I’ve stayed loyal to my Avarice nail salon in Harajuku (previous posts) for several years now for Japanese gel nail art. Their work continues to amaze me and no matter what I come with they’re up to the task. NOW they have an English speaking nail artist who did a working holiday in Australia. She’s lovely and loves to chat in english. So I super recommend Avarice even more to my readers! Just remember if booking on hotpeper to mention English.

1950s Cinderella Gel Nails

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Disney’s Cinderella nails! I wanted these to be pretty simple but still have that great gel nail art. The art is based on the original 1950 animated feature. I’ve become a big Disney nerd and the classic styles of Disney are my favorite. Simple with a few details: Cinderella herself, her slipper and a hint of the pumpkin carriage.

Chanel Paris-Dallas collection Gel Nails

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My nails had gotten so short! But that’s no problem for Avarice Harajuku superb gel nail art everytime! This time I wanted the theme of the Chanel Paris-Dallas collection. Being a Texan I’ve always wanted a Texas flag or shape on my nails. Even though I’m anti-gun I’ve oddly also wanted gun nails. The Coco Chanel portrait was based on the flyers they handed out for the Paris-Dallas collection.

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Pretty close right?

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The gun was a 90s part of a belt. I liked it better than the Paris-Dallas gun jewelry so in it went.

Chanel Spring Vintage Nails

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 Mad Max: Fury Road Gel Nails

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I GOT MAD MAX NAILS!!! Mad Max: Fury Road is my favorite movie of the last few years. I knew when I had the chance I would try to make Mad Max nails happen.

My nailist hadn’t watched the movie, so showing her photos she gave me the look that said: why do you want this on your nails? It’s totally unkawaii. Then I played her the Japanese trailer and that did not win her over either. And then I tried to explain the movie in Japanese, which was a complete failure. Trying to explain it in English just ends up with me yelling WAR GUITAR!! or FURIOSA!! and then slipping into happy fangirl goo.

Then she got to it… and asked if it’s okay if I make them more “manga” and they won’t look exactly like them. I was like my expectations are low, I just need to fangirl more.

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BUT CHECK THEM OUT! OMG! War Boy! Furiosa! Mad Max!

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Furiosa was like my Mona Lisa nail. No matter the light she’s always staring at me.

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Mad Max and Furiosa! Avarice gel nail art wins all the awards.

My hands were super dry. I had just landed in Japan. My hands go horrible on the flight and stay bad in Japan. The air and public restroom soaps just kill my hands. Hand lotion is your friend in Japan. I actually discovered my favorite hand lotion for traveling is MUAC AHA Hand and Body lotion. I was given a sample and it just takes care of dry spots immediately because of its alpha hydroxy acids. It doesn’t provide the lovely scents of other hand lotions, but overnight total change in dryness!

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Before I even headed to Japan I made sure to I schedule my appointment with Avarice Tokyo Nail Salon (previous post here) through Hot Pepper.
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The theme for my nails was Me & My Basset Hound  :bow:

I decided me to be interpreted as a Paper Doll. Apparently Paper Dolls are unheard of in Japan. The “butt” nail got lots of giggles and compliments  :lolpastel:

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I wanted a vintage style me with a beret. I liked how they both turned out!

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Holding the delicious Marie Antoinette limited edition Laduree macaron. So delicious (thanks Stella!).

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My Basset Hound hand! I love the long idea it was actually inspired by my nailist Aya’s nails :sage:

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Her corn hand!  :lolpastel:

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This was her older set, when I went back a second time to Avarice she had done meat on this hand so she had corn and meat. Apparently they were her favorite foods  :smiley:

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Me raving about Avarice has gotten my friends to go there. Bestie Alice “Alice and Wonderland” themed nails. The rabbit is so cute!

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And this is Aya Yoshida my nailist! Her instagram Excuse my shoddy camerawork it was my first time actually using my new camera to take a picture of someone. Thankfully I learned quickly! I had planned on doing a series on Este professional snaps, but the ones I went for on my first visit I liked so much I went back to all 3 of them. Really stopped the whole este snap idea…  :sweatbubble:

She’s a big fan of Alisa Ueno producer of Fig & Viper and quirky Hollywood movies like Bettlejuice and Addams Family.

Lately she’s been moonlighting in the Ally’s nail salon that’s just for famous people to get their nails done at. Murua’s producer Momoko Ogihara is one of her clients! :korila: