Hello & Welcome to my blog!
I figure I should introduce myself a little bit in my first post....so..
-My name is Jessica-Anne. (My friends call me Jessie)
-I am 25 years old.
-I have been obsessed with painting my nails & attempting my own nail art for about 9 months now.
-It all started last April when i received a Konad stamping kit from my boyfriend. I was instantly obsessed and played with it everyday for about a month.
.-I joined Instagram around the same time & started posting photos of my nails. As much as I loved what i was doing, I wasn't happy with my posts. I saw so many amazing nail artists on Instagram that were doing their own hand drawn nail art & their designs and photos were incredible. I thought 'Why can't I do that?!' There are just endless possibilities. Stamping is fun but limited.
-My first non stamping nail art that I ever attempted was a cupcake design.
-I got great feedback from my followers on these & I was honestly pretty proud of myself. I didn't have any dotting tools at that time. (if only I knew how cheap they were on eBay lol) so I was using the end of a makeup brush for large dots & the end of a bobby pin for smaller ones.
-Over the past few months, I've done a few things.
-I've started taking care of my cuticles, they were honestly terrible before. I used to bite them. I know that sounds disgusting, I used to hide my hands because I was ashamed that I did that. I can be a nervous person sometimes, and at the time that was a way to distract myself. So gross. Anyways, I kept practicing nail art, and as I saw myself improving I was feeling more encouraged to stop biting them and start taking care of them. I didn't want to have cute nails and jacked up cuticles lol (plus it was painful sometimes). So I got myself 2 products by Essie Disappearing Trick & Smooth Trick
(photo is from Oct 2012, about a month after i started using these two products)
They both did wonders for me, and still do. I've repurchased both of these items a few times, as I use them every day or every second day. I will dedicate an entire blog post to cuticle care in the near future.
-I started maintaining my nails. They were always long, but sometimes too long, or uneven, or just not flattering. I regularly file them now & always wear a strengthening base coat.
-I started paying attention to my hand poses, I try to get as straight on as possible when photographing. I also try my best to get even lighting. Natural light is the best lighting possible, but when I can't take a photo in the day, I use a lamp with a Daylight bulb(which I found at Walmart) I will go further in depth with photo & lighting tips in a later post.
Here is a water marble design I did a couple of weeks ago(using Fuchsia Rage-Nina & Frost Bite-China Glaze)
As you can see, my photo quality has drastically changed.
(Glitters are from www.bornprettystore.com Use my coupon code IJNK31for 10% off your entire order. They have free world wide shipping as well.)
I have created this blog to start documenting my journey in Nail Art. I am not a professional, but I have some tips to share that I have learned along the way, and hopefully they will be helpful to some people.
I really love doing this, and I am excited to share my work with you all <3
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