Month: April 2015

Nasty Old Crow


Nothing new. It’s been around since the dawn of time and not likely to disappear any time soon.  No one is innocent of it, and I do mean no one.

Gossip is defined as “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.”   After all, how could the listener confirm whether or not anything is true?  Maybe you are talking about the new car your neighbor bought that is really cool, or discussing how a friend spoils her child.  Maybe you’re only telling what seems to be a funny anecdote about something you and your friend did.  You don’t have to be unkind to gossip, but talking about others is always gossip, no matter the story.

Sometimes people ARE unkind.  Human nature I suppose; the result of jealousy or envy or gosh knows what. Not the best character traits, to be sure.

The Beauty industry isn’t any more immune to gossip than any other. Gossip is rife on the boards, in private messages, and during phone calls.  Why not? It’s a highly competitive industry.  Everyone is competing against one another for business. That’s absolutely natural.  Without competition, no one strives harder to do better.   It’s when competition gets ugly that things get out of hand. When harmless chatter leads to nasty gossip.

Or worse – deliberate attempts to tarnish the reputation of an individual or business.

I don’t mean when you’re dissatisfied with a product and complain about it.  Or maybe a company took too long to process your order?

I mean when it gets really ugly.  I shouldn’t have to explain what that means. Ugliness that I witnessed in a nail tech group is what prompted this status post on my FB.  More ugliness that was screenshot and sent to me by someone frustrated with seeing that sort of ugliness, who needed to vent her frustrations.


A very respected member of our industry posted a status that reads “I’m too busy working on my grass to notice if yours is greener”.  Wise words.   That’s why she’s respected.  She doesn’t play the gossip game.

So my advice is stop listening to the squawking of Nasty Old Crows.  What did they ever do for you except S**t on your car right after you washed it?



The IBXNails Construction Company

At tradeshows and IBX certification events, I find myself often using analogies to explain how IBX works and it’s benefits.   Let’s be honest; not all nail techs follow Doug Schoon and/or is familiar with nail plate biology and/or chemistry.  Not everyone has read Milady’s Standard Nail Technology.  Also, most clients don’t either. So, we have to simplify in layman’s terms that everyone understands.

That’s the reality.

IBX is a system that repairs and STRENGTHENS the nail plate from within.  It penetrates the nail plate to fuse to itself in between the uppermost layers. It does NOT bond to the actual nail itself (thus retaining flexibility as opposed to becoming too hard and brittle).  We reinforce the inner structure without leaving anything on the surface.

Here comes the Construction Analogy number 1.

Why use IBX?   As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post; a house with a strong foundation will stand against the test of time while one with a weak foundation will tilt and totter.  The same is true for nails.  Strong and healthy nails are a great foundation for embellishment or enhancement products and whatever is applied will have longevity.   Weak, bendy floppy nails… watch your gel-polish chip off in a matter of days.  Nails damaged and/or trashed by NSS or by picking off product, good luck getting enhancements to stay on. You’ll likely suffer a cycle of lift that is a struggle to eradicate.   With IBX, you can repair and strengthen that foundation to better support enhancements and ensure their longevity.

Construction Analogy number 2.

When you have a crack in your basement wall, you’ll call the crack repair guy and he will do epoxy injections such as seen in this image here.


For IBX, the avocado & carrier oils of IBX paired with your chosen heat source are the caulking gun.  They are the injectors of the other elements.   Now to note:  epoxy (polyurethane) does NOT bond to concrete. It’s plastic. It can’t.  BUT it will fill up all the nooks and crannies, filling in all the gaps, fusing to itself.  It will cure (harden) and reinforce the wall preventing the crack from spreading, and will also prevent water from penetrating.  The same applies for IBX. It will not bond to the nail plate, but will fill in the spaces between the layers and will prevent water and other from penetrating. (ohhhh added bonus, protection against water absorption!)

Now for Construction Analogy number 3.

This is my least used analogy.  However, I’ll share it in the event it may help someone.

Constructed roofs have A-frames to support the outer shingles and whatnot.


