Hello Loves! I finally made it through a full week of class! Whoo Hoo! No sick kids this week. No migraines. No issues at all. And it was a great week!
As I mentioned last week, I watched my first Mock State Board Practical this past week. It was crazy. I was only watching but it still made me nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs. No doubt I'll be a basket of nerves for my first. That was supposed to be today, but it got pushed back. See, the GA State Board of Cosmetology is changing our Practical Exam. As of right now, we have to perform a basic manicure, apply a silk wrap, blended tip, sculpted acrylic nail, and then polish. As of June 1st, we no longer have to do the silk wrap and the polish portion is moving to the front instead of the end. Yes! (insert fist pump here) Don't get me wrong...I can apply a pretty nice silk wrap. I just really hate doing them. Plus that makes one less thing I have to worry about for the exam. Anyway, since the exam is changing right before I'll have to take it, the mock exam has to change too. So I'm observing again today and will do my first trial run in a week or so.
I also have a correction from last week. I thought we had a nail art contest this past week. We would have...if St. Patrick's Day had been last week. I had my dates all messed up! So that will be this Tuesday. :)
So, what did I do this week? Well, I was wearing my glittery St. Patrick's Day mani (a week early) and it really grabbed my clients. I ended up doing two super fun manicures this week as a result! Want to see them?
The first is a simple mani with a freehand flower and some crystals. She came in looking for a glittery accent nail, but I wasn't sure if I was allowed to use loose glitter on clients and our gel polish selection is seriously lacking in the glitter department. So I offered her a few crystals from my personal stash instead. She was pleased. I can't remember the name of the polishes (sorry, I'll try to do better next time), but they are both OPI GelColor.
This next client came in looking for a blue toned red. As soon as we sat down, she noticed my nails and switched to green. By this one, I had learned that I can use my glitters, so she decided to rock some glittery moons. It's hard to tell with the lighting, but the moons are v-shaped. She has gorgeous hands! The base for this one is OPI GelColor Green On the Runway from the Coca Cola Collection. The gold is ArstyFartsy Crafts Dark Gold Holographic Ultrafine glitter.
Speaking of glitter, I couldn't resist playing with glitter again this week. Sculpting with glitter is a little different that sculpting with pure powders, so I want to be sure I can do it well before the nail art contest. Of course, I had to stop in the middle of these a few times, so the shape is a bit off. My forms kept popping open too. Needless to say, I ordered new forms and will be using those going forward. Keith calls these "Bass Boat Nails" because they remind him of the sparkle on a bass boat. Once I finished, I didn't have enough time left to start a new hand, so I decided to play around with sculpted flowers again. I love how this one turned out! I was too lazy to break out my colored powders, so I sculpted it in white and then painted it with acrylic paint. Next time I'll use the colored powder since I couldn't really top coat over it to seal in the paint without losing definition.
Finally, since I was a week early with my St. Patrick's Day nail art and had to do some swatching this weekend, I ended up with a simple green combination for this week. The base is Couture Gel Polish in High Roller. I then added Couture Sugar Daddy to the ring finger and topped the rest with KBShimmer Pinfire. Pinfire is one of the limited edition flakies. I'm not sure if it is still avaliable or not, but if you run across it you should grab it! The photo doesn't really capture Pinfire. It is such a freaking gorgeous flaky in person with a green to blue to indigo shift. I had planned to add some stamping, but I liked it so much the way it is I decided to leave it.
By the way, I noticed the other day that Couture has listed all of their colors on Amazon!
Finally, an update on my Manic Talons Manicurist Dream Drive. Yeah...it's kind of stalled. I'm still a long way from my goal, and to be honest we're struggling hard. Keith has been released by his doctor so he can pick up some extra hours at work now, but we're behind and praying we can get caught back up. Not going to lie...it will take a miracle. At this point, we're hoping we can float some of our payments until we are able to settle with the insurance company from his accident. It's a crap shoot, really. But I'm staying optimistic and staying the course. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far! I'm going to ride it as far as it will go and hopefully we can stretch things far enough for me to finish. Of course, every little bit helps.
That's all for today! Check back later this week to see the Luxio Spring/Summer collection and the Bundle Monster Thermal Sedona Collection. Yes, Sedona includes Purple Rain that many of you have asked about. :)
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