Category Archives: Flakie

SWATCH SUNDAY — Essie Sweet Soufflé 

I’ve mentioned previously that the whole reason I’m a nail polish addict today is the fact that I spent a good chunk of my preteen & early teenage years on the hunt for the perfect white nail polish ala a certain 90s vampire slayer. Even though my days of wear giant bubble rings & cutting my hair like Sarah Michelle Gellat circa 1997 are pretty much over, that doesn’t my I still don’t have an appreciation for a good white nail polish every so often. So when I saw Sweet Soufflé from the Essie Summer 2017 collection–described by Essie as a creamy white with golden glow–it was pretty much assumed I was going to have to add it to my collection. 

To achieve opacity, this took 3 very careful coats for the polish to level & hide any streakiness. The shimmer definitely translates to the nail, even if you can’t see it in photos. & I love everything about it. This is the kind of white shade I used to dream about at 13, instead of the chalky whites that looked more like I was wearing white out on my nails! 

I really love the golden orange shimmer of Sweet Soufflé & the more I starred at it, the more it reminded me of the shimmer of another Essie polish: Shine of the Times. So obviously I had to pair these two together. 

Two coats of Shine of the Times over Sweet Soufflé. Yep, pretty much the best polish combo ever. It’s like you’re wearing opals on your nails & as an October birthday girl I love opals. Also reminds me why Shine of the Times is such an incredible shade & cult favourite. Takes a gorgeous polish & brings out the inner sparkle. 

Do you have a favourite from the Essie Summer 2017 collection? What do you think of this polish combination? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Mani swap with @dsetterfield74! 

Hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday night! I’m once again delayed on posting, but here is the mani swap I did with the ever so talented  Dianna (@dsetterfield74) on Instagram! 

For this swap, Dianna recreated my matte chevron moons I did back in the Fall, and I recreated her red and gold swirl nails. I had a hard time picking from her assortment of beautiful manicures, but I just loved the gold and red too much not to choose it!


I didn’t have the stamping plate that Dianna used, so I decided to recreate the swirls freehand. It could have ended as an epic nail polish fail, but thankfully it turned out super close to its inspiration! (Thank goodness! No one likes a nail fail.) 

For this mani, the polishes I used were:

  • Essie A-List
  • Icing NYE
  • Essie Shine of the Times
  • Essence Black Is Back
  • gold studs (from Born Pretty Store)
  • Small nail art brush (also from Born Pretty)
  • Essie Good to Go 

So what do you think of this mani swap? I’m having a lot of fun swapping with all these amazing nail artists! 

I just can’t get enough… Chevron nails. 

 Anyone else remember the days of freehanding my chevrons that were sort of lopsided (but don’t get me wrong–I’m still super proud I even did them!) 

Thank goodness for nail vinyls–they make nail art so crazy easy. I’ve been playing around with then a lot lately and found Kiss Products Design Perfection Tip Guides at Wal-Mart for something like $1.99. I love trying new products so I decided to pick them up. They come with 4 different styles per sheet–moon, chevron, zig zag and French manicure. I’ve used the chevrons a couple times, but this was my first time trying out the zig zag vinyls. 

The products I used for this manicure were:

  • Essie Brides No Grooms
  • Essie Tuck it in My Tux
  • Essie Shine of the Times
  • China Glaze Sleeping Under the Stars
  • Essie Good to Go
  • Kiss Products Design Perfection Tip Guides
  • Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art Studs

I’m super sad Shine of the Times didn’t really show up. If I had been thinking I would have used it over both Tuck it in My Tux and Sleeping Under the Stars. Also how cute are these little studs from Sally Hansen?! Picked up their nail art studs set on sale at Shoppers and I’ve been having fun playing with them. They’re just so itty bitty. 


What in the nail polish/nail art world are you currently obsessed with? Let me know in the comments below! 💙💗

Blingy accent nail. 

Good morning lovelies! Today I’ve got another manicure to share featuring the multi-sized crystals I was sent for review by Born Pretty (item #21586). 

The polishes I used for this mani were:

  • OPI Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm?
  • L’oreal Magic Top Coats The Holographic
  • Essie Gel Setter top coat. 
  • Born Pretty Rhinestones item #21586 

I love these little rhinestones. They’re so easy to pick up with just a damp nail art brush, and I don’t have to worry about dropping them in the bed when doing my nails (which I always seem to do haha). 

Hope everyone has a lovely Saturday! Halifax is currently bracing for ANOTHER winter storm, so I have that to look forward to at work! ❄️☃ 

Enjoy your weekend! 

Subtle Dotticure. 

Good morning fabulous people and happy Friday! Today I have a subtle dotticure featuring a couple more Essie favourites. 

I picked up Frock N’Roll from the Essie  Fall 2015 collection the other week. I hadn’t worn it yet, so when I finally put it on I was trying to figure out what to pair this gorgeous polish! You can never go wrong with a dotticure, so I grabbed Essie Coat Couture and a small dotting took and created this vampy Fall look. 

I love how this looks. From fall away it just looks like dark nails, but when you get up close you see the lighter grey dots. Coat Couture just goes so well with Frock N’Roll–I love it! 

I’m all about the Dark Fall colours. I want them all! I thought I would be more drawn towards Essie Bell Bottom Blues from the fall collection but nope! This is the real winner. 😍 what do you think? Have you found this beauty yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 💗

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? 

Pacific Blue (the original!) and a little subtle shimmer.

So as most people have probably heard, Sally Hansen decided a little while ago to change Pacific Blue, taking it from a beautiful creamy blue to a less appealing darker shimmery blue. I was not very impressed when I heard the news (as most people weren’t) because Pacific Blue is one of my all time favorite blue polishes! I’ve been on the look out to see if I could find any of the old bottles, but wasn’t having the best luck. However, I got lucky the other day when I visited my local Shoppers–they had a whole display with the old formula of Pacific Blue, so naturally I had to stock up on this beauty!

In honor of finding my beloved Pacific Blue, I decided to do a manicure featuring it. Originally I wanted to use striping tape to create triangle accent nails, but after getting way to frustrated I gave up on the striping tape and decided to create freehand mosaic accent nails. Someday I’ll manage to get the hand of striping tape, I just guess that today is not going to be that day.


The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue — blue.
  • Essence Beach Cruisers Girls Just Wanna Have Sun! — Coral.
  • Essence Beach Cruisers Keep Calm and Go to the Beach! — Teal.
  • ACO by Ardene Kiss From a Rose — Pink.
  • Vernis Classique by Cherimoya Black — black outline.
  • Quo by ORLY Glitter Pink Matte Top Coat.
  • Essie Go to Go Top Coat.

God, I really love this blue. As soon as I came home, I put it on my toes. My old bottle was beginning to get goopy from over use, so I was really sad thinking I’d never get to wear this polish again. I also added some shimmer to my manicure in the form of Quo’s Matte Pink Glitter Top Coat so it would qualify for the OMD Nail Art challenge. I ended up adding top coat over the sparkle, just to bring it out a little more. Maybe it’s not as BAM! IN YOUR FACE! as some shimmery manicures, but I like the subtle quality of it. Plus it looks amazing over Pacific Blue so it’s a definite win for me.

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Killing it in Killing Red by Layla.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I used to be completely obsessed with red nail polish. I went a good year and a half almost exclusively painting my nails some shade of red. (This was circa 2004-2005 when all the celebrities of young Hollywood–Mary-Kate Olsen, Nicole Richie, ect–were rocking bright red nails.) Now a days, I don’t wear red quite as often (except as a pedicure), but I do love to throw back to a classic every once in a while.


For this manicure, the polishes I grabbed were:

  • Mariposa Mini polish in red.
  • Layla Ceramic Effect in shade 53 (which, I saw somewhere was called Killing Red.)

I applied a base color of the Mariposa, because I knew from experience that the Layla takes quite a few coats to cover. This Mariposa polish is a red jelly. I’ve never used it before–I grabbed it on a whim–but I must say it has beautiful application, even if there is still visible nail nail with it on it’s own. Next, I applied two coats of Layla 53–Killing Red, to get a full application of the flakies over my nail. Oh my god I love this polish. It’s such a step above your basic red. I finished it all off with a coat of Essence Gel-Look Top Coat, followed by Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops. When that was dry, I finished with a coat of Icing’s “It’s a Matte World” Matte top coat.


Such a gorgeous combination. Makes me remember exactly why I use to love wearing red nail polish so much. But it isn’t until you capture it with no flash that you can really see it’s true beauty.

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Can you see those beautiful golden flakies swimming in this red polish? I didn’t have the best natural light inside for taking pictures, but they still come through.


I legit cant stop staring at my nails, especially in the sunshine. It’s making me realize I’m going to have to go out and get more Layla polishes. All the ones I have used already have all been winners, and they have such an awesome selection! First on my list is going to be some of their holographic polishes. I’ve seen swatches of them online, and I have to have all of them!