Nail School Journal

I’m Going Back to School!


*This post was originally published on 8/4/2014. It has been updated and edited on 5/4/2017.


Nail school that is, and I can’t wait to share my experiences and journey with all of you!

I’ve enrolled in Blanche Macdonald‘s Nail Parlour Program (now known as  their Nail Studio Program) and for the next 12 weeks I’ll be completing a course on natural nails, followed by another 12 weeks of artificial nails. After I complete this course and pass the exams, I’ll be a certified nail technician in Vancouver! Yay!



I’m so happy that I finally took the step to enroll myself into nail school. It might not seem like a big deal, but it’s something I’ve been contemplating for almost 10 years. It’s shocking when you realize that you’ve been wanting something for nearly a decade, and the feeling of finally getting it is out of this world!

I have high expectations for myself and not only do I want to do well in this course, I also want to be at the top of the class. I can already predict lots of sweat and tears throughout the next six months, but I know that I’m on the right path. Some consider tears as a sign of weakness, but for me, shedding a tear or two is a sign of passion. There’s nothing wrong with crying about something that you have truly invested your heart and time into, as long as you are able to take your moment and move forward after that.

This is the most personal I’ve ever gotten on this blog, and it actually feels great to share my dreams and goals with you all! Be prepared for more posts like this, as well as a peek into what nail school is like. As always, don’t be shy to comment and share your opinions, suggestions, criticisms… keep the conversation going!

❤ Catherine

Sunday Beauty Boutique is a private, luxury salon located in Vancouver, specializing in:

YUMI Lashes Lash Lifts | Eyelash Extensions | Gel Nails (Gel Polish, Extensions & Art)

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Upcoming posts:

Week 1 – Intro & Manicuring – Expectations

Week 2 – Perfect Red Polish Application & Hand Massage

Week 3 – Choosing a Nail Shape & Pedicures (this will be covered in week 4’s post) – Why Don’t You Try Oval?

Week 4 – French Manicures & Mani/Pedi Combos – White Explosion!

Week 5 – Natural Grapefruit Body Scrub Recipe – Resignation

Week 6 – Exam – Crunchy Time!

Week 7 – Exam Results & Biz Whiz Class – Smarty Pants

Week 8 – Friends & Family Days

Week 8.5 – Nail Art Class

Week 9 – Officially Oval

Week 10 – Perfectionist

Week 11 – Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around

Week 12 – Obsessed With Nails

Artificial Nails Module

Week 13 – Artificial Nail Kit – It’s Christmas! Kind of…

Week 14 – Application of French Gel Tips: Builder French – Can You Tell?

Week 15 – Let’s French Again

Week 16 & 17 – On & Off

Week 18 & 19 – Too Late For Halloween?

Week 20 & 21 – Holiday Nails

Week 22 & 23 – Home Stretch

Week 24 – We did it!

Week 24 (Part 2) – 5 Things I’ll Miss About Nail School

Canada Nail Cup 2015

About the Author Catherine

My interest in nails began with a magazine on intricate nail art designs that I discovered in a Japanese bookstore. Since then, I’ve enrolled at Blanche Macdonald’s Nail Technology where I earned my diploma in February 2015. I’ve also had some lash extension training at a well-known Greater Vancouver lash bar on the side. I opened Sunday Beauty Boutique in March 2017 because I wanted to customize my services for my clients and give them the attention they deserve in a relaxing space. My favorite part of my job is when I’m able to boost my clients’ confidence, so they walk out the door feeling as good as they look.

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