Friday, 3 June 2016

Cutie-Kills Nails

Cutie-Kills Nails, Zara Evry nail artist, Medusa Grassmarket, Edinburgh nail artist, gel polish colour, fashion blogger nails favourite

Cutie-Kills Nails, Zara Evry nail artist, Medusa Grassmarket, Edinburgh nail artist, gel polish colour, fashion blogger nails favourite
Having a good nail tech is a lot like having a good hairdresser. I've been on the lookout for a new nail salon in Edinburgh for a while now but I'm really fussy with who I let have a go on my paws. I've always taken care of my nails, and hands, as it's something my grandmother instilled in me (as I've mentioned before) but I've had some poor experiences. I've been having manicures since I was ten but I mostly do them myself now as I'm so particular. If I do get colour, I don't get the full mani treatment. No one shapes my nails but me. But I do long for it- who doesn't love a pamper? And nail art is the most fun!

When I heard that nail wizard Zara Evry aka Cutie-Kills was back in the UK after a long stint in Australia, I was keen to get in contact and see what she's getting up to. She's recently moved into Medusa Hair Salon in the Grassmarket, so she's practically my neighbour! After a few emails and some mutual instagram stalking to see what colours and nail style I like, and what she can do, we arranged an appointment for some candy coloured gel nail art to match my recent milkshake shoot.
Or so I thought.

As she expertly prepped my nails (yep, I even let her shape them) and discussed the different techniques she can do, we got onto the topic of 90s TV, Noel Edmonds' jumpers and MTV graphics. And we got a bit carried away. A lot carried away. I seem to have this affect on the creatives I meet.
Pastels turned into brights. Candy hearts became geometric shapes. And squiggles. And foils.

In short, Zara crafted up the ugly jumper nails of my dreams!
Cutie-Kills Nails, Zara Evry nail artist, Medusa Grassmarket, Edinburgh nail artist, gel polish colour, fashion blogger nails favourite, nail trend 2016, 90s nail trend
Cutie-Kills Nails, Zara Evry nail artist, Medusa Grassmarket, Edinburgh nail artist, gel polish colour, fashion blogger nails favourite
Cutie-Kills Nails, Zara Evry nail artist, Medusa Grassmarket, Edinburgh nail artist, gel polish colour, fashion blogger nails favourite, MTV nail art trend, 90s nail inspiration
Cutie-Kills Nails, Zara Evry nail artist, Medusa Grassmarket, Edinburgh nail artist, gel polish colour, fashion blogger nails favourite, 80s graphic nail art trend, 80s nail inspiration
This fab set of gels with negative space were all hand drawn over a late night session, as we bopped to an 80s party playlist (dancing and painting- now that is skill!). Although this is a little more out there than her usual designs (second top, from instagram) it was really fun to get the full treatment. Who needs to decide on a design when I can have 10? The gel polish is on my natural nails, so it's designed to last 2-3 weeks if you take care of them. I find it is also great if you are trying to grow your nails because they don't tend to break (in my experience). Zara uses a few different brands of gel polish, advising me on which base would be best for the condition of my nails etc. This means she has a huuuuge collection of colours. You can find a pricelist here but these beauts will set you back just £35. She does brilliant extensions starting at £40.

I've since been back to have them removed- Zara does a free removal and tidy up for any gel polish she's added!- and to catch up on her gossip. RIP beautiful 90s nails but now I've moved on to a fresh pop of blue. This may seem silly but for me it's her consistent and even nail shaping that'll keep me coming back. What can I say? I'm a perfectionist. And so is she (even after 8pm- thaaanks Zara!)
Cutie-Kills Nails, Zara Evry nail artist, Medusa Grassmarket, Edinburgh nail artist, gel polish colour, fashion blogger nails favourite
Cutie-Kills Nails, Zara Evry nail artist, Medusa Grassmarket, Edinburgh nail artist, gel polish colour, fashion blogger nails favourite
Yep, it was a late one.
Thanks so much to Cutie-Kills for fueling my insane pattern love. Now can everyone else please go, go, go so I can see what else she comes up with?
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