I recently purchased a coupon from LivingSocial.com
LivingSocial offers one fantastic deal every day with discounts of up to 90% at local restaurants, bars, spas, theaters, and more.
The deal was $28 for a no-chip manicure and 50 minute pedicure. GREAT deal, even for a normal mani/pedi. (Regular price is $32 for the no-chip manicure only.)
I got them done at the No Chip Nail Boutique on Western and Montrose.
No-chip polish is different. It is gel based and stays on your finger nails for at least two weeks. After one coat is applied, you put your hand inside a UV light dryer (no air, just light) and the polish hardens. A second coat is applied and the same process is repeated. The manicure takes longer than a normal one, because the polish is so thick and it is applied with a thin paint brush.
I've had mine on for a week and a half. The polish still looks new. It's even still shiny. The only thing I'm noticing is the little space between the polish and my cuticle. It's my new nail growth. (My nails grow very fast.) Still, it's not entirely noticeable yet.
As far as removal, well that is a little complicated. EDIT: View my step-by-step removal guide, with photos! Click here!
Here's a few photos, naked nails, right after I got the manicure, then what they look like now. I'll update the blog when I have the polish taken off. (Click to enlarge photos.)