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I always wanted nice, long nails.

Not talons, but nails that actually reached the end of my finger and looked shiny and polished; nails I wasn't embarrassed for people to see when I was showing them rings on my fingers. 

Nails kinda like Molly Ringwald's elegant dusty-rose ones in The Breakfast Club.

Alas, my fondness for chewing my own nails off at any given opportunity since I could chew has left me with fingers that I hide at any given chance.

That is, until I got them done at the Salon at The Shelbourne Hotel.

The Shelbourne is such a gorgeous place to begin with, and the Salon oozes opulence. 

I was greeted by Rani, possibly the friendliest woman on the planet, who made me feel right at home straight away.  

I sat in the salon surrounded by stunning blooms and people getting blow-dries and pedicures and to get the vibe of how fancy this salon is – there was an Eiffel Tower of macaroons beside me.

My nail technician, Maria, arrived and looked at my bitten nails but thankfully, they didn't bother her at all and she set to work on them.

I was getting CND Shellac so the first thing Maria did was shape my nails with a file.

This was miraculous – by actually shaping them and then – step two of pushing back the cuticles, my nails looked longer already.

Now, I am embarrassingly bad with pain (I can't even pluck my own eyebrows) so the pain I felt at getting the cuticles pushed back and later, the excess skin around my nail beds removed, probably wouldn't be that painful for most people. 

(My editor even said she enjoyed the sensation – ehhh, no.)

The nails were then sanitised and the excess oils on them gotten rid of – so the Shellac would stick.

Then, Maria applied a layer of the CND Shellac Base Coat and after each layer was applied, I put my hand under a UV lamp for 10 or so seconds.

I chose the shade Negligee, which was a barely-there pink and Maria set to work coating it on. 

The UV lamp dried them and the third coat to be applied was the top coat, followed by drying it under the UV lamp. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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All the while this is happening, Maria regularly checks to see if I'm OK and if it hurts and Rani arrives with a glass of champers for me to sip on.

The whole experience was so relaxing and my nails are beautiful – for a girl who doesn't have much of them.

While I was there, I was surrounded by women who had come in groups and I have to say, it's a perf place to bring someone as a gift.

You can opt for a few different packages – there's the Corporate Couture one, ideal for those who have busy working days.

You get a blow-dry of choice, make-up application and buff and polish.

If you want to go all-out, I'd recommend The Hollywood Legends package which is where you can get a luxurious blow-dry and manicure while having a glass of chilled champagne.

Coming up to Mother's Day, it would be an ideal day of pampering for you and your mum. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Salon itself is absolutely stunning – open seven days a week, it's a haven of calm with cream interior that just oozes glamour. 

It has the ultimate pampering facilities for hair and beauty connoisseurs and a highly trained team of experts in the fields of hairdressing and beauty services including luxury manicures, pedicures and facials.

The Salon also offers express facial treatments, by the world-renowned brands Elemis – something you should definitely try. 

If you're heading somewhere important early, the Shelbourne Breakfast Club Executive Blow-Dry is for you. 

It will give you an amazing blow-dry in minimum time, along with a gorgeous pastry and a tea or coffee. 

In short, the Salon at The Shelbourne is something everyone should experience. 

My own experience has shown me that with the right treatment, you can clean up your nails – no matter what shape they're in – and have them looking FAB.

The Shellac should stay for two weeks – and in that time there won't be a single nibble because I'll be heading to Maria for another treatment, that's for sure. 

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We absolutely ADORE Valentine's Day, not only because celebrating romance usually gives us an excuse to pamper ourselves, but because it's a wonderful time of the year for cosmetics shopping.

Why buy roses or chocolates when you can get the best beauty products around?

We've decided to curate a list of our top 12 makeup, skincare and cosmetic goods for this year's Valentine's Day; whether it's for a hot date, a dinner for the gals or even a cosy night in with Netflix and a furry friend.

