May-be Time to Treat Yourself!

May-be Treat Time!

May is coming… time to get Summer ready. I’m getting ready for a holiday and as a treat I’m having a little pamper! Exfoliating winter skin away, applying deep treatments to my face, hands, feet, elbows and knees,  polishing finger and toenails, defining my brows, lifting my lashes (as I can’t get to my regular lash lady!) and waxing all necessary areas! This shouldn’t be a May Treat, I should practice what I preach and do it ALL the time!

Holiday Time

I will be away until 13th May then I will be doing extra days to catch up on my return. Join my mailing list to be the first to hear of Special Offers and new treatments and nail goodies! Click here to register Mole End Design Special Offers and receive monthly emails with discounts for you.

April Treatments

April has been a very varied month for nails and lashes. Lash Lift has been very popular as it’s a zero maintenance treatment and adds so much to your lashes. I love doing Lash Extensions but so many ladies have fabulous natural lashes that just need a little lift and tint and get amazing results for 6-8 weeks!  I’ve used coloured lashes this month on some of my extensions, fabulous in the sunshine and when the light catches them! They are very subtle but look amazing.

Cashmere Lashes with a hint of blue on the outers as a treat

Cashmere Lashes with a hint of blue on the outers

Lash Lift Before and After

Lash Lift Before and After

April Nails

Nails designs have been varied this month. It started Dark and Wintry and ended all Springlike (see Spring – Have we missed it?) I’ve taken delivery of lots of new  polishes, Nail Effects, Bling and Glitter, Angel Paper, tools and lots of surprises ready for May. I’ve also attended 2 Online Nail Art Courses – watch this space for the results! I’ve also had Some Ela Loszczyk Training DVDs for my birthday and these look great! I can’t wait to get started. I’ve ordered more materials to complete the new designs, now it’s just a case of waiting for delivery and finding time to do them.

Leopard Print nails for a Bengal Cat Owner

Hand Painted Gold and Black Ombré with Leopard Print to match client’s Bengal Cat

Autism aware nails

Autism Awareness Design Nails

Black with gold chrome smiles

Black with Gold Chrome Smiles

Carley glittery

A bit of animated glitter added via an app! A little experiment.

French with onestroke square

French with One Stroke Flowers

Grey white and silver

Mono Mani – Grey, White and Silver Pigments, Rockstar and diamantés

I79 with one stroke butterflies before

One Stroke Butterflies

Pale blue with fade and chunky glitter

Pale Blue Ombré and chunky glitter

Black Gel Polish with Neon Pigments

Black Gel Polish with Neon Pigments

Pink sparkly with 3d detailing

Pink Sparkly with 3d detailing

Classic Red Polish over Acrylic Enhancements

Classic Red Polish over Acrylic Enhancements

Shellac bare lunulas (half moons)

Shellac bare lunulas (half moons)

Silver and Blue Diagonal Design with Glitter

Silver and Blue Diagonal Design with Glitter

Turquoise and copper nails with filigree stamping

Turquoise and Copper Nails with Filigree stamping

Teal and Grey with Turquoise Rockstar Nails and Diamantes

Teal and Grey with Turquoise Rockstar Nails and Diamantes

Pigment s and purples sidewayd

Purple base with pigments and gold flourishes

Pigments over purples

One Stroke Painting Designs

Hello february

This month is all about One Stroke Designs!

It’s been a while since I’ve added to the blog! I’ve been on holiday but I’m back in the swing now. I had a manic week last week catching up and I now have a little breather. I’m putting together some One stroke samples, tips and nail designs for my upcoming class. I will be holding courses teaching this technique, among others in the very near future. One Stroke or Onestroke? I can’t decide!

One stroke mixing paint

Double loading the paintbrush for Onestroke

One stroke brush close up

Close up of a double loaded Onestroke brush

Onestroke is always popular and such an easy technique to master. The paint brush is double or triple loaded with paint and applied to your surface creating simple leaves and shapes. It is these basic shapes which can be used for all designs. Simple basic shapes can produce the following designs quickly and easily.

  • Simple flowers
  • Layered flowers
  • Closed leaves
  • Roses
  • Lilies
  • Butterflies
  • Foliage
  • Grasses

Would you like to learn this technique? I will  take you through the basics of proper brush loading, brush care and of course the strokes that you need to complete each design. More details to follow.

One stroke sample nails sheet

One stroke samples painted onto a printed sheet. These are Level 1 Onestroke.

A little one stroke flower can add the finishing touches to a manicure. Add in some fine linework and you can create stunning designs with a little practice. Some of the pictures below are from a couple of years ago, I will be adding the new designs and practice sheets as I finish them. I’m finding it very therapeutic!

One Stroke Painting has been around for many years. Donna Dewberry is a great resource for ideas and tips. See Painters Online for Basic Techniques of One-Stroke Flower Petal Painting Donna Dewberry tips

One stroke palette

Practice sheets for Onestroke designs

I practice on many surfaces before committing to nail tips or real nails. Matte laminated sheets are ideal to paint on as the paint grips really well, just like a prepared surface. Parchment paper is another good surface. I prepared some print outs so I can design to basic nail shapes in order to fit the designs in.

Onestroke pansies parchment

One stroke pansies painted on parchment paper

Onestroke pansies

Onestroke Poppies painted on parchment

One stroke Poppies painted on parchment

Onestroke blue flowers

One stroke blue flowers



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