Category Archives: Nail Art

Essie Viva Antigua! Swatches & Review

Essie Viva Antigua Swatches Review

Essie Viva Antigua! from the upcoming Summer 2016 Collection is a turquoise that makes you want to jump into the hammock with your tropical beverage and enjoy the warm sun!

It’s a summer daydream in a bottle!

This is one of my favourites from the collection because it is happy-go-lucky, has a little bit of sparkle, and the colour pops.

If Ariel, the Little Mermaid, wore nail polish, I imagine this would be the one to complement her fiery red hair and seashells. When I look at Essie Viva Antigua!, it brings to mind a mermaid’s tail,  not that I’ve ever seen one…yet! 😉

Since I won’t be devoting a separate post for this nail art, I thought I’d include it here because the base colour is Essie Viva Antigua!

I was inspired by Essie’s Camo Waves nail art that was featured in a press booklet I received. Although I used the same three nail polishes (Viva Antigua!, Loot the Booty, and Coconut Cove), I put a slight twist on the design. Instead of horizontal waves and copying the design exactly, I painted them on a slant.

Painting abstract designs is really fun because you can be as messy and carefree as you want. There’s no pressure for perfection. It’s all happiness!

I painted this without the intention of ever sharing it. Then, at the last minute, I grabbed my camera. Hehe, nail-blogger habits, I guess!

Essie Nail Art

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St. Patrick’s Day Collaboration

St. Patrick's Day Collaboration

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and may today bring you all the luck of the Irish! Hope you finally catch that sneaky leprechaun!

Today’s St. Patrick’s Day Collaboration is a very special post because I teamed up two fellow beauty enthusiasts who I have the great honour of calling friends: the lovely Jessica (@JustBlendItOut on Instagram) and Rob (@NailPolishDude23 on Instagram).

Be sure to follow them and check them both out today, as they’ll share with you closer looks at their mesmerizing creations.

Jessica does lots of enchanting and wonderfully blended eye looks that never cease to inspire me with her creative combinations and obvious beauty.

Rob paints his fingernails and toenails, and his courage to stay true to himself and experiment with colour speaks volumes of his authentic character.

In this post, I’ll share a closer look at the St. Patrick’s Day nail art I did featuring mainly Zoya nails polishes:

  • Zoya Jace (light green creme)
  • Zoya Logan (green glitter)
  • Zoya PixieDust Solange (gold glitter)

I also used OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends (a black from the Hello Kitty Collection).

While not perfect, I was really happy with how the St. Patrick’s Day nail art turned out because, if you know me, you know that: 1) I’m nuts about green, and 2) I believe that happiness is more important than perfection.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art

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Valentine’s Day Collaboration

Valentine's Day 2016 Collaboration

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 🙂

Valentine’s Day is one of the many reminders to appreciate the people we love while they’re still around. Life is so short, so don’t wait to show your gratitude to those who bring you happiness and humour.

To be festive, the lovely and talented Jessica (aka @JustBlendItOut on Instagram) and I thought that it’d be fun to team up for a Valentine’s Day Collaboration!

Jessica does a lot of beautiful eye-makeup looks that never cease to inspire and amaze me. To learn more details about the look she created, check out Jessica’s Instagram and her blog. Head over, and show her some love! (I particularly enjoy the glitter placement and how her eye look is glamorous and sultry!)

For my Valentine’s Day nail art, I did something fast and very simple. (It was my first time using tiny faux-pearl beads and striping tape.)

I started by painting the base of my nails with two OPI Hello Kitty Collection shades: My Pal Joey (blue) and Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel (glittery pink). Then, I used the same blue to paint a heart onto the pink nail and placed faux-pearl beads by KISS around the perimeter.

Finally, I added diagonal, parallel lines on the remaining nails using a striping tape by a brand called It’s So Easy.

The rest of this post includes more photos of my manicure, so you can see the details close-up.

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Super Bowl Nail Art

Football Nail Art Super Bowl Nail Art

To get into the football festivities, I whipped up simple Super Bowl Nail Art featuring Zoya Desiree, Zoya Chanelle, OPI Angel with a Leadfoot, and BB Couture Frontier Woman.

You can see the shiny version (as shown above), but if you scroll further down this post, you’ll see a mattified version where I used Pretty Serious Matte All the Things Top Coat.

Today, the Carolina Panthers will go up against the Denver Broncos for the NFL Super Bowl. Although I’m not a diehard football fan, I watch the big game each year because it’s exciting!

Each team has so much on the line, and the players put their ‘all’ into the game. It makes for a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat experience, especially when it’s a close call right up until the very end.

