Nail Art

What’s New? LOTS!

Ok, so it’s now November, and I’m actually having a hard time grasping the fact the summer has flown by, fall disappeared and it’s now almost Christmas. So, yeah. I am really behind on getting the blog up to speed.

I finally have my Nail Art Gallery 2014 updated with new photos, and my personal info is all up to date too. Wow, think I actually had a *bit* of spare time to get caught up? Sshh, don’t tell anyone!

My BIG NEWS is that I am now an ACE Akzentz Certified Educator! I’m super excited to be in with such an amazing group of talented nail techs!

I am ready and looking forward to teaching everyone about this wonderful gel line!

I spent 3 days in Burnaby, BC in September at the Akzentz head office with a group of great techs. Here’s a few photos from my trip and training.

And to make it all that much better, Akzentz Options Soak Off Line was voted the best soak off gel In Nails Magazine Readers Choice awards!!


My nail guru - Gina Silvestro

With my nail guru – Gina Silvestro

Test day nails

My test nails

hard at work

Hard at work – or play – depending on who you are.

All the ladies

All of us! At the Akzentz head office in Burnaby, BC

some demo tips from class

Some demo tips from class

more of us at Akzentz



Ah, duck feet, or flare nails…  where did we go wrong??  For the record, these are not nails that I have done, or will ever do.  However, they have become this new, crazy trend that many of us are very opinionated about.  And for good reason.


duck feet

This new style creates a wide broad nail tip that is sometimes wider than the nail bed itself. The result is a sort of triangular shape similar to that of, well… of a duck’s webbed feet.

We are still trying to figure out where exactly this trend began, though many seem to be pointing their doublewide digits toward shows like Jerseylicious. To us, the duck feet nail looks like the next step up from the ultra-long square shaped nails which, like it or not, have an unfortunate association with back alley beauty salons and strip clubs.

The attraction to the duck feet nails seems to have less to do with the shape itself and more to do with the size of the actual nail. The exaggerated amount of surface area is a nail artist’s dream, with ample space for 3D bows, rhinestones, glitter, hand-painted designs, and photo decals—and that’s all on one nail! The wide tip is achieved by fitting the nail with an acrylic tip several sizes up and filing the sides down slanted. Popular variations of the style are moon-shaped, which curve in at the tip, or crown-shaped nails that have two curves, and are the truest shape to a duck’s foot.

Duck feet nails leave us wondering how anyone functions in them. Just the idea of trying to type or put on rings already has us frustrated, but if you’re sick of accidentally sticking yourself with your ultra-pointy but still on trend stiletto manicure, duck feet nails may be just the thing for you! So, nail art enthusiasts, we’re asking you—have you found yourself flocking to duck feet nails, or is this a trend for the birds?

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.