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Adventures at Nail School Weeks 11 & 12

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It’s been a few weeks since I shared about my life and adventures at nail school – and what a few weeks it’s been! There have definitely been some ups and downs – if any of you saw my Facebook post, I had one particularly rough day when I tried to apply a full set of acrylics on another student (more on that after the jump). But I also had some great moments of successful manis, learning how to use new tools, and enjoying the services the school’s salon offers.

One of the most fun aspects of nail school is that sometimes when things are a little slow, I get to trade services with other students. That means that in the past few weeks, I’ve had facials (including a microderm!) and gotten some waxing. Plus, the other students always want fun nail art, so not only do I get to practice giving manicures but I get to go all out with art! I’ve noticed that florals have been a really popular choice for spring time – here are a few floral looks I did in the past two weeks:
Adventures at Nail School: The Dalai Lama's Nails

Adventures at Nail School: The Dalai Lama's Nails

Adventures at Nail School: The Dalai Lama's NailsLast week I applied a set of tips and an acrylic overlay on a student. Luckily for me, she had such a great attitude and was so kind – even though I got really flustered and felt like I was doing such a terrible job. I didn’t get a picture – it might have been kind of funny to see that fail… I have practiced a lot of acrylics on fake hands, but haven’t done a lot of them on real people, and it was really tough. Plus, everybody at school knows me as the nail art girl, and I felt so embarrassed because the nails I gave her really were not up to my standard. The electric file (that’s it, below!) was actually incredibly helpful. I used to to file down the thick acrylic to a more reasonable state! When the student came back the next day, she told me she filed them a little more at home, but they actually weren’t as bad as I thought. It just made me realize that I have to put in some serious time to practice a skill area that I’m not as good at YET!

Adventures at Nail School: The Dalai Lama's NailsI was invited to do accent party nails at an event hosted by Vert Beauty in Denver. I had done a First Friday artist event with them in the past, and this time they were hosting a private party. It was so fun! Since Vert sells a lot of organic and natural products, we used Sheswai polishes, which are all 5-free and cruelty-free. It was so fun to plan out my menu and provide accent nails to all the party goers!

Adventures at Nail School: The Dalai Lama's Nails

I found out that I’m about half way done with nail school – it’s so fun, and I can’t believe it’s going by so quickly!

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  • Laura

    I just love to read about your nail school experiences. How amazing is it that you are known as “nail art girl”. I think you need a superheroine cape!

  • Great to hear about the pass two weeks. Hopefully, you’ll get the hand of doing acrylics soon too.

  • Loved reading about your nail school experiences.

  • Extensions are so tough. I think we’re all our own worst critic as well.

    • So hard! Arg. I just need to practice practice practice. It’s true about being our own worst critics – the girl who I did them on was pretty much fine with them…

  • bettysbeautybombs

    I can’t imagine they were as bad as you thought they were! Next time, post a pic! Then we’ll all have proof that you’re still awesome. I wish I lived closer to you! You could practice on me! šŸ˜€

  • I just love these posts. Thank you for sharing – even your “fails” – I feel like I am learning just by reading these posts. I love those nail art looks you created for the other girls, they look so great!

  • I seriously love these nail school posts!!