Back to the island

I love my job and I love all my lovely Clients but, it time for a holday for me and the Husband!

We’re off to Ibiza for some sun and recharging of our batteries.
Looking forward to having a bit of a Mid Life Crisis and going to my first ever Super Club, Space at the Grand old age of 41.

Hard Rock opens it’s first ever Hotel in Europe which looks absolutely amazing, so Dinner and some non alcoholic cocktails (for me) are on the cards.

Don’t miss me too much and see you all in a week!

OMG! It’s Barry Manilow

Last night, the husband and I saw Barry Manilow in concert at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. We had tried to recreate an  evening from many years previously, where we saw him in Vegas.

I had an awesome evening, Husband possibly wished he’d taken earplugs to drown out the noise of my singing.

To make it up to him, I booked afternoon tea at the Corinthian, just off George Square.

Just as we were served our amazing sandwiches and cakes, the Husband shouted something incomprehensible and pointed like a mad thing over my shoulder.

Holy Cow! It’s Barry Manilow in the flesh! We rushed over to tell him how much we enjoyed the show last night and he was super lovely to both of us and even offered to allow my Husband to take a picture of us together.

Barry Manilow Glasgow

Barry and Me

So glad my nails looked great with super sparkly Gold RockStars when I met him!

Jam it

I have the most amazing clients and last Christmas a wonderful Client gave me a gym membership to try and get me back in to the habit of exercise again.

Today I have my fitness assessment at Jam Fitness, to work out what I can do and what I want to achieve from attending classes.

It’s been over 6+ years since I’d been at my last gym and was shocked at just how unfit I had become.

After explaining that I didn’t want to take time away from Clients, we came up with program of booked classes when my diary was quieter, to help me get fit again.

Now all I have to do is make sure my Trainers, Outfits and Nails match!

Heading for Grand Master status

At The Fingertips Centre in Edinburgh today to attend the CND Custom Colour Course with the CND International Education Ambassador Nataylia.

Even after using CND Brisa Gel and Retention Liquid and Powder systems for 5 years, it’s amazing how much there was still to learn about it and to how to customise each service focusing on skin tone analysis.

Lots of interesting tips and techniques to take back to my lovely Clients.

I can now attend the remaining two CND Master Courses to work towards achieving CND Grand Master Status later in the year.

Scottish Beauty show

I was really looking forward to Scottish Beauty this year but I was disappointed by the show. The hall was half empty and a lot of the major Nail companies weren’t there.  However, at The Fingertips Centre, all the Staff made the trip more than worthwhile with Demo rooms and the Scottish Education Ambassadors on hand to answer any questions about client issues.

I had a major panic when I found out there were going to be some CND Shellac colours discontinued from the range: Silver VIP Status, Gold VIP Staus, Moonlight & Roses and Iced Coral.

Don’t panic Ladies! I have stocked up so, I won’t run out of them anytime soon.  I wish they hadn’t discontinued Silver VIP Status as I have found it a really useful Shimmer coat to give a regular French Manicure a little bit extra depth and interest, without taking away from the simple classic look.

Summer Shellac colours

Mr Fox now has on his Summer tyres, so it’s time to get Light and Bright with CND Shellac colours.

Tango Passion, even though it’s a darker shade is still proving to be a favourite with my clients along side Red Baroness, which was one of the original 12 colours to be launched and still the most requested colour.

Red Baroness is a colour which works for everyone and looks good no matter what you are wearing as you don’t have to worry about it clashing with clothing  – it looks good with everything! A rich deep red which looks really classy or can be given a funky look by adding some Swarovskis or foils.

Cup Final day!

Today was a non work-related road trip to Glasgow to watch Aberdeen v Inverness CT play in the Scottish League Cup Final at Celtic Park.

There’s only one colour combination that would have worked for me today: CND Shellac Wildfire with a Cream Puff Ring Finger Manicure!
It must have been a good luck charm as Aberdeen won!

Great game, Nice weekend in Glasgow, A cup win for the Dons and Fabulous nails!

Professional Beauty Event, London

I didn’t enter the Professional Beauty Awards this year but, I still really want to go the PB event at Excel in London, as it is the biggest Beauty Trade Show held in the UK every year.

This is my idea of heaven; Stands and Booths filled with the newest products and lots and lots of sparkles!

When you have to queue for products you know they are high quality and very much sought after but, as soon as you have the bag of purchases in your hand, the time you have had to stand and wait doesn’t matter!

I may have found a rival for my favourite Macaron company Ladurée. I didn’t think they could be beaten until I tried the Gelato filled Amorino macarons. Obviously I had to buy a box of 12 different flavours….just to be sure I was doing a fair taste test!

Paradise Collection

Last week the Paradise collection was launched and generally at this time of year my clients are still choosing very dark colours to match in with the season, however one colour is causing a lot of excitment and I am worried I’m going to run out if I don’t put another order in quick!

Tango Passion is a rich dark purple and I have been surprised just how many of my clients  have requested it, even those who would never choose a ‘purple’ shade.

I’ve not had many requests (so far) for Bicycle Yellow or Electric Orange, maybe they’re just a bit too funky for a February in Aberdeen!

In Love with ‘Locket Love’

Another fun Corporate Ladies night with lots of new people and some familiar faces at the event.  There wasn’t an appointment system in place so my nail desk was surrounded most of the night with me trying to do as many CND Vinylux manicures as possible in 3 hours.

It’s hard to predict what colours people will pick so, I always carry the full colour range with me to any event I attend and tonight we’ve had everything from Darks to Bright and Bolds.

However, one of the most popular colours was the beautiful Locket Love which was chosen quite a few times after some of the ladies saw it on one lady who was proudly showing her nails around the room.  I wonder if that will ever be a colour launched in the CND Shellac range as I think I would have a lot of request for it.