Day 1 – Lockdown complete

So there wasn’t much nailing done yesterday, I spent most of the morning planning all the different things I wanted to get done, and if you’ve read previous posts you will know just how much I want to get done. Plus it was the first day of “home schooling” so that was always going to be interesting. But it was a good day, plans created, health meals cooked from scratch and eaten, steps and exercise done, plus lots of games played.

So all in all I’m pretty pleased with how it all went and still looking forward to more to come.

I really hope you guys are doing ok, and if you want to chat or vent or just need a positive perspective on things, just drop me a message 🙂

Happy lockdown 🙂

Elysia

Lockdown 2021 – Day 1

Well here we are on the first morning of lockdown 2021. I think I am one of the few who are really excited for this, so I want to tell you why and hopefully you will perhaps be able to start finding some positives to.

I am a workaholic, I love it, fact. During last Springs lockdown I got a job at a warehouse to keep funds alive whilst waiting for my self assessment income support grant. It was great, a busy job, that I enjoyed and had fun doing. But I did feel that I missed out. Why? Because all my friends where spending time with their families, getting their houses together, getting fitter, honing their nail skills, pushing themselves further and I missed out. That was ok, as I needed the money, so it was the right thing to do, so I am still happy with that decision.

But this time it’s all about what I want to do, so heres my points I’m looking forward to:

Spending time with my family

So here it is, I’m going to have to learn patience. Clients always comment on how patient I am, which is true about nails, but when it comes to my family, for some reason I have next to none. This means there is massive room for me to grow and be a better mum whilst trying to teach my daughter. Plus no driving to and from school means more time to spend with the family, more time to play games.

Healthy lifestyle

Any one who’s met me knows that my diet is less then ideal. I am a sugar and carb junkie. During my time at the warehouse I was drinking around 10-15 hot chocolates every day, some times even more. Well lets face it, it was free and the rule was every time a manager came back to the podium I was working on they would bring me a hot chocolate. But these weren’t just normal hot chocolates, no, these were 3 in one large scrum sugary hot chocolates. YUMMY! So you can see how the pounds piled on. So this time around, I am hoping to stay home and focus on a healthier lifestyle. Currently my daughter (8) can make salad and toast. So I’m going to expand my cooking skills and hers by picking out menus together each day and cooking some hopefully tasty meals for us to enjoy together.

Exercising

Well being in work at 6am was not conducive to exercise, and with all those hot chocolates I was scuppered. But this time I had hoped to join a gym on a 6 week intensive course, ok it hasn’t happed because of lock down, but the gym are running online zoom sessions every day. So shout out to C&S fitness I shall be joining them daily with my daughter to do an hour of exercise in doors and hopefully the family will get our 1 daily dose of exercise outside later in the afternoon. So thats at least 2 hours of exercise every day, plus doing it with my family, plus the above time for healthy eating. I mean seriously, there is no better time to try and get into a healthy lifestyle.

Nails

So this is where it gets interesting, last time I watched every one improve so much, I really want to push myself. As my DD is 8 she is able to work on her own, once set a task which makes my life easier. So my nail schedule should include:

1 x nail artitech course – these are courses I am offering for fellow techs, mostly focusing on the art side. This month though its about creating great application and getting that great finish, for just £20.

1 x nail artitech course – this one is the slightly harder course focusing on product application and structures, a real skill pusher. These courses will be £50 each month, however this month I will be offering it at a discount of £25 and we are covering the square shape

1 x youtube easy art tutorial – this is a totally new thing to me, but one which is going to be fun. If you are looking for fun, simple and free these are for you. Check out “The Nail Architect UK” on You tube

1 x improving my skills – although doing all the above will undoubtedly improve my skills and make me quicker, I am on the hunt for improving my skills and working towards competitions, this will probably be time after my DD has gone to bed.

1 x working on my business – this was the biggest one I let down last year, I completely neglected last year so need to stay prominent on social media and keeping a blog seems a great place to start.

With the above in mind I shall be scrolling all the social media platforms and hopefully bring you a run down on what free courses there are coming up. So stay tuned.

So all in all so many things I am looking forward to for lockdown 2021.

We can all take control of our lives in lock down all be it whilst being controlled, but make the most of it, find at least one positive and goal and focus on that as your positive.

