New Year New Nails

It’s New Year 2017. New Year, New Nails. It’s actually July but I’ve just got round to posting. I’m gradually catching up!

Here are some nails from January.
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Natural nails  with acrylic overlay, pink with handpainted flower

Natural nails with acrylic overlay, pink with handpainted flower

Pink gel, pink glitter and and holographic pigment

Pink gel, pink glitter and and holographic pigment

Foil and Gelish Night Reflection

Foil and Gelish Night Reflection

Foil and Gelish Rendezvous

Foil and Gelish Rendezvous

Night Reflection and sand flowers and bling purple nails

Night Reflection and sand flowers and bling

French with butterfly stamp and glitter

French with butterfly stamp and glitter

French with flowers and silver

French with flowers and silver

The Gel bottle sparkly blue nails

The Gel bottle sparkly blue nails

Gel painting practice

Gel painting practice

Ink and fireworks over natural nails

Ink London gel polish and fireworks over natural nails

Silver and purple Glitter and striping tape

Silver and purple Glitter and striping tape

Matte cashmere lashes

Matte cashmere lashes

Red gel polish with gold lines

Red gel polish with gold lines

Teal bubble nails

Teal bubble nails, matte base with a dew effect

Wedgewood on velvet

Wedgewood design on velvet

Wedgewood swatches

Wedgewood on velvet swatches with flash

 

October Autumn Nail Designs

Autumn Nail Designs

Ink London Blood diamond with Swarovski. Beautifully rich red

Ink London Blood diamond with Swarovski. Beautifully rich red

Ink London Blood diamond with plaid

Ink London Blood diamond with plaid

Cat eye effect gel polish and one stroke

Cat eye effect gel polish and one stroke

Cat eye with sheer stocking effect gel polish

Cat eye with sheer stocking effect gel polish and detailed bling

Pigments and stamping over pale blue gel polish

Pigments and stamping over pale blue gel polish

Magpie Eadie Glitter

Magpie Eadie Glitter

Gelish caution with stamping

Gelish caution with stamping

Nude polish with copper glitter

Nude polish with copper glitter

One stroke Poppy for Remembrance Day

One stroke Poppy for Remembrance Day

Kruger national park nails pigment neon leopard

Nail ready for a Safari to Kruger National Park

Matte stocking effect nails with 3d detailing

Matte stocking effect nails with 3d detailing

Halloween nails in black, red and silver

Halloween nails in black, red and silver

Pastel animal print nails

Pastel animal print nails

Pink nails with 3d detailing, glitter and holographic pigment

Pink nails with 3d detailing, glitter and holographic pigment

Script stamping over french nails

Script stamping over french nails

Striping on navy nails

Striping on navy nails

 

September Nails

Some of my September finger nail and toenail designs. Still catching up! What else to do on a rainy Dorset Sunday afternoon?

Pigment over gel polish toes with 3d petals

Pigment over gel polish toes with 3d petals

Acrylic extensions, aqua background with pink one stroke

Acrylic extensions, aqua background with pink one stroke

Acrylic extensions with pink and gold sparkles

Acrylic extensions with pink and gold sparkles

3d silver detail over black nails and a blingy glitter ring finger

3d silver detail over black nails and a blingy glitter ring finger

Assymetric french

Assymetric french with silver accents

Black silver chrome and rockstar

Black, silver, chrome and Rockstar nails

Gelish Shake it til you Samba with 3d designer gel detail on fingers and toes

Gelish Tahiti Hottie with 3d designer gel detail on fingers and toes

Ink London Gel with Holgraphic pigment

Ink London Gel with Holgraphic pigment

Forbidden love with silver stampig

Forbidden love with silver stamping

Gel bottle 146 and one stroke

The Gel Bottle 146 and one stroke petals

Gelish with 3d silver gel and glitter on purple

Gelish with 3d silver gel and glitter on purple

Gel polish french with silver swirls

Gel polish french with chrome silver swirls

Peach cobbler with onestroke and bling

Peach cobbler with onestroke and bling

Starburst with one stroke, holo pigment and gems

Starburst, Lilac with one stroke, holo pigment and gems

One stroke on french nails

One stroke on french nails

Gelish Tahiti Hottie with 3d designer gel detail on all nails

Gelish Tahiti Hottie with 3d designer gel detail on all nails

Tahiti hottie with bling purple nails

Tahiti hottie with bling

 

August 2016 Nails – eventually!

