28 August 2013

Three Week Manicure Revisited: SugarDolls at A|wear, Grafton Street

SugarDolls Nail Bar, Awear

I am on the fence about 3-week manicures. I’ve sworn off them in the past, but the temptation (and novelty) of having shiny, glossy and groomed fingertips that last is sometimes more than I can bear.

So I pushed my reservations aside when A|wear invited me along to their new nail bar, SugarDolls. Located in the basement of A|wear on Grafton Street, it offers Gelish and Shellac along with acrylics, nail art (at a euro a nail), standard file & paints as well as various brow and lash treatments – and all at very reasonable prices.

Shellac Manicure at SugarDolls, Awear

As goldish greens are taking centre stage this autumn I went for a lovely foresty variation, shot through with sparkle.  The colour is definitely a hit – I’ve never had as many compliments – and my nails look neat and tidy too, having been buffed, shaped and trimmed around the cuticles before the colour was applied.

Shellac Manicure at SugarDolls, Awear

An unexpected bonus – the result of a new bottle of Shellac – is the slightly graduated colour result; my nails look darker at the tips than at the beds, and I’m digging the subtle, ombre effect.

Three Week Manicure at SugarDolls, Awear

It’s been on a week and looks as fresh as when it was applied. I catch myself admiring my hands, and feel generally more put together, which is really rather nice.

A Shellac manicure costs €30 at SugarDolls; Fluff and Fripperies was a guest of A|wear.


Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt said...

Gorgeous green shade and with a slight gradient - good choice! I don't think I could commit to only one color for 3 weeks though :O). Xx


The Dainty Dolls House said...

This is lovely...gorgeous shade of green too. Looks really well done, love it :)) x

Avril Joanne said...

I love that colour!!

Adele said...

What a gorgeous colour, the slight ombre is fab! Love how glossy your nails look too.
Happy Wednesday Emma xoxo

LoNiCho said...

Fabulous colour.
Great addition to Awear also.
I'm just not sure about 3weeks though I change my colour about twice a week !!
Maybe for holidays or coming up to Christmas party season.

Karen Constantine said...

Gorgeous colour and am loving the ombre effect!

Suzanne S. said...

I love how shiny it looks! I feel more confident when I have a nice manicure, so if it really last three weeks, it's worth it!
Suzanne from written by suzanne

Anonymous said...

Class colour, and I love the ombre effect. I'm getting Shellac done this evening, can't wait.

PAPS said...

Stunning color.

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

A mani that last 3 weeks would be amazing! That color is gorg!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Kim Alston said...

I love the name of their shop! Too cute! Wow, a mani that lasts 3 weeks? Someone has answered our prayers. HAHAHAHA Looks good after 1.

Leslie said...

Gorgeous color Emma! I usually get a Chelac maanicure when I'm traveling so I don't have to worry about chips. The only problem is that it has to be removed carefully otherwise the nail-bed will get damaged. Sometimes it's a hassle to commit to going back.. anyway, I'll be anxious to know if you do it regularly! xxleslie

Nicky mywishstyle said...

perfect Emma, and the color will be one of the best for the next season!


Alicia Mackin said...

I have not had good luck with gel manicures either they do not last as long as they say and sometimes even less than a regular manicure but maybe this place will do a better job

Ali of

Dressing Ken


Wow, I really like the colour of green it is, great manicure. I've done gel manicures, but I leave it to the pros. haha. /Madison

Amy Fashion Blog said...

such a pretty color

Sam said...

What a beautiful and lush green shade!

Coco said...

I know what you mean, sometimes I give in to the temptation of a 3 weeks mani. This in particular is so glam Emma!!
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Emma said...

Beautiful Autumn nail colour Emma! They look so glossy and I love the unintentional ombré effect too. You've inspired me to get out my green polishes!

Emma x

Yaz O said...

I'd never go for a colour like taht but it's actually very nice. Loving the ombre effect too! x

Eimear Mc Keown said...

Your nails look so perfect! Gorgeous colour too, really unique x

Jessi said...

Love that you got a subtle ombre on accident! It looks SO good and what a pretty color!! I've got to try something like this, I'm tired of having my hand-painted nails chip so frequently. Looks like a cute place too! :)

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