We’re in this together and we’ve got this. Come on over to the “Nail Art & Architecture” group on facebook for more information.

The Nail Architect Goals for 2021

So I love New Years and Mondays? Why you ask, well because it feels like I have the ability to change my life. If you’ve read my last blog you will know that I feel there has been some great positives in the last year. This has hopefully given me a great basis to go into 2021 with glitter and gusto. My quick aims are below, with a bit more information further on to explain them.

  1. Enter more nail competitions
  2. Helping other techs stay motivated and improve their skills
  3. Expand my business in Bridgwater and get my new room perfect
  4. Improve my social media following
  5. Add to my skills and keep learning as much as I can

1. Competitions

Well this is a resolution that I love. I am a very competitive soul and always have been. But this doesn’t mean I compete against those around me, we all have different strengths and weaknesses, I compete against myself. I enter the competitions not with a view of winning, obviously that would be great, but my aim is to just improve upon my score. It doesn’t matter if I come last as long as I learn and can improve for next time. I came last in my first ever competition in gel polish, listened, learned, practiced and 3 tries later I achieved my first 1st place.

I have never entered the Nailypics, it seems something is always conspiring against me at the beginning of October so I’ve managed to enter. This year however its online and I’m going to give it a go. Fingers crossed.

The other one I really want to “nail” is the Scratch Star Awards. Ive entered this one 4 times previously to no avail, but I really want to add this to my trophy collection, so Scratch if your reading this, I’m giving it my best shot this year.

2. Helping Techs

I’ve been qualified as an educator for 3 years now, as yet I don’t feel I’ve pushed myself in to this area much. I trainined to be one of the IKON.IQ educators in October 2019 but again due to the pandemic have just not made full use of this, so watch the social media for more details on this one, or PM for further details.

I really enjoyed the Christmas Nail Art course I ran in November and this has given me the bug to offer training that’s more accessible for nail techs. With this in mind I have developed “The Nail Artitech” and “The Nail Architect” which offer both structure and design aspects for nail techs. These will help build confidence, skills and pictures for fellow nail techs to keep their social media inspired and beautiful.

3. Expand my business

This is a very vague heading but what I mean in this instance is trying to focus on clients in just one area. Previously working in the salon in Castle Cary, at my home in Bridgwater and then mobile as well it was hard to market in three different areas. So now I can really focus on building my nail business in Bridgwater whilst emphasising my new long nail niche in the area, plus the extra time will also mean I can teach more.

4. Social Media

For me this is one I really struggle with. Social media is a full time job and one which I simply have never been massively interested in. During the first lockdown I neglected it completely and I am now suffering the consequences, so have to work doubly hard. I am going to try and change my mindset on this one and want to get my instagram following up to 10,000. This is a massive goal as I currently only have 124. But I’m aiming high. Im also going to hopefully try youtube and TikTok, which are currently 0, so watch this space ha ha.

5. Improving My Skills

I feel I didn’t really work on my technical skills during 2020 so really want to improve this for 2021. The main areas I want to work on are one stroke, pink and white competition nails, and a few other art techniques.

So I feel there is a massive amount to be working on here, so fingers crossed I will get through it all and watch this space to see how I get on in 2021. Have you got any goals for 2021, please comment and share them below. 🙂

Happy New Year to you all 🙂

Reflection on 2020

I know that many people have struggled this year with the Pandemic, but in reflection I’ve had some great positives over the year and can’t wait to get stuck in to 2021. My top perks are:

1. Setting up my first online training for the festive season. The Christmas Nail Art group got nearly 50 members in November which I am really pleased with, you will be able to see more information on this in the Christmas Nail Art blog.

2. Having my own space. This one is a little bitter sweet as I gave up working at Heidis Salon in Castle Cary to do it, but I now have my own dedicated space with all my amazing products and equipment to hand. Its also set up to cater for students with their very own desks and kit. Although as yet I have not used this due to the current climate. Fingers crossed for 2021.

