Category Archives: Dry brush

August Monthly Mani Favourites


Can you believe another month is over? This year actually is just speeding by. Now that September (& pumpkin spice) is officially here, how about a round up of my favourite manicures from the last month? 

Did your favourite mani make the list? This has been a busy month for nail art, with lots of swatches shared & the beginnings of Fall nail art! Now I’m off the get the little guy dressed warm, because it really feels like Fall today, & we’re going to scoot down to possibly purchase a pumpkin spiced beverage from Starbucks. 🎃 Happy September Everyone!

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Purple Butterflies with #thenailartsquad


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. 

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Aurora Borealis Inspired Dry Brush Featuring OPI Iceland Collection 🌌

Good morning & Happy Friday Eve! Anyone else super excited for the weekend to almost be here? 

Today I’ve got some pretty nail art to share with you featuring some of the OPI Fall/Winter 2017 Iceland Collection. The first design I saw when I looked at these polishes was dry brush! I wanted to create something that would bring to mind the beauty of the Aurora Borealis.

For this manicure, I used:

  • Base Coat: OPI Natural Base Coat
  • Top Coat: OPI Top Coat
  • OPI Less Is Norse
  • OPI Aurora Berry-alis 
  • OPI One Heckla Of A Color!
  • OPI Reykjavik Has All The Hot Spots
  • OPI Check Out The Old Geysirs

A couple tricks to a good dry brush:

  •  have to have a light hand & only apply small spots of colour. I find it’s good idea to only choose a few shades for your dry brush. I tend to stick to about 4 polishes to avoid my dry brush ending up muddied. 
  •  make sure you don’t have too much polish on the polish brush. I like to keep a piece of paper towel (or regular paper would work too) beside me to brush your polish on first to steal any excess. This also keeps you from gunking up the neck of your bottle. 
  • Use a clear polish or non-quick dry top coat to brush over your dry brush a few times to blend the edge of the colours together. (I do this with gradients & sponge manicures too!) 

What do you think of these Aurora Borealis inspired dry brush nails? It’s been a while since I played around with dry brush, but as always I love the look. Also I think I was (semi) successful channeling my inspiration! I’m having a lot of fun playing around with these OPI polishes, so stay tuned for lots more nail art to come! 

All of these lovely polishes were all gifted to me by OPI as part of the #PreenMeVIP program. 

Born Pretty Store Review — Origami Pattern Stamping Plate Harunouta L040 item #39127



Happy Monday! Today I have a new manicure featuring another stamping plate so kindly sent to me for review from Born Pretty Store. This time, I’m reviewing the Origami Pattern Manicure Stamping Plate Harunouta L040 item #39127. This plate called to me because of all the gorgeous origami shapes. & the arrival of the plate was just in time that I could wear these nails to my sister in laws baby shower this past weekend! 


For this manicure, I used: 

  • Base Coat: L’Oréal All in One
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Revlon Gel Envy To The Chapel
  • Essie Chillato
  • Ardene Fluffy Tutu
  • Born Pretty Store Black Stamping polish (from this set)
  • Origami Pattern Stamping Plate Harunouta L040 item #39127
  • Born Pretty Store Clear Jelly Stamper

I think I’m finally getting the hang of stamping. The images are so delicate that you really have to move quickly (or the stamping polish dries) but I’m figuring it out! I’ve used Essence Back to Black for stamping before & it worked really well but my bottle was all used up so I’m going to get a new bottle & try stamping with that to see how it does. I definitely had more practice using this plate, so it went a lot easier. 

I love how adorable all of these images are! You have the hanging pictures, the individual pictures & then the cool geometric cloud images. So many different ideas & manicures that you can create! Like I mentioned, I wore these for a baby shower but I could see this being perfect for lots of occasions (or just for fun everyday). 

I still consider myself a stamping newbie, so while this plate was a little difficult for me after a little fiddling & practice I think I came up with a very pretty manicure! This plate could definitely be suitable for someone still new to stamping, as well as those pros out there I hope to someday join!

If you’re interested in ordering this plate (or something else) from Born Pretty Store feel free to use my discount code COFFK31 to save 10% off any regular price items! I’ve been ordering from them for years, & I love the wide variety of products you can find for all your nail polish addict needs! 

Stay tuned because I still have 2 more Born Pretty Store reviews coming your way! 

Feeling 90s With Neon Spotted Nails 

Too many rainy days have left me craving some neon nails, so I decided to grab some bright colours to cheer myself up. In the process I saw my bottle of Layla Bubbly in Black & thought it would look really neat over a neon-ish base colour. 

For this manicure I used:

  • Base Coat: Perfect Forumla Pink Gel Coat
  • Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat 
  • ORLY Scenic Route
  • Icing Breakfast at Tiffany’s 
  • China Glaze Sun Upon My Skin 
  • Icing Pink A Boo
  • Layla Cosmetics Bubbly Effect in Black

I’ve owned this bottle of Layla Bubbly effect for a while (I scored it on sale at Lawton’s in the clearence like 3 years ago) but this was the first time I really got it to work for me the way I imagine it’s supposed to work. I did wait until the next morning to add the black, so maybe that made the difference? Either way I’m super excited about how it turned out! Like crackle nails, it just offers an easy way to create nail art without excessive work (or mess). 

& incase you were interested in seeing what my base looked like before I added the Bubbly topper, here was the base. I tried to attempted @laqvid‘s wet dry brush design but I’m definitely going to need to give it more practice. 

What do you think of this design? Have you ever tried the Layla Bubbly Effect polishes before? Let me know the comments below! 

Pink dry brush featuring Jay Godfrey cosmetics polishes. 

