Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Zigzag pictorial

as i promised a few weeks ago *sorry, work's been buuuuusy!* here's the pictorial for my zigzag nails :)




**when cutting your zigzag strips -MAKE SURE- you smooth the tape on the blade of the funky scissors. the tape will cut nicely this way :)*

1. start off with your nail filed, buffed and clean of any debris (if you're doing this with polish, make sure your base colour is completely dry)

2. apply your zig-zag strips that you cut using your funky scissors and tape.

3. apply as many strips as you'd like to your nail, spacing them out evenly. go back with a dotting tool and ensure that ALL sides are completely pressed down. this will ensure that none of the acrylic paint spreads anywhere else.

4. using your small paint brush and acrylic paint, begin to fill in the space between your zig-zag strips

5. fill in all open spaces between your strips and allow to dry.

6. once your acrylic paint is COMPLETELY DRY, slowly begin to remove the tape.

7. be sure to remove tape slowly to prevent the tape from ripping.

8. go back and use a polish corrector pen to clean up the sidewalls and cuticle area. if any paint managed to sneak under the tape, clean up the edges with your polish corrector pen. if there are any spots where the paint isn't thick enough, go back with your small brush and do your touch ups.

9. seal the zig-zag sweetness in! i recommend using a gel sealer if you're doing this on acrylic/gel nails (use a high shine top coat if you're doing this with polish!)

enjoy your kick-ass zig-zag nails - and let me know what you thought of this pictorial (be easy, this is my first one! lol) and if you'd like me to do any more of these :)


Friday, February 22, 2013

Inspiration

You know, its funny how what you (you, being the nail tech) are wearing on your own nails inspires or influences what your clients wear on their own nails. For the past month or so ive been wearing almond shaped nails and recently a few of my clients have switched from square to almond, too. On my recent set, i have half of my ring fingers covered in Swarovski crystals - today, two of my clients requested the same thing but with their own little twist. My crazy, loud, mix-match nails from last month inspired many sets that i've done recently. What a neat feeling to know that your own designs have inspired others to (sometimes) break out of the box and try something that they might not regularly try.

these are my nails right now :) i wanted something elegant with bling for our anniversary yesterday.
these are the nails i did today..
see how she got her inspiration from the placement of my rhinestones?
 these turned out so beautiful :)

bright, fun and sassy leopard print for my friend Ashley.. Happy Birthday (on Sunday) darling!

crazy, loud and as bright as they could possibly be haha. she wanted BRIGHT!



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Happy Anniversary, Jev xoxo



7 years ago that picture was taken. that was our first date. 7 years ago today, we officially became a couple. we were just a couple of teenagers, not knowing where life was headed, all we knew is that we had each other. i feel so blessed to have been able to grow with you these past 7 years, to share so many milestones in our lives together. i am so blessed to be love with my best friend. thank you for always supporting my dreams no matter how crazy they may seem. thank you for always standing beside me weather im right or wrong. thank you for being you

we've been faced with so many things, some tougher than others, but we've always made it through. like i always say: it may not always be easy, but it has always been worth it. thank you for always being my light on the darkest days. i cant even begin to tell you how much i look forward to what our future has in store, and where our life takes us. i love you always, yesterday-today-tomorrow.

happy 7 year anniversary, Jevad.
i love you xoxo

prom! 2006
our first vacation together - 2012

Monday, February 18, 2013

zigzag

ive been really trying to look for different things to offer my clients lately. ive fallen in love with Japanese nail art and have taken some inspiration from some people that i follow on instagram, but not everyone is adventurous enough to try out some of the beautifully intricate and innovative designs, and hey, thats okay! now, i know that the 'tape mani' isnt new to the nail world by any means. but, its new to me and my clients and i really wanted to give it a try.

ive tried it with gel polish, regular polish, and now acrylic paint and i think ive found the perfect match. i had my beautiful niece in for her nails last week and told her she was going to be my guinea pig mwahahaha! of course, she was up for it and this is what we came up with:


remember that i had mentioned that i found the perfect match? well, i meant that acrylic paint truly worked best for me when doing this design. i tried, and tried, and tried (and tried some more) to do this with gel polish and it just didnt work. the acrylic paint was thick enough that it stayed where i put it, and if it did seep underneath the tape, i was able to go back after with my polish corrector pen and clean up any edges :) ... which leads me to this:



i hadn't made a video in quite some time and thought this would be perfect to do because it can be done on both natural nails and nail enhancements.. who doesn't love versatility?! i also made a pictorial that i uploaded to my instagram -but- im going to do another post after this with the pictorial here as well :) if anyone tries out this zigzag mani, be sure to send me a picture *or link to the picture* 'cause id love to see it!