Happy Summer lovelies! & Happy Friday! I hope everyone is as excited for sunny days as I am! ☀️ seriously, the last few months has felt like a never ending Winter with a little fall thrown in for good measure. I’m very excited for sunshine & beach days… even if I spend most of my time hiding out within the walls of the Mall.
I just got over a very busy couple of weeks, which meant my nail designs needed to be fairly simplistic (since I had no time to do my nails!) That means I’ve been wearing either solid colour nails or going with simple accent nails. I’ve had these nail stickers from Icing in my nail art collection for a few years now, but I felt like I haven’t worn them in a while. I really wanted to have a contrasting colour to my base shade, so I decided to pick one of these turquoise starfish stickers as my accent.
For this manicure, the polishes I used were:
- Base Coat: Sally Hansen Green Tea + Bamboo Strength
- Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
- Essie Sunday Funday
- Deborah Lippmann Make Someone Happy
- Icing Stores Nail Art Stickers (beach themed circa 2015/2016)
Originally I was planning on just wearing Essie Sunday Funday on its own with the starfish sticker, but it really felt like it needed something extra which I why I added the glitter gradient on my other nails…. & I LOVE how it turned out. Like, seriously love. It gives the design that Beachy feel I was hoping for without too much work. Like I said, it’s been a CRAZY few weeks with a lot of late nights at work, so nail art has taken a bit of a back seat. Thank goodness I have a huge back stock of nail art stickers & decals & other goodies to make doing my nails so much easier!
I think coral & turquoise is going to be one of my favourite colour combinations for Summer. After seeing them together here, I’m definitely going to need to do a half moon design featuring them… like now! (Or whenever I recover enough to actually function for nail art haha.)
what do you think of this simple design? Do you use nail art stickers to fancy up your nails? Share your thoughts down below!
Happy Tuesday! Can you believe it’s only 6 days until Christmas?! I hope everyone else is more prepared than I am–although I did get out some Christmas cards & finished the wrapping for my sister’s family, so I’m not completely behind. Today I have another simple Christmas design that looks just like wrapping paper!
For this design, the polishes used were:
- Base Coat: Nailtek 2 Foundations
- Top Coat: Seche Vive
- Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire
- Ardene Ice Mist
- Zoya Ray
- L’Oréal Feeling Kilty
- The Base Coat Vinyls Triangle Pattern Stencil
- NailStuff.ca triangle stud — Gold Mixed Decoration Nail wheel
- Small dotting tool (to fill in the triangles)
I’m not going to lie–filling in each individual triangle was kind of time consuming but it is totally worth it! I’ve always been a fan of geometric designs, & I just love how these look. A dressed up Christmas design. & the little triangle stud mimics the look of the pattern but could also be a stand in for a Christmas tree. I just think these are so classy–don’t get me wrong, I love all Christmas designs. But I’ve had fun this year creating different designs that aren’t your typical Christmas looks.
What do you think of this design? Would you wear these? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🎄
Hey! Guess what? There is still no snow in Halifax yet. Which is really keeping my Christmas spirit at bay. It’s hard to feel Christmas-y when it feels more like October than December. But you know, there is worse things in this world than no snow & at least I can wear snowflakes on my nails. & until we finally get that first big snow, you can pretty much expect to see me keep posting snowflake designs.
Hello Internet! After two weeks of packing & moving & unpacking & lacking the internet I am finally back! & oh boy am I happy to be back! Its officially December now, & that means it’s time for some serious Christmas-y nail spam. First up? These candy cane accent nails that have been sitting on my phone for the last week.
The polishes used for the design were:
- Base Coat: Essie Grow Stronger
- Top Coat: Seche Vive
- Quo by ORLY The Antidote
- Essence Dream On
- Essence Perfect Match
- Deborah Lippmann She Drives Me Crazy
- Layla Cosmteics Soft Touch Golden Touch
- UR SUGAR Nail Stencils item #AUB39877 — click to buy
Who doesn’t love candy canes at Christmas — whether it’s an actual candy cane (my favourite are those sour patch kids ones that used to sell years ago… not sure if you can still buy them) or in the form a candy cane hot chocolate or mocha. There is something about those extra sweet & sugary sticks that bring out your inner elf… even if you don’t really like Christmas all that much.
