Hearts & Claws

Lately everyone has been wanting to rock the stiletto nails– more than ever! Unfortunately, you need a a certain length to accomplish this nail shape. Luckily, there are extensions! Though not as strong as your natural nail, extensions can be a quick fix to obtaining the desired nail length and shape. How you care for it will determine how long you can rock them.

I prefer to extend nails via sculpture forms. I don’t like using plastic tips because they aren’t as strong. Tips are applied with glue and really have no hold. But sculptured nails are formed to your free edge. They are more natural looking and fit better.

Alongside with the stiletto nails trend, the heart French design has been in big demand. I have done several variations of it in the past month. Here are some of the June – July extention claw designs:


20130718-125658.jpg This was done for one of my besties. She’s a new mommy! These are gel tip extensions. I used the soak-off hard gel by Trump Gel for the tip extension. Neon pink is soft gel by Trump Gel and the leopard print was drawn using their art gel. Art gel has a less runny consistency and is great for drawing fine lines with. The pigment also seems to be more vivid. The gold glitter and holograms are from Eriko Nails.

20130718-130020.jpg These are actually a natural nail overlay. She has finally graduated acrylic nails and has patiently grown out her natural nails. She had tips on when she first came in! She came up with the design herself. We used Trump Gel for everything.

20130718-130455.jpg Ms. T! She is AMAZING! I love her! She is the sweetest client and I have known her for a decade. She has been a client of mine when I worked retail. She normal gets regular manicures with polish and always on her natural nail. But this time, her gorgeous daughter convinced her to get extensions and do the gel. Ms. T is a fan of French nails, I personally love it on her. So we did a simple French with glitter line. We added leopard print and hologram nails for accent. These are sculptured nail extensions. Again, Trump Gel was used for everything.

20130718-130818.jpg The amazing daughter of Ms. T! She’s a sweet and gorgeous girl! Just stunning and so much fun. She wanted “vampirial” nails, as her bf calls them. I have her sculptured extensions using the Tump Gel hard gel. Her nails were very short. I wish I had a “before” picture! Probably about 1-1.5mm of fee edge. Which is just enough for sculpt.

20130718-131118.jpg Just for fun! Mother & Daughter.

20130718-131158.jpg For a hard working gal, Ms. A. Se works 2 jobs and has no day off! Hats off to her! She’s going in vacation to Atlanta to visit her cousin. And she needs her nail game on point! We did sculpture gel nails. She has an idea in mind for the base design of the nails, and I just added the stones and studs according to myself. Luckily, she loved it! I used hard gel by Trump Gel for the sculpture and for the white.

20130718-131457.jpg Finally, my own nails. These are my natural nails. I am in the midst if growing them out. I cut them really short about 2-3 months ago. And I’ve been trimming and growing. Getting there. I just thought if try a fun design out. Kind of vampire inspired, I suppose.

Claws are still in! Just be sure you treat your nails as jewels and not tools. ESPECIALLY if you are wearing nail extensions. They break more easily and are fragile. Be sure you use your knuckles to press buttons, and coins to scratch off things like tape or goo, and also coins for opening aluminum cans.

Thanks for visiting! And remember to keep your claws modish!



Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Happy Valentine’s Day, bloggers!!

Love is in the air, and the past few weeks at the salon have been many heart designs, pinks, reds, glitter, and love-themed.

Since V-Day and CNY (Chinese New Year) were so close this year, many of my clients did a combo using golds and reds and incorporated hearts into the design.

Aside from the usual red or pink glitter gradation, there have a few designs that have stood out to me. Here they are:


20130214-020642.jpg These are natural-nail overlays done using CalGel and Trump Gel colors. The lace and paisley motif was hand drawn with gel. This client is my oldest client by physical age, but she is my youngest at heart! Se has the most beautiful attitude and wonderful take on life. She is always dressed to the nines and always makes a grand entrance just by being so fabulous.


20130214-021022.jpg Another natural-nail overlay gel nails. Done using CalGel and Trump Gel colors. The holograms are Eriko Nails. The hearts are hand drawn with glitter gel. She works at the bar so her cuticle area are always really dry, and her nails take a beating, but she always makes a point to get them done and keep them looking good regardless. She selected the design. She said she found it on Pintrest.


20130214-021453.jpg A natural-nail overlay gel nails done using Trump Gel. One of my favorite clients! Ms. P works at the zoo. We always try to do an animal-themed nail design whenever she comes in. This month, we went with animal-print that’s not usually seen. This style is propulsion in Japan now, it’s like a cross between the-dye and marble. It is to make the animal print look more real and natural– almost like fur. I used red glitter gel to outline the deep French, and accented a few of the nails with heart holograms.

20130214-021832.jpg Another natural-nail gel overlay done using Trump Gel. This is for my really great friend, Ms. U! She is a bride-to-be who is taking time off from work to spend time with her fiancé before he gets deployed. I decided to send her off with some nail swag. We did a beige/nude gradation with mint holograms shaped into a heart.


20130214-022226.jpg This is a sculpture-nail overlay gel nails using Trump Gel. I used nail forms & soak-off hard gel (by Trump Gel) to sculpt and extend the length of her nails, since her natural nails were a tad too short to point. This was done for my friend, also Miss Chinatown Hawaii 2013! She picked out the famous Commes des Garçon logo as her v-day nail design.



20130214-022556.jpg Last, but not least: Ms. N! I have posted her nail designs in previous posts. She came to me this month with a CNY // VDay combo nail design in mind. This is a natural-nail design using CalGel base & Trump Gel colors and soak-off hard gel top sealer. I hand painted the hearts and word “LOVE” using glitter gel.

I hope all you bloggers have a fabulous Valentine’s Day! It’s not too late to go out and get your V-Day nail swag on!

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


Pop Nails

After, literally, hours of looking at and debating on designs, I decided on my first nail set of 2013. Whew.

Sometimes, I can easily get an idea on a design from inspiration from an outfit, or client’s nails, the weather, season, or even just a color.
Other times, it takes me forever to decide on something. Often times, this happens because I want to do everything, but I own limited colors of gels and/or nail art accessories.

This time, I had the latter and had a huge nailist’s block and couldn’t think if an exact design.

My mother just brought me back 5 new nail magazines from Japan and bunch of cool new gels, accessories, and holograms & glitters.
I think I was so excited about all my new toys that it made it harder for me to make a decision.

I ended up getting my inspiration from one of the new magazines, “Super Gel Nail, Design Maniax”:



I had to sub the yellow for something else because I haven’t gotten myself any yellow gel yet. Instead, I went with matte white with sprinkles of neon hologram. And instead of the star on the pink polka dot nails, I added on single stone. This is what I came up with:





20130113-031936.jpg These were done using CalGel (CG04; 18 mix 06), Trump Gel (Base; Hard top), and Naility Gel (matte white). The holograms come in one container with mix of neons and sheer neon flakes, and are by Splash.
I drew the hearts myself. They were done using gel– just like the polka dots.
And, of course, now that my nails are longer, I had to point them and shape stiletto nails. The claws are back!

My first nail set of 2013 are stiletto pop art nails! Happy New Year (again), y’all!

Thanks for visiting and remember to keep your claws modish!


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!!

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!




    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!