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Life & Work with Samantha Zarnowiec

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Zarnowiec.

Samantha Zarnowiec

Thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, how did you get started?
Allow me to introduce myself (in my best Jay-Z voice ). My name is Samantha Zarnowiec, a 29-year-old, a full-time wife, a full-time mom, a full-time employee, and a full-time student. I’m married to a wonderful man with whom God has gifted me to spend the rest of my life. We have a one-year-old who simultaneously fills our life full of love and worry. Trying to balance my personal life with my work life and now building my nail brand could not happen without my husband’s unconditional support. Something I didn’t have growing up. Leadership and respect failed in our home but never in my father’s business.

When God gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Even though my father was lemonade, I’ve made my lemonade with the little bits he’s given me. My father was able to create businesses out of nothing at times. I realized it wasn’t about what my dad sold; it was that people enjoyed being around him. His sense of humor and his strong work ethic to be consistent and persistent in his job made him successful. As a little girl, I wanted to give that feeling, too. Being a nail tech wasn’t my first choice, but I knew I wanted to be in the beauty industry. I have a cosmo background, but let’s say my & hair has a love/hate relationship. Now, that’s a story for another day. No one in my family has graduated college, so when I told my family about me going to school for beauty. As sad as it sounds, no one cared or helped. I enrolled myself into the institution for the first time in California, & due to life-changing events, that didn’t work out. I moved to Texas, found the love of my life, and had a handsome baby boy. God works in mysterious ways, but I’m thankful & glad where I’m at now, which is a full-time nail tech student who is on their way to graduating soon & getting certified to make her dreams a reality in opening my little nail studio.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Struggles is my middle name. These events are called life, from my husband losing his job to my first postpartum to close relatives passing away. The way I like to see it, if it’s hard and worth waiting for. It’s worth it. No one said,” good things come easy.” It’s “good things come to those who wait.”Having everyday struggles is part of my process. Staying humble, knowing who you truly are, and having a good support system makes life continue. There havebut I’ve turned around and used every single one to learn from them and be better.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a full-time nail tech student, eager to learn, counting my hours, and mastering my craft in the process of becoming a licensed nail technician and a pursuing owner of my small business. I’ve always had an artistic side to anything I do. I’ve been in dance, photography, art design, sewing, and graphic design. Crafty hobbies are my safe place. I’ve combined all these artistic forms with my nail artistry. I’m on the way to finding what sets me apart from your everyday nail tech. That’s the experience I want to create when you walk into my studio/suite, whatever god has in his plans. Imagine walking into an all-white room with marble floors, marble white tables & fancy forest green chairs with gold details. The smell of lavender & oat milk won’t leave you from when you walk into when you step off my chair. I want everyone to have a good experience, even if they chose not to talk to me the whole service and only wanted to hear a good podcast. I’m all about it, but it’s also me knowing & learning from my clients. I’m excited & proud to show all my creativity going into this career. There’s no wrong to do when you’re an artist; there’s no limit to your creation capacity.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
It is a big city, but small-town vibes are the best way to describe San Antonio. I moved to San Antonio, TX, from Long Beach, CA. I was living in the LBC at a studio apartment, paying what I pay for my 3-bedroom house now. The lifestyle was fast living. I hope San Antonio doesn’t become that with our rapid increase in population.


  • Gel manicure – $25+
  • Pedicure -$35+
  • Acrylic full set short to XL – $45 to $75+
  • Gel x set short to XL -$45 to $75+
  • Nail art design on every nail $20 additional

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