Nude glitter exists…I swear.

Before becoming a nailist (aka nail tech) I worked in retail for 10 years; 8 of which were in management positions. Over time, I worked at some premier luxury stores. Although each store had its own dress code, rarely did I encounter any with strict guidelines for nails (thank the maker!). If they did have a rule about nails, they were usually overlooked and often disregarded. Even corporate management didn’t scold us. In fact, once I was complimented by a district manager on my nail game. At that time, I was studying for my first round of LSATs, and told her jokingly that if law school didn’t pan out, I was going to become a nail tech. And what do you know! Instead of turning in my law school apps, I enrolled in nail school the very next year.

But since becoming a nailist, I have encounter more and more clients who are experiencing very strict dress code at the workplace– especially in regards to their nails. Some clients who used to “get away” with breaking or bending the rules are now unable to because companies are enforcing their dress code more. Most of these clients hold positions in retail or hotel industry. Where premiere luxury stores and lower rated hotels rarely had strict nail dress code or enforcements, they do now. So, obviously, high end luxury retail and hotels are doing the same.

It used to be that only professional career fields like medical and legal, or office jobs and food industry had conservative nails. But I always thought here in America, especially in Hawaii, people were much more laid back in terms of professionalism and attire.
In Asia, most schools K-12 or jobs do NOT allow any nail polish or enhancements. But in America, French manicures, nude tones, or even classic red polishes– as long as the nails were a decent length– have often times been viewed as acceptable nail dress code.

So why, all of a sudden, has there been a shift in strictness in nail dress code and/or the enforcement of it?

  • Is it the increase of large corporate companies; creating a need for uniformity?
  • Is it because the world of nail art has been taken to a whole different level of creativity and intensity?
  • Is it due to the growing numbers of luxury retail stores who believe associates cannot out-shine the clients?
  • Could it be the rise of demanding and rigid competition between hotel appearance and service?
  • Whatever the reason, strict and heavily enforced nail dress codes have become a serious heartache and hindrance on all nail art lovers.

    Buuuuutttttt…we often try to bend or break the rules somehow anyway. We try to add a little here, or cover our enhancements with some boring polish, or reason with our employers on why expression of nail art should be allowed (within reason).

    I always thought nails done looked better than naked nails that are unkept. It looks cleaner to have polished or gel nails versus naked nails that show more dirt & imperfections. You care for your nails more when they are done, not when they are naked. And working in retail, having a unique nail set always was a great ice breaker between my client and me. And when they like your nail design, they trust your taste, and consequently, they tend to take your opinion and buy more products from you. But, what do I know…I’m biased, right?

    With all that being said…I have done a natural nail overlay gel nail set for one of my good friends. She needed “nude” nails. But we discovered her new job has a fairly strict dress code. I guess we will find out soon enough how much they enforce it.

    We did a pink-beige color, the ring fingers are “nude glitter”, and skinny little glitter heart outline on the thumbs. Ok, to us, the glitter we chose is totally nude. This glitter is “nude,” I swear. It’s like a champagne. Champagne is pretty much a nude…right? So, logically speaking (can you tell I have been studying for the LSAT too much), champagne gold glitter is nude.

    It’s a design I really like. Simple and sweet.

    Check it out, what do you guys think? Let me know. Her mother & husband disagrees with us. But, what do they know?

    20120930-043438.jpg Natural nail overlay using CalGel (mixed #46, #19, & #01). Glitter comes in a tower of 6 from Claire’s .

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    Thanks for visiting and remember to keep you claws modish!

    Xoxo,
    Stacia

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    Holy Crack!

    As promised, my very first video tutorial is here.

    It just so happened that this cracked nail I did a nail wrap on about 3 weeks ago, just cracked again. So, since I needed to remove the gel on the nail and do another nail wrap, I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and dedicate some blog posts to removal and nail wraps.

    I have clients all the time telling me they cracked their nails, or that they are ripping from the sides. Some will leave it for me to figure the best option. But others will feel so desperate, they do their own painful little surgery and cut the nail down! OUCH! Most of the time, the crack is so far down on the nail bed, it would hurt to cut, bleed, and can ultimately cause infections. If you are the type to panic ands cut your nails in desperation. But don’t have time or money to go to the salon, try doing a nail wrap yourself. This video is a step-by-step how-to on applying nail wraps (a.k.a. Fabric or Silk Wraps).

    You can apply polish, gel polish, gel enhancement, or acrylic enhancements after applying a nail wrap to the cracked nail. Just be sure to buff the surface and free it from any oils and debris before you paint.