From your favourite smouldering red lipstick to sparkling pink eye-shadows and rose-scented perfume; 'tis the season for LOVE in beauty-land. 

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1. Charlotte Tilbury 'Hot Lips' red lipstick in Carina's Love.

Inspired by Chinese actress Carina Lau, this bold and sexy red lippy inspires confidence in any woman who wears it. It's siren red and has light-diffusing pigments that create a luminous finish for a full-bodied effect.

In Chinese culture, the colour red is representative of good fortune and joy, so it's positively perfect for Valentine's Day, right?

There's a great reason why Charlotte Tilbury is a globally renowned brand, and their matte lipstick range stands by their statement of good-quality products for women. 

The creamy formula, protection from UV damage and seamless finish are just three reasons why this lipstick makes our top 12. Enjoy it in all it's glory, gals.

Buy: Charlotte Tilbury
Price: €32

2. L'Occitane Romantic Rose collection

For Valentine's Day, it's only too important to smell and feel your best. We've found the ideal scent for the eve: ROSE. French powerhouse brand L'Occitane have gifted us with a set, that we all both need and deserve.

The gorgeous and elegant fragrance set includes: Rose Eau de Toilette, Rose Shower Gel, Rose Body Lotion and Rose Hand Cream. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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L'Occitane 'Romantic Rose' collection is priced at €69 from the L'Occitane website.

3. Too Faced 'better than sex' mascara

The 'Better Than Sex Mascara' Hourglass-Shaped Brush is genuinely revolutionary.

Formed by discovering the bust-waist-hip ratio of an iconic silver screen Blonde Bombshell, the brush has the ideal silhouette that separates lashes for voluminous perfection.

The collagen-fuelled mascara formula give you redefined lashes which stretch to unreal lengths, for romantic dinner date eyes.

Buy: Debenhams
Price; €19.55

4. CND nails

Nail brand CND Vinylux have just debuted their new range, featuring stunning pinks, dark berry, ravishing reds and blush tones to show off your romantic side.

Mambo Beat, Rose Bud, Hot Pop Pink, Tinted Love, Wildfire and Dark Lava are ideal for a hot date, or pretty much anything the night has in store; There's a colour for every kind of date.

For Valentine's Day, why not treat yourself to a some gorgeous new shades from the iconic brand? You'll feel pampered and date-ready in no time.

Buy: CND 
Price: €11.95 (Shellac and Vinylux)

5. L'Oreal Paris Go Purple shampoo

For anyone with platinum blonde, highlighted, silver, bleached hair and all shades in between, the L'Oreal Paris Go Purple shampoo is a TOTAL WINNER.

Finding the best purple shampoo to keep the brassiness out of light-coloured hair can be tricky, but thankfully L'Oreal Paris have solved that problem just in time for Valentine's Day.

Tried and tested by us, we can guarantee that this stuff genuinely works. Any yellow tones are washed out, leaving your hair looking bright and rejuvenated. Yes girls.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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L'Oreal Paris Go Purple shampoo is priced at €8.95 from all major retailers now.

6. Dermalogica intensive moisture balance

Promising to deliver nourishment beyond the skin's surface, the Dermalogica intensive moisture balance cream is 100 percent professional grade.

It's vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free and uses NO artificial colours or flavouring; it's legit eco-friendly while clearing up all those dry skin worries. We'll take 10, please?

Buy: Dermalogica
Price; €51

7. Rimmel London Wonder'Luxe mascara

Finally we have discovered the best clump-free mascara in town, with four oils to it's lash-loving Wonder collection.

For volumised, thick and full lashes, with maximum volume; Rimmel's your go-to product.

Rimmel has even infused argan oil into it's four-oil complex, as well as Maracuja oil, Marula oil and Camellia oil for conditioning and protection from hair splitting.

Argan oil is renowned for nourishing properties, so mascara won't have to damage those eyelashes anymore. Thank GAWD.

