Pretty normal, right?
Well, I went to the store and bought this stuff …
It’s by Nutra Nail and it says it will give you the same results as a Shellac manicure from the salon.
Of course I bought it and followed the directions and waited for magic to happen. Unfortunately there was no magic.
The very next day I had cracks and chips. SO basically I had just spent $9 on a lengthy nail polish application process that didn’t even last 2 days.
Then I remembered that I had seen THIS post on Pinterest. I decided to give her experiment a try using the “Activator” in the Nutra Nail kit. I just changed a few small things.
Here’s what I used:
You will do one hand at a time.
I didn’t apply a base coat, I started with the “Activator” which smells a whole heck of a lot like Super Glue. On clean, dry nails paint a thin coat on all fingers of one hand. If you use too thick a coat the polish will remain tacky and never really set up.
Immediately paint on a coat of your color. The “Activator” should still be wet and the color will kind of combine with the “Activator”. When you have a coat of your color on all the fingers of your first hand, go ahead and paint on a second coat. Again, don’t wait until it’s dry.
I waited about 5 minutes before starting on my other hand, just to give my first hand a bit of dry time.
Now repeat the process on your second hand.
Let your second hand dry about 5 minutes.
Now finish with your clear top coat (No Chips Ahead) on both hands.
I found that after the first coat of Top Coat dried I needed to add a second coat of clear to get a super shiny finish.
The one thing you will definitely need is 100% Acetone Polish Remover to take off the polish.
While the finish on my nails wasn’t as smooth as a salon Shellac I will definitely try this with all different colors!