3. Rebranding my business to The Nail Architect. This has been a hard one for me, and I am amazed at how long this has taken and I’ve still not got it all right. My name has treated me well the last few years and obviously I can’t get away from being Elysia Harmony, but I feel rebranding myself as The Nail Architect is definitely a step in the right direction. I love my new logo and it tells clients exactly what I do. Plus has been great for helping me set up my Nail Art & Architecture group where I share the love for all things nail length and design, plus being a great platform to launch my new online courses.

I’m so excited about the year to come and can’t wait to get stuck in. Check out my next blog on my goals for 2021.

Nail Architect Online Courses Launching in January 2021

Woo hoo, I am sooooo excited to launch my new online training courses in January 2021.

There will be two different types of courses running each month in both nail art and structure. Do you want to:

Build your confidence?

Take pride in the designs you create?

Expand your knowledge?

Create nail extensions that last and look great?

Offer different shapes for your clients?

If you answer yes to any of the above then you need these courses in your life.

I have set up a great new facebook group where loads of information will be released and updated called “Nail Art & Architecture

Offer online nail art and design training via facebook groups. You can join the “Nail Art & Architecture Group” where you can see details about both courses and whats being covered each month. Plus the added bonus of 2 free tutorials in the group each month as well.

Nail Artitect Courses

courses then offer an additional 4 tutorials per month for just £20 which covers 4 different tutorials taking you from quick beginner designs that you can level up into more complicated and advanced creations. Alternatively you can pick and chose the tutorials you want to learn and pay as you go for £10 each.

You can find more information in the “Nail Art & Architecture Group” or read about them in the blogs.

Nail Architect Course

Each month we focus on a different nail shape ranging from square, to lipstick to edgy stilettos. We look at how to create the shapes in not only different product mediums but also how to adjust for different lengths and natural nail shapes. You can join in at any time and will have life time access to the courses and group.

January – square, squoval, tapered 

February – pipe 

March – ballerina and Marylin

April – lip stick 

May – stiletto 

June – salon and modern almond 

July – Russian and gothic almond 

August – Russian stiletto 

September – edgy stiletto 

October – edge 

November – extreme surprise – Christmassy

Keep up to date with further details by subscribing and doing the group.

Gelish Polygel Review

I’ve been meaning to write up my review of Gelish Polygel from Nail Harmony for a while now. We were lucky enough here in the UK to be able to see it first with its international launch being at the Professional Beauty Show in London on the 26th February 2017. With me being the complete addict that I am I had to be first in line to get this amazing new product.

1st ever polygel sale

I have prattled on quite a lot below, so for those of you who don’t want to read everything here is my quick synopsis. Please note this is from my experience and views on the product and not that of Gelish or Nail Harmony.

Pros

  • Lightweight – nearly 25% lighter then acrylics
  • Smells pleasant – no monomer required
  • Flexible
  • Durable
  • No heat spikes – as long as you apply correctly
  • Endless play time
  • Easy to file – dust falls downwards

Cons

  • Can heat spike if incorrectly applied
  • You cant guarantee pink and white designs are cured right the way through especially if you are using non clear forms to sculpt.
  • Can be tricky on extreme nail biters

Top Tips

  • Wet your brush in slip, wipe both sides on the dappen dish, then lightly on to couch roll to get the correct amount.
  • When apply to all 5 or 10 fingers flatten the thumb bead out slightly first to avoid it moving onto the skin.
  • Use a 240 file or well used 180 around the cuticle area to get a flush smooth finish
  • Don’t use forms when extending nail biters
  • Pinch at 10 seconds
  • Flash cure at 5 seconds to guarantee minimal heat spiking
  • Keep away from skin to avoid any lifting

What to avoid

  • Using too much slip can cause lifting and heat spikes
  • Using too much product so that it is under cured
  • Getting the product in the skin will almost guarantee lifting.

Random things I’ve noticed

  • If you’re mobile and you kit is left in a very hot environment like a car, then the product gets lots of air bubbles in it, which takes longer to apply and remove bubbles so try to avoid it.

 

What Is Gelish Polygel?

Polygel is a new bread of nail extension product. It has been designed, tried and tested in US by Danny Haile and his team to create the ultimate overlay and extension product. It is meant to take the best of both hard gels and acrylics and combine them. It has been created using tri-polymer technology which includes oligomers from gels, polymers from acrylics and polymers from lacquer which gives the product a putty-like viscosity. It is this tri-polymer technology that provides for an easy application, allowing you to work at your own speed to create flawless nails every time.

