Oxygen Media ‘MANIpulates’ the hottest fashion trend of nail art into a creative and innovative competition series, “Nail’d It,” premiering Tuesday, October 7 at 9pm ET/PT. Hosted by Adrienne Bailon (“The Real” & “Fingertip Fetish“), “Nail’d It” pits 18 of the best up-and-coming nail artists against one another as they claw their way to the top to claim a life-changing grand prize of $100,000. The series premiere coincides with Oxygen’s rebrand on Tuesday, October 7th across all platforms, launching the network’s new logo and tagline, very real, targeting young, modern women.
In each episode, the talented contestants will face-off crafting flawless flat paint designs and over-the-top 3D masterpieces using everything from lacquers, gels and acrylics to embellishments and unorthodox materials. The winners and runners up from the first six episodes will compete in a high-stakes four-part finale until only one artist is left standing to win the grand prize and opportunity to have their designs featured in a cover story for Nail It! magazine. Pushed beyond their creative limits, the contestants will be critiqued by a rotating panel of judges, including industry icon and leading expert on trends, Jan Arnold (@cndworld), CND’s Co-Founder and Style Director; Top “Man”-icurist, Tom Bachik (@tombachik), who polishes the nails of celebrities from red carpets events to sold out arenas; expert nail artist and celebrity manicurist, Terrance Terry (@terranceterry), known as the “Nail Villian” for his uncensored personality and ability to push the envelope; and distinguished judge of nail art competitions worldwide, Elaine T. Watson (@elainetwatson), Cuccio International’s VP of Marketing and Sales and Global Education Director. In addition, Nail It! magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Stephanie Yaggy Lavery (@nailitmag), and People Style Watch’s Beauty Director, Holly Carter (@hollsbeauty), will serve as guest judges during the season. For more information on the show, the judges and the contestants, please visit: http://www.oxygen.com/shows/naild-it.
MEET THE JUDGES:
With over 13 years of experience, expert nail artist and celebrity manicurist Terrance Terry has made a name for himself as the “Nail Villain” with his uncensored personality and abilty to push the envelope. He took the industry by storm with his pioneering Designer Nail Series where he replicated the emblems of various luxury brands onto nails. Terry has worked on television and films including “The Hunger Games” and has done nails for celebrities such as Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Garner, Mariah Carey, among others. In addition to owning a boutique nail salon in Atlanta, Luxe Nail Bar, he also serves as a product specialist and educator for Essie.
Elaine T. Watson
Elaine T. Watson is Cuccio International’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales and Global Education Director. Having worked as a professional nail technician for 20 years, she designs and manicures all the nails used in the company’s advertisements, catalogs and packaging. Based in Valencia, Calif., Watson also travels all over the world giving product advice, technical expertise and judging nail art competitions. She’s no stranger to the world of competition as she vied for titles early in her career. She currently serves as the Head Judge for London’s “Nailympia” and has judged international nail art competitions in Beijing and Dubai. With her accomplished career serving as a testament to her ability as a nail artist, she also has a natural eye for remarkable nails and prides herself on always judging objectively.
With her whimsical, sleek and over-the-top personal style, Jan Arnold is known as a legend within the nail community, and her work has helped to spearhead the 21st century nail artistry movement. Hailing from San Diego, California, Arnold currently serves as the Co-founder and Style Director of CND (Creative Nail Design), the global leader of Nails. Fashion. Beauty. In addition to being the face of the brand, her experience as a brand engineer has contributed to CND’s success as a worldwide company. Arnold and her team pioneered nail design on the runway over 18 years ago, collaborating with countless designers at Fashion Week and styling runway nails for Cynthia Rowley, Nicole Miller, Oscar de la Renta and The Blonds, among others.
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Stephanie Lavery, Editor In Chief of Nail It! Magazine, will be blogging and answering your questions all season long! Get to know the nail expert here!
MEET THE CONTESTANTS:
Classic Mully, 30
San Francisco, CA
Classic is an experienced manicurist known for her phenomenal acrylic work and 3D designs. With almost three years of experience, she competes on the national level and has over thirty trophies to her name. She tried out for “Nail’d It” to prove to her ex-boyfriend that she is a better nail artist than him. A self-proclaimed “golf junkie,” she wants to win the grand prize to finish her education in Japan and open her own salon.
LaToya Parker, 30
LaToya is an artist to the core and does not hold back when it comes to her nail art. From candy to chains, there is nothing she will not add to a nail to complete a look. LaToya looks forward to accomplishing her goals in the nail art world and to one day truly establish her brand.
Lauren Wireman, 32
Cape Coral, FL
After overcoming a troublesome past, Lauren Wireman turned her life around and now works as a pastor along with her husband. When she is not mentoring local teenagers, she is working on her passion for nail art. She treasures relationships with family and friends and finds inspiration for her designs from within.
