Change The Game – TNG Stage 2 Course with Kirsty Meakin

I’ve just completed the That Nail Girl Stage 2 Change The Game Course with Kirsty Meakin. What a brilliant teacher and a lovely lady.

I’ve been booked on this course since December and we’ve all been so excited to attend. We are the first group to train with Kirsty and we were all so in awe of her amazing talents. Having watched her videos on youtube (Chesterfield Cushion design here) we had an idea what to expect but we just didn’t realise how much she knows. There are over 380 videos on there, go subscribe.

TNG Stage 2 Certificate

My Certificate


5 intense days in which she kept us back til 8pm most nights. Fab week and met some lovely ladies from all around the country, all of us are determined to return. Kirsty is amazing and helped by her Brilliant efficient PA Jode Taylor we had a great week. Lot’s of work and lots of play too.


The recurring advert… again and again!

Great set up and so much glitter around us, like a nail tech’s heaven. This ad will forever remind me of my week in Stoke!

I went to the course not very keen on acrylics and not expecting much but I am inspired now… who wants acrylics? Long ones, short ones, detailed ones…  Come on, let me loose on your nails!


Almond, edge and square

First day, Almond, Edge and square nails

Blue glitter fade acrylic

Blue glitter fade acrylic


My C Curve


Colour drops in the acrylic with glitter and painted filigree

Colour drops in the acrylic with glitter and painted filigree

Cut out, mylar inlay and 3d bow

Cut out, mylar inlay and 3d bow

Cut outs day 3

Before the bow

Day 4 3 fingers

Day 4

Gothic almond

My Gothic almond with lace imprinting

French nails acrylic

Day 2, French variations

Stage 2 Kirsty Meakin Class

Kirsty and the Students


Ben on his back

Ben, our smelly companion!

Kirsty Meakin

Kirsty on our last day

Inlaid lace day 3

Inlaid lace

Inlaid lace side view

Side view

Marble and cut outs

Marbling and cut outs. This needs work!

Smile day 5

Smile line on thumb

The nail above is the Dragon nail Kirsty created for me. Fabulous!

Vintage Rose Nail with bling

Vintage Rose Nail with bling

Vintage rose

Vintage Rose Nail with bling. Inlaid 3d roses.

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!

Happy New Year from Mole End Design

Just found this in my scheduled folder… I went on holiday and it didn’t upload.  This one is 18 months late!  I see my New Year Resolutions failed miserably.

Now teaching courses for Jane Bryan Beauty Training, see the website for more details

Happy new year 2016 flying colorful balloonsWishing everyone a very Happy New Year 2016 and I hope it brings all you wish for. 2015 has flown by and we’re now ready for 2016 – what will it bring? New goals, new colours, new designs…

New Year Resolutions?

  1. I must post more regularly
  2. Keep training and up to date with the latest trends and techniques
  3. Make more lists!

I have a busy few days ahead, then teaching a Gel Polish Manicure Course on Wednesday. Thursday I’m off to Gatwick staying overnight ready for my holiday to Goa. I’m back to work Monday 25th January. Hoping to pick up lots of Bling and ideas while in India!

Here are the last of the 2015 designs. I bought Xmas stamping plates with snowflakes and baubles and hardly used them, everyone wanted handpainted this year! I’m looking at them seeing if I can use them in other designs throughout the year, otherwise it’s the bin!

3d snowmen nails

3d snowmen over Gel Polish

Gelish with glitter and a little Xmas Tree

Gelish with glitter and a little Xmas Tree

Caution with snowflake

Gelish Caution with handpainted Snowflakes

Chunky glitter over Deep Sea

Chunky Glitter over Deep Sea

Pigments and stamping

Ombré pigments with stamping and Glitter highlights

Sue french with 3d baubles

French L&P with 3d baubles

Blue glitter french

Ice blue Glitter French

Green eyes

Cashmere Eyelash Extensions

Ivy nails

Shellac with handpainted Ivy

Pigments and stamps and glitter

Russet and Gold Ombré Pigments with stamping

Pink and blue glitte fade

Simple Pink and Blue Glitter Fade

Reverse french with snowflakes

Robins on shellac

Handpainted Robins with Snowflakes


Samples for 3d Snowmen

Fine line handpainting

Fine line handpainting


Now… what am I going to have on my holiday nails! I’m sat here with blank nails wondering whether to go for plain, glitter, pigments, stamping, bling, 3d… all of the above! Subtle? Neon? French? My suitcase is packed so it’s just me to get ready now. See you when I get back!

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