Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Exciting New Range of Nail Wraps Launched in the UK.

Share Our Excitement As We Launch Our New Range of Nail Wraps.

Today's the day we can share some exciting nail art news! After months of development we are proud to announce the launch of our exciting new range of Nail Wraps.

We have been really busy for the past year designing, developing, manufacturing and finally packaging to bring this new nail art product range to life and we are really very happy with the result.

So whats unique about The Nail Art Companies Nail Wraps?

Well apart from the many decorative, stylish and trendy designs. A practically hand crafted and packed product. Superior quality materials and UK Manufacture. We offer all our nail art loving customers a very real sense of exclusivity.

Just some of the fabulous new Nail Wrap designs
we have created for the product launch.
How do we do this? Simple, we limit the manufacture of each design to just 250 sets. So once a nail wrap design is sold out it's gone for good :-(

Just think, 250 sets worldwide almost guarantees you won't bump into anyone else wearing your nail wraps!

We want our nail wraps to always be current. We plan to achieve this by releasing new nail wrap designs weekly, so there will always be exciting new designs to view and try out.

For those of you who like to order direct from The Nail Art Company website. The Nail Wraps will be available from the site in December 2014.

We're Donating 10% of Nail Wrap Sales to The Breast Cancer Campaign charity.

To celebrate the launch of our new 'Fingers & Toes' Nail Wrap Collections we are donating 10% of all nail wrap sales from The Nail Art Company's ebay store to the Breast Cancer Campaign charity from now until the last day of December 2014.

Breast Cancer Campaign's mission is to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure.

So why not try a new nail wrap design from our new range.

Indulge in a little nail candi whilst also helping this worthy UK based charity at the same time.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Christmas Nail Art. Festive Nail Stencils, Holly, Snow Flake, Snow Man & Christmas Tree.

Deck Your Nails With Boughs of Holly! Fa la la la la la la la la!

It's the end of November and Christmas is just around the corner. It's time to plan ahead and think about how we can decorate our little pinkies in the customary seasonal and festive theme. Something perhaps to compliment those chunky jumpers and fake antlers in the back of the wardrobe?

Well we may just be able to help you out with our selection of Christmas Nail Art Stencils by SmartNails.

The winter themed nail art collection consists of four festive designs. There is a Snow Flake, Holly, A Snowman and even a Christmas Tree. 

Snow Flake Nail Art Stencils N059

Snow Man Nail Art Stencils NDS0003

Christmas Holly Nail Art Stencils NDS0005

Christmas Tree Nail Art Stencil NDS0004

These Christmas Nail Art Stencils Offer Excellent Value For Money

These nifty Christmas nail art stencils are inexpensive and very effective. They are designed to be used with normal nail polish so you can easily utilise your existing polish collection which is perfect for home nail art lovers. Why not collect the set?

Compatible With Regular Nail Polish & CND Shellac & NSI Polish Pro

However these nail stencils are also compatible with CND Shellac and NSI Polish Pro. So if you have a nail business and you offer CND Shellac or Polish Pro they a perfect seasonal up-sell for your regular Shellac nail clients.

Christmas Nail Art Stencil Competition

Fancy winning a set of 15 SmartNail Stencil Sets worth £35? Then 'The Nail Art Company' is challenging all nail art lovers to come up with some original nail art designs. The only condition is you have to incorporate any of these four winter nail art stencil designs.

The stencils are available from our nail art shop at www.thenailartcompany.co.uk and are just £1.95 each. We have placed a link for each of the stencils underneath each image.

It's easy to enter

Email clear images of your work involving any of these nail art stencils to us. Our email is on the contacts page at the top of our blog. You can add to your designs using other nail art techniques and materials. Include your full name, address and permission to publish your work. 

We will publish all the designs here on our nail art blog. Everyone that submits an image will get published and a mention. We will select a winner on the 23rd of December 2013.

We look forward to receiving your entries and checking out your Christmas nail art designs. Good Luck!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Nail Art 10% Off Voucher Code for The Nail Art Company

Nail Art Voucher Code - 10% Off Everything In Our Nail Art Store.

10% Nail Art Discount Code for The Nail Art Company
Use the following code when checking out to get
10% Discount on some great nail art products.
With the evenings drawing in faster and Christmas only round the corner we thought its probably time to start thinking about some festive Christmas Nail Art Designs. 

For most of us Christmas means holidays and some time off with the family. So what a great time to have some festive fun decorating our nails!

We thought so too, so to get you all off to a flying start why not pamper yourself with a 10% discount in our online Nail Art Shop. Browse our nail art supplies, add the items to your shopping cart, checkout and enter the discount code. Simple.