Best known for his 3D masterpieces, Robert Nguyen has been working and competing in the nail art arena for 8 years and currently serves as an international guest artist for OPI. He brings his well-rounded nail skills and fine painting ability to the competition. He also loves the nail industry, especially for leading him to his fiancée, who is a hand model. Robert is set to open his own salon, House of Polish this summer in Beverly Hills.
Jamie Melchor, 27
Known for her execution of a unique style of nails called “duck feet,” and her unorthodox over-the-top designs, Jamie has been pushing boundaries since she first entered the industry over ten years ago. She is the owner and nail artist of Nailville in Fresno. Lately, with the struggling economy, Jamie has ventured into the competition circuit. A bubbly and unyielding nail tech, Jamie considers herself ahead of her time in the field.
Celeste Hampton, 28
After beating a rare disease, Celeste Hampton learned to cherish everything in life and focus her attention on her passion for nail art. With over 12-years of experience, Celeste’s clients come to her home to get her unique glitzy and glamorous designs. She brings her A-game to the competition and if she wins, she hopes to open a nail bar in the D.C. area.
Amber Trawick, 34
Amber Trawick began her career at a local salon, but is now a stay-at-home mother of three and works out of her house as a full time nail artist. Completely self-taught, Amber rocks a funky style and loves practicing her trade on her seven-year-old daughter. Her competitive spirit and confidence allow her to believe there is no nail art she can’t tackle.
Ashley Craig, 27
Fort Myers, FL
A seven-year nail industry veteran, Ashley believes her designs are a reflection of her unique personality. From mixing textures like glitter and Mylar to her hand painted art, Ashley is known for putting “everything but the kitchen sink” into her 3D nail designs and often places amongst the top 10 in competition circuits. As a visual art major, Ashley paints more than just nails: wall murals and tattoo designs are also in her repertoire. As a single mother, she hopes to win the competition to provide a better life for her daughter.
Chris Mans, 25
A trained graphic designer, Chris is the owner and working nail artist at Jeweled Nails in Orange County, California and also serves as an international educator for a leading nail manufacturer. Born and raised in South Africa, Chris brings his international experience to the competition with his Japanese training and blend of African, European and American art styles. If he takes home the grand prize, he plans on opening his own training school called “Jeweled Nails Academy.”
Thao Dang, 23
Thao started off working as a receptionist in a nail salon and has worked her way up to be full time nail artist and technician. As a second generation nail tech with over 9 years in the industry, she believes nail art is her true calling and strives to open her own salon. With a hardworking mentality and big dreams, Thao wants to prove to the world that her gift can take her places she never thought possible. She draws inspiration from pop art, graffiti and the latest trends, but enjoys painting human eyes and cheetah prints the most.
Julie Ventura, 21
Chestnut Ridge, NY
Currently a manicurist at modern nail studio Paintbox in NYC, Julie would never dream of doing anything but nails. Her undeniable talent and unique hand-painted art recently landed her in the top four in NAILS Magazine “Next Top Nail Artist” competition. With over forty thousand YouTube subscribers from her DIY nail tutorials, Julie has plenty of fans rooting for her fresh and edgy designs.
Lakia Lewis, 32
With over a decade of experience, Lakia Lewis is an ambitious entrepreneur who prides herself on over-the-top nail designs. She believes nail art is a form of self-expression and decided to join the competition to validate her skills and talent. Aside from working as a nail artist and educator, Lakia is also busy raising her 14-year-old son and developing a product line for her newly launched company, Miss International Cosmetics.
Angela Beer, 32
A nail artist and instructor, Angela Beer is the owner of Bleutopia Nail Lounge and Education Studio and serves as the president of Ultra Beauty Canada. She recently won first place at the Canada Nail Cup in Mixed Media. She is a cancer survivor and finds strength in her passion for nail art and uses it to bring positivity into her life. Angela loves the endless possibility of matching someone’s nails with his or her individual personality.
Denise “China” Washington, 27
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Known as the “Bling Queen” for bedazzling her clients’ nails with anything that sparkles, China loves to have her own nails flashing like a disco ball. With five years of experience, she is extremely passionate and works very hard at her craft. She has a degree in business and hopes to one day open her own salon and launch a polish line.
Jami Procopio, 33
Although Jami Procopio is a newcomer to the nail art scene, she is more than prepared to go nail-to-nail with the other contenders. As a single mother, self-taught artist and owner of NailBang, Jami prides herself on being a great role model for her daughter. Jami’s inspiration comes primarily from street art which makes her designs bright and unconventional, just like her whimsical personality. She wants to win the prize money to help take care of her father.
Kandi Banks, 22
Long Beach, CA
A Bay Area native, Kandi brings her unique edge and sassy colorful style to the nail scene. Managing her new up-and-coming nail salon, KandiLand in Long Beach, she splits her time between high profile clients including Nicki Minaj and Demi Lovato, a bustling social media life and star-studded events. With her reputation at stake, she must outperform the competition to maintain her status in the industry.
