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5,000!!! We Need to Celebrate! How about a giveaway?

So, to celebrate the over 5,000 views this blog has gotten, I thought i’d share a little something!  I’m giving away an AWESOME all-in-one French Manicure Kit from E.L.F!  As you can see below, it includes a clear base/top coat, a light pink & a white polish 🙂

AND, there may even be some extra goodies thrown in 🙂

Giveaway!!

Giveaway!!

So, wanna get you hands on this?  I know you do!   You can get an entry for each of the following:

1) Subscribe 🙂  it’s right over there to the right – just leave me a note telling me you have subscribed or that you are a subscriber already!

2)  Follow me on Twitter ( @Super_Bre) and leave me a comment here letting me know

3) Repost this giveaway on Twitter  and link back to this post!

Drawing will be held Wednesday, August 18th!  You can enter any of the ways listed above and up to 3 times total each day 🙂  Winner will be chosen at random using a third-party source and notified via e-mail.

Good luck!

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“Tough as Nails” ain’t so Tough After All

You guessed it!  We’re in the Nails section – WHOOO HOOO.

1st nail is Sculptured, last 3 are tips & acrylic

Manicures, Pedicures, Acrylics, Sculptured, French Tips…oh, we’re doing it all!

Tried to get a better pic, doesn't look like it worked...

Loved doing the mani/pedi stuff too.  GO figure.   Feet don’t bother me, but some of the students just don’t care for it.  We’ve been practicing on each other, of course, so our hands and feet are all well taken care of now.  Well, except mine.  I don’t mind doing someone else’s feet – but you’re not touching mine!  I have to go to the foot doctor this Friday, which has been my biggest excuse for not letting anyone see my tootsies.

Doesn't it look like fun?

My favorite part is polishing and doing nail art – of course, we’re an O-P-I nail salon, so we some pretty great colors.

So far it is pretty basic.  Nothing too complicated, except the terminology.  There are lots of -chosis, hypo-, and other weird medical terms we are learning.

Mr. Maurice is turning out to be an alright instructor after all, I think we all just needed a good adjustment period.

People are getting upset because Regency is getting “back to the basics” and reinforcing the school’s dress code which seemed to have gotten a little lax lately.  Students are frustrated because they aren’t allowed to have their cell phones in class, but if Trena were here – they’d be sent home, not just asked to put them away.  I, for one, am glad they are getting stricter.  It was really getting frustrating watching people get away with the equivalent of  murder in the classrooms.  We actually had 2 students fall asleep – ASLEEP in class.  They were talked to later after being woken up, but umm.. yeah… I’d like to sleep too, but I’m not paying the money I am to sleep away my education.  If I’m that tired, I’ll just stay home thanks.

SOOO to update you on my progress so far – we’ve been schedule 297 hours, of which I’ve attended 295.77.  Almost perfect (it bugs the beegeesus out of me).  which, that hour or so that i’m missing is from a cumulation of minutes from the first 3 weeks of school when i was still getting used to clocking in and out.

Also, I get “introduced” to the Performance Floor on March 27 – WHOOOO HOOO.  As a part-time student, I will be able to take clients from 5:30 to 9:oo p.m. Monday through Thursday and then have our Rehearsal / Theory hours from 8-5 on Saturdays.

I got an explanation of this directly from Corporate last week and it makes a LOT of sense.  Daytime students will be on their floor rotations on Saturdays, so the floor WILL be open, however, Saturdays are when we as part – time students will be doing theory.  It just means we have to train our clients a little better to come in during the evening hours, after work, instead of having to a) leave work early or b) waste your Saturday waiting in a salon.  Totally doable.  If they tried to put daytime AND evening students on the floor on Saturdays, there wouldn’t be enough room.  There are 26 stations on the floor, so for a full day-time class of 30 students, that put 26 on the floor, two in the dispensary and two at the front desk… thus, part time students will need to be in the class room on those days.

I don’t think this will affect my goals of attaining Master Student Designer or the Star Rewards Program…

Also, we’ve gotten the “Go-Ahead” to start our Student Council.  YAY!  I am having a conference call with the campus manager and corporate later today to discuss the details and get the ball rolling.  YAYAYAYAYAYAAA  I can’t tell you all how excited I am to finally get this thing off the ground!

Of course, I’ll keep you posted – but its easier if you subscribe 🙂

Here’s a fun quote i’ll leave you with:

“You can tell a lot from a person’s nails. When a life starts to unravel, they’re among the first to go.”
— Ian McEwan

It Rubs the Lotion on Its Skin…

yes, the title is from Silence of the Lambs, but that’s the quote that popped into my mind when i started to write this so, there you have it.

