Marian Newman / Doug Schoon – Part 1

Marian Newman / Doug Schoon – Part 1 is focusing on what I’ve learnt so far this year from these two giants in the nail game.   As stated there will be a part 2 with so much educational knowledge available I can’t get it all down in one sitting.   Two professionals in the… Continue reading Marian Newman / Doug Schoon – Part 1

Rhi Rhi Nails It Cuticle Oil

The official Rhi Rhi Nails It Cuticle Oil is completed, we have a Cometic Product! With its own Cosmetic Safety Report and Sustainability/Compatibility Assessment. It’s been 2 years in the making, the initial idea came when I 1st started doing nails back in 2014! I then spent years researching oils our skin will love, testing… Continue reading Rhi Rhi Nails It Cuticle Oil

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Categorised as 2021

Nail Art Trends – Abstract

You may have seen the new nail art trend across your socials of what I call a little bit of this and a little bit of that… I hear a Inner Circle song when I say that. The abstract art movement is the concept of creating a visual language of shapes, textures and a liberal… Continue reading Nail Art Trends – Abstract

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Categorised as 2021

End of lockdown 2021

Knowing outside is opening up again there are a massive list of mental health problems that come along with this news. For years to come we will be dealing with the problems that the Covid lifestyle has caused us. We all use the line be “kind to each other” freely but we now have to… Continue reading End of lockdown 2021

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Nail Art Trends – French Tip

The French Manicure is making a come back, in a big way. Like most fashion it goes round in a full circle. Hot stuff then trashy then back to hot stuff. I bring your attention to the new found interest in the old school valour tracksuit!!! The French Tip / French / Frenchie / French… Continue reading Nail Art Trends – French Tip

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Categorised as 2021

Lets talk more about our feet

You won’t believe how many times people say “eww you touch feet, I hate feet, I couldn’t do that”. I do not hate feet, I don’t love them but they do interest me so, I attended another training webinar for more foot knowledge. The training had a hilarious name – The Fungus Among Us LOL… Continue reading Lets talk more about our feet

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Categorised as 2021

Nail Art Trends – Ombré

Last year (the dreaded 2020) was a challenge for various reasons. The ombré nail art trend became an additional 2020 challenge for me. So this year I’m coming out swinging. Ombré is an underrated, sort after look. We are adapting it into our lives in ways and means that we may not be aware of.… Continue reading Nail Art Trends – Ombré

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Categorised as 2021

The end of 2020

Am I glad to see this year end? Unfortunately the answer is yes. Working this year has been the most challenging of my nail career. I’ve contemplating quitting and going back to my boring office life. I’ve contemplating only doing nails from home and not mobile, or only doing mobile and not at home…. you… Continue reading The end of 2020

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Footlogix Training / Products

When I visited Professional Beauty last year (see blog) I hunted down the Footlogix stand to get 2 specific items. Which in true virgo style I had researched to within an inch of their lives and had to go on my shopping list. The items were Footlogix Seaweed Foot Scrub and Footlogix Callus Softener both… Continue reading Footlogix Training / Products

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Categorised as 2020

Nail Art Trends – Marble

Have you noticed everything is marble? It used to be just kitchen work tops, now its your phone or tablet case and maybe even your water bottle. I’ll have you know I am guilty of having both these items covered in marble. So like everything in life, heres the process for the nail art version!… Continue reading Nail Art Trends – Marble

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Categorised as 2020

Back to work after Covid-19

Its official Rhi Rhi Nails It is back!!!!!! With an original start date potentially being 4th July, when the Prime Minister stated that date will only be for hairdressers my heart sank. I wanted to start painting gorgeous nails, but I was denied. So with no second date for close range beauty planned, we awaited… Continue reading Back to work after Covid-19

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Categorised as 2020

Collagen Infused Gloves – Product review

Beauty Pro have created a dual-function hand mask. A hydrating and nourishing hand treatment glove. The packet is a 1 pair single use product. Purchased from beauty wholesaler Salon Services. The gloves are infused with marine collagen and fruit extracts. The name collagen comes from the Greek meaning glue. It is one of the hottest trends around,… Continue reading Collagen Infused Gloves – Product review

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Categorised as 2020

Infection Prevention

I started working for the NHS in 2008, after I left the Legal Secretary world. To this day, I still hold a zero hours contract with Children’s Services. As my nail world crashes and burns amid the wrath of Covid-19, I step fully into my assistance roll within the NHS. Working for the NHS for… Continue reading Infection Prevention

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Categorised as 2020

Instagram Induced Career Envy

Nearly every single day I pick up my phone, open the Instagram app, mindless scroll through a slew of nail posts, freely double tapping on anything my eyes find appealing all the while feeling inferior and depleted. Attach this behaviour with splash of anxiety, a dash of self doubt and a spray of FOMO then… Continue reading Instagram Induced Career Envy

