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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Perfect Cute, Short Nails

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Nailpolis you’ll remember these nails from a few months ago. They’re done using LeChat Mood Changing gel polish, which I’ve posted about before. I love using these mood changing polishes, I swear they’re endlessly amusing.

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This mani is done on my friend Katie, who already had beautiful, clean cuticles I barely had to do anything to. Only two coats of this polish gives great coverage, and it applies thinly without running.

ASP “Rendezvous in Red”

A simple summer no chip done with ASP “Rendezvous in Red”. This gel polish is super smooth to apply and doesn’t run easily despite feeling thin. It’s great because it doesn’t make the nails look thick, but even though it feels thin it is very pigmented and only requires two coats.

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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.

French Tips and No Chips

The next couple class in school we learned techniques to achieve a perfect smile line for a french tip, and proper prep and application of a no chip manicure.

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We were almost ready to start taking clients! I love that we get lots of practice on real people at the school before I have to do it as my job! Especially with the cuticle care.

One of the first no chip manicures I did at school on Val.

One of the first no chip manicures I did at school on Val.

No chip practice on a girl who was in the class before mine.

No chip practice on a girl who was in the class before mine.

No chip practice on my classmate Jesenia.

No chip practice on my classmate Jesenia.

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.