Once you experience a no-chip manicure, it’s SO hard to go back. Once you’ve discovered the freedom of perfectly dry, manicured nails within a second of having finished painting them, once you’re able to get your money out of your wallet post-mani without destroying your nails….you’re HOOKED. And it lasts for two weeks which makes no-chips SO PERFECT for the summer when you’re out running the streets.

I’ve tried quite a few no-chip manicures ever since my first foray in 2011. I keep coming back to CND’s Shellac. And especially NOW that the color range has expanded and new techniques are possible, I’m LOVING it. Forget the old subdued Shellac of yore. The new Shellac allows for brighter colors, foil, and GLITTER. Behold, my Purple POW manicure, as created by Lauri Allore of Michigan!

The last time I met Lauri, she gave me something sexy and subtle that we dubbed the French Midnight manicure. This time, there were so many more colors and finishes that we were able to craft the kind of manicure I go GAGA for, using glitter and foil, and two layers of purple polishes by CND.

Here’s what we used to create this look!

First Lauri buffed and shaped my nails to perfection, and used the ever popular CND Solar Oil to get my cuticles in tip top shape. Then she layered on CND colors Purple Purple and Rock Royalty. Then she used two colors of foil – one purple, one fuschia. And then she added a little white iridescent glitter amongst the foil for the POW.


Here I am with Lauri and Jan Arnold, co-creator of CND!


Bellas, this is my DREAM manicure. Purple nails that will last for two weeks, with this kind of bling factor? HEAVEN.

In November CND will release six new shades of Shellac polish, including sexy shimmers and metallics in colors like emerald and purple. LOVE.

And guess what, Chicago bellas? You can get your OWN Shellac manicure at the Taste of Chicago this week!

CND will have an exclusive, pop up-salon offering complimentary CND Shellac™ Power Polish™ manicures at the TASTE from July 11 – 15. If you get a manicure, you also will receive a gift of SolarOil™, and you could win a CND Shellac manicure at a participating local CND Certified Salon through daily drawings at the pop-up salon.

To find out more about the CND Shellac pop-up salon, visit cnd.com/stcchicago/taste, or on Facebook.

Do you love these nails as much as I do? Are you a no-chip fan? Talk to me!



Cassidy says:
July 11, 2012, 12:56 pm
I'm with you....paying for the mani with no chipping is a D-R-E-A-M...BUT these things absolutely DESTROYED and I mean DESTROYED my nails with layers peeling off like post it's. It's so bad. But gels are sooooo good. Its one area of beautification that I feel like an addict in wanting to maintain.
Pets says:
July 11, 2012, 2:42 pm
Great nails and lovely colours! Yes this type of nail polish/manicure is a hard working girl's dream! For those of you not yet using Shellac or Gelish then go get some now!
Dee says:
July 11, 2012, 3:04 pm
I had a shellac manicure on a cruise and while the polish itself was amazing, the manicure was terrible! I have no way of knowing whether the bubbling and random scratch was a CND thing, but I'm fairly sure it was the manicurist
Mak says:
July 11, 2012, 3:15 pm
The gel manis are just okay, in my opinion. Though the polish doesn't chip, it will crack. Has anyone else experienced this? I'm back to regular manis.
Robin says:
July 11, 2012, 3:23 pm
I have a problem that I hope is not unique. I have extremely sensitive skin. Anything that makes my hair look cute and curly, gives my face, neck and back red, swollen, itchy, blotches. I've tried every natural product...and I mean every thing I've found for natural hair in NYC and NJ. Any help would be appreciated. ~Robin
LadyC says:
July 11, 2012, 3:24 pm
Looks as though purple really is your signature. I dub it 'glam edge'.
Camille says:
July 11, 2012, 8:37 pm
I just got mine reshellac-ed today. Before I found this at bliss, I rarely got my fingernails done, because I hated paying for something that would be smudged before I could pay for it. I was just reading an article that says the CND brand is the safest for your nails because it doesn't require soaking in acetone and scraping to remove it. I haven't had any nail damage at all, even when I remove it myself. I have seen some polish cracking, but nothing that's going to make me stop using it. I love this stuff.
Phyrra says:
July 16, 2012, 4:09 pm
OMG! I love your nails! I love purple and that looks amazing.
Tiffany says:
July 17, 2012, 10:20 am
As a manicurist-I truly love Shellac! In terms of removal ladies, you should make sure it is removed properly, and not ripped off. CND has specific removal pads for this, so there is no damage to the nails. You can also give your nails a break, by switching from Shellac for two weeks, and a regular mani for two weeks! Also find a manicurist, who cares for your nails and hands, and is not just making them pretty! LoVe T


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