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Ryoko Garcia Is NAILS Next Top Nail Artist

Posted January 28, 2014

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After 10 weeks of elimination rounds last fall, three finalists were left standing in NAILS Next Top Nail Artist competition sponsored by Gelish. NAILS flew the Top 3 — Buddy Sims, Lauren Wireman, and Ryoko Garcia — to Long Beach this past weekend for the International Salon and Spa Expo to compete in the final challenge and find out who would be crowned the winner.
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Valentine’s Day-Themed Quickfire Challenge

Posted January 26, 2014

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On Sunday, January 26, the Top 3 (Buddy Sims, Lauren Wireman, and Ryoko Garcia) participated in the fourth and final part of their Gelish-sponsored final challenge. We gave them a mystery box filled with Gelish colors and surprise craft store products. They were given three hours to craft five individual Valentine’s Day-themed nails.

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The Ultimate Mariah Manicure: Who Won and Who’s Packing Up Their Brushes

Posted November 22, 2013

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Congratulations to Ryoko on your second win (and for advancing to the final round)! You won this week’s OPI Mariah Carey-inspired challenge and the judges praised your lovely color palette, your thoughtful use of “bling” elements, and your handpainted techniques. Many of our judges loved that you surprised us by creating a water marbling technique with polish for some of the nails. Read More

The Ultimate Mariah Manicure: The Top 3

Posted November 21, 2013

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Challenge 10, sponsored by OPI, asked our Top 3 to create the ultimate Mariah Carey-inspired manicure. Using only nail polish (and of course some bling), our contestants drew off the superstar’s love of butterflies, sparkle, and her music to create these Mariah Manis.

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Week 10: The Ultimate Mariah Manicure

Posted November 15, 2013

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This week’s challenge is sponsored by OPI Products. The iconic polish company often partners with celebrities and the entertainment industry to come up with beautiful new collections of polish. This holiday season, Mariah Carey is the face of the company’s glam holiday collection. We tasked our Top 3 to create a set of natural nails (on someone’s hands) that is inspired by Mariah Carey.

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Every Week Is Fashion Week: Who Won and Who’s Packing Up Their Brushes

Posted November 15, 2013

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Congratulations to Lauren on your third win! You won this week’s CND Fashion Week challenge and the judges were impressed by your use of unconventional items — X-ray film, phone wires, and a grilled memory card? Come on. That’s just too cool. Many of our judges loved your C-3PO design the most and were really wowed by your creativity and execution.

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Every Week Is Fashion Week: The Top 2 & The Bottom 2

Posted November 14, 2013

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Challenge 9, sponsored by CND, asked our Top 4 to use inspiration boards from Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week to create three unique looks. Drawing inspiration from designers The Blonds and Michael Van Der Ham, our contestants used a combination of professional nail products and non-traditional materials (X-ray film, clock parts, VHS tape, and a grilled memory card!) to create these fashion-forward looks.

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Week 9: Every Week Is Fashion Week

Posted November 8, 2013

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This week’s challenge is sponsored by CND, the professional nail company who pioneered nail art on the runways. For this challenge, our Top 4 were tasked with creating their own nail looks inspired by CND’s Design Lab, where CND creates innovative Fashion Week designs each season.

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Pretty in Polish: Who Won and Who’s Packing Up Their Brushes

Posted November 8, 2013

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Congratulations to Julie on your first win! You won this week’s Misa Pretty in Polish challenge and the judges were impressed by your unique spin on “A Sin Worth Committing.” It’s even more amazing that you painted this design on your own hands! Many of our judges commented on how whimsical your design is and agreed that sweets are definitely “a sin worth committing”.

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Pretty in Polish: The Top 2 & The Bottom 2

Posted November 7, 2013

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Challenge 8, sponsored by Misa Cosmetics, asked our Top 5 design a set of nails inspired by a popular Misa polish name. From Femme Fatale and A Sin Worth Committing to Dirty Sexy Money and Epiphany, see how our Top 5 interpreted these names.

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