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CUTE JAPANESE NAIL ART DESIGNS: BLING NAILS SALON, VANCOUVER CANADA. GLITTER BIO SCULPTURE GEL TUTORIAL.


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I’m a nail art addict. If you’ve been following my blog or Twitter, you’ll know that I love to create my own DIY designs.

But there’s only so much you can do at home. For special occasions, I head to Bling Nails in Vancouver, Canada. Here’s a step-by-step look at my fingernail transformation. (Bone hair clip and heart necklace gifted from SassynPunk.)

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Did you know there’s a huge variety of pro products and techniques? I avoid acrylic nails because they have to be filed off, and weaken the nail’s surface. I like Bio Sculpture Gel: it’s free of harmful chemicals, and keeps the underlying nail healthy.

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Bio Sculpture Gel doesn’t chip off like regular polish, so your manicure is perfect for a month or more. To remove it, return to the salon and soak your hands in a special solution.

Purple skull sweater: Candy Stripper, from Closet Child Tokyo.

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My nail technician (also wearing Bio Sculpture Gel) preps my nails and cuticles. She paints half of the nail purple, and the other half sparkly. I put my hands under a UV light for a few minutes, to set it.

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Next, she carefully arranges gems on the nail, securing them with glue. A top coat for shine, and I’m done.

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The process takes about an hour, and I ask a lot of questions along the way (I’m so curious about nail art techniques, and learn something new each time!)

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A month later, my nails are still in A+ condition. You can see the growth at the bottom, but there’s no chipping and the glossiness remains. Yah-tah-tah.

Have you ever gotten your nails done at a salon? Did you try fun designs, or long-lasting products like acrylics? How did you feel about the experience?

PS: I’m currently traveling around Italy (Modena with DNR, Rome, Florence for Luisaviaroma) — I invite you to keep track of my updates via Twitter.

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28 Comments

  1. Posted January 4, 2012 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    omg loveeeeeeee your nails!

  2. Posted January 4, 2012 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    I’ve wanted to try gel polish for a while now. I’d have to pick a color/design I really love though, since about a week into my own nail art I get bored and redo it XD I love how the gel is better for your nails though, I’m always looking for ways to prevent breaking and chipping.

    • Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      I am enjoying your Pose nail art! :)

      • Posted January 17, 2012 at 3:02 am | Permalink

        Aww thank you love! I always look forward to your poses!

  3. Posted January 4, 2012 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Interesting, I’ve never heard of that stuff. I usually do my nails myself, painting my own designs or using stickers from Ichiban Kan. :p LOVE the sweater!

    • Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      I learned so much about nail art recently… it’s a huge world out there!

  4. Posted January 4, 2012 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    fantastic * _ *

  5. Posted January 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Ohh you look preeetty! Yes I have tried nail art, but I work with my hands and fingertips a lot so it’s not very practical for me =(

    • Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      I know what you mean… I have to keep mine short for that reason.

  6. Posted January 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Nice nails! 
    See you soon at Luisa Via Roma party!

    Xoxo

    • Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      Thanks dear!! See you there!

  7. Posted January 5, 2012 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    beautiful and just amazing 

  8. Posted January 5, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    you are so cute!

  9. Posted January 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Really cute!

    • Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:41 am | Permalink

      Nail art is so much fun :)

  10. Posted January 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I’m going to have to see if this stuff is available in Tucson or San Fran were Ill be for the next 4 months! Awesome, my nails have been brittle ever since my first fake set of nails, I suffer from peeling and splits all the time it’s maddening to grow out my nails just for them to fall apart lol..Excellent review! oh, I noticed how you did your nails and I did that to mine for new years!

    • Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:41 am | Permalink

      Awesome!! Yeah, I’m not a fan of the way acrylics destroy nails.. try Gelish or bio sculpture gel next time ^^

  11. Posted January 7, 2012 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    I swear I saw these nails from previos posts, thinking ‘ahhh i love your nails and the colour’!
    xxx

    http://wishuponasmile.blogspot.com/  

    • Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:42 am | Permalink

      Awww yeah! I was wearing these nails for the past month, since it lasted that long :)

  12. Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    the purple glitter nails

  13. Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Forgive me for saying so, but of what I’ve seen of manicuring coming out of Japan, vs. US and Canada (and having put in my own time in the profession some time back when I had my spa) manicure work in the west is most of the time just plain better looking- which is surprising.

  14. Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Wonder, cherry blossoms would logo too as well, imo.

  15. Posted January 17, 2012 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    I’ve tried Acrylic a few times but it has always destroyed my own nails.x_x On the plus side, the people in my shop always said I always asked for the most interesting designs they’ve done.:3

    • Posted January 20, 2012 at 5:42 am | Permalink

      Yeahh it made my friend’s nails very week. I only use bio sculpture or similar long-lasting but non-damaging ones, like Gelish.

  16. Posted March 19, 2012 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    nice nails :)
    go like my new beauty page- leads you to my youtube & webpage
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dc-Pink/206502186117335

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