Buy: Littlewoods Ireland
Price: €10.90

8. Sculpted by Aimee Connolly: The 4-in-1 lip liner pen

Why have one Valentine's Day lip liner when you could have four, stunning shades?

Grab yourself the Nude or the Pink edition, whichever you're in the mood for will light up your night. Each edition has four beautiful shades, from 'Buff', 'Bare', and 'Peach' to 'Rose', 'Blush' and 'Rouge', you're in for a treat.

Line the perfect pout with makeup guru Aimee Connolly, she's only gone and made the holy grail of lip liners.

Buy: www.aimeeconnolly.com
Price: €29.99

9. Garnier Ultimate Blends almond crush shampoo and conditioner

Garnier Ultimate Blends are launching up to 98 percent natural origin haircare, and we could NOT be more excited about it.

Your hair will feel cleansed, nourished and weightless using their almond crush shampoo and conditioner, which is made with a blend of organic almond milk and agave sap.

The gentle formula is a complete game-changer; did we mention it's 100 percent vegan? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Garnier Ultimate Blends almond crush shampoo and conditioner are priced at €4.95 each and are available from all major retailers.

10. La Roche Posay Lipikar Cleansing Oil AP+

La Roche Posay have long been one of our go-to skincare brands, and their new cleansing oil for dry skin will save the day for those of you who are PLAGUED with this skin type.

It's a soap-free, paraben-free and alcohol-free pH neutral shower oil that gives your skin the lipids it needs to reconstruct the skin barrier,

Skin with atopic tendencies or extreme dryness will CRAVE this product, it also soothes that feeling of tightness many of us know and hate.

Buy: Feel Unique
Price: €12

11. Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette

From white shades like 'Tempera' and 'Vermeer' to baby pink 'Bijon Fresco', bold raspberry 'Love Letter' and 'Venetian Red', even brown shades like 'Red Ochre' and 'Cyrprus Umber', we're dazzled by these Renaissance-inspired tones.

The range is gorgeous; this collection of matte and metallic eye-shadows is PERFECT for creating dazzling cosmetic effects this Valentine's Day.

Anastasia Beverley Hills always create the best products, which means they sell out fast. Grab yours now online from Cult Beauty to avoid disappointment.

Buy: www.cultbeauty.co.uk
Price: €49.11

12. Bioderma Sensibio Foaming Gel

Leading French brand Bioderma has introduced the new Sensibio foaming gel, and all we can say is: WOW.

The gel is specifically created to soothe and hydrate your skin to ensure it's free of trapped oil and impurities.

It's mild but cleansing active ingredients calm irritations and will leave your skin feeling squeaky clean just in time for your Valentine's Day make-up regime.

Buy: Cloud10 Beauty or select pharmacies nationwide
Price: €13 

That concludes the round-up of our top 12 ultimate Valentine's Day beauty products: tried and tested.

You'll be getting a faster heartbeat and butterflies in your stomach just looking at these gems, let alone using them. They'll melt your heart, and self-love is all about treating yourselves, right?

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This year is already chock-full of cool trends for us to embrace.

It's all (still) about nail embellishments and while we adore them, the new iteration is even more fab.

Pearls.

On nails.

It might sound a bit weird but it looks UNREAL.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Look at the Instagram of Park Eunkyung – one our our fave nail artists who owns Unistella.

The pictures show the many different ways you can rock pearl nails.

We think they look the best with nude or bare nails – elegant or what?  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The pearls look so dainty and give the hands a nice feminine flourish.

What's not to love? 

Also, if you want to go one step further than gluing pearls to your nails, what about glueing them to your hands to get the full effect?

Ok so, it might be a little impractical but who ever said beauty WAS practical?

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The early noughties WORSHIPPED the French manicure, and all of a sudden we're seeing a major comeback.

Between Ariana Grande using the trend as part of her iconic 00's chick-flick themed Thank U, Next music video, and Ocean's 8 featuring the nail art, fashion has taken a turn.

