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Vintage Roses (take #17283)

You know when you did that perfect pair of jeans or shirt or outfit that looks amazing, & fits your perfectly, & just makes you look amazing? You wear it constantly (maybe more than you should), because it just looks so good? That is how I feel about floral & vintage rose nails. & that is why I have ANOTHER floral design to share with you.

This design is actually inspired by an old design of mine, this time using blues instead of pinks. Yep, I’ve done a different version of these simple roses a lot but they never get old to me, so hopefully they’re not tired to you.

For this manicure, to polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
  • Essie Find Me an Oasis
  • OPI Angel with a Leadfoot
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Rose to the Occasion
  • Essie Bachelorette Bash
  • Sally Hansen Insta-dri Petal Pusher
  • YSL Beauty Vert D’Orient
  • Essie First Timer
  • NailStuff.ca Mixed Decoration Nail Wheel in Gold
  • Small dotting tool
  • Small detail brush from Bundle Monster

Oooooh these roses over white is definitely one of my favourite accent nails to do. I love all floral nails, but there is something about vintage roses that just looks so good: easy to do, but looks beautiful & complicated every time. Not to mention, roses are one of the easiest florals to do because I find (for me at least), they’re one of ten hardest florals to mess up.

My tutorial on how I do roses is Here.

So what do you think of this design? Are you a vintage roses person or do you prefer other floral? Share your thoughts down below!

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Rustic Floral Pattern Nails

Can you never have too many floral manicures in your life? Personally, I don’t think so. We all know how much I adore flowers–from clothes, to shoes, to cellphone cases to my nails, I can never have enough! Recently I found a Rifle Paper Co. phone case at Winners on payday, so I decided to attempt to recreate said pattern on my nails.

My attempt definitely turned out a little more rustic than its inspiration, but I think that is why I love the end result so much!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
  • Boho Green Make Up Moonlight
  • Quo by ORLY Breathable Pep in my Step
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pretty Piggy
  • Sally Hansen MG Pretty Peony
  • Sally Hansen MG Off the Shoulder
  • Essie A-List
  • China Glaze Sun Upon My Skin
  • China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin
  • YSL Vert D’Orient
  • Sally Hansen Insta-dri Thyme is Money
  • Essie First Timer
  • Sally Hansen I ♥️ Nail Art pen in Black
  • Bundle Monster detail brush

I’m kind of excited for Summer because it means I can change up my backgrounds & use outside. How lush does this design look with green grass in the background? Definitely throwing my pictures back to my pre-light-box days with these photos & I’m loving it! Seriously, staged photos are awesome but something about natural light makes your manicures look that much better.

If that doesn’t say Summer, I don’t know what else does! Also I’m never, ever going to get sick of doing floral. Never. How could you ever get sick of something so pretty! Hence why I keep filling my closet with more & more floral clothing pieces. The obsession continues! 🌿🌼🌱

what do you think of this design? Are you feeling Summery? Leave a comment down below & let me know!

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SWATCH SUNDAY — OPI I Eat Maine-ly Lobster

Happy Sunday my loves. & it really is a Sun-day today! We’ve had a run of beautiful Summer like weather so naturally that means I needed to pull out a Summer colour for today’s Swatch Sunday post. Today’s pick is OPI I Eat Maine-ly Lobster which is a vibrant pinky coral with just a hint of shimmer. This shade was originally released as part of the OPI Touring America collection circa 2011 but I scored my bottle on clearance at my locals Lawton’s.

For my swatches, I did two coats + top coat (Essie Gel Setter). I probably could have done 3 coats for more coverage, but I feel like it’s not terribly noticeable unless you’re a nail polish addict. The colour itself is just perfection & even though it was originally a Fall collection release, to me it just screams Summer! I mean, who doesn’t like a stunning coral polish?

Seriously, how gorgeous is this polish? I had been coveting it for a long time & finding it for only $4.99 at Lawton’s was the best scored ever! I don’t know about you–but when I want to but polish, I want a deal. I don’t like to pay full price for nail polish (& to be honest, I rarely do). So a much desired OPI for less than $5? Yes please! The best kind of nail polish find.

Look how closely it matches my moon cactus? Oh man, if this shade doesn’t scream Summer, I don’t know what does. I’m just obsessed with it! & as you can see from below, it’s the perfect compliment to my newest Summer dress find. It’s a gorgeous pop of colour.

What do you think of this week’s Swatch Sunday pick? Do you have a favourite coral polish? Let me know down in the comments below!

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Floral & Gold Nails inspired by @thelittlecanvas

Happy Saturday! & Happy Royal wedding day! Who else was up early watching all the Royal wedding coverage? The Bubs had me up at 5:30am, but I was already planning on getting up to watch coverage of the event.

I don’t have royal themed nails to share with you today, although personally I think this floral design would be perfect for any wedding! Today’s design was inspired by a manicure @thelittlecanvas posted back in March. I loved everything about it (Alaina always does the prettiest accent nail designs!), so naturally I had to recreate. Plus it was an opportunity to pull out one of my favourite vibrant blues that I haven’t worn in a while.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Nailtek 2
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • ACO by Ardene Whacky
  • OPI My Favourite Ornament
  • OPI Chiffon My Mind
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pretty Piggy
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Super Charge
  • Essence The Green & The Grunge
  • Sally Hansen I ♥️ Nail Art Pen in Black
  • Bundle Monster detail brush
  • Bundle Monster large & small dotting tools

I love that event though this is a relatively easy design to create, the combination of everything just makes your nails look so fancy. Plus they look way more complicated than they actually are. I’m still trying to find more floral designs to do that aren’t just my typical roses that I can pull out when I’m feeling floral on my nails. Which, lets be honest, is 95% of the time.