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Categorised as 2016 - 2019

From UV to LED

Its officially I’ve crossed over to the bright side. From the start of my nail / gel journey I have had my CND UV lamp, it has been replaced once due to the fan not working but its been my staple item of kit from the start.  Clients had got used to the machine and… Continue reading From UV to LED

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Categorised as 2016 - 2019

Various ways to be an artist

Spending an hour with someone every 2 weeks while touching them physically and sitting in close range of their personal space is one of the most intimate ways to get to know someone. I have clients with varied professions from Office Mangers to Social Workers.  One client last week told me a story that warmed… Continue reading Various ways to be an artist

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Nail Art Trends – Stamping

Stamping is becoming the new go to for all types of nail designs. Initial thoughts are that skilled nail artist could free hand most of the stamping nail plate designs. The reality is YES you can free hand the patterns which is a more personal, professional, artistic touch but stamping is time efficient, clean, crisp… Continue reading Nail Art Trends – Stamping

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Categorised as 2016 - 2019

Pure Vitamin D

As a small experiment, I decided to go on holiday (where there was predicted 32 degree heat) without my nails painted…. oh the horror!! Every nail technician is aware that summer time = busy time.  Brits flock to hotter places with coral coloured finger nails, the infamous secret toes that are covered all year round… Continue reading Pure Vitamin D

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Categorised as 2016 - 2019

Nailing Mental Health

Nailing Mental Health is awesome!! Nails and mental health are 2 things that I hold at the highest level of importance in my world and here’s why. In 2013 I experienced a full mental breakdown.  I lost everything that I was and mentally lived in an extremely dark place.  The problem with living in the… Continue reading Nailing Mental Health

Nail Art Trends – Chroming

Chroming, Ombre, Stamping, Water marblling, just some of the trends of the past 2 years. The biggest of the year is chroming, its on every youtube channel its on every instagram page and initially I wasn’t a fan, as you can get the look from polishes no? I did my nail professional duty and bought… Continue reading Nail Art Trends – Chroming

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Categorised as 2016 - 2019

My 1st Bridal Party

2016 has started in 6th gear and im loving it. I have just performed 5 gel manicures on a bridal party, including the bride, over a two day period and it was a fantastic experience. When women hear the word bride we tend to assume the world zilla will be at the end.  With a… Continue reading My 1st Bridal Party

Onycholysis

Loosing a toe nail options:- Trauma/Injury or Fungal Infection The loss of any nail is upsetting whether its a break to your newly grown natural fingernails, a possible “ping off” of a nail extension or a loss of a nail from the toe, there is always a flood of emotion.  Anger, fear or maybe disappointment but… Continue reading Onycholysis

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Categorised as 2015

October 2014 to October 2015

One year on and look how far I have come. The journey to setting out onto the nail roads as I call it, was one that made me feel nervous and excited at the same time.  Going into an industry which I am unfamiliar with other than occasionally being on the receiving end of a… Continue reading October 2014 to October 2015

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Professional Beauty North

As this is my 1st full year of working inside the beauty industry I did not expect to be invited to the Professional Beauty North as a VIP  but it happened! NSI requested that I attend as one if their VIP’s and I was very grateful.  The first day of the event was my birthday… Continue reading Professional Beauty North

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Categorised as 2015

CND Brisa Lite

In the nail world soak off gel extensions are a god send.  This is because gel extensions are normally made of a hard buff off compound which is hard work when it comes to removal.  Soak off gel gives you the ease to wrap them up like your shellac polish and… off they come. I… Continue reading CND Brisa Lite

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Categorised as 2015

I won!!

YYYYYYAAAAAAYYYYY My favourite and only form of social media… Instagram, has proved to me that it really is the best thing ever! The Beauty Guild were running a competition on Instagram asking people to enter by liking their picture and then commenting underneath.  The winnings prize was the entire Venice OPI Collection.  The requested comment underneath… Continue reading I won!!

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Categorised as 2015

Press On Nails

I have finally made a start on my press on nail design collection.  It has been on my to do this for a long time. I initially ordered the nails months ago and started to plan which nails I would create for sale.  I was extremely excited about getting the creation process up and running.… Continue reading Press On Nails

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Categorised as 2015

Top Coat

Important Information for anyone starting out. Its not going to be the usual “important information” like ensure you do a client consultations before treatment or have up to date Public Liability Insurance or even something simple like make sure you are seated correctly when performing a services.  It’s stock up on top coat!!! Top coats… Continue reading Top Coat

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Categorised as 2015

Conversion Courses

The world of nails is very complex and extremely interesting one.  With so much to learn and so many different products to use, the industry provide you with conversion courses in order for you to get certificated in specific branded products.  I did a large amount of research on what products or brands are viewed/tried/tested… Continue reading Conversion Courses

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Categorised as 2015

OPI Natural Nail Strengthener

Howdy ladies, When we see things on the shelves that offer us everything we want from a product we scramble for our purses and hope that the purchase alone will give us the result that was offered. I have test run a product that is hugely appealing to most women, OPI Natural Nail Strengthener .… Continue reading OPI Natural Nail Strengthener

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Categorised as 2015