Lisa Hannam
Lisa Hannam
@lisahannam

Chip-free nails for at least a week? Yes, please!

“Are those Shellac?” I get asked that at least once a week about my chip-free nails. Not that my nails are spectacular, they just look well manicured. And while it is a bit of work to maintain a “polished” polished look, it’s completely worth it. Here’s my chip-free-nails strategy:

Day 1:
I got a polish change from the lovely Melissa Forrest, nail spokesperson and brand ambassador for Shoppers Drug Mart. She chose Ceramic Glaze in a reddish pink called Island Getaway for me. I laughed and said that’s because I’m so pale that this would be the only way I would take a tropical vacation. My manicure looks good, and my nails are chip-free. So I just admire it.

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Day 2:
I notice that the polish has receded a bit. But it’s not too much. I just do a quick file so that my nail is no longer exposed. No chips, though. Yaassss!

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Day 3:
I do one coat of Island Getaway on each nail, ensuring that I get the tips. Then I apply a topcoat, Seche Vite. I can’t tell you enough how much I love this topcoat. It covers up imperfections, so you don’t see the line from where the nail lacquer faded back. And the shine is gorgeous. Plus, it’s the fastest, gun-slinging, quick-dry topcoat around.

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Day 4:
Looks good! And with double the shine (two times the topcoat), it’s got that gel-mani look. The key to making sure the tops of the nail beds are clean and healthy looking is hydrated cuticles. I generally use whatever’s around, from olive oil to Blistex. But I’ve recently become obsessed with Delectable Everything Balm, which has a subtle sweet smell. (Another reason to love my mani!) I use this multiple times a day.

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Day 5:
This is when I usually get compliments on my nails. And right on sked, I get asked where I get my nails done.

Day 6:
I decided to do some gardening. You can breathe: I wore gardening gloves. Instead of fixing my nails after, I decide to give them another coat of polish and Seche Vite before I head into my yard. I did have a minor chip on my index finger, so I was a bit more generous with polish on that nail. Nothing goopy, just enough to fill the gap. After about six hours outside pulling weeds and garlic scapes, my mani looks perfect.

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Day 7:
It’s been a week and here’s how my nails look now. I like it! I do notice, tho, that this polish gets darker with each coat (and it’s not exactly the bright pink you see in the bottle). And that is totally fine for anyone who’s afraid they’ll get sick of the same colour for more than a week.

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While Melissa did polish my nails the first round, I usually do my nails myself, so the results are the same. This time, she laid the ground work and the shape. To make a manicure last, I find it’s about noticing the nail polish receding or polish chips right away. And the thick topcoat makes everything better. Amirite?

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Cake Delectable Everything Balm

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Ceramic Glaze Island Getaway

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Seche Vite Top Coat

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Cake Delectable Everything Balm

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Ceramic Glaze Island Getaway

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Seche Vite Top Coat