The Magic of a Manicure

This month celebrates love–those special connections we form with those around us. Here at Sugar N Spice, we’re celebrating the connections made through the healing power of touch.

The Power of Touch

The Power of Touch

Much research has been done on the benefits of skin-to-skin contact for newborns, babies, cancer patients, and everyone else too. Here at SNS, we’re passionate about supporting our clients’ health and well-being through the power of touch. Whether is a powerful pedicure, a magical manicure, or simply a good-bye hug from Katy (and who doesn’t love those), we love to connect with our clients in a way that pampers them as much inside as it does outside.

Whenever possible, we prefer the smooth, flowing motion of skin-to-skin massage during our services. It’s natural, warm, and allows energy to pass from one person to another. Whether here at SNS or at another fabulous salon, don’t miss the chance to make a connection and heal your heart, mind, and spirit through the power of touch.

Did you know you can add extra massage time to any of our services? Click here to see all your options.

For more information and ideas on how stop de-stress and heal through touch, see these resources:

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http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/05/touching.makes.you.healthier.health/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743

New Year, New Hue

It’s 2015! Celebrate the new year with an appointment with your favorite nail tech and one of these hot trends:

New Hue

Pantone has announced Marsala as the color of the year, and it’s gorgeous! Come in and see all the shades of this rich sine color we have to offer.

New Jewels

Have you tried an embellished 3-D manicure? Now is the perfect time to indulge your love of bling and be perfectly on-trend.

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New Nude

After the bustle of the holidays, maybe you’re craving something softer and more subtle. Jazz up nudes with color-blocking, graphic lines, and double-smile French manicures.

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Check out these reports from PopSugar, Fanionisers, and Nailsmag for more ideas on the latest and greatest, then get your appointment with Sugar N Spice Services right away!

Happy Spa-lidays! Our Sweet Spoiling Product Picks

 

Holiday Gifts

Naughty or Nice, we all deserve a little pampering this time of year. And so do all our friends and family. At Sugar N Spice Services, we’ve gathered our favorite products for stuffing stockings this year–including your own!

Hemp Body Butter Lotion: Limited Edition Triple Moisture White Peppermint & Vanilla Herbal Whipped Body Creme

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Cold and dry air outside, hot and dry air inside, your hands just can’t win. Fight back against winter dryness with this Triple Moisture Herbal Whipped Body Creme. Natural (and luxurious) ingredients include hemp seed oil, yang oil, apple fruit extract, and cogon grass extract. And the limited edition scent is divine!

Vinylux from CND

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The last thing you need to worry about this season (or any season) is keeping up with your polish. That’s why I’m so excited about this fast-drying two-step application with increased usability. It has week-long wear–really! And it’s 3 Free–no Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP. It’s a polish breakthrough with 76 delicious shades!

CND Solar Oil: .125 oz

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It’s a mini version of the ever-popular Solar Oil. Perfect for taking with you wherever you go. The Vitamin E helps reduce skin aging and makes your skin and cuticles soft and healthy.

Peppermint Lollypops Fizz

Peppermint Lollypop Fizz

Drop one of these suckers into your bathwater and enjoy the bubble and fizz as the relaxing aroma surrounds you. As fun as it is therapeutic!

Peppermint Hard Hand Soap

Peppermint Hard Hand Soap

Give your body and hands some sweet sugar without the guilt! Choose from green or red peppermint. Shaped and wrapped as a peppermint candy with a clean, fresh smell. Guilt-free pampering at its best!

Candy Cane Fix Sugar Scrub

Candy Cane Fix Sugar Scrub

You love an occasional candy cane, and so will your skin! Exfoliate with our new scrub to reveal your skin’s natural glow for the holidays. This much candy never felt so good! This variation on our popular Sugar Fix Sugar Scrub is non-oily, free of paraben, paraffin, sulfates, gluten, lanolin, and soy. Made in the USA from the highest-quality essential oils and phalate-free fragrances with natural enzymes and vitamin E. And, best of all, it’s cruelty free and not tested on animals.

