My friend Nicola of Blush Baby is training as a nail technician, and she is so talented! I booked in over the weekend to get some fancy nails before going away on holiday (by the time you read this, I will be in Australia at my mum’s place for Christmas and New Years). Before my appointment, I spent some time pondering what I would like to have, and I searched all over Pinterest for the best ideas. When I got there, I told Nicola I wanted something pink and gold, with a geometric pattern. She whipped out some wheels with nail art on them, and I decided to get something similar to art she had done previously. Then we selected the best pinks from her range of Artistic Color Gloss gel polishes, and she even mixed two of the shades together to create a third pink colour.
I was in awe watching how precise she was at every step of the way, from removing my existing manicure, to preparing my nails, to the application of the gel polish in an exact pattern. I feel like by watching getting my nails done, I’m learning how to do them better myself. I’ve gone along before as her model to her class, and it was really interesting. She’s studying at Monaco Nails and Beauty, which is a nail academy and also a salon – I’ve written before about a great manicure I had there.
For a gel manicure with 4 feature nails, Nicola charged $60 which I thought was very reasonable. Blush Baby is a home-based business, in a beautiful room full of nail polish and makeup – Nicola is also a makeup artist. I’ve become very strict about hygiene ever since watching a documentary about the awful infections people can get from cheap and dirty nail bars like the chains in most malls. I can assure you that Nicola’s hygiene practices are all by the book!
Above are some examples of the beautifully intricate nail art Nicola has done. You can make an appointment through the Blush Baby Facebook page and I would totally suggest that you do so if you’re after some awesome nails. Her salon is based in Pakuranga, Auckland, New Zealand, and she does manicures, acrylic nails and all the usual nail services, as well as hair styling and makeup – perfect one stop shop if you have a special event coming up.