I’ve let myself get a little behind in posting the latest nails to the blog. Next few posts are just catching up!

To keep up to date and see my latest designs see my Facebook Page here.

Reverse french acrylics with pink and blue glitters

Reverse french acrylics with pink and blue glitters

Onestroke roses painted over french nails

Onestroke roses painted over french nails

One stroke butterfly on gel polish

One stroke butterfly on Ink London gel polish

Illumina Gel Polish on fingers and toes.

Illumina Gel Polish on fingers and toes. It’s impossible to capture the colours in these. Purple in one light, blue in another and green in another!

Gel polish with pigments, glitters and 3d designer gel detail

Gel polish with pigments, glitters and 3d designer gel detail

Gel polish with pigments and 3d designer gel detail

Gel polish with pigments and 3d designer gel detail

Blue chrome effect nails

Blue chrome effect nails

Super holo over pink gel polish

Super holo over pink gel polish

Glitter base with double stamping in black and gold

Glitter base with double stamping in black and gold

Cat eye effect with purple and pink flicks

Cat eye effect with purple and pink flicks

 

geometric design

I’d forgotten I did these. Hand painted for a photo shoot. Geometric designs inspired from a pinterest picture

Introducing Ink London

INTRODUCING INK LONDON!

Ilac ink london INK London has arrived and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I have been using Ink London products for over 6 months and I cannot fault it – long lasting results, excellent range of colours, quality of products and first class customer service.

Here are some of the main reasons why I’ve chosen to bring INK London into my range:
⭐ All products sourced within the EU and produced in the UK
⭐ No animal testing
⭐ Hypoallergenic & Halal friendly
⭐ Free from 1350+ banned chemicals and solvents within the UK and EU
⭐ Professional only product
As there are a few different products in the INK London range, I will also give you a run through of their main features too!

INK London iLac is a hybrid gel polish meaning you have the longevity of a gel but the kindness of a normal polish.
⭐ No buffing of the natural nail
⭐ 102 colours in the range
⭐ 14-21 day wear
⭐ Under 10 minute removal

Xlac Ink LondonINK London xLac is a one step system for all you busy ladies who who don’t have time for a luxury service. This is perfect for those ladies who want a mani/pedi on their lunch break or just need a bit of colour in their life for a short period of time. This is the perfect system for nurses, carers, chefs and other careers.
⭐ No buffing of the natural nail
⭐ 21 colours in the range
⭐ 7 -10 day wear
⭐ 4 minute removal
⭐ Perfect for pedicures

INK London Acrylink is a liquid and powder acrylic system which can be used for enhancements for those of you who want longer nails or as an overlay to keep your natural nails strong. Acrylink has the most beautiful colour powders in the range with more in the pipeline. As the powders are very fine in consistency, you won’t even feel like you have anything more than gel polish on your nails. Acrylink is so lightweight in comparison to other brands you may have experienced.
Ink hybrid

INK London iJel is a hard gel which can be used for enhancements for those of you who want longer nails or as an overlay to keep your natural nails strong. iJel have 7 beautiful colours to choose from with many more in the pipeline. This product is also super lightweight.
So that’s everything you need to know about INK London, so what are you waiting for?!
Book an appointment, sit back, relax and let me  transform your hands and feet!

 

Some of the Ink Manicures so far

Glitter and jigsaw stamped nails

Glitter and jigsaw stamped nails

I79 with diamonds

Ink with Diamond shaped Glitter

Close up of Ink with diamond shaped glitter

Close up of Ink with diamond shaped glitter

Ink stamped nails

Metallic Blue Ink with Stamping

Pastels with Foil hexagons

Pastels with Foil hexagons

Peach polish with stamping

Peach Cobbler

Chameleon pigments with Sharpie Detail

Chameleon pigments with Sharpie Detail

Tiffany coloured nails with foil accents

i74 – Tiffany coloured nails with foil accents

I80 with i58

i80 with stamping and i58 on accent nails

 

Many thanks to Kay Gilligan for the editorial. See more here Kay’s Facebook Page 

Was that Summer? Time to show the Summer Toes while it lasts!

