Originally from Mexico City, I decided to take a chance and move to Canada to follow my heart and look for adventure. When the nail world came into my life it definitely helped me find my place in my new home and allowed me to embark on a new journey. Who knew this path would allow me to provide for my family, learn so many amazing things, meet so many wonderful people, and help others reach their goals as well? Nails are more than “just nails” for me, they are my happy place! One of my favourite things about nails are the infinite possibilities with art, I can’t get enough of bling, cartoonish styles, and all the abstract designs, they give me life. I love pushing my creative side and abilities, and sharing my experience. I love the joy my work brings to others, whether it is bringing to life a new creation for my clients or guiding my students in class. It’s amazing how the things that may seem little can make such a huge difference in our lives.
Week 8: Swarovski
Week 7: Gel II
Week 6: ORLY
I knew right away I would do this set inspired by Jennifer Lopez. Her style flawlessly goes from classy to glam and even a little wild. And that’s definitely a huge part of what I wanted to convey with my design. Originally, the French manicure was created to allow movies stars to be able to have amazing looking nails that would go with any outfit required for all the scenes they’d be filming. French manicure was life changing for its versatility as changing color and style for each scene seemed too chaotic, so of course everyone became a fan of French nails, including myself. This got me thinking, why should we settle for one look when we could have two? What if there’s was a way to transform a more wearable design to an over the top one without a hassle? Well, I figured out a way!
I wanted my design to be versatile just like French nails are and these nails definitely do that. This set pulls off two looks with a mosaic design with neutral subtle colours that would complement any outfit. A fierce coffin shape for daytime everyday wear and big reveal stiletto extensions that can easily be added and immediately make up for a glam showstopper red carpet look, and of course bling added for a very JLo style.
Being a Latina myself and having very little representation in the media I feel that Jennifer Lopez is definitely an amazing icon and role model for Latino women and just like a good French manicure, JLo is timeless, versatile, and forever evolving and so are these nails.
Week 5: Ugly Duckling
For this challenge we were asked to bring to life our favourite nursery rhyme on five nails, so I knew I had to pick the five little monkeys jumping on the bed. A little back story on this, when my daughter was little she was definitely a little monkey herself and my husband and I used to sing the song to her hoping she’d stop bouncing around, needless to say that didn’t quite work, but it sure had us entertained for a while. This nursery rhyme holds a special place in my heart because I had never heard it before coming to Canada and it is actually the first nursery rhyme my daughter and I learned together. To emphasize the nursery rhyme theme, I wanted to recreate a quilt pattern, quilts remind me so much of my childhood as my grandma used to collect old pieces of fabric to make new blankets for us and so I thought a quilt inspired design would go great for this set. Ugly Duckling gel-polishes and colours are so pigmented that they make great quilt patterns. I also wanted to incorporate elements that you would find in my daughter’s room, or any kid’s room by all means, from stuffed toys and pillows to bedazzled decor. And of course I had to make those monkeys jump and fall, so springs and dangles come in handy to create the illusion. Ugly Duckling’s rhinestones embellish the scene, because who needs exclamation points when you have rhinestones on hand?
Week 4: Glitz Accessories & Such
Week 3: LeChat
Week 2: En Vogue
I represented Taurus since I was born in May and I have chosen Pisces as my compatible sign. Fun fact, not only is Pisces compatible to Taurus in theory, but it is actually my husband’s sign! Coincidence much? I decided to give my Taurus representation a luxurious and earthy feel, because well, Taurus is an earth sign but also a fierce one and I can attest to that. You’ll see lots of emerald green, because dark green is Taurus’s colours, as well as a more dark palette since from what I’ve read, Taurus people are more fond of nights than mornings. I chose light green, teal, light blue and gold tones to represent the fact that Pisces is a water sign, and also because light green is Pisces’s color. Pisces planet is Neptune who in return is also the god of the sea. I couldn’t leave out the fish, two of them swimming in opposite directions make for the illustration of the symbol that represents the sign. As for Taurus, Venus is its ruling planet and that makes Venus the goddess of love, an ideal concept to evoke some of Taurus’s traits, love and passion. The bull represents the stubbornness that Taurus can have and the colour palette to symbolize the earth element.
Week 1: CND
After some extensive research and reminiscing of my art classes in university years I decided to create a garden that would capture my idealized view of nature and that would highlight the essence of 18th century Romanticism where the beauty of nature and sublimity were emphasized while the individual imagination was promoted to allow freedom to the artist. I wanted to create the illusion of a world where nature has dramatically taken over, a free formed garden that’s relaxed and where someone would go to clear their mind, pink skies and a flowing river would provide a sense of calmness. The Romantics believed having a close connection to nature was mentally and morally healthy and with great reason.
Greek and Roman mythology was an obsession of romanticism, as at times seen on the works of the English Romantic Poet John Keats, the beauty of new ideas is illustrated relying on the concepts of mythology. Naturally, I decided to represent Goddess Gaia (also known as Goddess Terra in Roman mythology), the primal personification of earth herself, aka Mother Nature.
Using CND acrylic sculpting powder I sculpted my goddess, after buffing and smoothing the surface I used CND English Garden Collection to paint and give detail to the piece. I was fascinated by the idea of representing women as creators of life as well as the sublimity of all the elements, water, fire, air and earth with symbolic depictions. I really wanted to give priority to the use of the CND English Garden collection when detailing all the 3-D and background elements of my design, from the acrylic sculpted butterflies that travel through the air, gel constructed gemstones, to the 3-D gel constructed roots and mixed-media made greenery that emerges from the earth. I also used the collection to illustrate the sun shining through the horizon resulting in pink skies to exemplify the fire and to add detail to the body of water made out of gel that flows to complete the design where Mother Nature leads the way.