Category Archives: Metallic Nails

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! 💙

Drip Marble decals inspired by @SimplyNailogical 


I’ve tried water marbling, & it was… not my thing. I’ve tried drag marbling, & it’s usually hit or miss. But I really love marbled nails, so naturally when I picked up a silicone craft mat I knew I needed to try drip marbling recently done by @simplynailogical.


For this mani I used:

  • ORLY Decades of Dysfunction 
  • Sally Hansen Pretty Piggy
  • Nicole by OPI We Got Beiber Fever
  • Finger Paints Wanna Gogh Dance?
  • ACO by Ardene Base Coat
  • Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat

To create my decals, I started off by dropping my polished of choice onto the mat, starting with my lightest colour (ORLY Decades of Dysfunction) as my base, then continued with my darker colours, & finished with my metallic shade (Finger Paints Wanna Gogh Dance?). Once all my colours were down, I moved my mat around to create my marbled effect. Once I was happy with one decal, I’d let it sit & dry for a few minutes before starting on the next one. When I was happy with the amount of decals I’d made, I left them to Dry for a few hours (around 2 hours).

I’m not going to lie, trying to apply these wasn’t the easiest. I started off by painting my accent nails with a base colour (again I used ORLY Decades of Dysfunction) and let dry. I then peeled off my decal & figured out which part I wanted on my nail, trimming it down to a more manageable size. When I was ready, I applied a coat of my ACO by Ardene base coat & immediately stuck my decal onto the nail. Using a brush dipped in acetone, I cleaned up around the cuticle. This was probably the least fun part–I wish I had better nail art scissors to trim off the access instead! When the decal was fully cleaned up & my cuticles were clean I sealed everything in with top coat to finish. I also surrounded my cuticles in oil to help after all that remover. No one likes wrecked cuticles.

And how does the final result look?

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Aztec inspired chevron moons. 

I’ve been trying to wear older polishes in my stash a little more lately. Sometimes I forget I own certain polishes I’ve had for a while (like 4+ years Haha.) I guess that’s what happens when your polish is quickly approaching the 1000s. 

When I first started growing my stash, Essence was my go to. Their Color & Go line was one of my favourites, and I still adore (almost) all of their polishes with all of my heart. My base is Essence Color and Go Luxury Secret, a dark metallic grey which I picked up when Essence first showed up at Shoppers Drug Mart with their cute little mini round bottles. 

  
The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Essence Color & Go Luxury Secret
  • China Glaze Dune Our Thing 
  • Milani Nail Art with precision brush (in black) 
  • Essie Good to Go
  • Kiss Perfect Design tip Guides (chevrons) 
  • Small sized dotting toll

 
  

This design turned out very tribal/Aztec and I dig it. I also adore how well China Glazs Dune Our Thing really pops against Luxury Secret. Pink and dark grey are just such a fantastic combo together. 

What do you think of this Color combo and design? What are some of your favourite forgotten polish favourites? 

Let me know in the comments below!

And just for fun, here’s my OOTD and NOTD. Cosy blush sweater is from Ardene, black Jeggings are Garage and black combat boots are also Ardene. I love when my nails and my outfit compliment each other so well by accident!) 

 
Have a lovely Tuesday! 💗

Matte Mermaid Nails featuring stencils from Born Pretty. 

 Morning lovelies! Hope you’re not having a too rough or caffeine deprived Monday. Today I’ve got a manicure to share with you today featuring Fish Scale nail art stencils (item #23535).   

I’ve come to discover my love affair with nail vinyls and nail stencils in the last year so I was very excited when I was contacted to review some items by Born Pretty. I’ve always had very good expirences with their products and these nail stencils were no different. 

Each sheet comes with 12 stencils all attached on a clear backing. I pre-cut the six stencils I was going to use, then one by one applied each over my base colour that was completely dry. These stencils are much thinner than I’m used to with other vinyls (they’re made of a thin holographic material) but we’re very easy to place and apply. 

  

Once I had my stencils where I liked them, I trimmed the excess off the tips and started sponging on my colours of choice. 

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  •  OPI Miss You-neverse (base colour)
  • Essence Best Dressed
  • Quo by Orly Celestial Stars
  • Color Club Obsessed 
  • Essie Good to Go 
  • Butter London Matte top coat. 

 Once all your colours have been sponged on and you feel good about them, quickly remove the stickers from the nail leaving behind your scale pattern. Apply top coat (I used both quick dry top coat and a matte top coat for mine) and it’s time to enjoy. 


  
I just absolutely adore how this mani turned out, and I feel like the matte top coat just brings the whole mani to the next level. 

