No Chip Manicure … Is It Worth It? Featuring Groupon Beauty Now

**This post has been sponsored by Groupon; all opinions are my own**

A few weeks ago I wrote all about my experience using the new feature on Groupon called BeautyNow.  See the full post HERE.  To get you up to speed a bit the Groupon BeautyNow feature you can book your beauty services, get discounted appointments (YES PLEASE!!!) during select times at top salons and spas along with a cashless payment feature.  As you all know I am a mom of two and anything that makes life easier is a win in my book. Insert No Chip Manicure …. I knew I wanted to get one because a regular manicure literally lasts two days on my nails. Want $10 off your next spa service? When you use my code CARDIO10  it will grant you $10.00 off your first service booked. To start booking, open the Groupon app and select Salon & Spa Booking.  If you have the Groupon app on your phone, click here to see it!  

Groupon Beauty Now

In the past I have had numerous No Chip Manicures but after this appointment it got me thinking, are they really worth it? I wanted to choose a salon that is close to my job, offered no chip and had a time slot available during my work hours. LD Nails & Spa Chicago is right down the street so by using the BeautyNow feature I was able to set my appointment for my lunch hour that day and head on over.

LD Nails & Spa Chicago Experience:

No Chip Manicure

When you walk in you are greeted with a gorgeous chandelier, a wall filled with nail polish colors, and tons of space to get your nails and toes done. The employees gave me a warm welcome and offered me something to drink while I picked out my color. I always appreciate those little gestures when getting my nails done. Makes you feel so welcomed. Anyone else feel the same way? They not only had an array of shades for regular manicures but the No Chip Manicure options were endless as well. I chose a shade called Dark Scarlet because red is classic and I love how it goes with so much.


The gentleman that did my nails was extremely nice and took his time to make sure all my nails were even and all of my cuticles were clean and pretty! Side note, I have very dry cuticles since having my son so if anyone has any tips please let me know in the comments below. If you have never had a No Chip Manicure before, it involves UV lights to lock in the coats. For example when you are done with a No Chip you never have to worry about your nails not being dry before you leave. They are dry and ready to go! This is one of the reasons why I love them.

The full process involves a base coat, 2-3 coats of polish and a sealer.  Different nail technicians will have their own ways of making sure your manicure will last the longest possible. Most should last up to 2 weeks but I have had them last 3 weeks.  One tip my technician said was not to use soap when I washed my hands after he was done trimming my cuticles ect. Which I thought was so interesting because I have never been told that before.

As you can see in the main picture my manicure turned out beautiful. The whole appointment was pleasant, the salon was clean, the staff was friendly and most importantly they had me in and out within an hour just in time to get back to work. After a few days I did have two nails chip so I went back and they fixed me right up!

No Chip Manicure
Few days into No Chip Manicure
No Chip Manicure fixed

I showed them where I had chips and they sat me down right away and fixed them for me free of charge. They even added a new coat to seal as I told them some areas of my nails felt like they were getting ready to peel. As you can see after they fixed the chips my manicure looked fresh and new again.  I can say that No Chip manicures have lasted me 2-3 weeks before so they are 100% worth the investment.

Let me know what you think and do not forget that with my code CARDIO10 you can get $10 off your first service you book though BeautyNow on Groupon. If you have the Groupon app on your phone, click here to see it!  

Groupon Beauty Now Feature: The Easiest Way to Book Beauty

**This post has been sponsored by Groupon; all opinions are my own**

Where are all my Chicagoans at??? If you are in Chicago you are in luck! Groupon just launched the easiest way to book salon and spa appointments using the Groupon app.  To be honest I think this feature will be expanding all over, its too good not to.  With the Groupon BeautyNow feature you can book your beauty services, get discounted appointments (YES PLEASE!!!) during select times at top salons and spas along with a cashless payment feature. Using this feature makes life easier. As you know I am a mom of two so getting my nails done or any beauty service is easier on my lunch break more than ever! I am going to walk you through the app to show you how easy it is to book all your beauty appointments!

Groupon Beauty Now: Lets See How It Works!!

