Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is here again! Lots of hearts and flowers on the nails. Have you any plans for tomorrow?

I’ve taken a day off as I have the house to myself so it’s going to be a play day, this time I need to get ahead so probably do some Easter themed nails, Spring nails… summer… I can’t wait!

 Valentine Nails with hearts and foil detail

Valentine Nails with hearts and foil detail

Red and Black ombré Valentine Nails with hearts

Red and Black ombré Valentine Nails with hearts

I took part in an online course yesterday via Periscope with Dega Mosane in which she showed various One Stroke, Zhostovo and Foil techniques. That’s on the agenda tomorrow too. I have a set of lashes to do later this afternoon then no  more clients til Wednesday so lots of time to get messy and get all my pretties out! Pics to follow.

I’m also working on my new site www.lcbta.co.uk which was launched last week. You will find  nail and beauty training courses here which I am adding to all of the time. I’m off to Plymouth on Friday for advanced training in various techniques and skills, more details to come! I also have a new Facebook page linked to that site. Come along and have a look.

 

Lorr ad for gg feb val
Red with gold lines

One Stroke Christmas Cakes

Charity Christmas Cakes – Painted with One stroke technique

Back in November I agreed to decorate 2 cakes for Christmas for a a Devon Hospital Charity. My client Cath’s husband Tom has made 13 cakes and has decorated 11 of them beautifully. Cath and I had spoken about the One stroke wedding cake I painted last year so I agreed to decorate 2 of the cakes for charity.

To begin – the bare cakes

Ready to start. The bare cakes

Ready to start. The bare cakes

I played around a little on card before I committed brush to cake. Using powdered food colouring pigments and alcohol I painted both cakes slightly different to each other. I painted an assortment of Poinsettia, holly, ivy and stylised Christmas trees aided by a glass of wine or two.

2 x One Stroke Christmas Cakes

Work in progress. It’s hard not to rest on the icing and squash it in.

Cake 1 on the turntable - one stroke in progress

Cake 1 on the turntable – one stroke in progress

Cake 2 on the turntable - one stroke in progress

Cake 2 on the turntable – one stroke in progress

These cakes are FULL of fruit. I had them on a small turntable which made painting them much easier. The leaves and petals were painted using the One Stroke method which makes painting quick and easy. Details are added after the main leaves are painted. I used a variety of flat brushes, angled brushes and fine detail brushes and kept to a mainly Red and green palate.

 

Finished Cakes

Top view of cake

 

Swirly xmas tree cake

Tom decorated 11 of his cakes but decided he’d like to learn how to paint them with One Stroke so he has had his first lesson. Watch out next year for his decorated cakes!

Top view of swirly one stroke christmas cake

Top view of ribbon one stroke christmas cake



The finished One Stroke Christmas Cakes

The finished cakes.

Paw Patrol Nails

The Brief

Marshall from Paw Patrol Nails. Anyone who knows me knows I do not do Cute! I had to do minions last year and hated every minute of it. I’ve painted penguins, snowmen, reindeer all under duress.

This time I was sent a picture and asked to create a picture on a lady’s nails for her son’s birthday party. After a quick Google I discovered it was Marshall from Paw Patrol. There’s so much merchandise for this and I had never heard of it!

The Preparation

I figured I really needed to practice on swatches first, glass of wine in hand, Netflix playing Sons Of Anarchy… I was all set! NOT as easy as I first thought! The eyes. So  hard to get them not looking cross-eyed. The position was hard too as I kept making it too far over so his fireman’s hat was hanging off the nail. Eventually I created  these 2.

Pawpatrol swatches for nails with Team Gorgeous Dita Brush

 

I chose a black and a white gel base for contrast. Painted using acrylic paints and a size 0 brush with details painted using Team Gorgeous Dita brush.

Marshall Design on the Nails

Natalie came in Friday for the actual nails. She decided to have the other nails in the colours of the other Paw Patrol Characters with little paw prints on them.  The end result was very bright and met with her son’s approval. Can’t wait to see the party pictures!

Paw patrol nails with Marshall

Bespoke nail art is always a pleasure, I love a challenge and trying new ideas. I wonder what’s next? I flat out refuse to do minions though!

Susie’s Nail Art

Floral Design Hand Painted Custom Nail Art – Susie Edwards

Susie’s always loved Shellac Hot Chillis, and being a florist, began having hand painted flower nail art on accent nails. Over the years these have progressed to ladybirds, robins, toadstools and even a painting of her little dog Nutty. One Stroke poppies, pansies, seasonal designs with holly, ivy, Halloween designs and her favourite classic Dior Half Moons which she used to practice in the sixties, also being a model for the Dior School.

With reinforcement over her natural nails and regular IBX treatments Susie’s nails have remained strong and healthy and her nail art is a talking point wherever she goes!

