TUTORIAL: COLOR SPLASH STICKERS

Nail art stickers have been saving lives since forever! If you are a nail artist or just a nail art lover and have acquired so much stuff over the years you will agree with me that there are some things you purchased and just never used but you tell yourself that one day you will get to it then be sure you are not alone lol. I got this nail art sticker a couple of years ago from Ali express and i just never got to use it, but I’m glad it has come in handy.

If you are someone that does not like to sit for hours while your nail artist paints the world on your nails or you just want to give your ordinary manicure a new look then nail art stickers are the way to go! They are easy to use and fast also.

I particularly like this nail sticker because it captures a little of what goes on in my mind most times, just a splash of yummy and bright colors.

Lets get right into it.

HOW TO:

  1. Apply 2 coats of white polish on all your nails and let it dry completely for about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Using a tweezer remove the design gently from the sticker sheet and place it on the nail starting from one edge to the other then gently press it down. This is to avoid air bubbles.
  3. Repeat this step on all the nails
  4. Cover the nail with 2 coats of clear top coat.

NOTE

If you do not allow the white polish dry completely the stickers won’t stick properly.

You have to be pretty decisive with the placement of your stickers because the polish will be ruined if you try peeling it off.

ADDITIONAL TIP

You can trim the stickers if you want to reshape them to fit the size of your nail bed.

 

 

I used:

Zoya polish

Ali express nail sticker

 

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COLOR CLUB HALO-HUES SWATCHES

Hi!

It is a new week and I have got some of the Color Club Halo-Graphic polish swatches.

I have several brands of holographic polishes in my collection but for the longest time I have used the Color Club range of Halo-graphic polishes the most, these polishes aren’t exactly new releases and I have had them for quite a while but it is just as new to me when I use them because they are just so shimmery and beautiful!

The brand has several colors but these are the ones I got my hands on. I found that some of the colors of the polishes released are quite similar so I went for distinctive colors that could be easily told apart which makes more sense right…

My clients are obsessed and so am I! I decided to do proper swatches for you all to see. I hope you like them.

All the colors were done with 2 coats apart from the pink one I had to do 3 coats (that’s my fault but I won’t go into details, covers face) but you can’t tell the difference anyway and of course clear top coat.

This Purple Halo is called Eternal Beauty, what I love most about these polishes is that even when you have a dominant color you still get reflections of other colors like this has a hint of pink and light blue, I guess thats why its called Holographic. Totally love struck!

This has like a yummy bubble gum pink color to it but also the halo gives it this warm look of some burnt orange and purple effect when under the light. This one is called Miss Bliss.

Judging by the name ‘Blue Heaven’ it does look like heaven to me but also covered in Halo lol.

Lastly I have this very light shade of pink called Angelic pink.


Which one would you rock if you had to choose?
I will choose the blue holographic one.

Have a blessed week.

XOXO

SINGLE AND INTENTIONALLY WAITING

Congratulations on leaving the no status “status” gang lol! I hope you are as delighted as I am. Before we get into the second part if you haven’t read part one do so here https://sarahjamesnails.com/2017/10/12/there-is-no-relationship-status-called-in-between/

Let’s get right into it!

What does “INTENTIONALLY WAITING” mean?

This means choosing to be single deliberately, not because you don’t have ‘options’ but because you have decided to wait on God and not lean on your own understanding or personal judgement on your relationship. The Holy spirit gave me this title during my transition process and it fits perfectly because I decided to leave whoever I was with intentionally and hold on to God.

*inserts what my pastor says during Sunday sermon*

“Can we go deeper?” lol.

They say the truth is bitter but it has to be told regardless and just like you and I can agree that maybe God wasn’t entirely present in the “relationship” that we stayed in, and like the bible says in Revelations 3 vs 16 ‘So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth’ and also in Galatians 6 vs 7 ‘Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap’.

I have learnt in my walk with God over the years that you cannot eat your cake and have it if you are, He’s just watching you waiting for you to come back and many Christians over time have chosen which aspect of their lives they want to give God and the one they want to blindly control but it can’t be for a long while if we want true success and blessings in every of our endeavours.

 

WHAT DO I DO IN THIS NEW PHASE OF MY LIFE?

When you hear the word ‘WAIT’ the dictionary meaning is to remain indisposed or inactive. The difference between this waiting and “internationally waiting” is that you are most active in this phase, it is also called the “PREPARATION OR MOULDING PHASE”.

The Holy spirit told me that He will only give ‘THE BEST’ (Me) to ‘HIS BEST’ (My Partner) so therefore this phase is where you become God’s best in every area of your life by totally surrendering to His will for your life.

Your prayer point from this point is that God should use me for His glory on earth.

One of my spiritual mentors told me the secret to God orchestrating a meeting for you and your partner; it is a prayer point and it goes like this; “Lord put me on the mind of my partner wherever he/she might be, and put he/she on my mind also, then orchestrate a meeting when you please God, Amen. You know what this prayer does, it puts you at rest that God is working on your behalf because no matter how much you stay in the face of the person you like only God can put genuine love in their heart towards you.

In this phase you have to be careful and pray for discerning spirit because the bible says in 1 peter 5 vs 8 Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walketh about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. When you pray this prayer and someone comes to your mind don’t immediately go to the person let the Holy spirit do the work for you while you stay in the place of prayer because the devil is aware and he can easily send one of his servants to distract you from your walk with God so be spiritually conscious.

You might ask how I’m so sure that I wont be waiting forever, I am very sure because the bible says in Gen 2 vs 18; And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Furthermore, Numbers 23 vs 19  tells me that ‘God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good’?

This is the assurance I have, the faith that keeps me going and I hope and pray this post blesses you beyond measures.