I was recently gifted some polishes (and lipsticks) from a new to me brand: Jay Godfrey. Since I love trying out new polishes, I couldn’t wait to put these on my fingers! The 5 polishes come in a collection paired with 5 complimentary lipsticks ranging from a soft mauve-y pink to a deep Raspberry.

 

To try out these polishes, I decided to pair them together in a fun sideways dry brush (one of my favourite designs). ❤ this also would have been a great manicure and polish set for Valentine’s Day! 

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Jay Godfrey Cosmetics Nude 256
  • Jay Godfrey Cosmetics Orchid Violet 185
  • Jay Godfrey Cosmetics Nior 421
  • Jay Godfrey Cosmetics Rouge 132
  • Jay Godfrey Cosmetics Bordeaux Lust 326
  • Butter London Hardwear Quick Dry Top Coat 

To achieve this look, I started with a base of 2 coats of Nude, and then applied top coat and let it dry for about 5 minutes. I then went with each colour, removing as much polish from the brush as I could before brushing it diagonally against my base colour. I tried to alternate darker polishes with lighter colours to create a nice texture to the look. When I was happy with the design, I sealed everything in with two coats of top coat. 

So what do you think of these colours and design? I always have fun when I discover new polishes, and really quite like the formula on these, not to mention the colours. 

I’m also really excited to test out the complimentary lipsticks! So far I’ve only worn one of the lipsticks, a fuchsia pink named Casablanca, and I really liked how it looked and applied. I can’t wait to try out all the colours! I think I’ll do a whole post dedicated to the lipsticks since I’m really quite in love with them. ❤

Dry Brush featuring Quo by Orly Breathable polishes. 

Good morning lovelies! It’s been a while. 

If you follow my Instagram, you maybe have seen a big announcement I made recently. Which is why I’ve been slacking on posting–turns out pregnancy is kind of exhausting. I’m feeling much better though so here’s hoping I can start blogging again (I’ve really missed blogging.)

I was recently sent some of the new Quo by Orly Breathable polishes for review. I’ve been testing out each colour and I’m super impressed with the results, so I thought it would be fun to use all 5 polishes sent to me for some nail art! 


For this mani, the polishes I used were: 

  • Nourishing Nude
  • Nail Superfood
  •  The Antidote
  • Just Breathe
  • Happy and Healthy

The great thing about this line is it requires no base coat or top coat. Just put it on, let dry, and enjoy! For this design, I started with a base of Nourishing Nude, then brushed on strokes of the other colours. Then I topped the dry brush with another coat of Nourishing Nude (which is pretty sheer). It gave everything that kind of faded effect, and sealed in the design. 
So what do you think of these Quo by Orly Breathable polishes? Have you tried any of them yet? I have to say I’m really impressed with this line so far, especially because they are all super shiney without any need for top coat! I will definitely be picking up more from the collection. 

Fall Dry Brush

I’ve been super busy the last couple days post wedding so I’ve had no real time for nails! But I did this Fall themed dry brush a couple weeks ago which I really loved (but didn’t get a chance to post) so I thought I would share!    

  

The polishes I used for this manicure were: 

  • China Glaze Jungle Queen 
  • Essie After School Boy Blazer 
  • Essie Sable Collar
  • China Glaze Don’t Desert Me 
  • ACO by Ardene Golden Luxery
  • Essie As Good As Gold
  • The rhinestones are from Icing Stores. 
  • Seche Vite

 
I love how the different layers of colours come through with this design. I also can’t wait for life to stop being such a whirlwind and get back to nail art again! 

Dry brush nails featuring China Glaze Desert Escape collection. 

   Long time no see! This Summer has been a stressful one which means blogging has been forced to the back burner. I promise to keep trying to post though–and hopefully soon my non-nail life calms down some! 💗
Today I have some dry brush accent nails to share with you featuring a few of the polishes from the China Glaze Desert Escape collection. I found the minis of this collection at my local Sally’s and didn’t hesitate picking it up! And after wearing some of these gorgeous colours I’m so glad I did! 


I create these dry brush accent nails for a friend’s birthday celebrations that were Music Festivel themed (think Coachella). I though the Desert Escape collection would match the theme perfectly. 

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Hard Candy Coconut (white base colour)
  • China Glaze Don’t Desert Me
  • China Glaze Rain Dance the Night Away 
  • China Glaze Meet Me in the Mirage
  • China Glaze Don’t Mesa with my Heart. 
  • QUO by ORLY Striper in black 
  • Seche Vite 

I seriously love how these accent nails turned out. I tried a similar mani a could months ago and my line work was just a mess! In fact, I loved this mani so much I couldn’t bare to take them off even after Don’t Desert Me started to chip! So I took it off and replaced it with Rain Dance the Night Away because it’s a seriously stunning blue! 

 
 And I full mani shot because I think it’s my new favourite. 

  

Have you picked up any of the Desert Escape polishes? Which one is your favourite of the collection? 

Neon Dry Brush and Chevron moons. 

Good morning lovelies! Today I have a fun and bright and colourful dry brush to share with you. It’s finally starting to feel like Spring after the harshed winter, so I am all about the Spring colours now! 

 

Who doesn’t love a good dry brush! The polishes I used for this design were: 

  • OPI Angel with a Leadfoot (white base)
  • OPI Unfrost My Heart (silver)
  • OPI Muppets World Tour (glitter)
  • China Glaze purple panic, Plur-ple, shocking pink, for Audrey, and Flip Flop Fantasy (dry brush) 
  • Zoya Blu (dry brush)
  • Art Club Nail Art Duo in Black (chevron moon) 
  • Seche Vite 

And my midi ring is from Kristalized Designs

     

Bring on the sunshine, bright colours and pretty dresses! So happy that Winter is finally over for good. So what are you wearing on your finger tips in honour of Spring? ☀️