I’m now on Pinterest

I just wanted to do a quick little post to let you all know that I am now on Pinterest.

When I post pictures on Facebook, I am also trying to pin those pictures to Pinterest, categorising by:

  • Bridal Nails
  • Acrylic Nails
  • Natural Nails
  • Holiday Theme Nails

I also went back and pinned my previous pictures (up to a certain point). To check out my pictures on Pinterest, click here: http://pinterest.com/nailsbyvenetta/


DIY: Making Decals with Stamps

Step 1: Apply a topcoat on the stamper and allow to dry, once dry using your stamping plate of choice pick up your image in the spot where the topcoat is.

Decal Step 1

Step 2: Fill in the clear areas of your design using a dotting tool. This will be under the design when its picked up so if you dont get right in the lines it shouldnt matter too much.

Decal Step 2

Step 3: Using a small brush fill in the larger areas of the design and allow to dry.

Decal Step 3

Step 4: Once the design is dry apply a topcoat over the image and again allow it to dry completely.

Decal Step 4

Step 5: Once the design is dry, using tweezers carefully peel it off the stamper. At this stage on your finger which you want to apply the decal paint with nail polish and dry to a tacky consistency.

Decal Step 5

Step 6: Using the tweezers carefully place your design onto your nail and apply a topcoat and your done.

Decal Step 6

Lest we Forget

ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

The poppy is a symbol of sacrifice and a part of Remembrance Day. and is also used in ANZAC Day observances. During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldiers’ folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground.

ANZAC Day Nails

NEW: Paraffin Wax Treatment

Add a paraffin wax treatment to your next manicure at Nails by Venetta.

Paraffin wax soothes chafed skin and aching joints with natural warmth while moisturising the skin. The paraffin wax helps to strengthen your nails to prevent them from becoming brittle and damaging easily.

Paraffin wax is also a form of heat therapy. It can provide short term relief from tendon/ligament ailments, arthritis or other rheumatic diseases — the heat can help increase blood flow and relax muscles, whilst moisturising can increase the skin’s elasticity, allowing for increased mobility.

Manicure with added Paraffin Wax Treatment — $40

*Must mention at time of booking so the wax can be heated prior to your appointment

(NB: Paraffin Wax can only be used with natural nails and nail polish — not Acrylic Nails/Gel Polish)

Acrylic Nails/Manicures and your Health

Surgery: The machines that clip onto a finger and read the oxygen (O2) saturation are designed to be able to go through acrylic nails now days. An alternative is the patient will be asked to remove the acrylic or nail polish from one finger. So check with the hospital beforehand.

Pregnancy: The medical community is split when it comes to advising if manicures and acrylic nails are safe during pregnancy.  They should speak to their midwife about any concerns. They may find the smell causes nausea and/or vomiting. If pregnant and concerned about fumes/dust ensure the technician has a well ventilated area and a table with built in ventilation, try to book the first appointment of the day and ask the technician for a face mask to keep from breathing in the dust or take a mask to the appointment. Some women also find that their fingernails become stronger and grow more quickly, while others find that their fingernails become softer and break more than usual. These changes are probably caused by changes in hormone levels during pregnancy.

Diabetes: For people that have diabetes, it is vitally important that they learn to care for their nails. People with diabetes or those with compromised immune systems are more at risk of developing fungal nail infections. They should speak to their diabetes educator about any concerns.

Most importantly speak up! Tell your technician if you experience any pain, because they aren’t supposed to hurt. Tell your technician if you develop rashes or itchiness.  You could be sensitive to one of the ingredients/products, your technician will be able to recommend or change the products and give you advice.

Always take care of your health and your nails and ensure your technician is concerned about your nail health and is knowledgable on health issues. For most people, the risks of acrylic nails and manicures are minimal, so go ahead and indulge.

Don’t let the sun get the better of your hands

Did you know:

– Your hands can show your age?

– The sun can age your skin?

So, it makes sense to regularly use a hand cream with SPF coverage on your hands at all times. Check if your hand cream contains SPF, and if not, consider this the next time your at the shops.

On a side note you may ask “Do UV Nail Lamps Emit Unsafe Levels of Ultraviolet Light?”. Research undertaken states that standard use of a UV nail lamp (i.e. every 2 – 3 weeks) is as minimal as brief exposures to natural sunlight. Your hands are likely to be exposed to more UV light while driving a car than from UV gel nail services. Read about this more here: http://files.nailsmag.com/Handouts/UVNailLampFacts8_18_10.pdf