Great Mother’s Day Gift Idea {one of my new favorite things}

May 1st, 2012

I LOVE helping husbands decide what to get their spouses for special occasions. Do you want me to tell your husband what to get you for Mother’s Day? :) My cute hubby bought me Shellac for Christmas, and I LOVE IT!! My bestie Jo gave Dan the idea. Let’s be honest, that girl has my back these days!! Thank heaven for great friends!

I took my Shellac set to Arizona for my brother Court’s wedding, and I did 50 sets of shellac in a two day period {ok, that MIGHT be a little bit of an exaggeration}. We had sooo much fun!! If you have little girls, this stuff is especially amazing. BUT…I have to admit, my girls don’t leave theirs on as long as I would like them too. They peel it off in a day or two. DARN IT. But, the great thing is that you don’t have to worry about smudging and with a four year old smudging is inevitable. I love it on my toes because I have a pet peeve that my toes must always be painted {pretty perfectly}. Shellac lasts for at least 6 weeks on my toes!

If you have never heard of Shellac, you are in for a treat, my friend.

Basically you paint your nails with a base coat, cure it with a UV light for 15 seconds,

Paint a coat of Shellac color, cure it for 2 minutes (repeat, I usually do two coats of color). HINT: Make sure you are super duper careful with painting the color on. If you mess up, you need to wipe it off before you cure it. If you don’t, you will cure the polish in the wrong place! :) Take my advice on this one. I am speaking from experience. I have learned that I keep a tooth pick nearby during this process.

Paint your nail with the top coat, cure it for 2 minutes. Then wipe it off with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol and VOILA your nails LAST and are completely dry. No smudging!!! It takes a little practice to perfect your painting skills, but after you get the hang of it, it is totally easy!

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I don’t have a ton of colors, but I want them all!!! My most recent favorite colors (I don’t own them all, but I’ve seen them) are:

   Asphalt                          Clearly Pink                     Tropix               Hotski to Tchotchke   and Rock Royalty

The colors are a bit pricey {about 15.00 a bottle, but I think they are totally worth it}. Plus, I know that the Shellac peeps say that you need a “Shellac” light do cure their nail polish, but guess what folks, I got mine on Amazon for about $30.00. It works like a charm, and it even has a timer so that I know when my two minutes are up!

Don’t forget, you will need the base coat and top coat too!

If you need me to send a special “hint” to your hubsters, just let me know! (I linked all of the images above to the best prices I could find on Amazon, so if you want to buy them easily, just click over to Amazon. :))
Do have a favorite Shellac color? Which one is your favorite!?!? I want ALL OF THEM!!

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