Category Archives: L’Oreal

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! 

Flashback Inspired Prom Nails

Yep! I’m showing off more prom inspired nails. Last week I created some nails that I thought would be beautiful to wear to prom, & today I’m sharing a manicure inspired by one of my own prom dresses! I totally got nostalgic thinking about prom after my last post, & started looking through old prom pictures on Facebook & figured why not create a mani inspired by those pretty dresses. 

My inspiration above. 🔺 Can you believe me that dress only cost me $17 & I still adore it so much. Man, if only we had occasions to wear formal dresses more often! Now obviously this is a simple look, so I thought a simple line of holo would perfectly represent the sparkly sequin belt on my dress. 

For this manicure, I used:

  • Base Coat: L’Oréal One Stop Base
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Layla Cosmetics Ocean Rush
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Brisk Blue
  • Xroma Polish & Vinyls Skinny Straight Nail Vinyls

Who doesn’t love holo? This is a serious question… I would love to meet this person. I’d put Layla Cosmetics Ocean Rush on their nails, because it would definitely change their minds. I mean just look at it–even though it’s a small line of holo, it just shines.  You can see some serious rainbows. 

What do you think of these nails inspired by my very own prom dress? I hope you like them, because I may have accidentally clicked “like” on a prom picture of my high school boyfriend & I while trying to scroll through & find a picture of this dress on Facebook & that’s awkward. Haha. 

Would you ever create nails based on a favourite dress of yours? 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! 

Mani swap with @armstrongnails

 

I was lucky enough to partner with @armstrongnails  on a mani swap! I always have fun swapping with others–it’s exciting to try out someone else’s brain for a mani! Amber has some amazing manicures to chose from, but in the end I had to chose her patterned nails to recreate. The holo accent just sold me!  
 
The polishes I used for this mani were:

  • Sally Hansen Big Teal
  • L’oreal Holographic Pearls
  • Art Club Nail Art Duo in White
  • Seche Vite 

I love this mani so much! From the sparkle to the herringbone pattern it’s just perfection! 

If you’re not already following @armstrongnails on Instagram, you definitely should be!

Halloween Bestie Twin Nails with @25_sweetpea

 As part of #themedthursday on Instagram, @25_sweatpea and myself joined together for the graveyard prompt from some fun graveyard inspired nails! 

  


The polishes I used for this annicure were:

  • China Glaze Boho Blue
  • China Glaze X-Ta-Sea
  • QUO by ORLY striping polish. 
  • Seche Vite
  • L’oreal The Matte Velvet top coat. 

   
I’ve decided to participate in Themed Thursday’s for October to encourage myself to get out of my nail art comfort zone a little bit! I’m so happy with how my graveyard nails turned out! 

What do you think of my twin nails? Let me know in the comments below! 

Matte Chevron Moons

What are your favourite Fall colours? For me I tend to reach towards your Navy blues, deep maroons and dark purples. And matte top coat! Ohhhhh I’m so Matte obsessed right now. 

It had been a while since I’d worn any kind of moon manicure–my favourite go to when lacking inspiration–so I decided on a pretty combination of some Fall beauties.  

   

The polishes I used for this mani were:

  • Nicole by OPI Shoot for the Maroon
  • Essie After School Boy Blazer
  • Stripe Rite  Striper in Gold 
  • Seche Vite 
  • L’oreal The Matte Velvet matte top coat. 

Shoot for the Maroon was a recent buy (the husband picked it out) and holy amazingness when Matte! It’s pretty normally but add some Matte top coat and it’s a whole other level! I love it! 

  

  
Also I can’t stop obsessing about Essie After School Boy Blazer–it is by far my favourite Navy. I need to try it out with my ACO by Ardene Crystal Fog because I think the combination would be incredible!

💜

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. 😽

Mani swap with @pawlished.kait

Finally… Some nail art!  I’ve been super busy the last couple days but I was excited to do some real nail art by joining @pawlished.kait in a mani swap!  
Kait recreated my purple polka dots, and I recreated her gorgeous blue and fushia leopard print. 

 
The polishes I used for this mani were: 

  • Sinful Colors Be Happy
  • Essie The Girls Are Out
  • Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art pen in Black. 
  • Seche Vite 
  • L’oreal The Matte Velvet top coat. 

   
I love how well these two colours go together! Also matte 😍😍😍 I was so excited to swap with Kait! She has so many amazing manis, and it was hard to pick just one to recreate! 

 
If you’re not following  @pawlished.kait on Instagram you definitely should be! Not only does she have AWESOME manicures, she is a fellow crazy cat lady and posts pictures of her adorable fur babies! 😸

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? 

Cartoon nails. 

Super excited to share my cartoon nails that I did as part of a twin nails collab with some awesome girls on Instagram organized by my girl @sassafrassnails

   

 I wasn’t sure what colour to pick for my cartoon nails, but I finally decided on OPI I Lost My Bikini in Monoloki from the Spring Hawaii collection. I love this colour SO much–I can’t believe this is my first time wearing it! 

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • OPI I Lost My Bikini in Monoloki 
  • Art Club Nail Art Duo in black. 
  • Sally Hansen I 💗 Nail Art pen in White (round) 
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat. 
  • L’oreal The Matte Velvet top coat. 

 

  
So what do you think of my cartoon nails? If you’re on Instagram you should definitely check out the amazing girls that I joined on this collab!