Beauty Appointments can be booked via iPhone or Android. I have an Iphone 7 plus (just for reference to my experience) If you are in the Chicago area and do not have the Groupon app just download the app and select all the way to the right  “Salon & Spa Booking” to start booking!

Groupon Beauty Now

Once you click “Salon & Spa Booking” its going to bring you right to the Beauty Now Feature on Groupon.  If you have the Groupon app on your phone, click here to see it!  Here you can choose what type of service you are looking to book. Services include: Nails, Massage, Hair Removal, Facials, Makeup, Tanning, Haircuts ect.. I knew I wanted to get my nails done for the Holiday so as soon as I clicked on Nails it showed me locations near my job.

Groupon Beauty Now

The SPA and Appointment

LD Nails and Spa was very close to me and they had a ton of lunch time slots and after work slots to choose from.  With my kids I find it easier to pamper myself during my lunch hour. It’s easier for me and with this feature it makes it even easier. Once you choose the service you want and the salon you want to attend the BeautyNow feature walks you through how to book the appointment.  I loved that I can read reviews and see what type of services they offered. You can then decide on your service, date and time and payment.

Once you make your appointment, Groupon will send you a text message. The text is to alert you they are working on securing your appointment.  It’s like Groupon BeautyNow is your personal beauty assistant. Once Groupon secures the appointment with the salon you selected they will send you a confirmation text and email. You will also get a reminder for the day of. Want to try out this fab feature?

When you use my code CARDIO10  it will grant you $10.00 off your first service booked through the BeautyNow feature!

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Stay tuned for updates on my manicure and how my experience went with LD Nails and Spa. For now you can see the gorgeous chandelier that greets you along with rainbow of colors they offer.

Groupon Beauty Now


The Orly Fall 2016 Mulholland Collection is here and its PERFECT! Between some classic colors, bold colors and a bit of sparkle you are sure to find the perfect fall inspired look! I was immediately drawn to the mauve color (Hillside Out) which has a very small amount of shimmer to it but you would not think that looking at the bottle.  I wanted to add a bit more sparkle so I took the color (Meet Me At Mulholland) and used it on my ring finger to give that extra pop to my manicure. I normally do two coats of polish but with my ring finger I did one of Hillside Out so the sparkle was able to be seen and used two coats of Meet Me At Mulholland.

Here is a close up of the two colors I used to create my fall inspired manicure.

  • Meet Me At Mullholland
  • Hillside Out.


ORLY FALL 2016 As you can see Orly has given a wide variety finishes and colors with 6 new shades to choose from. So lets meet the line up!

Colors below from L- R:

  • Cahuenga Pass (Bright Orange)
  • Mansion Lane (Muted Grey)
  • Hillside Hideout (mauve with a small golden shimmer)


  • Party In The Hills (black and gold micro glitter)
  • Million Dollar Views (copper with golden shimmer)
  • Meet Me In Mulholland (copper and purple irregular glitter flecks)




Which shades are you interested in and what colors do you love for the fall? Would love to hear in the comments below!!

*The collection was generously sent to me for review. As always opinions are my own and honest. 

New Orly Breathable Treatment & Color

It’s no surprise that I’ve fallen in love with this all in one formula! The Orly Bonder Base has been one of my holy grail nail products for years. So when I received three colors from the Orly Breathable line to review I was beyond excited. So let’s get into the product details. The polish features an advanced oxygen technology that allows oxygen and hydration to penetrate the nails. It’s packed with Argan oil, Pro vitamin B5 and Vitamin C  to promote stronger and healthier nails.
 Olry Breathable
The brush is very wide and thick which allows for effortless application. With the base, color and top coat all in one your at home mani/pedi just got a whole lot easier and faster! Did I mention cheaper!?! These retail for only $8.99. I did two coats because it’s what I’m use to but it was very shiny and thick with only one coat so that will be personal preference. Staying power? Its there! After a few days my nails still look fresh on both my hands and toes. Would this be something I would recommend? Yes!!! With a three in one formula, treatment feature and affordability you can not go wrong!
Olry Breathable
The three colors I received from L-R: The Antidote – Feeling Free – Love My Nails .  They are available at Ulta with 15 shades available and with 18 shades available.