White-tipped nails were huge back in the day, everyone who was anyone sported the chic style craze. Heiresses such as Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian West aided the movement.

The trend appeared to die by the time 2010 came along, with those in the ensuing decade calling it cheesy and (*gasp*) TACKY.

The tide is turning, because the nail style is appearing everywhere from red carpets to fashion shows, from celebrity appearances to music videos. 

We're seeing massive 1990s comebacks, from bands such as the Spice Girls and Westlife as well as reboots of popular TV shows and movies such as Sabrina.

It makes sense that nails should follow fashion and popular culture, and we're SO ready to whip out those white tips.

LeChat celebrity nail artist Elle has said that;

"Fashion has taken a '90s turn from influence, so of course the trends have returned from that era. I'm enjoying the new modern twists, maybe because it comes from my era."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"How you approach the modern take is vital; the nail shape should be a ballerina, not a square. If it's not done right, it will become 'basic'," she commented.

Heaven forbid. 

Are you ready to WERK the trend, or do you think it should stay in the 2000s where it belongs? 

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December may be a week away, but it's fair to say Christmas party season is already in full swing.

And as well as being synonymous with shifting the wrong person and waking up with a pounding head, it's also the time of year when you go big or go home on the manicure front.

While you may opt for muted shades throughout the rest of the year, the festive season gives you carte blanche to go batsh*t crazy with those nails of yours.

If you're only dying to mix it up, but have found yourself stuck for some inspiration, worry not, because we've got you covered.

1. Doing it right.

2. What more can we say? 

3. Oh, yes. 

4. Nailed it. 

 

#xmasnails by Gemma! #xmas #festivenails #snowflakenails #rednails #glitternails #sparklenails

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5. Almost too cute to handle.

 

Fun nails!#biosculpturegel #nailtechlife #festivenails #tistheseason

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6. Lovin' the matte finish. 

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Here at SHEmazing, it's fair to say we take the term 'nails on point' very seriously.

So when we stumble upon a nail place that has that something special about it, we tend to rave and rant about how AMAZING the experience was – and we’ve found another.

We’ve uncovered a gem hiding in the heart of Dublin city and it’s the best-kept secret on the capital's cobbles – and it’s certainly one for the Christmas list.

CHIPPED Nail Bar in the Powerscourt TownHouse transforms your nails at an absolute steal, in a decked out studio, surrounded by the nicest staff. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One look at their Instagram shows the level of talent and creativity the nail artists have at CHIPPED.

From Shellac, gel and stunning nail art, they do it all – and we can't cope at how good it is.

And for all you busy huns, the salon is open 10 pm on Friday and Saturays, so you no longer have to try and fit an inconvenient appointment around your schedule – and you can actually relax during your appointment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It doesn't surprise us that the beaut Laura Whitmore, superstar Demi Lovato, icon Samantha Mumba, blogger Dee Alfaro and model Alannah Beirne have all frequented the salon. 

If that wasn't enough, you can also book a private party at the salon – so you can kick off your girls' night in style.

Sip that bubbly and treat your nails to a make-over as you catch up with all the gals.

The salon is also a fabulous location for a Hen Party, because who doesn't love getting their nails done? – You'll be the number one maid of honour.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Their flexibility means you can make the activity an after lunch hangout, pre-drinks blowout or book it exclusively for your group as an after-dinner pamper session before going on the tear – it's completely up to you.

As well as keeping your nails looking lit, the girls at Chipped also pay special attention to brows and lashes. 

Russian eyelash extension experts and experienced brow artists are on hand to pamper you with relaxing treatments to make that eye area pop (best of all, their Russian lashes are 50% off this month). 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They've channelled our inner boss b*tch and understand our needs perfectly by creating four subscription services.

Each subscription gives a different level of nail maintenance to suit all tastes.

Tailored to all different price ranges, you can have your beautiful nails and not break the bank.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They also take walk-in appointments for gals on the go, so you're never caught out with nails not looking their best. 

