So, I found out that Madonna and I have something in common. We’re both moms that attended TIFF events this year we both apparently love Shellac…and hate hydrangeas.  

Jan-Arnold.jpgI had the opportunity of meeting Jan Arnold, co-founder of CND Inc at the Toronto Hazelton Hotel. If you don’t know about Shellac, think of it as a manicure (or pedicure) that lasts 2-3 weeks with no chipping. Yes, mommy friends, it’s built to withstand the harshest of family activities! Seriously, my friend came back from a two-week camping trip and her nails were perfect.

Shellac is popular with moms and starlets alike for its durability and never ending gloss and Arnold’s team says it’s the most affordable fashion accessory one could have.

TRENDING: for fall, effects from foiling to a marbling finish she calls “organi-tech”. The long almond shape is gaining popularity.  Also the “one accent finger” design is growing in world trends. Interesting tidbit, Quebecers tend to be not-so-shy about colours but they still love their French manicures. Torontonians goes for a shorter length and more conservative and Americans overall are favouring the almond shaped longer nails with all different colours and effects.

Not only are they busy with TIFF but  New York’s Fashion Week is also in full swing. The company has  5000 nails to cover and they meet with each designer and collaborate on colours and trends to compliment their collections.

So, I’m making a statement at TIFF and  loving my Black Pool and Purple Purple wave design – as so does hubby! **wink**


Hey Toronto Urbanmoms! Comment or retweet on this story and YOU could win a gift certificate for a Shellac Manicure at the Hazelton Hotel’s Spa courtesy of CND Inc.  To enter simply share your favourite nail colour for fall.  

The contest ends on September 18, 2011. 

Click here for Contest Rules and Regulations. members are eligible to win so don’t forget to sign-in.  Not a member yet?  Click here to join.


Follow Sonya as the Toronto International Film Festival 2011 (TIFF) mayhem collides with back to school. This mom of two boys dubs herself as “the right place, right time gal” and will be hitting the circuit running from movie screenings to events for our readers. Sonya will get chatty with tweeps and peeps in the industry and report on celebrity sightings.  Follow us on twitter and facebook to find out! @urbanmomsca #TIFFmoms

  • Serenitynow’ve convinced me. gonna try it soon!

  • Ihv3gr8kdz

    There are a few colours I love for fall — a dark mulberry and a blend of purple/blue. All colours are magnificent when you get them done in a salon!!!!

  • alexlv05

    I’m a big fan of a dark red or cranberry nail polish for fall. Longer lasting? Perfect!

  • jennyr

    i love pale pink, navy and purple. Love them all!

  • Tracey

    dark purple is my favourite nail colour for fall

  • spynaert

    my wife loves wearing pumpkin spice

  • bingop1

    Nothing like a great manicure! Personally, I like a deep red.

  • thealces

    I love the idea of a long wearing polish!

  • Kristina

    I really like purple for nail colour, for fall especially.. red as well!

  • smack

    dark rich blood red is a great colour for me. Would love a shellac manicure…my polish chips at work almost immediately!

  • christina

    turquoise is my favorite nail colour for fall or a light grey

  • aisha

    hmmmm…for me ……pale orange,purple and black pool appeals as fall colors

  • kenaimom

    Would love a french mani…now that my nails are finally long enough!! (reformed nail biter…)

  • tjbugnet

    I love a deep purple colour for fall. Gorg!

  • alice26

    The “one accent finger” design is something that intrigues me and I could see myself having this done ASAP! Cheers!

  • spike

    I’d love to try something like “Fedora” – it looks like such a neat shade. I’m dying to try a shellac manicure to get me out of my French manicure rut.

  • dollaine

    I love a deep burgundy

  • pandyonetwo

    It’s all about navy for fall! Haven’t had a shellac manicure yet, but I’m dying to try 🙂

  • drjess

    My nail polish never lasts. I would love a long wearing polish. I agree it is a fashion accessory.

  • Tina

    CHERRY RED is my favourite.

  • sr

    My favourite colour for the fall is purple. My daughter on the other hand loves black pool.

  • Sonya

    Cool ! Gun Metal is a very strong colour that is showing up for the fall season. There are different variations and I tried my two tone (almost Ombre style) with black pool and purple purple. I’m into two weeks now with my shellac and it’s still holding without a chip. I may just see how long it will last!
    It’s all in the care over the weeks you have it on. a natural oil like almond oil rubbed on the nails every couple of days will help maintain healthy nails regardless if you use nail polish or not.
    As for removal, it definitely needs a salon to remove the Shellac who knows how to do it. You don’t want to do this at home otherwise you do risk damaging your nails. So, trust the professionals. CDN Inc actually goes and trains nail technicians around the world on how to do this. That’s what you want to know. Its about 10 minute process if done properly.
    I’ve personally done Shellac on my nails over the past year and never had any issues. My nails are strong and healthy all the time. So far so good!

  • Kiki

    I’m currently sporting a deep merlot colour for fall, but in a week when this starts chipping and flaking, I’ll probably change it up to a dark earthy brown.
    I couldn’t even imagine the Shellac lasting for 2-3 weeks and you get to pick any colour?!?!?! But what about removal? How arduous a process is it?

  • jen s.

    i like a medium bronze colour – goes with everything, day or night

  • ek03yr

    I think a maroon/purple colour is fab for the fall! I heart Yorkville!!

  • spamgirl

    Purple and orange – yeah, it’s very Hallowe’en, but that’s the best part of the fall!

  • debfong

    Love anything in the beige, cafe au lait colour line.

  • Tampa77

    Once I star wearing fall colours….I will be wearing a dark blue, black, cream, metallic…
    But for now it is still summer and I love my soft mettalics that bring out my summer glowing skin, light blues and soft candy pinks are natural looking and make a statement!

  • Tracey

    I’d love a long-wearing manicure… on my hands, I like buff/pale pink, but I like those vampy dark reds on my toes, which are always polished.
    I wish Quebec-residents could be eligible for this contest!! Poo.

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