Monday, October 3, 2011

NailPro Sacramento - Day 2 coming soon!

I know you're wondering why I'm blogging that I will write about the second day in Sacramento. Well, I'm just warning you that this next upcoming blog is going to be serious. I can not say enough great things about LCN, their trainers, their owner, and their products. So be prepared!

But day 2 wasn't just about nails. I actually met someone who I think will be a long time friend: Kelley Killop-Marble of Opalized Designs Studio Salon in Michigan. We were in the morning session of the LCN class and ran into each other again shortly before dinner to discover that, alas, we were staying in the same hotel! Clearly, destiny. Just saying. So we decided to go to dinner and shopping in Old Sac. Let me tell you, she's absolutely charming, and so is Old Sac. We had fun walking around this almost old-school western section of town, trying on hats and taking silly pictures. Truly, a great nail tech and a great person! If you're in Michigan, look her up!
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I can't believe the first day of NailPro Sacramento 2011 is already done and over with! It's been a long long day, but its definitely been worth it. I got up at 3:45 am to catch my 5:40am flight. I went from Pittsburgh to Atlanta, and then finally to Sacramento. I was all checked in at the hotel my 10:45 am (yey time differences!) and found out that my hotel shuttle would drive me to and from the Sacramento Convention Center free of charge. How cool is that? After a quick shuttle ride I arrived at the convention center and set foot in my very first Nail Expo, and most certainly not my last. It was a bit overwhelming at first. People were absolutely everywhere, trying to get to all the good deals before they sold out. But when it came down to it, I met some really nice cosmetologists. Not long lasting friends, but being here by myself wasn't as bad as I thought. So I ended up with some cool things. Here's a happy list!

OPI polishes: OPI Ink, Yodel me on my cell, Not like the movies, Yoga-ta get this blue!, Cozu-melted in the sun, Royal rajah ruby, Meet me on the star ferry.

Orly polishes: Rococo a go-go, Fowl play, Royal velvet, Sweet peacock, Stone cold, Emberstone, Androgynie, Oui, Plum, Love each other.

Dazzle Your Nail Supply: Animal print acrylic.

Lumos: Top and bottom coat

LE (Light Elegance): Gel starter kit, Peacock glitter gel, Pure Purple glitter gel

So Easy: Stripe Rite in dark green glitter, light green glitter, neon orange, and brownish purple glitter.

Kandy: Glitter eyeliner kit with 4 glitter colors.

And last but not least a rhinestone Tshirt that says "I love nails" with a huge heart. Seriously its sweet :)

But I didn't just buy things. Really, I promise. Okay, well that is mostly what I did, but I also watched lots of demos and talked to different booths about their products. I even had LE put on a gel nail on my pointer finger (I'm sorry that I forget the educators name, but she was amazing). Seriously it is the prettiest thing I've ever seen. She used a green gel on the tip, followed by "spearmint" glitter gel, and then "peacock" glitter gel, some mylar, a few black stripes with more gel paint, and topped it all off with a nice heap of clear gel. Here's a picture of it... and honestly the picture doesn't do it justice at all. Its about 100 times more sparkly than this, and the very tip of it is a more vibrant blue. Oh the shortcomings of cameras.

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Then I had a lovely lady from Young Nails do a 3D flower on top of the gels I already had on. It was great to see the technique up close and personal, but I have to say I'm not a fan. Not because its not pretty, it is. But because I can't stand having texture on my nails, catching on anything I touch. Now if it were built into the nail, I'd be all for it. Needless to say, I took a picture of the nail, and picked off the flower. Sorry! But here it is:
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So that wraps up day one in nail heaven. Can't wait for tomorrow! It'll be a short day. I've just got one hands on workshop from 8am - noon. We'll see how it goes. Hope you had fun reading about my first nail show. And for all you licensed nail techs/cosmetologists: keep up with the continuing education!
Sorry gals, no nails today! Just wanted to give you a heads up that tomorrow is NailPro Sacramento, and yours truly is going to be there! It'll be my first nail show ever and I'm not entirely sure what to expect. Regardless, I'm beyond excited! So tune back in later this week for an update on how it went! I can not believe how quickly this snuck up on me!
While digging around in my massive amount of nail equipment, I found a swatch of random nail art that I did at age 16 or 17. So for being approximately 8 years old, this nail polish has held up pretty well. It's a little yellowed, but you'll get the idea. At this time in my life I worked at JC Penny salon in a local strip mall... and honestly, I was hardly ever with a client. Boring, but it did give me plenty of time to do nail art. And we all know only practice makes perfect! So here you go: Nail art from 8 years ago.
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As for Littleladyluxury.com, I've made a few changes. Posts from now on will now have all pictures linked to a full sized image. I know nails are small, so if you click on any image, it'll show up bigger. I'm using my fancy DSLR, so the pictures should be decent quality. Hope this makes nail viewing easier! If you're liking the blog, please "like" me using the little Facebook icon and bookmark me so you can follow!
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For years I've been an acylic only kind of girl. They were the first thing I learned, and I loved them, so I stuck with them. Silly, I know, but clearly this happens. As I've said before, I learned nails from my first job as a shampoo girl in a salon that also did nails, and this salon only did acrylics... and my Vo-tech didn't teach any of it really, unless you count videos. So my experience with gel nails is extremely limited. Up until today, all I had ever done was put a thin layer of gel over acrylics for my manager at the 3rd salon I worked at. So, you get it, gel nails - zero experience. Finally, I decided it was time this changed. Last night I sat up late and watched a few You tube videos by Young Nails Inc on how to do a full set of gel nails, just to make sure I remembered all the steps. And fancy that, You tube training actually worked. And to tell you the truth, I'm pleasantly surprised at how nice my nails turned out. Actually, that's a bit of an understatement, I'm pretty much enamored with them... staring anytime they catch the light. It's the little things that count right?

So for this first full set of gel's I wanted to go easy. I have clear Ibd building gel and a bunch of fun glitters, so that's exactly what I used. I decided that I'll leave gel smile lines for another day, so I simply faded some light blue glitter over the tip and partway up the nail bed, feathering the glitter into jagged spikes at the top. Then i added a second larger glitter just on the very tips. Finally I capped all of that with the clear, filed til they were nice and smooth, and then added a super thin layer of clear gel back over top. After using the cleanser to remove the tacky layer, they're incredibly smooth and super shiny. They're so shiny that I would love to top every polish, manicure, anything at all with clear gel. Anyways, I'm pretty impressed with myself, and I may convert to gels depending on how this set does with lifting (or hopefully lack-there-of). Guess we shall just have to wait and see. Below are two pictures showing the arch and c-curve of the nails. Not too bad for a first set. Anyone want a set so that I can practice some more?
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My nails are about 1 & 1/2 weeks grown out, and in serious need of a polish change to say the least. So I set out yesterday to make them look respectable, and honestly the finished product is debatable. I'm still tweaking out a bit over the shape of the nails. The lady at the salon in Florida managed to file some nice thin spots. Yesterday I was too tired to fix them before polishing.... bad choice because now I'm considering a whole new set cause they're driving me nuts. Anyway, I painted something very very simple. A silver french manicure lined with light blue, and with a purple star-burst the ring fingers. I thought this was brilliant, but its got to be one of my least favorite manicures ever. Oh well, live and learn right? Shame though, normally I love silver manicures. Anyway you'll probably here from me soon with either a new set or a legitimately fixed version of this set, thin spots filled and all. Oh well, here's a picture of the silver french disaster. Hope you like it better than I do!
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