Category Archives: Glitter

Simple Rose Accent Nails

Sometimes a polish is so pretty, it doesn’t need much in tens of nail art. That’s how I felt about the combo of CND Vinylux in Dazzling Dance & Nicole by OPI Love Song. It looked so dang pretty on its own I didn’t want to ruin it by overwhelming it with too much. So what would be the perfect simple nail art? Roses of course! 

For this manicure I used:

  • Base Coat: Perfect Formulas Pink Gel Coat
  • Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
  • CND Vinylux Dazzling Dance
  • NOPI Love Song
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pretty Peony 
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Bourbon Belle 
  • Essie Brides No Grooms
  • Essie First Timer
  • Sally Hansen X-treme Wear Kiwi Bikini
  • Dotting Tool from Bundle Monster
  • Small Nail Art Brush from Bundle Monster 

First off, check out the holo glitter in Dazzling Dance! I’ve worn this polish before a couple years ago, but without any undies & it took way too many coats (4+ with visible nail line.) So undies we’re necessary. I picked out NOPI Love Song to bring out the purple undertones. I bet a gray base would be beautiful too. 

These roses make me happy. So simple but beautiful. I will never get tired of roses & floral designs in general. They’re just the perfect pop of nail art for when you don’t want (or don’t have time for) something more complex. 

What do you think of my roses? Don’t forget to comment below & let me know you thoughts! 

My First Franken Polish! 


You know something I’ve always wanted to try? Mixing my own Franken polish. For those who don’t know what a Franken polish is, it is a polish you create by mixing two or more polishes together to create a custom shade. I’ve seen a few people I follow on Instagram do this, & I thought it would be fun to try for myself. Plus I had an empty bottle lying around, so how could I not?!


For this Franken I grabbed a few random colours. Originally I thought I’d mix a greyed out white with purple undertones, but the initial mix came out much more lavender so I decided to go with it.

For this Franken I used:

  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hard To Get
  • ORLY Plum Sugar
  • OPI Who You Callin’ Bossy?
  • ORLY Oh Cabana Boy
  • ACO by Ardene Bonne Nuit
  • Nicole By OPI Make A Comet-ment

I can’t really give you an exact “recipe” because I just kept mixing until the colour that came out as perfect (to me). But I love it. It actually goes on perfectly in two coats & just needs a little top coat to smooth out that glitter. I only wish you could see the holo a bit better! It’s definitely subtle, but at least in person you could tell it was there–these pictures don’t show it off at all. Once the sun returns I’ll be interested to see how it comes out under sunny skies. 


What do you think of this colour? Have you ever mixed your own Franken colour before? I can see this being very addictive! As though I don’t already own enough polish haha. Also trying to figure out what to name this Franken colour, so if you have any suggestions let me know! 

Chevron Accent Nail featuring Pacific Blue. 

I’ve written before about my unrelenting love for the original formula Sally Hansen Pacific Blue. So much so I still search for back up bottles when I’m looking through clearance. I don’t wear it a whole lot, but when I do I am reminded why I love this polish so much.  The other night I was looking for something to put on my nails, & immediately reached for my old trusty favourite. 

For this manicure, I used:

  • Base Coat: Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat
  • Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Pacific Blue
  • China Glaze Fairy Dust
  • Sally Hansen Montley Hue
  • OPI Angel With A Lead Foot (under Montley Hue)
  • Snail Vinyls Staggered Chevron Nail Stencil

Sometimes I love wearing a simple colour & sprucing it up with a simple accent. If I’m remembering correctly, Pacific Blue was one of my very first Sally Hansen X-treme Wear polishes. I’ll never not love it. Even if it didn’t have this elusive Unicorn status, it would still be one of my favourites. 

