Friday, 6 March 2009

EXCEL - Professional Beauty show in London

I have just returned from spending two days at the Professional Beauty show in London’s Docklands and I thought I would fill you in on my time there.

Attending the show now is not so much about the work that needs to be done on the stands and seminars, but meeting up with everyone. I love it when people come over and say Hi, the show becomes a place to put names to the cyber faces. The Internet has this strong community of nail technicians all working and talking together on line, it is only at the show when we can meet face to face. So to all those that said Hi.......hi back!

I spent my Sunday working with Ez flow nail systems, demonstrating Gel and the new Master it lamp on the stand. On Monday I held a master class on gel design, creating 3 different looks, using coloured gels, foils and combining acrylic with gel to create different effects. I wanted to show techs that there are no limits to what can be achieved. Thank you to Georgie Smedley for coming along and helping me out.
After which I spent the rest of the day Judging, in photographic category, encased nail art and fantasy. What stood out the most was the superb encased nail art by Zolton from Kinetics, truly stunning. The favourite image for me came second place – Jo Coates managed to produce a succinct shot which ticked all my boxes, colours worked, nails worked with the prop, and you knew what the message was. The fantasy category was extremely difficult and we three Judges all had a tough time deciding. I would have given them all 1st the clincher however was the step by steps…so all future competitors….remember!
At the end of the day I was asked to take the place of Kirsty Meakin who has recently had a little baby, and had the honour of presenting the nail artist award of the year to Jo Coates. A proud moment for me, I admire Jo's work and have seen her grow over the past year.
All in all a fantastic few days.

3 comments:

Gel-Nails said...

Interesting content.

Just wanted to share some information that may help busy professionals caught up with work and who have less time to maintain their nails. You can try out gel nails which are now becoming a hot favorite as they are natural looking even without nail tips and the best way for nail enhancement. Also, if you are allergic to those strong smelling chemicals which you can experience with acrylic nails, then you should use gel nails as these are odorless.

However, when you are planning on gel nail application, make sure you approach a nail salon or a nail artist who is well versed with gel nails and is properly trained and mastered in gel applications. This will save you from problems that can arise with improper gel nail applications.

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