What do you think of this floral? Do you think I stayed true to my inspiration? & if you’re on the hunt for new nail art inspiration & haven’t already discovered Alaina, definitely check out her Instagram & blog because she always come out with the most amazing patterns & designs!

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Vibrant Colour Blocking

Good Morning lovelies & Happy Saturday!

I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but here in Halifax they’re calling for lots of sunshine over the next little while & I couldn’t be more exciting. I’ve worn dresses for the last few days, & I’m pretty dedicated to keeping my no pants streak going. Obviously, my cheery mood is translating to my nails because I’m all about bright & colourful nails! Today I’m showing off a colour block design done using a few vibrant polishes & nail vinyls.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Nailtek 2
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel In The Sheer
  • Essie Splash if Grenadine
  • Essie All the Wave
  • OPI I Eat Maine-ly Lobster
  • China Glaze Sun Upon My Skin
  • Xroma Polish & Vinyls Mosaic Stencils
  • Dotting Tool

Oooooh I love so much how these colours go together. This combo is feeling very 90s to me for some reason, & I love it! So blinding, which is perfect because I just bought brand new (giant) sunglasses. 🕶 To me, this is just the perfect bright design… the colours, the pattern. I’m seriously in love with everything about it! Plus I feel like these colours are perfect for making me look way more tanned than I actually am. & when you spend 10+ hours inside, you’ll take any hint of a tan you can get!

What do you think of this colour block design? Would you rock this pattern on your nails? What is your favourite nail polish shade combination? Share all your thoughts down in the comments below & let me know what you’re wearing on your nails for the weekend! 💅🏻☀️🌵

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Quatre-floral nails 🌸

Another day, another floral design to share with you! Hence the punny blog title! Today’s design is actually inspired by a sponsored ad that popped up in my Instagram feed. I was inspired by the combination of patterns that I decided to create a pretty Spring design with a mixture of patterns–quatrefoil & floral, with a few gold studs to bring the whole manicure together!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Nailtek 2
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • YSL Beauty Gris Underground
  • OPI Angel With A Lead Foot
  • OPI Mod About You
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Bourbon Belle
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Rose To The Occasion
  • Sally Hansen MG Little Peony
  • Essence The Green & The Grunge
  • Essie First Timer
  • Sally Hansen MG Super Charge
  • Sally Hansen I ♥️ Nail Art pen in black
  • Bundle Monster Small Detail Brush
  • Bundle Monster medium sized dotting tool
  • What’s Up Nails Moroccan stencils
  • NailStuff.ca Mixed Decoration Nail Wheel in Gold

This design just turned out so fun! I love the combination of everything–colours, patterns & styles. The mixture of pinks (with grey) is so lovely for Spring. & I really, really love how my floral came together. Feels oh so very Spring like to me! & with sunshine & Spring temperatures today, it will be the perfect manicure for enjoying my day off outside today.

I love when my nails come together from random inspiration & turn out being a favourite design for me! Also I totally forgot how perfect this YSL grey was… it has a hint of purple in its undertones which the pink really brings out when they’re paired together. Oooooh between this design on my nails & the sunshine pouring in through my windows as I write this, I’m feeling Spring so much. In fact, since temperatures will be agreeable today, I’ll definitely be pulling out one of my Spring dresses or rompers to wear while adventuring today.

A shot of my pretty floral with the beautiful bouquet of flowers my husband surprised me with the other morning.

What do you think of this design? What was the last thing that inspired your nails? Share your thoughts down in the comments below & let me know where you find your nail inspo!

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Rifle Paper Co Style Floral

Yesterday was a beautiful Spring day, I had the day off, & I took full advantage of it. In honour of the occasion, I decided some floral nails were in order. Originally I was going to just do some more negative space nails with pastels, but I discovered a bottle of Essie 5th Avenue in my stash I bought a few months back at Lawton’s, & decided red nails were in order. I’ve been loving all the Rifle Paper Co inspired nails that pop up on my Instagram feed, & while these are not even close to an exact recreation, I was inspired by this pattern initially.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Nailtek 2
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Essie 5th Avenue
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sweet Tea
  • OPI I Eat Maine-ly Lobster
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pretty Piggy
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Orchid-ing Around
  • Sally Hansen I ♥️ Nail Art Pen in Magenta
  • Sally Hansen I ♥️ Nail Art Pen in Black
  • Essence The Green & The Grunge
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Wet My Thistle
  • Bundle Monster detail brushes
  • Bundle Monster dotting tools

This design definitely looks very similar to this manicure I did a few months back. Something about floral on a red base just looks so good to me. & red nail polish in general… I’m so glad I found this gorgeous polish (& did I mention I scored it for only .99 cents?)

There is something just so lovely about floral. The more I paint them, the more I want to do them again. It was totally worth staying up the extra hour & a half to create them. I’m also going to keep attempting to recreate more patterns from Rifle Paper co. Their brand is such a floral loving girls dream! I pretty much want one of everything on their website (especially the phone cases… all of the phone cases!)

Where do you find your nail art inspiration? What do you think of this floral design? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 🌸🌿