Nail Design

Astral Acrylics Decorative Tips

by Beth Livesay | May 14, 2019

A nail tech of nine years, Lauren Shields has long been a fan of crystals, wearing different gems to suit her mood. “But sometimes I’d forget if I was in a rush, so I thought, ‘why can’t you mix the crystals in with nails?,’” says Shields. She began making her crystal-inspired nail sets while her children were sleeping and started an Instagram page to advertise her brand. Astral Acrylics’ focus is to provide people with bespoke nails with a mystical twist. Nails are handmade with real energized gemstones embedded into highly decorative sets. These nails offer positive energy at your fingertips.

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Mini Masterpiece Nail Art 2019: Urban Drama

Nail Design

Mini Masterpiece Nail Art 2019: Urban Drama

by Katherine Fleming

Congratulations to Jodie Rahaley, who took the top spot in this year’s Mini Masterpiece nail art contest after entering the two previous years. Her detailed, contrasting rendition of “Urban Expressions” by Michael Lang impressed the judges. Other beautiful entries ranged from the ever-popular Vermeer to Dali and Basquiat.

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