Heart’s Desire

Another throwback to July, here’s another one of LeChat’s Mood Changing gel polish line. I definitely need to get more colors of these!

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Evelyn came to visit!

We’re encouraged to bring people in to school to practice on when we have our student salon days, and my best friend since kindergarten came to support me!

This fine lady right here to the left of me, from a hiking trip a couple years ago.

This fine lady right here to the left of me, from a hiking trip a couple years ago.

I’ve been doing her nails at home for years now, but it meant so much to me that she travelled downtown to see me at school. She picked a beautiful coral color, and I always enjoy painting her nails because she has such nice naturally long nail beds that look long even if her nails are actually short.

OPI "My Chihuahua Bites!"

OPI “My Chihuahua Bites!”

My other client for the day chose a rich bronze called “Brisbane Bronze” by OPI.

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I apologize for the poor quality of this picture, I must have touched the lens with my lotion-y hand and not cleaned it well enough. I love this color though, it would be great in the fall. It’s very metallic and looks like it would have some texture but is completely smooth.

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The next day my first client chose IBD “Cashmere Cutie”. This color would be great for Easter or really anytime in the spring. It’s a very pigmented, creamy pastel pink with a tinge of purple that applies nicely with two coats.

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My second client that day chose OPI “Samoan Sands”, which in all of the pictures I can find online does not look as transparent as these nails turned out even after three coats. I’m not sure if the bottle was just old and down to it’s last bits or what was wrong. This client didn’t want her nails cut down at all either, so excuse all the different lengths.

No-chip Clients!!

As I think I said in my last post about school, I think one of the best parts of my school is that they actually run a student salon and get us lots of clients to get real world practice on before we go out into the salons looking for work. It helps build up our portfolios as well as the old mantra of practice makes perfect!

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OPI “Thanks a Windmillion”

As many manis as I’ve done, I was still a little nervous with my first client- I’m used to doing the nails of people I know and am just generally comfortable around and know that they won’t tear me to shreds if I make a mistake! Luckily she was easy going, this was her first no chip actually! I could have gotten closer to the cuticles and maybe done a little more work on them, but it still turned out pretty nicely.

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OPI “Gargantuan Green Grapes”

Next class day, my first client was a slightly older lady who had been getting no chips regularly for years, but she had never been to my school before. I assured her that she was in good hands, and she responded “Well I better be!” which made me laugh a little bit. She told me how her signature look she has always done was half one side of her pinky with a glitter accent. She wasn’t sure if she could do that here, but I convinced her it was totally no problem, and helped her pick a cute silver and white glitter that went well with the polish she chose which she said was totally out of her comfort zone of normally reds/pinks/purples. She was super happy in the end I could do her signature look for her (even if you can’t see it in the picture…)


I want to say the light pink is OPI "Bubblebath" but don't quote me on that... and I don't remember the darker pink's name.

I want to say the light pink is OPI “Bubblebath” but don’t quote me on that… and I don’t remember the darker pink’s name.

I was pretty excited when the second client of the day wanted something a little less plain. There’s nothing wrong with single color manicures; I just like adding more zing and colors! I also got to learn the proper way to apply loose dry glitter to the nail which was neat. By this time I was getting more comfortable cleaning up the cuticles so they look as nice as the nails.

Ezza Salon Trial Event

One of my classmates was also in business school and is trying to start a mobile salon service with his sister, and they wanted to hold a trial event with real clients but didn’t have any nail technicians. Luckily I was able to take the day off from work, and I went to UIC for a day of doing nails! I figured it would be good practice for when I have real clients in a salon someday.

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Starting the day I had two regular polish manicures. We were looking into how long it took to do each service, and how the clients felt about not being in a salon as well as other aspects of the potential business.

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I then had two no chip manicures, and we had one no show so we were done with the day! Hope they’re able to get their business going.

Bringing “Mani Monday” back!

Hello everyone!

