Blue Nails · China Glaze · Dotticure · Easy · Essie · Freehand · Manicure · Nail Art · Nail Art Pen · nail polish · NOTD · pattern nails · Polka Dots · Sally Hansen · Turquoise

Blue on Blue Dotticure

Good morning lovelies & happiest of Mondays! I hope the weather where you are is nicer than here on the East Coast — it’s raining, again.

My favourite.

Today I’m showing off a quick & simple nail art look that I did last week. Now that the countdown for baby #2 is down to days, I’ve been trying to keep my manicures quick & simple. & there is nothing I love more when I want quick nails than a dotticure!

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen  Green Tea & Bamboo Strengthener
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • China Glaze For Audrey
  • Sally Hansen I ♥️ Nail Art Pen in Navy

I’ve mentioned before how much I love my Sally Hansen nail art pens for creating dotticures. I find they’re the easiest because you don’t have to constantly need to reapply polish to your dotting tool, you just need to touch the nail. Obviously, that’s for petite polka dots as opposed to bigger dots.

This was also my first time wearing China Glaze For Audrey in absolute ages & I forgot how pretty it is. Fun fact: For Audrey was the very first China Glaze shade I ever bought (shortly after our very first Sally Beauty opened) & I bought it completely based on the fact Breakfast At Tiffany’s is one of my favourite movies.

What do we think about this dotticure? Do you have a favourite polka dot combination? Share your favourites down in the comments below!

Advertisements
Essie · Floral Nails · Freehand · Green Nails · Manicure · Mint · Nail Art · Nailstuff.ca · NOTD · pattern nails · PR Sample · Sally Hansen · Second Cup

(Even More) Cactus Nails

Good morning lovelies. I hope you’re not sick of cactus nails yet! I was inspired by my brand new make up from my previous post, so obviously I had to create some nails to match!

Cactus pattern nails have become a serious favourite design of mine to do, & I love how each nail design always turns out just a little bit different.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Essie Turquoise & Caicos
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod
  • Essie First Timer
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Black Heart
  • Nailstuff.ca 4mm micro detail brush {PR sample}
  • Nailstuff.ca dotting tool {PR sample}

How cute are these? I know I’m slightly bias, but I really like how these turned out. I think adding the black detailing really makes the design pop out more on the nail & reminds me of a pillow I have. Originally I was going to try & do some stamping, but I couldn’t find the plate I was looking for, so freehanding it is! & using my super tiny detail brush from NailStuff.ca was perfect for this tiny little design.

what do you think of this cactus design? Are you sick of cactus yet? Let me know what designs you’d like to see next by commenting down below!

Dotticure · Easy · Floral Nails · Freehand · Manicure · Nail Art · nail polish · Nailstuff.ca · Neon · NOTD · pattern nails · PR Sample · Sally Hansen · Summer

Neon Dotticure Flowers

{PR Sample}

Hello lovelies! Hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday — here in Halifax it’s raining (again) is I decided the best way to cheer myself up would be creating another look using my newly gifted Sally Hansen Neons!

If your looking for actual swatches of these polishes, you’re in luck–I finally got the energy to swatch & photograph last night so that post will be coming this weekend! In the meantime, I’ve been having a blast coming up with fun & colourful nail art looks using these polishes.

Today’s design is a super simple nail art look I am pretty confident in saying anyone can achieve! All you need in a dotting tool (or a bobby pin) & an assortment of colours.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel In the Sheer
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Electri-Lime
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Fuchsia Fever 
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Lemon Chillo
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Miami Ice
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Peach Please
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Violet Voltage

I was really feeling some vibrant 70s vibes & this design turned out just how I imagined in my head. The pop of colour of the flowers over the sheer base just really works together–very Summer-y & fun, which is what I’m all about right now! & cheers up the blahs brought on by the torrential rain we’ve been having the last couple days. The simplicity of this design also makes me happy–I managed to create these nails in about 30 minutes last night, after I finished all my swatching, which meant I could still make it to bed before 11pm! Haha it’s the simple things in life that make me happy.

what do you think of this neon dotticure floral looking using the new Sally Hansen Neons? Have you seen these polishes in stores yet? I saw them in my local Shoppers Drug Mart just the other day, so you should definitely see them start popping up soon!