    This video is the first one I have ever done of its kind– so bear with me! I’m nervous and not yet quite comfortable. I’m sorry, if I am rambling or stumbling on my words (I already noticed & must warn you, I say: “just,” “kinda,” and “like” a lot). I also really suck at editing. Super rough splicing. I’m also working on trying to get a better angle so you can see everything I’m doing better. Sorry, it’s a bit of a long vid– I’ll try to incorporate the “fast forward” feature next time.

    I hope to post a video at least once a month, so hopefully a few more tries and I’ll be an expert! Ha!

    Things You Will Need:

  • Buffer Block 180 – 240 grit
  • Orangewood stick
  • 180 – 240 grit (med – soft) file
  • Cotton
  • Nail Brush
  • NON-acetone polish remover
  • Brush-on resin / nail glue
  • Fabric (fiberglass, linen, or silk
  • Scissors
  • Base & Top Coat (and polish if you choose)
  • The extra 100 grit file (the white one) is for filing the orangewood stick. To shape, sharpen, and clean it. It is not necessary for a nail wrap, but you should have in general.
  • **All but the fabric can be purchased at your local drugstore. Fabric can be found online.
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    Let’s begin! Click the link below:

    Nail Wrap Video

    Thanks for visiting, and remember to keep your claws modish!

    Xoxo,
    Stacia

    Breaking up with polish

    We love when our polishes last long, or the longevity of the gel enhancements and gel polishes, but after a while, it’s just time to break up with our polishes. Out with the old, and in with the new! But like real relationships, some polishes and enhancements can be really stubborn and unwilling to part with you in conventional ways. This post is dedicated to nail enhancement and stubborn polish removals. Don’t waste any more time or money, and learn how to quickly break up with your polishes.

    One of the greatest things about glitter and hologram polishes is they stay on! One of the bad things about glitter polishes? They stay on! Glitter just never seems to want to come off. I’m sure many of us have gone through swabs and swabs of cotton and bottles of polish remover just to remove our beloved glitter polishes. Well, never fear! I’ll share with you my tips and tricks for removing the most stubborn polishes.

    Things you will need:

  • 100% pure acetone
  • Cotton
  • Nitrile gloves (if you don’t want to ruin your gel nails or polish on hands)
  • **You can purchase all of these items from your local drugstore.

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    Now, for another type of removal…
    Gel polishes and gel nail enhancements are becoming more and more popular. But, how the heck do we remove them?! Just like acrylic nail enhancements, you can’t just use regular polisher remover to take them off. And, you should NEVER, EVER peel your enhancements off!!! But, the procedure is very simple and easy to do. Doing the removal yourself can save you some money, than having them taken off at a salon.

    Things your will need:

  • 100% pure acetone
  • Cotton
  • Squares / rectangular pieces of foil
  • 100 grit (a very coarse) file
  • Buffer block
  • (If you are re-applying an enhancement or polish) Nail brush
  • **All items can be purchased at your local drugstore.

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    I know these “how-to” demos weren’t exciting has a “how-to” on nail art, but safe removal of nail enhancements and polishes are very important. You can seriously damage a nail but removing products the wrong way.

    Electric drills can cause over filing and can cause permanent damage to your natural nail. Peeling off nail enhancements will peel of layers of your natural nail and can seriously damage, weaken, and thin out your nails.

    Not only should you be careful when doing removals yourself, but also if you are getting enhancements removed at a salon. Many discount salons don’t have lice send technicians who are properly trained, and will do things quickly and brash. They are not always doing what’s best for you or your nail– so be careful!

    I hope this post was helpful and educational! I have a video demo coming up later on. So stay tuned!

    Thanks for visiting, and remember to keep your claws modish!

    Xoxo, Stacia

    The Lonely Pedi

    Since my exam date is coming up and I am cramming most of my free time with studying, I will leave you a quick short post until I can share a full one.

    In my last post, I dedicated it to two of my favorite prints: stars and stripes. Well, as I shuffling through my albums, I stumbled upon one of my all time fave star designs…that I forgot to include. Whoops! I guess I have been more preoccupied than I thought.

    Buuuuttttt….I promise I will have something useful up by tomorrow 09||26||12 for you guys! A hint: some “how-to’s” and a video tutorial!

    In the meantime, I present to you…“The Lonely Pedi” (a continuation of Stars and Stripes.

    Enjoy!

    20120925-042419.jpg Pedicure done with polish. A Fashion French: pink base // black tips. The stars are stickers, as usual. The dots are holograms.

