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Do you know how to look after your Shellac Nails & Remove them safely ?

  • By Jackie Fussell
  • 01 Mar, 2017

Essential advice for getting the most from you Shellac Manicure / Pedicure

CND (Creative Nail Design) first created Shellac back in May 2010 and revolutionised the nail industry.  Since then, it has become one of the most popular nail treatments..

Shellac is a hybrid,  (meaning half nail polish and half gel)  The product is applied like a polish to the natural nail  (or over extensions)  and is cured via a UV  light. Because the product is cured, there is zero drying time.

When applied and removed correctly Shellac should not cause any damage to your nails - here are some for looking after your Shellac ...

Shellac can last flawlessly, with normal wear and tear, for at least 14 days. Be sure to wear gloves if you're doing tough jobs like household cleaning or gardening, hobbies that are rough on your hands or when using harsh chemicals. Doing these things without protection can harm your shellac polish. Remember your nails as jewels, not tools!


Avoid using sun tan oils or insect repellent on your nails, as many contain solvent oils which will cause damage to the Shellac colour coat. Some of the more delicate Shellac colours can fade in chlorinated water and excessive sun (remember chlorine is a bleach and sun intensifies the bleaching action). Dry your hands and nails after swimming and before sunbathing to minimize any colour fading. 

Use cuticle oil and moisturise daily to replace lost moisture to your skin and nails.

If you wish to temporarily change the colour of your nails whilst wearing Shellac you can use high street nail polish over the Shellac, but please be sure to use an acetone free remover if removing nail polish between appointments. (Shellac removal is included at no extra charge in your next appointment.)

If you do experience a chip make sure you don’t pick or pull it as this will cause damage to your nails underneath. You can lightly file your nail to disguise the chip.  By peeling off the shellac an seriously damage the natural nail underneath. Which is why it is really important to remove the product correctly:

If you choose to remove Shellac yourself you will need: 
  • Pure acetone (available at chemists - nail polish remover won't work!)
  • Cotton wool pads / balls or kitchen towel
  • Tin foil
Follow these steps:
  • Cut the cotton pad into a shape / size slightly bigger than your nail.
  • Soak a cotton pad in acetone & place on the nail 
  • Wrap your finger tip / toe in tin foil. 
  • Repeat on one hand / the rest of your toes (its easier to do one hand at a time!)
  • After approximately 10 minutes unwrap the finger / toe - you should be able to push the polish off the nail with a orange (wooden) stick - or using your finger nail.  If not repeat the above!
  • Once completed, wash your hands and dry thoroughly before applying your cuticle oil to each nail.

If you are unsure search youtube for 'shellac removal using foil ' - avoid dipping / soaking your nails in acetone as this will dehydrate your nails.

And mostly enjoy your shiny nails!

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You can build upon each layer to create the perfect  coverage .  Silicone foundation really does stand the test of time! It is this that helps give Airbase Make-Up its unrivalled durability. That means that your Airbase Make-Up application lasts all-day making Airbase perfect for bridal beauty - providing unrivalled durability


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By Jackie Fussell 06 Apr, 2017
Bridebook.co.uk have analysed data from nearly 4,000 recently married couples to gain insights into wedding planning, spending and behaviours across the UK. The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) is the UK’s leading industry awards and from its survey we bring you the most comprehensive study and report of UK weddings.

Recently married couples who voted in The Wedding Industry Awards 2017 were asked to complete a survey about their wedding. 3,928 respondents completed the 51-question survey (Comprised of 86% Brides, 12% Groom, and 2% One of
Same Sex Married Couple)

I wanted to share some of the results with you:
By Jackie Fussell 01 Mar, 2017

CND (Creative Nail Design) first created Shellac back in May 2010 and revolutionised the nail industry.  Since then, it has become one of the most popular nail treatments..

Shellac is a hybrid,  (meaning half nail polish and half gel)  The product is applied like a polish to the natural nail  (or over extensions)  and is cured via a UV  light. Because the product is cured, there is zero drying time.

When applied and removed correctly Shellac should not cause any damage to your nails - here are some for looking after your Shellac ...

By Jackie Fussell 12 Oct, 2016

No matter how many weddings I do, I am always really honoured to be a part of a brides special day.

I can honestly say I have really enjoyed meeting everyone I have shared their wedding day with, and I really hope my brides enjoyed their day as much as I enjoyed the morning.

After being a regional finalist in 2016, I was delighted to be nominated in 2017 and would like to thank each and every one who voted for me.  However unfortunately I didn't get through this year :-(

The best thing about being involved in the awards is getting to see my scores, and all the lovely comments from my brides.

By Jackie Fussell 21 Sep, 2016
You've probably been planning your big day for at least a year, you've booked the venue, brought the dress etc - but have you thought about the wedding morning itself?

Your wedding day starts as soon as you wake up, so the main thing is for you to have a lovely and special morning, think about;
  • Where you want to spend it - Would you prefer to be at home, your parents house, hotel or the wedding venue? 
  • Who you want to spend it - your mum, dad, bridesmaids, pets, partner? A wedding morning can be quiet emotional so make sure you have people who will be there for you.
  • Logistically will your love ones be staying with you the evening before?  If so - remember to factor in some time during the evening before to socialise or have a pre-wedding pamper party so you all have your nails done ready for the big day.   If not - bear in mind where your wedding party lives or if they have children which may effect what time they can join you on the wedding morning. 
  • How far from the wedding venue are you staying? Research any local events taking place on your wedding date, which may effect traffic on the morning of your wedding. 
  • If you are having a photographer, Will they be able to take photos of both your and your partners wedding preparations easily? Will they be able to be present and capture the look on your parents or friends faces when they see you in your dress, before they have to leave to get to the venue? 
  • Is there parking for your wedding car, wedding party, forest, photographer and hair / makeup artist?
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