|cuticle balm on May 09, 2011 @ 02:07 pm|
I swear by Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme! It's really moisturizing with a great lemon meringue pie scent. It can be quite greasy though, so remember that a little goes a long way.
Ali de Bold
|Shellac vs. Axxium on May 11, 2011 @ 10:10 am|
This is the thing to do right now with nails, but it's really between OPI Axxium and Shellac. There are other similar products on the market as well. From what I've learned from Toronto nail queen Leanne Colley from Tips Nail Bar, Axxium is probably your best bet because it won't damage your nails. You're looking at between $40 - $50 for the manicure, which will last a few weeks depending how fast your nails grow, and then $10 to soak it off (you have to go back to the salon).
It's really important that you choose a salon that really knows what they are doing. Don't get this done just anywhere just because they have a sign in the window saying they offer it.
My personal opinion on this subject is unless you have occasions back to back for a couple of weeks where you need your nails to look flawless with zero maintenance, it might be cheaper to go for the quickie $8 nail polish change once a week or as required. I loved having Axxium but I didn't have time to go back to the salon for the soak off so I committed the crime of peeling it off. My nails were ok with no permanent damage, but I have super strong fast growing nails and had they been weaker this could have been a disaster.
I'd do this for a wedding/honeymoon or for grad, or a vacation where you want perfect nails for 3 weeks... something like that. But of course some people like to do this all the time. Like Janine from Beauty Geeks ;)