I own and operate Urban Bliss Beauty, a home based nail salon in Melbourne, Australia. I have been a nail artist for just over 10 years now, but I have loved art and craft for as long as I can remember. I am a self-proclaimed perfectionist in everything I do (I can hear my clients having a giggle right now) and I strive to be consistently ahead of the latest trends, giving each of my clients a unique set of nails that are as individual as they are. I love teaching nail art and inspiring other nail technicians, encouraging them to bring out their inner creativity. I cannot wait to see what direction my work will take in this competition.
Week 4: INM
For as far back as I can remember my family has been born and raised in Australia, however my ancestors were originally from Scotland. Having delved into my family’s Scottish history for this week’s challenge, I got to work researching all I could find. My maiden name is Fulton, so I began to search for the traditional Fulton clan tartan and coat of arms so I could incorporate them into my design.
Most people think of the Scotty dog when they think of Scotland, but as a child my family had two West Highland White Terriers, so I chose to create a Westie using some styrene packaging, a little wire, white acrylic and gel. I wanted to add a girly touch so I added some Scottish thistle. I also wanted to add some other foliage to balance out my design, so I chose the Scots Pine, which is found in the Caledonian Forest of the Scottish Highlands. I used a combination of acrylic and gel to get this effect. What’s a set of Scottish nails without the Scottish flag? Using gel, I sculpted the ripple effect flag and added a rustic looking stick for a handle.
For my final two tips I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to create Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, a mythical creature that is said to be lurking in the waters of Loch Ness. There are various myths and images of what Nessie may look like, but I chose the traditional body shape with the addition of some scales and spikes created individually and applied and flash cured one by one. I thoroughly enjoyed creating this weeks “international nails” challenge inspired by the country of my family’s origin and sponsored by INM. I feel I have captured my Scottish family heritage to the best of my ability on 5 nail tips and I hope you all like them.
Week 3: ORLY International
My LA Manicure is based on my interpretation of LA this week. Never having traveled from Australia to the United States, it is difficult for me to get a feel for what LA is truly like, however one thing came to mind instantly when I was brainstorming for this week’s challenge — Hollywood. Trawling through numerous images on the Internet, I found myself looking at a photo of Audrey Hepburn adorned with a gorgeous flowing droplet diamond necklace and this is where my design began.
We were asked to put a modern twist on the traditional French nail design and I wanted to incorporate old world Hollywood glitz and glamour with a modern day twist. Something that could easily transition from day to night and would be popular with clients today as per our design brief. With award ceremonies and red carpet events in mind I found myself looking for a color palette that would be versatile enough to accessorize with a range of outfits. White, black, and gold is traditional, classy and bold and I believe, never goes out of style.
I chose to use all of the permitted mediums in my design this week so I created it using gel-polish for my base and top coat as well as for the French application and I used gold polish and black and white acrylic paints for the line and dot detailing. I finished the design off with some tiny Swarovski crystals to add a classic touch of bling.
Week 2: Bio Seaweed Gel
When researching for this week’s challenge I used inspiration from my own trip to the Great Barrier Reef. I wanted to incorporate the rich colors found in the corals and abundant sea life. I was also inspired by “Treasure Chest,” one of Bio Seaweed Gel’s fall colors. I created a treasure chest, a venomous blue ringed octopus protecting the chest, and my tips double as a clam shell and mini reef.
I began my design by creating a mold for my treasure chest using modelling clay. I applied several layers of gel to add strength and then removed the clay to reveal the two pieces. I used the same method for the sand base. For treasure I created small gel coins and bars and covered them with gold leaf. To make pearls, I coated them with pearl pigment. For a uniform size, I used a mold. I also created turquoise and emerald gemstones. To make the octopus, I used modelling clay for the base and covered it with gel and seed beads, sculpting it out to look as realistic as possible. Seaweed, coral, fish, and starfish were created on Arabella forms, and the starfish are embellished with tiny hexagonal glitter. I created a water bubble containing a starfish, glitter, and actual water. I had never attempted this before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It turned out perfectly. My anemone was made by dipping wire into gel and connecting all the pieces one at a time, and the sea urchin was created with a gel bubble and each spike attached and cured one by one. Finally, I completed the design with some additional water bubbles and some sea shells made with a mold. I love working with gel and spent many hours showing great attention to detail on my pieces. I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s gel challenge and I hope you like my final piece.
Week 1: Young Nails
For this weeks Create Your Caption challenge I painted a growling tiger using acrylic paint with my caption being “Go Hard or Go Home!” I thought long and hard about what my personal motto/caption is and this is what I chose best reflected me. Growing up, my dad always taught me that if I didn’t plan on doing a job properly, then I shouldn’t bother doing it at all. This sticks with me to this day and is especially relevant to me at this point in my career — particularly in this competition. I chose a tiger because I wanted something fierce, fast, and strong. The tiger growls to scare off its competitors if it feels threatened, and will go from defense to attack without hesitation. It symbolizes how I feel about my own competitors and how I need to approach the weekly challenges ahead. I will go hard in this competition and give it everything I’ve got or I’ll have to pack up my brushes and go home.