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Marble Fluid Nails

Good morning lovelies & happy Friday! Who else is excited for the weekend!? Today I have some brand new nails with a new to me technique I’ve been wanting to try for AGES: fluid nails.

This technique has been popping up on Instagram for a while & I’ve been obsessed with how they looked just as long — I even went out & bought a few of the Sinful Colours Hypnotic Transforming Top Coats that were released a few years ago, but was dawdling on actually giving the technique a try!

The polishes I used for this design were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Bamboo & Green Tea Strengthner
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pretty Peony
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Neons Peach Please
  • Sinful Colors Hypnotic Transforming Top Coat Rebel Rebel
  • Sinful Colors Hypnotic Transforming Top Coat Purpunk
  • Stamper (I used my clear stamper from Nailsuff.ca)

Most of the tutorials I saw involved creating decals to make your cells for the fluid look, but being lazy (& tired) I decided to see if I could use the smoosh technique to get a similar look. I painted my nails my base colour of choice & then applied drops of polish including my Sinful Colors Hypnotic Transforming Top Coats & then quickly pressed down using a stamper to smoosh my shades together. & it worked!

I was a little careful with application to keep mess to a minimal (couldn’t find my Edge Perfection & wasn’t in the mood for a ton of clean up) but you could definitely make the fluid look cover more of the nail if you applied more polish & smooshed down harder. I will definitely be trying this look again & seeing if I can do a fuller nail look. However, that being said my pinky was the first nail I did & it turned out my favourite!

Have you tried out the fluid nail art look yet? I know I’m about 2 years behind, but I’m so glad I finally gave it a try & finally used these awesome spotted polishes I’ve had in my stash forever!

What do you think of this look? 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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    Mini Egg inspired Easter Nails (yep… again!)

    Good morning lovelies, & happy Friday. Today I’m prepping for Easter festivities with a brand new Easter design… & showing off this Mini Egg inspired look. This is definitely not the first time I’ve created this design, & I seem to return to it every couple of years because it’s a fairly easy “design” to create but it gets the point across!

    Also who doesn’t love chocolate?

    This look is super simple to do–all you need are your egg colours, the spots (I used a brown polish & Saran Wrap–I’ve seen others create this look using a black & white glitter topper which was awesome) & some matte top coat.

    Easy Peasy. & awesome nails to rock for your Easter festivities which won’t cut into any family (or chocolate) time.

    For this design, the polishes I used were:

    • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
    • Top Coat: Seche Vive
    • Matte Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Matte Top Coat -{PR sample}
    • China Glaze Sun Upon My Skin
    • Claire’s Matte Sorbet Blue
    • Claire’s Matte Sorbet Pink
    • Claire’s Matte Sorbet Mint
    • Claire’s Matte Sorbet Purple
    • OPI How Great is Your Dane?

    Is the trick for me to get the spots right in the eggs is a light touch & minimal polish on the Saran Wrap. I crinkle it up extra & then don’t apply too much polish to the plastic so when I dab it down, you don’t apply too much polish to the area. You want just a few dots as opposed to a big splat.

    Every time I do & redo this look, I think I love it even more. It’s just such an easy way to do festive nails, & the only downside is you have to fight the urge to eat your nails!

    So what are you planning on wearing on your nails this weeekend? Share down below!

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    Red Floral Nails for World Hemophilia Day

    Good morning lovelies! Today I’ve got some brand new nail art to share with you, which was created with a special cause in mind. Today, April 17th, is World Hemophilia Day & my friend Victoria from @hitchingsandstitchings reached out to her friends in the polish community to wear red nail polish (or nail art!) today as her two beautiful little guys have this condition. Even though my nail art has been sparse at best the last few months, I know I had to join in the help spread awareness for this cause!

    & obviously I couldn’t just wear red polish… there had to be some nail art involved. & what looks better with red polish than roses.

    For this design, the polishes I used were:

    • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
    • Top Coat: Seche Vive
    • China Glaze Seas the Day
    • Essie Blanc
    • Sally Hansen Red it Online
    • Sally Hansen Berry Fancy
    • China Glaze Life is Rosy
    • Sally Hansen Terracotta
    • Sally Hansen I ♥️ Nail Art Pen in Black
    • Essie First Timer
    • Essie Off Tropic
    • Quo by ORLY Detox my Socks Off
    • NailStuff.ca dotting tool
    • NailStuff.ca detail brush

    I love this combination of reds & even more I love that this nail art was done 100% with love for a great cause. ♥️ & if you’re wearing red nails (or just red in general today!) don’t forget to tag it with #redforHemophilia on Instagram!

    have a lovely Wednesday! ♥️

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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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    Recreating my Wedding Nails (Happy 3rd Anniversary to us!)

    Happy Wednesday lovelies! Not only is today the middle of the week & halfway to the weekend, but today marks 3 years since I married my best friend. If you’ve been around originally, you may remember my original post featuring the nails on our special day.

    Naturally, I wore a floral design–which is a surprise to no one. & in honour of this day, I decided I really wanted to recreate my original design. & spoiler: I love it just as much today as I did on this date 3 years ago.

    For my recreation of this manicure, the polishes I used were:

    • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
    • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
    • Essie Suite Retreat
    • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel After Altar
    • L’Oréal Getting Kilty
    • Julep Vivien
    • Sally Hansen CSM Killer Heels
    • Sally Hansen CSM Red It Online
    • Sally Hansen CSM Rose To the Occasion
    • Sally Hansen CSM Blush Against The World
    • Quo by ORLY the Antidote
    • Essie Off Tropic
    • Quo by ORLY Diva
    • Essie Sew Psyched
    • Nailstuff.ca Mermaid Tail Nail Art Brush
    • Dotting Tools

    I’ve written before how much I love going back to recreating my manicures, & I’m so glad I got to do the same for this one. I know some people go for more classic wedding & bridal manicures, but it just felt more “me” to do a full floral look (with something blue & a gold accent nail.) & no matter how much time passes, I don’t see myself ever getting “over” floral nail art. It’s just too perfect.

    How did you wear your nails for your wedding day? Did you go more classic or a little more fun? (& for those planning to get married soon, do you know how you’re wearing your nail yet?)

    & for fun, a few pictures from our wedding day ♥️

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    Rifle Paper Co Phone Case Inspired Floral

    Good morning lovelies & happy Tuesday… as happy as a Tuesday can be! Today I have some floral nails from a few weeks back to share. This design was inspired by a brand new phone case I picked up at Winners recently… a Rifle Paper Co phone case! & I was so excited by the pattern that I just had to recreate it on my nails!

    For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

    • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
    • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
    • Essie In the Cab-Ana
    • OPI Koala Berry
    • OPI My Chihuahua Bites
    • Essence The Green & The Grunge
    • Essie First Timer
    • Sinful Colours Amethyst
    • Essie Play Date
    • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sweet Tea
    • China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin
    • Sally Hansen I ♥️ Nail Art pen in black
    • Essie Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo
    • Small detail brush from Bundle Monster

    I’m really, really loving this pattern. It’s been a little while since I rocked floral, so I’m was excited to break it out again. Especially since it’s already starting a feel a little Fall like in the morning, & I feel the call of cosy sweaters & jewel toned polishes already!

    So what do you think of this floral design? Have you ever been inspired by a phone case? Share down below!