Category Archives: Hard Candy

Gradient Psychedelic Pattern Nails

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. 

Rainbow Wave Nails 🌈 

Hello Lovelies! It’s been a little while. I spent last week & the beginning of this week away on vacation which meant no posts! But I’m back & refreshed & I have pretty nails to share with you. 

It’s been way too long since I share one of my favourite sponge manicures with you. This manicure is actually from a while back (whoops). I’m so bad for doing my nails & then completely forgetting about them in the recesses of my phone. But I think this kind of rainbow design is perfect for warm Summer days… even if today is feeling less than Summer-y. 

The polishes used for this manicure:

  • Base Coat: L’Oréal All in One
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Hard Candy Sky
  • Essie Chillato
  • ORLY Scenic Route
  • Nicole by OPI Love Song
  • Color Club Peppermint Twist
  • OPI Where Did Suzi’s Man-go?
  • OPI Who You Calling Bossy?
  • Latex Free Make Up Sponge
  • Xroma Polish & Vinyls skinny wave vinyls

Am I the only person obsessed with sponging? I just used up the rest of my peel of latex for my more messy manicures, BUT  while I was away on vacation I found a peel of by a brand I’ve never heard of in the local pharmacy (which is a big deal because I was in a pretty small town!) so I’m excited to try it out for gradients & the like, as well as seeing how it will fair as a peel of base coat. It’s not glue or latex based so I’m really curious to see how it fairs, especially since it means I can pull out my make up sponge again! There is nothing worse than trying to clean up nail polish mess from around your cuticles. Ugh. 


What is your favourite way to use a make up sponge on your nails? Let me know in the comments below! 

Saran Wrap Splatter–Summer Edition!

It’s officially Summer, & even though the weather here in Halifax is being less than agreeable (go away clouds), I just want to wear pretty dresses & sandals & enjoy the sunshine. In the meantime, I decided some bright Saran Wrap splatter nails would be appropriate. Maybe it will even encourage the sun to stick around longer than a few hours! 


For this manicure, I used:

  • Base Coat: L’Oréal All in One Base Coat
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Hard Candy Coconut
  • Sally Hansen Boho Blue
  • Ardene Whacky
  • Maybelline Color Show Fiery Tulip

I seriously love how these turned out–the blues & purple work so well together. My barista even complimented me on my nails, which always makes me feel good when someone other than my husband notices. I am just never disappointed when I pull out the plastic wrap for this design! Sometimes it can be messy, but always easy to clean up (way easier than cleaning up a classic splatter manicure!) & the end result is just so much fun. 

What do you think of my Saran Wrap design? What’s your favourite Summer manicure design?  Let me know in the comments below! 

Water colour shattered glass nails. 


I recently won a few contests on Instagram, & one of them was the Spring collection of decals from Kayla Ray Vinyls, as well as 6 sets of stencils that I got to pick. One of the stencils I picked was the Shattered Glass stencils. 

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Base Coat: Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat
  • Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat 
  • ORLY Color Blast Valley Girl
  • Hard Candy Coconut
  • China Glaze Sun Upon My Skin
  • LA Colors Gloomy
  • OPI Where Did Suzi’s Man-go?
  • Kayleigh Ray Loves Shattered Glass Vinyls

I was really impressed with these vinyls. They were so easy to use, & even though I was creating this water colour effect, there was very little bleeding under the vinyl. This was my first time using clear vinyls, & I can understand the appeal of them. & the end result turned out so neat! This was one of my favourite techniques last Spring/Summer, & I can see it making a comeback. I had kind of forgotten how good this technique looked! 

What do you think of this design? What is your favourite vinyl design? Let me know in the comments below! 

Easter Mini Egg Nails

Is there anything more Easter-y than  Cadbury Mini Eggs? Well, I mean back in the day when they only came out at Easter. Sadly my lactose intolerance has come back since having the little one, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still love those delicious chocolate eggs (it just means I can eat them.) & since I won’t be enjoying them in my Easter basket this year, I thought I would continue the tradition of recreating them again on my nails. (I did mini egg nails previously in 2015 here & 2016 here


For this mani, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat Base Coat
  • Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
  • Matte Top Coat: L’Oréal the Matte Velvet top coat. 
  • China Glaze Sun Upon My Skin
  • Hard Candy Sky
  • OPI Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon
  • Revlon Minted
  • Nubar New Mood
  • Essie Cocoa Karma
  • Wet N Wild 2% Milk
  • Crinkled Up Plastic Wrap


 I’ve been doing these nails every year and I love how each time year turn out differently depending on the polishes and techniques used. I also think it’s because they’re just so easy to do, but it looks fantastic & just the right amount of festive! But fair warning: they will make you crave chocolate mini eggs. & if you can’t eat chocolate that could become problematic. Haha.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!


 

What’s your favourite Easter designs to create & recreate? Do you already have planned what you’re wearing on your nails for Easter? Let me know in the comments below! 🐰

Purple and Silver Dry Marble. 

 I haven’t attempted a dry marble manicure since my failed attempted at the 31 Day Challenge last year, so I thought I was overdue for another go! This was actually attempt number 2… My first try was mega nail fail. But once I figured out the technique I needed to use, it was smooth sailing. And you can probably tell by my abundance of pictures that I absolutely adore these! 

  
 
The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Hard Candy Zombie
  • Finger Paints Wanna Gogh Dance?
  • Seche Vite
  • L’oreal The Matte Velvet top coat.

   
 
I love how different each nail looks. My Husband almost always goes to bed before I finish my nails at night, so this morning I literally shoved my fingers in his face and was like “LOOK!” 

I might need to start doing more of these manicures now that I don’t just make an utter mess! It’s just so pretty– especially all mattified! 

   
 
What do you think of my dry marble? Have you ever gone back and retried a manicure you weren’t so good at the first time? Let me know in the comments! And have a beautiful weekend lovelies. 😽

Stained Glass Colour Block Nails. 

 Good morning Lovelies! 

I’m feeling Fall colours hard. The other day I was organizing my Fall polishes and really wanted to wear them all! I decided that some kind of colour block mani would be the closest way I could do that! 

  
The polishes I used for this mani were:

  • Finger Paints Surreal Sunset
  • Finger Paints Queen for A Night
  • Sally Hansen Golden-I
  • Hard Candy Scam
  • QUO by ORLY Striper in Black
  • Seche Vite 

Oh man I love these colours so much. I’m just starting to build my Finger Paints stash and I never realized just how amazing their polishes are! I’m in love! 😍 I can’t wait to wear Surreal Sunset and Queen for a Night on their own. Just so pretty! I’m in love. 😍

My QUO by ORLY Striper is starting  to get kinda of goopy so my lines are a little messy. Never less, I love this combination of colours so much! 

 
Are there any Fall polishes you’re dying to buy? I have my eyes on those Gorgeous Essie Fall colours! And the everything from the China Glaze Fall collection! I’m going to do a post on my favourite Fall polishes soon! 

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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. 💙 

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?