Peppermint Swirl Hand Soap

Peppermint Swirl Hand Soap

Keep clean and smell great with this limited edition soap from Simple Pleasures. Place one at every sink to spread the holiday joy.

The Berry Collection 3-piece Mini Lotion

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There’s nothing that softens your skin quite like a CND Scentsations lotion. And this boxed set makes a great holiday gift! This mini set of 2 oz bottles comes in Cranberry, Winterberry, and Black Cherry & Nutmeg. Divide the set for perfect stocking stuffers, or offer the boxed trio as an ideal hostess gift.

The Pamper Kit

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Every thing you need to create a spa for your feet in one easy-to-use kit! Keep your tootsies soft this winter with CND’s Cucumber Heel Therapy Pamper Kit. As a bonus, the kit now includes the brand new Cucumber Eye Masks to soothe those tired eyes.

Glittering Snowball Bombinator

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Sparkle inside and out for all your holiday events! Relax with the glittering vanilla-mint fizzy snowball in your bath, then step out and shine. Break it up or use it whole. Another fantastic pampering product made her in the USA.

Fragrance-Free Satin Hands Mini Gift Set

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Perfect to fit in your purse or carry-on. This hypoallergenic formula is perfect for those with sensitive skin or fragrance sensitivities. It’s easy to customize with essential oils, or as a perfect neutral base for layering under your favorite perfume. This easy three-step system absorbs quickly and provides a protective layer that lasts through several hand washings. Don’t miss out!

All the above are available from Sugar N Spice Services. We can even package them into a lovely gift basket for you! Please call ahead for gift baskets and to make sure your favorite product is in stock or order online.

Happy Holidays from Sugar N Spice! Spa la la la la, Spa la la la!!!

 

Photos by Celtic Dream Photography

Get to Know Your Nail Tech

This month, we’re spotlighting the owner of Sugar N Spice, Katy Lambson. Read on for a glimpse into this amazing, creative gal!

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am the founder, and owner of Sugar N Spice Service in Saratoga Springs, UT. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google +, and YouTube (see links at the end of the post). More importantly, I’m a wife, daughter, friend, and all-around fun-loving girl!

What one word would you use to describe yourself, and why?

Passionate! I believe you can bring anything you desire into reality. As long as you are passionate about a goal, believe it will happen, and work hard, anything can be accomplished! I am young and relatively new to this industry, but I’ve already accomplished more in a short amount of time than I could have imagined. It definitely helps to have an extremely supportive family and husband who have been there for me, celebrating every step of the way.

How did you get started in the nail industry?

I wanted to do something fulfilling and rewarding that allowed me to combine my creative talents with my passion for pampering. I’m a very social person, and I was looking for away to interact with people from all walks of life. I started doing nails part time after my corporate day-job. After hearing friends and family admire, appreciate, and encourage my work, I realized I could turn my passion into a career and be happy to go to work every day. That is exactly where I am now. I help contribute to my family financially while making a dream come true doing what I LOVE! My love for nails has also led me into the online beauty community as well. I now get to share with so many others! A major highlight for me was being featured in NAILS magazine.

What/Who inspires your work?

I take inspiration from many different things. Music, fashion, nature, art—I love to think outside of the box! My most recent project of matching nail art to custom-created jewelry was inspired by my family. I now offer rings, necklaces, bracelets, and pins created using polish or Shellac to match a client’s nail service. And I love working on Nailed It: art posters created using actual polish and polish bottles. Abstract designs are my favorite style because there are no rules or limits. My own nails typically correlate with the seasons or my mood. On special occasions, I might coordinate my nails with my outfit. I love to try new products and techniques.

Are there any tools you can’t live without?

My cuticle implement! I love how well it works to clear and clean the nails. I use it for every mani, pedi, shellac, and glitter toe service to prepare the nails properly. It’s my go-to tool. Another tool I always have is my clean up brush. Having a small rounded brush for creating crisp lines and cleaning cuticles is a must! Everyone should have one, especially when it comes to nail art.

What are your favorite techniques/styles?