If you or one of your besties are obsessed with everything nails, then you NEED to gift them the unbelievable nail subscription or a gift card this festive season.

We've totally fallen in love with this beauty salon and we know you will too – so head over to our Instagram where we are giving away a pamper session worth €500 in CHIPPED Dublin. 

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Time on my own is a rare luxury – busy gals, do you feel me?

As a young parent, journalist, and fitness junkie, my days are jam-packed. 

And given my schedule, it’s entirely fair to say my nail care is firmly last on my to-do list.

Day One

I was unfazed about my non-existent routine; after all, I was already caring for my skin and hair… not to mention another human being too.

On the odd occasion that I did treat myself, my nails would be a hot mess in two or three days with peeling and chipping – so I gave up.

That is until I spoke to nail guru Marian Newman at a CND Shellac Luxe event.

To say that my nails were an embarrassment is an understatement. 

I continually apologised to the nail technician, who I believe has magical powers.

She turned my "children nails", as my sister has kindly nicknamed them, into professional, gorgeous-looking nails.

Granted, my nails aren't anywhere near the amazing specimens that are featured on my Insta-feed – I am just your average 20-something-year-old with normal nails. 

Day One

I selected Shellac Luxe 'Satin Slippers' which is a nude.

It's ideal for work and mum life as it is chic and sophisticated but strikes a feminine and pretty look.

An added bonus was Shellac Luxe promised not to destroy my nails and it could be removed in 60 seconds – (YES, 60 seconds!)

Additionally, given the science behind the formula and the 'Wiggle' technique, I was told I'd be well equipped for everyday life without chips or breaks.

 

The TEMPTATION is reallll #CNDLuxe

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I won’t lie: I was VERY sceptical.

I am hard on my nails in general: I play tag rugby, attend Zumba and lift weights four times a week.

I use a push scooter to get to work (laugh now, but they're unreal) come rain or shine, and life with my four-year-old includes A LOT of painting, parks and hikes.

Week Two

However, this is how I got on with Shellac Luxe.

During the three weeks I had it on, I really put it to the test, and I have to confess – I was surprised.

My first chip came in the second week as I was lifting with a bar and caught my nail.

The rest of my nails maintained beautifully well until the end of the experiment though.

Week Three after scooting into work

The biggest thing I didn’t anticipate was how much I loved looking at my hands when my nails were done – I had forgotten what it felt like to have nice nails.

You can guarantee I was lapping up the nail compliments too.

CND were honest about the removal process which I did on my own, and I was SHOOK.

By the time I had finished wrapping the last nail, the first one was ready.

My nails were perfect, no damage or stress to the nail bed after three weeks of Shellac – I was very pleased.

I even got my nails done AGAIN, and I fear that I may become a nail junkie after this experience – please pray for my bank account. 

If you're interested in trying out Shellac Luxe, you're in luck.

They've added 14 new shades for us to obsess over.

CND gives you beautiful Shellac with no compromises – even for those of us who have demanding lives and commitments.  

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There's nothing more annoying than spending your precious time and money on your nails, for them to be destroyed just days later. 

That's why we are SO excited to share a nail secret that we've just been informed of.

The nail industry has just been revolutionised by a simple technique, so you can say goodbye to chipped nails. 

 

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Shellac Luxe and the incredible people at CND have let me in on a new technique they have developed called the Wiggle.

The Wiggle gets those nails looking sharp and keeps them on point for two weeks.

It is a new way to paint nails and caps the nail properly to avoid chipping and breaks.

Samantha Sweet of Sweet Squared spoke to SHEmazing about how the Wiggle was conceived with Shellac Luxe, which removes in just sixty seconds.

"Team CND obviously do a lot of training on application…rather than paint a nail traditionally from the cuticle up, they do this wiggle technique, where they are almost going backward on the tip of the nail first, it’s almost like you’re sealing the edge," she explained. 

"The brush in this product is so awesome, that when you actually apply this wiggle technique, it just does this beautiful sweep, then they apply [the polish] normally."

