ARTWORK INSPIRED- COLOFUL GARDEN

Hello lovelies!

As an Artist it is important to constantly search for inspiration or create your own.
For me patterns, prints, abstract artworks are some of my source of inspiration to name a few and from time to time I will be replicating some of my favorite artworks on nails.
I recently found Cassandra Ott who is a New York based artist and designer. She’s also a Gemini like me! 😊 No wonder I was instantly drawn to her works.
Her use of simple patterns to create beautiful, meaningful and colorful masterpieces is brilliant!
I have recreated on my nails two of her most popular flower works and I enjoyed painting every bit of it!

I went a bit crazy with the colors ! haha. I just wanted to try my hands on the different patterns, the best part is now you see how they look on nails, you can choose which one you would like to wear.

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If you would like to recreate this you can use any color of your choice, like I said I just wanted to try different colors to see which combination I like the most. I still can’t decide haha.

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NEED TO KNOW: MMA AND EMA ACRYLIC

Introduction

The dangers and health hazards of Methyl methacrylate (MMA) have been researched and proven to be unsafe for use in nail products since far back as 1978 by the FDA. It is commonly used by dentists to make crowns and bridges for their patients, also by surgeons for bone repairs and plastic surgeries.

 

METHYL METHACRYLATE (MMA)

Methyl methacrylate is an acrylic monomer, it can also be found in some acrylic powder used for nails, the liquid on it’s own is very harmful but its even more dangerous when it is used together with acrylic powder on the nails.

Some nail technicians use this MMA liquid because it doesn’t lift from the nail plate as it causes extreme adhesion and is highly prohibited as it can rip off the entire nail if any accident occurs. Other MMA related effect include numbness, skin allergy, permanent loss of nails etc, and if mixed with other substances like acrylic powder can trigger asthma or other respiratory allergic responses.

This is very dangerous because the moment it adheres to the nail plate it becomes hard as concrete which cannot be easily broken, that is why they use excessive filing either using e-files or manually to beat it down to shape. It is also resistant to dissolving (acetone soak off) which makes it hard to remove.

Another reason some of these salons still use it is because it is very cheap to purchase and that’s why some of them still offer relatively cheap services.


Even if we want our nails to last long because we have paid for it, we also want to be able to safely remove them without causing any damage to our natural nails or to ourselves, but with MMA you cannot totally guarantee that.

 

ETHYL METHACRYLATE (EMA)

Ethyl methacrylate is a type of acrylic liquid that can be found in most acrylic systems. It is completely safe for use by trained technicians and doesn’t cause any damage to the nails or the body. Even though the EMA liquid has an odour, the MMA has a different smell and one can easily tell the difference as it has a strong and an unbearable smell that could affect you physically.

Care must be taken in the work space even when using EMA.

Some of the things to note to avoid the use of MMA

  • Only visit nail technicians you trust their products and services,
  • Any unusual strong or unbearable smell that has negative physical effect,
  • Extensions that are extremely difficult to file,
  • Extensions that do not remove or takes too long to soak off even in pure acetone,
  • Nail technicians with dodgy products e.g. unlabelled or very old containers and can’t boldly defend their products.

10 BIBLE SCRIPTURES THAT HAS MADE 2017 A JOYFUL YEAR

 

It is amazing how God chooses His timing and eventually you realize it is what’s best for you even when you thought you had it all figured out.

This year has been a very significant one for me because before now I have tried to control everything in my life like I actually can, Sigh!

First I am going to share the most important lesson the Holy Spirit has thought me that helps me live a happy life everyday, even in the hard times.

  TO WALK BY FAITH!

I know a lot of people will say “oh I have heard this before”, same here, I go to church, listen to sermons this is almost all I hear but the real question for me was; was I really walking by faith and how can truly walk by faith?

The simple answer God gave me was to “REST IN HIM” and “TRUST HIM COMPLETELY” the reason why we would say we trust and have faith in someone or something and still go secure other options and back up plans is because we aren’t 100% sure. Needless for me to say with God you have to be 100%.

I had to learn to drop EVERYTHING at God’s feet and cling to His unfailing promises in His word that I know would surely come to pass as the bible says in

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good’?  and gradually as God saw this He started to speak to me and show me in His word ways to live the life He truly wants for me in ease because I must tell you trying to walk with God in the ‘flesh’ is hard, almost impossible and also dangerous because the bible says in

Revelations 3:16 ‘So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth’.

LET’S DIVE RIGHT INTO IT!

Luke 12: 25-28 (NLT)

25     Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

26     And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

27     “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

28     And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

James 1: 2-3 (NLT)

2      Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

3      For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

Psalm 91: 14-16 (NKJV)

14    “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

15      He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.

16      With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

Isaiah 55: 8 (NKJV)

    “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

Jeremiah 29: 11 (NKJV)

11      For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 (NLT)

8       Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

9      That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NLT)

     Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.

     Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

Luke 10:19 (KJV)

19     Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

1 Chronicles 4 vs 10

10     And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

 Psalm 16 vs 6 (NKJV)

     The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance.

There are many more scriptures that minister to me from time to time, I have just narrowed it down to some of the ones I have in my scripture book and I meditate on them every time with faith and assurance and I encourage you to get a scripture book and do same.

If you have any favorite scriptures, you can share in the comment section.

I pray this will minister and bless many in Jesus name,

Amen.

Happy New month.

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

 

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