Japanese Nail Art a la Cal Gel

So I was in San Francisco during the summer visiting my parents and I was really interested in trying out some Japanese nail art.

I normally do my nails myself so im pretty reserved when it comes to spending my money getting my nails done at a salon (especially when most of the times I end up doing a better and more creative job then they would)….BUT I came across Nail Art House located in Japan Town in San Francisco.

Asako is the nail technician there and she specializes in calgel technology only. She creates the most awsome nail art I’ve seen in a while. Plus since she uses calgel which allows the designs to last for two to three weeks so it’s definetly worth the money. You should definetly check out her work on the facebook page


Asako is super friendly, really creative and a joy to be around. So durring my stay I got two sets done, one when I first got there and one before I left, and here are the results of her artistic mastery :)

In this mani Asako created a double french tip in light pink and hot pink. She then decked out my nails with 3D love cakes and swarvski crystals. I just loved and still love this…the design is super cute and just what I wanted. I asked for pink and girly and it’s just what I expected and more! Plus she really knows how to apply and work with the gel polish.

No wonder I went back for another appointment:

Sticking with the girly and pink theme, this time we opted for a hello kitty wonderland.

Asako created a degradation effect in pink, witha  glitter tint then decked out with Hello Kitty Fimos, 3D crystal bows, a few holographic glitters, and super cute fruit decals. I asked for something Over The Top and I got Over The Top…I was too happy with this mani that it inspired me to create my own 3D wonderlands. To be shown later of course :) I just cant wait till xmas for my next set  :)

Water Marbeling Nail Art

So this was my first and only attempt at water marbling and I think it turned out well. I should definitely give it another try.Plus the possibilities are endless with the variations of color combinations available.

I did find this technique to be rather messy and it definitely needs a good amount of time and patience…like many things nail art related :)

Here’s a great youtube video that shows and explains what to do:



I used all OPI colors in baby blue, pink, purple, and white.

Cherry Blossom Delight: using polish and acrylic paints

This mani is probably one of my greatest achievements (that is in the realm of nail art!). I used both nail polish and acrylic paints. I decided to start using acrylic paints to create more detailed designs. Initially I wanted to use the acrylic paints for One Stroke designs (A technique I will post about about later) but I found this pretty tricky and realized it takes a lot of patience and practice.  Anyways, the great thing about acrylic paints is that you can water down the paint to make your own consistencies which allows for the application of small details. Plus you can mix colors to create great a variety of new ones and shades.


As my base color I did 2 coats of a shimmery light pink polish from H&M (Sea Pearls). The side sweep tip in mint green is OPI Mermaids Tears. I created the branches with my black striping brush polish by making a few squiggly lines. Using the acrylic paint i mixed pink and white to create a light pink. I used my dotting tool to make four small dotted clusters to create the petals. I then made a small black dot in the middle of the dotted clusters. And Wham…a pretty cherry blossom garden right in the palm of your hands :) Top coated with Seche Vite for shine and a long wearing last.