What do you think of these candy cane accent nails? Is this something you would wear for any of your holiday occasions. These would be super cute to wear to a Christmas party or Christmas concert! Let me know what you think of this design in the comments below, & let me know any Christmas designs you’d like to see this month!
It feels like forever since I’ve shared a Swatch Sunday — October has been a bit of a crazy month! But today I’m sharing a gorgeous red I just recently rediscovered in my stash: Deborah Lippmann New York State of Mind. You know how I feel about red polish & this one is definitely a polish for all my fellow red lovers out there!
This candy apple red takes two coats for opacity (which personally I find hard to find in a red polish). It also has a beautiful pinkish shimmer scattered throughout & gives an extra pop on the nail. It’s almost like it glows from within. I own a lot of red polish (that’s what happens when you spend 3+ years wearing nothing but red shades), & this one is definitely special. It would be a great choice for the holidays, because Christmas (& Christmas nails) will be here before we know it!
I scored this polish as part of a mini collection of Deborah Lippmann shades at Winners, so I’m not sure how easy this polish will be to find. But if you can get your hands on it (& you like red nail polish… or really just red nail polish in general) I definitely recommend picking it up!
What’s your favourite red polish? Let me know in the comments below! ♥️
Today I have a very special manicure to brought to you by The Nail Art Squad. We got together to create beautiful purple butterfly designs in honour of Epidermolysis Bullosa. Epidermolysis Bullosa is a rare genetic disease that causes the blistering of skin, & has no known cure & in severe cases can be fatal. Children with Epidermolysis Bullosa are often called “butterfly children” which is why we chose butterflies to create (purple is the colour used for the awareness of the disease). This was a personal manicure for our group to take on as one of our members recently lost a friend to the disease.
For my manicure, the products I used are:
- Base Coat: OPI Natural Base Coat
- Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
- Essie Go Ginza
- Essie Play Date
- LA Colors Color Craze Orchid
- Essence Black Is Back
- Unknown stamping plate (which I bought as part of a set at Dollarama years ago.)
These nails were simple to do, but turned out so beautiful. I thought about freehanding butterfly wings, but didn’t think I could do them justice & because we were creating these nails for such a special reason I wanted them to be as perfect as possible. The stamping plate I used was found in a set at the Dollarama years ago, but as you can see the image stamped perfectly clear.
I feel so honoured I could join in bringing awareness to such a special cause. 💜 to see the other purple butterfly manicures, don’t forget to check out the hashtag #thenailartsquad on Instagram.
Am I the only one who does their nails & immediately dubs them “my new favourite nails”? I do it a lot, but in my defence most manicures I do are my favourite. Maybe it’s in part to the fact my nail art skills used to consist of occasionally being able to create semi-straight dots. Either way, these sideways gradient nails featuring the psychedelic pattern vinyls from Xroma Polish & Nails are definitely my new favourite! I don’t think I’ve ever created a gradient so flawless.
For this manicure, I used:
- Base Coat: L’Oréal All In One
- Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
- Hard Candy Sky
- Nicole by OPI Love Son
- Deborah Lippmann Groove Is In the Heat
- Essie Under the Twilight
- Latex Free Make Up Sponge
- Xroma Polish & Vinyls Psychedelic Stencils
This gradient just makes me so happy… the colours & the blending just turned out so perfect! & the use of the pattern over top just brings the whole design together (I think at least). Trying to wear as many Summer-y designs as I can before I start feeling the call of Fall, which thanks to my years in retail usually starts around early-mid August. Haha. But in the mean time, I’ll try to stick to a purely Summer pallet.
What do you think of this gradient/nail vinyls combo? Let me know in the comments below! I have to say, these psychedelic vinyls are definitely my new favourite pattern.