What do you think of this mani? Do you have Pacific Blue in your stash? I’ve been going through my stash &  found some potential dupes, so I’m going to post a comparison post coming up! 💙

Unicorn Inspired Gradient 🦄

So by now you’ve probably been introduced to the Unicorn Frappuccino that Starbucks released yesterday. I know it completely blew up my Instagram & Facebook feeds… everyone & their grandma was showing off the drink on social media. Personally I have no interest in trying it–not a fan of frapuccinos (too much sugar), I can’t have any dairy so no whip cream, & there isn’t even any coffee in it! But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to join in the unicorn fun, so I took inspiration from the colours of the drink to create a Unicorn inspired gradient! 

For this manicure, I used:

  • Base Coat: Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat 
  • Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen X-treme Wear Orchid Around
  • Sally Hansen X-treme Wear Royal Hue
  • China Glaze Fairy Dust
  • Latex Free cosmetic sponge (purchased at Dollarama)
  • Born Pretty Store Peel off Liquid Tape

It’s been so long–too long–since I played around with a gradient, so I’m a little rusty. But I’m pretty happy with how these turned out. The colours might not exactly match its inspiration, but I thought it was a good attempt. It would have been more fun if I had one of those cute unicorn stencils (I think they’re by Twinkled-T) to add a holo glitter unicorn on my ring finger, but with a little Fairy Dust added it still has that magical feel. 

Have you tried Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino yet? Does it taste as magical as it looks? Part of me wants to order one just to take a picture of it with my nails (because I’m silly like that) but that would be a serious waste of money that could be better spent (on coffee, for example). Oh well, when you can’t drink it, why not wear it in your nails!

What do you think of this gradient? Do you see the inspiration? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🦄

From the Stash: Claire’s Red Carpet 

Every so often I like going through the many polishes in my stash, and pulling out polishes that I may have forgotten about. Today I have Claire’s Red Carpet (circa 2010ish?) a pretty glittery red that is kind of perfect for this time of year! 


Red Carpet is a glittery red polish which applie perfectly in 2 coats for full coverage. And even after 6 years, this polish has no formula issues! I love red nail polish, but I find a lot of them don’t always cover my nail line or take too many coats. That’s not an issue here, I’m guessing thanks in part to the dense micro glitters. 


For this mani, I used a peel off base coat for removal so I can’t comment on ease of removal, but like any glitter I’m sure it’s fun. Never the less, I’m totally in love with the colour and I’m so glad I rediscovered this polish (just in time for the holidays!) 

Anyone else have this polish (or other oldie but goodies!) hiding in the back of their stash? I’m going to try and start featuring of my old favourites every so often. 

Stay tuned tomorrow for what I created over this polish. 

Galaxy Nails. 

Still trying to get back into nail art, so I’ve been browsing my Pinterest A LOT trying to come up nail design ideas. It’s been way too long since I did some Galaxy nails, so I decided I needed to give them another go! It also helped that I was already wearing a darker blue polish (I’m Electro over a nameless dark blue metallic Essie) which made a great base for my design. 

The polishes used for this mani are: 

  • Revlon I’m Electro
  • Nameless Essie 
  • Essence Back to Black
  • Avon Vintage Blue 
  • China Glaze Float On 
  • Finger Paints Gorgeous Graffiti
  • China Glaze Fairy Dust 
  • Essie Gel Setter 


What are you wearing on your nails on this Mani Monday? 

Sideways holo chevron moons. 

Good morning ☀️

It’s been super sunny and beautiful lately, which means I obviously need to rock some holo nails while I can (because I live in Nova Scotia & it rains here… A lot.) So I grabbed my chevron nail guides from MyNailsDid Vinyls & decided on some all holo sideways chevron moons. 

For this manicure, I used:

  • Layla Hologram Effects Mercury Twilight
  • Nubar Prize
  • Nubar Treaure 
  • Essie Gel Setter 
  • MyNailsDid right angle chevron guides. 

These were definitely one of the most distracting manicures I’ve ever worn. I’m not going to lie, I kept looking down at my nails during work, & getting a little (very) distracted! It’s the power of the holo ✨ It’s just so mesmerizing. 

What’s your favourite holo polish? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Friday everyone!

