Good Times

Mosiac Nail Classes

This past weekend, I was super happy – I was able to take some amazing nail classes from one of the best in the industry, Olesja Nikolenko! I’m so excited to be able to give you guys some fresh new designs, and new nail shapes!


LiLash – the Final Update

Ok, so as you all know I’ve been using LiLash for the past 2 months, and I am loving it!!  My eyelashes are way longer than they were when I started.  It took about 2 weeks to start to see a difference, and now the length on them is very noticeable!  LiLash is the  Period.   And yes, I will keep this as part of my beauty regime.  The web site says that you can use it just 3 or so times a week once you have the lashes that you want.

I do have this in stock at the salon!  Come in and get yours today!

LiLash – after 2 months


LiLash – Before

It’s Contessa Time!!

Once again, it’s that time of year!  And, i’m super excited today – I’ve made it into the semi-finals!  The name of the category changed this year to Canadian Nail Artist.

Congrats to everyone that made it into the semi finals!  I’m crossing everything I own – the top 5 will be announced early October and you all know I want to be there to defend my title from last year!!

Canadian Nail Artist    

Valérie Ducharme, Studio 2075, Montreal

Nargis Khan, Tips Nail Bar, Toronto

Olga Khazova, European Standard, Medicine Hat, Alta.

Liliya Leheta, Lillynails, Mississauga, Ont.

Elfi Lemieux, Panache, Montreal

Judy Lim, Polish’d Nail Bar, Toronto

Jennifer Mather, Freelance, Grimsby, Ont.

Karen A. Milla, New Image Skin & Nails, Kitchener, Ont.

Robyn Schwartz, Nails and Esthetics with Robyn, Grand Forks, B.C.    <<<<——-   That’s me!!  🙂 

Rheanne Thackeray, Vivid Hair & Esthetics, Lloydminster, Alta.

Here is the full list of semi finalists –

And my winning entires from last year –

My Interview with Salon Magazine!

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get started on your Contessa entry! In light of the rules changes to the Contessa Canadian Nail Artist category (formerly known as Nail Enhancement Artist), Robyn Schwartz of Polished + Pampered Hair and Esthetics in Grand Forks, BC, the Contessa 24 winner in this category, shares her secrets for putting together a nail collection that will wow the judges.


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Salon Magazine: What are some important factors when selecting a photographer?

Robyn Schwartz: The first thing I look at is their portfolio—can they capture the style and type of photo you’re looking for? For me, I want a look that is a more professional, editorial photo. Also, check out the cost, shoot location and accessibility—are they willing to come to you? For a Contessa collection, it’s pretty hard to get all the photos done in one day, so keep in mind that they will need to be available for two or three sessions.

SM: Can you share some tips on finding a hand model?

RS: Finding a hand model is not the easiest thing. I look for the perfect hand: a longer nail bed that’s not too skinny or too large, slender fingers and young hands. I do stay away from short, stubby or damaged nails rough skin and cuticles, short fingers and hands that are too boney. And, models need to be flexible because from start to finish—most shoots take an entire day.

SM: Since any artistic or enhancement technique is acceptable, can you suggest ways to create a strong theme in a nail collection?

RS: Theme is a major part of your collection. I make sure that each photo, from the actual nail to the props and the finished look of the photo works with one another. Colour, texture, style and even hand placement all play into your overall look.

SM: Fashion appeal is one of the components the judges will assess. How can nail technicians translate what’s on the runway to an outstanding nail design?

RS: This is a hard question to answer—what one person considers fashionable may not be the same to to someone else, which makes it hard to base an entry on fashion alone. I base my entries on what I know I would like to see and do with the nails. I do like to stay modern with the styles and colours, but I don’t necessarily base them on current fashion.

Putting together a collection is something I love to do. We get to showcase nails that we don’t normally get to do on a daily basis, ones that truly showcase our artistic ability. It’s also a great way to allow my clients to get to see the competition nails. That way, when they see the designs, they can pull elements they like into their everyday nails without being impractical.

Nails: Robyn Schwartz, Photo: Laura Wilby

Salon Magazine – Contessa Winner’s Issue!!

Once again, I am super excited!!!  Salon Magazine has published their digital edition of their Contessa Winner’s Issue – and yours truly is in it!!

Here is the link to the online copy – I’m not able to post the actual page.  But I’m on page 36 and 80!  My actual copy should be here any day!

Here are my winning photos again for you to see, with much thanks to Laura Wilby for the pictures.  🙂13_NA_R_Schwartz_02a2013_NA_R_Schwartz_01.ajpg copy13_NA_R_Schwartz_03a


Contessa 2013 Nail Enhancement Artist of the Year!!

Well, this was the year for me!  I won Nail Enhancement Artist of the Year for Canada 2013!!  I am beyond excited, and still in a little bit of shock…  but in a good way.  🙂

The Contessa Awards are put on by Salon Magazine, and are considered the Academy Awards of the beauty industry.  I placed in the Top 5 in 2012, but was determined to give it one more try.  And it totally paid off!  Thanks to Laura Wilby for these amazing photos.