I am a huge fan of working on the natural nail. It’s important to me to be able to enhance what you already have and make it even more beautiful. Squoval nails are my current favorite shape. I also love foils, stamping, and additives.

What tips can you offer others?

Dream—dream big! Then work hard, think outside the box, be creative, and tap into your natural resources. That’s what makes you unique and will set you apart. You can and will be successful if you believe and work hard for your goals. Never give up your passion, no matter how many people may doubt your success, no matter how many challenges arise. Use that to motivate you to succeed, learn, grow, and be the best.

Check out my videos:

Photography by Lyndee Visarraga Wilkerson Celtic Dreams Photography  

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Social Media Sweetness

Social-Media_2We love to hear from you and connect with you. In this day of high speed internet, mobile access, and busy day-to-day lives, we want to make it easy and simple for you to reach us. Ask us questions, check out our latest nail art, snag flash specials, and more. Sugar N Spice Services is now on : InstagramFacebook, YouTube-E-how videos, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Of course, you can always call, text, email, or just drop in!

10 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Nail Tech

10 Steps to consider

1-Are they currently a Licensed Nail Technician Professional? Most nail techs will display their license in the salon. If you can’t see it, ask. They should be more than happy to show it to you. Why is this important? This means that they went to school, passed state board requirements, have been approved as knowledgeable enough to safely work with the chemicals used in the nail industry, and are up to date legally.

2- Are they currently registered as a business for the state and city they are working in? Why is this important? You don’t want to support someone who works under the table. Think about it: why would a business owner not go though the proper channels to get a local business license? A business license gives approval to offer services to the community and ensures the business pays city taxes on profits–those taxes go back into the community. Also, a Fire Department approval is a part of the process. The Salon should have a fire extinguisher and emergency exits that are clearly marked.

3-Do they have good reviews and customer satisfaction ratings online? Why is this important? If busy people have taken the time to post a review, take advantage of what they have to say. If it’s a bad review, look at their concerns. If it’s a good review, look at why. 5 stars or a stream of continuous positive feedback can be a good indicator you too will have a good experience.

4-Do you like what you see in their portfolio? Why is this important? The art you see here demonstrates a tech’s technique, skill, creativity, and understanding of current trends. It’s a quick way to check out what they have to offer, and you might just see something cool and new you’ve never seen before.

5-Do you know what you want? Are you looking for acrylic nails that are sculpted, do you like traditional French tips, are you a store-front only person, or do you like the personal interaction of an in-home salon? How far are you willing to drive to your salon?Does the salon offer in-home or mobile services? Do they speak a specific language that you enjoy speaking? What days are those salons open, what are their hours, do they allow children, etc.? Why is this important? The more you know what you want, the better the salon can answer questions and help you find a perfect fit. Also, it’s important to inform the salon of any allergies or medical conditions, including pregnancy, even if you don’t think it’s a big deal. This will help them customize treatments and services to you.

6- What is your budget? Why is this important? You don’t want to set yourself up for embarrassment or sticker shock because you didn’t take the time to check the prices of their services. Most salons will have a Services Menu posted on their wall, as a brochure, or on their website. Don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t see one. Also, find out early what forms of payment they accept–cash, checks, or credit cards.

7-Do they use professional nail tools with a high level of sanitation? Why is this important? You need to protect yourself from infection and disease. Sanitation is critical to your health and too many techs and salons take short cuts in this area to save time or money.bTools should be washed with soap under warm water, soaked for 10 min in a hospital-grade solution, then dried immediately. Some techs go the extra mile with 8 min of UV light sterilization. Products should have original labels from top industry name brands. These include CND-Creative Nail Design, OPI, HEMPZ, China Glaze, SPA, GIGI, ProLin, Salt Of the Earth, Prossage, MRX, and Beauty Secrets, just to name a few. Pedicure basins should be obviously clean, and files should be brand-new for each customer.

