How To Look After Your Shellac… And Avoid Damage

CND (Creative Nail Design) revolutionised the nail industry and first created Shellac back in May 2010. This was after almost five years of development in their state-of-the-art laboratory. Since then, it has become one of the most popular nail treatments on any beauty salon menu.

Shellac is a hybrid, (meaning half nail polish and half gel.) The product is applied like a polish to  the natural nail (or over extensions) and is cured via a UV or LED light. Because the product is cured, there is zero drying time, which allows busy women like us to get on with the rest of our day. Shellac is a three part system; firstly a base coat is applied, followed by two colour coats and finished off with a high shine top coat.

As a Nail Technician, my primary focus has always been to keep my clients nails as healthy as possible. Therefore I thought it may be useful to share some of my top tips for looking after your Shellac and why it is so important to remove it properly…

Apply a cuticle oil twice a day (I personally recommend Solar Oil, also by CND) to keep nails and cuticles hydrated. This also helps reduce the temptation to pick any dry skin around the nail.

Avoid nails coming into contact with cleaning products and chemicals. I strongly advise that you wear gloves for household jobs, washing up, gardening or any other hobbies that are harsh on your hands.

If you do experience a chip make sure you don’t pick or pull it as this will cause damage to your nails underneath. I would always advise getting in touch with your nail professional in order for them to repair this for you.

Shellac is fantastic for holidays too, however just be aware that some sun tan oils and insect repellant products can contain solvent oils that can cause damage your Shellac. Excessive sun exposure and chlorine can also cause your colour to fade. To minimise this, I would recommend drying your nails after swimming and prior sunbathing.

I know there are some people who like to ‘peel’ their Shellac off, however, by doing this, you can seriously damage the natural nail underneath. Which is why it is really important to remove the product correctly. If you are choosing to do this at home, you will need the following; pure acetone, cotton wool pads, foil and an orange wood stick. Apply your acetone to the cotton wool pad and place over the nail, take a piece of foil and wrap around your finger. Leave for ten minutes and remove foil and cotton wool pad. Once removed, take your orange wood-stick and gently remove the excess product. Once completed, wash your hands and dry thoroughly before applying your cuticle oil to each nail.

If you would like any additional nail care advice, you can download your free guide over on my Tips & Tricks page, or feel free to join me over on my Facebook page.

In the meantime, treat your nails as jewels, not tools…x


Nina x

5 Things I Want You To Know About Spray Tanning…

5-things-i-want-you-to-know-about-spray-tanning-3People often ask me why I love spray tanning so much and my answer is always the same; It’s not just about making you look good, it’s about making you feel good too! Spray tanning is so much more than just a solution being applied to your skin, it’s a mindset game changer! In a survey carried out by Sienna X last year, 90% of women said they felt more confident just by having a spray tan… 90%, that’s amazing don’t you think? So, whether you are completely new to spray tanning or have had a few in the past, here are a few really important things I want you to know…

I’m Not Judging Your Body…

I appreciate the thought of getting semi naked in front of a complete stranger and then being sprayed with a solution that isn’t exactly warm, can fill you with dread. However, hand on heart, I only see a blank canvas that I can paint! It really is as simple as that, please don’t apologise to me for your body, you are beautiful just the way you are!

Tell Me Your Story…

I’m a complete people person, therefore I love to hear about you! When you come to me for a spray tan, I carry out an in-depth consultation because it’s important I get as much information about you as possible. Is your tan for a special occasion? Have you had spray tans previously? Do you use self- tan products at home? How well do you tan naturally? This all helps me to create the perfect tan for you.

Preparation Is Key…

For the best results, there are a few things that you’ll need to do before your spray tan. You will need to wax or shave at least 24 hours before your treatment. If you are choosing to be waxed, please ensure all residue is removed and exfoliated away so it doesn’t block the tan. If you are shaving, then open pores will need time to close, as the guide colour can sit in them. You will also need to exfoliate fully, paying particular attention dryer areas, such as knees, elbows and ankles.

Avoid Moisturiser Before… (No Matter What You May Of Heard)

It’s important to be completely free of moisturiser, make up and deodorant prior to your spray tan. These products can create a barrier on the skin and will affect the tan’s application. I do apply a small amount of barrier cream to elbows, hands, knees and ankles to avoid the tan being to heavily absorbed in these areas, but other than that, be completely au naturel!

I Promise, You Won’t Go Orange…

There is a real misconception around this, there are only two reasons that make a spray tan or a self tan look orange and they are; the tanning solution is to dark for that person’s skin tone and the second is the application of the tan has been applied to heavily. I am proud to work with the market leaders within the tanning industry; Sienna X. Their tanning solutions allow me to choose from five different shades and give my clients a natural, flawless and bespoke tan every time.

If you have any questions, I would love for you to get in touch. You can leave a comment below or pop over to my Facebook page. In the meantime, enjoy being the beautiful you!

Love, Nina x

How To Look After Your Skin This Winter…

In the Winter months we can often neglect our skin care regime, mainly because we spend most of our time covering it up until the Spring. However, with the change in temperatures, it really is even more important to keep our skin hydrated. Therefore I thought I would share some top tips and some amazing products for keeping your skin happy and healthy this Winter…

After a long day at work, there’s no better treat than a nice long soak in the bath. Try to keep the water on the warmer side, rather than to hot, as to much hot water can dry your skin out.

It’s also really important to remove dead skin cells to, this helps keep skin looking and feeling at its best. I personally love “Body Smooth” by Tropic and would say to use this or a similar product at least once or twice a week.

Another firm favourite of mine is “Body Love” also from Tropic. It smells like Lemon Meringue Pie and just melts into your skin. This moisturiser can be used all over the body and works wonders for enhancing the appearance of skin as well as keeping it hydrated.

Even though the Winter months will make you feel less thirsty, it’s just as important to drink plenty of water. This not only greatly improves the appearance of skin, it also helps reduce fatigue, flush out toxins and improve your mood.

Whenever we head outside, we all naturally wrap up, however one area that is always exposed is our face. Therefore I would always recommend protecting your skin with an SPF Moisturiser, Foundation and Lip Balm. Just because we can’t feel the warmth of the sun, the harmful rays of UVA and UVB are still there.

If you would like to find out more more about Tropic Skincare, then feel free to head over to their website; where you can discover all of the wonderful products on offer. (I’m not an affiliate for the brand, I just really enjoy using products that work)

I hope you have found this useful and as always, if you have any questions or little gems to share of your own for happier, healthier skin then I would love to hear from you. You can contact me via email; or by popping over to my Facebook page.

Until next time, here’s to an amazing month and taking care of ourselves…x


Nina x

Photo Credit: Tropic Skincare.