Cosmetic Cupcake Nails is opening this Saturday October 11th!

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Hi ladies! Just a very quick post to let you all know the Cosmetic Cupcake Nails salon is finally done and opening this Saturday October 11th! Yay! I'm based at Escape Hair & Aesthetics salon - 484 King St Newtown, Sydney.

I'll be there from 9am - 6pm this Saturday so book in for a service or if you're in the area just pop by and say hello! It's super easy to book - simply click on the booking app on my Facebook or via my website. At the moment it's appointment only as I'll only be working limited hours.

To celebrate the opening I'm having an opening special with 30% off ALL services for October! Awesome time to get Halloween nails done ;)

Hope to see you all soon!

Cosmetic Cupcake Nails NOW HAS A HOME!!

It's been so hard to keep this under wraps but since launching my own nail art business Cosmetic Cupcake Nails earlier this year I've been slowly making developments in my business. I'm also completing my nail tech certificate to broaden my skills to offer a full range of services.

Today I am SO thrilled to announce that Cosmetic Cupcake Nails now has a home!! I've taken the plunge and I'm opening up a space within Escape Hair + Aesthetics (484 King St Newtown) here in Sydney!

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I'll be opening in early October and more details to come shortly while I set up! I'll be offering manicures, nail art, CND Shellac and pedicures and gel down the track as well. I'll also be holding nail art workshops from time to time and I can host parties from the salon too woohoo! I'm going to start off with appointments only and they'll be made online or via phone. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited but nervous!! A huge thank you to my awesome hubby and everyone who helped me make the decision to take the plunge. I'll be working there part time and then hopefully gradually increasing my hours.

Here are some teaser shots of my little salon!

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What started 4 years ago as a simple blog has become so much more and hopefully it will continue to grow! Some highlights for me have been:

I really hope you'll all come to Newtown and get your nails done by me! Keep an eye on my social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) for updates! Thanks for all your support guys!

LCN summer in the city, fiery cumin and light denim swatches and review

Happy hump day ladies! I'm nearing the end of semester 1 of my nail tech course so I finally have a bit of time to catch up on things and one of those things is my poor neglected blog!! I feel so bad but life always seems to get in the way and I'm working on something special with my business which is taking up so much time! Today I have a few quick swatches of 3 LCN shades to share. I'm determined to stop always going for the same shades these days so when LCN Australia asked if I'd like to choose 2 polishes to try from their range I stayed away from the usual pinks and purples that I gravitate towards and went for shades I don't normally reach for.

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fiery cumin* is a deep carrot orange creme. That's my best description of the shade haha! It is definitely unique in my stash and my favourite of the 3 I have to show you. 2 coats is pictured.

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summer in the city* is a dark camel creme and it's a great safe for work polish. It's not a ground breaking shade but one that's lacking in my stash! 2 coats is pictured.

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I purchased light denim last year at Spa & Beauty expo and I never got around to trying it oops so I thought it was about time I tried it out! It's an azure blue creme and isn't it gorgeous?!! It's the perfect sky blue and I'm itching to do a cloud mani with it. 2 coats is pictured.

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Overall: I am loving these LCN shades and I'm definitely going to be adding more to my stash! The formula was fantastic and consistent for all 3 shades. They're super opaque, self leveling and you can get away with 1 coat but I did 2 coats out of habit. The bottles are on the small size though with only 8mls of product which is about half the size of most polishes but the brush is easy to use and I only had minimal clean up.

Details: LCN polishes are available from the LCN Australia online store for $4.95. Their site is down at the moment but you can catch them on Facebook too!

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Thanks for looking as always!

* Product(s) provided to me for consideration but this in no way influenced my review in any way. As always, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My Disclosure Policy can be viewed here.

Romantique paisley CND Shellac manicure

I picked up a CND Shellac lamp and trial pack when I was at the Spa & Beauty Expo a few weeks ago and I finally got the chance to try it out over the weekend. The trial pack included all prep products for a CND Shellac mani and also some of CND's best selling shades including Romantique which is a gorgeous soft pink shade. It's been a while since I've done a palette cleanser mani so I thought I would go back to basics! I was going to leave it as is but I didn't like the shade on it's own on me as it shows VNL (visible nail line!) so I decided to stamp over it. Last week in class my teacher put on this great CND Shellac paisley stamping tutorial by Sarah R so I thought I'd pull out my paisely plate and create a softer version of the mani.

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I prepped my nails and applied a thin coat of CND Shellac base coat and cured for 10 seconds before applying 2 coats of Romantique curing for 2 mins on each coat. Then I removed the sticky inhibition layer on all nails with IPA (isopropyl alcohol) and stamped full paisley image from Bundle Monster plate BM-315 using Konad stamping polish in white.

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I then added a coat of CND Shellac top coat and cured for another 2 mins before pressing CND Additives Glitter in Sizzling Sand over the inhibition layer of each nail with a nail art brush for some gorgeous and subtle holographic sparkle. I finished off with another coat of CND Shellac top coat cured for another 2 mins and then removed the inhibition layer with IPA. PHEW!

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I absolutely love how this turned out and cannot wait to experiment more with CND Shellac! I'm a bit hooked now and I'm chuffed that my first Shellac mani turned out so well! I think with a lace design or something this would be perfect look for brides. I took the long way with this mani by applying the additives at the end but oh well trial and error.

Hope you're all having a fab start to the week! x

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