STEP-BY-STEP GEL NAIL LESSONS - Lesson #4) Combining Gel With Fiber Wraps

STEP-BY-STEP GEL NAIL LESSONS - Lesson #4) Combining Gel With Fiber Wraps

Explanation of gels and fiber: No, I am not using a gel w/ fiber already in it (like LE’s Fabrique). I am referring to sandwiching fiber-wraps like silk or fiberglass in between layers of gel (ANY U-V GEL!)....The fiber I like is Star Nails silk in the rollout box dispenser, and I like my stores scissors, cut well, and cheap enough to throw out (rather than have sharpened) when they get dull (actually I retire them to the "paper forms dept", for cutting out the backs of and customizing forms as needed..... I have an acrylic clear box form holder/dispenser (from LCN), and I just tuck the scissors in next to the roll.

I lay down one coat of REGULAR gel then cure 1 complete cycle. Then I place and PAT down a piece of fiber (glass or silk) into tacky residue until it disappears, (pick up fiber with "sticky" gel nail brush),and cure again (about 1/2 a reg. cure). Then I lay down another coat of gel over this as usual, adding any arches, etc, that may be needed, and cure again as usual. Now, finish as usual: wipe w/ alcohol and shape and bevel, buff etc....

1) When using fiber in conjunction w/ white free edge gel over a form (vs using over the natural nail or a tip w/ clear gel)....1st apply form, apply 1 thin coat of gel to remaining nail, cure 1 full cycle, apply white gel to area needed----entire free edge, chipped corner, etc., cure 1 full cycle, apply piece of fiber large enough to bridge from extended area (or cracked area) back over to rest of nail (but not too big to hang off nail or touch sidewalls or cuticle or not able to lay down!), pat in to tacky residue from last cure until it disappears, cure again to cement in place (30 sec's or so), now continue w/ at least one more coat of gel as usual.

2) Fiber MUST always be sandwiched between layers of preferred method is to lay it into cured gel residue, re-cure, and apply another layer.... Some manufacturers will tell you to lay it into an uncured layer of gel...well try it, you'll see what happens...gel floats to top and you have fibers sticking out, fiber slides around before gel cures, gel ends up in sidewalls because you spend too much time fiddling with the fiber and the gel is already MOVING! Also, I worry about GEL NOT COMPLETELY CURING BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE U-V LIGHT BEING OBSCURED OR REFLECTED AWAY BY THE FIBERGLASS (or silk). For these reasons, I personally like to place my fiber into CURED GEL ONLY. (However, as always, and with any technique... you may find another way of doing it that you like better and that works better for you personally!)

3) Hint: to remove a lot of extra gel that may have run a round on the form, (after it has cured) use STRAIGHT (not regular curved) BLADED toe nail clippers (I carry them in my store here if you can’t find them elsewhere or locally) to remove excess gel easily(PUT ON THOSE SAFETY GLASSES (which you should ALREADY have on anyway, if you need a reminder--- and I also carry those in the store!!!!!!), AND WATCH THE CLIENTS SKIN!) Now, straighten and taper sidewalls appropriately, without a ton of filing!

This procedure I've described is great for:

1)whole nail extensions (short ones, 25% or so), at F/S or repairs at fills (done w/ either white gel for F/S or even clear gel on forms (for 1 nail or repair).... the fiber clouds up the gel just enough to be un-noticeable on short extensions or corner chips.... or missing sidewalls....

2)cracks that go all the way thru to the natural nail bed (wipe/ FLUSH crack w/ alcohol 1st----yes, it will burn, so she (client may want to delay procedure, oooouch, the pain they/we will endure for their/our nails!), and be sure there are no other underlying pathogens to lock in, and seal w/ the tiniest bit of nail glue first (crazy glue/nail glue is safe for skin in small amts, in fact INVENTED for skin for soldiers in Vietnam to prevent infection of bleeding injuries while in the jungle and too far from med station to survive bacteria in jungle alive!). This will prevent gel from seeping into crack onto skin where it won't cure and only irritate! So sanitize, glue, 1 coat gel, cure, fiber, set, more gel, cure, wipe, and finish work!!!!!