The Voucher Code is valid until the 8th December 2013. So hurry. Usual rules, one use per customer.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Our New Range of Nail Art Transfer Foils - 130 Designs, Patterns & Colours to choose from.

Spread the word. The Nail Art Company has just launched a New Range of Nail Art Transfer Foils.

In case you didn't already know. Nail Foiling is an inexpensive and fun way to decorate your nails, and is suitable for manicures or pedicures. Get special effects you just can't achieve using any other nail art process.

Fuchsia Champagne Nail Art Transfer Foil NTF-NA-041
Fuchsia Champagne Nail Art Transfer Foil    NTF-NA-041

Nail Transfer Foils don't require any super special tools or equipment, all you need is Nail Foil Adhesive/Glue, 20 minutes and some Nail Art Top Coat to protect your finished results. Why not stop by our Nail Art Store and check out the new range.

Fuchsia Champagne Nail Art Transfer Foil Pot NTF-NA-041
All Nail Art Transfer Foils are supplied in clear plastic bottles

PS. We're currently busy writing a Nail Transfer Foil 'How to Do Guide' which we shall publish on out nail art blog shortly. Meantime why not join our +Google Circles at '+TheNailArtCompany' and keep up to date with our nail and nail art blog articles. You will be most welcome.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Is Being A Mobile Nail Technician Viable?


Mobile Nail Technician
UK Mobile Nail Tech NailsbyLisa.com 
Here at the Nail Art Company we frequently get asked this question – ‘Is being a mobile nail technician viable?’ The short answer is of course yes. In this nail blog article we will examine and explore the 3 main career path options open to nail technicians and then focus on ‘Mobile Nail Technicians’ and the pros and cons associated with this choice.

What Are My Career Path Options In The Nail Industry?

Most people who aspire to work in the nail industry begin their chosen careers as newly qualified nail technicians, fresh from college, clutching a handful of qualifications with a plan and a desire to:

1. Work in a nail or beauty salon for someone else and gain some ‘real world’ experience.
2. Open A nail salon or nail bar.
3. Start up as an independent Mobile Nail Technician.

Where you are in your career and your level of experience may ultimately affect your choice. So let’s explore the three main options.

1. Get a Job in a Nail Salon & Work for Someone Else.

Newly qualified nail technicians with little ‘real world’ experience may prefer to opt for No.1 and choose to work for someone else. In terms of transition from training to employment it’s certainly the easiest path into the nail industry. The advantages of this choice are that you gain valuable experience in a nail or beauty salon working environment that also allows you to build your confidence whilst developing your client / business relationships and honing your nail application skills and nail art techniques.

As an employee you generally don’t have to worry about attracting new clients or the ‘behind the scenes’ running of the business. Hours are usually 9 till 5 and sometimes may include a Saturday.

There is little risk to you as an individual (except – possibly losing your job). You get paid monthly via PAYE and therefore don’t have to worry about accounting, tax, insurance, equipment and material costs, bills etc.

The experiences gained in this environment usually serve as a sound platform to a later decision to perhaps ‘go it alone’ and either start your own nail salon business or become a mobile nail tech sometime in the future.

2. Open Your Own Nail Salon / Nail Bar Business

For those with the experience, a little vision, some confidence, drive and a generous splash of financial capital, the dream option (No.2) is to open and run a beautiful, stylish and trendy Nail Salon or Nail Bar. This path will undoubtedly give you total control in terms of ‘EVERYTHING’ to do with the nail business. From developing your ideas, writing business plans, right down to choosing the colour of the tiles on the salon floor and where to place your logo on your business cards.

This road is not easy or cheap, but the rewards of owning your own business in terms of personal satisfaction, control, pride, prestige and of course greater financial reward is not without its price.

Of course with great rewards often comes great responsibility. Things such as finding and securing financial backing, accounts, insurance, bills, employment, training, materials, consumables, accountants, uniforms, equipment, advertising, finding new clients, licences, rates, data protection legislation, backing, hiring and employing staff, growing the business, legislation and legal compliance…. the list goes on and on.

Don’t be mistaken, as a business owner all this becomes your responsibility, and more importantly your financial risk should your new nail business venture fail.

Running a nail salon involves a lot more hours (and stress) than a 9 to 5 job and of course financial investment. But in return offers far greater rewards in terms of personal experience, accomplishment and hopefully greater personal profit.

But for those that have the experience and would like to grow but perhaps don’t have the financial muscle or the desire to shoulder all the responsibility and risk of running a full blown nail salon what are the options?

