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.

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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.

Trendz: Good bye Fish Hello Jelly Pedi

An unusual pedicure treatment which involves plunging feet into a tank full of Garra Rufa fish which then suck and nibble away dead skin has been all the rave from 2010 & has kinda slowly fizzed out over the last 3 years. It’s replacement does not nipple at your feet, require cold water or have a fishy smell.

Meet the Jelly Pedi – Perfect for Spring with it’s Jelly Bean like feel it’s just as sweet and it might just stick to ya as your . So.. your thinking ok.. what is it?

A jelly pedi creates a truly luxurious pedicure experience by transforming the warm water into a soft, translucent, fluffy jelly that will melt all of your daily stress away.  The mixture is made of natural plant oils that, when added to the hot or warm water, create a smooth gelatinous mixture that will send a thousand sensations of luxury through your toes & soles.  The essential oils, aloe vera, and light fragrance ( Avalible in Lavendar- purple, Aloe Vera-Green & Peppermint- Blue ; as featured), will melt the stress and anxiety away while removing toxins and stimulating blood circulation to relax your muscles.  How wonderful is that!  Want to experience the latest rage among Hollywood’s leading ladies and experience the most fabulous treatment ever for your feet?  Now you can Sugar N Spice Nail Salon is offering this one of a kind experince on special during the month of March as there Seasonal Special in Green Aloe Vera.

Nail News: Sweet Dreams by CND

I have to say,  I am so excited for the March 2013 release of the Shellac Sweet Dreams Collection, set to join the CND Shellac lineup. These springy, bright pastels are make up the Sweet Dreams Collection, set to become available in March 2013.

Let me first introduce you to these Sweet new Colors… ( Top to bottom Left to Right) beautiful Lavender Purple called ” Lilac Longing”, Light sage Green with some Neon sparkles to it ” Limeade”, a beautiful baby blue called “Azure Wish”, the Pretty Pastel Pink is ” Cake Pop” and best for last one of my personal favorites “Grapefruit sparkle” it’s light on pigment perfect for those who want a healthy natural glow on there nails with just a hint of shimmer also a great layering option.

Below is a custom look I did for a client using “Limeade” & “Azure Wish” we added some glamor with glitter and blink with the gems. This over all look and service cost $45.00 and will last 2-3 weeks depending on nail growth rate. The service includes a full dry manicure, a moisturizing massage and conditioning solar oil treatment,welcome gift (for 1st time clients joining SNS Salon), complimentary chilled beverage & free skin and nail consultation. Be one of the first like my client to get a new one of a kind look for spring.  Pop to it like a daisy and make your appointment now. SNS is taking new clients if you would like to join our pampering family.

Enjoy all these new gorgeous shades now avalible at Sugar N Spice Services. ! I’m a huge fan of layering to create new color combos with CND Shellac, so the Sweet Dreams Collection will definitely help to create some fun new options.

Spring into nail art

Spring time is know for beautiful, pastel colored flowers springing up from the ground. Follow my simple spring flower Nail Art tutorial to create your own look for spring. Use the dot technique to create a snail, butterfly, and other fun designs.  As Featured in the Picture above this design can go from basic to more detailed & available in Shellac. These nails are titled “Spring Fling” from the fun swirl of white dots like a gentle summer breeze the fun vibrant colors create a warm energetic look. Get this looks or your very own custom look  at Sugar N Spice Services.