Well, it was quite an event, as usual! Crowded, somewhat crazy and full of sparkles! Words don’t really do it justice, so here’s some photos:
Lines were 4-5 people deep and there was a lot of pushing and shoving, even amongst the normally very polite Japanese. I guess sparkles make everyone go a bit crazy!
TiNS, a cult favorite Japanese brand of polish. They were on a special sale for 700 yen (about 9USD) rather than the usual 1400 yen. I stocked up on few even though I’m supposed to be getting ready to move soon! I just can’t resist the glitter! In addition, Zoya, OPI, China Glaze, Jessica, Orly, Spa Ritual and a couple other brands were there. This year, the focus seemed to be pretty heavy on the gel nails and Minx- almost every booth was selling their own variations on those.
Nail competition. There were some gel competitions, and one thing intriguingly entitled “French Tip Relay.” I have no idea what that involves- I’m hoping one person slaps on the white, another runs over and brushes on the pink, and then still another comes by with topcoat. And I hope there’s a pit crew involved. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to check that one out.
Here’s what I painted on my nails. I went with a dragon theme, since 2012 is the year or the dragon. I think all of us in Japan are looking forward to a better year next year! I did a foil nail, some 3-D acrylic (the 2012 on the pinkie) using traditional New Years colors.
Here’s a closer look at the dragons. The base color is Zoya Ivanka, and the dragons are painted with Holbein Acryla and sealed with Seche Vite.
That’s more than enough about me, here’s some of the fabulous nails in the Nail Art Competition! The theme was “The Power of Nail.” I’m pretty sure that nobody (including the competitors) had any idea what that meant. The Power of Nail?! Luckily, the art was still exceptional, but the theme must have been tricky to work with since it doesn’t actually mean anything. The winners will be picked on 11/21. This is not my work, just to be clear. I do realize this type of art is not for everyone, but there’s no denying the talent of the artists.
I think these are Shiva…with nail supplies in hand? Sorry if this is offensive to any Hindus, it was just so odd I had to post it.
Gorgeous. Not sure how it relates to the theme, but with detail work that fine, who cares?
Bountiful acrylic flowers- these look simple but are really tricky to balance correctly. Each petal has to be identical or the whole flower is off.
Fantasy florals and butterflies with climbing vines. I love the background gradation and the monarch butterfly detail.
As usual, it’s been a pretty amazing event. The winners will be announced tomorrow, though I won’t be attending, I’ll try my best to find out which entry won. I also have quite a few more nails to show you, but all the photos need to be edited to take out the glare from their plastic boxes.