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!

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    Coral Nails. · Manicure · Matte Nails · nail polish · NOTD · Peach · Pictures · PR Sample · Sally Hansen

    Pantone Nails with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Malibu Peach(& a new matte top coat!)

    Hello lovelies & happy 2019! I hope everyone had a fantastic start to the new year… I certainly enjoyed having two days off in a row! Today I’m starting off the new year not only by blogging (oh how I’ve missed you) but with a post featuring a shade inspired by the Pantone 2019 shade of the year Living Coral — Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Malibu Peach.

    I have to be honest, I’m not always drawn to these specially selected shades, but I am seriously in love with everything about this shade. It’s such a bright, happy shade, & I want to pain my house in in.

    For my swatches, I did three coats of Malibu Peach followed by the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat to seal it in. The formula was a little bit tricky on this guy, which is why it took so many coats to have the polish not look streaky, but the end result was definitely worth it. & the top coat left the polish looking shiny & fabulous.

    However, this time of year always leaves me craving matte nails, & Sally Hansen is releasing a BRAND NEW matte top coat, this time in their Miracle Gel formula! I am always impressed with how long I can get the Miracle Gel shades to last on my nails (especially when I’m so hard on my nails… that’s retail life for you!) So to say I was excited to see how well this matte top coat would last was an understatement.

    Matte perfection.

    In my original test run of this combo, I had my manicure last 5 days during Christmas craziness before any major chipping happened, which for a matte manicure is pretty impressive. There was the unavoidable tip wear, but as far as the whole nail it remained relatively intact. The only thing I did notice was that I seemed to have some cracks on the nail when I looked closely, but other than that it held up really well!

    If you want to check out this new topcoat, Sally Hansen will be releasing this Miracle Gel Matte Top Coat in Canada stores this month & should retail for the same price as the other Miracle Gel shades.

    Are you a fan of matte nails–are you excited to try out this new Matte Top Coat? Share your thoughts down in the comments below!

    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!

    Joe Fresh · Life Brand · Manicure · Moon Manicure · Nail Art · Nail Care · PR Sample · Quo by Orly · Review · Shoppers Drug Mart

    Winter Essentials with Shoppers Drug Mart!

    Hello lovelies, it’s been WAY too long. Sorry for my impromptu hiatus… October & November have been insane for me & I haven’t had a free minute to breathe, let alone paint my nails & write a post. But I’m finally getting a free minute & super excited to share with you some PR goodies I received from Shoppers Drug Mart. They sent me a box featuring a whole bunch of Winter essential items, & since my hands were feeling VERY rough, I couldn’t wait to get a chance to take some “me” time & spoil myself a little.

    Included in my PR box was 5 Quo by ORLY Breathable shades, a nourishing hand mask by Life Brand & an adorable statement ring from Joe Fresh. The Quo shades you see are Aloe, Goodbye!, Grateful Heart, Sheer Luck, Soul Sister, & Kiss Me I’m Kind.

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    Born Pretty Store · Essence · Essie · Fall · Manicure · Nail Art · nail polish · NOTD · OPI · pattern nails · PR Sample · Sally Hansen · Stamping · Studs

    Fall Houndstooth Accent Nails

    Happy October 2nd! Can you believe we’re already a day into Halloween month?! Are you as excited as I am? I’m definitely going to need to start planning my Halloween designs soon.

    But in the mean time, maybe some Fall themed nails? With the weather shifting quickly, I’m already digging out some of my favourite scarves, so I figured why not some nails inspired by the coziness of Fall.

    For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

    • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
    • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
    • Essie Fall for NYC
    • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Lets Snow!
    • Essence Black is Back!
    • Born Pretty Store Classic Patterns Stamping Plate BP-L006 (item #17924)
    • Born Pretty Store Color Flame Rhinestones colour #2 (item #41753)

    First off, can we talk about this Essie shade from the Fall 2018 collection? It’s absolutely amazing. The second I saw the swatches, I knew it was so different from all the other polishes I own & that meant I had to have it! & since it feels so Fall to me, I knew I had to pair it with this stamping plate from Born Pretty Store (which I haven’t had the chance to use yet!)

    Also check out these crystals also from Born Pretty Store (item # 41753). I needed something to jazz up my plain nails, & I love the iridescent shift they have. You can kind of see how the shift of your hand shows different colours, which means these crystals will match with so many different polishes & manicures!

    what do you think of this Fall inspired manicure? What Fall shades are you wearing on your nails right now? Let me know in the comments below!

    Fall · Manicure · nail polish · NOTD · PR Sample · Red Nails · Review · Sally Hansen · Swatch · Swatch Sunday

    SWATCH SUNDAY — Sally Hansen REDesign Collection (part one)

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    Good morning! Today I’m super excited because I have the most amazing nail polish collection from Sally Hansen to share with you! Sally Hansen Canada recently released an all red collection as part of their Complete Salon Manicure collection — including FIVE new shades. The collection is designed so that everyone can pick their perfectly complimentary red, including one shade that is the “universal” red, so it’s design to compliment every skin tone.

    I am a HUGE red nail polish lover. It’s literally all I wore on my nails from 2004-2006. So a whole collection dedicated to red nails… I’m definitely here for that!

    Today I have the first 5 lighter polishes from the collection, & I’ll share the other four darker shades in tomorrow’s post!

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    Born Pretty Store · Edge Perfection · Essie · Finger Paints · Holographic · Manicure · Nail Art · Nail Powders · NOTD · PR Sample · Review · Swatch · Swatch Sunday

    SWATCH SUNDAY — Born Pretty Store Purple Holographic Pigment Powder (item #41436)

    Good morning lovelies & happy Sunday. Couldn’t be more excited for the chance to relax & have a day off… & share something special with you! I recently received some gorgeous PR samples from Born Pretty Store for review, & that includes a couple new nail art powders. I’ve been seriously obsessed with nail powders & flakies lately, so I couldn’t wait to jump in & try them all.

    The first one I picked, for today’s post, is a dark purple liner holo powder (item #41436).

    For application, I took the following steps.

    • Apply base coat.
    • Apply base colour (I picked Essie Under the Twilight) & top coat.
    • Apply Finger Paints Peel Off Base Coat — let dry for about 5 minutes. If it’s not dry enough, you won’t be able to rub on the powder.
    • To minimize clean up, you can apply liquid latex around your cuticles. I forgot this time, which is why you can see a bit of holo scattered.
    • Using the name eyeshadow applicator that comes with the powder, pick up a small amount of powder & rub onto your nail.
    • Brush off excess powder from nail & around cuticle (or peel off latex if you used it)
    • Top with top coat & stare at your nails in wonder.

    Look at that holo! Seriously obsessed with the dark holo over the dark base. I’ve been absolutely obsessed with my NailStuff.ca holo, but it’s nice to have a darker, vampy option (especially with Halloween quickly approaching).

    Application was super simple & easy using my regular nail polish method. I don’t often use gel on my nails, but I feel like if I can easily apply it using regular polish, gel would be no problem. I’ll definitely have to try using it on my toes soon.

    if you’re looking to try this powder for yourself, you can pick it up from the Born Pretty Store here.

    Also remember, if you use COFFK31, you can save 10% off any regular priced items!

    So what do you think of this dark purple holo powder? Do you have a favourite nail powder that you can’t live without. Share down in the comments below!