Meet The Tech Monday featuring Julie-Ann Powell

MEET THE TECH MONDAY

Helloooo lovelies…

How are you all keeping? Well, I hope! It’s been a busy little weekend here and the last of the kids being off for Easter jolly hols… not gonna lie and say I won’t enjoy the peace & quiet of an empty house yet again!  Anyone else with me? *happy sigh* 😉

However, it’s back to business today and as planned we have another exciting chatter for you all to feast your eyes upon as we catch up with the lovely Julie-Ann about life as a nail tech!

Don’t forget, if you’re a UK based Nail Tech (or training to become one) then *CLICK HERE* to get yourself over to the Nail Tech Chat & Support UK Facebook Group where you can meet oodles of new nail buddies, pick up a wealth of insider knowledge & chatter with a wide variety of like-minded techs – including some of the UK’s top educators too!

Anyway, that’s enough from me… are you sitting comfy? Then let’s meet Julie-Ann…

Julie Ann Powell

Name:
Julie Ann Powell – Tip Top Tips
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Age:

30
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Are you mobile, home working or salon based?
Mobile and home based
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What training have you undertaken or are intending to take?
Essential nails distance training in gel tip and overlay, spa mani/pedi, gel polish and nail art. Living miles away from family and having a two-year-old this was ideal for me as I could learn at my own pace and fit in around my family
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What nail brands do you enjoy using & why?
Ink London for gel extensions – customer service is second to none and products are amazing quality yet affordable. Magpie for glitter, stamping queen U.K. For all nail art foils/brushes etc. Dixie plates for stamping products. Currently using Gelaze for gel polish (until I can rob a bank and purchase the magpie gels )
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How long have you been involved in the industry?
Just over a year, so still very much a newbie
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Do you offer any other services other than nails?
Not at the moment – other than a gossip
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Where do you get ideas for upcoming nail designs?
Everything and anything! I love trying new designs and enjoy all aspects of nail art
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What is your most memorable or favourite set?

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Pictured Above: Best set of nails  – homecoming nails. After a 13 week non contact deployment these were such a pleasure to do

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Pictured Above: Favourite set of extensions, simple yet the first time I’ve been happy with the shaping

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What has been your least favourite set and why?

Julie Ann worst

Pictued Above: Worse set, one of my first… I’ve since learnt to streamline!
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Are there any nail pro’s that inspire you?
Kate Dix from Dixie plates for her take on the nail industry. Anona Grice and Sophie Hudd for nail art. All incredibly talented ladies!
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How do you deal with difficult clients?
I’ve been lucky enough not to have many difficult clients. I stay true to myself, I’m honest and I think people respect that
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How do you keep yourself motivated during quiet times or tough days?
I am only part time and work around my husband who is in the forces and a 2 year old so I don’t have quiet periods if I do I usually will do my own nails or practice some new designs
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What do you find is the most challenging thing about being a nail tech?
My own self-confidence, I am my harshest critic. Although I see this as a good thing. I am always finding ways to improve

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How do you cope with business competition?
I try and work with them. We are all trying to achieve the same thing and I think we should support each other where we can
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Are there any aspects of your skills you’d like improve on?
Everything, I am in awe of other nail techs and would love to be at a standard they are providing their clients. Shaping is the one thing I am always eager to improve on
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What current trends are your clients loving?
Stamping! Everyone loves stamping!
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What are your interests outside of nails?
My little boy, he is the light of my life. Trying to make the world a safer and better place for him is my main goal in life
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What advice would you give to others thinking about starting off in the nail industry?
Do it! What do you have to lose? I’ve met some amazing clients and spoken to some fantastic nail techs. My confidence has improved and my self-esteem is far greater, I feel like I have purpose – even if it is just painting nails
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What social media links can we find you on?

Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/JAtiptoptips/

Instagram (still new to this) – @jatiptoptips

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A huge thanks to Julie-Ann for taking part in Meet The Tech Monday… be sure to pop by her social media pages to check out her fantastic work or why not take a moment to say a quick howdy in the comments below.

As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Meet The Tech Monday featuring Sanita Ozolina…

MEET THE TECH MONDAY

Howdy lovelies…

It’s that time again for another dose of Meet The Tech. A fun feature where we make room on the virtual sofa for an aspiring or professional nail artist to tell us more about their experiences in the industry so far! This week we have the lovely Sanita Ozolina with us chatting about life as a nail tech, including sharing some pics to be proud of!

