Category Archives: Art Club

Graphic Lines Over Watercolour 

I teased these geometric freehand nails this weekend, which you may have seen on Instagram, so I’m excited to finally share the whole look! I just needed to do some really poppy Summer nails to counter act the fact I’m craving Fall colours so bad. I also feel like I haven’t been practicing my freehand lines enough, so I wanted to play around with my black striper. This design isn’t perfect but I do quite enjoy how they turned out. 

The polishes used for this design are:

  • Base Coat: Cutex Brittle Nail Fix
  • Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hard to Get
  • Color Club Evolution 
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Wet My Thistle
  • ACO by Ardene Road to No Where 
  • Essie Cute As A Button
  • China Glaze Sun Upon my Skin
  • Art Club Nail Art Striper in Black
  • Latex Free Make Up sponge 

Bright & colourful & fun was what I was going through with these nails & I feel like I was pretty successful. Of all my nails, my thumb was my absolutely favourite (& I feel like it turned out the best of all 10 nails). I think it had something to do with my striper polish. The more I use it though, the more I’m realizing I need to try out aryclic paint. I know I keep saying that, but the more I use my stripers, the more frustrated I get with how easily they thicken up. So hopefully the next time I show off a freehand line design, I’ll be sharing my expirences with acrylic paint! 


What do you think of this design? Have you ever used acrylic paint for nail designs? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 

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Negative Space Colour Blocking. 

I’m in love with the Spring weather lately. And with all these warm days that means I need Bright colours on my nails. 

I’ve been killing Essie In The Cab-Ana a lot lately…. It’s just such a perfect blue. So I decided to grab it, and ORLY Scenic Route (from their Sprinng 2016 collection) to create a fun negative colour block! 

The polishes I used for this mani were:

  • OPI My Point Exactly
  • ORLY Scenic Route
  • Essie In the Cab-Ana 
  • Art Club Nail Art Duo in Paisley Blue
  • Essie Gel Setter 


This mani turned out even better than I had pictured in my head! I just love when that happens. I always forget how much can I love negative space nails until I wear them again! 

What’s your favourite polish/colour to wear this time of year? 

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! 

Purple Matte stripes (because I’m kind of obsessed right now)

I seriously need to get out of this purple/blue/pink kick I’ve been on. Soon, I will do it soon. In the mean time though, it’s time for some more purple nails! 

I broke down my nails (again) so it’s back to baby nails for me. To jazz them up some, I figured stripes would work to make them look longer! I don’t know if I was totally successful in my endeavour, but I do love how these look. I was partially inspired by binge-watching season two of the new 90210 and a dress that Silver was wearing. 

   
The polishes I used for this mani were: 

  • OPI I Lost My Bikini in Molokini. 
  • Art Deco Nail Art striper in black
  • Art Club Nail Art Duo in white 
  • Essie Good to Go
  • Butter London Matte top coat. 

 
Just can’t stop with the matte either. No apologies there. I’m just in love with all thing matte right now! I also just scored a bottle of Essie Shine of the Times and I cannot WAIT to put a little matte top coat over it. Stay tuned! 

Meowy Catmas nails

Happy Boxing Day everyone! Hope Santa was good to you. I’ve been enjoying family time the last couple days but I wanted to share the nails I did for a collab organized by @journailism on Instagram.  

 
You can check out the hashtag #xmascollab15 for all the girls who participated! The idea was to create a manicure that represented something you love most about the season. For my manicure, I decided to finally using some kitty vinyls I bought from @mynailsdid! This was the first Christmas I’ve spent with the hubbys fur babies so this manicure represented that! 

 
Polishes I used for this mani were:

  • Nails Inc The Thames
  • YSL Beauty Gris Underground
  • QUO by ORLY nail art striper in Red
  • Art Club Nail Art Duo in White
  • Small nail art brush from Born Pretty
  • Smallest size dotting tool. 
  • Essie Gel Setter top coat

Hope you’re having a great holiday, and enjoying you’re time with family and friends. 

