Pardon me while I release my Inner Manicure Monologue. If you just want the Shellac and other manicure deals, you are more than encouraged to skip to the bottom.

Are you one of those people who goes to the same manicurist, same time, every week? I can never understand you. Although it does sound lovely (my mom has developed a tremendous bond with Michelle The Manicurist since her first appointment in ’92), and although I hate the way my unmanicured fingers look and feel, I’m way too busy to commit religiously to something like a manicure. I also don’t do my own nails; they just never come out right. When I have 45 minutes to spare, I’ll pop into one of the two spots I frequent (Broadway Nails by my office, Nails by Deca near my apartment), and call it a (spa) day. They always chip after a few days, which bothers me a lot less than it does most people. “OMG I broke a nail” hasn’t come out of my mouth since high school – I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Seriously, it’s NOT. But still, all this into consideration, it seems counter-intuitive that I, Spa Queen I am, have not yet ventured into time-saving manicures (and pedicures) that stay gorgeous for 2 weeks or longer, such as Shellac. As it says on their website: “…Shellac goes on like polish, wears like gel and removes in minutes.” Simple enough, right?

In theory, I would really like to get Shellac’d. They remain unchipped for 14 days strong, they take zero time to dry which means zero smudges or dents, and they boast an eternally shiny finish – what more could a mani-addict like myself want? It’s only slightly more expensive than the manicures I get, taking into consideration they last twice as long. My friends and colleagues rave about it, and I especially love the colors in Jason Wu’s new collection, above. Although I could easily get Shellac’d, I haven’t yet. Oh good, I knew you’d want to hear my reasons.

One, I would have to switch nail places/routines. These people know me and I can’t imagine how sad they’d be to stop seeing me! They’re so cute. And I generally like them too. Two, I go roughly every week, a much-needed forced time to unwind, and I always get a ten minute chair massage while I dry. Fewer manicures = fewer ten minute massages. Three, I truly enjoy picking a new color combo every week (yes combo… as you know I always get my middle finger painted differently). I never get the same color combo twice, and the psychology behind my decision-making process is bewildering. Why one week I’m feeling glitzy pewter, the next shattered black, then subdued nude, then a sharp neon pink is beyond me. Am I matching my emotions or my outfit? Who knows, but I love it!

So there. Clearly I’m not trying to sell you on Shellac… just trying to justify why I haven’t been sold on it. But maybe after reading this over I am…


Shellac Manicure and Fusion Pedicure for $70, normally $95
Aniko Salon & Spa
1109 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Shellac Manicure for $35, normally $40
Synergy Spa
2603 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 121C
Raleigh, NC 27608

Full Body Wax and Shellac Manicure for $89, normally $144
Vada Spa & Laser Center
387 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10014

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