Nail Art – My Fascination

Good afternoon my manicured maidens,

For this weeks installment I thought I would delve into the fantastic world of nail art and the key to the perfect manicure.

Over the years I have frequented a number of nail salons but it wasn’t until I got recommended to my ONLY go to nail salon Gossip Nails that my obsession truly began. That was over two years ago now and I have not looked back since.

My nail technicians have pried me away from my usual nude polish and I am now experimenting with amazing colour combinations and nail art which has been awash (excuse the pun) all over the catwalks for countless seasons. 

It is so strange but for me, just as routine as it is to pick out an outfit for work each day or that special dress and heels combo for an night out, having my nails perfectly manicured has become as much part of my persona. I do not feel as though I am ready to go out unless my nails are painted.

In the last year I have switched to the mega brand of polish Shellac, which for me has been a life saver. I’m sure like a lot of women, I am so impatient in many aspects of my life but sitting with my hands under the dryer for regular polish to dry was literally like watching paint on a wall dry for me. Those ten or fifteen minutes felt like hours! Haha. 

The colour selection is amazing with a shade to suit even the most outlandish outfit, and it drys instantly. I am such a fan that over the last two years I have been a hand model for my salon at the annual Nailympics competition where the best nail artists in the world showcase their talent. In 2014 we finished in the top ten which was a great achievement and experience 😀 

I have even managed to convert a few of my closet girlfriends to give it a try. They still cannot believe you can have chip free, beautiful nails even after scrubbing that stubborn saucepan or doing the housework. Shellac makes your nails so much stronger also and can help even the most avid nail biters to be able to grow theirs out. 

 (Courtesy of Ali Jamieson) 
As the summer approaches, I am so excited to  try some of the new pastel mint and orange shades, which always complement that floral day dress or Fluoro bikini on that far flung holiday abroad.

My main tip for finding a good nail salon is to always read the reviews online. It is imperative that all equipment is thoroughly disinfected and sanitised in between clients and prices are clearly agreed upon before you begin the process. Nail art usually costs extra than the standard manicure as the amount of skill and effort to do it is incredible and a very niche talent. 

Although many of us can only dream of owning some of the amazing creations by our favourite designers, I love that having a manicure is relatively inexpensive and can still make you feel like a million dollars when you walk out of the shop. What’s not to love??

Until next week, take care

Keya x

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