Sunday, March 24, 2013

An Interview With Myself (lol)

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'm Canadian

-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

-Jessie 


-Find me on-
 Instagram @jewsie_nails
www.facebook.com/jewsienails
www.youtube.com/jewsienails

xox

10 comments:

  1. Wow! Great blog. I like your story and how you describe the evolution of your dedication to what you enjoy. You've got some serious skills, keep it up! :-)

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  2. I LOVE all of your work! I wish you could do my nails. I follow you on instagram and your work is the best I have seen on there! My instagram name is la_to_ya

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  3. You have come so far in such a short amount of time. I had no idea you just barely started nail art this year. I'm the same, I saw that some amazing nail art was on Instagram and then I thought I'd give it a go myself.
    I'd love to read a blog post or see a video about your cuticle products. Mine are moisturised enough but tend to be pretty thick and "grow" quickly. And I'd love a Nail Basics post about your maintenance products and preferred base coats and strengtheners.
    Great to see you with your own site! :-D

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  5. I was a compulsive cuticle-biter, too! I've definitely also found that doing nail art has helped. I'm stoked you're a fellow Canadian, kicking butt in IG land like whoa! Did you have a "breakthrough" moment that led to greater exposure and more of an audience for your art?

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    1. Aw thanks for the support girl! Always nice to meet a fellow Canadian :) I was featured once by thefashionqueen on IG about 2 months after i started doing nail art. Then it was about 6 months later(december) when hairandnailfashion promoted me, and it all kind of started from there. :)

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  6. Yay I was just on IG wondering what your story was. Love all your pics your nails are just to die for. You are definitely a glequin wizard!

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  7. Love ur intro and nail designs. My bad habit is picking at my cuticles and yes they can get sore at times. A few weeks ago now, i found myself completely amazed at all the inspiring nail art here on YT and now i gotta say i'm hooked lol.So much so now that i'm enjoying giving proper manicures to myself, my daughter and my sister.I'm hoping that any artistic skill i might have hiding in me will present itself soon lol :)

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