    Thanks for visiting, see you guys in a little while, and remember to keep your claws modish!

    Xoxo,
    Stacia

    Stars & Stripes

    There are some prints in the fashion world that never rally go out of style– houndstooth, paisley, floral, plaid, etc. Well, same goes for nails. There are certain patterns that don’t really ever go out of style. For example, flowers, they always seem to be in fashion (even though I personally dislike flowers because the are so cliche and tourist-y). Or hearts, animal prints, and stars and stripes.

    I have always loved the striped look– whether on clothiers or on nails. And, while they can come off as only a nautical summer nail design, you can change up the look by using different colors or changing up the width of the stripes. Monochrome stripes can have a more winter look; mix them up with a pop color like red or magenta or even metallic golds or silvers. Or, use brown and earthy tones to give it more of a fall look.

    Stars are so flexible, they can be used anywhere and however. The smallest accent and details are usually what ties the whole nail design together. Place just one star on one nail or all nails for a subtle impact. Or, cluster a bunch of different sized stars only on one nail to create a focal point.

    Stars and Stripes have endless design options. You can tell a different story just by changing up the width sizes, colors, and even direction of the stripes. The placement and size of stars can create totally different images. Get creative and try out your Stars and Stripes!

    20120922-031653.jpg A regular manicure done with polish. The stars are stickers. This is a fun, playful use of the stripes. Just one thin glitter line on each nail, and a couple stars on select fingers for a little more oomph.

    20120922-031707.jpg A twist to the regular nautical type design. We used darker & lighter colors, plus a glitter for the pedicure. Done with just polish and star stickers. The mix of the darker blue with the pastel colors breaks all the rules of seasonality.

    20120922-031719.jpg Another pedicure design created using only polish. I used holograms to create the American flag. This was pretty simple to do considering it is just placing the holograms in a straight line. It’s just a bit time consuming and meticulous. But it really makes a blingy statement!

    20120922-031737.jpg This is a natural nail overlay done with CalGel. There are two different color (#46 & #05) gradations and all over Purunelle glitter (#001). The black star stickers are used as a point detail and placed only on select nails.

    20120922-031755.jpg Another natural nail overlay using CalGel . This is a funky type of stripes and stars, because the “stripes” are more like scallop trims. It’s curvy, and the colors are soft and bubbly. It reminds me of “Little Twin Stars.”

    20120922-031747.jpg A very summery, nautical manicure done with polish. Same design as the pedicure shown earlier, but by changing the colors, we have a different seasonal feel.

    With fall here and winter close behind, I can’t wait to see the different types of uses for stars, and the new, cool, and funky stripe concepts.

    Thanks for visiting, and remember to keep your claws modish!

    Xoxo,
    Stacia

    I’ll have the combo, please

    From time to time, I have the client who comes in for a combo– both hands & feet. These days, it’s not a huge deal to have to match your finger nails with your toe nails. I don’t usually rock the same pedi design as my gel nails. In fact, usually they are completely different. But, sometimes, I like to have a common theme.

    My clients who ask for a mani-pedi combo generally try to match, whether in color or print, there is usually a connective concept. But sometimes. This can be hard because people are more open to have funky colors and designs on their toes, but stick to something more subtle and subdued on their hands. Otherwise, they are such wild and adventurous people, they can’t decide which single design they want to commit to.

    That’s where I come in. The client will pick either a mani, gel nails, or pedi design, and I will have to work around it to make a cohesive combo design. Sometimes this is hard for me, because…well…I tend to have nail art ADD. Whoops! Luckily, I have always been able to find the perfect design for every client. (I just am a born talker. I can ask numerous open-ended questions and make descriptions to get to the image in our minds out).

    Here are a few combo designs:

    20120921-044501.jpg My own nails. When I was still learning how to do gel nails. This is a natural nail overlay using CalGel. Bow is a charm I bought online.

    20120921-044508.jpg My own feet. Just polish.

    20120921-044516.jpg This is actually a regular manicure using polish and holograms. We created a gradation look using black glitter polish and black & silver holograms.

    20120921-044526.jpg We stayed with the silver & black color theme. This pedicure is done with just polish, and I painted on the zebra stripes with acrylic paint.

    20120921-044534.jpg Natural nail overlay done using CalGel. One of my first gel clients. This is a safari type design– giraffe print with turquoise stones.

    20120921-044548.jpg Skipped the giraffe print, but same gel color and stones. This pedi is a foot gel.

