shellac hack - love this. bought everything at CVS and Sally's Beauty Suppply. lasts for 7-8 days. comes off with regular nail polish. starts to peel & chip quick towards the end of 1 week. other than that. way cheaper than gel manicures from a salon.
Using any polish of your choice pour onto a flat surface, take one of those spongy eyeshadow applicators and dip into the polish, dab the polish on your nail concentrating at the tip and moving slightly upward. Repeat until you get the desired effect. Put a topcoat over the entire nail.