Polygel master kit

The product its self is then squeezed out from a tube, sliced, and rolled onto the nail. It is said that the product will then sit on the nail until you move it. Although this is mostly true, I do find if I apply to all 5 or these days in most cases 10 fingers at the start, the thumb beads do move due to gravity and have the potential to go on the skin which messes with the longevity of the product not to mention starting the whole over exposure issues. To avoid this I simply pat the thumbs down every so slightly before starting on the little finger and working my way through.

Squeeze polygel colours

The Polygel is moved around the nail by a product called slip. Now unlike a standard liquid and powder application there are no active ingredients in the slip. This means you don’t actually need the slip for the product to work, it is just there to make your life easier and help the brush literally slip over the product instead of getting stuck and gloopy.  Now I still offer nails to a few mobile clients and I did once manage to forget the slip. So knowing that actually I didn’t need it for the product to work and I only needed the tiniest of bits I decided to use cleanse. Now I am in no way recommending you do this, and quite frankly I don’t think insurance would cover you if you did, but it worked and my client got her usual months wear out of the product with absolutely no lifting when I came to re do them – panic over. But the slip does have a pleasant scent of watermelon and cucumber allowing for even those with discerning noses to use the product. From my point of view it’s great as I still offer evening appointments at my home and no longer have the strong chemical acrylic smell and therefore a family who whine at me, but instead a pleasant smelling home where no one even knows when I am creating beautiful extensions.

Polygel is currently available in 6 colours:

  • Bright white
  • Soft white
  • Natural clear
  • Light pink
  • Dark pink
  • Cover pink

These can give a great pink and white finish or easy infill to be able to easily see the condition of the natural nails underneath. I do hope going forward Gelish release a few new colours, ie a few other cover pink shades and a crystal clear. I have encapsulated using both the dark pink and the natural clear polygel, however this tones down the sparkle and shine of the glitters. Chunky glitters work ok but fine powders look matte.

Application Process

With any extension or overlay product preparation is key, so make sure the nail plate is clean and neat and apply the ph bond and pro bond (making sure to avoid the skin, only a small amount is required). You then use their tag line “squeeze, slice and roll” to remove the product from the tube with a metal slicing tool and place the bead on the nail plate. As mentioned above you can do this on all 5 or 10 fingers at once to save time (but I do recommend quickly patting the thumb beads down before actually perfecting the product application.

You only need the smallest amount of slip on the brush, so dip it in to the dish, wipe on both sides and then wipe on your couch roll or napkin what ever you use and then use it to move the product around the nail. Although the product is marketed with no heat spikes if you apply too much Polygel or use too much slip on the brush you will end up with heat spikes. Also out of habit I flash cure for 5 seconds just so clients do not experience this.

Polygel application

If you are new to extensions start by using the tips, this will give you a base to apply to and makes applications such as pink and white or baby boomers much easier. I would also recommend you cure the cover pink and the whites for 1 minute as opposed to 30 seconds.

French and baby boomer on day 2 of training
French and baby boomer on 2nd day of training

If you are going straight into pink and white or baby boomers on sculpted forms, if you are not using a clear from then you are running the risk of the product under curing. Now although I have done both and do do both there’s a few points to watch out for. First once applied and cured for 30 seconds, remove the form and turn the hand so the palm is upwards, chances are you will have stalagmites of Polygel on the underside of the nail, you can then wipe these flat with the brush and replace the hand normally in the lamp so the underside is cured using the mirrored base of the 18G lamp. As long as your application was thin this should be fine. If however your application has been too thick both the top and bottom the Polygel will appeared cured but the middle wont be, this means you could potentially end up with the nail snapping as the strength isn’t there. The easiest way to avoid all of these problems is to create a thin clear sculpted extension and then place pink and white Polygel on top.

I have read a few people have had problems with longer extensions using Polygel. Personally I think it works great for longer length nails and I definitely find it easier due to the free reign of time it gives you. I have not had a problems with them breaking or coming away, so can only think that the problem was with their application.

Moulding time is a bit trial and error depending on the length and shape required but I usually it seems to be around 10 seconds.