Don’t forget, if you’re a UK based Nail Tech (or training to become one) then *CLICK HERE* to get yourself over to the Nail Tech Chat & Support UK Facebook Group where you can meet oodles of new nail buddies, pick up a wealth of insider knowledge & chatter with a wide variety of like-minded techs – including some of the UK’s top educators too!

Anyway, that’s enough from me… are you sitting comfy? Then let’s get started…

Sanita

Name:

Sanita Ozolina

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Age:

30

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Are you mobile, home working or salon based?

Salon based

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What training have you undertaken or are intending to take?

I have completed gel beginner course, lady glam nail art course, e-file course, hard gel fading, gel polish application and design, just gel course( gel sculpting and reverse French),One stroke Level1, currently undertaking gel to acrylic course to learn basic acrylics.

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What nail brands do you enjoy using & why?

I use Mosaic and Naba. I love Mosaic as they have good range of gels and I was trained with them in my beginner course. I adapted to Naba during my just gel course and I am taking training with Naba acrylics. Both are high quality brands with reasonable prices and long lasting results.

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How long have you been involved in the industry?

I started my training March 2016. Before that I had training in classic manicure and pedicure as part of my Beauty Therapy studies. Actively have started to work just around month ago.

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Do you offer any other services other than nails?

I do offer some beauty treatments, but my mine focus at the moment is towards nail industry.

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Where do you get ideas for upcoming nail designs?

I go on free workshops when I have a chance, and see what others share in groups and their pages.

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What is your most memorable or favourite set? 

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I think it was my first completed set of my gel beginners course, that made me proud and my teacher as well.

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What has been your least favourite set and why? 

Hard to tell which has been my least favourite set, as I kind of love them all.

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However, this is my least favourite set, it is gel polish. Why? Because I think I can do better than this

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Are there any nail pro’s that inspire you?

I get my inspiration from Zsuszana Varga and Chrissie Pearce.

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How do you deal with difficult clients?

I always try to be polite and do my best to satisfy them.

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How do you keep yourself motivated during quiet times or tough days?

As I am in transition between jobs and work in 2 places at the moment, I do not have too much free time, but I try to use quiet periods to practice and improve my skills.

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What do you find is the most challenging thing about being a nail tech?

Being responsible for your own time and income and dealing with difficult clients, as well as last minute cancellations and no shows challenge.

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How do you cope with business competition?

I simply am what I am and always do my best.

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Are there any aspects of your skills you’d like improve on?

Product application, structure and shape.

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What current trends are your clients loving?

Simple designs with full block color and a slight accent on nails.

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What are your interests outside of nails?

My amazing kids and my professional development.

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What advice would you give to others thinking about starting off in the nail industry?

If you feel that it is what you want, go for it! I didn’t had confidence that I will love it as I hated to work with normal nail varnish, but I am glad my friend encouraged me to give it a try as she saw my potential of becoming great nail tech and I am thankful for that.

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What social media links can we find you on?

Facebook and linkedin

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A huge thanks to the lovely Sanita for taking part in Meet The Tech Monday… be sure to pop by her social media pages to check out her fantastic work or why not take a moment to say a quick howdy in the comments below. As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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How To Promote Your Nail & Beauty Business On A Budget…

Be prepared, be very prepared… as today’s chatter is one heck of a verbal marathon gals! How I managed to whittle on for that length of time without stopping for water (or air seemingly) is beyond me, HOWEVER, it may be a really useful chatter for many budding beauty enthusiasts out there, as well as being one that’s close to my heart…

So many of us, every day, make the brave decision to go self-employed. It’s an exciting aspect, but it’s also one that fills many of us with dreaded thoughts such as… What if I don’t get enough customers? What if I don’t make enough money? What if it fails? Usually, a lot of these fears are united around one aspect – advertising to ensure enough people know your business exists. But how do you do that when you’ve already emptied your pockets on making ends meet, stock & paying general bills etc. It’s tough, really tough.

Over this past year, I’ve spent quite a lot of time on Facebook interacting with others in both nail tech and beauty groups. For many that either dream of freelancing, are in the process of setting up or are struggling to fill their appointment book it can be a stressful and frustrating process. But what if you don’t have to spend the earth letting people know you exist? Cue today’s upload of useful promotional tips…

Okay, so I may not have a masters degree in marketing or business studies, but what I do have has certainly been worth its weight in gold for me – hands on experience. Heck, I’ve made mistakes, BIG mistakes – but each time it was part of a learning curve. Get your fingers burnt once and chances are you’re not going to be stupid enough to repeat the process. However, it does make celebrating the successes even more meaningful!

