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If you have any questions that aren’t listed here, or something else you would like to know please email me at nailsbyjema@gmail.com

How old are you?
I am currently 28.


Where do you live?
I am from the Gold Coast in Australia. We have the best beaches in the world!

What do you do for a living?
I am a nail tech! I am trained in Childcare and did that for 8 years but have recently decided to explore my love of nails further and have just finished my Cert II In Nail Technology. I am currently in the process of starting my own business.

What is your favourite top coat?
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Fast Drying + Super Shiny Top Coat is my favourite for nail art. It doesn’t smudge nail polish like most top coats do. I also use Seche Vite for swatches or solid colours as even though it streaks polish, that’s not a big problem on solid colour nails. It does have a tendency to shrink badly though so unless it’s a day only mani, I usually reach for the HK Girl instead.

Do you use a base coat?
Not really. Sometimes if I need something to smooth out my ridges I will use one, but I don’t have a favourite.

How do you get your manicures so clean?
I use an angled brush I got from eBay, and some nail polish remover to remove any mess. I dip the brush in the polish remover and use it to clean up any polish that I got on my cuticle or skin.

What kind of nail polish remover do you use?
I have a 1L bottle that I buy from my nail wholesaler for $10. It’s acetone free and lasts months, even when doing my nails every day. I have a smaller bottle that I pour it into so I don’t have to tip a huge bottle everyday.

How do I get nice smooth cuticles?
Hand cream and cuticle oil/lotions! They are a MUST! For a hand cream I prefer Vaseline Healthy Hands Nail Strengthening Hand Lotion because it doesn’t feel oily on my hands. I use Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream everyday and when my cuticles need lots of attention I use Lush Lemony Flutter for extreme moisture. I push them back after my shower when they’re soft and ONLY cut them when they are flaking or a hangnail is starting. You can see my Nailcare Routine here.

How do you shape your nails?
I use a high grit file to flatten the free edge since I prefer a square nail. I only file the edges if I have a break starting and only ever file in one direction.

What’s your favourite polish?
OPI is my ultimate favourite. I love their formula and brush size. I also like China Glaze, L.A. Girl, Essie, Picture Polish, Rimmel, INLP, Ulta3 & Bliss Polish.

What kind of camera do you use?
I just use my Samsung s3 to take photos and videos currently. I need to invest in a better camera soon. Especially for videos.

What kind of lighting do you use?
When I record videos I just have an Ikea lamp above my hand. It’s the Tertial Work Lamp and I have a normal daylight bulb in it. When I take photos, however, I have a very basic light box that I have put together with two $15 lamps from Target, both with daylight bulbs, and a OTT lite above the box. The OTT light is more expensive but SO worth it in my opinion. It is far superior to the other two. I use a frosted plastic storage box propped up on a box and with a piece of paper to take my photos. I actually bought a real fabric tent from eBay for my photos but it sits unused and I prefer my plastic box.

Where do you get your swatch sticks?
I buy them on eBay from a buyer named zysysy2012. The store link is here.

Are your nails natural?
Sure are!

3 comments:

  1. Where do you buy the tape strips you use? Thanks.

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  2. Can you put up a list of the items that you use when doing your nails in different styles

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  3. DonnaJo Edmonds18 April 2017 at 16:23

    What do you use. For the skin around the nails before you polish, and then peel it off?

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