One of my favourite beauty gadgets (as well as my much loved Clarisonic), is my CND Shellac kit. I used to have my nails done professionally but after a while realised that it doesn’t really take a lot of skill to do shellac nails yourself at home. So I saved up my pennies and bought a kit from eBay so I could do them at home.
And I’ve not looked back! I love being able to have shellac nails all the time and having the freedom to be able to have whatever colours I want, have them taken off or replaced whenever I want, and not having to pay £25 each time too!
My friend Gemma came over for the Chapman Christmas Cracker the other day and she had the most beautiful red glittery shellac nails. She said all her nail technician did was to add some glitter to them before putting on the top coat.
I had some lovely pots of glitter which were very kindly sent to me from the One Stop Craft Shop as part of a festive craft pack. It’s so handy to have pots of glitter at home – it’s so cheap, but so versatile. So I selected the copper glitter, which has a very rose-gold hue to it.
So first things first – give your nails a rub with some Scrubfresh to remove any oil or grease (you should also remove your cuticles, but I couldn’t be bothered!). Then paint a base coat and cure under the lamp for 10 seconds.
Then I added a colour – just so the glitter had something to stick to – I used a pale pink which I normally use for my french manicure look. Cure this under the lamps for two minutes.
Then I brushed the glitter on. Using a brush means your’re less likely to damage the base you’ve created, and the glitter will stick a lot firmer so you’ll be less likely to get glitter on the brush as you paint the top coat.
I added two layers of top coat and set this under the lamp for two minutes each time.
And voila! Beautiful, Christmassy, festive glittery shellac nails.
Have you had any special nails just for the Christmas period? Leave me a link to a picture/post below!