3) Even nails that are completely broken off can use this procedure, use the tiniest bit of glue to hold broken nail piece to remaining nail., put a form under for support, and Voila--- re-attachment ---but be sure to add extra fiber to sidewalls as well or crack will re-start and take over eventually!)

4) Also good for sidewall repairs w/ forms (nails that have become too "skinny" or tapered too close to stress area (hyponychium area), or for replacing chips missing off of corners of free edge, etc...

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Hard Candy - Baked Blush in Living Doll

 Hard Candy Baked Blush in Living Doll
Walmart: $6.00

This baked blush was giving to me, from my sister.
This blush is package in a sturdy compact case. With silver design on the clear flip lid. Back of the case has the description of the blush.
 Living Doll
This Living Doll Baked Blush is a light Cotton Candy Pink with yellow veining.
left side: Wet / right side: Dry
Hard Candy Baked Blush in Living Doll
The description on the back says: Apply dry for a soft and delicate look and use it wet for a intense and dramatic look. So, I can't say much. LOL! It is what is says. This blush is very pretty. It is very soft and smooth. BUT! Sad... this blush is not for me. I wish it had more pigmentation because it took me more then 3 times to apply this blush on dry. I guess I can use this wet for a intense dramatic look? ^_^ I'll work this out somehow...  LOL! Thanks sis!

Rating: 3/5

Waterfall braid tutorial Prom wedding hairstyles for long hair yourself Picture day

Popular women's hairstyle made easy by Conair - How-to video for shoulder length bob cut

Three Days Grace

I love this ROCK band!
Three Days Grace <3

Sharing a  few song I listen too  <3
(This picture and video's  DO NOT belong to me, it is placed here for your viewing purposes only)
Animal I Have Become

I Hate Everything About You
Never Too Late
Just Like You

June Favorites

My June Favorites
Products I been reaching for the most this month. Some of these products are the same as the other last two months. ^_^

Skin 79 Super BB Cream 
L'Oreal Magic Smooth Souffle Foundation
Almay Line Smoothing Concealer
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Mascara
Maybelline High Shine Lipstick in Fruit Punch
MAC lipstick in Saint Germain
Wet -n- Wild Lipsticks in 900B Pink Suga
Wet -n- Wild Lipsticks in 907C Mauve Outta Here
Wet -n- Wild Single eyeshadow in Brulee
Wet -n- Wild Color Icon Palette in Lust Desir
Wet -n- Wild Pencil Liner in Charcoal
NYX Blush in Peach
Jordana Lip Gloss in 107
Claire's Eyeshadow Palette in Rock -n- Roll
Eco Tools Brushes - Bamboo Powder Brush, Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush, Bamboo Eye Shading Brush, Bamboo Deluxe Concealer Brush and Bamboo Highlighting Brush

 Skin Care and Hair Products
Dove Pink /Rosa Beauty Bar
Suave 24 Hour Protection Powder (65% empty)
Freeman Facial Clay Mask in Avocado & Oatmeal
Body Fantasies Signature in fresh White Musk (50% empty)
Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea lotion (empty)
Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Hair Protector
Dove Damage Therapy Volumizing Mousse

... <3 ...

Feliciano Lopez Hairstyles,New Hairstyles 2011

In 2005, he was the first male Spanish tennis player to reach the round of Wimbledon since 1972, when Manuel Orantes reached the semi-finals. This is the best Grand Slam result to date, Lopez, and repeated it Again in 2008 Wimbledon, this time beaten by Marat Safin in four sets.

He is a player who finally beat Tim Henman Wimbledon career, his five-set thriller in the second round in 2007, up two.
He supported Wilson and Joma. In 2009, then played the longest match in Australian Open history to lose to Gilles Muller before Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco obscured half that time.

His career, he played the same as going out to a maximum of 5 to 6-6, the fifth longest, and he was 16-14 for the 2009 Australian Open against Gilles Muller.

