Category Archives: Abstract

Drip Marble decals inspired by @SimplyNailogical 


I’ve tried water marbling, & it was… not my thing. I’ve tried drag marbling, & it’s usually hit or miss. But I really love marbled nails, so naturally when I picked up a silicone craft mat I knew I needed to try drip marbling recently done by @simplynailogical.


For this mani I used:

  • ORLY Decades of Dysfunction 
  • Sally Hansen Pretty Piggy
  • Nicole by OPI We Got Beiber Fever
  • Finger Paints Wanna Gogh Dance?
  • ACO by Ardene Base Coat
  • Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat

To create my decals, I started off by dropping my polished of choice onto the mat, starting with my lightest colour (ORLY Decades of Dysfunction) as my base, then continued with my darker colours, & finished with my metallic shade (Finger Paints Wanna Gogh Dance?). Once all my colours were down, I moved my mat around to create my marbled effect. Once I was happy with one decal, I’d let it sit & dry for a few minutes before starting on the next one. When I was happy with the amount of decals I’d made, I left them to Dry for a few hours (around 2 hours).

I’m not going to lie, trying to apply these wasn’t the easiest. I started off by painting my accent nails with a base colour (again I used ORLY Decades of Dysfunction) and let dry. I then peeled off my decal & figured out which part I wanted on my nail, trimming it down to a more manageable size. When I was ready, I applied a coat of my ACO by Ardene base coat & immediately stuck my decal onto the nail. Using a brush dipped in acetone, I cleaned up around the cuticle. This was probably the least fun part–I wish I had better nail art scissors to trim off the access instead! When the decal was fully cleaned up & my cuticles were clean I sealed everything in with top coat to finish. I also surrounded my cuticles in oil to help after all that remover. No one likes wrecked cuticles.

And how does the final result look?

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Negative Space Abstract Stripes. 


If there are two kinds of manicures I love, it’s negative space & abstract stripes. I had this crazy idea to try & combine the two together, & the end result might just be one of my favourite things ever! These also fit in really well with the geode nail art trend happening on Instagram. 

& the best part about this design? Regardless of your line skill, it’s pretty much impossible to screw up because you want them to look abstract & imperfect. 

For this design, I used: 

  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pretty Peony
  • Essie Lounge Lover
  • Kiss Products Nail Art Striper in White
  • Kiss Products Nail Art Striper in Black
  • Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat

To me, it looks like a cross between a water marble & geode nails, & I couldn’t be more smitten with them. All I can think is what other colours can I do this with! I think purples would look especially amazing, and obviously holo. For the prettiest result, I find chosing two complimentary shades, one darker & one lighter, plus your black & white for detailing, turns out best. 


If I had to chose a favourite nail, it’s a tie between my ring finger, pinky & thumb. I can’t pick just one!
What do you think about this mani–do you love it as much as I do?! Let me know in the comments below what you think! 

March Favourites! 


This is my first time in a while I’ve done a manicure round up! It’s been way too long. March saw my return to nail art, which has been really nice. I just don’t feel like myself when I don’t get to do my nails. March also saw my craving for Spring become real, which meant lots of Spring colours! 
From top left, here are my March manicures favourites

It’s so hard to chose my absolute favourite of all my designs this month (&always), but I really really love my Pink Drag Marble chevrons & my Spring Floral! 

Did you have a favourite design this month? Let me know in the comments below! 

Squishy Marble Nails

Now that we have baby on a bit of a schedule, I have a bit more time for nail painting! My goal is to try & use polishes I don’t reach for often, & colours that aren’t my typical shades. 

On top of that, I just want all the Spring colours. I decided to pull out a few polishes from deep in the back of my stash that I haven’t worn in ages for a fun squishy marble manicure. 

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Sally Hansen X-treme Wear Pacific Blue
  • Nicole by OPI I’ll Have the Salmon
  • OPI  That’s Hula-rious
  • China Glaze Meet Me at the Mirage
  • Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat 

First off, trying out a brand new top coat so I hope to have a good review on that coming up soon! Secondly–how pretty is this mani?! I wasn’t so sure about pairing these colours together at first, but they ended up looking really awesome together! I’m not sure how others test mani shades, but I literally just brush my colours beside each other on paper until I find the ones that look best beside each other. I definitely need to download some of those nifty nail guides for designing manicures so I can plan more easily! 