3. Go It Alone as a Mobile Nail Technician

Being a mobile nail technician is an excellent halfway house between working for someone else and owning your own nail salon business. You will essentially be self-employed with full control of your appointments and growing your nail business. You will potentially save a lot in set-up costs, investment and risk that you simply cannot avoid when opening a fixed address salon business.

However, you will still need to be compliant with business regulations and the law. The fundamental difference is the costs involved in setting up are much less than that of a nail salon and of course the dynamics of the business model. Instead of clients coming to you, you will go to them.

What’s Important When Setting up as a Mobile Nail Technician?

As with any new business venture you will be faced with many considerations when setting up as a mobile nail technician. The following are some pointers but there may be more depending on what you want to do.

Register Yourself as Self Employed with HMRC. 

Register yourself as a self employed sole trader with HMRC. It’s really quick and easy to do. This is important for many reasons including but not limited to:

Ensuring you’re registered for self assessment for tax and NI.
Obtaining business insurance.
Being able to purchase your salon products and consumables. (Many suppliers will only sell to nail techs that can prove they are a business and also have a genuine qualification.)

If you’re thinking of doing this as a side line without informing the authorities and you are discovered you will more than likely face hefty fines and possibly a prison sentence. So get off on the right foot and register yourself first.

As a Mobile Nail Technician You Will Need ‘Business Use’ Added to Your Vehicle Insurance. 

To travel to and from your nail clients you will probably require the use of a car. Any travel that is related to your nail business activities is considered ‘business use’. So if you wish to remain covered in the unfortunate case of an accident during your business activities you will need to have notified your vehicle insurance provider that you intend to use your vehicle for business purposes as well as domestic social and pleasure.

The onus is always on you to update your car insurance provider of any changes in circumstances and it’s vital you do otherwise you will not be insured whilst visiting your clients when out on your rounds. In the majority of cases this will not actually add anything to your insurance premium but in the cases where it does the cost is usually negligible.

Ensure That You Have Public Liability Insurance. 

Business insurance is important and a key requirement that’s equally applicable for a mobile nail technician. For example, imagine for one moment that you’re at a client’s home; blissfully delivering beautiful CND Shellac nails and you accidentally knock a brightly coloured glitter infused nail polish on to your client’s new cream pure wool carpet. Think for a moment how you will break the news to your client that you don’t have insurance?

So you deliver the bad news. What’s the likely outcome? Well, you will probably be ejected out of your client’s home and sued. Your hard earned reputation will take a dive and ultimately your new nail business will suffer. So make sure you get your insurance in place and don’t wait until it’s too late. Shop around to get the best deals – However to get business insurance your insurer will ask for proof of formal beautician training and a qualification such as a BTEC, HNC, or HND certificate from a recognised training establishment such as a college of further education.

Mobile Nails Technicians - Who Are My Customers?

In my experience as a mobile nail tech my clients come from all walks of life. But there are three core reasons why they wanted a mobile nail technician and why they sought my mobile nail services. The majority of my clients like most of us have a job and work 9 till 5. Consequently they find it difficult to get nail appointments that suit their busy schedules and availability.

Another large proportion of my clients have a family and children, which again limits time and availability and makes getting a nail appointment difficult because of arranging child care and getting time off.

The remainder of my clients are elderly or may have a disability that makes getting to a nail salon difficult or impossible.

Why Are Mobile Nail Technician’s Popular - Its’ All About ‘Convenience’

Whatever the reason there is a common thread though all my different client groups that makes being a mobile nail technician extremely viable. It’s ‘convenience’. By being mobile you’re offering your clients convenience in terms of; you come to them, at a time that suits your client, often offering out of normal hours appointments. And I can assure you from my personal experience there is a market for mobile nail technician services out there.

What Are The Personal Benefits of Being a Mobile Nail Technician?

In a nut shell – Flexibility, you are free to organise your own appointments to suit your schedule and lifestyle. This is especially beneficial if you have a young family. This is one of the main reasons I chose to become a nail technician. I also enjoyed the personal levels of service that I offer to my nail clients.

Reduced Start-up Costs

When you haven’t a lot of capital to start a nail business saving on all the expenses of having a brick and mortar nail salon can be all that you need to start and launch your business.

Business Coverage

Being a mobile nail technician means that you can cover a greater range and therefore area than a fixed address nail salon. I personally recommend a 3 to 7 mile radius from your home. Of course you can set this to your own preference. However beware that travel costs are expensive and that the further you go the more it costs you in time, fuel and therefore expense. You will need to factor this into your nail service prices.

