Before I jetted off to Europe, I got my nails done for the first time at the Ten Spot on Queen Street. I got the Axxium ($50) treatment, because lasts for up to two weeks (or more I heard!) without chipping.

My manicurist was very attentive and asked me what shape I wanted my nails filed in, and helped me choose a colour. One of the good things about Axxium is that you can buy the same OPI shade to touch up your manicure when it grows out.


I chose Big Apple Red. The polish went was carefully painted onto a glue like base coat and then each hand was put under the UV light for about 2 minutes total. One of the best parts is that it dried instantly. She did a great polish job, and I can say that it was one of the best manicure I’d ever had.


I loved the look of this manicure, and it stayed shiny and perfect for about a week and a half. Now, I’m very hard on my nails, and I did manage to chip it towards the end of my trip. I also noticed that my nails grow super fast, so my polish was growing out. That being said, this manicure stayed shiny to the end. I’ve been itching to try it again to see if I can make it last longer (and chip free!) in my typical routine.

The one annoying thing about Axxium and Shellac manicures is that you must have it professionally removed. I know that there are ways to do it yourself, but I didn’t want to risk it! Sadly, (I don’t live downtown!) I chose to remove the polish close to my house, because I wasn’t able to go downtown. They didn’t do a good job and my nails are still a bit damaged from the way they took it off. I urge you to get your manicure taken off at a good salon, or the same place that applied it for you. Removal is free at most of them.

I’ve gotten manicures since, but I think I’m hooked onto UV manicures. I can’t stop thinking about when I’ll get my next one! I’m terrible and always manage to dent a regular manicure that same day it’s applied, or shortly after. It’s virtually impossible to that with this manicure!

Author: amanda

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