Oh my goodness, youse guys, I freaking love this manicure. Yep. Not afraid to own it! I love how light and neutral it is, and I think the flowers turned out really cool and kind of impressionist in style. I have a feeling I will make another attempt at this water color effect. I’ve been playing with different materials to create nail art lately – and though I do love classic nail polish, I’m realizing that there are some products that can be used to create really different (and super cool) styles. Yay for trying new things!
I had a great week at nail school, so I’m back with another update. We had last week off, and it was really nice to get back into the swing of things and get my hands dirty – so to speak! I also got to attend a nail tech networking event called Nail Talk Denver. The event included different speakers, opportunities for continuing education, updates about the field, and the chance to meet other local nail techs. It was my first time attending this type of event and I really enjoyed it!
Hi friends! I received quite a few requests to do a tutorial for the stripey nails I did last week using a fan brush. I’m a little nervous to announce my YouTube debut – but here it is! Subscribe to my channel and check out the tutorial – and of course, let me know what you think of the tutorial! I’m happy to create more of these videos if they’re helpful.
I was thinking about how much I love my dotting tool (it’s true – I love it!) and I realized I hadn’t done any polka dots in quite a while. I also realized that my standard dotticure needed some sort of update. And how do we update things? Add more stuff! Sounds like a terrible life philosophy. At nail school we practiced giving each other manis and pedis yesterday, and I wound up with a nail shape that I’m not super into (too round, too short on the sides). Nails grow back, luckily, and I’m sure by next week I won’t even notice it. That’s a better life philosophy – patience, acceptance, appreciation. Something to aspire to, anyways!
I actually just tried saying “She Sells Seashells by the Seashore” out loud – disaster! I’m giggling thinking about it. I used to know a whole bunch of tongue twisters, though I don’t think I was ever very good at reciting them. I am prone to garble-mouth (yes. That’s a technical term for “bleh bleh bleh.”). Anyways, onto the manicure! I recently made two purchases and they both arrived yesterday – I was so excited to use them both! I got another order of Nail Vinyls as well as some amazingly cute charms from Daily Charme.
I was really loving the fan brush stripey nails from my last post, so I thought I would do another take on the fan brush technique – variations on a theme. I love the textured effect you can create with a fan brush – it’s really simple, just sloppy lines, but I think it’s such an interesting texture. I think it looks kind of like fabric.
Today’s look seemed a little punky to me. My thought process went like this: black accent, punk music, Punky Brewster. For some reason, I kept thinking of Punky Brewster shouting, “Punky Power!” but in my head I was thinking, “Punky Purple!” I wanted to use my new Zoya Carter (that’s the texture on my pinkie nail), and looking through my stash I realized that I have some really pretty Zoya purples. I think that these are my favorite purple polishes, to be completely honest. And since the Pantone color of the year is radiant orchid, there’s no time like the present to go purple.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the beginning of my journey to nail school – it’s fun, and I’m learning a lot, and at the end of the day I think, “I’m excited to go back tomorrow!” I feel so happy that I get to pursue a passion, something I genuinely enjoy. How lucky! The Dalai Lama once said, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” After months of unemployment, I’m quite proud of myself for taking action to do something I really enjoy. I love the world of nails and polish, glitter, creativity, and detail; it’s not about owning the newest polish collections or accessories, it’s about acting to create wearable art and sharing it with others. I’m so glad I can share with you! Today’s look also make me feel really happy – the colors are so bright and springy!
It’s been a busy week – the life of a student! I haven’t had a ton of time to blog, though I am hoping to work on some more nail art over the weekend. Since another week has come and gone, I thought I would give you another little update on nail school. It seems like folks are pretty interested in what goes on behind the closed doors of beauty school – it does seem kind of mysterious, doesn’t it? I don’t think I’ll do an update every single week, since that might get repetitious, but it’s still so new and exciting that an update seems warranted.
Got a quick post for you all this evening! It seems that I’m in the Valentine’s Day spirit – mostly I’m enjoying the reds and pinks that accompany the holiday. I sometimes forget how much I love red; blues is definitely one of my manicure go-to colors. But you know, red is pretty great, too. For today’s look, I decided to whip up an abstract manicure with lines and dots. It’s vaguely Valentine’s-y, I suppose!