Friday, February 19, 2010

Scent Shots!!!

I started on a quest to only buy candles and wax melts from independent chandlers. I found one chandler that I absolutely loved but she closed her store leaving me candle-less. so I purchased many candles from different people only to disappointed by what I received. Either the throw was lacking, or, the candle burned poorly leaving much of my money (wax) stuck to the sides of the glass untouched by the flame.

So being the mad scientist that I am and with the help of some very good friends, I have found the perfect formula for my Scent Shots. My first tester, shown in the pic above scented in Girl Next Door, that I started burning 3 weeks ago is still in the burner and is still smelling up my home....that's 3 weeks later! Visit the store to buy yours today!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Essie retired Cherry Pop! Now what? Part II

Back again with another color I found as I look for a suitable replacement of Essie's retired color Cherry Pop. On the nail beds of my little princess' fresh ManiQ manicure, is Beverly Hills Plum from the Beverly Hills Manicure line by Orly. This color is VERY sheer with almost no pink although from the bottle the view is really pink. I think for me, this would be great to use if I decide to use my pink acrylic as my signature acrylic for single acrylic overlays over just using regular clear. I like the first Orly color I used before Des Les Fleurs but this would be a great runner up!
Colors also shown here, picked out by my little one....taking her to CosmoProf is bad for my wallet she picked 6 colors! China Glaze, Blue Sparrow, Carribean Temptation & Flying Dragon.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Essie retired Cherry Pop! Now what?

I loved this color as a base for all of my nail art and french manicure nail bed color. It was the perfect color for just an extra bit of blush on the nail without adding too much color. I know some etailers are still carrying it but they want retail prices for it as much as $12....can you say OUCHIE??? I am not paying that much for an Essie polish, heck any nail polish for that matter.

Over the past few months I have been searching for a suitable replacement for this color. I think I have found three. The first of those is from Orly's French Manicure line. The color is called Des Fleurs. Shown here with my little one as the hand model, I think its a good one! In the bottle it has an irridescent cast to it and its a brighter blush as it is more pink than Cherry Pop, it was more red. This picture was taken 3 days after my daughter's last manicure and her ManiQ gel coat is holding her polish well.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Perfect Pedicures with ScRub Me Smooth Sugar Scrub

At the request of many of the nail technicians currently using my sugar scrub, I am listing pointers for using my scrub in your pedicure services. My clients love this scrub as it will exfoliate the feet leaving them dewy and nicely hydrated not greasy at all. And for techs, clean up is a breeze as this formula rinses away virtually clean with little to no residue behind AND it won't stain your pedicure throne!

I start my pedicure service by sanitizing the foot with a scented, alcohol based sanitizer. I will be making this in the spring of 2010 to compliment the scents in my line. Next I use my Tammy Taylor Disposable Foot File (purple grit) to breakdown rough, callused skin WHILE THE FOOT IS STILL DRY before soaking. If you skip this step, the feet will likely be rough at the end of the service no matter what you do. Using this method, I never need to use a Credo cutter nor will I ever! Once the calluses are smoothed to my liking, I then massage the foot with Creative Nail Design's Cuticle Remover/Callus Softener and put the client's foot in the spa for a complete 10 minute soak using my own foot soak of cheating! After doing the polish removal, cuticle work and nail shaping, I then dry the foot a bit and massage the foot with the sugar scrub. While the scrub is still on the foot, at this point the crystals should have dissolved, I then go back over the callused areas with my Tammy Taylor Foot File (purple grit, she does now sell a finer grit). This will completely smooth all the rough areas leaving your clients feet smooth as a baby's bottom! Follow up with my body butter for the massage portion of your service. It has excellent slip quality and you won't need to get more mid way through your service....don't you hate it when that happens? Apply polish as you normally would and viola.....the perfectly pedicured foot!

As soon as I figure out this camera, I will do a tutorial on youtube for this and many of my other products. If you have any additional questions, email me or leave them here.