Monday, November 5, 2012

Jeweled tips

These nails were created by sculpting gel on forms and custom blending glitter for my client. Pretty neat!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Vampire Diaries

I'm only calling my post "vampire diaries" because the color is called "vampire red" by Nubar. Not because I'm some vampire obsessed teenager.

This look is pretty goth for me, which isn't my normal style...but my client requested this it and in the end it's pretty classy!

Basic Instinct

Most of my clients come in search of wild, adventurous artsy nails. But sometimes, a girl just needs a basic, classic look. And for that, there's nothing better than a clean French manicure. This set was done with Gelish soak off gel by nail harmony.

Birthday Extravaganza

When a client is turning 21 and has no idea what to get on her nails but knows she wants to blow everyone away - why not try these?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Disneyland Nails

A grown up version of Disneyland themed nails. No tinker bell or cinderella here.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Miami Vice-ish

Or maybe more Nicki Minaj-ish? Or maybe just some crazy creation I came up with? You decide.

Feathered Friend

My bestie wanted feathers on her nails. With a few swoops of black acrylic paint from my striper brush, the eagle had landed (like my lame pun?). Houston - we have feathers. On pastel peach nails with the infamous glitter accent nails.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tribal and Geometric Nail Art

These are recent nails I've done themed with geometric shaped and tribal designs (with a modern twist of course) All done with gel polish and acrylic paint for the designs.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Bring In Your Mini Me

Have a little one that fancies your grown up nails? Bring her in and I'll give her a pint-sized treatment with nail art that'll make her forget she wanted a candy bar. Glitter? Tons. Hello Kitty? We got her. Roses? Check.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ombre Glitter

I love the ombré trend especially when done with glitter. What do you think of my latest done with shades of green and gold?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rich Girl Nails

So they may have been crafted out of a dollar bill but who doesn't love cash? Paper? Scratch? Skrilla? Cabbage? Cheese? Bread? (Did I cover all bases of slang for money?)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Stripes x Four

I can't help it. I'm officially hooked on painting stripes on nails. First it was me, then Judith, Lisette and Shakira. Who's next?!?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Art Deco. Or Something Like That.

In really proud of these nails. A client came in with a photo and asked me to replicate. We put our own twist on it and came up with these nail designs using Gelish Seafoam, It's A Lily and Black Shadow. The lines were painted with gold acrylic paint.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mardi Gras in May?

My client had a sweet sixteen Mardi Gras themed party to go to this weekend. She didn't know what she wanted and let me have creative control. So here it is: Shellac and a rockstar gold, green and purple Mardi Gras glitter nail!

Summer Hotness

Rawr! This was done with Essie (have to come back with the name of the color) and Chanel Mimosa on the middle finger.  Hand painted cheetah spots on the middle finger. Booya!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Neo Hippie Dippie Nails

Marbling with gel is hands down my new favorite nail art technique.  It looks way complicated and wild, but it's really quite simple.  It wasn't my intention to create anything remotely hippie-ish, but it just so happened that the fnished product looks a bit like those shirts the kids on Haight street used to wear back in the 70s.  I think some of them still do, except now they are designer and clean.  Posers!  Alright, enough of my rant.  On with the nails!

Gelish "Copacabana Banana, Shake it Til You Samba and Ooba Ooba Blue" gel with marbling

Stiletto or Almond?

Sculpting nail extensions is tricky business. But I'm getting better! A young client of mine came in and wanted "stiletto" nails.  After chatting, I figured out she really wanted "almond" nails, which are much less severe than "stilettos" (think pointy, sharp and ultra long) and a bit more functional for actually accomplishing simple tasks in (like texting, typing or anything that involves the dexterity of your hands for that matter).

These were done with Young Nails synergy gel on nail forms. Polished with Gelish "It's a Lily" and sprinkled with glitter.  Two hours later and here lies the finished product. Does it get girlier than this??

Gaga for Gel

I haven't posted in so long.  But that doesn't mean I haven't been putting in work! To make up for missed time, here are a few of my favorite gel manicures I've done over the last couple of weeks.