    20120921-044602.jpg She wanted something simple and elegant for her wedding rehearsal. CalGel natural nail overlay in magenta pink with Swarovski stones.

    20120921-044616.jpg Kept in sync with the Swarovski stones and elegant simple one color look. Instead of magenta, she opted for a soft nudish, beige-pink. This pedi is a foot gel.

    20120921-044622.jpg My own nails I did. Natural nail overlay using CalGel and Eriko holograms. It is a heart design with polkadots. The bow is an acrylic charm piece purchased online.

    20120921-044630.jpg My feet! This is personally one of my favorite pedicures I did for myself. I love the colors and the print. See, I told you my hands & feet don’t match, the only similarity in this combo is that they are both colorful. I used regular polish. China Glaze polishes and I painted on the spots with acrylic paint.

    20120921-044641.jpg Another natural nail overlay gel nails. This is Trump Gel. The holograms are Eriko and the stars are stickers.

    20120921-044647.jpg We didn’t do corals & pinks with silver for the pedi. Instead we went with a monochrome with a pop color & gold colors. The colors are alternated just like the hands. And we used the same star stickers to tie them in together. This design was done using polish.

    I hope this have you guys some insight on the different combo approaches you can take. You don’t always have to match perfectly– or at all for that matter. Even the smallest details can tie together a mani and pedi.

    Thanks for visiting, and remember to keep your claws modish!

    Xoxo,
    Stacia

    Dripping Hearts

    So…my “special client” came in yesterday and got her nails diiiiiiid. After all the sketches, you might be wondering, “Which sketch / nail design did she choose?” Well…the wait is over!

    She picked the very first sketch I did with the dripping design and the hearts!!
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    Since we want it to last, I gave her gel nails. We used CalGel. I did a natural nail overlay on her, except her left hand ring finger. I put a tip extension on that nail to give it a little more length.

    She wanted the shape to be more of a point– stiletto nails. We were concerned that they may be too short, but they turned out alright. Her nails were just long enough to create a nice point. I have noticed that the stiletto nails are becoming more and more popular in the U.S. it has been around in Japan for a while now, but since Lady Gaga and Rihanna, I have been seeing it make an appearance and become a request much more now. I guess fashion is cyclical. Remember waaaaaaay back in the days?! I swear some grannies still rock the pointed nails!

    Stiletto nails are awesome, but a few tips to remember if you are planning to rock them:

  • Be very careful when you are filing to shape them. Make sure you are careful not to saw your nails– always file left-to-right // right-to-left. File slowly when you get to the stress point area. That is the the halfway point of your whole nail. Where the skin and nail meets on the side. You can weaken the nail and cause cracking if you file top roughly, or “saw” your nails.
  • Do NOT treat your nails as tools; treat them like jewels! Your nails are not meant to do hardwork, so pamper them. Use your knuckles to press buttons (i.e. elevator buttons, microwave buttons, seatbelt buttons, etc.), and use the pads of your fingertips to type, lift zippers, button shorts, etc. Unlike the square shape, they are not as strong in shape.
  • If you are going to do gel nails, make sure you file even more narrow than you like, because the gel will expand the nails. File a sharper point if you are using gel, because when you cap the edge, it will slightly round out and become more blunt.
  • The design is very simple as far as concept and color. I used black (#04; no extra pigment) and white (#01) in the gel. The glitter is a magenta // dark pink color by Eriko (sorry, I forgot to take a look at the number). I drew and payed out the dripping design initially with acrylic paint, then went over it with the gel to give it more dimension and shine of color. I used two “Chanel” inspired logo holograms: the middle finger on the right hand and ring finger on the left hand. I also threw on some small gold holograms by Eriko on the glitter nails.

    This design is fairly easy to do, and it was SO much fun! I am so happy I got to work on her nails. I love having so much freedom and creativity. Such a beautiful girl with a beautiful soul. I hope you all enjoy them, as well!

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    20120920-034454.jpg My trusty gel brushes. THE best.

    So, what do you guys think? Did we pick a good nail design? How do you like it?

    Thanks for visiting, and remember to keep your claws modish!

    Xoxo,
    Stacia

    Hand-y Work

    One of my favorite things about doing nails is the flat nail art. I love being inspired by people, places, things, and events. But, I have noticed that with the creation of nail stamps and stickers, there are less hand drawn nail art. Though I love the convenience and accuracy of the stamps and stickers, it is sad to see the efforts of hand drawn art decline. I have even noticed many are now comparing the perfection of stamps and stickers to the work of hand drawn nail art–which are far less perfect next to machine-made graphics.

