Although I love all things girly – make up, clothing, shoes, perfume, jewellery, nail polishes, hair, the list goes on – I have come to the conclusion that I am really quite conservative, and always will be. (Except maybe the foray into eyelash extensions that I undertook last year – but that's a story for another time.)
I know that my conservatism must be quite a disappointment to the two wonderful nail artists who look after my gelled nails, mother and daughter Sue and Erin, although they never say anything. Sue did, however, try to talk me into having anchors painted on my red nails for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May – but I resisted!
These two women are really quite accomplished artists, who do a fantastic job on their own nails (see above) as well as on their clients. Many of their clients have acrylic nails that provide plenty of real estate to paint creatively on. I've seen cupcakes and bowties, pandas and butterflies, stripes, spots and multicolours…the list is endless. The team have been looking after my nails for nearly two years now, and although I love the effect and how great my nails always look, their talents are really not fully utilised on me (I think I'm probably the only one who has my nails filed shorter, rather than extensions put on – but that's just me!)
I usually go for a colour – and it's always a red, coral, dark pink, cerise or variety thereof. The most adventurous that I get is the fantastic french polish that they have perfected. Until the beginning of the year Sue always did my nails. She then went away for a few months, and I was nervous that Erin would not be able to recreate her mother's perfect french effect, but I worried for nothing. Erin looked after my nails beautifully in her mother's absence, and I now get treated by them interchangebly.
The french polish I'm sporting this fortnight is stunning. It's done with Bio Sculpture, and along with 3 coats of clear gel, I have a coat of pale pink applied before the white tip. It makes my nails look fresh and healthy, and because I spend a lot of time in meetings with people, I always feel confident that my nails look good. But even better than that is the strength that they have, and the confidence of knowing that I'm not going to break a nail just by rifling around in my handbag for my keys.
I encourage you to check out the great and creative nail pictures on Sue and Erin's Facebook page, S'nailz.
They are located at Springwood, Queensland, and are doing 20% off for new clients at the moment. It only takes an hour of your time, and if you don't like it, you can have the product soaked off again. I consider it worth an hour of my time every two to three weeks.
Also - go and check out the fantastic colours at the Bio Sculpture site You can have fun for hours if you go to the site and play around with the 'try me on' feature. Have fun!!