Gelish "Ooba Ooba Blue with hand painted cheetah spots

Young Nails "White 101" with houndstooth and pink gradient glitter

Shellac "Tropix" with a silver glitter accent nail and hand painted cheetah spots 

Young Nails "Green 102" with gold glitter gradient

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Disco Fever

I wanted to do a white gel nail with pastel paints sponged over it.  The effect did not turn out how I imagined so I when all else fails - add glitter!  After my white gel cured (Young Nails Mani Q White 101) I took my white gold glitter and pressed it in to the nail with an eyeshadow brush. Now, I could have stopped here and been super blinged out with the glitter alone...but I couldn't help myself and starting painting on cheetah spots with my acrylic paints. Topped it all off with Young Nails Mani Q top coat and I was pretty pleased with the results. In person, it looks like a disco ball.  Loves!

Do cheetah's like disco?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Major Want Alert!

NARS x Thakoon nail polishes?? Yes please!

I am all over these come the launch date of May 1.  In fact, I think I NEED all six colors.

Channeling Lisa Frank

Annie knew what she wanted when she walked in my door last night.  With tropical Kauai as her destination the next morning, she wanted nothing other than a set of rainbow cheetah nails.

As any nail obssessed girl knows, gel is the ONLY way to go for trips out of town when chips are unacceptable and your manicurist is out of reach. We picked out a flow of bright colors and did one hue on each nail to represent the spectrum of the rainbow. The brands used were both Shellac and Gelish. 

To take it to the next level (because I always do!), I busted out my acrylic paints and did some freestyle cheetah-ish spots in black and white. 

Annie's Kauai Mani

Old School Lisa Frank!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Warning: Flammable Nails in Sight!

This is one of my favorite fancy nail looks as of late. I'm calling it "gasoline dreams" because the effect is reminiscent of the multi-colored rainbow swirls you often see forming on the top of a gasoline or oil puddle.

Achieved this extra-blingy manicure with Young Nails Mani Q black 101 layered with fuschia, yellow, pink and blue glitter. 

I'm so in love with it, I think I need to repeat this on my own hands.

G3: Gilded Green Gel

Vanessa stopped by to get her "Sparkle" on and let me get creative with her manicure.  We picked out Young Nails Mani Q gel in Green 103 and for extra bling we added a few geometric gold designs on six of her fingers.

In the end, the manicure color combination reminded me of a beautiful piece of jade and gold jewelry.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hawt Pink

Lisette has been one of my most loyal clients since I cracked open the door to my tiny nail salon and started seeing people.  She's always game for adventurous nails, which is my favorite type of work to do.

Yesterday, she chose Shellac Tutti Frutti and one white accent nail with rainbow cheetah print (the white was done with Young Nails ManiQ White 101).  I invented the white nail with rainbow cheetah for my trip to the International Beauty Show in Vegas last year...and it lives on here.

Is a Collection Ever Complete?

I get so much joy just staring at my growing nail polish collection. But even with over 200 colors, unlimited combinations of hue-changing topcoats plus infinite possibilities with glitter and embellishments....I still don't feel like my collection is near complete.

The bulk of my nail polish family is from the brand Nubar (which I heart).  I also carry Chanel (my favorite bank breaker), OPI, Essie and China Glaze. But I want more.  I've seen some amazing Butter London and RGB colors that I'm lemming for (do they even sell wholesale to pros?)  Let's not forget about Cult Nails, Deborah Lippmann, Zoya....I could go on and on.

And then there's color gel (my other favorite bank breaker).  Shellac is where it all started for me.  Then I discovered Gelish, Gelicure, and ManiQ.  I have close to 50 gel colors to choose from now!  The problem is that every time I open up Nail Pro or Nails Inc., 10 brands have suddenly introduced their "new"gel polish formula.  OPI, Orly, Jessica....I want to try all of them.

With nail polish surpassing the sales of lipstick in the cosmetic industry, I believe the tremendous growth of nail polish and treatments has only begun. So is a collection ever complete? In this case, I don't think it's possible.