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!

Nailympia Canada

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Last year at this time I was feeling great I had just flown home from a big win at my first ever Nailympia competition.  It was held in Saskatoon Saskatchewan and it was the debut year of Nailympia Canada. My main focus was Fantasy but I also competed in some of the technical categories to give myself the challenge and see how I could do. To my surprise I did quite well, I was able to bring home a gold medal, silver medal and bronze medal. Which advances me to the next division where I will be competing as a veteran at future competitions.


A fantasy piece usually takes a couple months for me to complete. With Nailympia there is no theme so you have artistic freedom to do as you want as long as it follows under the rules. I knew I wanted to do endangered species and was excited to start the set, but unfortunately time got away from me. I got one nail completed (pictured above) but then work got extremely busy and before I knew it I had 2 weeks until the competition. I needed to not only start and finish the other 9 nails, I also needed to get a costume done as well. I had no choice I had to find something inside me and figure out how to get it done. It was a gruelling task, I was putting in 16 hour days and probably high off acrylic fumes working in my little office, but I got it done just hours before my flight. I had a complete set and I loved them! I was exhausted but I was ready for Saskatoon.


The first competitions were the pink and white French categories, typically I don’t compete in these because I hate doing P&W nails with the pressure of an intense time limit, its way too much stress for me, but I was there for the full experience. I had not met my model until just before the competition so the whole thing was quite nerve racking, but I’m glad I did it. My nails were not perfect but they placed. I won 2nd place in perfect match and 3rd place in gel and tip overlay. What I had to do for these categories was a sculpted acrylic set on one hand and a gel overlay with a tip on the other and then they were judged together as a matching set.


Once that was over the fun began! Fantasy was the last competition to take place. I had one hour to apply my pre made nails to my model and I got them on with lots of time to spare time. https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1f8SJ39O32rixbzQM1Q41m0Lh6-C2Dchr


Once the competition was over, it was time for judging. When it came to the fantasy awards they announced my division, they said that there was only one competitor (me) so gold automatically was won by default, I was horrified! No one wants to win that way...I was walking up to the stage trying to hide my disappointment and then they announced it, that I had the highest points out of anyone in any division in the fantasy category so I still would have won gold if I was able to compete at the higher level with the other competitors. That felt so good and I was instantly fill with pride!


The great part about these smaller competitions is that you get the opportunity to speak with the judges. Elaine Watson (who is awesome and known judge worldwide) went over my set with me and gave me great pointers. She said I had won entirely based on the level of detail that I put into the set but the nails were too flat, more like a mix media set than a fantasy set, I needed much more dimension. With my time restriction I did go a lot flatter than I had on previous competitions so I saw exactly what she was talking about. Also my costume was too store bought, even though I had made the sign and done the makeup, they wanted it more authentic looking. This was all great advice especially since I planned on competing in Nailympia London in October (which was unfortunately canceled due to covid) but I wanted to know what needed to be done next time. I do know that when I can compete again I will be giving myself a proper amount of time to finish the nails, but I am extremely proud of what I accomplished under the circumstances!

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