Temeka Jackson, 30
With over 10-years of experience, Temeka is the owner of Custom Nails By Temeka in Orange, CT. Her skills as a nail artist have received recognition in competitions and on local TV. Her proudest accomplishment in her career was receiving a letter from the White House after she depicted the Obama family on a set of nails. She is the ultimate fashionista and brings her strong artistic capabilities, creativity, execution and will for neatness to the competition. She works part-time at a hospital to support her passion for nails but aspires to take her career to the next level and own a salon in Los Angeles.
Winnie Huang, 30
Originally from Taiwan, Winnie moved to Canada when she was 15-years old. With less than one year of experience, Winnie made debut in the industry by placing in the top 5 of the Next Top Nail Artist’s online competition. Her first gig as a certified nail technician was as a manicurist for an Aritzia catalogue photo shoot. She brings her passion and unique personality to the competition. Currently in the process of transitioning into a full time nail technician, Winnie is willing to put it all on the line to pursue her dreams of opening her own nail salon.'Nail'd It' to Premiere Oct. 7 on Oxygen at 9pm Oxygen Media ‘MANIpulates’ the hottest fashion trend of nail art into a creative and innovative competition series, “
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Passers-by in Regent’s Park were treated to an VIP ‘festival’ scene this morning as we unveiled the staggeringly realistic new wax figure of international superstar Beyoncé to a small gathering of fans. The figure will make a guest appearance here in London this summer before taking up residence in Madame Tussauds San Francisco later this year.
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Étoile Isabel Marant striped crew neck t shirt
True Religion brown jeans
$285 – zalando.co.uk
Rag & bone strappy booties
Frye leather crossbody purse
Elizabeth and James ring
Olivia Burton gold wrist watch
$125 – the-dressingroom.com
Juicy couture jewelry
Acne Studios scarve
The Karlie Kloss collection for Warby Parker has launched with six different frames. The entire collection benefits Edible Schoolyard NYC, an organization close to Karlie’s heart that builds, maintains, and staffs garden and kitchen classrooms in low-income public schools. Warby Parker explains that for this collaboration the designer and the supermodel had the same things in mind; “fresh and flattering sunglasses that are lively and graceful—with a nice helping of personality.” This limited edition collection has 3 frame options that are available in 2 colors, silver and gold, and have colorful lenses.
A little bit square, a little bit round, Clara is a fresh number—especially with that wire detailing at the edge of the brow.
Clara Heirloom Silver - With Sepia Wash Lenses ($145, non-prescription, $195 prescription)
Clara Heirloom Gold - With Copper Fade Lenses ($145, non-prescription, $195 prescription)
Marple features semicircular lenses and an upswept browline. It’s a little offbeat and a completely appealing frame.
Marple Heirloom Gold - With Violet Clover Lenses ($145, non-prescription, $195 prescription)
Marple Heirloom Silver - With Faded Slate Lenses ($145, non-prescription, $195 prescription)
Julia is a surefire stunner thanks to its teardrop shape, medium width, and subtle dip at the bridge.
Julia Heirloom Gold - With Copper Fade Lenses ($145, non-prescription, $195 prescription)
Julia Heirloom Silver - With Indigo Wash Lenses ($145, non-prescription, $195 prescription)
About Edible Schoolyard NYC
Established in 2010, Edible Schoolyard NYC is a nonprofit organization committed to bringing Alice Waters’ vision to New York City public schools as an effective solution to our childhood obesity crisis. Over three million New Yorkers citywide live in communities where access to fresh fruits and vegetables is tragically limited. Low-income families who lack the time and resources to eat healthier must unfairly settle for cheap, processed food options that ultimately lead to battles with obesity, especially amongst our children. Today nearly 50% of NYC’s public elementary school students are obese or overweight. They’re part of the first generation of children forecast to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. A childhood plagued by obesity could result in an adulthood hampered by heart disease, cancer, diabetes or high blood pressure. When Alice Waters, acclaimed restaurateur and organic food pioneer, created the first Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California in 1995, she knew the best way to teach children the connections between food, health and the environment was by integrating an edible education program into our schools’ everyday curriculum. As the first official Edible Schoolyard affiliate in the Northeast, Edible Schoolyard NYC partners with public schools in low-income areas to build, maintain and staff garden and kitchen classrooms—all right on the school premises. We equip students with the hands-on knowledge, skills and environment needed to reverse the obesity trend and teach kids organic, healthy eating habits they can enjoy and share for an entire lifetime. Click here to find out how to donate.
To celebrate the Warby Parker x Karlie Kloss partnership, they will be donating
to an organization dear to Karlie.
Edible Schoolyard NYC works with low-income
NYC public schools to build kitchens and gardens
where they teach students to develop lifelong
The donation will benefit two community
farm stands in Brooklyn and East Harlem,
where kids learn about food preparation in
their own neighborhoods.
And as always, for every pair sold, a pair
is distributed to someone in need.
Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker Collection The Karlie Kloss collection for Warby Parker has launched with six different frames. The entire collection benefits