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SWATCH SUNDAY — Color Club Wham! Pow!

Good Afternoon lovelies & Happy Swatch Sunday! I know I missed last week, so I’m back this week with a colour totally out of my comfort zone–Color Club Wham! Pow!

According to NailPolishCanada, this shade was originally released as part of the Poptastic collection. I picked up my bottle in clearance at my favourite pharmacy, for only $1.99, but you can find this shade online for a mere fraction of its original cost.

This shade is very neon, like highlighter orange neon, which obviously made for a difficult time while trying to photograph in my light box with my iPhone. For my swatches, I did 2 coats of base coat, 2 coats of polish & finished with a glossy top coat.

I was super impressed with the formula–sometimes Neons can be less than easy to apply with super thin formulas that need white undies, or they drag really bad, & need too many coats, but Wham! Pow! went on with only 2 easy coats. The first was kind of patchy, but the second coat filled everything in & levelled beautifully.

This colour is definitely out of my comfort zones–usually when I pick oranges I go for more coral shades as opposed to something so bright & neon, but I was feeling in the mood for something different! I do like how shades like this always make you look more tan than you actually are.

& below is what I did with my swatch: I added some holo glitter with both Sally Hansen Make It N-ice & Quo by ORLY Falling Star. You can also see how the colour shows more truly in the sunshine versus the photos in my light box.

what do you think of today’s Swatch Sunday pick? Would you rock this colour? Let me know in the comments below!

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My Nails & My Cup — Holo Gradient Nails

Are you guys sick of the holo yet? I certainly hope not because I have another mani to share–this time I created a Holo gradient to match my new-ish tumbler that I picked up at Claire’s on clearance for $2. It came with cute little manicure tools inside, so I had to have it!

I posted on Instagram the other day what nail art I should do on my naked nails, while holding the above cup, & received an overwhelming amount of responses saying I should match my cup… so that’s what I decided to do!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Green Tea & Bamboo Strengthener
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • China Glaze BFF
  • Color Club Eternal Beauty
  • China Glaze 2Nite
  • Quo by ORLY Falling Star
  • Latex free make up sponge
  • Creating the holo gradient may have been one of the easiest gradients I’ve ever done! I don’t know if it’s the sparkle or formula or what, but I was as to sponge on each colour separately (which kept from making a big old mess around my cuticles) & they blended together seamlessly!
  • I know the cup has a whole bunch of rhinestones, but I definitely did not have enough on hand to apply to my fingers (or enough colours that would match) so I decided a couple coats of a scattered holo top coat could give a similar look, so I grabbed Quo by Orly Falling Star because I find the glitters larger than some of my other holo toppers (like China Glaze Fairy Dust). Gave off just enough extra sparkle on the nail without being distracting!
  • so what do you think of the holo gradient? Which colour combination do you think I should try out next? Share your thoughts down in the comments below!

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    Blurple Holo Chevron Moons 🌙

    Good morning lovelies & happy Tuesday. It is Tuesday, right? Now that I’m off work & on baby watch, I’m struggling to remember what day it is haha. All I know is it is a beautiful sunny day, & I have some more holo nails to share!

    If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen my Instastories teasing this design. I was in the mood for some chevron half moons & some holo, so I combined the two into an awesome design!

    For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

    • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
    • Top Coat: Seche Vive
    • China Glaze 2Nite
    • China Glaze OMG
    • Kiss Nail Art Striper in Black
    • TheBaseCoat Stacked Chevron Nail vinyls

    Seriously, look at that holo beauty. I feel like warmer days & sunshine are reinvigorating my love for holo. Now I just need some neon holo polishes (are those a thing? We need to make them a thing) & I will be all ready for this Summer.

    & just for fun, I got an awesome sunshine shot of this manicure which just makes me love it even more. There is nothing better than holo in the sunshine. Look at that rainbow shift 😍

    What do you think of these holo Chevron moons? Let me know in the comments below!

    Now I’m off to paint my nails… but the question remains: holo or neon?! I need both!

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    SWATCH SUNDAY — Superchic Lacquer Throwing Shade

    {PR sample}

    Good afternoon lovelies & happy Sunday!

    Today I have a fun gifted polish to shade from you, thank was so graciously sent to me by my friend over at Nailstuff.ca.

    On top of all the amazing nail art goodies, there is a fantastic selection of Indie polishes that you can also choose from! & today’s selection is from her awesome collection: Superchic Lacquer Throwing Shade.