After speaking to the nail goddess that is Marian Newman, she told me all about the way the Wiggle is changing the industry as we know it.

Marian has worked in every aspect of the nail industry, which includes over 50 British Vogue covers to her name and years of working on fashion shows for London and Paris Fashion Weeks – so she knows a thing or two about nails.

"I think the Wiggle technique is amazing," she said. 

 

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"With any nail coating, you do have to cap the free edge because the layers end there, so that is where they get the most damage, that's where water can seep and make the layers blow apart, so you do have to cap the free edge," she said.

"And a lot of people cap the free edge but they get polish underneath and if you get any underneath, traditional or gel polish you end up picking it out and then you have broken the seal.

"Everyone knows this is such a fine product [Shellac Luxe] – when I say fine, I mean sophisticated, it’s superior.

Marian went on to explain that with the Wiggle technique and using Luxe, you cap the tip of the nail without getting anything underneath, so you don't break the seal. 

 

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Marian also added that it's crucial for nail techs to get the wiggle technique down properly, so you get the best results.

"[Shellac Luxe] is thin and you don’t get the bulbous piece at the end, it's just an easy way for every nail professional to remember, what to do and get the best possible results because this is very technique sensitive. 

"If you don’t put it on right, then you’re not going to get the best out of it."

 

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Our hands are in front of our face all day long.

Making the effort is worth it, as staring at beautiful nails all day makes us happy.

When asked why they want other nail technicians to lose bad habits, and to adopt the wiggle and Shellac Luxe; The answer was simple – "the integrity of a natural nail."

 

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"We are in the beauty industry, we are not here to trash natural nails. The integrity of a natural nail should be the first priority of a nail technician, keeping those nails beautiful," explained Samantha. 

"Now with traditional Shellac and Luxe, you don’t need to use an abrasive or a file on the natural nail, so already you haven't done anything to the nail to thin it or anything like that."

"If nail techs stop doing those type of things, and then you've got a product that comes off so easily, so the nail underneath shouldn't be harmed in any way, then you've got a better experience for the customers."

"Clients should not be going to a salon to get their nails trashed, and yet there are so many people that still do that."

 

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Shellac Luxe knows how to treat your nails properly and removes in sixty seconds, leaving behind a clean, healthy nail.

The range has expanded by 15 brand new shades, with Satin Slippers being our ultimate fav.

However, if you're feeling peachy and summery, Charm is your way to go.

If you're walking on the darker, moodier side of life, Dark Cherry (it's a rouge-noire) will be one to get your hands on!

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If you consider yourself to be a big fan of cool manicures, then the following may send you over the edge…

 

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The shattered glass manicure effect is sweeping Instagram, and we are in LOVE with it. 

Now OBVIOUSLY it's not real glass (that would be dangerous ladies) but it’s actually thin slivers of cellophane (think shinier cling film) arranged on the nail to reflect light.

 

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The results are pretty darn cool, and will guarantee you all the likes on Insta. 

 

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The trend started in South Korea (of course) recently, and has been growing in popularity ever since. 

We cannot WAIT to try this look! 

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Goodbye summer, we hardly knew you! 

As the days get shorter (and colder), we can't help but be kind of excited about the chillier months to come. 

Warm coats, hot drinks, and all-round cosiness is what this time of year is all about.

Oh, and warm and wonderful manicures – because we said so. 

Nothing beats a fresh pair of nails, especially when they're a lovely autumnal shade. 

Check these out, my lovelies:

1. This AMAZING ombre.

We're squealing! 

2. The PERFECT nude.

Simple, and gorgeous. 

 

How amazing are @sophie_murray1s nails 

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3. Green with envy. 

How cool are these?

