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Matte Floral over Coral 🌸

First nail art of this brand new year… & obviously I had to go with floral! Who says you can only wear flowers on your nails in Spring & Summer… floral is an all year nail art trend for me. Also, I have to admit, it feels really nice to be feeling up to doing my nails again. & even though I’m a wee bit rusty, it’s like riding a bike how easy it is to get back into the routine again.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Essie Grow Stronger
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat
  • Matte Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Matte Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Malibu Peach
  • Essie 5th Avenue
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sweet Tea
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Red It Online
  • Essie Suite Retreat
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sugar Fix
  • Essie Off Tropic
  • Essie First Timer
  • Essie Fashion Playground

    I love how this turned out & how the red & blurple flowers pop over the coral polish. This was definitely one of those manicures I went into with no real “plan” but kind of kind winged it… & it turned out so pretty to me! Also it was so exciting to finally get to test out my new nail art tools from NailStuff.ca.

    what do you think of this look? What nail art looks are you excited to try out this year? Maybe I’ll give watermarbling another try!

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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!

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    Rainbow 🌈 Nails

    Good Morning Lovelies & Happy Monday. Today I have a special manicure to share with you in honour of it being Pride Week in Halifax right now — some rainbow nails. This past weekend, I went out to celebrate & attended my very first Drag Show ever! So in honour of that, I wanted to create a design bright & colourful, & with a touch of glitter.

    For this design, the polishes used were:

    • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
    • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
    • Sally Hansen CSM Let’s Snow
    • Sally Hansen MG Just Maui’d
    • Sally Hansen MG Bourbon Belle
    • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow
    • Essie First Timer
    • Quo by ORLY Pep in Your Step
    • China Glaze Fairy Dust
    • Latex Free Make Up Sponge
    • Wet n Wild Clear Polish
  • This design was super simple to create. I started off with a plain white base (my current favourite White polish!) & then sponged each colour over top of the white. Next I took a clear nail polish that would streak the colours together & repeatedly brushed over the nail so they blended. This is a trick I like to use with gradients, sponged looks & dry brushes because it blends them together really well (especially good with gradients!) & then I finish with actual top coat after. I also felt like this design needed a little bit of glitter, so I added some fairy dust as well.

    I really love this combination of colours & the rainbow-ness of it. It was the perfect design for the awesome night I had out dancing! I’m very proud to live in a city which can celebrate Pride with such festivity & inclusivity. There really is an event for everyone!

    What do you think of my rainbow nails? 🌈 Have you ever attended a drag show before? Share you comments down below & let me know what you think!

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    Mermaid Nails

    It feels like ages since I last pulled out my mermaid stencils for some mermaid nails. The other night I was playing with some new flakies from NailStuff.ca & after looking at them on my nails, I couldn’t help but think they would make an amazing base for a mermaid nail design! I’ve had this mermaid tail idea floating around a while, so I grabbed some more vinyls from What’s Up Nails (I believe it’s suppose to be a whale tail) & have it a go.

    For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

    • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
    • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
    • FingerPaints Fun Peel Off Base Coat (to apply flakies)
    • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Ocean Daze
    • NailStuff.ca Flakies — these guys aren’t currently available but there is a huge selection here!
    • What’s Up Nails Scale Stencils
    • What’s Up Nails Whale & Tale Stencils
    • Color Club Eternal Beauty
    • Layla Cosmetics Mermaid Spell
    • Color Club Crystal Baller
    • Wrenn Polish Mesmerizing
    • Wrenn Polish Summer Sands
    • NailStuff.ca Summer Nail Wheel — Silver seahorse stud

    This design didn’t quite turn out how I pictured on my head, but that’s mostly the tail look on my ring finger. I really wish it was bigger. I do however love the holo scales over the flakie base just makes me so happy! I also wish I had done that look on the majority of my fingers with just the stud being my accent! (& if I had more of these nail vinyls left, I probably would have… going to need to buy some more ASAP!)

    Also holo & flakies have to be the most beautiful combination. Definitely trying out these flakies OVER holo next!

    What do you think of this mermaid nail design? Are you a fan of the holo & flakie combo? Let me know what you think down in the comments below! 🧜🏼‍♀️

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    Easy Purple & Turquoise Half Moons 🌙

    Happy Wednesday lovelies! Today I have another set of half moons to share with you, this time featuring a blurple & turquoise colour combination I’m kind of obsessed with! It’s been a while since I went with half moons, & colour combination was inspired by a t-shirt dress from Forever 21 that I own & love.

    Colour blocking makes me happy. It’s a great way to test colour combinations out.

    For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

    • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
    • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
    • Quo by ORLY Venice
    • Essie In the Cab-ana
    • Paper Reinforcements (from the Dollar store)

    Was half moons with paper reinforcements anyone else’s first nail art technique they learned? I remembering doing them back in the day & feeling like I was a nail art expert. For those of you who are still getting into nail art looking for easy designs… half moons are a great option with endless colour combinations. You can go subtle for more work appropriate designs or go crazy neon! I also love adding polka dots on top of my design for a little extra design.

    what do you think of these half moons? What colour combination would you pick? Let me know in the comments below!

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    Floral & Holo

    Holy how is it July already? Seriously, it feels like just yesterday I was posting Christmas designs & now it’s hot & humid & I’m so excited I can finally pull out all my fun Summer dresses to wear without needing leggings underneath. I’ve been rocking a lot of floral lately… especially on the nails.

    I know that it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, I’m pretty much always going to rock floral. But when the sun is shining & the temps are climbing, wearing floral just feels right!

    For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

    • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
    • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
    • NailStuff.ca holo powder (applied over Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Rose to the Occasion)
    • Essie Playdate
    • Color Club Pucci-licious
    • 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
    • Sally Hansen I ♥️ Nail Art pen in green
    • Quo by ORLY Second Hand Jade
    • Bundle Monster small detail brush
    • Bundle Monster small & large dotting tool

    Oh man, this holo powder from NailStuff.ca is one of my all time favourites. Easy to apply & such a strong holo look. I never thought of using it as a base for nail art, but it was the perfect base for this floral. Plus in the sunlight…. oh, in the sunlight. I’ve been obsessing over wearing holo nails on good days because it’s so distracting! I would be lying if I said I didn’t get caught staring at my nails once or twice (or five times) while wearing this mani!

    what do you think of this design? Are you a fan of a holo base for nail art? Share your thoughts in the comments below & let me know what you think. ♥️

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    Summer Vibes Magazine Spread & My Summer Inspired Nails

    You may remember back in December, Sarah from @25sweetpeas created the most amazing holiday magazine. While once again she has gathered together some of her blogger friends to create another awesome magazine, this time focusing on all things Summer. There are recipes, pretty nails, & even a travel guide!

    The magazine has been broken up into two parts for you — part one, which holds the recipes (including 2 of mine) & pretty nails! Part two has some awesome fun things including places to travel this Summer & other bonus goodies!

    You can click below to go to the PDF & download!

    For my nails, I decided to create a pretty & bright tropical leaf pattern design which was inspired by a mix-n-match bikini I saw few months back (& didn’t buy sadly). Once if my favourite things about Summer is the colour! I love pulling out all the colourful clothing that has been sitting way back in the depths of my closet, waiting for sunnier days.

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