Monday, February 23, 2015

The Nail School Chronicle: Week 12

Hello Loves!  Ready for my recap of Week 12 of Nail School at GCI?  There's not a whole lot to say this week.   Monday was a holiday and we had ice at the beginning of the week so I missed Tuesday too.  The rest of the week was pretty busy with clients.  Of course, I didn't remember to get pictures of any of the manicures I finished.  Bummer, right?  Seems like I always forget when we get busy.  Between the weather at the beginning of the week and Bryant getting sick (and getting me sick) at the end of the week, I'm just happy to have survived at all.  So this post is going to be a little on the short side.  I apologize in advance if this post doesn't make sense.  I'm writing it through a NyQuil induced fog.  lol  It's been that kind of weekend.

We're working on the chapter on anatomy in theory right now.  We were given a project to go with the chapter - to build a model of a cell.  So, I sent Keith to the craft store to pick up the stuff to build a model.  Easy enough, right?  I'm thinking something like silicone and some do-dads to represent the various parts.  I sent him armed with this picture from the book.

Well, this is what I ended up with.  I couldn't even get a good picture thanks to the plastic wrap.  See, what happened was...he came back with a flower shaped mold, some pom poms, and some pipe cleaners.  But that's not all...he also came back with some goop stuff that turns to slime when you mix it with water.  It didn't exactly set up firm like I had in mind.  Instead it stayed the consistency of snot.  Ms. Vee (the night instructor) had a blast playing with it.  I think I got a good grade, but it's definitely an interesting representation.  And the moral of this story?  Be more specific or do your own shopping.  lol

Oh yeah, I did a new set of gel nails for my friend Angela on Monday.  Her last set turned into lift city.  I have no clue what happened there, but there was no saving them.  I ended up having to remove them and start over.  Here's what we came up with.  If you caught my review of the Bundle Monster Secret Garden collection plates last week, these nails might look familiar.  ;)  Sadly, these aren't holding up very well either.  She ripped one off on a frozen car door a few days after I put them on and two others have started to lift.  I'm totally stumped.  I'm confident that my prep and application are correct - it's the same method I use on my own nails and I don't have any issues with mine.  I'm going to try switching her to CND Brisa Lite later this week and see if it works better for her. 
Sculpted Gel Nails with Stamping

Moving on...I also changed my schedule this week.  Since we're having to cut back as much as possible, it occurred to me that I can save a good bit of money every week if I don't have to pay for after-school care for my oldest.  School is out at 2:30 and they give us until 3:30 to pick him up before we're charged.  So instead of going to school 4 days a week from 9:00 to 3:30, I'll now be going 5 days a week from 9:00 to 2:00.  Not only does it save money, but if I have to be out a day, I miss less hours this way.  Sucks to give up my day off, but I think this will work out better.  After a few weeks on this new schedule, we're going to set up a makeup schedule so I can get caught up on my hours.  Most likely it will be Monday evenings since that's the best day for Keith to get home early to pick up the boys. 

Speaking of money, I have a "Manic Talons Manicurist Dream Drive" update for you.  After factoring in the sales from Round 1 of my destash, I'm now at almost 30% of my goal!  Thank you so much for your support.  I seriously don't know what I would do without you.  I'm working on Round 2 of the destash and hope to post it soon. 

Of course, I still have 70% to go, so donations are still greatly appreciated.  I'll spare you the widget, but you can find my Go Fund Me account Here.  Oh, and there are still a few gel polishes left from the first round of my destash.  In case you missed it, you can see them in my Storenvy here.

I'm off to bed (it's Sunday evening as I'm writing this).  Tomorrow is a big day.  I'll be wandering around at the Bronner Bros International Beauty Show at the Georgia World Congress Center tomorrow.  :)  The exhibitor list appears to be pretty light on nails, but there are a few booths I'm looking forward to checking out.

Check back later in the week for a few Revel Nail reviews.  I have the Revel Nail Acrylic system to show you as well as the new Up2You system that allows you to convert nail polish to gel polish.  

P.S.  Don't forget to enter my awesome giveaway for a chance to win the Bio Seaweed Gel Vintage Garden Collection!  In case you missed it, you can enter here!



  1. If it's any consolation, some clients just can't keep their nails on. Keep an eye on which fingers it's happening on because it could quite easily be something she's doing.

  2. I cannot keep gels on my mom's nails to save my soul. She's been to 4 salons, I've done them twice and no luck. They lift and she's a picker! My sister's come off in a week, but not because they don't adhere. She's a crazy OCD cleaner and hand washer so all the water causes hers to lift off. I hope you figure out why they aren't working.

  3. I assume you are already roughing up the nail bed a bit? That made all the difference for my friend . . . Do your savings on childcare outweigh the extra gas and time? Excited to hear about up2u!

  4. I've had a person that is notorious for not being able to keep her gel on for two weeks. Two things have been the saving grace and she's coming back at the 2 week mark without a chip or lift - 1. CND Scrub Fresh in place of ISP to cleanse the nail plate and 2. IBX.

  5. It might be the gel polish you are using on her. I can't wear IBD, it peels right off my nails, like that peel off polish for little girls. Gelsih, otoh, will wear on me for weeks. I usually only have to take it off because my nails have grown out.

  6. There is definitely something about each person's body chemistry that just makes some products incompatible for whatever reason. For example, some people swear by certain a particular brand of nail treatments, like strengtheners, but they make me nails worse instead of better! Hopefully you can play around with different brands and find something that works for your friend.

    On a different note, I got my purchases from your destash yesterday, and I am wearing the LeChat "Tranquility" now. It's lovely! Thanks :)

  7. I am so looking fwd. to your review of Revel Up2You. I just know you will show a way to NOT use a whole bottle of RNP....just enough for one mani. Hang in there girl. When you look back at your current struggles you will be glad you did it (and survived!) We all love your blog! Thanks for it. Lynette


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