My First Time Getting Acrylic Nails: What To Expect

Looking down at my plain, boring, un-buffed nails, I decided I needed a change. A change that would make my nails look Instagram-worthy. I needed acrylic nails.

Acrylic nails are made from mixture of monomer liquid with a polymer powder, creating a plastic when applied on top of your nails. Below, I’m going to share my experience on getting them done for the first time.

Firstly, when you arrive at the salon, you’re faced with big decisions: short or long? Square or round? I played it safe with short, square nails. I definitely recommend doing the same as even a small difference in length takes some getting used to.

My nail artist did them very quickly and when they were done they looked really, really good – no, Insta-worthy. I got them painted with a burgundy normal nail polish and I was so impressed with how they looked!

 

 

What’s even better is that the nail polish hardly chipped and lasted way longer than it has ever done on my natural nails. I’m talking two weeks, and when I got my nails refilled, they still looked good three weeks after.

[FYI a refill is when you come back and get them redone by adding more acrylic to the nail. Something I did not think about until I got them done.]

The problem with refills is that it’s not cheap but it is a necessity. You can end up spending a lot of money, depending where you go and how often you change them.

If you don’t refill them, they’re likely to break, and I learned that the hard way. One of mine broke and the pain was utterly excruciating. I ended up having to remove the whole set the following day because it was that bad.

Then after removing them, I saw how damaging acrylics are to your nails. To take them off, the nail artist has to sand them down, which leaves your natural nails very, very thin – so thin that they bend and rip way too easily. This was a real let down.

Another downside to acrylics is how easily dirt gets inside your nails. As someone who is over-hygienic, I ended up buying toothpicks to clean the inside of my nails, which I did two-to-three times a day. It’s very important to keep them clean so be prepared to do the same.

So yeah, acrylic nails are great at the time. But, do be ready to be investing in some nail hardeners afterwards. I won’t be getting mine done for a while now.

London Fashion Week Men’s with Emulsion London

Last month I assisted Ki Price, co-founder of Emulsion London, to photograph London’s biggest men’s fashion event of the year.

From Oliver Spencer to Alex Mullins, models lined up to present designers’ new portrayal of fashion; this year including lots of colour and body paint.

Emulsion London decided to photograph at a new angle this year. Price’s main goal was to get backstage pictures before the shows, to get a realer take on what LFWM entails. To showcase the attention to detail in models’ makeup and hair, then their final looks before they walked. What was captured was real emotion of enthusiasm mixed with nerves, as well as their professional poses.

Below you can see a video of Liam Hodges’ catwalk as well as a few backstage pictures.

 

 

Ki Price editing 09.06.18

 

Backstage for Berthold 10.06.18

 

Ki Price taking photos backstage for Berthold 10.09.18

 

The catwalk before Berthold 10.06.18

 

Fashion For Relief 2018 with Emulsion London

Emulsion London are at the highlight of Cannes Film Festival: Fashion For Relief 2018. Hosted by Naomi Campbell, she and other models such as Bella Hadid and Winnie Harlow walked the catwalk to raise funds for the Times Up initiative.

The charity catwalk was set up in 2005 and ever since has raised millions for causes such as the Haiti earthquake and fighting Ebola. The theme this year was Race To Equality.

The most iconic moment this year was Campbell in her Corset and Graffiti skirt by Dolce and Gabbana.

Emulsion London have all the pictures and below you can see the glamour.

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

Emulsion London: Fashion Round Up at Cannes Film Festival

Emulsion London are at the scene of the most prestigious film festival in the world. Celebrities have arrived to preview films of all genres at the 71st Cannes Film Festival and Emulsion London are ready to snap their picture so you can get a glance of what it’s like and who they are wearing.

 

MAY 8:

On the Jury Red Carpet, Penelope Cruz is looking effortlessly elegant as she wears vintage Chanel; the gown’s feather and black lace combination added with the fishtail hem really complements the old-school style. Cruz also wears earrings from her Atelier Swarovski collection.

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

MAY 9:

For the Everybody Knows photocall, Cruz stands with her co-star/husband Javier Bardem as she wears another vintage black lace Chanel dress.

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

MAY 10:

The power team we have all waited for have arrived: Cruz was joined by Fan Bingbing, Marion Cotillard, Jessica Chastain and Lupita Nyong’o for the photocall for new spy thriller 355.

Cruz wears a blue floral print dress by Ralph Lauren, its thin steps and ruffles perfect for Cannes’ warm weather. Lupita Wyong’o also wears a stunning black dress by Miu Miu.

 

(Photo by Ki Price / Emulsion London)

 

Meet Ki Price, the photographer behind Vivienne Westwood’s best shots

(Photo by Emma Fulton Price)

Ki Price talks about his work with celebrities, London Fashion Week and how he met the famous fashion designer.

“She was an incredible artist, she’d bust my balls all the way through the shoot,” says Ki Price about the time he photographed singer Patti Smith. He only had 37 seconds to take her photo, and yet she is one of his favourite celebrities to have ever of photographed.

Specialising in celebrity portraits and fashion, Price has photographed many famous faces including the one and only Vivienne Westwood.

Today, Price and I are in an artsy café filled with high chairs and vibrant décor, and despite all the colour, it’s him that stands out. He opens up about what it is like to have a career in the photography industry and what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera.

Price’s wearing a tall, black A Child Of The Jago hat (a signature piece for Price) with an olive, check Daks suit (which is tailored of course) and Vivienne Westwood shirt (expected), finished with some eye-catching The Great Frog skull necklaces and Underground creepers. I’m very much surprised he isn’t the one getting photographed.

Price takes a lot of photos for media outlets. He had just finished shooting at Studio Lagree, a Pilates studio in London, for the beauty section of the Daily Mail.

As well as this, he co-founded Emulsion London, a disruptive visual content agency, with his wife Emma Fulton. As said on their website, Emulsion London provide professional portrait, celebrity, entertainment and advertising photography for editorial and advertising clients worldwide.

One celebrity in particular Price specialises in is Westwood, who even has her own page filled with portraits on the Emulsion London website. “Vivienne is fantastic to shoot, she doesn’t forget a name,” he says.

He enjoys working with the fashion designer as he believes in what he is shooting. He says: “She’s the queen of punk. It kind of floats every kind of boat for me.”

He was invited to accompany Westwood and her son Joe Corré on the Talk Fracking tour in 2014, a tour that debated the usage of fracking across the country. Ever since, Price has continued to be one of her main photographers.

Price recently photographed Westwood whilst he worked on London Fashion Week. Westwood had put on an anti-fracking pop-up catwalk outside fracking company INEOS’ head office (which you can read about here). This year he describes how much things have changed in the industry, such as the introduction of more ethical fashion, which he’s all for. He then shows me some pictures he took of his favourite shows, including Ashish, which he loved for his use of colour and parachutes.

I ask what the key is to taking a perfect photograph. He says: “I’ve always underestimated it because it’s always been natural for me so I’ve always kind of gone ‘oh this is great’. I always joke with people when I say ‘this beats working for a living’.”

But then Price goes into the specifics about how much effort actually goes into taking a photograph, such as the right kit and assistance. “To take one nice picture I think is not so hard but to be consistently taking nice pictures is a different thing, under all environments.” It takes years of experience, which he definitely has as there are photographs of Price using a camera at just two years old!

Next goal for Price now? He jokingly says: “World domination.” In the meantime, he has Cannes Film Festival as well as opportunities with Sony to look forward to.