Thursday, April 7, 2011

CND Shellac Manicure at Biago Salon

I am so excited to share the fabulous CND Shellac Manicure that I received at beautiful Biago Salon in Clarksville, MD.  A lot of people have asked me how I was finally able to grow my nails out (they have been breaking my entire life!), and a big part of what strengthened my nails and helped them finally grow was the CND Shellac Manicure.  On top of that, I had chip-free CND Shellac nails for more than 3 weeks!

I have been friends with the owner of Biago Salon, Lynn Lazarra, for 12 years.  I started getting my nails done at her salon when I was just 13 years ago, and I have watched her salon grow into the amazing hair, nail, and beauty spa that it is today.  Lynn kindly invited me to come to Biago to try the new CND Shellac Manicure.

What is CND Shellac?
The CND Shellac Manicure is a new process that gives you an instantly dry manicure that lasts for 14 chip-proof days.  I was pretty skeptical going in, because even my best manicure has never lasted for more than a few days without chips.  The Shellac system is applied in layers, beginning with a special base coat.  Each layer is quickly sealed under a special UV light, which cures the polish and makes it chip-proof and instantly dry.

What makes CND Shellac unique?
Aside from wearing for a minimum of 14 days, the CND Shellac Manicure also dries instantly. Lynn actually had me put my hands into a bucket of bolts immediately following my manicure.  I was sure my nails would be covered with nicks, but they came out spotless (it was actually a very bizarre feeling - when I do my nails at home, I can't touch anything for at least 30 minutes!)  CND Shellac Manicures are also harmless to your nails, unlike gel or acrylic nails, which leave your nail beds thin and fragile.  In fact, the CND Shellac Manicure protected my nails so well that they were able to grow out without breaking or peeling.  Plus, when you are ready for a new color, they are fast and easy to remove.

Why I'm a CND Shellac convert
I loved wearing my CND Shellac Manicure so much, and I was AMAZED that it lasted for not just 14 days but 24 days (at which point only one nail chipped).  That is more than three weeks!  It was awesome having perfectly polished nails while typing, doing dishes, shopping, when I went to my friend's wedding (and that was on day 15!), and then gorgeous nails the rest of the week for work.  I hate having chipped nails, so I typically end up spending a lot of time painting my nails during the week, but with the CND Shellac Manicure, I could just enjoy having beautiful nails every single day without ever worrying about them looking bad.

I am an obsessive polish changer (which you probably know!).  The biggest downside of the CND Shellac Manicure was that I couldn't change polish colors every few days like I am used to, but the benefit of having fabulous nails every single day made it worth it.  The other downside is the cost, but if you are someone who gets manicures regularly, the CND Shellac Manicure seems like a more economical option given that it lasts for so long (whereas a traditional manicure typically chips within a few days).

Try it for yourself!
CND has introduced tons of new Shellac shades, ranging from fun, bright Hot Pop Pink to Rock Royalty, a deep, rich purple.  If you live in Maryland, I very highly recommend visiting Biago Salon for a CND Shellac Manicure, but if you live elsewhere, check out CND's Shellac Salons for a certified salon near you.

Biago Salon and Spa
For my Maryland readers, I encourage you to check out Biago Salon.  Lynn is one of the kindest and most genuine people I know, and on top of that, she is extremely talented.  Lynn is the only person that J and I trust to cut our hair, and my mom and sister are huge fans of Biago stylists Nancy Denton and Rachel Gross.  Everyone at Biago is so kind and friendly, and above all they are all extremely knowledgeable about and skilled with hair and nails.

Biago currently offers hair treatments including cuts, coloring, and styling; nail services such as the CND Shellac Manicure, spa pedicures, and manicures; and a number of spa and facial treatments.  Learn more about their services in their spa brochure.  To contact Biago to learn more or for an appointment, call (410)531-5730.

Day 1
My beautiful CND Shellac Manicure in Red Baroness.  I love how shimmery and multidimensional it is.

Day 16
More than two weeks in, there are no chips and just a hint of tip wear.  The only indication that this manicure wasn't done the day before is that it had grown out.

Day 22
I took this photo after wearing my CND Shellac Manicure for more than THREE WEEKS.  

Learn more about CND Shellac at, find a certified Shellac salon through their salon finder, and visit Biago Salon at  

Have you tried CND Shellac yet?  What did you think?
Thanks so much for reading!!


Anonymous said...

Nice! I have never tried this before. I'll have to get this done sometimes during the summer!

Unknown said...

Thanks Kitty!! I am hoping to get this done before I go to the beach this summer. When I'm on vacation painting my nails is the last thing I want to do (plus, my nails always seem to chip twice as fast at the beach). I'd love to hear what you think when you get a chance to try it!

hillary said...

I am similar to you I change my nails often but I recently got the shellac as well. I loved it! It didn't chip at all. But at two weeks they had grown enough that it bothered it. I am shocked by your $45 cost. I live in Boston which is notoriously over priced and Shellac is only $25 here. I usually spend more than my friends in other cities on most everything. I wonder what the national average for Shellac is.

Unknown said...

Love this stuff have been getting my nails done for awhile. With a little one I haven't had time to do them myself. Love how long it last and that they have a clear coat with glitter in it. :)

Auntie Kathy said...

Use non acetone remover and polish over it! I get mine done in a light-ish color every couple of weeks, then change my color on top whenever I feel like it. The only time I've had any visible effect on the shellac was some pretty hard core glitter that took forever to get off, and left some surface dents behind.

I also think $45 is crazy. I pay $23.

Kelsey said...

I feel like every time I do my nails they chip the next day. I need to try shellac!! Can they do french tip shellac?

Libby's Pink Vanity said...

Like you, I like to change my polish every few days. However, I could definitely see getting Shellac for a vacation or extended business trip. I love the red you picked. :)

Whitney @ ElementalStyles said...

I'd love to try this since I've been hearing a lot about it lately but I might wait until my nails grow out a bit! Now does the cost usually cover a whole manicure and the like, or just the painting? Also, how do you get it off??!

NancyG said...

I am also a polish changer but I've been using Shellac for several months. What I found was that I could paint over my Shellac manicure with regular polish. As long as the Shellac wasn't super dark (like Fedora or Blackpool) the regular polish covered in two coats and wore for several days without chips. Then I used non-acetone nail polish remover to remove the regular polish. My Shellac manicure was perfect underneath!

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