Ladybird Nail Art on a leaf

Ladybird Nail Art on a leaf

Holly Nail Art just in time for Christmas

Holly Nail Art just in time for Christmas

Halloween Nail Art - pumpkins and spiders webs

Halloween Nail Art – pumpkins and spiders webs

Cat Eye effect polish with Dior Half Moons and silver accents

Cat Eye effect polish with Dior Half Moons and silver accents

Handpainted butterfly nails on teal

Handpainted butterfly nails on teal

Red nails with hand painted floral accents

Red nails with hand painted floral accents

Shellac with ladybird nails

Shellac with ladybirds

Shellac bare lunulas

Classic bare lunulas with gold accents

Robins painted onto an ombré base

Robins painted onto an ombré base

Poppies shellac hot chillies

Shellac with Poppies

Pansies and shellac

Pansy nail art

Ladybug shellac nails

Ladybugs on a leaf nail art

Ladybird nails shellac

Ladybirds on classic red

Ivy nails

Seasonal Ivy Nail Art

Frog nails

Little frog nails

Dior half moons with silver

Classic Dior half moons with silver edging

Butterly nails

Butterfly Nail Art

Bee nails with shellac

Bumble Bees handpainted onto accent nails

Susie was off on a holiday and wanted a reminder of her little dog Nutty. I painted a few samples first before attempting it on her nails. Remembrance Day was also coming up so I did a One Stroke poppy on her right hand accent fingernail.

Nutty Cockerpoo on Ipad with Susie holding it showing her accent nails

Nutty Cockerpoo on Ipad with Susie holding it showing her accent nails

Practising painting and drawing Nutty

Practising painting and drawing Nutty

Nutty Cockerpoo and Handpainted Poppy Nail Art

Nutty Cockerpoo and Handpainted Poppy Nail Art

Poppy Nail Art for Remembrance Day 2014

Poppy Nail Art for Remembrance Day 2014

Handpainted Robins on a twig nail art

Handpainted Robins on a twig nail art

Handpainted Robins on a twig nail art holding twigs

Handpainted Robins on a twig nail art

One Stroke Poppies

One Stroke Poppies

Snowdrops hand painted onto accent nails

Snowdrops hand painted onto accent nails

Toadstool Nail Art

Toadstool Nail Art – or is it mushrooms!

Practising shamrocks and Guinness designs for a trip to Dublin

Practising shamrocks and Guinness designs for a trip to Dublin

Dublin nails - with shamrock nail art

Dublin nails – with shamrock nail art

 

It’s Officially Summer – Get Your Toes out!

Summer Toes

Pastel toes with diamantes square

Pastel Gel Polish on toes with diamantes

We’ve had the longest day, things get shorter from here. Even with all this wet weather you can still have some bling and pretties on your toes! Mine are covered in little crystals to cheer up the cold days. I’m sat here with boots on as my feet are freezing but my toes look fab! Cat Eye Effect has been popular on toes this month but the favourite has been the pastel toes on Carley in the picture on the right. I rebuilt her big toenails as she had dropped a cast iron pan on her foot last year and it’s still growing out!

Mole End Design News

Time’s been short this month, lots of nails, lashes, brows, toes and threading. Monday is day 5 of Holly’s  Gorgeous Nails UK Signature Acrylic Course. She’s doing really well and I have no doubt she will be a great Acrylic Nail Technician. More courses will be coming soon. I’m off on an Educators’ Course later in July so I hope to be bringing fresh skills back to Dorset! For more info email me.

I’ve been playing with 3d acrylic and 3d gel lacework. My favourites are the daisies. Still need lots of practice but it’s lovely to play. It’s always hard to find the time, but I love putting on Netflix and grabbing a glass of wine and having a go! More glitters and sparkly things have arrived and I have loads of ideas, just need to knuckle down and get on with it!

3d practice sheet

3d Acrylic and 3d Gel practice sheet

Ink London with Angel Magpie Glitter

Ink London with Angel Magpie Glitter

Bubblegum pink with diamantes

Bubblegum pink with diamantés

Pigment fade over Acrylic with double stamping

Pigment fade over Acrylic with double stamping Design supplied by client via Pinterest

Cat Eye Effect in Emerald

Cat Eye Effect in Emerald

Cats Eye and Stamping

Cats Eye and Stamping

Cats eye effect nails

Cat Eye Effect

Reverse French Acrylic Overlay turquouse and lilac with swirls

Reverse French Acrylic Overlay turquouse and lilac with swirls – Design supplied by client via Pinterest

Nude Gel Polish over Acrylic Enhancements with Daisies and glitter

Nude Gel Polish over Acrylic Enhancements with Daisies and glitter

 

 

A Short May

Back to Work – a short month of May

I returned to work May 13th and suddenly summer was here! It’s always a squeeze after a holiday – everyone is reading for their infils, both nails and lashes, brow top ups and suddenly everyone wants to bare all as the sun shows it’s face!