I was inspired to paint this after admiring the talented nail design by Jema aka @nailsbyjema on Instagram. I used different nail polishes to put my own twist on it.

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Nail Art: Snowflake Nails

Snowflake Nail Art

Snowflakes are Mother Nature’s dainty crystals that fall from the heavens above. They have the power to distract us from our frozen toes and sniffling nose with their miraculous artistry. Whether they form on windows or along tree branches, they’re always picturesque and as unique as a fingerprint.

Many scientists claim that no two snowflakes are alike, and, as a child, I remember spending many recesses examining them and trying to prove the academics wrong. However, it was to no avail – it was still fun to try, though!

Paying homage to one of nature’s masterpieces, I created traditional Snowflake Nail Art that’s seasonally appropriate!

To achieve this wintry look, I used the following:

  • MoYou Festive Collection Plate #6
  • MoYou White Knight (white stamping nail polish)
  • OPI Give Me Space (blue)

I lived my entire life in Canada, so I’ve had many years to appreciate the beauty of snow. It’s interesting to hear from people who have never seen snow in person. They are missing out on so many experiences like seeing the ground sparkle when the sunlight hits it and hearing the satisfying ‘crunch crunch crunch‘ under your boots as you walk across a snowy field that’s otherwise so still and quiet, you think you’re looking at a photographic masterpiece.

They’re also missing out on the joy of shovelling the snow manually! (Haha, don’t worry – I was being sarcastic about that last part. I’m not a fan of that!)

When I was a kid, I used to sometimes help my dad and brother to shovel the driveway. They would pull out the huge metal shovels from the garage, and the only shovel left was a small plastic one with a wooden handle for me. (Clearly, they were the ‘workhorses,’ and I was My Little Pony.)

While I tried my hardest to shovel as much as I could, I was not as strong physically as my father and brother. I’d huff and puff after two scoops, while they moved along quickly without a hiccup. (It didn’t help that I also tried to pile up my shovel with enough snow that would equal two little Marys!)

Eventually, my dad used to smile and tell me that they were managing okay and that he didn’t want me to hurt myself. (He must’ve heard my grunts as I swung the shovel with all my might to throw the snow onto the pile on the lawn!)

Shovelling snow was never my thing, so despite my best intentions, I always ended up back in the warmth of our house with my mom. I’d feel guilty about just watching, though, so I would make hot chocolate and bring out piping-hot mugs to them, which they appreciated.

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Nail Art: Ugly Christmas Sweater Nails

Ugly Christmas Sweater Nail Art

It has been quite a while since I did nail stamping, and with a cute and festive MoYou Festive Starter Kit in my hands, it was a great incentive to practice again.

To create this Ugly Christmas Sweater Nail Art, I used the following:

  • MoYou Festive Collection Plate #6
  • MoYou White Knight (white stamping nail polish)
  • Essie Shall We Chalet? (red nail polish)

Ugly Christmas sweaters are all the rage now. (Just the other day, I saw a slew of quirky ones at the mall.)

Although trendy, I still don’t have an ugly Christmas sweater. The closest thing I have to it is a black sweater with gold moose and other animals.

A co-worker once wore a cute one that featured Rudolph. His face spanned the entire front of the sweater, and in the place of the nose, there was a large red pom pom. Hehe, you couldn’t help but smile when you saw it! 🙂

Decking your nails out in an ugly-Christmas-sweater pattern is loads of fun, and the bonus is that even if you don’t live in Canada where it gets colder in the winter, you can still decorate your nails with a sweater design without breaking out into a sweat!

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Holiday Beauty Collaboration

Holiday Beauty Collaboration

Today’s St. Nicholas Day, and I’d like to welcome you to the dynamic trio! 😉

This is my first official collaboration, and I’m thrilled to show you what we each came up with for holiday-inspired looks!

We didn’t set too many restrictions because we wanted to keep it open-ended and let our creativity drive the results.

I am honoured to be able to collaborate with Jessica and Rob because both of them have inspired me for a long time, and I admire how they stay true to themselves.

For our Holiday Beauty Collaboration:

  • Jessica expertly blended several colours for an eye look that makes you look twice
  • Rob created a festive manicure with a cute candy-cane accent nail
  • I did freehand nail-art featuring an elf suit, Christmas braid, Santa suit, and Mrs. Claus suit

In this blog post, you’ll see more photos of the Christmas nail art I painted, as well as the exact colours I used.

Also, be sure to check out Jessica’s and Rob’s Instagram accounts to see more photos of their artistry at work! 🙂

Christmas Nails Nail Art

In case you’re looking for some holiday and/or nail-art tutorials, you may want to view some of the ones I posted on the blog earlier:

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