Be brainy with your beauty.

I recently discovered a new blog that I absolutely adore. The Beauty Brains. It is run by a group of cosmetic scientists with much experience and knowledge. If you want to know about how or why your beauty products work or do not work, this is a great place to look. They produce a podcast (which I may be featured as a question asker on soon…) and have written a book. There is so much misinformation surrounding cosmetics. For a scientific perspective from actual scientists, check out this blog.

I’m now a licensed cosmetologist!

I passed my final state board exam today and received my cosmetologist license! I will be working, and I will start taking clients this Saturday. I am so relieved to have all of my requirements met and my license safe in my hands, and I am so excited to start working, taking clients, and sharing what I love!

If you like what you’ve seen on the blog, or have an idea you would like to try out, please go to thenestnailspa.com and book an appointment with me! I would love to see you there!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now that I’m out of school, hopefully I will be blogging more!

My personal favorite, POOP nails. They didn't stay long, but I was amused the whole time I had poop on my hands.

Spring has sprung

I left my job about three weeks ago, I thought that I would be blogging more, but I haven’t had much to say. I now have a tumbr:

extrabec.tumblr.com

So check that out. I post pics of my nails, some you will see here, some you won’t. I also reblog nails, makeup, sci-fi and various things that amuse me.

Here are some nails I’ve been working on:

Chevron toes

Chevron toes

Orange nails with Zoya’s gold fleck top coat

Wearing my new prescription pervert sunglasses

Peacock nails

Gold nails with sweet Star Trek badge stickers that I got for Christmas from an amazing potential sister-in-law. I’m holding a tube of nicorette lozenges, a vice of mine.

Green and purple dots and stripes

pink and orange blobs on my right hand

and this weird design on my left. I was inspired by a puzzle piece, the complete puzzle was an elephant and a lion in a cage.

Eye of Jupiter nails done during an original Battlestar Galactica and no sleep marathon.

Fancy was impresses with my OG BSG nails, but mostly wanted to go to bed.

Cacti nails inspired my a picture I was somewhere in the interwebs.

Some ugly flowers.

My personal favorite, POOP nails. They didn’t stay long, but I was amused the whole time I had poop on my hands.

I am getting very close to being 50% finished with school! about 75 hours and 59 stamps (credits for each style, haircut, etc.)

 

 

 

Five Months’ Frenzy

Okay, so it hasn’t been much of a frenzy, but I liked the way it sounded. I have been busy, work, school, life in general. The dogs and Dan are awesome, keeping me grounded, happy and peaceful. I have had two of my clients at work pass away this winter, and a third has an injury he is unlikely to recover from. That sucks. As hard and stressful as working with adults with developmental disabilities can be, the absolute hardest and worst part of my job is seeing people I care about age so quickly and pass away. It is overall a very rewarding (emotionally) job, I wouldn’t trade some of the relationships I have had with some of the people I have worked with for the world.

On to more fun stuff! Since I last posted, I had my hair permed. I asked for a “Jew fro” and was kindly asked to not say that in school :) A perm is basically torture if you are tenderheaded like I am. I did like being able to tease up my hair and make it look all wild, but damn. Getting my hair pulled on with all the rolling, rinsing, and unrolling all while the fart smelling chemicals are reforming the disulfide bonds in my hair strands is not something I am likely to repeat. Once that started to grow out, I had it all chopped off. I have something between a pixie and a fauxhawk now. I was ready to chop it a while ago, but wanted to do the perm first. Since I wore my hair up so much of the time when it was long, it hasn’t felt like much of a change. The big difference is that my celebrity doppleganger is now Blanche Devereux from The Golden Girls, no longer Mrs. Garret from The Facts Of Life.

Alas, now the reason for opening up this laptop today: NAILS. I no longer have acrylics on. I received a UV lamp for Christmas and some Shellac polish I requested. I was very underwhelmed with the Shellac. It chipped easily, came off when I changed my polish and isn’t as hard as I would like. This week I got  a jar of CND Brisa Gel and so far am LOVING that on my nails! It is hard as a rock, my polish dries super fast over it, and it doesn’t come off when I use acetone to take polish off. I’ve also gotten to do Gel nails on a few ladies at school. It is so easy to use! I am loving so much more than acrylic powder nails. School has also given me a few opportunities over the past few weeks to practice nail art on some false nails glued to corn dog sticks. Prepare for the flood of pictures of corn dog stick falsies, as well as a few of my own fingers.

Circuit Board and unimpressive Wood Grain

Circuits on my hands

Royal Pain and KoiValentines Woo

More Loves <3

These were a surprising hit with my classmates

Laceish and Speder

Gingham Style

plerd

I have a toohtache and a eagerly awaiting my dentist appointment in the morning.

and lastly, my new hair did.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

Fall Leaves

This is my finished fall leaves mani.

I was very proud of them, but had to let a fellow student take them off and repaint them at school. The blessing/curse of learning manicures :)

Curious about how I did them? It was pretty easy, though time consuming.

Step one: take a gallon size plastic bag and paint spots of different colors. I used golds, oranges, reds, fall colors, you know!

Super high tech.

Step two: paint your base color. I used a shimmery periwinkley blue. Like the sky-ish.

Step three: once your painted baggie is dry, cut a color out, plastic and all.

 Step three: using a leaf shaped hole punch, take a punch out of the plastic and the paint.

Step four: take your leaf shaped punch and lay it, plastic up, polish down on your nail where you would like it. Press it down, and peel back the plastic and smooth the paint to the nail as needed. This is the hard part. It works best if the polish on your nails is still a little tacky, not wet enough to smudge, but not quite rock hard yet.

Step five: repeat as desired.

Step six: cover with a nice coat or two of top coat.

The beauty of this is you don’t have to wait for the leaves to dry, like with stamping, before your top coat. They won’t streak. It is a time consuming process, and the hole punch doesn’t like to punch plastic cleanly. I have been able to peel sheets of polish from my baggie before and just hole punch a sheet of polish, but I felt the plastic backing gave me a little better results. The leaves kept their shape better than they would have had I just punched them out of polish, because they were less likely to fold in on themselves. Want to see the finished mani again? I do.

I am holding a Sweet Secret. This collecting toys I had as a child phase probably has nothing to do with my upcoming 30th birthday.

 Happy Fall!