She went about the usual manicure cuticle treatment, nail filing etc followed by Shellac application. And before I could say Jack Robinson, it had ended. The polish was dry. Sahara desert dry. Myth number one: "zero dry-time"? Tick. I even walked to the nearest cash point and withdrew money without even a smudge. Loads of zips, pockets and sharp edges were involved readers. For details of the entire procedure see here.
I have washed my hair, the odd dish or two without gloves (naughty naughty), AND bumped nails against hard surfaces. Now 10 days down the line, I have not seen a single chip nor scratch. There's no need to wait the extra 4 days as I have been sold already. Here are a few pictures to prove my point. Day 14 and any other later days (if it lasts even longer) will be posted too. Forgive the lighting as I took the pictures with my camera phone but you get the general gist. SHELLAC WORKS!
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