It’s beginning to look a lot like November

As you may know, every Tuesday I do a ‘guest spot’ at The  Hair and Beauty Box near Aberdeen. The girls of the salon are off to Sharm El Sheik, Egypt for a holiday so, I am here after hours making Rachel’s nails Fabulous.

Deborah has decided to decorate the Salon tonight so it’s all done for them coming back…it’s only just turned November.

Both myself and Rachel drew the line at having Christmas music on as we watched Deborah climb up and down the wobbly ladder.  Camera’s at the ready as we might be on for making £250 from You’ve Been Framed…

A couple of hours later, Hands and Toes are done and the Salon has even more sparkles and lights than it did this morning.

Am I feeling more Chrismassy yet?  Not really, I just want to be going to Egypt to see some sun!

Have a great trip girls.

MeToYou Nails attends professional photoshoot

After winning Scratch Star, UK Mobile Nailist of the Year 2012 I was asked by Original Additions/Gellux to come down to London to assist Michelle Class on a photo shoot for the  skincare company Omorovicza

The location of the shoot was at Skywood House in Denham.  This has been used for films and TV adverts, the most recent being Theirry Henry’s Renault, VaVaVoom campaign.

The setting was fabulous and it was hard to contain my excitement about being on location for the first time.

Skywood House

Skywood House

I was amazed at the amount of people required to be on set for one model and throughout the day they had various iconic looks they were trying to eminate including the final shot in the swimming pool.  The sun was out all day but, it would have even been too cold for me to jump in there with a smile on my face!

I got to meet the owners of the company, Margaret and Stephen and later in the day I was able to give Margaret a Manicure and Pedicure.

The day ended with Cocktails and a meal in Gilgamesh with Michelle, Helena Biggs Assistant Editor of Scratch Magazine, Bethany Tang and Lauren Grey of Media Hubb and Kathy Holroyd of Original Additions.

I had such an amazing day and totally unforgettable experience.

Thank you for inviting me!


Olympic Fever (CND Shellac Asphalt & Gold RockStar)

The Olympics are over and what an event it was!

I loved that it wasn’t just the athletes hitting the news about their nail attire too!

A friend of mine Susan was chosen to be an Olympic Torch Bearer due to the work she does for charity and I suggested that we do something special with her nails for her big day.

Originally when we spoke about her nails we were going to do a full set in Shellac Gold RockStars to match in with the torch but she wouldn’t see it until the day of the run, so we couldn’t be sure of the exact colour.

When I arrived at the house she had just received her running outfit which was White, Grey and Gold.

I couldn’t believe the grey was a 100% match for Asphalt and because there was gold on the top I knew I still had to incorporate that into the nails too.

We went for CND Asphalt Shellac Manicure with RingFingers in Gold RockStar.

Shellac Asphalt with Gold RockStar Ring Finger Manicure

The nails that carried the Torch which then went on to light the Olympic Flame in London.

On the day at Scone Palace she had so many complements on her running bus about her nails and she was the only one who had done something special.

Watching her run live in Coupar Angus on the BBC olympic channel was very emotional as I could see my/her nails holding the torch.

Me To You Nails Olympic Torch

Coupar Angus June 2012

I saw her a few days after her run and I was allowed to hold the torch which was AWESOME!

When we watch the opening ceremony I felt a huge sense of pride as a set of my nails had helped carry a torch which lit another torch in the relay that took the flame all over the UK which then was used to light the flame which would burn during the Games.

Olympic Torch

So proud to be able to hold the Olympic Torch!

MTYN – More Babies!

MTYN has 13 babies now; Hunter, Amelie, Mason and 10 baby fish!

The pet trend with my clients who have young children is to get fish. One of my Clients Julie recently got a beautiful tank and 3 small stripy fish. As I was leaving one day I noticed that one had a swollen tummy and pointed it out.

My client hadn’t noticed and she hoped it would be alright as they were leaving the next day for a 3 week holiday. I joked and said that I think it might be pregnant and she’d need a bigger tank when she gets back!

My client has now returned from holiday with an additional 10 fish!

They are the tiniest fish ever with blue flashes down the sides.  Blink and you’d miss them! As we tried to count them (think the size of the eye of a needle) I noticed another one of the bigger fish also had a swollen tummy. Looks like you’re going to be a Mum again soon!

Two weeks until her next appointment but I might just email to get an update.
Who knows how many she’ll have in another 2 weeks?

Beauty Box Discount!

The Husband calls and asked if I had seen my email as I had ‘Fan Mail’ and I burst out laughing.  Me? Fan Mail? I don’t think so!

After winning the Scratch Star Award – UK Mobile Nailist of the Year 2012 my interview was published in Scratch Magazine in August 2012.

Since then I have had a few people emailing to firstly congratulate me on the Award and secondly to ask me about my business and what equipment I use.

One girl asked what I used to transport my (ever expanding) kit and I told her about the Genoa and Sahar from Beauty Boxes.

