Thursday, July 22, 2010

Red with black flower M35

I painted my nails a new color, I have a wedding this weekend and I am wearing a black dress with red flowers and beads .
I got some really cute black silk shoes to wear with it . I had to do a matching manicure :)
My painting is not that great , I need some practice as you have seen .
For this Mani I used a Salley Hensen Salon polish in Hollywood Scarlett and I used Image Plate M 35 flower design .
I only did one nail this time to keep the nails simple for the wedding . I am so excited cause we all get to get away for the weekend and go to San Diego !

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I'm back to stamping ... new gel nails

My new gel nails that I did my self . I am totally in love with the gel nail system that I bought so far .

The nails were so easy to do and yes they have the strength of acrylics and they were easy to mold , unlike the old light less gel system that I used to use.

It's almost like using acrylics , but it's a gel you can use the gel to build up nails but you don't have to deal with the liquid and the powder and trying to get the correct ratio and having to deal with fumes . Gels are orderless the only down side would be that you need a UV light .

You can do the process over natural nails or tips and you can also sculpt a nail like with acrylics . I applied tips and buffed them , I put a bonder on the nails cure under the UV light for a minute. I applied a thin layer of builder gel to my nails cured them again for 1 minute.

I put the tip of my gel brush in the gel and lifted it , When the brush is lifted there is a string of gel that follows . I put that on the stress area of the nail and build up the nail, the gel levels on it's own. I cured the nails for 3 minutes . Than I cleaned each nail with the cleanser and buffed them a little and tada they were finished.

I painted them with finger paints nail polish in Pink ink , and used kondad image 61 with konad special polish . I chose this design as a tribute to my new niece who graced us with her presence yesterday afternoon ! She is so cute and reminds me of a little flower !

Monday, July 12, 2010

Gel nails

I purchase this kit and a UV light , I have yet to attempt to do them though . I am going to let them grow out a lil more , and than try them with natural tips . I need to find time to do them as well I've been tired and busy.
I truely miss konading my nails and as a result of not doing my nails , my nail stamping business has not been happening. I have been reading the instructions and watching tons of U tube videos . I really want to do this right . I hear these are pretty permanet and before attempting to do them , I want to make sure I do them right .
Any one out there do gel nails , any pointers ?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I took them off and I'm starting over again ...

I took off the artificial nails and began my regimen again. I wish I hadn't caved , but I'm going to try to get my nails back to a normal state and hopefully I won't have to continue doing them or attempt to get them done .... Wish me luck ...

Friday, July 2, 2010

I caved .

I have an extremely eventful weekend . Tomorrow I'm going to Glen Ivy a day spa! and decided to do my nails I did the quick dip acrylics , they came out okay. I had to use to French white tips and because my nail bed on the right hand have really flat nail beds and they look a lil bumpy. blah.

I painted them red and sadly I did not do konad stamp did not have time after spending a large amount of time on my nails ..... I know these are going to be coming off soon...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I miss my nails

I am so torn , I miss my nails so much I want to do them again. I miss painting them and doing the konad designs . The miracle nail gel that I am using flakes (cause new nail is growing) but I end up peeling my polish and fear I am further damaging my nails .

I just don't know what to do anymore. I am seriously thinking about taking at stab at traditional gel nails , I'm thinking about going out and getting a UV Lamp and gel builder and trying to do another set.

In my nail box , I have acrylic quick dip nails, Lightless gel nails , and nail wraps all were not strong enough . I did try to do traditional acrylic nails and was happy with the results ,but not happy with mixing of powder and liquid and the smell , my husband especially did not like it , I was band from doing them in the house and it's been cold outside .

I need something that I can create a artificial nail out of . Anyone do gels out there? any pointers? I am leaning towards gel nails because they are odor less ( me being pg and all) and I read that they help with nail growth. However I am really thinkig about this carefully it will cost me about $100 for the UV lamp and a kit with all the trimings .