japanese nails

Aya Miyako of Marie Nails

Aya Miyako of Marie Nails 0

Name: Aya Miyako

Salon: Marie Nails, Koreatown, CA

Instagram: aya84ichigo

What inspires your designs?

Simplicity, and pictures from Instagram, or magazines.   

What's the most "out there." non-traditional material you've incorporated into a manicure?

feathers, lace (but I found it very difficult to work with). 

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

I'm a traditionalist- French sculpture.  A true set of pink and whites. 

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

Patience, practice, not giving up, and continued education, for there's always room for improvement.  

What's the most unique request you've received from a client?

a ding ling and a gigantic bow.  

AnGel Artist Gel Pots- Series 2

AnGel Artist Gel Pots- Series 2 0

I recently had the privilege of playing with the Series 2 of Artist Gel Pots from AnGel by Ikonna. .

Series 2 comes in a convenient case, perfect for traveling, and features 12 awesome new shades. Say goodbye to using traditional acrylic paint when doing nail art! These potted gels do not set or dry out, like acrylic paint, until you cure them in the light. The gels have an amazing viscosity, which makes them ideal and perfect to work with, allowing ease of control. The kit retail for $119, and will last many a manicure. I can not recommend it enough! Every manicurist that performs any type of Nail Art NEEDS this kit in there arsenal!!

The colors included in Series 2 are:

Lemonade Parade: a bright creamy yellow

Blank Pages: a pure bright white

She’s Got Envy: a great and creamy grass green

Pinch Me Pink: a flamingo pink

Frostbite: a cement gray

Fresh Face: a peach apricot

In the Buff: a caramel camel

Ice Cold Stares: robin’s egg blue

Lavishly Lavender: a deep grape purple

Peri”wink”le: a cornflower blurple (blue/purple hybrid)

Sparkle My Interest: a glistening dark gunmetal metallic

Silver Stars Shine: a metallic silver

For more information, or to purchase AnGel products, check them out here: http://ikonna.com/

AnGel by Ikonna

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I recently got to visit the AnGel booth during the ISSE Convention in Long Beach, and was pleased to see some fantastic new tools to facilitate the creativity of all nail artists.

First up is their wonderful AnGel Artist Gel Brush Kit.  The kit comes in a black leather case that’s ideal for traveling.  The brushes are fantastic and cover Every aspect of nail art you will ever perform.  The Brushes come in various sizes, and are numbered accordingly 1-8 (they can also be purchased individually):

1) Falthead brush: to paint wide brush strokes, or to create ombre fade effects.

2) Round brush: to paint large areas.

3) Stroke brush: to paint long lines.

4) Wide angle brush: to blend and create fade effect.

5) Thin angle brush: to perform detail blending or fading.

6) Blunt brush: creates thick lines.

7) Detail Brush: perfect for painting small details or fine lines.

8) Small flat brush: paint dual colored art, or help blend colors.

These are without a doubt the BEST brushes I have Ever used.  I have used many brushes, synthetic, natural, fine, thick, from craft stores, from nail supply stores, from Japan, and these out perform ALL of them. I could not recommend them more.

I also came across the remarkable AnGel Gel Pot Series 1 featured here. The collection comes conveniently in a plastic case and features 12 perfect shades to aid in creating whatever nail art you desire.  No longer having to rush with conventional acrylic paint, these potted gels do not set until you cure them in the light. The gels are incredibly thick and very easy to control and work with.

The colors include:

The Dark Ages: black

Blank Pages: pure bright white

Kiss This: primary fire engine red.

Never Evergreens: kelly green

Warmest Wishes: sunshine yellow

Its OK to be Blue: cobalt blue

Plumb out of Luck: a deep dark purple

Plain Orangutan: bright orange

Feeling Fierce: fun fuchsia

Turquoise Tantrum: a turquoise aqua blue

Tan my Hide: a rich camel beige

Beg for Burgundy: a perfect dark burgundy

To purchase any of these AnGel products, or for more information, check them out here: http://ikonna.com/



I recently met with the wonderful folks of VETRO at this years ISSE Convention in Long Beach.  Introduced for the first time ever to the US market at the convention. VETRO is a gel polish line made in Japan from the creators of ever popular brand Bella Forma.

The line has 69 beautiful gel colors.  The line also has some innovative products exclusive to them, such as the “Flat Design” and “Design Liner,” that are nail art brushes suspended in a cleansing solution, that enable you to easily create peacock designs, fine art, marble effect, or tie- dye patterns using any color you prefer.

Some of their colors, like 065 Luce Bronze, swatched here, come with a built in thin detailing liner brush, so nail art and design are a breeze.

I chose 3 colors from the line to showcase and swatch here.

076-Oro: a shiny sparkling bright yellow gold.

006-Seta Lip: a pearlized soft baby pink.

065-Luce Bronze: a sparkling rose gold.  This shade as the built in liner brush for detailing and nail art work.

Each of the colors shown here are two coats, cured each for 20 seconds in an LED lamp as directed.

For more information on VETRO, check out their website: http://www.vetro.jp/en/