So in a nutshell, if you have a dream to be your own boss and fear is holding you back, stop and evaluate exactly why. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your goals, and furthermore never give up on them. For those that are embarking on their journey in the beauty industry, in whatever role that may be, I really hope you find this video useful in helping to inspire you to promote your business without having to spend a fortune – which may make reaching your goal seem that little bit more achievable. Who knows 😉

Once again guys, a huge THANK YOU for helping me reach my YouTube goal of reaching 1000 subscribers! Wow, I still can’t quite believe it! And if you haven’t done so already, why not *CLICK HERE* to pop by and subscribe too – you’d certainly make my day!

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Have you ever wanted to set up your own business and become your own boss? Do you have fears that hold you back? Is self-employment a goal you’re aiming for in the near future? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to hear from you in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Why I’m Going Self Employed As A Nail Technician…

Howdy Chums,

After posting last Friday’s feature “GIVEAWAY: Help Me Name My Nail Business” quite a few of blog buddies and regular readers got in contact to wish me well (thanks so much!!) but also to ask a some questions about my venture into self-employment. Of course the best way for me to tackle questions that need a little more explaining is by hosting a quick chatter – kind of like a life update on this particular topic – which is exactly what I’m doing today!

For those of you eagerly following my mini YouTube series of ‘What’s In My Makeup Drawers‘ I’ll be back on track next week with Part 3 as planned. It just seemed better to address all the questions I’ve been asked in light of things recently than leaving it a few weeks down the line.

Soooooo….. once again a HUGE thank you to everyone who’s wished me well, been super encouraging, supportive and shown such a keen interest in keeping up with my journey. If there’s any other questions I can answer or anything you’d like to know then by all means leave me a comment down below or you can drop me an email and I’ll do my best to get back to y’all pronto!

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Friday’s post as I’ll be announcing the winner of last weeks Giveaway along with the name of my new nail business *woo hoo*

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Cheerio Chums…

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GIVEAWAY: Help Me Name My Nail Business…

Help Me Name My Nail Business

 HELP…

 As some of you lovely folk already know I’m in the exciting (if not slightly daunting) process of becoming my own boss (again) as I prepare to go self-employed and utilise my skills as nail technician. Having dusted off my training certificates from over a decade ago, indulged in quite a bit of training & am currently waiting on the post man bestowing me with the last of my essential nail goodies for my clients to coo over – all that’s left to do is come up with a catchy, cute, classy or quirky name for my business.

Naturally, being the social media butterfly that I try so hard to be *sigh* I thought it would be a fabulously fun idea to involve you lovely lot being the ever supportive readers of Confetti & Curves into helping to choose a new name for my new nail room. Of course as a token of appreciation for bestowing me with your creativity, what could be better than a mini international giveaway for whomever comes up with the name I fall head over heels in love with. Fancy yourself up for to the challenge? Then here’s all you need to do…

 Think of cute, sassy or just plain simple business name suggestions for a nail technician working from a nail room at home & enter your suggestion(s) in the comments below… it’s literally that simple! The person with my favourite name choice will win a gorgeous set of luxury nail polishes from Champneys delivered right to their door! 

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Giveaway T&C’s:

The more names you come up with the greater your chance is of winning so get those names listed *yaaahoo*

I’m open to quirky, classy, cute & simple suggestions – every idea is welcome!

Giveaway is open internationallycloses midnight Sunday 26th June 2016 so you’ve 3 full days to get thinking 😉

In the event of a tie break (where more than one person suggests the winning business name) those entrants details will be placed into a hat and a name picked at random.

Competition will be promoted on social media and is to include Twitter, Facebook & Instagram entries.

Entrants must be 16 or over

Winner will be announced on Friday 1st July (my birthday!!!)

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How fabulous are these polishes?! I adore the Champneys range & I’m pretty sure you will too! What digits could resist a luxury spa inspired manicure using this lovely lot. Colours included are Nude, Pink, Wisteria, Plum, Mulberry & Clear.

Remember if you’re not in you can’t win 😀 all suggestions welcome!

Cheerio chums…

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