Have you heard about this yet?? Shellac is pretty much the best thing to hit my nails since dirt. I have been getting shellac done on my claws for a month and a half now and my nails are growing like weeds and are super strong. Before shellac, my nails were brittle and shell-y and I bit them all the time. Sound like an infomercial yet?
Shellac is supposed to last 14 days (if you don't clean horse stalls and dig in the dirt like I do…but it still holds up pretty well) and keeps a glossy coating the entire time. It doesn't chip or dull - it's AWESOME. The drawbacks are that it's a bit more expensive than a regular manicure and the colors are limited; and, if your nails start growing like crazy, it grows out quickly.
I'd recommend it if you can't leave your nails alone or want a high gloss look for an extended period of time! Kate helped me pick the Barbie Doll pink (see the left of center bottle above), which was a refreshing change from the nude color I had before. Go get ya nails did, girls.