Things You Can Do With Your Titles
  • February 26, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I was invited to participate in a fashion photography workshop two days ago. Not as a photographer or model but as a stylist — nail stylist that is.  My call time was 9 a.m., but I

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Keywords: motivation  
Competition Safety (for models)
  • February 23, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I have seen much debate on this subject and I’d like to offer my two cents. In competitions, we are required by the rules to have a 50% C-curve in the enhancement. Some would argue that pinching

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Keywords: state licensing  
Speaking of Germany
  • February 18, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Did I tell you that I’m going to judge at the Beauty International Düsseldorf show this year? As the 2009 Liquid and Powder Champion, I’m required to step down from competition for one year, but I’m

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Keywords: acrylics   Gels   state licensing  
Finally, a U.S. Invitational Competition
  • February 16, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

Our competition circuit this year has been enhanced with the addition of a U.S. championship competition, the U.S. Invitational. Personally, I always felt it should be this way — it’s the way they do it overseas.

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Keywords: international   motivation   state licensing  
What’s Up With That?
  • February 11, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

If you happen to catch a glimpse of a streaker at the super bowl, you can rest assured that person will be removed and prosecuted. During a competition of any sort, the competition must be protected

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Keywords: state licensing  
ISSE Competition Recap
  • February 9, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

For my recap on the competitions at ISSE, I want to first talk a little about the Mirror Image competition. I know this is not a brand new competition, but in my five years of competing

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Keywords: tradeshows  
My Peeps
  • February 4, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

“I’d like to first thank the academy...” You know how these fluffy acceptance speeches go. But I constantly have one rolling around in my head (and it’s just as fluffy as any other). So now coming off my

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Keywords: motivation   tradeshows  
Pay the Lady, Pay the Lady, Pay the Lady!
  • February 2, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

 I’m back from ISSE with THREE 1st place trophies in hand! I celebrated by sleeping in, because on competition days I’m up as early as 4:30 a.m. Although I woke up this morning feeling like I

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Keywords: tradeshows  
The Final Count Down
  • January 29, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

So today is the last day before ISSE. If you’re flying or driving out tonight, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you’ll need for the show. A last minute checklist always helps: Confirm hotel reservations:

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Keywords: NAILS Top 25 List  
More Practice
  • January 26, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I had my last live practice session Sunday night. My willing model gave up watching the playoffs so I could get one last practice done and be ready for next weekend — thank you Ashley, you’re

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Keywords: motivation  
Practicing
  • January 21, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

I start practicing about a month before each competition. I have a pool of practice models I pull from and I schedule at least one practice session for most every weekend leading up to the competition.

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Keywords: acrylics   pink-and-whites  
The List
  • January 19, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

The last few weeks before a competition are usually a blur for me. Tying up all those loose ends consumes many hours. With model wrangling, travel plans, registration — not to mention my regular job or

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Keywords: state licensing  
The Top 25
  • January 14, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

So I get my new NAILS Mag the other day and start to casually peruse the pages, when what do my eyes befall? The current Top 25 standings. I scan the list, and know I’m not going

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Keywords: motivation   NAILS Top 25 List  
My little Gelly
  • January 12, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

 With the addition of the “Mirror Image” event and the sculptured gel nails at Sacramento, I’ve really got some gels to do this year. With this in mind, I started to think about my old gel

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Keywords: Gels   motivation  
Mirror Image Defined
  • January 8, 2010
  • NAILS Magazine

 As I look through the competition schedule, I see a new (well, new to me anyways) style of competition — Mirror Image, and it is described like this: Mirror Image — One Hand   (1:40) Two tip overlay,

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