    This gorgeous Indigo liner holo applies in one coat! & has a flawless application. Sometimes I find holo polishes can be thin & drag, but I had zero problems applying Throwing Shade. I started off with 2 coats of base coat (based on what I’ve read online) followed by one coat of my polish & then sealed everything in with a glossy top coat.

    Even with artificial lighting, you can see how awesome the shift of rainbows is both on the nail & in the bottle. If only we had another sunshine-y day to see it in all it’s true glory, but sadly we have another cloudy rainy day happening in Halifax. No worries… still completely distracted by how gorgeous this polish looks!

    & below you can see it with flash. So. Much. Holo!

    What do you think of this blue holo? What colour polish is your favourite holo? Share all your favourites down in the comments below!

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    Blue & Holo Negative Space Colour Blocking

    Good morning lovelies & Happy Friday! The countdown to the weekend is officially on… unless you work in retail or customer service & then what is a weekend? Haha.

    Today I have another new manicure to share with you — I know, I’m on a roll. This time I’m throwing it back with some negative space colour blocking. This manicure idea popped in my head the other night when I was trying to figure out what to do on my nails including exactly the colours that I needed to use. & thankfully the sun decided to come around so I could show you this manicure in the light it deserves.

    For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

    It’s been so long, too long, since I pulled out my bottle of A Pirate’s Life from Wrenn Polish & I thought it would look so pretty with a holo accent so I grabbed Happy Thoughts too. In regular light the holo kind of hides a bit, but as soon as you hit bright light BAM! 💥 There it is! You can’t miss those gorgeous rainbows. & I just love how this design turned out, especially since the whole manicure took me less than 20 minutes & didn’t need any tools or tape — just a steady hand.

    what are you wearing on your nails for the weekend? I’m going to (hopefully) redo my nails tonight so leave any nail art suggestions down in the comments below!

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    SWATCH SUNDAY — China Glaze IDK

    Hello lovelies! Getting in under the wire with a last minute Swatch Sunday post! It was sunny ☀️ today, so you know what that means — HOLO! & for today’s holo pick, I decided to grab a Polish I have yet to wear: China Glaze IDK! This purple holo was released last year as part of the China Glaze OMG Flashback collection & came into my life courtesy of @helloluli_ who sent me a whole slew of gorgeous polishes, including the majority of the OMG collection! & I am sad it took me this long to wear.

    For my swatches, I did Base Coat, two coats of polish & finished everything with glossy top coat. In the bottle, the polish is very pretty. It’s not until you put it on your nails that the holo really comes through though! I was actually so impressed with the rainbow shift you get on the nail. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t kept getting distracted by staring at my nails.

    Ugh, so pretty! Like just look at those rainbows. & even more exciting is this shade of purple is different than one of my other favourite purple holos Color Club Eternal Beauty.

    & because you can’t truly appreciate it until you see it in the sunshine, a shot of my nails on our adventures today! It was so warm today & I got to wear a dress with bare legs. It was a very exciting day & I’m so happy for Spring to be here. Bring on all the holo!

    Share what your favourite holo polish is down in the comments below!

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    {Yet Another} Spring Floral

    Good morning lovelies & happy Wednesday. Hopefully wherever you are right now it’s feeling like Spring is around the corner. Here in Halifax, sadly, it seems like Winter has finally hit & it’s been bitterly cold. So naturally that means it’s time for floral! Seriously, anytime I remember that it’s still winter, I just have to create some floral nails again.

    Today’s nail art look was done while watching the Oscars on Sunday night & inspired by the Valentino dress worn by Keira Knightley in 2015. I remember wanting to create Nails inspired by that gorgeous dress 4 years ago… but you know, I always get distracted haha. So I decided while watching this year’s show that it was finally time.

    For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

    • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
    • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
    • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel In the Sheer
    • Sally Hansen MG Make It N-Ice
    • China Glaze Life Is Rosy
    • Sally Hansen MG Orchid-ing Around
    • Essie Play Date
    • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Trouble Maker
    • Sally Hansen MG Sugar Rush
    • Sally Hansen MG Just Maui’d
    • China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin
    • Sally Hansen I ♥️ Nail Art pen in green
    • Essie Off Tropic

    I’ll be honest–I used so many polishes, that I probably forgot some. But that’s the gist of what I used. I always use a ton of polishes when feeehanding my floral & I never think to write all of them down. Maybe someday I’ll remember.

    I really love how this turned out, especially over the light almost nude base (with hint of holo.) A little pop of colour.

    what do you think of this design? Who else is craving Spring weather hardcore? Ooooooh dreaming of maxi dresses & jean jackets & counting down the days (weeks… months…)

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