Just a few pics of some of May’s work.

Reverse french acrylic infil using  Sparkle Cover Pink, Snow white and 3d lace effect embellishment.

3d lace french

French Acrylic infil

Reverse French glitter mani with one stroke flowers. My holiday nails had seen better days, they lasted so well on holiday but on returning, unpacking, loading suitcases into the attic etc, it was time for a fresh set. I couldn’t decide what I wanted so this was the result of my playing, and a glass or 2 or wine!

Acrylic reverse french with one stroke

Acrylic reverse french with one stroke

Reinforced Gel Polish nails with individual rhomboid glitter on ring fingers and pink chunky glitter on  remaining fingers and thumbs. This really sparkles!

Alison harlequin glitter

Harlequin Glitter Nails

Turqouise Cat Eye Effect with gold  tear drop diamanté detailing on ring fingers

Fran cat eye warm

Turquoise Cat Eye effect

Elegant French with One Stroke flowers and diamanté detailing

French with flowers and diam jayne

French with One Stroke

Illumina Gel from Germany. This is a lovely gel, there are 7 colors in the range and they change colour depending on how the light hits them. They’re like exotic beetle jackets! Here I have used number 1 with a sliver of silver thread to accent the sides of the nails

Illumina 2

Illumina Gels with silver thread

Colours starting to go light for summer. Pastel gels with co-ordinating pastel glitters over.

Pastel glitter

Pastel Glitter

Matte Gelish Night Reflection with dew drops over the top. A popular design

Purple dots night reflection

Night Reflection with dots

French with hand panted little roses and colourd diamanté details. Client’s pictures, I forgot to take a pic. I love the way she’s used the buttefly backgoround!

Laura french roses Laure fench rose butterfly

It’s Been a While!

I can’t believe the last blog post I did was back in April! Now it’s summer already… according to the calendar at least! Things have been hectic for me. I’ve been on holiday, teaching, petsitting, nursing and of course doing my nails, lashes and brows. I really have neglected all social media.
Facebook reachFacebook reach is appalling and it seems such a waste of time to post on there as no one seems to see it anymore. Other places I post get a much better response so I have let it slip! Find me on:
Instagram www.instagram.com/moleenddesign
Twitter: @molenaildesign

I had a lovely holiday in Barbados then it was back to work with a vengeance. Summer had sneaked up on us so suddenly everyone wants to get their fingers and toes fit for summer airing and holidays are looming! Lash and Brow Treatments have been popular for holidays, Lash Lift especially with it’s zero maintenance appeal. Lash Extensions are a must if you want the full on fluttery glamour, with a few coloured lashes added to the outer sweep for the more adventurous.Green lashes Ink disco fever collection

I have new gel colours and effects in for the Summer months, with Cat Eye Effect being most popular at the moment followed closely by pastels. Neons are always great for the beach or even just fine days!

Special Offers

All new Special Offers and Discounts will be emailed out to members of the Special Offers Newsletter Club. Click here to join. I will send a voucher each month to be either printed or downloaded to your phone, just present it to me and receive your discount. Join now and get ready for July Special Offers! I’m off on an advanced Nail Course at the end of July so look out for August Offers incorporating this!

I have a long list of ‘Things To Do’ still, Stationery and Loyalty Cards being top of the list. The website Galleries still need to be sorted out and organised in a way which works.

May-be Time to Treat Yourself!

May-be Treat Time!

May is coming… time to get Summer ready. I’m getting ready for a holiday and as a treat I’m having a little pamper! Exfoliating winter skin away, applying deep treatments to my face, hands, feet, elbows and knees,  polishing finger and toenails, defining my brows, lifting my lashes (as I can’t get to my regular lash lady!) and waxing all necessary areas! This shouldn’t be a May Treat, I should practice what I preach and do it ALL the time!

Holiday Time

I will be away until 13th May then I will be doing extra days to catch up on my return. Join my mailing list to be the first to hear of Special Offers and new treatments and nail goodies! Click here to register Mole End Design Special Offers and receive monthly emails with discounts for you.

April Treatments

April has been a very varied month for nails and lashes. Lash Lift has been very popular as it’s a zero maintenance treatment and adds so much to your lashes. I love doing Lash Extensions but so many ladies have fabulous natural lashes that just need a little lift and tint and get amazing results for 6-8 weeks!  I’ve used coloured lashes this month on some of my extensions, fabulous in the sunshine and when the light catches them! They are very subtle but look amazing.