Summer toesWe’ve had a few lovely days, punctuated with black clouds and rain in Dorset. It’s a time to get those summer  toes on show and glitter has been really popular. The sun really makes them gleam!

Fingers crossed we get a few more hot and bright days over the next few weeks. Foils can really catch the light, with many designs on offer. Simpe plain metallic foils to full patterned holographic prints. Handpainted nail art or stamping can further embellish the toes.  Neon Pigments are perfect for the toes, bright and fun with limitless variations. From a simple colour polish to full on Nail Art, I can create something for you.

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Gelish Toes with Gold holographic glitter

Gelish Toes with Gold holographic glitter

Silver glitter base with chunky holographic hexagon glitter highlights

Silver glitter base with chunky holographic hexagon glitter highlights

The toes on the left are created using Gelish My Fobidden Love with Gold holographic glitter pressed into the big toes and as on the tips of the remaining toes. These were created to match a wedding outfit. The toes on the right have a silver base gel polish then fine silver glitter burnished onto it. Chunky holographic hexagon glitter was then added to catch the light. This is stunning in the sunlight.

Toenails can last weeks as toenails don’t grow as quickly as fingernails. Some go as long as 8 weeks before a fresh set. Ideal for holidays as they are chip and maintenance free.

Gelish matching fingers and toes

Gelish matching fingers and toes

Gelish matching fingers and toes using Good Gossip. Very sparkly in the sunlight. This lady’s right big toe had been kicked and the corner was missing so I built it up to match the other toe.

Gelish matching fingers and toes

Gelish pink base with Glitter

Base of Gelish Good Gossip then Superglitter applied for an iridescent look.

Silver toes with chunky glitter

Silver toes with chunky glitter

Neon pigments with Uber Chic stamping

Neon pigments with Uber Chic stamping

 

Shellac toes with Foil overlay

Shellac toes with Foil overlay

 

Stamped Gel Polish Toes

Stamped Gel Polish Toes

 

With an extensive range of colours and effects to choose from, you can be certain of a set of toenails created to your satisfaction!
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Lash Lift is Here!

Lash Lift before and after at Mole End Design
I had a lovely day doing the Lash Lift course  with Karen Gunning of Ellevisage Training Academy, the training partner of AH Francis. I wasn’t entirely sure about this treatment before this course but after seeing the results I was amazed.

I took along Susanne as my model and she laid back and let us work on her lashes. Lash Lift is a longer treatment than I thought but we were very pleasantly surprised at the difference it made to Susanne’s lashes! This treatment really opens the eyes… now I want it done on my lashes!

Karen was an amazing teacher, she went through everything methodically and was so patient with me. The class is a one day live skills workshop at Ellevisage Training Academy. We were greeted with coffee and biscuits while we chatted about the course and outcomes.

The Training Academy is set in a beautiful village location in a private courtyard, the studios are in a converted stable block with lots of parking. As it was a lovely day, we were able to have lunch outside, shared with Gooseberry the whippet,  and discuss progress so far.

At the end of the course Karen even went through some extra lash extension techniques I was unsure of, which was above and beyond what she needed to do! I really appreciate the time she took to go that extra mile. I left feeling confident that I had been taught everything I needed to know in order to be confident in carrying out the Lash Lift Treatment. Now I have to practice! I can thoroughly recommend Karen and Ellie for any training and I will certainly be back.

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Fiona Before and After her Lash Lift and Tint

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Susanne Before and After her Lash Lift and Tint

Spring is here – Summer is just around the corner!

The Sun is Shining!Spring at Mole End Design

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

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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.
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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 - Click to enlarge

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 - Click to enlarge

Gel 11 with stamping form DRK Design Plate

 

Uber Chic Plates are Coming!

CK_nail_plate_Collection_01__49589.1418841076.220.290I’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

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The stunning difference the Mybrows Treatment makes on blonde brows

 

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