Mani swap with @armstrongnails

 

I was lucky enough to partner with @armstrongnails  on a mani swap! I always have fun swapping with others–it’s exciting to try out someone else’s brain for a mani! Amber has some amazing manicures to chose from, but in the end I had to chose her patterned nails to recreate. The holo accent just sold me!  
 
The polishes I used for this mani were:

  • Sally Hansen Big Teal
  • L’oreal Holographic Pearls
  • Art Club Nail Art Duo in White
  • Seche Vite 

I love this mani so much! From the sparkle to the herringbone pattern it’s just perfection! 

If you’re not already following @armstrongnails on Instagram, you definitely should be!

More Fall Tribal (featuring OPI)

Happy first day of Fall! 

Can you believe it… Summer is officially over! I’ve been in a Fall state of mind since Mid-August and craving all things dark, cosy and pumpkin spice! 🎃

You know what else I love? Tribal Print! I wore this Fall toned tribal print the other day, and love how they turned out! Even better? They were surprisingly easy to do thanks to my striping polishes. 

  

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • OPI Sleigh Parking Only 
  • OPI I Cannoli Wear OPI 
  • Stripe Rite in Gold
  • Art Club Nail Art Duo in Bubblegum Pink 
  • QUO by ORLY striping polish in Black 

They turned out better than I ever could have imagined. The thing I love so much about Tribal Print manicures is that they turn out so unique everytime! 

   
 

What do you thing of this mani? Let me know in the comments below! 

I’ve really been digging pulling out all my dark and vampy Fall colours (especially quite a few untrieds such as OPI Sleigh Parking Only). I just love this dark maroon with the pop of pink! 

Matte chevron zig zag accent nails. 

Fall colours make me so happy.  I’ve been digging through my stash for my favourite Autumn colours. I decided to pull a couple out and play around with a fun sweater inspired accent nail. (And some matte flakes for good measure!)

  
The polishes I used for this mani were:

  • OPI Miss You-niverse 
  • Essie Coat Couture 
  • Stripe Rite Striper in Gold
  • Art Club Nail Art Duo in Bubblegum Pink
  • QUO by ORLY special effects top coat in Matte Pink
  • L’oreal The Matte Velvet top coat.  

 

  
What do you think of this mani? Do you ever pull out old favourites and revisit them? 

Fall themed tribal print. 

   
Fall is coming quickly. The mornings are definitely starting to feel cooler already and I’m starting to reach for sweaters more than sun dresses!  So what’s better than a little dip into some more fall colours? 

  

The polishes used for my tribal print nails were: 

  • China Glaze Fancy Pants 
  • China Glaze Lets Dew It!
  • Essie Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low
  • Hard Candy Coconut 
  • Stripe Rite striping polish in Gold
  • QUO by ORLY striper in Black
  • Art Club Nail Art Duo in Neon Pink 
  • Seche Vite 

I really really love this combination of colours together! Also China Glaze Lets Dew It! is simply perfection and I love everything about it! 

  
 What are you wearing on your nails now that we’re into September? Part of me wants to hold onto Summer a little bit more… But Fall is calling me! 🍁🍂

Tribal accent nails featuring Essence Lets Get Lost! 

I’ve been a little lost on nail art inspiration lately so I decided to go with one of my favourite nail art designs–tribal! I’ve always loved Aztec inspired nails, and so the other night when I couldn’t come up with any manicure ideas I decided to pull an old favourite out of my back pocket! 

  
  

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Essence Lets Get Lost! 
  • Hard Candy Coconut
  • Art Club Nail Art Duo in Bubblegum Pink
  • Essence Nothing but Lovestoned
  • QUO by ORLY nail art striper in black.
  • QUO by ORLY nail art striper in white.
  • OPI My Favourite Ornament 
  • ACO by Ardene Just Saying 
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

  
   
So what do you think of this manicure? I forgot how awesome Essence Lets Get Lost! is. The formula has never let me down, and after owning it for two years it still goes on perfectly. 💙