8- Is the nail tech committed to continued education and experience? Why is this important? They reflect commitment, passion, and quality. Most training schools will offer low prices because they are not experienced. However, someone who is experienced knows what they are doing, is already trained, and will charge what they are worth. The world of nails is constantly being re-created with new techniques, products, and services. You want someone who not only stays on top of the wave of change, but can surf it with continued education.

9-Does the nail tech have social and interpersonal skills that mesh well with your personality? Why is this important? For some, this aspect of finding a nail tech may be critical while for others, it’s not as vital. Are they friendly, warm, and welcoming? Do they make you feel like a VIP guest? Do they offer suggestions for your skin and nails, home care, and color choice? Do they listen to you? Did they provide the service you scheduled? Did they answer questions you had? Were you able to book your appointment in a reasonable amount of time? Did they go above and beyond in any way to ensure your experience was exceptional? Did they work outside of regular hours to accommodate you?

10-What other services or products are you looking for? Why is this important? We’re all looking for that one-stop-shop to take care of all our beauty needs. Is your nail tech located in a full-service salon? If not, do they have recommendations for trusted beauty professionals in the area? Does the salon offer a boutique on site? If so, what items are offered? What amenities are offered: bottled water, snacks, a cooloing or heating pack? Do the restrooms offer feminine hygiene products, cramp packs, etc.?  Do they have a loyalty program offering free services or discounts? What specials or promotions do they have going on?

Once you answer the questions above and narrow down your choices, try one out. Take a pen and a paper with you and write down what you like, what could have been better, and what exceeded your expectations. I am sure using the above recommendations you will find a nail tech who is right for you.

 

If you Love Shellac you must try Color Gel by OPI

We are all familar by now with fantastic benifits of CND Shellacs 14 day mirror finish wear on like polish, UV Light Cured nail color that came out way back in 2010. But how many I wonder have heard of Gel Color by OPI? When CND Created Shellac it was new braking the 1st of it’s kind in the Nail Industry(CND has always been a leader in creating new products), like all great idea’s everyone wants to get on board and offer that product. Many comanies have attempted this such as Harmonys “Gelish” Young Living has there copied concept, etc.. I have personally tested many of the additional Shellac Like proudcts. My favorite is Gel Color by OPI; not a complete shock as there products are of high quality and rarely disapoint.  Shellac VS Color Gel Most results with this product for this service are the same with I would say 2 unique diffrences.

1- Texture:  Shellac= plastic flexible nail cosmetic VS Color Gel=  glass feeling and harder cosmetic shell.

2-Removal: Shellac= 10-15 min finger wrap removal VS Color Gel= Light Filing of the outter Shell to brake the seal than a 10-15 min finger wrap removal.

It really comes down to your personal prefrence- some like the flexablity that Shellac offers and the easy fast removal process, others like the hard texture Color Gel offers and don’t mind the bit of extra time for removal. My Advise try both products next time you get a service. I love both and alternate each time I do my nails.

 

Extra Extra Read all about it… New CND Brisa Lite Gel…

Brisa Lite Removable Gel System by CND now available at Sugar N Spice Services. It combines the superior performance of Brisa Gel and the Superior Removability of CND Shellac. Resulting in a superior new Technology; Brisa Lite. Does not require filing of the natural nail. Out with the old CND Gel and in with the new Soak off Lite Gel.

Same dynamic multi use in style and colors …..

 

Same super fast cure time….as Shellac and the old Gels.

More than 50% less of the removal time… that’s right out with the old Gel 45-60min hand file removal or nail drilled off costing between $20-35 and in with the new Brisa lite removals taking 10-15 min and only costing $10.00 at most salons. That’s Extra time in your life and Extra Extra money back in your wallet too!

Would you like to be one of the first to try the new Brisa lite? Would you like your nails done for free? Win a Custom Run Waylook or Traditional French Tip in CND Brisa Lite Gel.
1- Like the Sugar N Spice Facebook Page

2- Share this post the FB Contest Post

3-Post a comment with why you deserve to win

4-Text me a pic of your nails #801-368-9041

— 2 winners on March 30th 2013!!! —
Winners must be available to receive free Service at SNS Services with in 1-2 weeks of winning.