In Jesus name, Amen

Please don’t forget to comment, I would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

THERE IS NO RELATIONSHIP STATUS CALLED “IN BETWEEN”

I was having drinks with my friend Ellen (Shalla Ellen!❤) and we got talking about relationships, I was sharing my experience and then I said “THERE IS NO RELATIONSHIP STATUS CALLED “IN BETWEEN” it just came out at that time it made so much sense she said she wanted to write it down, it made so much sense and it still does even now.

The fact is that it took me a while to realize what I just easily said! I have been privileged to speak to quite a number of women on relationships and marriage and to share my journey and all the Holy Spirit constantly revels to me in this season as am ‘Intentionally waiting’. (We are going to get to that in part II).

I am glad God gave me this blog as a platform to bless others so I have complied in two parts some of the things the Holy Spirit has taught me for this season and I am more than happy to share with you all. Read and be blessed. Also don’t forget to comment, let’s discuss I would love to hear from you on waiting God’s way, if you have any questions concerning this topic or anything else please send me a mail, my contact is in my about page. God bless you❤

PART I

They say that the heart chooses who ever it desires… I get that but can I also say that you have the power to teach your heart so it doesn’t lead you into trouble.

Most single men and women would agree with me that there has probably been a time when you were just “chilling” with someone because you both feel something for each other but one of the both parties isn’t quite ready for commitment yet and there is some level of entitlement but no title, but instead of walking away or rather because it would hurt to death to walk away you will rather stay and live in the moment.

There is no crime in been hopeful, positive or patient, but there comes a time when you have to sit back and check yourself, many times you find that you are living in an unending circle of the same thing.

I have but down some phases to help move out of this state. I understand how difficult this may be, it may take days, months even years to finally get out of this no status “status”. I hope these steps help you get there faster.

ACTION PLAN

 

CONFRONTATION

When I say confrontation I don’t mean like a physical fight, I mean more like a proper adult conversation on the phase of life each party is and if you both are ready to give what either party is asking. If not, then you can be sure you have your answer.

ACCEPTANCE

You might feel like a little more trying, nudging or hoping would bring forth a positive outcome, it ok not to give up easily but it is wisdom to know when to back out and accept within yourself that just maybe it’s not the right time or the right person.

RECOVERY

This is one of the most important phase, many people avoid phase 1 because they are afraid of this phase, they can’t stomach the reality but you see anything that has a beginning has an end more so if it wasn’t yielding anything profitable. You have to let yourself heal, one major thing that helps me is prayer, the assurance that I have spoken to God about it makes me feel a whole lot better and helps me heal faster because I know I didn’t have the power to change anything so why don’t I just surrender to the God who has the power. It ok to cry if you want to but very quickly like you fell get back up it not the end, its only a means to the beautiful end of your single life.

SELF LOVE

Look through yourself and try to give your self what you feel you might be missing. Like we all know if you can’t love yourself you cannot properly love someone else. Do things that make you happy and try to fill whatever void you might feel inside. I was listening to a message by Bishop T. D. Jakes and he said one of the mistake singles make is living their lives saying they are looking for their “other half” as they are incomplete, but he said YOU ARE COMPLETE! God made you whole in all areas of your life you don’t need another human to live the best of your life. When your partner come they will “COMPLEMENT YOU”, whatever you have already built for yourself as an individual.

After you feel you have successfully passed these phases we would talk more in Part II in my next blog post.

Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

METALLIC SHATTERED GLASS

Hello everyone, welcome again! Hope your week is going great so far.

I would be taking you through some of the nails i do for my clients and what I eventually come up with.

I always tell people that I do not have a favourite colour just because I believe all colours are beautiful and I wear them according to my mood lol.

This polish is called Copper Mine and its from the Molten Metals collection from Barry W. It has a chrome effect with a mirror-shine foil finish. I particularly love this metallic polish because it looks very “grainy” like if you tap it particles of crushed metal would actually fall off! lol that what it looks like when you actually look closely at the bottle or at least that’s what i have in mind head (don’t judge my imaginations lol). Anyway, the illusion of the metallic chrome effect was well captured in this one, I will recommend that every nail polish lover try this.

I always do two coats of any polish i am working with whether pigmented or not because it helps the polish last longer and gives the nail full coverage and then one good layer of topcoat.

I decided to attach an old picture of my client’s nails when she came for her first appointment, because of her profession she didn’t want extensions but also wanted nice nails so i suggested a simple gel manicure as it lasts longer than regular polish, i must say doing a gel manicure on extremely short nails can be a STRUGGLE! lol i had to put that in capital letter because trying to prevent gel from running into the cuticle and the side walls is almost impossible… Anyway we did gel manicure twice after this picture and soon enough her nails had started growing very strong and nice. I also did henna on her fingers.

 

I recommended that she got an acrylic overlay to protect the length of the nails and here she has just come in for a refill after about 5weeks. I will be doing a blog post on the different nail systems for nails and their dos’ and don’ts soon.

Here i just finished with the cuticle work and refilling ready for polish, so glad we were able to agree on this polish, I’m sure you can tell I love this metallic polish right?

We decided to do a nice nail art on the ring finger to give it some extra jazz and this particular design I really like because it reminds me of a few things, like i said before every nail art tells a story, has a reference or an interpretation. This has two references for me, I’m sure from the title you already have an idea, yes shattered glass, when a glass breaks you can’t tell what shape it would form or how many pieces you are going to have so this nail art depicts that for me. The other interesting one is the tinted glass that is normally used on the walls of Anglican or Catholic churches’ altar that reflects different colours when under direct sunlight always so beautiful and colourful.  Quite exciting isn’t it?

Here is the final look, i hope you like it.