Nail’d It: Episode 6 A Diamond in the Rough

In week 6 we meet Jami Procopio, an unstoppable force, mom, and ninja. We also have Amber Trawick, who has never ever competed in a nail competition. Finally, there’s Julie Venture, who is great at hand painting but painfully shy.
24 November, 2014

In week 6 we meet Jami Procopio, an unstoppable force, mom, and ninja. We also have Amber Trawick, who has never ever competed in a nail competition. She’s also rocking an “I love my Hubby” t-shirt, so that’s sweet. Finally, there’s Julie Venture, who is great at hand painting but painfully shy. Like awkward turtle status.

Adrienne comes in to give the contestants their quick-dry challenge and is decked out in leather for the second week in a row and has a cool messy side braid going on.

For this week’s quick-dry challenge, contestants must create wearable nail art, in 60 minutes, from a biker chick’s personality using embellishments and no hand painted art. Uh oh–Julie might be in trouble. The clients ride in on motorcycles and I notice that two girls look very biker-chick’esque and one of them looks like she just finished picking flowers in a field. Amber’s client loves crosses, textures, and chains. Jami’s client is the “biker chick” that loves danty dresses and talks with a cute accent. She wants her nails to have lots of blues and golds. Jami decides to add some foil to her client and I’m noticing that Jami herself has some awesome nails. Julie adds turquoise, spikes and some dripping chains to her client’s nails.

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Amber’s client point out Julie for being nervous (which she is) and starts cackling like a hyena at how shy Julie is. Ew, how obnoxious and rude! Julie is applying spikes to her client’s nails with a gel top coat, but when the client is under the gel light, one of the spikes falls out of place. Julie tries to fix the spike, but it’s already set in stone. Poor Julie! As if she needs something else to be nervous about!

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Brushes down, hands up. It’s judge time!

Elaine Watson and Jan Arnold are back to judge this week. Jan is wearing a purple sheer, floral print dress with leather trim that I must have in my closet like yesterday. Jami is up first and the judges love the use of the different shades of blue used to create an ombre fade. Jan thinks the gold might be a bit harsh. Amber did a black matte polish to represent leather and added studs. Both judges love that the stones are so precise. When Elaine asks Amber’s client how she liked her nails, the client responded with “ehhh ok”. OMG WHAT!?? You just threw, no– got a running start and pushed your nail artist under the bus! Shocked Adrienne says “them’s fighting words.” You got that right Adrienne!

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Finally, the judges review Julie’s nails and love the accent spikes and silver foils over turquoise, black, and hot pink polish. They reeeaallly love the dripping chain on one of the nails. Elaine and Jan noticed that some of the stones weren’t straight. The judges think Julie is super quiet, but her nails spoke volumes and make Julie the winner! She’ll get a huge advantage in the elimination challenge.

Julie’s Biker Nails (Photos courtesy of Oxygen Media / Lindsey Byrnes)
Jami’s Biker Nails (Photos courtesy of Oxygen Media / Lindsey Byrnes)
Amber’s Biker Nails (Photos courtesy of Oxygen Media / Lindsey Byrnes)

Elimination challenge time. The contestants will be working with celebrity client Diamond. This singer has purple ombre hair and the most sparkly lips ever! Diamond also has an alter ego–“32 Flavahs.” Hmm…ok? The challenge is to create nails inspired by hip hop artists and Diamond’s personality.

Jami starts off by creating a mermaid tail (how that has anything to do with hip hop is beyond me) and is adding matte black polish and an ice cream cone. Ya, I don’t know. Amber is graffiti, splatter painting her nails and cutting out the sides of the nail which looks really unique and interesting. Julie is ombre’ing a turquoise blue nail that looks oceanic and is also adding acrylic clams.

It’s time to reveal Julie’s advantage. Her competitors have to throw away one nail and Julie gets to decide which nail to throw. Julie decides to throw away the nail that her competitors spent the longest time working on. Amber was soooo mad. I mean I probably would be too. Jami is reworking her ice cream cone nail that Julie threw away. Apparently the ice cream represents Diamond’s alter ego–32 Flavahs. OK. OK. I get it. Kind of clever. Elaine comes in to see how everyone is doing. She tries to boost up Julie’s confidence, but it doesn’t seem to be working. Julie looks like she is a blink away from waterworks city. She keeps saying that she’s not going to finish and nothing is going her way. A real negative Nancy. Jami finishes a few minutes early and decides to make Julie sweat by peering over her shoulder trying to intimidate her. Jami again calls herself a ninja. Julie is shaking so much that rhinestones are falling off of her nails. She might actually throw up.

Judge time!

Jami is up first and the judges love the boombox, but think it’s a little too cartoony. Diamond likes the mermaid nail, but not the shells. Elaine thinks the ice cream is too juvinille for Diamond’s style. Sorry Jami, missed the meaning on that one.

Photos courtesy of Oxygen Media / Lindsey Byrnes
Photos courtesy of Oxygen Media / Lindsey Byrnes
Photos courtesy of Oxygen Media / Lindsey Byrnes

Diamond loves the different shapes of Amber’s nails. Elaine really loves the “Diamond” graffiti nail, but thinks she needs to practice her brush strokes. Jan thinks her nails are “nasty and tough.” I was kind of confused when Jan said “nasty.” I didn’t know if she meant nasty cool or nasty ew gross.

Photos courtesy of Oxygen Media / Lindsey Byrnes
Photos courtesy of Oxygen Media / Lindsey Byrnes
Photos courtesy of Oxygen Media / Lindsey Byrnes

Julie has black nails that represent Diamond’s classy and edgy side and the colored nails represent her bright personality. At this point I am watching the show with a blanket over my head because Julie is so quiet and nervous and awkward. Her voice keeps cracking and I’m officially uncomfortable. Diamond doesn’t really see hip hop art in Julie’s nails. Elaine loves the execution and attention to detail in the hand painted zipper and chain nails. Jan called her nails “flavah’less.” OUCH.

Photos courtesy of Oxygen Media / Lindsey Byrnes
Photos courtesy of Oxygen Media / Lindsey Byrnes
Photos courtesy of Oxygen Media / Lindsey Byrnes

Amber wins! Everyone loved her graffiti, cutout hip hop nails. Not bad for a rookie competitor. And guess who the runner up was? No one! The judges eliminated Jami and Julie! What a twist!! Sorry girls.

by Manicure du jour