Y’all...this polish line is a game changer. I never post pictures of my own nails because my hands and nails usually look so ugly. I’m allergic to gel polish and acrylic, and normal polish lasts like 1 client at work so I never have my nails done. It was absolutely devastating, and almost costed me my career, landed me the in ER/urgent care/doctors office so many times after learning that I was allergic to gel. To now have a regular polish line that lasts the same, doesn’t contain the stuff I’m allergic too, and comes off just like normal polish is amazing. I just did my first application on myself, and this stuff is insane. It’s completely bone freaking dry in the same amount of time you’d spend to get gel, even when I dug my nail into it, it didn’t make a dent. I hear and see more and more people form allergies to gel and acrylic because of improper application, techs who don’t use the correct lamp for the product line, and from using unregulated products bought from wherever’s cheapest, so having an alternative makes me so insanely happy! It’s also awesome that people won’t feel the need to pick off their polish when it starts chipping because it comes off like normal polish (and you save money on gel removal) I love the merge of chemistry and the beauty industry to make products that are better for the user, the people applying it, that actually work. #dazzledry#ilovelacquer#nailtech#nailpolish#cosmetology#polish#mani#austin#atx#salon#thisstuffisamazing
A Fairmount No. 3 sledge hammer polish and handle replacement. Don’t worry, even with it’s polished surface, I’m not afraid to ding up the mirrored ends when the time comes. I took a new approach to applying the wood stain this round. I initially wanted to have a clean separation between the darker Jacobean and honey stain. Then, I was thinking of having a smooth gradient between the two. After seeing the uneven brush work, I decided to move forward with the wabi-sabi aesthetic. Finding enjoyment out of the free flowing brush work and appreciation in the imperfection. Although, it did require a few removals to get the right angle I was looking for. It has a visual representation of flames or a ancient elongated wood knot. Followed up with three coats of polyurethane. A few small mistakes made along the way. I noticed a small dot of poly on the back side of the handle. This is due to the lack of lighting in my garage and poor view from the placement of my vise. I sanded it down a little and applied another coat. It was also 1 am and I was rushing to finish up and get some sleep. Giving myself a personal deadline and a busy work week overall. Trying to juggle my time with work, family and finishing up these tools can be a challenge. I guess patience is the lesson continuously reinforced.
The Fairmount Tool and Forging Co. was founded in 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio, and became well known as a contract manufacturer for automobile tool kits. In 1953 Fairmount had become a subsidiary of Houdaille Industries, an industrial conglomerate. Fairmount remained as a division of Houdaille until July of 1984, when the company was acquired by the Martin Sprocket and Gear Corporation. ~ information from alloy-artifacts.com
This shoot was at Case Auto Shop in Santa Monica. I kept walking past this shop on the way to lunch and finally went in and talked with the owner. He and the crew gave me some strange looks, after I mentioned, I collect vintage tools and uhh was wondering if I could do a photo shoot. He said come back anytime “as long as you can make my shop Instagram famous!”😂 Uhh, hell yeah! 😉👍
It’s me guys, I just want to pop in every now and then and say hi. I realized yesterday I take pics of people and family all the time and never get any good shots of myself. 🤷🏼♀️ I’ve been thinking a lot of myself lately. Not in a vain way (😜) but just in a “Who are you Lindsey and what do you want in life?” kinda way. Happiness and peace has always been my goal. I feel the only place that can come from is internally by being so confident in who you are that no explanations are needed. Lately, self love has become so important to me. I lived with deep insecurities for a long, long time. Body and image insecurities but also internal ones. And those internal ones are a bitch. They cause you to seek approval from others, stifle your own internal voice, attempt to be what another labels as “normal” even if the fit doesn’t fit so well. You question your own worth & constantly look to others or things for fulfillment & a sense of self worth. Many times I looked to man to validate myself. I spent years chasing others just trying to get to myself. In reality, I caused some of my own traumas trying to mask others. It just becomes a vicious cycle until you get to a point of just being sick of your own shit. There comes a point where you can’t blame others anymore, your childhood or circumstances and you gotta start doing the hard work to get to a point of learning to love yourself. I remember telling someone recently that I try not to judge another’s path because we are all just trying to get to the same place... happiness. I still have days where I look at some people as hopeless cases, some may be, but a lot of us are just walking around with our own hurts & insecurities and that in turn causes us to project that onto others or hurt others so we don’t have to face ourself. I’ve been there so I’m trying to learn grace. I looked backed recently & realized just how many versions of myself have existed. It’s been a lot. So, I don’t believe in the term, “people never change” because we do. All the time. So, on my own journey of self love and realization of all the masks I’ve worn through the years just trying to survive, I’m trying to offer grace to others on theirs 🖤
I take pretty pics for others but never get any of me. It was my turn 😌