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
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.
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!
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.’
Nail Art, Glitter and Stamping. Nails that I haven’t posted on the blog yet. I’m still deciding what pictures to include in the site’s Gallery. Meanwhile, the blog is as good a place as any to post. Clients are feeling Autumn coming on, colours are getting darker, though glitter is still very popular. Click on the pics to enlarge.
Ink 2 tone with stamping and handpainted swirls
Pink Rock Star Glitter Nails
These pastel nails were a last minute design. Transparent foils over various pastel gel polish. Colours chosen by the client. The Peach nails were mine, gel polish over acrylic infil. I painted and stamped them for my London trip to finish off the cake. I knew I had a lot of gold to paint and thought this would disguise any splatters. I hated these nails, they lasted 1 week and were filed off! I don’t like peach!
Pastels with Foil hexagons
Peach gel polish with Gold stamping
This is Ink London i79. It is a stunning colour, a real inky blue with red tones to it. Really popular that week, I used it 4 times on various clients. Definitely on the re-order list.
I hope everyone had a lovely Easter and is still enjoying the warm weather. The clocks have gone forward, days are getting longer and Spring is here. Summer is just around the corner so it’s time to start thinking of your summer maintenance! Toes are soon to be in sandals, fingers will be on parade and it’s time to sort those unruly eyebrows and glam up the eyelashes.
Everyone seems to smile more when the sun is shining and it brings out everyone’s desire to start looking towards summer holidays and getting skin, hair and nails ready for warmer days and nights. It’s time for me to think of Summer offers for all treatments! Check out the newsletter for new upcoming offers – Join Here! Newsletter
My Stamped Birthday Nails
I had a long weekend off with family here for my birthday and we had a lovely (almost nail and lash free!) time. I ran out of time so did my birthday nails with a mixture of Shellac Purple Purple stamped with silver and Gel 11 Metallic Silver stamped with a blend of purple and blue.
Daisy May having a dip in the stream
I’m still juggling my time between petsitting and nails, brows and lashes at Mole End Design. Lots of help from family and friends when it gets tight! Daisy accompanied me yesterday, she slept in her little basket throughout the nail treatments. I finished by lunchtime today so was back in Sherborne by 2pm for another stroll around Sherborne Castle and the stream in Purlieu Field. I hope this weather lasts – I must do my own toes!
Shellac with Additives and handpainted daisies
Fran was really feeling Spring has sprung so asked for yellow springlike nails this time. After looking through swatches and deciding on combinations, we decided to do daisies on a Limeade base with some blue additives. It was great fun to do them after doing a load of stamping. My stamping is improving though after the masterclass from Alex last week. She really showed me some great techniques and tips.
Gel 11 with stamping form DRK Design Plate
Uber Chic Plates are Coming!
I’ve ordered the Uber Chic Collection Plates as these are fantastic for stamping and they have a large footprint area, great for longer nails. I’ve also just bought some stunning colours to use with them… now I just have to wait til they’re shipped from USA!
Uber Chic has this to say about them:
The designs are 17 x 21mm – the largest single designs we know of in the industry – and are built to cover edge-to-edge even the largest natural nail size. Small nails left out? Never! Our designs are crafted to not be so overwhelming or large that you can’t see what is on your nail – even if it’s tiny! The plates in this collection have coordinating single images down the center, The designs are engraved on the image plates and can be used over and over again – never wearing out. Can you say…decals and stickers stink? They do.
Mybrows – Highly Defined Eyebrows
The stunning difference the Mybrows Treatment makes on blonde brows
I’ve just had an amazing 4 days with Alexandra Woodward teaching each other lots of new skills and trading ideas. The time just flew by but we got through a lot. Alex arrived around 2pm on Thursday and after unpacking and going through our goodies we set to getting to grips with One Stroke. Then followed 3 days of general playing and learning. We both now have massive shopping and Wish Lists for new brushes, paints, polishes and glitters (my first order went in last night 😉 )
We covered One Stroke Nail Art, Gel Polish Designs, Glitters, Pigments, Advanced Stamping, Hand painted Decals, Toe Nail Reconstruction, and lots of general nail art playing!
I still have to sort images, we didn’t take many! Friday night we finished around 2am, Saturday we decided we’d better put the brushes and paints away around 1.00am.
Glitter, pigments and hexagon chunky glitter on Gelish
Alex broke a nail so we decided to fix it, which progressed to a full paint job. We used Gelish over her natural nails then added pigments, fine silver glitter and cobalt blue hexagon glitter. These really sparkle.
I tried out the new Uber Chic Stamping Plates, these are stunning. Alex brought so many varieties of stamping polish we were covered!
My decals weren’t too good but now I have the hang of it I know what to expect so hopefully can create some new nail art before the clients arrive to save time.
Pure Color Nail Art Brushe
Alex will be selling these Pure Color Nail Art brushes, they really are brilliant to use. I’ve had mine for a few months and I can get really fine detailed lines with them. No 10 is the detail brush No 9 is the Striper. Highly recommended. They have a comfortable grip and are not too skinny to hold. I use the Crystal Nails Barbara ll Brush and these are very close to that. You can get whisker thin strokes with both of them.
I’m currently in Somerset until Wednesday and have a seriously limited internet so hopefully it will be enough to upload this! It’s not enough for Facebook so I may even get some work done! I have a few sets of fingers and toes to upload, and then finally finish off my website in between walking dogs, feeding birds and dodging the rain showers.
It’s been a while since I updated the blog. Lots has been happening and I have a lot of things to catch up on.
First of all there was Christmas, I flew up to Sunderland to spend it with Dad and friends, leaving Jim at home! I arrived back in Dorset January 31st, squeezed a few clients in before travelling to Eastbourne for a few days ( a few treatments over there!) before leaving for Goa. I’d planned to update the blog from Goa but the WiFi was only in the bars so I was otherwise occupied! Holiday over now so it’s time to crack on with 2015.
I’m finally settling back in to a routine and getting the site and advertising and promotion work sorted.
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My home studio is just about there now. I have moved things around quite a lot and am finally getting comfortable with the layout of the nail tables and beauty couch, other furniture and storage. I’ve had great fun ordering stock and supplies and can’t wait to have a proper play with some of the new nail art items. I have been approached to teach some nail art which could be good!
I’m in the process of doing an online extra Lash Course, working through home study of new nail art and am planning on booking an advanced nail course in the very near future.