Good Morning! & happy Saturday. ♥️ My Saturday is starting off pretty good because we actually got a sprinkling of snow last night, so things are looking pretty festive & Winter-y. It’s also starting off pretty good because I have some new nails to show off.
I wore this nail art design the other night when I was invited to a Mark’s Well Worn Media Event–the first blogger event I’ve ever been invited to! It was pretty exciting & obviously I needed to wear something fancy on my nails for the occasion. & what is more fancy than some holo glitter & a little stamping accent nail. ✨
The polishes I used for this design were:
- Base Coat: Nailtek 2 Foundations
- Top Coat: Seche Vive
- Finger Paints Piece De Resistance
- Essence We Will Spock You
- ACO by Ardene Style Icon
- Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Black Heart
- Edge Perfection Cuticle Barrier
- Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate m100 (no longer available)
- Latex free make up sponge
I just love how this design turned out. Honestly I never thought I would enjoy stamping so much, but it’s kind of become an obsession! I ordered a bunch of new plates from Born Pretty Store, so those should be here sometime in the New Year. In the meantime, I’ve been rediscovering old stamping plates I bought in the beginning of my nail art journey. I think the combination of a good liquid latex & polishes that work well for stamping has made it more fun & much less of a frustration. Also how pretty is ACO by Ardene Style Icon? I sponged it on for full glitterocity & the sparkle is hard not to stare at. Again thank god for Edge Perfection because trying to clean that glitter off my cuticles would have made me cry.
What do you think of these nails? Let me know in the comments below. ✨
Do you remember you very first polish of certain brands? I posted my very first Essie a while back, so I thought it would be fun to swatch another first polish… my very first ORLY! I picked up this shade (ORLY Bailamos) back in 2010ish at Winners. According to my internet googling abilities, it was originally released as part of the Summer 2010 collection.
Bailamos is a stunning turquoise shimmer that screams Summer. Most importantly, it’s opaque in two easy coats. & considering this polish is 7 years old, the formula is still as flawless as when I first bought it. Obviously my weakness for a good blue/teal/turquoise polish has lasted a long, long time.
Do you have this gorgeous ORLY shade in your collection? After searching this shade, I’m bummed I haven’t pulled it out of my stash to wear my often. Truthfully it did spend a good 2 years sitting in my parents addict (more props to that awesome formula for lasting!) but even still I can’t believe I haven’t reached for it more often. It’s just so pretty. Also I can only imagine how gorgeous this shade would look matte! Must try that next!
What was your very first ORLY shade? Let me know in the comments below!
I know I say this every time I do my nails, but these have to be one of my favourite gradients I’ve ever done. Seriously–just look! It turned out so pretty. I’d never claim to be a gradient expert, but damn if I don’t feel proud of how these turned out! & what does better with a gradient than a little stamping? I don’t think I’ve done any stamping since before the Lil Bubs was born, & I didn’t realize how much I missed it.
For this manicure, I used:
- Base Coat: Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat
- Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
- Essie Lounge Lover
- China Glaze Glow With The Flow
- China Glaze Plur-ple
- Essie Butler Please
- Yves Saint Laurent Noir Brilliant
- Born Pretty Store Peel Off Liquid Tape
- Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate (QA66)
- Latex Free Make Up Sponge
Why don’t I stamp more often, seriously? Well mostly because I only have the same few stamping plates. But hopefully I can change that soon because it just makes for sure an intricate manicure. I would never freehand this design (at least not without a lot of crankiness & frustration!)
For my gradient, I started off with a basic sponged gradient & then went back over the gradient dry brushing my colours for a bit of a rustic look. It lead to an interesting blend that I really, really like.
What do you think of this mani? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 💜
Today I have some more nail art to share with you! I’m really enjoying being able to do my nails again. It’s surprising how relaxing it is to be able to sit down & pull out my polishes at the end of the night.
It’s been a while since I did anything tribal-esque on my nails, so I felt like it was about time. Again, I continued the trend with some pretty Spring polishes that I haven’t pulled out in a while.
For this manicure, I used:
- ACO by Ardene Whacky
- ACO by Ardene Flawless
- Essie Mint Candy Apple
- Essie Lounge Lover
- Kiss Products Nail Art Striper in Black
- Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
- Thick striping tape from Born Pretty Store.
- Small dotting tool.
It’s been too long since I’ve tried to freehand lines like this, hence why I only did an accent nail, & used striping tape to create my thick lines. I really should invest in some acrylic paint for nail art, eventually. (Although I’ve been saying that for ages, & still haven’t.) Even with the wonky lines though, I really love this accent nail. Makes me feel like I’m officially back in the nail art game again!
I think if I went with some pastel polish, & white lines, these would be great for Easter Egg nails! I’m starting to plan my Easter manicures so I will have to try this again with the right colour palette.
What do you think of my tribal-esque accent nail? Let me know in the comments below!
Fall is coming quickly. The mornings are definitely starting to feel cooler already and I’m starting to reach for sweaters more than sun dresses! So what’s better than a little dip into some more fall colours?
The polishes used for my tribal print nails were:
- China Glaze Fancy Pants
- China Glaze Lets Dew It!
- Essie Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low
- Hard Candy Coconut
- Stripe Rite striping polish in Gold
- QUO by ORLY striper in Black
- Art Club Nail Art Duo in Neon Pink
- Seche Vite
I really really love this combination of colours together! Also China Glaze Lets Dew It! is simply perfection and I love everything about it!
What are you wearing on your nails now that we’re into September? Part of me wants to hold onto Summer a little bit more… But Fall is calling me! 🍁🍂
I’ve been a little lost on nail art inspiration lately so I decided to go with one of my favourite nail art designs–tribal! I’ve always loved Aztec inspired nails, and so the other night when I couldn’t come up with any manicure ideas I decided to pull an old favourite out of my back pocket!
The polishes I used for this manicure were:
- Essence Lets Get Lost!
- Hard Candy Coconut
- Art Club Nail Art Duo in Bubblegum Pink
- Essence Nothing but Lovestoned
- QUO by ORLY nail art striper in black.
- QUO by ORLY nail art striper in white.
- OPI My Favourite Ornament
- ACO by Ardene Just Saying
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
So what do you think of this manicure? I forgot how awesome Essence Lets Get Lost! is. The formula has never let me down, and after owning it for two years it still goes on perfectly. 💙