What do you think of this manicure? What colours are your favourite to pair together? Let me know in the comments below! 

Blue Abstract Stripes 

I know, I know. I’ve been a very bad blogger. I promise there is a VERY good excuse, and as soon as I can share I will! But, in the mean time, how about some abstract stripes? 

I was going through my polishes the other night, and it occurred to me it had been too long since I pulled out my bottle of Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (the original version!) Decided I had to wear it–it’s just so pretty!–I paired it with one of my favourite go to designs, abstract stripes. 

The polishes used for the manicure were:

  • Sally Hansen Pacific Blue
  • Essie Bikini So Teeny
  • China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le
  • Sally Hansen I ♥️ Nail Art pen in navy blue. 
  • Essie Gel Setter


I love how these kind of ended up looking like waves, which is kind of perfect when wearing a polish named Pacific Blue! After what seems like way too long with barely any nail art, I’m trying my best to get back into nail art. Hopefully that means I get back into posting more often too! 

Retro abstract Stripes. 

So I think retro abstract stripes are my new favourite. They’re so easy to do and there are so many colour options. This mani was inspired by my brand new Spring tank top from Ardene

   
  
The polishes I used for this mani were:

  • Essie Haute as Hello
  • OPI I Cannoli Wear OPI
  • Art Club Nail Art Duo in Bubblegum Pink
  • Art Club Nail Art Duo in White. 
  • Milani Nail Art Percision Brush in Black. 
  • Essie Good to Go. 

  
   
Is this not the cutest shirt ever? 🍍And it goes so perfectly with my nails! I hope I’m not the only one who matches her nails to her outfits! 

Monthly mani favourites! 

  

Manicures from top left:

  1. Aztec Inspired Chevron Moons
  2. Matte Chevron Moons
  3. Blingy Accent Nails
  4. Another Go at Abstract Accent Nails
  5. Matte Swirl Accent Nails
  6. Matte Mermaid Nails

Can you believe it? The end of the month is already upon us! Crazy. It definitely was not easy picking just  6 manicures for my monthly mani favourites… January saw some pretty fun nail art! (And a whole lot of Matte top coat 😍)

 I’m just in love with all the manicures I’ve done so far this year, and I can’t wait to get into some Valentines Day manicures. 

Which of the above manicures was your favourite? Let me know in the comments below! 

Another Go at Abstract Accent Nails 

Does anyone remember this manicure from August 2014? Back from the days of my old Blackberry and less than stellar photo quality.  I thought it would be fun–since I’m struggling for inspiration lately–to give an old mani a redo! And since I loved these accents nails so much the first time, it seemed like the perfect choice. 
  
The polishes I used for this mani were:

  • Essence Break Through
  • Essie After School Boy Blazer 
  • OPI I Canolli Wear OPI
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Babe Blue
  • China Glaze Dune Our Thing 
  • Born Pretty Rhinestones (item #21586)
  • Essie Good to Go top coat. 

 
So what do you think of this mani? Which one do you prefer–this manicure or the original? One thing for sure is that my photo quality has definitely improved! 😆 

Have a great day loves! I’m off to enjoy the rest of my day with plenty of coffee and a little writing! ☕️📝

Embracing the Abstract accent nails.

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The other day, while starting to do my nails, I wasn’t sure what exactly to do. I wanted to create some kind of accent nail, and so I just started doodling and ended up with these. Totally random and abstract. But considering I had  no real plan going in, the end result actually looks like maybe I planned these all along. They were so fun I actually ended up wearing them for two whole days–which is a big accomplishment for me.

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Essence Beauty Beats Collection Baby Ooh Ooh.
  • OPI I Snow you Love Me.
  • OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.
  • Sinful Colors Hip to be Square.
  • Sinful Colors Cold Leather.
  • China Glaze What a Pansy.
  • Art Club Striping Polish in Paisley Paradise.
  • Stripe Rite Striping Polish in White.
  • Seche Vite Top Coat.

 

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So what do you think of these abstract nails? They were fun to wear for my fabulous adventure around the city with my favorite gay boyfriend. And even though it was full on summer heat, I still had to get myself a Pumpkin Spice Latte because they are officially back! Pretty nails, fabulous company, and a delicious drink. What more could a girl ask for? =)