Archive | January, 2012

Nail Art Inspirations

31 Jan

I loveee painting nail art. My clients rarely just get plain nails anymore and I love it! My clients, friends, and family always inspire me!

For example:
The underwater nail was inspired by my friend Mel, who loves the ocean and everything inside of it. She is currently in Victoria studying marine biology.

Another one of my friends, Lisa, is slightly obsessed with cupcakes. She bakes them, makes cupcake earrings, and even has cupcake tattoos! Every time I see a cupcake she pops into my head. That’s where the cupcake nail came from.

The monster nail was actually inspired by my boyfriend Trevor, who literally drinks a monster energy drink everyday!

The lip print xoxo was inspired by my best friend Carly, who has a tattoo of my lips on her and I have her lips on me! One of my favorite tattoos I have.

The skull with the bow was inspired by my client who has become my friend, Sam. She has the cutest tattoo of a scull and bow and I painted it on her nails close to Halloween. She brings me a lot of new nail art ideas all the time and is always excited to try something different on her nails!

The Hawaiian flower was inspired by my mom Cathy. She went to Hawaii last year and I did her nails with pink flowers all over them.


The Importance of Cuticle Oil

30 Jan

It is important to care for your cuticles, as they are the barrier that protects your nail bed. Cuticle oil is designed to keep your cuticles soft and healthy, preventing ripping or tearing that can cause pain, damage to the nail, or even infection.

California Mango has a cuticle oil called Mango Magic Cuticle Oil. It is my favorite cuticle oil ever! I have used this brand for 5 years now and I wouldn’t change to anything else. I use it on every manicure, pedicure, and after every set of nails. It smells delicioussss.

How to use: Massage gently on your cuticles until it is absorbed. Apply daily or as needed. 🙂

I also sell it at the shop for $5 a bottle and I recommend it to everyone!

Mango Magic Cuticle Oil


29 Jan

These nails can be done in any color! We like to call them ombré nails. The thumb is a jet black and it fades on each nail until a very very light grey. I would love to try these in a pink or a blue!

My client “Ombré Honeypot” <—- (long story about the name) haha she came up with these nails and I was so excited to do them!


“You can do whatever you want!”

27 Jan

Sometimes I get clients that say, “You can do whatever you want!” I love that, it gives me such freedom. I like when they give me a color scheme and let me run with it. When my clients let me do what I want I always seem to gravitate towards animal print, but this time I wanted to do something a little different.

On this client, she wanted a dark grey tip with silver designs on them. I did silver swirls on the tips and made it into little camouflage hearts. I had just put up Valentine’s decorations in the shop and kind of got in the mood for hearts! haha I like to personalize each clients nails so we added a little red gem to match the red she was going to put into her hair.

Converse Nails

27 Jan

Converse nails! I have been seeing these nails a lot on google and I thought I would give it a try. I think these nails would be soooo cute on someone. I can’t wait to try it out. I was thinking each nail has a different color shoe on it. 2 cuteeeeee

Newspaper Nails

26 Jan

This was a tough one. Newspaper print nails are supposed to be done on natural polished nails, but we just had to try it over gel nails…

Little did we know trying to press the newspaper print overtop of cured gel nails is a lot more challenging than pressing them over polish! It took me forever to get those on, but we finally got it after awhile. Lets just say no more newspaper print over GEL for awhile!

Newspaper Print Nails

How it’s Done: After all coats of polish are on your nails, let them completely dry. Cut out little pieces of newspaper articles and set aside. When they are dry, dip your finger into a little bowl of alcohol for 5 seconds. Then, pick up the newspaper clipping and press onto your nail making sure it covers the entire nail plate. Leave the newspaper pressed on your nail for 15 seconds and slowly peel off. Top coat and VOILA!

Animal Print Love

25 Jan

One of my favorite style of nail art is leopard print. Leopard can be done with any colour, I love doing them in neon colors! They can also be done in any variety of colors or just simply black over a sparkly tip like this picture.

Zebra print is another animal print I have an obsession with. It is everywhere at my desk. Pens, polish remover holder, even my business cards have it. Zebra print was the first picture I saw on google that really got me into doing more elaborate art.

Zebra Print

These nails I did were in the issue of November 2011 NAILS Magazine. I was so excited!