Years and years ago I was amazed by the process of getting a manicure with "tips". Now the only tips I am interested in are steak tips. I think I was fascinated by the process of instant nails-- but over time realized that I certainly didn't need them and was pretty lucky to have nails that looked just fine with plain old polish.
Nowadays, my resistance to polish is the short life span. Washing hands 47,324 times a day means that a manicure lasts about two days before it starts chipping, and I'm much too obsessive/attentive to detail to ignore the chips. Once that starts, I just want the polish off.
In March I tried the OPI shellac polish. Since I was heading out to enjoy a few days away from kids and housework, I was willing to try it out. Whether it was the product or the application I'm not sure, but after about two weeks I was ready to take it off. It was starting to chip around the edges. I didn't think that was a bad outcome, though. Two weeks of pretty was pretty good.
So a week and a half ago I went out with a girlfriend just to get pedicures, enough of a luxury in itself, and the ladies at the salon showed me their own nails and said that they'd had the same "Gelish" polish on for three weeks. Except that you could tell their nails had grown, they looked perfect. I was sold.
I took these photos last night-- day 11. No signs of chipping or peeling. I keep re-examining because I'm waiting for it. Again, not knowing whether it's the product or the application, I'm definitely more impressed with this round. I was just looking at the cost of the supplies to do it at home. Not cheap unless you had some girlfriends to split it with, but it's lasting sooooo much longer than regular polish would for me. And I've spent the last 11 days doing all sorts of glamorous dish washing, laundry, kid washing, yard work... lots and lots of hand washing and soaking.
This is a little more of a close-up than I'm generally comfortable with, but this is a high-priority life-saving Public Service Announcement, so I'll suck it up.
I only took about 3 dozen photos to come up with two that didn't look completely awkward. Hand modeling is way harder than I'd have guessed.