Saturday, November 14, 2009

Kirsty Meakin wins in Finland

Kirsty Meakin - winner of mixed media and twisted French at IBS Las Vegas 2009 and multiple UK champion, joined us at the FinNail show and won 1st place in the mixed media category using the Iryna Giblett InspirationZ(TM) colored gels and acrylics!

One hand had to be pre-prepared, while the contestants were given 2.5 hours to create the second hand.

Competition judges: Anette Claesson (Naglar i Norden magazine, Sweden), Chantal Schwede (Germany), David Fowler (Germany) and Vitaly Solomonoff (Nail Spa magazine, Russia)

This was the first time we had exhibited in Finland. Global Educator Irina Zamostinchuk and I were kept busy making nail art demonstrations and showing the products to potential partners.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Baltic beauty Show: Riga, Latvia

More than 16,000 beauty professionals visited the Baltic Beauty show in 2008 - making it one of the largest shows in Europe despite being hosted in one of it's smallest countries. With a wide range of competitions - including nail art which I was invited to help judge - but also make up, hairstyling and body art competitions there was always something happening during the three days.

Unfortunately, the economies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been hit very hard by the global recession but the show did have a lot of visitors and they seemed happy enough to see that a company had come from Sweden to show them some nail art!

We were helped on the booth by Irina Zamostinchuk our Global Educator who made nail art presentations while I was busy with the competitions.

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