Catching up on February! I did a Hard Gel Conversion course this month with Francesca Gomm of F.G. Studio and Academy in Plymouth and brushed up on E-filing, One stroke  painting,  and had a real Nail Play Weekend. Lots of glitters and pigments, paints,  swapped ideas and had a few treatments. Have to mention the Boob Buster, a fab treatment and I can’t believe that it worked. Its so good I’m doing the course next month! Read more here

Stilettto nails and one stroke

Playing in Plymouth

February Nails, Lashes and brows

A selection of Nails, lashes and brows from February 2017.
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Gel painting flowers

Gel painting flowers

Blue Acrylic overlay with glitter

Blue Acrylic overlay with glitter

Brow thread and lash lift

Brow threading and Lash Lift

Chameleon Flakes

Brow threading and Lash Lift

Chintys alison

Disco Glitter and Chameleon Flakes

Neon pigment, holographic pigment and glitter

Neon pigment, holographic pigment and glitter

Glitter and stamping

Glitter accent finger and silver stamping

Valentine Nails. Ombré with 3d hearts and foil accents

Valentine Nails. Ombré with 3d hearts and foil accents

Gossip girl with super glitter

Gelish Gossip Girl with glitter

I66 nude with striping

Nude gel polish with striping tape

Matte blue butterfly

Matte Blue nails with gloss dots and a handpainted butterfly on the thumb

Purple caviar beads

Rich purple with caviar beads

Tgb pink with black gel design

Pink with Black Filigree design

Valentines Nails with Bows on thumbs

Valentines Nails with Bows on thumbs

Matte Wedgewood Blue with 3d detail

Matte Wedgewood Blue with 3d detail

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.

Flying Visit, more Onestroke and a New Table!

Frantic February!

In between nails, brows and lashes I’ve been housesitting again as well as practicing more OneStroke designs and having new furniture built for my studio. I’ve been looking after some beautiful Labradors and a lovely cat, and with the help of  my colleague, have been able to run back and forth between appointments!

Spring seems to be on it’s way and lots of nails and even a few toes have been gelled this month! Glitter is still being requested, I suppose as an antidote to the awful weather! Lash Lift is again proving very popular and the Cashmere Eyelash Extensions are so soft and light, clients don’t know they’re wearing them!

French with one stroke butterflies

French with one stroke butterflies

I67 with one stroke

Ink London i67 with Onestroke

L&P scuplted enhancements over badly bitten nails - clients own pic!

L&P scuplted enhancements over badly bitten nails – clients own pic!

Having made prototype nail desks a few year ago, my husband has been busy again – I now have a custom made L shaped nail desk covered in glass with chrome legs. Pics to come once it’s finally finished. He’s working on conduits for wires and cables to keep me tidy and stop my chair rolling over them and pulling my gel lamps off. Another coat of paint and I’m good to go! My studio is looking sleek – as sleek as it can get in a rural 17th century thatched cottage! New windows and doors are also in the pipeline.   This will all give me more room for Nail Classes… still in progress!

I’ve just received some BrillBird Designer Gel and have been having a play with that, no images yet but I can’t wait to use it. It’s lovely and really finishes off some of my designs. There are so many fabulous products out there to embellish nails,  we’re really spoiled for choice! I can’t make it to Pro Beauty next weekend so I will have to have a play online and order some treats! I have my eye on a few new ideas…

Onestroke Sample Sheet

I printed blank black nail shapes onto a plain piece of paper then matte laminated it to have a working surface similar to buffed nails. I still haven’t got round to doing them on tips yet though a few clients have had some onestroke this month. As a bonus, it’s a handy way for clients to be able to choose what’s available.

One stroke sample nails sheet 1000

I finally finished the sheet of Onestroke samples.


My forbidden love with stamping

Gelish My Forbidden Love with stamping

Sharon glitter turquoise

Mermaid glitter ans stamping

Gelish Shake it til you Samba with bling and holographic glitter

Gelish Shake it til you Samba with bling and holographic glitter

Black Gel Polish with pink lunulas

Black Gel Polish with pink glitter lunulas

Blue Pink Glitter Ombré

Blue Pink Glitter Ombré

French with lace

French with lace stamping

Caution with diamond glitter

French with Handpainted Fine Lines

French with Handpainted Fine Lines

Ink i55 with one stroke

Ink i55 with one stroke


New Treatment – Lash Lift

Lashlift eyeFrom May I will be offering a new treatment – Lash Lift.

As amazing as lash extensions are, they may not suit everyone. Lash lift is a fantastic alternative for clients that don’t want lash extensions or can’t have them for some reason.

Lash Lift completely transforms the eyes without the use of mascara, eyelash curlers or false lashes. It relieves heaviness around the eyes and can take 10 years off your appearance.

This new technique can lift,  curl, and lengthen your own natural lashes to create a brighter, fuller, wide eyed look. No need for extensions and the associated aftercare, this will last you 6-8 weeks and can be combined with a tint so no need for mascara.

The Benefits Of Lash Lift

  • More choice of lash enhancing treatments
  • Look younger
  • Your own lashes appear longer after lifting and tinting
  • You will enjoy beautiful lashes for up to 6 weeks without top ups of any kind!
  • You’ll be able to choose from a wider range of lash services
  • Saving you valuable time with your beauty routine – simply wake up and go!

For more details See this article Lash Lifting

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