Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Decisions decisions

So last weekend was my final day of training at nail school.  This weekend will be my final exams.  We learned fills and acrylics last weekend.  The acrylic products we are training on are supplied by Star Nail and there are a few differences from the acrylic products I've tried before so I was pretty excited about it.

The Star acrylic is odor free which is great!  It's also UV cured and gives quite a bit more 'play time' which is also good for someone who's learning.  On the practice nail I did it was still a bit too thick for my liking but the instructor said it was good.

Then I went home and tried my hand at acrylics on my own nails and decided to get a little funky (or ghetto as it actually turned out lol) with it:

I used clear tips and was really happy with my blending but I made them too long and they are way too blingy for me.  It took me a full 2 hours to do this on one hand!  I attempted doing my bad hand but it's painfully frustrating so I've got one hand with blingy acrylics and one hand with nothing on them!  I also shortened these quite a bit after a day of wear.

I did find the Star acrylics much easier to work with however they crack very easily and I just can't get them thin, plus they bubble like mad.  I'm considering giving up on acrylics altogether.  As for their Gel products, I like them but feel there's better out there so I've been contacting distributors to try out different brands and find the right fit before I can offer them to clients.  I'm particularly excited to try Bio Sculpture Gel because you can apparently soak it off instead of buffing!

I'm also considering giving up the blog.  There are several reasons: 1. I just can't find much time to post lately.  2. My direction and focus has changed immensely from what I originally intended.  3. I can't even remember the last time I bought a regular nail polish, and anything I do buy in the future will likely be geared towards what my clients are asking for, not what I personally like.  4.  Regular polish and the 'Indie' craze has left me completely bored and uninspired lately.  5. I've decided to take my Nail Tech Certification seriously, start up a mobile business and therefore I feel a blog dedicated to my business would be a better direction for me.

I really haven't made any decisions yet but there's definitely a lot going on in my head right now.



  1. Don't give up the blog! Some of us are evolving and picking up new interests at the same speed as you. It's great to see your perspective on nail topics. It's clear that you still enjoy nails, why else would you invest so much time and money playing with and writing about it?! At the very least, the blog could be like an online portfolio for you! But...don't let me stop you from whatever it is you choose to do. You have a knack for keeping things interesting, it would be a shame to not have you as a resource :) Confratulations on your certification by the way!

  2. Hmm, that's some food for thought. Another reason I didn't mention is that my internet access may be extremely limited in the future. You've actually got me thinking now though that perhaps I should just create a new blog where I can continue to write about nails and about building my business. I will keep you posted. Thanks!

  3. In any case, I won't be taking this blog down. I had originally intended for it to serve as inspiration so I will leave it, especially since most of my hits come from soak off searches and there isn't a whole lot of info out there :)