I realize that the title of this post isn’t the greatest. But, I’m too lazy to change it.
Last month, my law school wifey/bff Katie, suggested we have a girls’ day of shopping, mani’s, and eating out. It was actually the day that I had tried hot yoga (Bikram) for the first time. In all my dried up sweat fabulousness – I met her up at our local outdoor mall, Partridge Creek. (Yea, we have 2 outdoor malls in the Metro-Detroit area that get snowed out 5 months out of 12; makes complete sense, no?)
I’m not really a fan of nail salon manicures as I tend to chip my nails on my way out the door. (It most definitely happened on my pre-wedding day manicured nails.) I’m also not a huge fan of acrylics anymore because they make my nails un-breathable and itchy.
When, Katie mentioned a “guaranteed” manicure, I had to give it a try. I’m sure a lot of you have heard about it and/or already are avid fans. I tend to be late on the “trends” wagon. It’s a salon line called “Axxium” by the ever renowned nail company, OPI.
In my simple version of what an “Axxium” manicure entails is as follows:
- Special nail polish (limited colors available) is painted on layer by layer.
- Usually 2-3 coats are applied.
- In between each coat, you dry them under a UV light.
- Top coat is applied at the end.
- UV light dries nails for a final round.
- Spray cleaner is applied to remove excess.
- Hand massage.
- Voila, instant dry nails!
I took the photos above about a week after my first manicure. And honestly, they looked exactly like that two weeks later. The only difference being the length of my growing nails.
The “Axxium” is definitely a thicker feel and texture than a regular manicure, but for the 3 week+ no-chip polish. I’m a huge fan. There was no “drying time” after the 25-30 min. nail salon session and I still washed dishes and went about my usual house chores that had no effect on the manicure.
This past weekend, I went back to the nail salon, not because of chips, but because my nails had grown so long. This time – the nail tech suggested I try “gel-in”s (shellac), which are a bit thinner than the OPI Axxium line. I wanted to get the french manicure this time and the white in the shellac line was “brighter” than the OPI Axxium one, so I paid the extra $5 to try the shellac.
I am a huge fan of both the OPI Axxium and Shellac manicures.
I really like the OPI line of colors and the shellac for the french.
- most salons will charge you to remove the old manicure (as you need to soak your nails in straight acetone). (Though, my friend has “peeled” it off at home with no damage to her nails).
- It is kind of tedious compared to a quick, regular manicure.
- They don’t concentrate as much on your cuticles as they do during a regular manicure.
- The hand massage at the end is always TO DIE FOR!!!!!
- If you’re like me, this is the answer to keeping your nails long throughout wintertime.
- For $25-30 a session, it is well worth my “me-time” & monthly treat!
–Have you tried either manicures? What do you think?