In 1997, Feliciano Lopez made ​​his debut in the pro circuit, Mallorca on 29 September in the second round loser Dusan Vemić.

In 1998, his ATP debut in the 1998 Open SEAT lost to Jiri Novak in the first round. He is competing in a changing circuit that loss, so the quarter-finals of the Spanish in Spain F7 and F8.

 In 1999, competed in the future, and challenging circuit. He won the first future events in Spain, Pedro Canovas F6 beaten 6-3, 6-3. He also reached another final loss 4-6 5-7 Reginald Willems, Spain F7.

Feliciano Lopez Hairstyle,New Hairstyles 2011

Kate Middleton Hairstyles

Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” Middleton (January 9, 1982) is the wife of Prince William of Wales. They were engaged on November 16, 2010 and wed on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey. The wedding was deemed the Biggest wedding in history (in terms of the media attention). Previously to being married to a royal, she was a buyer for Jigsaw.

Kate Middleton looked soft and sweet with her soft curls for the 

Kate Middleton wears her hair in long wavy layers with a simple side part. Lovely.

Kate Middleton Long Curls
Kate Middleton styled her flowing hair in loose curls while visiting Northern Ireland.
Kate Middleton Long Center Part

Here, Kate Middleton’s hair is parted and then styled in straight and flowing tresses.
Kate Middleton Ponytail

Kate Middleton wore her curly hair in a classic ponytail and adorned her look with an oversize feathered hair pin.
Kate Middleton Long Straight Cut

Kate Middleton styled her brunette tresses in a polished hairstyle that she softly parted down the center.
Kate Middleton Long Wavy Cut

Kate Middleton’s naturally brunette locks are worn long, wavy, with slight layers.

Her hair is simple, but effective, with a half-up-half-down style, and it held the veil in place with a tiara loaned to her by the Queen.Kate Middleton looked as lovely as ever on her wedding day. Her hair was styled in a half up hairstyle with long curls that cascaded down her back.

Boho Flare for SHORT Hair :)

Monthly Favourites: June 2011

Time for Monthly Favourites again ladies :) Here are the stars of this month!


Come summer, we all want polished skin so I use Scholl Rough Skin Remover on my feet to prepare them for sandal season and The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Body Scrub to polish the rest of my skin.  I was using a combination of two body moisturizers this month, The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Body Butter and La Roche Posay Lipikar Lait.

The Attirance Strawberry shower gel was also a fave of mine this season cos I really love its smell along with Impulse Deodorant in Goddess and Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Lotion for those days when my skin needs some TLC after a lot of time in the sun.


Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream and e.l.f. Sheer Mineral Booster were firm favourites this month along with my H&M Lipgloss in Queen of Peach, Maybelline Water Shine Lipstick in 02 Beige Glace, Primark Beauty pink lipgloss, e.l.f. Super Glossy Lip Shine in Goddess and the Mineral Blemish Kit.

With regards nail polish, I have really been enjoying my new China Glaze, Sunset Sail & Broken Hearted Pink Crackleglaze as well as Rimmel 60 Seconds Starlet.


What were your favourites this month ladies?

Best Blog Award

I'm so happy! I just receive the Best Blog Award from the lovely lady *!MakeupbyHannah!*

The award rules are as follows:

1) Link back to the person that awarded this to you. See above!

2) Share 7 random things about yourself.

1. I don't like corn.
2. I'm clumsy  ^_^
3. I'm Christian
4. I'm too nice.
5. I love Anime.
6. Love to joke around and laugh a lot
7. Being creative

3) Award some blogs

4) Answer the following questions:
Favourite colour? 

Favourite song? 
Waiting - Emma /Dash Berlin

 Favorite Dessert? 
 Peach Cobbler

What is annoying you? 
my work place.

When you are upset, you? 
 Turn on music and lay on my bed.

Favourite pet?
I don't have one but I would like to get a Yorkie one day=^_^=

Black or white?

Biggest fear? 

Best feature? 
My lips ^_^

Everyday attitude? 
Hope for the best, plan for the worst, and take whatever you get.

