While in Melbourne, I got shellac'd.
I'd never heard of it before. It is so awesome. I don't know how it works, but it dries straight away, it doesn't chip and it doesn't lose it's glossy shine.
This is my actual hands 4 days post manicure, wearing Red Baroness.
Thats right. Four days of putting in bobby pins, doing up zips, digging around in coin purses and doing dishes. Yet it looks as good as new!
It only cost $25. SO impressed.
When it starts to grow out, (usually after 2 weeks I'm told) you remove using acetone, which does minimal damage to your nails.
I don't think I will ever go back to standard nail polish, which is dull, chipped and unimpressive within 12 hours of being applied (or less, if I have applied it myself)
Big thanks to my Sister for putting me onto this!