September 2, 2011

salon cheater

I have a confession to make. I bite my nails. Yes - terrible, I know. For the last 20 or so years I've been biting, but I stopped this past spring when I discovered Shellac. Shellac is a paint on polish that wears extremely well, with no chips for up to 14 days (more than that, usually). And the best part? It is super thick and hard and for me, impossible to bite through! So I had long beautiful nails for months in the spring! But then finals kicked in, and I found a way to bite through the polish and bite my nails off, and I haven't been back to my salon since. 
Today I decided I needed to get my nails done and attempt at re-growing them because I have some important interviews coming up and I dont want to have nasty nails. My old salon is sooo far away now (lol, like 2 miles) so I decided to try another close to me. BIG MISTAKE. I totally regret my salon cheating.
Why I will not be going back:
1) I asked if they had Shellac, they said yes, but when I went in it was like bootleg Shellac called Le Chat Perfect Match. I was already inside so I decided just to try it.
2) The salon itself was pretty grimy. My old salon, although super cheap, FELT high end. Old salon sterilized their tools before and vacuum sealed them so they at least looked brand new. Old salon had chic furniture. New salon pulled out nasty looking tools and sprayed them with disinfectant before using them. (I should have walked out at this point, but I have a problem being confrontational). 
3) Old salon paid great attention to detail and gave a great hand massage at the end. New Salon threw on some lotion in less than 5 seconds and called it a day.
and lastly, 4) old salon cost 25 bucks for shellac, new salon cost 30 for a shitty rushed job with shoddy results. NOT going back.

Do you always go to the same hair or nail salon? Have you ever regretted switching?

In other news, I wore this this week. 
 Dress: Lucca Couture via Hautelook
Cardigan: H&M
Shoes: Loft (here - super sale online!)
Belt: F21
Necklace: Tiffany (here) & John Hardy charm from bracelet (here)


  1. my sister bites her nails. has for Years. i've promised her a mani if she ever stops!
    <3 mode.

  2. Such pretty sandals! =)

  3. Your bow sandals are fantastic, and so is your blog

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  4. Cute dress ! I love the belt ! Check out :

  5. Hey so sorry for not responding to you earlier. The only time I wear suits is to court or mediation. Otherwise, I dress pretty trendy to the office :) I think it will totally depend on where you work--I probably could not get away with some of the things I wear in a more conservative firm. Let me know if have any other questions!

  6. I have been wanting to try Shellac for a long time :) excited to try it out! Thanks for sharing. Loving your blog!

  7. Nice blog!!

    Hajar & Mounia

  8. wow I want your dres :) :)
    amazing blog :)

  9. lovely look! casual but classy <3

  10. Love the colour of your cardigan!
    I always go to the same hair salon. It makes me way too nervous to change! If anything, I get a trim from a new salon to test it out.


  11. I love how you added the char, to the necklace. :)

  12. So sorry to hear about your experience! I actually do my nails myself as I don't trust salons that much and I've been going to the same hair stylist for the last 4 or 5 years now. I went to a different hair salon once when he wasn't available and it was a HUGE mistake that costed me at least 15cm of hair.

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