I hope you have enjoyed my article on the benefits of becoming a mobile nail technician and find it of some use. Please feel free to link to this article and please plus+1 it and recommend it on Facebook by 'Liking Us' or Share it on Twitter!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Nail Art Dotting Tools – What Are They & How Do To Use Them.

What are Nail Art Dotting Tools? What are they for? and How do I use one?

Time to explore some of the tools of the professional nail artist trade. In this article we're going to look at one of my favourite nail art tools the humble but powerful Dotting Tool.
Our New 'Posh' Range of Nail Art Dotting Tools.

Dotting Tools. Nice To Have or Essential Nail Art Kit?

Nail Art Dotting Tools are considered an essential nail art design tool used by nail technicians and professional nail artists to easily create and apply colour dots and patterns in nail art design using nail polish, shellac, gels and acrylic nail art paints.

What are Nail Art Dotting Tools?

Dotting tools are most similar to a pen in terms of shape, size and use. Dotting tool handles either of cast plastic or, if you're a bit posh some anodized aluminium metal handles. These are fitted with 'dotting tips' which are essentially spherical ball shaped tips that come in a range of sizes, from fine to course giving you a choice of dot sizes appropriate to the size of dot you would like to create in your nail art design. Dotting tools are sometimes also known as marbling tools.
Professional Nail Dotting Tool Set with 10 Different Tip Sizes.

Dotting Tool or Dotting Tools?

Nail Dotting tools are often available individually or in professional sets. At the cheaper end of the range dotting tools tend to have cast plastic handles and the posh models have expensive looking anodised aluminium handles that look far more professional and are typically more robust. With the price difference being so small between the two we recommend the pro aluminium models.

What Do Dotting Tools Cost?

Luckily, owning a set of Nail Art Dotting Tools is not a major expense and certainly won't brake the bank. You can typically buy them individually for around £2 each, or you can purchase a plastic set of 5 for £6, or the really fancy aluminium ones for £10.

What can you achieve with Nail Art Dotting Tools?

I use my dotting tools with a range of nail art materials, typically, acrylic nail art paints and nail polish to create dots, patterns and little flow shapes directly onto the natural nail or onto nail enhancements. I can also achieve fine results creating lines and geometric patterns. Great result can be achieved if you chose complementary colours!

Examples Of Dotting Tool Nail Art.

Nail Art Dotting at It's Best. Great Use of 'Dot-in-Dot' Technique.
Great Dotting Tool Gradient Nail Art.

Fabulous Use of Contrast and Also Colour Over Lap Nail Art Dotting Ideas.

More Than Just a Dotting Tool

Over the years I have used my nail dotting tools for many other little tasks. They are also very effective with nail art marbling techniques and also for picking up tiny Swarovski SS5 Nail Art Crystals and gems and placing them in just the right place, a fiddly task at the best of times.

Clean & Dry Your Beloved Nail Art Tools.

When you're finished using a nail art dotting tool as always ensure you clean and dry it ready for next time. Beware if you don't dry the cheaper dotting tools properly you may find they will rust!

Handy Nail Dotting Tool Tip

Whilst using dotting tools, we found this excellent and useful nail art brush and nail tool holder a godsend. It’s perfect for preventing your doting tools rolling off your desk when not in use and makes them much easier to pickup especially if you have longer nails yourself.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Wearable Nail Soakers Review - The Pink Pods That Save You Time

Wearble Nail Soakers. What Are They and Are They Any Good?

It’s been a week and my nail art is starting to look a little tired and so I desperately wanted to take off my acrylic set. This gave me the perfect excuse to try out and test my new nail art soakers I recently purchased.

Normally I soak off my nail enhancements or nail art using a soak off bowl in the time tested way or sometimes I use the foil and Acetone soaked pads.

However being someone who’s always ready to try something new especially anything involving nails and nail art I thought that these wearable nail soakers looked such a good idea that I’d give them a whirl.

I got these from ‘The Nail Art Company’ at just £5.95 for a pack of 10 they aren't expensive and was actually quite excited and a little intrigued to find out for myself just how well they worked. The following is my review of these rather nifty and time saving nail care products. I hope you find it useful.

10 Wearable Nail Soakers From 'The Nail Art Company'

What Are Wearable Nail Soakers?

Basically they are a set of 10 Acetone resistant pods that you fill with Acetone (or Acetone free equivalent) solution and pop on your fingers to soak off and remove nail art, nail polish, shellac or artificial nails.

