Today I have some really exciting news to share! I’ve known about it since the end of July, but I’ve kept it hush-hush. Why? Not because I was asked to, but because it’s just more fun this way to announce it now!
My interview was featured in Your Nails Magazine! (And I’m representing Canada – wooooo hoooo!)
Back in the summer, Karolina Boczek (the Managing Director of Your Nails Magazine, a magazine geared toward nail professionals) reached out to me. She told me that her magazine runs a regular article in every issue that asks nail technicians and people who are passionate about nails to answer a few questions.
She was wondering if I’d be interested in a feature. Hells to the yeah, as they say!
I sent short answers to her questions, some of my manicure photos, and a headshot of myself as requested.
Then, it was just a waiting game – a very exciting one!
You have no idea how many times I went home and checked my mail to see if the issue arrived! (This is my very first magazine feature, so it’s a huge deal to me! Plus the fact that I’m not a nail technician or a nail professional in any way makes this a special honour.)
The September issue I’m featured in is No. 8 (4/2013) ISSN 2009-4752, and you can find me on page 51, in the centre column and under the section called “What’s Hot & What’s Not Around the World”.
Unfortunately, I don’t own a scanner, so I had to photograph the page with my camera’s flash. (I have a few friends who have scanners, so hopefully I’ll be able to scan the page nicely and add it here in the near future.)
When you get to page 51, I’m featured along 2 others, Ami Harris (who has had 15 months of professional training) and Ria Lopez (who’s been doing nails professionally for 5 years). I’m honoured to be featured alongside them!
In this post, I share the full article with you, as well as a closer look at the pictures.
Here’s a close up of my section, but if you find it hard to read, scroll down because I typed it out in case it’s easier for you.
The image on top shows the summery fishtail braid manicure I did.
At the end, they were nice enough to include some of my social-media accounts and my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle nail art.
Below is the text that’s in the article:
What inspires you to do nails and nail art?
The impetus behind me wanting to paint my nails, come up with quirky nail art, and blog about it on SwatchAndLearn.com was a combination of several things: challenging nail traditions, staying creative, wanting to sport manicures with singular style, and encouraging others to dream up designs and turn their visions into realities!
How many years have you been working with nails?
I’ve been painting my own nails since elementary school, but it was only until I began blogging in 2010 (sharing reviews and swatches) that I started painting my nails more frequently each week.
Which nail stylist inspires you the most?
I wouldn’t be able to name just one because every nail-polish enthusiast (or ‘nailphile’ as I like to say) is a major source of inspiration. Passion inspires me, especially when it’s driven by happiness rather than goals to achieve perfection.
What nail trends are most fashionable in your country this autumn?
A lot of people are continuing to embrace the textured-nail trend. It’s one of the most exciting nail trends in a long time, and I’m digging it like a shovel! Not only do the textured polishes dry extremely fast, but the harmony of matte and glitter combine for a match made in nail heaven!
What is your favourite website for getting ideas?
Since I’m a big advocate of accessible beauty, I really enjoy Beautylish.com because it’s an inviting community where beauty lovers of any age, background, and experience can come together and communicate their passion on an equal playing field. This website bridges the gap between the industry professional and the savvy consumer.
What’s your must-have product right now?
The Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat has been my holy-grail product for years because it’s the Usain Bolt of top coats – it dries a manicure rock hard in record time. I wouldn’t paint my nails as often as I do if I didn’t discover it!
This is what the cover of the magazine looks like. (Haha, no, those aren’t my toes! I wish!)
If you’re interested in subscribing to the magazine, you can get a physical or a digital version sent to you. The subscription is available worldwide, and a 1-year subscription includes 5 issues.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all Swatch And Learn readers for supporting me and for making my blogging journey more and more rewarding each and every single day.
Although it’s challenging to run a blog, I’ve found that your enthusiasm, your humour, and your kind words never fail to find their place in my heart.
Thank you for visiting Swatch And Learn, and thank you for making the nail community so welcoming and fun to be a part of!