Saturday, I ventured back down to Marie Nails for the 2nd time. Some quick observations from my last visit:
- Despite the fact that Marie Nails didn’t have Biogel available for a base, my nails held up pretty well.
- I only had slight lifting on one nail (my thumb)
As far as design, I didn’t know what I wanted, but I knew I wanted white. It’s hard for me to commit to a color on my nails, so for winter it’s usually black…but maybe for summer, it’ll be white! I thought “maybe I’ll go simple this time” (yeah right!).
I remembered this design from my last visit. It was one of Sayo’s original creations:
So we went with it!
But first we had to remove my old set. **Reminder: Removal is FREE at Marie Nails, provided you got them done there. Before wrapping my nails in the Calaway foils, Sayo used this machine to file the top layer of the nails off first:
Afterwards, she put 1 layer of clear Calgel as a base, followed by a “Pearl” Calgel:
Then she pulled out the “Ice” Calgel and the Matte White Calgel. She applied the Ice first, in order to provide a more stark contrast for the Matte White:
Then, came the fun part! Sayo basically “blobbed” a few spots of Matte White Calgel on the nail…then proceeded to “swirl” them with her brush:
Then we added the Turquoise stones, mini gold beads and gems on the ring fingers & thumbs.
We decided against doing gold glitter outline, and just keep it simple. Here’s the final look:
Couldn’t be happier! It was exactly what I wanted: white, clean, simple…but not really!
Here’s the most incredible thing: TOTAL TIME = 1½ hours. That’s for everything: removal, new set AND design.
COST: $55 for the Calgel & design + $14 for the rhinestones & acoutrements = $69 TOTAL.
I have been meaning to go back to Sakura to visit my girls there, but I’m really happy with the fact that it is cheaper (I mean, removal is FREE), and also THRILLED with the fact that Sayo is lightning fast. Time is the most valuable commodity of all, and if I can get in & out in only 1½ hours…then that is Visa Card Priceless.