Welcome to Nailed Daily the blog where it all started! Back in 2011 I had this crazy idea of starting this nail art blog where I would complete 365 nail designs in one year. On Nov 30th 2012 I completed the challenge, it was a huge struggle to commit to, but I am glad I did it because it pushed me so much further with my nail art. Shortly after completing my challenge I quit blogging and I wasn’t sure if I would ever come back to it, but here I am many years later with much more knowledge, way better photography skills and exciting new nail adventures to talk about. I hope to use this blog to inspire other nail techs, I want to share my experiences as an educator, nail competitor and salon owner. I will also share new nail designs and tutorials. I am excited for this new chapter of my blog, it wont be daily but I promise it will be good content! I hope you enjoy my posts and appreciate your support!

Update part 2 - Nail Competitions

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Over the last five years I have become more active in the exciting world of nail competitions.  I'm going to be completely honest, he experience of competing can be extremely stressful, I go through all the emotions including anxiety and self doubt in the process, but when you are in the moment it is a truly thrilling experience. Win or lose there is nothing more rewarding than stepping out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself. And even if you lose you are competing against and being judged by some of the best nail techs in the industry you are guaranteed to learn something from that experience.

I started out with a smaller local competition, the Canada Nail Cup here in Vancouver,  I competed there two years in a row. My first year I was excited to bring home 3rd place in fun sculpted. In this category you must do a full set of sculpted nails one hand square french with a colored tip and the other hand in a fashion shape that matches. The second year I won 1st place in this category and 2nd in mixed media which  involves a handed in piece using a mix of different nail products to create your design. The theme for mix media that year was Hollywood North because of Vancouver’s huge film industry. For that set I did Arrow/Flash nails because at the time those were my favorite shows and also filmed in Vancouver

2nd Place Mix Media entry and 1st Place trophy Canada Nail Cup 2016

Shortly after that competition I was working at a trade show and talking to one of my fellow educators, she was showing me pictures of her fantasy nails and my mind was blown...I had no clue that this type of competition even existed. Elaborate sculpted 3D nail art as long and tall as you wanted, complete with full costume and makeup in the theme all done by the competitor, it was right up my alley! So I decided I  was going to give it a go. IBS Las Vegas 2016 the theme was body building, not a theme I was overly excited for and knew nothing about but I thought why not! One thing I find important when I compete I always try to find a theme I am passionate about, I think when you do that you are more invested in the piece and it comes through in the art. With the art categories they encourage you to put your own personal spin on the theme so I decided I would do vegan body building because being vegan is something I am very passionate about!  After spending a couple months working on the set it was time to bring them to Vegas. 

Applying the nails to my model on the competition floor
Applying the nails to my model on the competition floor Nail Pro 2016 IBS

Competition day came and how the fantasy competition works is that you have an hour to apply the  finished set, you can do makeup and costume before arriving but the nails must be applied on the competition floor. The turn out was very small for that category, only 4 of us were competing so they decided that there would be no veteran and novice, we would all compete against each other...The entire time I was thinking wholly shit I’m out of my league...One of the competitors was Allie Baker a well known champion and insanely talented nail artist  and one of the other competitors was one of our deans of education at Hand & Nail Harmony Sandy Borges, she is someone that I look up to and her 3D work inspires me on a whole other level. So to say I was freaking out is an understatement. I felt as though I did not belong on the same competition floor with these talented artists. But somehow I worked through my nerves and to my surprise I pulled it off, I placed 2nd at that competition and it felt absolutely amazing!

Finished nails removed and secured to a canvas for display with my 2nd place trophy

Close up video of complete nail set: Vegan Body Building - Fantasy @ Nail Pro IBS 2016  

Since then I have competed  as regularly as possible, I have had some horrible loses as well as some great wins. The competition is tough, people fly in from all over the world, they are all insanely talented and you have no clue who you are competing against until you get there. What I have found is that win or lose you always come home a better nail tech, I actually find that I learn more from the competitions I lose.   

I am going to share all my experiences in competition, starting with my past pieces. When I lose I’ll show you what I think went wrong and when I win I’ll show you some tips you can use when creating your own pieces. Hopefully I don’t completely scare you off, I want to inspire you to get onto that competition floor and give it a try because it truly is an awesome experience!

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