 

Three easy coats, no top coat, of "You Goth to be Kidding Me" from @pepperpotpolish Gothic Family Jewels collection. This was a little more crelly like, so it did need that third coat. Such a pretty deep emerald! . . These five vampy cremes are launching September 13 at noon PST for $10 each or $45 for the full set. But!! Spend $20 or more and you can use the code PEPPERPOT for an extra 15% off, bringing it down to $38.25 for the collection!! . . **Bonus happy rant** I love, love, LOVE wearing dark colors and these all are so dark they're nearly black in some lighting… Know what I mean? But what's the worst part about dark polishes? REMOVAL. I avoid them because I hate the mess they make when it's time to take them off. These babies, however, do not cause a scene. I removed a six day old mani from all ten fingers with three cotton balls and zero curse words . I was over the moon! I rarely post things like this in my descriptions, so I hope that shows you how big of a deal it was for me. Dark colors that come off without struggle = AMAZZZZZINGNESS. . . #prsample #pepperpotpolish #gothicfamilyjewels #gothicnails #gothvibes #fallvibes #darknails #vamp #vampypolish #greennails #yougothtobekiddingme

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4. Pumpkin spice nails. 

Very festive. 

5. Halloween nails.

It's never too eary. 

 

#nailmoco # #nail  #gelnail #gelnails #nails # #autumnnails ##halloweennails #

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6. Gorgeous navy nails. 

Warm and wonderful. 

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Dawn Foster is a well known professional journalist, who creates content about politics, social affairs and economics for The Guardian. 

She is also a published author, and although she has numerous professional accolades under her belt, one thing is clearly very distracting about her outward appearance.

It's her nails. 

Well, at least according to the unsolicited opinion of one male viewer. 

The journalist received a piece of modern-day hate mail from an unnamed man, who pointed out that her well taken care of nails were an undermining element of her appearance. 

Because your nails speak volumes about you level of professionalism…right? 

Dawn took to Twitter to share the lengthy email. 

According to the writer of the hate mail, Dawn's manicure speaks volumes about her as a person, and is in complete juxtaposition to her political views. 

Yes people, we have reached peak 'men policing women's appearances' with this one. 

The viewer accused her nails of being distracting, and insinuated that taking care of your appearance doesn't match up to left-wing views. 

If we could just put a row of question marks here, we would. 

'It is clear to me and many other viewers that you are the type of woman who indulges in excessive nail care,' reads the complaint. 

'For all your claims to be "left wing"  and in favour of workers rights, why I ask have you not considered the rights of the nail bars you frequent?'

'How does this square with your childish left wind world view, hmmmm?'

The ridiculous, reaching complaint is gaining attention on social media, and other woman are sharing ways in which they have been shamed for their appearance at work.

One woman described being given out to for wearing large earrings, which apparently meant she wasn't a 'serious person,' while another woman was berated for her natural curly hair.  

Another was shamed for wearing no makeup at all, so it seems that when it comes to expressing (or not expressing) typically feminine beauty ideals, there is no way of winning.

We'll be rocking our French manicures, stiletto nails, bare nails, bitten nails, glitter nails or rainbow-painted digits in style, regardless of anyones' random, unsolicited opinion of what that symbolises in us as women. 

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Ever had a tough time choosing the exact right hue for your nails in the salon?

There are so many to choose from, and if you regret the shade, that's fifty quid down the drain. 

Luckily, 18-year-old Emma Young recently shared her GENIUS method of colour choosing, and we're blown away. 

All you need is the plastic colour decals and your Snapchat app and you're good to go. 

'I was looking at the nail options, and the nail salon I go to has them glued inside the book so you can't put your finger under it to see how it looks,' she told Buzzfeed. 

Momentarily baffled, the teen had a radical idea.

Using Snapchat's sticker feature, she created a sticker with one of the nail shades, and placed it on her own nail in a snap. 

The final result was a Emma being able to see exactly what the shade would look like adorning her digits. 

Impressed? You should be. 

The method went completely viral after Emma tweeted it to the masses, and people have been utilising the Snapchat nail sticker hack for themselves.

We're sorted for our next salon visit!

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