Each nail soaker pod consists of an opaque body with a pink silicone aperture that allows you to a) fill the soaker with Acetone and b) easily pop your finger tips in.

The pink silicone is designed to create a snug fit around your finger tips and acts as a seal to prevent the acetone from making a mess.

This is What a Wearable Nail soaker Looks Like.

Here We Have a Typical Wearable Nail Soaker.
Beautifully simple - Acetone resistant plastic cups with pink silicone lids you pop you finger through. The lids don’t need to be removed but can be for easy periodic cleaning.

The Best Way to Fill Wearable Nail Soakers.

From my research this is where I first came across some negative comments and opinions relating to wearable nail soakers. These comments generally related to making a mess or wasting Acetone when trying to fill the soaker pods.

After my extensive testing I believe I know why. Many simply try to fill the nail soakers straight from the Acetone Bottle (Usually an oversize bottle too). The size of the aperture in the pink lid is small, the opening in the Acetone bottle is large and often pours too quick and too much causing an over spill and a right mess. What you would expect really.

Want to know the secret to filling these little nail soakers without making a mess? Use a proper Acetone dispenser like this:

The Best Way to Fill Wearable Nail Soakers is with a Proper Acetone Dispenser.
Simply put the tip of the dispenser nozzle inside the cup and with a gentle squeeze fill up to the top of the fill line marked on the side of the soaker. These Acetone dispensers are so convenient, filling takes seconds and no mess what’s so ever.  A pipette or syringe is just as effective.

How Full Should You Fill The Nail Soakers?

Not as much as you might think. Don’t forget you have to put your finger tip in and that takes up quite a bit of volume. So if you overfill the nail soakers the only thing that going to happen when you put your finger tips in is its going to squirt, leak or both and again make a mess. I found that you only had to fill the soakers approximately half way up the opaque cup.

Overfilling Nail Soakers Only Leads to a Mess. Below the Pink Line is More Than Adequate.
I also found it much easier to pre-fill all the soakers so they were ready before putting them on.

What Is The Best Way To Place My Finger Tips In The Soakers Without Making A Mess?

Filling the nail soakers with acetone and then putting your finger tips in sounds straight forward. That’s until the first time you do it and get caught out by an ‘Acetone Squirt’. How does this happen?

Pushing your finger through the pink seal into the acetone filled soaker compresses the air trapped in the pod, and this has to go somewhere and will eventually results in a leak or squirt.

To be fair if you read the instructions on the packaging (and I know many of us don’t) it does clearly say to give the nail soakers a little squeeze and to slowly rotate as you put them on. This effective distorts the pink seal and lets the excess air out. 

Once you get the technique there easy to put on without a mess.   Tip: Try practicing with water first.

With Nail Soakers Installed It Only Takes 3 to 5 Minutes for the Acetone to Become Very Effective.

Do Nail Soakers Leak When You’re Wearing Them?

I guess the point of wearable nail soakers is that you can watch a bit of TV whilst letting your nail art soak off or whilst nourishing your nails. Either way you don’t want them to leak and cause a mess.
So I wanted to know would the nail soakers leak whilst wearing them. To test this I decided to raise my hands with the soakers filled and installed. I can happily report that they didn’t leak, however I really think this depends on whether you fill them correctly. As previously discovered the key is not to over fill.

How Long Does A Soak Off Take?

It depends what you are removing, whether its nail polish, shellac, nail art or a full set of artificial nails. From my experience I left my nails in the soakers for 2-3 minutes for nail polish and nail art, and a little longer for removing artificial nail enhancements. In each case my nails were wither perfectly clean or required just a small amount of work to remove any stubborn remnants.

Using Wearable Nail Soakers to Nourish Ones Nails.

I particularly enjoyed this aspect of the nail soaker’s review. A quick squirt of nail cream in each nail pod and then sit down and watch your favourite program whilst my nails and finger tips re-hydrate. Can’t do that with a finger soaking bowl!

My Conclusions

I was very happy with the nail soakers and I was pleased I got them. They are fairly inexpensive and I like the way they can be reused again and again. I also liked the added benefit of being able to use them to nourish my nails and finger tips after all that exposure to Acetone. 

They do allow me to watch the telly instead of sitting at the table with my hands in soaking trays and they are easy to clean and store.

I could see how some people might initially be put off due to the perceived mess they make but it goes without saying that as with anything new, make sure you read the instructions carefully before use. 

In my experience it was wise to experiment and practice the process a couple of times before getting the best out of them but hopefully I have identified most of tips and techniques for you in this review. I hope you enjoyed this nail article. Feel free to share, tweet or link to It and happy soaking.