**Note: Ms. Mulder’s questions for post #2 will be answered in post #3.  In this post, I will discuss my progress so far (including why these questions are unable to be answered).

The process of finding and securing a mentor has proved itself to be far more challenging for In-Depth 2017.  Last year, my search for a mentor was fairly simple; I took a one minute walk from the TALONS room down to the hairdressing room, asked the question, and ta-da!  I had a mentor.  This year, not so much.

As mentioned my intro post, I knew that finding a mentor would be a little more difficult as I am specifically looking to learn about nail art.  Not all salons offer nail art or have someone who specializes in the field, so waltzing into a salon and getting a mentor would not be probable.  Therefore, I had to turn to other sources.

Some designs by Tyna’s Spa, the first person I contacted

The first person who I contacted runs a spa at her home in Port Coquitlam.  She uses Facebook as her main platform to advertise and regularly posts pictures of the work she does.  The nail art photos she posts on her page are a perfect match to what I want to achieve by the end of in-depth.  When I got in contact with her, she told me that while she wished she could help, she was unable to commit.  Between all of her clients, running the spa alone, and taking care of her son, it would be difficult to be a full-time mentor.  I fully understood why she could not mentor me and thanked her for her time.

The next person who I spoke to was through my mom and her hairdresser.  My mom got in contact with her hairdresser as she remembered that there was an esthetician who worked in the salon.  Initially, the hairdresser told us that unfortunately, the esthetician no longer worked there and that we’d have to keep looking.  A few days later though, she called my mom back and gave her a phone number for a nail artist she knew.  I called this person and we spoke very briefly before she had to go to her mom’s for dinner.  In our quick conversation, she expressed interest in the project and told me to call her back at a later time.  I was beyond excited to have a mentor!  However, when I called her back and explained the project in more detail, she realized that she wouldn’t be the right fit for the project.  She told me that while she can do some nail art, it isn’t her expertise.  Because her clients are mainly of an older generation, she never had the need to learn any nail art.  When needed, she’ll look up a tutorial on YouTube to figure out a design, but she isn’t necessarily an expert in the area.  She also wasn’t sure if she could commit at this point due to the fact that she recently got in a car accident and her mobility and skills are limited.  Once again, I understood, but was back at the beginning.

At this point, our second in-depth post was coming up and I had to talk to Ms. Mulder about the fact that I wouldn’t be able to complete the “Beautiful Mind” questions.  While we were speaking, she suggested that I ask around the class to see if anybody had any connections.  Specifically, she told me to talk to Madison as she has an interest in makeup and is doing special effects makeup for her in-depth project this year.  Not to mention, her nails are ALWAYS on point.  I approached her in class and she told me that her step-mom’s best friend runs her own nail business and is someone who strongly believes in nail techniques being done by hand.  During the Macbeth cultural

Me, excited about having a mentor

event that night, Madison told me that she texted her step-mom who said that she thought her friend would love to be my mentor and sent us the contact information.  Just recently, I contacted her with all of the project details, just praying that she would say yes.

She did!!

Of course, we still need to figure everything out such as when she can get the criminal record check back to me and when we’ll be meeting, but at this point, I’m just super happy to have a mentor secured.

In terms of other progress made, the English research essay was quite helpful in giving me a basis on nail care.  The point of my essay was to determine what the most important, yet often underestimated, nail care techniques are.  After doing my research, I realized that I do not follow most of these steps in my every day nail care routine and this is something I need to work on.  The good thing about doing the research essay is that now, I don’t need to spend as much time on the nail care topic with my mentor, so we can get into the nail art a little faster.

To end of my post this week, I want to share with you some of the key things I learned about nail care.  The following are just some of the tips that we should all be following:

  • Treat your starting surface (nails, fingers, and hands) delicately
    • Wear gloves to keep hands from getting wet or dirty when washing dishes, cleaning, gardening, etc.
    • Short, strong nails are better than long, breaking nails
    • Moisturize!!!
  • Properly care for your cuticles
    • Never cut your cuticles
      • If you do, they’ll be more prone to breakage and infection
    • Try to leave cuticles completely natural, but if needed, push back with an orange wood stick
  • Analyze your products
    • Check polish ingredients
      • Big things to watch out for: Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde, Toluene
    • Use non-acetone remover



Remember when Winter Break used to be full of relaxation?  Where you could actually go outside and play in the snow without the constant voice in the back of your head screaming “in-depth, In-DePtH, IN-DEPTH”?  Yeah, I don’t either.

Unlike eminent, where I had a plan of what I wanted to do for grade ten as I was taking down my grade nine learning centre, I have been completely stumped on in-depth.  Tons of ideas were flying in and out of my mind, but I just couldn’t settle on one.  After in-depth being so successful last year, and this year being the last time I get to do this project, there’s definitely a lot of pressure!

2013 Photo of my Nails from the PNE

Over Winter Break, I finally decided to settle on something.  For my 2017 in-depth project, I’ve decided to pursue nail art!  The main reason I chose to do nail art is because it’s been something I have wanted to do for a very long time.  I have always loved painting my nails, but could never do anything more.  I remember that for the longest time, one of my favourite things about going to the PNE was going into the Marketplace to visit the Nail Pen booth.  I never actually bought the nail pens, but I did pretend to be deeply interested in purchasing them so that the artists would paint more designs on my nails.

Another reason I wanted to do nail art is because I can’t actually imagine myself trying it outside of in-depth.  Things like journalism, song writing, and poetry are all things that interest me and would be cool for in-depth.  However, I can actually picture myself doing these things on my own in the future.  For example, I plan on taking journalism and pursuing it as a serious career.  Nail art on the other hand, not so much.  By doing something like nail art for in-depth, I’m forcing myself into an interest that I wouldn’t focus on otherwise.

The final reason I chose to take on nail art is because it somewhat links to my in-depth project last year.  Last year for in-depth, I created a hair tutorial website.  Click here to check it out (and please follow me, I’m so close to 20k).  The two definitely relate as they are both in the category of beauty projects, as well as they are skills very applicable to my life.  Also while doing in-depth last year,  I learned teaching skills when creating the step-by-step hair tutorials.  These teaching skills will be valuable when I present my nail art on in-depth night, which I will get to a little later in this post.

Now that I have explained why I want to do nail art, I should probably explain what exactly I’m doing with it.  The main end goal for in-depth this year is to learn 10 different nail designs that I can confidently execute on both myself and others.  My hope is to learn a variety of designs from simple, to professional, to fun.

The following are design ideas I would love to learn (via cutepolish):


In addition to the designs themselves, I want to learn nail-related skills such as basic nail care techniques, how to use nail art tools, and how to get a clean polish and design.   I also want to continue working on my people and communication skills with my mentor this year.

Speaking of mentors, I don’t actually have one yet.  What’s difficult about finding a mentor this year is that I very specifically want to work on nail art.  Not all salons offer nail art, let alone have people who who specialize in it.  I have started my search and have sent out my first request just recently, but am waiting to hear back.  Hopefully, it will all work out.

To finish off this post, I briefly want to discuss what I have in mind for my learning centre as it ties in with how I plan to demonstrate my final skills.  On In-Depth Night this year, I am going to set up a station to do peoples’ nails.  This learning centre will show off the skills I have learned throughout the project.  Like I mentioned earlier, this sort of ties in with my in-depth project last year as I hope to explain the design as I paint them out.  The teaching and tutorial skills learned  previously will be super helpful during my demonstrations.

That pretty much wraps up my first in-depth post of 2017!  Even though I’ve done in-depth once before, I’m basically starting something new all over again, so it’s just as intimidating.  But that also makes it just as exciting!