Durability

I have been over the moon with the longevity and durability the Polygel provides. 84% of my treatments (statistic between 1st April – 31st July 2017) now use Polygel, be it for extensions or overlays. All of my hard gel clients have switched over and all bar 2 of my acrylic clients also switched and the only reason they didn’t is because they have acrylic design. My application and infill times have been reduced as there is very little lifting, which means very little filing. I think the flexibility of the product allows the nails to move underneath a little so lifts less, but this is just speculation on my behalf. It has meant that for many clients they now only need to come in once a month instead of every 2 weeks. And still there is very little lifting if any.

Removal

This is a buff off only product, although if you file the bulk down you can sometimes soak the remainder off alternatively I know some people apply Gelish foundation first to aid in soak off removal but I haven’t tried this. I haven’t had any problems with removal as the product is so easy to file that I haven’t needed to try them. What’s also great about this product is that the dust falls to the mat and does not fly up and linger in front of you and your client so less inhalation of product occurs.

Polygel removal after 6 weeks

Costings & Timings

This is a costly product especially here in the UK with import costs and various other factors. However with the release of the single items being available at Sallys Salon Services this means that the products will now be available VAT free saving a whopping 20% on specified days and I imagine Nail Harmony UK will also offer this as well, although I can not say for definite. But below are 2 different tables showing the costings pre vat (assuming you have the sense to buy it at those times).

The timings are based on how long it takes me to do the treatment. All of my clients (unless artwork is required) are booked out for 90 minutes allowing me to try and perfect and improve or any potential problems or he odd nail repair that maybe required.

* Tips takes me longer as I do not do them very often and isn’t my strongest area.

** As my clients now get longer out of their nails without any lifting, a few get board with the colour or design so I offer a refresh where by I just change the Gelish colour on top without infilling within the first 13 days.

 

 

Costings Polygel Wd

Art & Design

As mentioned above there are only a few colours, but you can mix in Gelish gel polish, pigments of glitters depending on the end effect you are after. But at the moment this product doesn’t offer the variety of designs achievable like an acrylic would.

Black art 3d Lily Blue fade with flowers

Availability & Training

On its release here in the UK you could only buy the kit if you paid upfront for full training, which depending upon your experience was either 2 days or 2 days plus a nail essentials training which is usually half a day. Now that quite a few techs here in the UK trained and brought the kits and the release of Polygel around the world the market has opened up here and non trained members are able to purchase Gelish Polygel through Sallys and Nail Harmony UK without training. All trained Polygel technicians will have a window sticker and training certificate to prove their qualification and although simple to use in order to be insured using the product you must attend a training so contact Nail Harmony to find out who your nearest educator is.

 

I hope some of you find this helpful. Both myself and my clients love it and I am sure you will to. If you have any questions please feel free to drop me a message or if you want to check out some more of my Polygel nails then find me @elysiasharmony on instagram, twitter, facebook or pinterest. Happy Nailing 🙂

 

 

Gelish Wrapped In Glamour – Autumn / Winter 2016 – Just Naughty Enough, Lets Get Frosty, Girl Meets Joy, You’re So Elf Centred, Rocking My Stocking, Who Knows Rudolph

Hello everyone

Well I’m pleased to say Gelish have nailed the application of these 6 shades, each one applying in 2 coats. This Autumn / Winter collection comprises of 3 reds and sparkly rose gold, silver and black / blue.

The colours have been applied over p&w style prohesion and due to the course I’m currently studying stilettos. As per usual the pictures show indoor, led and outdoor lighting. However it has been very gloomy and I have not managed to get any shots in the sunshine so will upload some more pictures further down the line. In the mean time let’s take a look at the colours.

Just Naughty Enough – 2 coats

This colour has been marketed as a pink with glitter. On application the gel is a orange bronze (which in its self would have made a great colour), but once cured gives the rose gold colour. It’s in-between oh what a knight and last call but with a bit more sparkly bits.

Just Naughty Enough Lighting On Hands - 2 Coats
Just Naughty Enough Lighting On Hands – 2 Coats

Let’s Get Frosty – 2 coats

Again applying beautifully, this is bright and light with sparkles of red and pink. Personally I like my silvers to stay silver but a unique colour. When you first apply this colour it looks very gold, however cures to silver. The reason being that the photo initiators in the product show as yellow. Once the photo initiators are used in the curing process the yellow colour is no more.