    I actually can’t draw well on paper, but when it comes to nails, somehow I draw out more talent. No matter your skill level, I think it is important to practice your drawings. Practice makes perfect. While stickers and stamps are great, don’t forget about the art of hand-drawn nail art.

    That’s why, this post is a dedication to hand-drawn nail art. Enjoy!
    20120919-220726.jpg Natural nail overlay with CalGel. I drew the lines. This was down for my client during the holidays.
    20120919-220743.jpg This is a natural nail overlay using CalGel, again. It is an orange color gradation and I drew the monarch butterfly design.
    20120919-220754.jpg Another CalGel natural nail overlay. This is my nails, I did for myself several months back. Sugar skulls! (Sorry the lighting sucks).
    20120919-220919.jpg Natural nail overlay using Trump Gel. Deep French done in blue. We went for a fun and funky goldfish // koi design. (Sorry the photo isn’t that great).
    20120919-220938.jpg Another natural nail overlay with Trump Gel. Coral deep French with sunflower design. She wanted me to use a color matching her ring.
    20120919-234126.jpg This is just regular polish. I used a bunch of China Glaze & O.P.I. glitter polishes . I drew the mermaid, and used Eriko holograms for the “bubbles.”
    20120919-234141.jpg I saw this neat design on the app, “Girl’s Pic” and wanted to try it out. This is me, practicing. I used only polish.
    20120919-234201.jpg This is a natural nail overlay using CalGel. It is a color gradation (#46) and Purnelle glitter (#001) all over. She is a tourist visiting from Japan, and wanted a “Hawaii themed” design.
    20120919-234153.jpg This pedi was done just yesterday on one of my clients, using just polish. I drew the hearts and the ribbons.

    20120920-000107.jpg Pedicure done with polish. Nose done with acrylic for 3D. I have a serious panda obsession, and so I did this on my own toes. My regular (pictured here), saw it and wanted me to put them on her toes, too!

    I hope this has inspired you all to try out and to practice your hand drawn flat nail art. It is actually a lot of fun, and so much more rewarding. Good luck, and have fun! Email me some of your best, if you like!

    Thanks for visiting, and remember to keep your claws modish!

    Xoxo,
    Stacia

    Bling On!

    The season for glitter, sequin, and all things blingy is just starting to come through. Buuuuttt…unlike fashion, blinged out nails are always in. Always.

    Whether it is a trip to Vegas, a birthday celebration, a wedding, or just because…well…you love bling, glitzy, shiny, and sparkly nails are the perfect accessory.

    Personally, I love all things shiny. Whether it be stones, sequin, glitter, or holograms, I just need to have it. Glitz is my addiction. Pair that with my obsession with nails, and I might as well be a serious junkie. So, when I meet clients who love shiny things as much as I do, I get beyond excited.

    Stones and– especially charms, can tend to become a challenge as far as getting them to stay on. It can be an even more difficult task when you are using regular polish instead of soft or hard gel. Here are my tips and methods for applying and keeping stones and charms on using polish and glue:

    1. Apply top coat over the second coat of polish. You can use base coat if you have multiple stones to place and want to move them around. Base coat seems to slide the stones or holograms with more ease then top coat.
    2. Place your stones/charms/holograms where you like. Once you are sure of placement, press down firmly.
    3. Apply a coat of nail glue over of and around the edges of the deco piece.
    4. Let dry and apply top coat. If you are worried, apply a second coat of glue to give yourself a peace of mind.
    5. If you really want to upkeep and ensure that your bling stays intact, apply top coat once a week.

    When dealing with gels, your bling tends to have a longer lifespan. However, it can be tricky, because the application of gels can change the shape and look of the stone. Here are some tips for applying your bling using gels:

    1. Apply a thin light coat of clear gel and place your stone/holo/charm.
    2. Make sure you are completely certain of the placement and positioning, then cure.
    3. Dab around the object(s) with clear gel and make sure you fill any spaces/cover any sharp edges of the charm, then cure.
    4. Apply a thin coat of gel over the deco, and cure.
    ** Some larger or slippery charms may be better applied with acrylic. Apply a layer of acrylic over the gel, place the charm, then cure. Steps 3-4.

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    My client was going to Las Vegas to celebrate her “Dirty Thirty”! She just wanted glitzy, unique, funky nails. Her birthday suit was a lacey black romper & gold accessories. So we incorporated lace and gold in her nail design to compliment her outfit. This is a natural nail overlay using Trump Gel, and glitter was Eriko. Stones are Swarovski.

