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DC Interview: Jocelyn Merkley

Name: Jocelyn Merkley
Location: Peachtree City, GA
Occupation: Nail Artist

How long have you been doing nails?
Since I was a teenager I have insisted on doing my sister's, mom's, and friend's nails because working with nail polish was a challenge for them.

Favorite nail design?
Chevron nails 

Favorite nail polish color?
Cherry Red. It goes great with my skin tone!

Favorite nail polish brand?
China Glaze is really comparable to OPI, but it's a little cheaper.

How many times do you paint your nails every week?
About 4 times a week.

What made you start your blog?
One night, my girlfriends and I were doing our toes, and I was trying to find anything on the new trend "glitter toes" to no avail. That's when I realized I needed to share all my tips and secrets with the world! That's when I started Polish Pedia.

What's your favorite thing about blogging?
I love interacting with all my fans and answering their questions.

What's in your handbag?
Louis Vuitton wallet, coconut oil, baby wipes, unused gift cards, tissues, coupons to lunch restaurants, and a billion receipts.

What's the best nail advice you can give to someone?
Don't touch your cuticles with the polish and cap the free edge.

What are the best products for those of us with limited skills?
You can do a lot of designs with dotting tool and a thin nail art brush. They are really easy to use! This freehand flowers and stripes design (above) was created with those handy tools.

Where do you buy most of your nail supplies?
Sally's Beauty Supply and

How many nail polishes do you own?
Who knows? They are scattered throughout my house, car, and purses.

How do you organize all of them?
I have most of them in a drawer, but I think I am going to put them on a wall rack.

What's your go-to nail design?
Glitter gradient. I love how silver glitter looks with polish.

Best nail care tip?
Hydrate your cuticles with coconut oil often.

Any suggestions on strengthening or growing nails?
Hair Skin Nails vitamins work great!

What's the secret to get your polish to dry quickly?
I like to stick my nails in my UV Lamp to help them dry faster.

Where do you find nail inspiration?
Fashion trends, clothing, and accessories.

Who inspires you most? 
My husband is my inspiration to work hard and make my nail art business successful. He is such a hard worker and always helps me in any way possible.

Describe your happy place.
Being out on my boat on the lake in the summertime with friends and family.

Favorite place to travel? 
The Gulf of Mexico has the most beautiful beaches and when I am there, I never take my goggles off or take my head out of the water!


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