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

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


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

stamped-silver-purple-nails - Click to enlarge

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 - 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


The stunning difference the Mybrows Treatment makes on blonde brows


2015 is up and running!

I’m getting back on track now jet lag is gone! Luckily there’s been a lot of stamping since my holiday as I came back with  jet lag and a cold and I just haven’t been able to get warm. Dorset in January is very different from India…

dinmontThe main website is coming along now, I still have writer’s block wondering what to put on each page. I’ve done it all before and it’s hard starting it over again without using the same phrases. I’m petsitting with my Pawsindoors head on at the moment and taking the dogs home to do nail and lash appointments.

sharpies brows

swatch-maabrI bought a pack of sharpies to have a play with, there are some interesting effects with these. There are a lot of lovely images on Facebook, they give a beautiful marble effect. NOT to be used on eyebrows!  I’ve had a play but I’m away from my kit so cant wait to get back properly on Friday!



These are just some of the Nails and Lashes done so far.  Stamping has been really popular as a quick and simple way of producing stunning effects. Big thanks to Alexandra Woodward for all of her guidance.


Foil over Shellac

Toes with Stamping for Valentines

Toes with Stamping for Valentines


Silver filigree stamped nails


Gel toes with glitter and foil

Shellac Blackpool with stamping

Shellac Blackpool with stamping



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