I know I’ve been really absent lately, but I’m going to try to get back on track with blogging, and I need to catch up on posting all the nails I’ve been doing the last couple months! I’ve been loving doing no chip manicures, especially now that I know how to do proper cuticle care to make them look extra sharp. I’m going to use Mondays to catch up on all the nails that I have done up until now, and then I’ll try to make weekly school posts on what I’ve learned and the nails that I’ve done there.

School has been amazing so far. All of my 4 teachers are super knowledgeable and are very detailed in their lessons, and I have really been enjoying how hands on it is. We go through things super fast so I’m learning a lot already. We’ve already done all the basic manicure techniques, no chips, applying acrylic extensions using both tips and nail forms, and hard gel extensions (which are totally the hardest for me so far…).

So, to get caught up, here is a no chip manicure I did on Rhonda, using LeChat Mood Changing “Smokey Haute”-

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I added a little bling with a pink flower, couple diamonds and silver caviar beads for an accent. This polish changes from a brownish mocha color to a light nude that you can see on the thumb!

Gel Polish Used:

LeChat “Smokey Haute”

Exciting news!

So much has happened lately, I know I haven’t posted in forever. March was such a busy month! The most exciting thing to happen though- Kyle proposed! I kind of knew it was coming, we had picked out the ring together and I knew he had it; so when he texted me while I was at work asking if I wanted to go out later that evening I was already excited with anticipation. Since I knew what the ring looked like I made him keep everything about how he was going to do it a secret.


I got home from work and put myself together and we were off. In the car, he told me he had wanted to take me to Los Burritos Tapatios where we had our second date for dinner, but unfortunately they don’t exist anymore. So we went to Casa Margarita instead to keep with the Mexican food theme! After dinner we got in the car and headed to another mystery destination. I only figured it out once we got pretty close! It was The Ashbary Coffee House, where we met face to face for the first time over 7 years ago (we met online for those that don’t know). I ordered a mocha milkshake and he got some coffee and we sat by the window chatting about memories from so many years ago. Eventually he pulled the cute little heart shaped blue box out, and asked if I would marry him. He knew the answer was yes!

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We couldn’t have found a more perfect antique ring!

We took a quick photo outside the coffee house, and went home to relax. It was a lovely night and very “us”. Easily the happiest night of my life so far, I waited for that moment for so long! I’m so excited to be planning our wedding.

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My coworker recently got married! She actually asked me to do her nails, and that ended up being more like her nails and 9 other bridesmaids/family members! Certainly the most nails I’ve done back to back, about 7 hours of work! She’s such a sweetheart though, how could I say no?

The beautiful bride Mariana and myself

The beautiful bride Mariana and myself

I didn’t take the time to get pictures of all their nails since all but one of the ladies just wanted plain french tips, but I did my nails to match the dress I wore and also to get a great picture to show off my ring!

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I finally got to use these cute little 3D roses I had gotten in a bulk nail charm order, they’re kinda squishy which is cool. I surrounded them with rhinestones and silver caviar beads on the ring finger. Since the dress has roses on it I hand painted antique roses on the other fingers, and broke up the plain blue a little bit with some polka dots. Antique roses are super easy to paint but look so great!

The blue is a gel polish, but the roses are painted with regular nail polish. I used a gel top coat for maximum shine! I also put on acrylic extensions since my real nails are kind of a wreck right now… :/

Gel Polish Used:

ASP “Blue Crush”

Nail Polish Used:

Sinful Colors “Soul Mate”
Victoria’s Secret Pink “Now or Never”
Kleancolor “Green Grass”
Sally Hansen “In Record Lime”
Sinful Colors “White on White”

Throwback Thursday: Pink Heart Stamping

Still working on trying to perfect stamping, it’s harder than you would think to get everything perfect! I think I’m going to try getting one of those mats that you stamp onto then pick the design up from. These nails sure are perfect for valentines day though!

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