*PR SAMPLE* Some of these items were sent to me for review. However, all opinions are my own
drag marble · Essie · Julep · Manicure · Mint · Multi-colored. · Nail Art · Nail Vinyls · Nailstuff.ca · NOTD · pattern nails · PR Sample · Sally Hansen · Studs · The Base Coat Vinyls · Turquoise

Mix & Match Spring Nails

Good morning lovelies & happy Wednesday. It’s a new day & I finally have new nails to share. This look is what I created over my Swatch of Julep Alyssa from my previous post & I’ve been wearing it since Sunday! I really wanted something bright & Spring-y for my Easter festivities, & I loved the look so much I could bare to take it off yet!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Julep Alyssa (It Girl)
  • Essie Blanc
  • Essie Peach Side Babe
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Orchid-ing Aside {PR sample}
  • NailStuff.ca Gold Mixed Decoration Nail Wheel {PR sample}
  • TheBaseCoat Drag Marble Nail Vinyls

Seriously loving the mix & match look of this design. The colours are Spring-y but not too Easter Egg-esque & the studs just give it a little something extra. Really, really loving the whole combination. I’m sure in a few weeks I’ll be all about neon (when I’m really craving Summer) but right now these semi-pastel shades are giving me life.

what do you think of this design? Share your thoughts down in the comments below.

Coral Nails. · Essie · Floral Nails · Freehand · Manicure · Matte Nails · Multi-colored. · Nail Art · Nailstuff.ca · NOTD · pattern nails · Peach · PR Sample · Sally Hansen

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!

    Born Pretty Store · Easy · Edge Perfection · Essie · Freehand · Gold · Holiday · L'Oreal · Manicure · Nail Art · nail polish · Nailstuff.ca · NOTD · pattern nails · Plaid Nails · PR Sample · Red Nails · Sally Hansen · Stamping · Starbucks

    Red Plaid Holiday Nails

    Good Morning Lovelies! Can you believe it’s only 13 days until Christmas… where has this year gone?! Even though I’ve been insane at work with Christmas coming, I’ve been trying to do my nails when I can–& trying to get in as many Christmas-y designs in as often as I can.

    (Not going to lie… painting them has been a struggle, but having time to take pictures is another story all together!)

    Today I have some pretty red plaid nails that are a combination of stamping & freehand. I LOVE plaid nails, but sometimes they can be time consuming depending on how many lines you have to free hand. By combining a plaid stamping pattern I had with a bit of freehanding, I managed to come up with a cute & relatively easy plaid look that’s perfect for this time of year!

    For this look, the polishes I used were:

    • Base Coat: Essie Grow Stronger
    • Top Coat: Essie Gel Couture Top Coat
    • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Good Cheer-y (from the Decadence collection)
    • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Black Heart
    • L’Oréal Getting Kilty
    • NailStuff.ca Clear Stamper

    I’m not going to lie–I’m a little rusty, & my nails & cuticles have seen better days. But it feels so good to be painting my nails again, & it always feels nice when people randomly compliment me on how pretty my nails are. Of course, then stock comes & they end up a mess… but still nice to have them done in the first place! (& more than just a since colour.)

    Going to try & cram as many Christmas designs in as possible over the next week or so, since I’ve been so bad at actually posting the last few months. But January is coming… & things are going to slow way down so I’ll be able to get back into my regular posting life soon. For everyone who has stuck around (& continues to stick around!) thank you so much! It means so much to me.

    Now the most important question remains… should I do Christmas tree, snowman or penguin nails next? Let me know in the comments below!

    China Glaze · Essie · Freehand · Gold · L'Oreal · Leopard Print · Manicure · Nail Art · Nail Art Pen · NOTD · pattern nails · Sally Hansen · Striping Polish

    Leopard Print & Stripes

    Happy Saturday lovelies! I know, a Saturday post… how crazy is that?! Today I’m sharing a super fun design I did a few days ago. First off, yes my nails are exact short again–the crack on my middle finger let go. BUT that’s okay, because I’ll just create fun designs that make me happy.

    & this leopard print look makes me extra, extra happy!

    For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

    • Base Coat: Witchcraft protein Hardener
    • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
    • China Glaze What’s She Dune
    • L’Oréal Feeling Kilty
    • Sally Hansen I ♥️ Nail Art pen in Black
    • Kiss Nail Art Striper in Black
    • Small dotting tool

    I started off by doing the leopard print, & realized the blank base needed something extra, so I added the stripes. & I really think they completely the look! Kind of reminds me of something that @nailsbyarelisp or @badgirlsnails.

    I love the look of leopard print, but I think this is my first time doing one in this colour combination–I’ve done rainbow & neon & pink & grey, but never such a neutral colour scheme. & I’m absolutely in love with this look!

    This would be a cute look to wear with a cat costume for Halloween, although it’s not a Halloween look. But if you were going for a more “glam” kitty for Halloween, leopard print are totally appropriate. But in general I feel like this is a fun, not too crazy, look for this time of year. I rocked this design while doing interviews at work , so who says leopard print isn’t work appropriate!

    What do you think of this leopard print design? Share your thoughts down in the comments below!