Saturday, 3 December 2016

Friends With Benefits

Friends with benefits seemed like the perfect title for this blog post.  No it's not in the way you're thinking but when it comes to having any sort of a specialised skill whether it's nails, beauty, hairdressing, plastering, plumbing or whatever, you can guarantee you'll come across people who think that because you're friendly, you'll be doing it for them for free.  

Hilariously this is a photo of me and my amazing friend Jade.  She certainly isn't someone to take advantage of our friendship but I like a photo in each blog post so here is one...! 

I am a very giving person, if I have something that would be better with someone else, they can take it.  If I can help any new techs out with advice or information, as many of you know, I do it.  I've had full blown conversations with thousands of nail techs in my six years of LiverpoolLashes to help them understand a technique or problem they're having.

However when it comes to expecting a free set of nails or beauty treatment, true friends expect to pay, it's as simple as that.  You have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours learning the skills and gaining the certificates, not to mention the thousands in training, products and equipment.  This one service they're after might only cost you X amount of money but it's the principal as well as if you do it once, you can bet you'll be doing it again.  

It's hard to make someone realise who does a "regular job" aka - a job that is paid by an employer (for example, a call centre worker) who wouldn't typically be able to offer you anything within that field why you must charge for your skills, product and education.

I'm really talking about mainly those who do their skill full time, it's their bread and butter.  It's not just a top up of money on top of their full time job, this is how we earn our money.  They wouldn't be expected to turn up to the office / shop / factory or whatever and do a couple of hours for nothing as they potentially wouldn't be able to afford to do that, neither can we.

The final point is this, my client base is very well established, I have clients who have been with me from within months of me qualifying and many I consider as friends, as they do me.  By offering free services or hugely reduced ones, not only am I dramatically reducing my wage but it's almost like I'm ranking them as to how good a friend they are to me, where would I draw a line?

For all the reasons above, the only person that gets a free service is my mum.  She's had to put up with me all of my life and to be quite honest with you, I should be paying her to do her nails or beauty treatments because I know how much of a pain I was (and still am.)  Everyone else can put their hands in their pockets and show that they understand I am business, like everyone else I need money to pay bills and I charge what I'm worth.

I'll finish with this, the perks of having friends with the industry is that they will let you try their new products first in my case, often before the nation or even worldwide release.  You can also come to me in your pjs, no make, baby dribble on your shoulder or whatever the case may be without a batter of an eyelid as I'll be in pjs and slippers too.  I will accept your last minute cancellation a tiny bit happier because I know your circumstances and I know you'd hate to let me down.  I will be extra patient when you take ages to decide on a colour as I know if you're with a stranger you wouldn't bounce between a peach nude and a pink nude for half an hour with them.

I wrote this post as I know many therapists can understand where I'm coming from, I get many questions by private message as to how to deal with it. Also perhaps it's food for thought for those around you.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

My Work: Navy & Gold

Rachael came to me to have her nails done for her Christmas party.  Her dress was going to be navy with gold shoes so somewhere in the mix she wanted Chrome on them.
 
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I used CND Shellac in Indigo Frock and Sugared Spice on her.  The Lecente chrome I actually went for was the silver version as it gave more of an overall paler gold chrome finish.  
 
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It drives me bananas that Indigo Frock often looks black on photos but we all know it's a blue with a grey tone to it!  Anyway, classic finish but not too Christmassy, she's saving the true Christmas nails for the big day!

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Monday, 28 November 2016

My Work: Gold Sparkles

Beth came to me as a treat to get her nails done.  Due to the type of job she does, she didn't want anything that stands out too much in terms of colour but told me she loves glitter.
 

I used CND Shellac in Beau and then applied Lecente Glitter in Sleigh Bells (it was limited edition but hopefully it will return to their line at some point again, a good alternative would be Sand.) I used Shellac Clearly Pink over the glitter to seal it and cured it.  I then used my Lecente S1 brush and Shellac Cream Puff to pain the little stars.
 
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Beth seemed thrilled with the result of her "girly nails" ready for going ice skating tonight.  I do love the simplicity of them but they're pretty and festive.

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NOTD: Festive Navy

 
I am going to Las Vegas today and I wanted to do nails that are glitzy but also festive without being too Christmassy (if you get what I mean.)  I brainstormed what I wanted for a ridiculous amount of time as I don't know about you but my biggest pet peeve is having nails on holiday that I don't like because I can't change them! 

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I settled for navy (because you know I would have gone with red but I fought the urge!) so I chose CND Shellac in Indigo Frock as well as Silver Chrome and Beau.  I have Indigo Frock on my thumb, middle and little fingers.  I applied Silver Chrome to my ring middle and then a mix of Lecente Silver Holographic Multi Glitz and Spark Firework Glitter over.  Using the same two glitters I mixed a glitter paste and using my Lecente S2 brush to draw the detail on my thumb and Christmas tree on my middle finger.  Finally I used Beau and these nail art discs from Inglot on my index finger.  Sidenote: I've never used these discs before but they're super smooth on the nail and look fantastic.  I bought them from Poland last December and the name on the back says '32 Ozdoby do Ciala I Paznokci' if that helps.

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I really love these nails which is a relief so I can go away happy, I'm sure you all know that feeling!
 
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CND New Wave Collection



Finally there is talk of a new collection being launched with CND and it looks to be another exciting one.  The CND New Wave Collection is bright, bold with a little bit of a retro vibe.

Launching in January 2017, the collection consists of:
  • Video Violet
  • Pink Leggings
  • Blue Eyeshadow
  • Jelly Bracelet
  • Banana Clips
  • Ecstasy
     
All shades are available in both Shellac and Vinylux.
 
I do think the names are hilarious, taking me back to my youth (I'm an 80's child, what can I say) and I'm keen to see the finishes of each shade as you never know by these cartoon style photos really.  I think I may already love Blue Eyeshadow though as if it looks like the bottle, its going to be stunning.

What are your initial thoughts on this collection?

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