Monday, May 20, 2013

I'm a Nail Technician! + A Gel Rose Manicure

Hey guys!

I posted about it on the NbKS Facebook page, but for anyone who doesn't already know, I'm now a fully certified nail technician! I did my final day last Monday and then I took a little time off for myself to just relax and prepare for the opening of my in-home salon. It was nice to have a few days away, not just from blogging but really from the internet in general. But I'm so glad to be back now!

For the last day of my course, we were all required to be wearing gel nails ourselves. Of course, I had to add some art to my gel mani, so today I'm showing you the design I did!


The brand I use is called Entity 1 and for this mani in particular, I used the soak-off gel polish line called Color Couture. If you're not familiar with this brand, Colour Couture is similar to CND Shellac, Gelish, or any of the other soak-off gel systems that are now readily available. The Colour Couture line offers a huge variety of soak-ff gel shades, so I'm really glad that I trained with this company and have no need to go searching other brands for a particular colour.


After the necessary prep stages for gel nails, I applied two coats of Entity 1 Midnight Runway, a deep purple shade, to all of my nails. After that had cured in my UV light, I used a very small amount of Zoya Julie and a medium sized nail art brush to create the basic rose shapes. Then, using Entity 1 Spotlight, an opaque white, I used a smaller nail art brush to create the leaves, the finer details on the roses, as well as some dots. I cured that, added the Color Couture top coat, cured that as well, and then voila!


I love how protected my nails feel with gel on them! They're less prone to breakage because of the hard gel on them, which is one of my absolute favourite things about soak-off gel manis. But because I like to change my manis so often, gel nails are more of a special occasion thing for me. On top of that, I do a lot of swatching for this blog, so gel manis aren't particularly practical for me.


If you're interested in learning how to do this design, I posted a video tutorial for it not too long ago (sans the dots). Check it out here. And while you're there, don't forget to subscribe to my channel. :)

Oh and for anyone wondering more about my in-home salon, I'm currently working on a separate blog where I'll have all the information available for that. This blog is all about nail polish, and I really want to keep it that way. I'll post all of my clients manicures on the other blog, as well as all the info about the services I offer, pricing, etc. So if you're interested in following that blog, I'll post a link to it as soon as it's up and ready.

Thanks for looking!

25 comments:

  1. congratulates the training course! and the nails are beautiful! have always admired your talent!

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  2. How exciting! Congrats, and can't wait to see some of your client work :)

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  3. Congratulations on becoming a qualified Nail Technician! All the best in your future, and most of all enjoy the whole experience! ♥

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  4. Beautiful! Congrats on officially becoming a nail tech! Your clients will be the luckiest :)

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  5. congratulations! Also I am loving this look!

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  6. Congratulations!! If you don't mind my asking, who did you train with? I've been thinking of going this route myself. :) And good luck with getting your salon going!

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  7. Congrats :) So cute mani ^_^

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  8. Yayyy congrats!!! :) Love the mani!

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  9. Congratulations! And these roses are amazing :)

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  10. Congratulations on becoming qualified. I currently hold a mani and pedi certificate and I'm doing my full nail tech course in december, I can't wait to qualify :)

    Gorgeous nails :)

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  11. Welcome to the club ;) & congrats!!!

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  12. Congratulations on your certification!

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS! I AM THRILLED FOR YOU KAYLA! YOU ARE GOING TO BE GREATER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE! I CAN TOTALLY SEE YOU BECOMING THE GO TO GAL FOR THE STARS - AND YES I AM SERIOUS. YOUR DESIGNS ROCK! I CANNOT WAIT TO HAVE YOU DO MY NAILS :) HUGS! GRACE

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  14. Congrats on becoming a nail technician!

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  15. Congrats :) Really like this look!

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  16. Congrats, honey!!! I love this mani ;)

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  17. Congratulations! <3 <3 I can't wait to see your new blog with your client work!

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  18. Congrats! That's super awesome! Maybe you can answer a question that I can't find a clear answer for via Google (although your post answers part of it). Can I use polish (and polish remover) over a gel manicure? My nails keep breaking so I'm considering getting a gel manicure in a light color and doing my nail art over it but am concerned about the remover messing up the gels when I change the polish. Would that be a problem? Thanks!!

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  19. Congratulations! Your mani is beautiful!

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  20. Congrats Kayla! You and your blog have always been a source of inspiration and information and it's so great that it's official!

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  21. Congrats Kayla! And this mani is awesome!

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  22. Congratulations! I'd kill for an in-home salon but this house just ain't big enough!

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  23. Such a different looking!!! I have inspired by this effect. I love gel nails kit


    Cindy xx

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