Cashmere Lashes with a hint of blue on the outers as a treat

Cashmere Lashes with a hint of blue on the outers

Lash Lift Before and After

Lash Lift Before and After

April Nails

Nails designs have been varied this month. It started Dark and Wintry and ended all Springlike (see Spring – Have we missed it?) I’ve taken delivery of lots of new  polishes, Nail Effects, Bling and Glitter, Angel Paper, tools and lots of surprises ready for May. I’ve also attended 2 Online Nail Art Courses – watch this space for the results! I’ve also had Some Ela Loszczyk Training DVDs for my birthday www.elaloszczyk.co.uk/ and these look great! I can’t wait to get started. I’ve ordered more materials to complete the new designs, now it’s just a case of waiting for delivery and finding time to do them.

Leopard Print nails for a Bengal Cat Owner

Hand Painted Gold and Black Ombré with Leopard Print to match client’s Bengal Cat

Autism aware nails

Autism Awareness Design Nails

Black with gold chrome smiles

Black with Gold Chrome Smiles

Carley glittery

A bit of animated glitter added via an app! A little experiment.

French with onestroke square

French with One Stroke Flowers

Grey white and silver

Mono Mani – Grey, White and Silver Pigments, Rockstar and diamantés

I79 with one stroke butterflies before

One Stroke Butterflies

Pale blue with fade and chunky glitter

Pale Blue Ombré and chunky glitter

Black Gel Polish with Neon Pigments

Black Gel Polish with Neon Pigments

Pink sparkly with 3d detailing

Pink Sparkly with 3d detailing

Classic Red Polish over Acrylic Enhancements

Classic Red Polish over Acrylic Enhancements

Shellac bare lunulas (half moons)

Shellac bare lunulas (half moons)

Silver and Blue Diagonal Design with Glitter

Silver and Blue Diagonal Design with Glitter

Turquoise and copper nails with filigree stamping

Turquoise and Copper Nails with Filigree stamping

Teal and Grey with Turquoise Rockstar Nails and Diamantes

Teal and Grey with Turquoise Rockstar Nails and Diamantes

Pigment s and purples sidewayd

Purple base with pigments and gold flourishes

Pigments over purples

Spring – Have we missed it?

Time to get your Nails sorted for Spring!

Spring keeps teasing us. We’ve had a few false alarms and now it seems to be getting colder again. Just as you think it’s time to treat your toes the socks come out out again! As a Special Treat I am offering Spring Gel Polish Toes for only £10 when having any nail treatment. Get ready for Summer!

Neon pigments with Uber Chic stamping

Neon pigments with Uber Chic stamping

Gelish matching fingers and toes

Gelish matching fingers and toes for Spring

Spring Nails are starting to be popular, especially with pastels and flowers. Just a little sunshine makes everything look better. We’re moving away from the darks of winters and brightening things up.

Pastel and dotty flowers

Spring Pastels with simple flowers and diamanté centres

French and feather nails

French nails with blue feathers

Uber pink with crushed candy

Ink London Uber Pink with Crushed Candy

I27 with pigment and stamping

Ink London i27 with pigment and stamping

Join my mailing list to be the first to hear of Special Offers and new treatments. Spring Offers are valid until the end of April 2016. Click here to register Mole End Design Special Offers and be the first to see May offers.

Mole End Design Spring Offers - April

Call, message or email me to book an appointment. Facebook Messenger via my page is not reliable at the moment. I get the first message then only the first line of subsequent messages. If anyone knows why this is please advise! I have Googled it, asked Facebook, all to no avail!  The best way to contact me is either via text or email.

St Patrick’s Day Nail Art

St Patrick’s Day – Topical Nail Art!

March 17th is St Patrick’s day (and is also my parents’ wedding anniversay – double celebration!) and every year the Irish, or Irish at heart celebrate the day. It began as a religious feast day for the patron saint or Ireland and is now an international festival celebrating Irish culture. Across the globe there are parades, dancing, drinking and lots of green! I have seen St Patrick’s Day celebrated in the UK, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, India and Australia and almost always Guinness is involved!

Nail swatches of Shamrocks and Guinness

Nail swatches of Shamrocks and Guinness

Last year, my client was off to Dublin and was after Shamrocks for her nails so I did a couple of swatches and couldn’t resist doing a Guinness one.

Shamrokl

This year another client is off to Dublin for St Patrick’s Day so she opted for the emerald green glitter nails with the Guinness harps on her ring fingers. This design is a combination of glitter and hand painting. I’m hoping Fran sends some pics of the nails on location with a Guinness in hand!

Guinness st patricks nails with harp

St patrick's day nails with guinness

St Patrick’s Day nails with Guinness Logo

According to Wikipedia ‘On St Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the “wearing of the green”). St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. The colour green has been associated with Ireland since at least the 1640s, when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation.’

Seven things you didn’t know about the saint, the parades, and Guinness

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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