What is perfection? 
 Me, you, everyone ^_^

Guilty pleasure? 
MakeUp Spoiled

<3 <3 <3

Morning Wedding Make-Up & Hair

Hello my lovelies :) As some of you are aware, I had a morning wedding yesterday :) It was spectacular... simple yet elegant and everyone had a good time :) I do not have pictures of the outfit yet as we only had some professional photos taken (we know the photographer hehe) so I guess you'll have to wait for that :) In the mean time, here's the make up (pics taken at the end of the day) and hair :)

After the wedding reception, we headed home to wash and dress in more comfy clothes and headed for some relaxing time at the beach with some other friends of ours who were also guests at the wedding and soon after we joined the newly-weds for some casual dining and back at their hotel room to chat over a glass of wine. It was a very full day but we enjoyed every second of it! The best thing make-up wise, was that all my make-up lasted for more than 12 hours straight - from 10am to 12:30am!!! It didn't melt in the heat and I was really pleased :) The hair was courtesy of my aunt and it too held all day :) Here's a list of the products used:

Inglot Make-Up Primer
NYX HD Foundation in HDF02 Soft Beige
essence stay natural concealer in 01 Soft Beige
NYX Concealer in a Jar in CJ12 Green
e.l.f. Sheer Mineral Booster
e.l.f. All Over Colour Stick in Pink Lemonade & Persimmon
Rimmel Powder Blush in 004 Pink Rose
e.l.f. Studio Make-Up Mist & Set

e.l.f. Eyelid Primer
e.l.f. Duo Eyeshadow Cream in Berry Mix (light pink shade)
e.l.f. Everyday Brights Eyeshadow Collection (glittery pink/light beige)
Collistar Eyeshadow in shade no. 20
Wet 'n' Wild Coloricon Single Eyeshadow in Brulee
Estee Lauder Eye Defining Pencil in Deep Brown
e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Coffee
Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara in Black Black

Maybelline Water Shine Liptsick in 02 Beige Glace

Up-style, courtesy of my aunt :)

Day 17 - 100 Days Picture Challenge

Day 17
A Picture Of Your Favorite Game.
I love this game! <3


STEP-BY-STEP GEL NAIL LESSONS - Lesson #3) Fill-In Procedures/Maintenance of gel Nails

STEP-BY-STEP GEL NAIL LESSONS - Lesson #3) Fill-In Procedures/Maintenance of gel Nails

Lesson #3) Fill-In Procedures/Maintenance of gel Nails....

Gel Nails Fill-In: Basic Procedure.

No breaks or repairs needed, not with "pink and white" (or permanent French Manicure as I call it). Those fill-in lessons to come soon! (These procedures best when used with thin viscosity or 1-component type gels. For thicker viscosity or builder type gels, you will need to make some adaptations.) Remember, these are GENERIC instructions for you to use and adapt to your own personal style and product line. See your manufacturers guide for product specific application instructions and other pertinent info.

1) Standard Prep: Wash hands, sanitize, remove polish, push back cuticles, etc......

2) Shorten nails; with tip cutter (my method, straight across square for now, shaping of nail comes later), by hand file, or drill. Nails should be maintained at a steady and consistent length. Clients should be encouraged to pick their ideal length and then stick with it. That requires that the nails be shortened the amount that they grew between fill appointments.

3) Preliminary shaping of nails: Put preliminary shape into nails so that the rebalance filing done in the next step reflects the proper shape. I use my drill to quickly go through the nails and "round" them for those clients who wear them rounded or ‘squoval’, or any shape not squared (or do this step with a hand file if you don't use a drill)

4) Re-balance nail. File the entire top of the nail either by hand or with a drill (I prefer a drill). Arches need to be moved BACK so gel needs to be thinned and beveled at the free edge to accommodate the new arch -placement. Entire gel surface needs to be thinned (and shine removed for new gel to adhere), to keep nail from becoming too thick with application of additional gel. If using a drill use a medium diamond bit or sanding band on a mandrel. Carbides are overkill with gels!
5) Blend cuticle area. I use a diamond football bit (med) to help blend the outgrowth of the old gel. (Do NOT drill on the natural nail outgrowth with the drill)

6) If using a drill (electric file), I still go back through the cuticle area with a file to hand file and bevel the cuticle area, and remove shine from the natural nail outgrowth (because the drill is NOT used on the natural nail), be sure all cuticle and contaminants are removed to ensure good adhesion.