More Fun With Nail Vinyls!

Hello lovelies! Today I have a simple but fun manicure I did using nail stencils from My Nails Did Vinyls

I purchased these stencils back before Christmas from her holiday collection, then forgot to use them! Whoops. But I’ve been in such a nail vinyl kick, I wanted to figure out a way to use them in a manicure so I decided to pair them with this beautiful holo polish from ACO by Ardene called Grunge Goddess. 

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

Oh man, I just love this combo together. The combo of the black holo and neon fushia kind of reminds me of Star Sapphire.

 I rarely ever wear black polish all on its own anymore–not since High School–but I’m ALL about this black holo! And it just pairs so well with China Glaze Purple Panic. It’s the kind of manicure I could see myself wearing for a girls night out. 


What do you think of this mani and colour combo? Let me know in the comments below!  

QUO by Orly Trash Glam 

Good Morning Lovelies!
Today I’m going a little more simple with my polish and rocking a polish I’ve owned for quite a while but never actually worn as a full mani: QUO by Orly Trash Glam. And thanks to my Internet googling prowless I’ve learned two things about this polish: it’s a dupe for Orly Sparkling Garbage, and it’s not called Trashy Glam (which, as witnessed in a previous post, I totally thought it was!)

Trash Glam is a beautfiul scattered holo glitter suspended in a green jelly base that is super sheer. For me, it’s best layered over a complimentary colour (I used OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid) so you get the holo-ness in all it’s glory, but you don’t have to worry about any visible nail line. For my pictures below, I used two coats of Trash Glam layered over two coats of My Dog Sled is a Hybrid and finished everything with one coat of my favourite top coat Essie Gel Setter.

I received this polish from my Hubby a couple years back for our very first Christmas together as part of the QUO by Orly holiday polish pack that came out that year. Green has always been one of those colours I don’t really gravitate towards, mostly because I don’t think it does anything for me. But green holo? I can definitely get behind green holo! The sparkle in the sunshine alone is enough for me to fall in love with this polish.

I totally tried to get a #mynailsandmycat shot with this polish, but every time I tried our kitty Hades would just look away from the camera. She just wasn’t feeling the holo love I guess. I also tried to get a picture of her with the polish bottle but she just laid on top of it. Haha. I guess my kitties are just not meant to be the next Menchie the Cat.

 

What’s your favourite holo polish and colour? Let me know in the comments below!

Valentine’s Day Polish picks. 

Just in case you weren’t already aware, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. My Instagram feed has been just full of so many pretty love themed designs, and I’ve come up with a few myself. But I thought I would share a few of my favourite Valentine’s Day appropriate polishes. 

 OPI Designer Series Bold  
Pretty pink glitter. You can never go wrong with any of those things, and I love Bold because it feels super girlie to me. This is 3 glitter packed coats, which made me glad I used peel off base coat because I would not have wanted to try and remove it the old fashioned way. 

Garage Noname Neon Pink with holo micro glitters. 


First off, everyone say howdy to Cindy! Was trying to save of time by bringing her into the mix.  Way more awkward to pose though, hence the bottle shot.   

 Essie Toggle to the Top

 
I adore this beautiful Wine coloured glitter–it’s just such a sexy polish (can nail polish be sexy? Why not!) I layered my swatch over China Glaze Seduce Me (another perfect colour for Valentine’s Day!) which cut down on how many coats I needed to do. 

 ACO by Ardene Sprinkles

  
I like glitter for Valentine’s Day, have you noticed? I picked this polish because I thought it would be fun to wear, plus the name makes me think of cupcakes, and who doesn’t like cupcakes for Valentine’s Day? 

Essie A-List


My fifth and final polish is your classic red. Gosh I love red polish have, and Essie never goes wrong with a good red. I picked this up at Marshalls in a duo pack with Sparkle on Top for $5. 
So what’s your favourite Valentine’s Day appropriate polish? Let me know in the comments below. 💗