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The Holy Grail of Fake Nails


Emi spotted this umbrella and called me over to peep it while we were shopping in Shinjuku. JAWDROP. Is that an umbrelly made with glamorous acrylic nails????? Simply amazing beyond words. Craft proj, anyone?


AAHH I love it!!!


That’s the one thing we didn’t get to do in Tokyo: get our nails did. We looked into it though, and found a salon that was open ’til 4am. UM YES 4AM I SAYS. That means that shit is still open after bars close in L.A. What kind of dreamland is this Tokyo??? We were planning on going (late after karaoke!) but time and liquor flew and it was pretty pricey anyway. We estimated it would probably cost about $200 to get a sick set of nails done at the venue.$200 for something that lasts only a week or two? HALE 2 THA NO. But then our friend informed us they use special materials and these ferosh Tokyo nails would last a month or longer. REALLY? Kinda crazy.

nails tokyo
Photo via La Carmina

Tokyo is the land of nail decor. You can find a smorgasbord of crazy nail decals and accessories anywhere you go. Naturally we stocked up, so you’ll be seeing what types of goodies we acquired in future blog posts!


  • desboobs
    July 16, 2009 at 11:25 am


  • rain
    July 16, 2009 at 11:44 am

    $200? gahhhhhh! insane!

    it’s cool they let you take fotos there, i have to sneak my camera when i try to take a foto of the designer label acrylic display at the local swap meet

  • gilda
    July 16, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    damn, girrrl! why didn’t you ask me!! i woulda told you where to go, what to do! there are like, amazing coupon books you can get for free, and a new set of major nails would be about $50 for acrylic french tips to about $100 for super cute acrylic nails with real seashells stuck on them!

  • marie
    July 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    @desboobs – make it rain boo make it rain

    @rain – It was up and down. More of the boojie places ahem were cold and didn’t let us take pics but other places (FRUiTS) were really cool.

    @gilda – OH MY GODDD I am hitting you up when I return, which will be every year ! hehe

  • Emine
    July 17, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    yo but 2 bills was for THEE most tricked out ridic nailz you could DREAM of. like 3 story condo’s built up on them shits.

    1 bill was the standard for tips (which everyone referred to as “chips”) plus a few gems and decals. still not bad considering what our friend Shaula told us. she said they don’t use acrylics but instead use a special gel that never damages your actual nail AND she said even though they look all 3D and bananas, they coat them with a special top coat so they are smooth to the touch. plus like Rie Rie said they apparently stay mint for a month!

    regardless, i’m down for Gildas $50 hookup!

    next april Rie, LEZDEWDIS!

  • The Friendinator
    July 20, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Ummmmm sheeeeeeeeeit, yo! I gotta use some them pics for my “Crylo Rap video…assuming the album ever drops…

  • Gabi
    July 5, 2010 at 1:10 am

    OMG! An umbrella made out of acrylic nails, insane.


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