I originally started with the Genoa, yes because it was pink and it matched my car Elle! 

However being hard bodied, it was causing scratches in my car which I didn’t like and having a cantilever top it meant that items had to placed on top of other things, so I decided to try the Sahar which was soft bodied and had 3 pull out drawers which would give me more space for EVEN more sparkly things!

I spoke to the lovely Steve Brown, Director at Beauty Boxes and explained that I was being asked what I used on a daily basis and they have created a special code CLGRAHAM which will give everybody a 12% discount on purchases.

I feel the need for another new bag (I use about 2 a year) as I put them through a lot every day.

Maybe I should call Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks to see if they are interested in a sequel; “You’ve Got (Fan)Mail!”

Rhubarb and Strawberry (CND Shellac Hot Chillis w Hotski and Wildfire)

Every day for me is different but how many jobs do you know of that gets you paid for working and leaving with fresh produce?

My clients have everything from Window Boxes to Allotments to grow fresh fruit and vegetables which seems to be a growing trend as people want to eat healthier.

We were talking about how bad the weather had been and how flowers and vegetables had been effected with the rain.

My client asked if liked rhubarb and immediately I was thrown back 20something years to my Grandfathers back garden where he grew everything including yummy rhubarb which my Grandmother used to stew. Yum.

She then sent her Husband out to cut me some fresh rhubarb.

As we were standing in her garden I saw her strawberry plants and I asked how they had survived in the wet?

At that she picked one and handed it to me.

What an amazing taste!

It was the most strawberry tasting strawberry I have had in years, unlike the shop bought one the other week which were bright red and tasted like water.

Now to go home and stew up the rhubarb.


Life Begins at 39 NOT 40!

I have heard time and time again that life begins at 40 but for me it came early at the age of 39!

After a massive change of career somewhat later in life than most Nail Technicians I know, I have worked long and hard to build up my business and it has gone from strength to strength over the last 2 years.

I have always felt I had a lot to prove given the fact that I have 17 business experience instead of years of experience in the beauty industry and I was worried that my age might hold me back.

September 2011; I turned 39 and the countdown had begun to 40.

Here’s how my year unfolded;

October 2011:

Since starting up my business I have looked at various Competitions and Award ceremonies locally and nationally but there was nothing ever designed specifically for Mobile Nail Technicians.

Scratch Magazine launched the Scratch Star Awards and the was a category “Mobile Nailist of the Year” and I thought I would give it a go and enter my very first competition.

My clients were really supportive and when I showed them the article they were more than happy to nominate me.

December 2011:

I was specially selected to attend the first CND Master Painter Course being held in the UK.

The class consisted of 5 CND Education Ambassadors and 3 (me being one of them) non EAs.

At the end of the class I found out not only were we the first 8 in the UK but, the first 8 Globally outside of America to gain the CND Master Painter Qualification.


February 2012:

I received a call from the Scratch offices informing me I was a Scratch Star finalist and that they wanted me to come to London in 2 weeks to attend a practical test and interview session. To be honest I don’t remember much about the conversation only that I made a lot of high pitched squeaking noises.

The preceding hour was then spent trying to get hold of my Husband to tell him the news. By the time we did speak, he was in a panic as everyone including his 2 bosses were trying to get him to call home so he thought something really bad had happened.

I not sure how he managed to understand what I told him on the phone but, I think he was just relieved I was alright!

The trip to London went past in a flash with not a lot of sleep in between but so much fun.

I had never experienced a competition environment and I didn’t know what to expect or what was expected from me.

When I arrived back at Aberdeen train station I burst into tears with all the emotion.


May 2012:

London bound again for the Awards party.

I was looking forward to taking a few days off and spending time with my Husband. Everything was organised for the big night from my shoes, bag, made to measure dress and a bespoke headband.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the win!

I had a complete out-of-body experience that night and everything seemed to be happening around me. It was a really bizarre feeling walking around with the trophy in my hand in a room full of big names in the industry that I had been reading about and I was now going to be somebody that people read about!


London May 2012

Cafe de Paris, London

June 2012:

I received a call asking if I would like to assist Michelle Class at one of the shows during London Fashion Week in September.  Most of this call consisted of a lot of tears and whimpering rather than actual words along the lines of ‘yes thank you, that would be lovely’.

Turning 30 really hurt for me and I have been dreading the big 4-0 for the most of the last 10 years!

However so many amazing things happened to me in my 39th year that I am so excited about being 40 now.  Did I really just say that?

Bring on year 4-0 and everything it brings with it!

New blog!

It has been a remarkable last 6 months for me. I gained my CND Master painter certificate and was one of only 8 people outside the USA to get it. In June I won UK Mobile Nail Technician of The Year at the Scratch Magazine awards.

This next 6 months are set to be amazing and so I thought I would start a blog on my site, to keep you up-to-date with my news, share industry news and generally keep in touch with all my Aberdeen clients, friends and industry colleagues.

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