Lets Get Frosty Lighting On Hands - 2 coats
Lets Get Frosty Lighting On Hands – 2 coats

Lets Get Frosty Uncured Ring Finger
Lets Get Frosty Uncured Ring Finger

Girl Meets Joy – 2 coats

This new colour is a dream and will be great for the partying season. It’s a very dark indigo with blue, purple, pink and silver flecks. Think Angel in disguise on steroids.

Girl Meets Joy Lighting On Hands - 2 coats
Girl Meets Joy Lighting On Hands – 2 coats

You’re So Elf Centred – 2 coats

Another fabulous red frost, a little darker but on the same lines as I’m so hot it will be a staple colour. If you don’t have I’m so hot or what’s your poinsettia then a great investment.

You're So Elf Centred Lighting On Hands
You’re So Elf Centred Lighting On Hands

Rocking My Stocking – 2 coats

I love this colour, it’s glittery shimmery lushness. A mix between good gossip and queen of hearts this will be exceptionally popular around the festive season.

Rocking My Stocking Lighting On Hands - 2 coats
Rocking My Stocking Lighting On Hands – 2 coats

Who Nose Rudolph? – 2 coats

This is a fabulous pillar box red it’s leaning to the bluer spectrum as opposed to orange or pink. I did experience ever so slight shrinkage so be careful to cap the edge. Also there was quite a bit of transfer on to my top it off. To try and avoid this, cure each layer twice and make sure to float the top coat.

Who Knows Rudolph Lighting On Hands - 2 coats
Who Knows Rudolph Lighting On Hands – 2 coats

Matte vs Top It Off Comparisons

Wrapped In Glamour Collection Swatches
Wrapped In Glamour Collection Swatches

Swatch Stick Comparisons

Wrapped In Glamour - The Sparkles
Wrapped In Glamour – The Sparkles

Who Knows Rudolph Comparisons
Who Knows Rudolph Comparisons

You're So Elf Centred & Rocking My Stocking Comparisons
You’re So Elf Centred & Rocking My Stocking Comparisons

Summary

The application of these colours is right on the money. You can see this collection being great for the party season with lots of glitz and glamour. Some of the colours are similar to past releases but will still fly off your shelves. If I were to pick 3 to purchase I would go with girl meets joy, you’re so elf centres and rocking my stocking.

I’d love to hear your thoughts or see any pictures 🙂

Gelish Sweetheart Squadron Collection Autumn 2016 – Up in the air-heart, Perfect landing, Put a wing on it, Looking for a wingman, Oh para-chute, Rule the runway

 

The latest Gelish collection for Autumn 2016 is the Sweetheart Squadron collection. Available from nail harmony UK as of the 30th July. It consists of 6 fantastically autumnal shades from nudes, to reds and a khaki green. So let’s take a look.

Up in the air-heart – 3 coats

This is a dusky peach colour which will be good if you have lots of clients wanting a nude with a twist. I think it probably suits the more tanned and dark skin tones but if you like it go for it 🙂

Up In The Air-Heart lighting pictures on hands
Up In The Air-Heart lighting pictures on hands

Perfect landing – 2 coats

I really like this smoky coral colour, perfect again for those wanting to keep things on the neutral side but feeling a little adventurous. It is fairly similar to others, the new sun kissed bliss and sweet morning dew, but us slightly duskier. It’s been a firm favourite of clients already.

Perfect Landing lighting pictures on hands
Perfect Landing lighting pictures on hands

Put a wing on it – 2/3

This vibrant red had been given a new twist with a golden shimmer. The pictures above show 2 coats which if you’ve got flawless nails will be more then fabulous. However on mine where I’ve been swatching the other colours you can see where I haven’t quite got all the previous polish off, so don’t cut corners with this one as it is beautiful and applies nicely to.

Put A Wing On It lighting pictures on hands
Put A Wing On It lighting pictures on hands

Looking for a wingman – 2 coats

I’m in love with this beautiful rich burgundy colour, it’s truly stunning and I can’t wait to do some beautiful designs with it in the autumn. It’s suitable for most clients professional, mature and young and it applies lovely. I didn’t experience any shrinking or bleeding with this one. I love it. Due to this I’m including the picture below of them whilst I was applying pulsar from the nail space on a clients nails. This will be a very popular combo come Christmas.