Well – I passed my Chemical Texturizing test with a 100 – YAY me 🙂  also made a 10/10 on my practical – YAY ME Again! All of this was to the chagrin of my instructor.  I think it irritates him how quickly i test.  Oh well.  In my mind, either you know it or you don’t.  staring at the paper won’t change the answers.  Luckily, I know it, so I’m able to test quickly.  He actually told us that 90% of people who rush to finish first actually fail their exams.  HAHA guess I’m in that 10 percent that actually knows what I’m doing and is able to answer quickly & correctly.  It took me less than 3 minutes to complete the 30 question, multiple choice test.

Coming up – SKIN & NAILS (hence the lotion thing).

Next week we’re going to be starting on our Skin & Nails chapters.  I’m not sure which one is first, but either way I’m SO happy to be getting away from the chemicals.

We’re going to be learning about facials and pedicures and waxing and manicures… whoooo hoooo!

Also, I know i said it was going to be 5 or 6 weeks before I was on the floor, but i think its actually less than that!?!  wow, time is just flying by!

I’m a little upset because they aren’t letting the part-time students take clients on Saturdays right now.  They are having the students that are on the floor take Theory classes instead.  The day time students aren’t coming on Saturdays right now either.  Supposedly its only temporary, but all of the instructors are saying they aren’t sure now…  It was supposed to be a 6 weeks thing, but even though there are only 2 more weeks of that six weeks, they keep saying its going to last another 6 weeks.  It kind of sucks for us, because since we’re about to go out on the floor – it means that we can only take client M-Thurs from 5:30-9…which means our first real client would be at 6pm and the last client we can take is at 8 b/c we have to be done by 9…which as a new student is tough.  Not to mention it is limiting the amount of sales/services we can do towards our STAR Rewards…. but I’m sure its all going to come out in the wash so to speak.

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I don’t know many people willing to come out at 8pm to get their hair done during the week…  That’s only really giving us 2 1/2-3 hours a night to work on clients, minus whatever time we have to spend in the classroom too…that’s less than 10 hours a week to actually work on clients.

Yesterday, I personally had to turn away 5 services because there were no students there that could perform them…not to mention the countless people that called.  Last Saturday they turned away about 30 from what I understand… argh…

On the brighter side of things – they have hired another instructor, so we’re really excited that they are really striving to get a full staff.

the kinks and quirks are working out… slowly…  I’ll be happy when they get a performance floor manager and we can get on with starting out Student Council!  I keep reading all these great things other campuses are doing that we can’t participate in yet….  but, i was told they are trying to have someone by the beginning of March and that we were to give them a month to settle in and then we could start our student council… YAY.. so hopefully by April we’ll be able to do it.

O-P-I Contest for All Regency Students

I know, I know – TWO POSTS?  IN ONE DAY??? SAY IT AIN’T SO!  I figured since it took soooo long to get the other one up, i’d go ahead and share this one – plus this one kind of only relates to January and if i waited til next week, the month would be half way over…So don’t forget to go to the last post and read about our tests!

This flyer was put up sometime in the last couple of weeks in December letting all of us know that there is an O-P-I contest going on at Regency Beauty Institute for a FABULOUS black bag.  I love bags.  I also love free stuff.  Oh, and did I mention earlier that I’m a bit competitive?

Contest Flyer

Here’s a better picture of the bag (i hope…lol)

The Bag

These are the requirements listed – not sure if you can read them or not.

The Rules

OK, In case you can’t read them in the picture – here they are:

  • The contest will run from January 2, 2010 to January 30, 2010.
  • The student who has the highest retail sales as a percent of service sales for the month at each campus will be awarded an O-P-I bag.
  • All students are automatically entered into the contest with each retail item sold
  • All items must be sold to a paying guest and not to a student.
  • On January 18th, the contest mid-point, the Performance Floor Manager will run a retail report and announce the top three performing students to date.
  • On February 1st, the Performance Floor Manager will run a retail report to determine the top performing student for the campus for January.
  • On February 2nd, the Performance Floor Manger will announce the winning student’s name during both roll calls (FT / PT), and award the prize.
  • In the event of a tie, a random drawing of those students will be made on Saturday, February 6th when FT and PT students are both in attendance.

Now, as much as I LOVE the fact that there will be ONE WINNER PER CAMPUS, and the ALL of the students are getting entered – it kinda sucks because it is based on retail, which – you probably guessed it, those of us in Workshop aren’t doing yet.  However – I have a feeling that by the time we get out on the Performance Floor, there will be more contests going on, so i’m cool with that.

I know some of you that read this are already out on the performance floor – I’d love to hear how you plan on making your moves toward winning this bag this month!  Is it harder to sell the O-P-I products since we give the free polish away with a manicure or pedicure?  Or does that make it easier?  Any input would be great!

And, just because it’s MY BLOG – i’m ending with a picture of my kitty.

Pillsbury aka Pillzberry aka kitty kitty