $30.
This has some other potential as a party invitation. My daughter and friends have some pretty awesome spa parties where they do facials and nails. Mud and shellac, here we come.