Looking For A Wingman lighting pictures on hands
Looking For A Wingman lighting pictures on hands

Oh para-chute – 2 coats

If you’ve been waiting for a khaki green you’ve got it with this understated sage. It applies beautifully in two coats. It is suitably different from holy cowgirl as its got much more of a grey tone.

Oh Para-chute lighting pictures on hands
Oh Para-chute lighting pictures on hands

Rule the runway – 2 coats

Another grey taupe, but it applies beautifully in two coats and is a little lighter then rodeo and I orchid you not, but not an essential.

Rule The Runway lighting pictures on hands
Rule The Runway lighting pictures on hands

Swatches

Sweetheart Squadron Collection Matte vs TIO
Sweetheart Squadron Collection Matte vs TIO

Up In The Air-Heart & Rule The Runway Swatch Comparison Pictures
Up In The Air-Heart & Rule The Runway Swatch Comparison Pictures

Perfect Landing Swatch Comparison Pictures
Perfect Landing Swatch Comparison Pictures

Put A Wing On It Swatch Comparison Pictures
Put A Wing On It Swatch Comparison Pictures

Looking For A Wingman Swatch Comparison Pictures
Looking For A Wingman Swatch Comparison Pictures

Oh Para-chute Swatch Comparison Pictures
Oh Para-chute Swatch Comparison Pictures

Summary

The application of these colours are once again great.  With several of these colours set to stay firm favourites. I am pleased that they offers a few new shades to my collection. My top 3 for clients would be perfect landing, looking for a wingman and put a wing on it. Oh parachute is lovely and a bit different but is unlikely to fly off the shelf.

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Gelish Secrets Collection From Nail Harmony UK – Part 1 Pastels, swatches, comparisons, matte and lighting differences. Hidden Identity, Kiss Kiss, Once Upon A Manicure, Picture Perfect, I’m A Wildflower, Made About Mint, A Tribe Called Cool, Sun Kissed Bliss

Hi all.

Here’s the a few of the Secrets collection only currently available in the UK. It was first released on the 1st July with singles being available straight away through educators. The entire collection of 16 is now available online but only as a whole collection.  As per usual the lighting pictures are indoor, led and outdoor but are on Prohesion L&P extensions.

The collection comprises of 16 colours created especially by requests from UK nail harmony techs. What this means is there are some fantastic colours available. I haven’t purchased the entire collection yet but did buy the pastels along with sun kissed bliss. The results of which you can find below. With these new Gelish colours only just released that means there are currently no Morgan Taylor or All That Jazz polish matches.

A Tribe Called Cool – 3 coats

This is what we’ve all been waiting for a pastel yellow. It does need warming but applies well in 3 coats.

A Tribe Called Cool Indoor, LED, Outdoor
A Tribe Called Cool Indoor, LED, Outdoor

Mint madness – 2 coats

This colour applied beautifully in 2 coats. It’s much lighter then mint of Spring and is like a mix between my one blue love and kiss me I’m a prince.

Mad About Mint Indoor, LED, Outdoor
Mad About Mint Indoor, LED, Outdoor

I’m A Wild Flower – 2 coats

This is a beautiful pastel blue. It’s slightly darker then my one blue love, but its application is far superior. Do warm up whilst prepping though.

I'm A Wildflower Indoor, LED, Outdoor
I’m A Wildflower Indoor, LED, Outdoor

Kiss Kiss – 3 coats

This is the latest pastel pink, I do recommend you warm though as I have had it wrinkle on me, so super thin coats are needed. It’s a bit like light elegance but more opaque.

Kiss Kiss Indoor, LED, Outdoor
Kiss Kiss Indoor, LED, Outdoor

Once Upon A Manicure – 3 coats

This is a baby pink with a hint of purple. Again this one needs  to be warmed and applied super thin as it did have a tendency to wrinkle. I’m not overly happy with the pictures here so will update them when I have a chance. As a result I’m including a simple set taken in natural daylight.