7) Final shaping of nail: Tailor and taper (as needed) the sidewalls and put the final shape into the free-edge. Hold client's hand facing you, vertically, to really see the shaping.

8) Dust nail thoroughly (I use a surgical scrub brush, see hints and tips and FAQ's for more info about this.)

9) Pre-prime and prime as necessary or needed. (i.e. pH balancers, or scrub fresh, or wiping with alcohol.... then primers such as MAP, BX, or primer gels). If using a separate liquid primer (MAP or BX), apply to new nail growth only and let it dry. If using a primer gel, apply to new growth area and cure in U-V light as recommended by your manufacturer. (See full-set lesson and acrylics page for instructions, and more detailed info on types of primers, how to choose, and how to use.)

10) Apply 1 thin coat of gel to nail. Concentrate on new growth area, and "scrub" the gel in. Then pull gel out over entire nail. This coat is very thin. CURE in U-V light.

11) Apply 2nd (and last) coat of gel* more generously than 1st. Add arches** with this coat of gel. Cure.*Let gel brush float the gel on and be sure to seal end of nails by letting brush "fall off" the end of the nail as you apply. Be sure when applying this coat of gel to set your brush down just short of the cuticle, then push gel toward cuticle and pull back without ever lifting your brush. This will help to eliminate a ridge at the cuticle. **For more on how to add arches to gel see the full-set lesson.

12) Examine nails for flaws and re-apply any gel NOW if needed, otherwise, CLEANSE with cleanser or alcohol (99%). Set down lint-free wipe saturated with cleanser at the cuticle and pull away from cuticle, dropping off the free-edge.

13) Sidewall finishing: Lay the file in the grove, and pull out to be sure there is not gel in the groove and to taper the sidewalls for thickness as needed (very little if any!), and re-check free-edge shape.

14) Cuticle beveling: Gently bevel the cuticle area.

15) Check contour of top of nail, and file as needed.

16) Buff out nail to remove shine and do final contouring. (Polish sticks better to a "dull" surface than it does to the super high-gloss of a gel nail). Oily or wet buff at this time if that is your normal finishing procedure.

17) Send client to wash-up! Take her payment, book her next appointment, then polish her and send her to the dryers.

18) DONE! Total time: Super Pro=30 to 45 mins (not every tech achieves this time frame), Experienced= 45 to 60 mins, Intermediate= 50 mins to 1 hr 10 mins, Novice/Beginner= 60 minutes to 90 minutes! Regularly under 30 minutes? You are not doing a complete rebalance and you will pay the price later in total service break down!!!! (Also known as a "fluff fill-in”, basically nothing more than a buff and polish change. A disservice to the client and our industry!)

Look for more info to be added to this section soon!

Short and Sexy

Essie Braziliant

vernis orange nacré rose . 2 couches .

Orange with pink shiny polish . 2 coats .

Faux Hawk Hairstyles,Faux Hawk Haircuts

Faux Hawk Haircuts,Faux Hawk Hairstyles,Funk Short Hairstyles,Funky Haircuts,mens Short Hairstyles,Moden Punk Hairstyles,Mohawk Hairstyles,Short League Hairstyles,Tight Taper Hairstyles................

For those not ready to go all the way for a full mohawk, the faux hawk haircut can be a versatile option. Unlike the mohawk, the faux hawk haircut leaves a bit of hair on the sides and back and the shorter varieties may be worn down for a more conservative look.
While not a look most guys can even think of pulling off, these cuts make a bold statement.
For even more pictures of men's haircuts, browse our hairstyle galleries and be sure to read our men's product guides, let us show you how to get a great men's haircut and how to choose the best hair length for you.