If you live in Canada like I do, then you’re going to want a STRONG ROOF or this happens under the weight of snow.

RoofCavedUnderSnowBostonWhat if you could very easily add extra support in between those A-frames? Filling in the gaps? Perhaps adding additional A-frames?

Some nails are like that roof.  Weak, bendy, thin nails.  The kind that makes every nail tech crazy because no matter what we do, polish doesn’t last beyond a couple of days.

Until now.

Call the IBXNails construction company for your Nail construction needs.  Otherwise known as and your clients will love you for it.

Gonna Kick Murphy’s A**!

If you know me well, then you’ve likely heard me laughingly say the following at one time or another:

  • If I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have any at all.
  • If it’s going to happen to anyone, it’s going to happen to me.
  • I couldn’t have written anything funnier than the truth.
  • Irony likes to make me the butt of it’s jokes.
  • Murpy’s Law Loves me.  When I find Murphy, I’m gonna kick his A** with my B***h boots, then I will take his book of laws and beat him with them until he cries like a little girl.

In good humor of course; because one thing I’ve become very good at is laughing at myself.

Once upon a time I could have a good cry over little things. I was an emotional sort.  Those little things had a way of turning me inside out and keeping me up at night. Big things could could torment me for months at a time.   Then over the years I learned that crying resolved nothing. Suffering in emotional torment and dwelling on that which I could not change, changed nothing. It certainly didn’t benefit me. In point of fact, the ONLY results of being miserable were: migraines, an upset tummy, a runny nose, and an empty box of tissues.   Where’s the fun in that?

I don’t know when the switch was flipped.  When I turned from a Negative Nelly into a Positive Pat.  Oh for sure, I still enjoy a good venting session like the next person.  Who doesn’t appreciate letting some steam off, now and then, to reduce the pressure?  However, one day when I didn’t notice, my whole outlook changed.  Ok, I was ‘trying’ to change my outlook and for a while I had to “fake it until I make it’.  Although, I’m still not sure when the faking ended and reality began.

You see, there is ALWAYS a bright side.  Let’s look at today for example.

  • Today is my 44th birthday.  I can either A-moan and whine my youth is passing me and I’m getting wrinkly OR B-Celebrate that I’ve made it this far and look forward to moving forward and hey, I still have a great set of legs.
  • Today on my birthday, I reached to turn on my computer and it didn’t turn on.  A-moan and grown and cry about it OR B- be happy that at least I have a tablet and a phone to use.
  • Today on my birthday, I had to pay for the registration of my vehicle. A-gripe and complain about paying it OR B-well, it’s cheaper than in Quebec AND at least I have my own wheels and don’t have to walk.
  • Today is my birthday and A-there is no party, or gifts to unwrap or candles to blow out on a cake and most of my family and closest friends live far away  OR   B-my awesome hubby took me out for dinner and is getting me new glasses, I have wonderful new friends in my new town that celebrated my bday, my kids are healthy and fabulous as always and well over 200 friends thought to take a second out of their day to wish me happy birthday on Facebook.
  • Today is my birthday, and A- a beautiful dog named Sally that I will miss greatly and loved very much was laid to rest and I’m heartbroken over it   OR B-I was lucky to have known this beautiful soul, who showed me affection in return and will  be with me always as she’s in a special corner of my heart.

In case you wondered whether I prefer the A or the B options, I’ll tell you.  My choice is B.  Most of the time, my attitude is F***’em if they can’t take a joke because life is far too short to take so seriously. Dwelling on the negative serves no purpose and achieves absolutely nothing! An utter waste of energy. I don’t know about you, but I have better things to do.

Instead of moaning about what Murphy’s Law did to you this time, laugh at him and spit in his eye. Choose the positive route and try “ah well, let’s move on, what’s done is done. Next chapter”. Besides, the cost of living is rising and with it the cost of tissues.  If I were to spend all my time crying over spilt milk, I’d need an entire tissue-factory and who can afford that?

So why not join the B-Team, and join me.

Together we can have fun Kicking Murphy’s A**!

You know that you want to  😉