If you’d like to try out these nail art stencils for yourself, or any of the other great products Born Pretty has to offer, you can use my discount code COFFK31 to save 10% off any non-sale item! 

And so it begins… My first Christmas-y nails of the year. 

 It’s heeeeeeeere. 

Of course I’m talking about the Christmas (or insert whatever season Holiday you celebrate! 😁) season. The malls are filled with Santas as far as the eye could see, so I thought it was about some I started some Christmas-y nails. 


The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • OPI Just BeClaus
  • China Glaze Ruby Slippers
  • Essie Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo
  • Born Pretty Store stamping plate (item #5695)
  • Seche Vite. 

It’s been a long time since I did any stamping and this was not an easy endeavour! It seriously took me about 8 tries before I was happy with how they turned out. (First world nail art problems for real!) But when I finally did get them right… I absolutely love how they turned out! Reminds me of pretty Christmas wrapping paper. 
Have you done any Christmas manicures yet? What’s your favourite Christmas design to do? Let me know in the comments below! 💗💗💗

Purple and gold x-pattern nails. 

I’ve been seeing these x-pattern gradient nails popping up on Instagram a lot lately so I wanted to give them a try. Obviously striping tape wasn’t going to happen, so I decided to try freehanding them! 

   
The polishes I used for this manicure were: 

  • China Glaze Pondering
  • OPI Black Cherry Chutney 
  • Stripe Rite Striping Polish in Gold 
  • Seche Vite

 It took some serious patience to create the x-pattern, but I’m so happy (and SO proud) with how this mani turned out! 

 
   
What do you think of these x-pattern nails? What design gave you been wanting to try lately? 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! 

💗

Simple gold dotticure

  

Happy Friday! I have just a quick manicure to share today. 

I love gold. I love gold SO MUCH! It really does look beautiful with anything. For this manicure I paired Zoya Harlow with Essie Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo and China Glaze Meet Me in the Mirage. 

What’s your favourite colour to pair with gold? Mine is purple (obviously) but I love it with a deep blue! And red! Haha see it’s perfect with everything. 

SWATCHES GALORE! (What I’ve been wearing)

again with the unplanned hiatus! I’ve been busy busy busy with work with no time for much else! However, I can never go polish free so I thought I would share a few swatches of the polishes/polish combinations I’ve been wearing the last couple weeks.  

  

Hard Candy Sky (topped with China Glaze Fairy Dust) — I picked up a few of the Hard Candy 20th anniversary polishes at my local Walmart last month and obviously this one had to be in the bunch! Love love love! This polish makes me think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her pretty pastel nails which is exactly why I feel in love with polish in the first place! Sadly my Fairy Dust didnt want to show up for the camera but looked pretty in person as always. 

CND Vinylux Dazzling Dance—Duochrome! Purple! Holo glitter! 💜 I picked up this gorgeous polish at my local Winners for $3! I’d been watching it for months, and finally realized it was waiting for me to take it home. This was 4ish coats with still visible nail line so next time I’ll add some undies. But even still… 😍  

  

ORLY Mirrorball — I’m kind of on a holo kick lately and Mirrorball is perfection. Just look… Words are not even needed. 🙀 (you will definitely be seeing more of this beauty later 😉) 

  

ACO by Ardene 80s Prom Dress — (layered over China Glaze Seas the Day)  bright fushia pink with camera shy micro glitters. Definitely a perfect Summer colour! Again it’s pretty sheer on its own so undies were a must. I’m curious to try it out with a darker shade. 

  

Nubar Absolute — Blue holo. Seriously I’m holo obsessed right now and need them alllllllll. I tried my best to capture the holo in the sun, but don’t worry in person it cannot be missed! I also realize that I’m going to have to spurlge and pick up a few more Nubar holos because damn they’re so pretty! 

  

ACO by Ardene Crystal Fog layered over Hard Candy Zombie. Zombie is another 20th anniversary release from Hard Candy that the Mr. picked out for me, probably because we’re obsessed with iZombie lately! It’s a gorgeous purple on its own, but add a coat of Crystal Fog by ACO by Ardene and it turns into the most amazing duochrome. I don’t usually wear dark polishes in the Summer but this is definitely going to be an exception! 

 

Joe Fresh Quartz — it was not easy to capture the shift of this polish on camera…. Just kidding!  the above shot says everything you need to know. I literally spent all day staring at my fingers moving them around.  Shifty gorgeous duochrome PERFECTION! I have a few Joe Fresh polishes in my stash but this is definitely my new favourite. It’s just so perfect. 
So what polishes caught your eye the most? Are you team duochrome or team holo? Also what’s your favourite polish to wear when you just don’t have time for nail art? Let me know in the comments below! 💜💜💜