Once Upon A Manicure Indoor, LED, Outdoor
Once Upon A Manicure Indoor, LED, Outdoor

Once Upon A Manicure Outdoor
Once Upon A Manicure Outdoor

Hidden Identity – 2 coats

This is a beautiful frosted light brown. It applies superbly in 2 coats and would be excellent for those who want to keep their nails neutral.

Hidden Identity Indoor, LED, Outdoor
Hidden Identity Indoor, LED, Outdoor

Picture Perfect – 2 coats

Another must from the collection. A dark lilac with no fading. It comes across quite dark in the official pictures but is much lighter in the sunshine. A definite must.

Picture Perfect Indoor, LED, Outdoor
Picture Perfect Indoor, LED, Outdoor

Sun Kissed Bliss – 2 coats

This burnt coral is a dream to apply in 2 coats and is just simply stunning.

Sun Kissed Bliss Indoor, LED, Outdoor
Sun Kissed Bliss Indoor, LED, Outdoor

 

Swatches

Top it off vs matte – to give you an idea of how easy the application was on most. My 3 year old daughter swatched all of the matte ones and a couple of the top it off ones.

Secret Collection Pastel Swatch Stick Comparisons Matte vs TIO Indoor, LED, Outdoor
Secret Collection Pastel Swatch Stick Comparisons Matte vs TIO Indoor, LED, Outdoor

Colour comparisons

Hidden Identity Swatch Stick Comparisons Indoor, LED, Outdoor
Hidden Identity Swatch Stick Comparisons Indoor, LED, Outdoor

Once Upon A Manicure & Kiss Kiss Swatch Stick Comparisons Indoor, LED, Outdoor
Once Upon A Manicure & Kiss Kiss Swatch Stick Comparisons Indoor, LED, Outdoor

Picture Perfect Swatch Stick Comparisons Indoor, LED, Outdoor
Picture Perfect Swatch Stick Comparisons Indoor, LED, Outdoor

I'm A Wildflower & Mad About Mint Swatch Stick Comparisons Indoor, LED, Outdoor
I’m A Wildflower & Mad About Mint Swatch Stick Comparisons Indoor, LED, Outdoor

A Tribe Called Cool Swatch Stick Comparisons Indoor, LED, Outdoor
A Tribe Called Cool Swatch Stick Comparisons Indoor, LED, Outdoor

Sun Kissed Bliss Swatch Stick Comparisons Indoor, LED, Outdoor
Sun Kissed Bliss Swatch Stick Comparisons Indoor, LED, Outdoor

Summary

These colours are beautiful and most apply really well. I have a feeling that once I am used to applying once upon a manicure and kiss kiss that the wrinkling issues I experienced would be ironed out. As with all the colours by Gelish, every single on is made differently so we as good techs have to learn how to adapt. And after all it’s much cooler here in the uk as opposed to California so a bit of warming is to be expected.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and see your pictures from this collection.

Building My Beauty Business – End June 2016

The last few weeks I have started on creating my business plan and timeline of where I want to be and how I am going to get there. This is a massive task in its self and I can’t see me being finished any time soon, plus it needs constantly updating. But I have made a start and can build upon it.

I finished my trends for the Mastered programme – I am not too happy with these ones and it wasn’t quite what I had planned but its different and I know what I would change next time.

Spring Summer 2017 Trends

I have completed another brief for Mastered which was based on the OPI New Orleans Collection. I’m quite pleased with these and will be trying it in a few different colours. My aim was to show an easy art design which could be copied at home whilst keeping the feeling of Mardis Gras in mind.

OPI Brief

And I attended my first One Stroke Class – This is what I needed as it is so much harder when I try from books. I’ve still got a way to go before I am proficient but I do plan to practice, practice and practice some more.

One stroke Class
Whats Next:
I’m planning on doing a bit more marketing to build my business, creating some new posters and offering Gelish Pedicures for half price when a client has any hand treatment.
Complete my Louboutin Beaute Brief for Mastered – This is a really hard one where we can only use one red pillar box red colour.

Update my colours list and put my pictures on my colour gallery – most get this done fairly quickly with the fabulous Nail Harmony UK soon to be launching 16 new and exclusive colours only available via educators in the UK. That means they are not available from Sallys or in the USA.

Start practicing my one stroke designs.