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    This is another natural nail overlay. The soft gel brand is CalGel, glitters were Eriko. Swarovski stones.

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    Again, another natural nail overlay using CalGel (mixed #46 & #51), color gradation with clear Eriko glitter (#001) all over. This design is one of my favorites. It is subtle, but the accents with the stones and bullions give it some oomph. Stones are acrylic stones.

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    This was done with just polish and glue. I love the color scheme and the way they shine. Most of the stones are acrylic stones. Some are Swarovski.

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    This is a foot gel design. It is CalGel with Purnelle glitter. The flower on the big toes are charms, and the smaller ones, I made using holograms.

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    This client is one of my favorites. She is the sweetest person ever. She told me that she always felt her toes and fingers were “beastly.” But after doing this very first design for her, she could not stop smiling, and came back to tell me she bought bunch of new open toes and had so many compliments on her toes! She wasn’t so self conscious anymore. This was done using polish and glue. The crystals are all Swarovski.

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    Natural nail overlay with CalGel. Glitters came in a tower of like six colors from Claire’s. Stones are all acrylic; I bought them in a pack from Walmart. These are my nails.

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    My client wanted a “cool summer” look. Natural nail overlay using Trump Gel. Color gradation with Purnell glitter all over. I’m sorry, I can’t remember the color numbers. The stones are Swarovski.

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    Another natural nail overlay. Trump Gel Actually, this is a 2-week fill. The original design is all10 fingers with the black “heart” design. she came in for a fill and wanted to juste pump up the design a bit. We through some Eriko holograms on it.

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    This is a tip & sculpture gel extension overlay using CalGel #05 & #04. For the sculpture, I used Bio Sculpture Gel. Deep French with acrylic stones, and charms from Korea. This is a girl who just loves the bling. She asked me to “go all out.”

    Which style is most you? How much bling is for you?
    Whatever it may be, keep in mind that it’s always in season for glitzy nails.
    Bling on!

    Thanks for visiting. Hope you enjoyed it. And remember, don’t forget to keep your claws modish!

    Xoxo,
    Stacia

    Sketches & Ideas

    So…I’m supposed to be studying for my LSAT (which is in like…3 weeks)…but all I can think about is nail designs. Eek!

    I have a very special “client” who has asked me to get her nail game on point. She is one of my best friends since childhood, and she made a surprise visit back home to Hawaii from San Francisco for two weeks. So, of course I am going to go all out and give her exactly what she wants!

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    Nails I did for her last time she was in Hawaii. Lavender purple color gradation with clear glitter over. Skull & lightning bolt charms. I used CalGel (mixed #06 & #01). The glitter was Eriko #001.

    And on top of that, I have to go back in to the salon in a couple days (I took the entire month off to study), for a day, to meet the needs of some regulars who apparently, will just die. Ha! Nail junkies, I tell you. I love it. And I appreciate their fierce loyalty.

    I don’t know if many people take the time to do this, but if I know ahead of time that I will be doing a new set, I like to sketch out the design(s). It is easier to visualize the end result– not to mention it is a great road map to use when you have finally decided to get started. I will do this for some of my more “difficult” clients who regularly come in and ask for the “just surprise me” option. But I usually do this, mostly, for my own nails. Because I found that the part about doing my own nails that takes so long is the deciding of the design. If I sketch it out, at least I have a guideline to follow.

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    My nautical spring nail set I did back in May, based on some sketches. This is a natural nail overlay using CalGel.

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    Summer leopard I did for myself. Again, natural nail overlay using the soft gel, CalGel (mixed #46 & #01 for the nudey color, & used #04 for the black– no pigment). I drew the leopard print with the gel to give it a less defined, and more blurred look.

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    Some design ideas I had for one of my regulars back in 2011.

    All of these really helped me move quickly and figure out what exactly I wanted to do. Not only that, but once I got the ideas out, I could focus my energy on the best and fastest way to executing these designs.

    While taking my “study break,” I decided to sketch up some ideas for my biffer’s nails. She gave me a color palate, a theme, and sent me some photos she liked. So, at least I wasn’t in the total dark. What I came up with:

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    What do you guys think? Which one is a your favorite? Any suggestions? I wonder which one we will end up doing…
    Definitely will post photos of the final nail set!

    Ok, back to the studies. Thanks for visiting.
    And remember to keep your claws modish!

    Xoxo,
    Stacia