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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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What I Wore on Hallowe’en: Ghost Nail Art

Ghost Nail Art Nails

I hope that you all had a spooktacular Hallowe’en yesterday and experimented with playful nail art!

This is what I painted freehand and sported on Hallowe’en: Ghost Nail Art featuring these four nail polishes:

Ever since last year, I’ve been wanting to paint this design, so I probably will be wearing it for the next few days.

It was really fast and easy to do – makes me smile when I see the little ghosts with their arms up in the air trying their best to scare me. Hehe, nope – not menacing at all!

It’ll be sad when the ghosts meet their maker and the acetone-remover-soaked cotton ball approaches them, sealing their fate.

Now that I think about it, maybe that’s why they’re screaming. They aren’t trying to frighten me. They’re pleading, “Noooooo! Don’t remove us from your nails!” Yeah – it’s totally normal to have these thoughts running through your head. (Hehe – nailphiles understand!) 😉

P.S. If you’re Canadian, be sure to check out my Hard Candy Nail-Polish Giveaway for 12 shades! (Submit your entry by November 13, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.)

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Happy Hallowe’en, Everyone!

Wishing all my ghosts and goblins a very Happy Hallowe’en! :) Have a fun and safe time during fright night.

In case you’re still mulling over what design to paint your nails with, here are just a few of the Hallowe’en nail-art looks I’ve done over the years and shared on the blog.

All of them (except the top left) have step-by-step tutorials, and you’ll be able to see all the colours I used. Links to each are below the collage photo.

Halloween Nail Art Ideas Nails

You can browse through the Nail Art category on my blog, which contains many more designs not shown here, or if you want to see the individual posts for the specific designs shown in the above image, click on any of the links below:

Feel free to tag me on social media, and show me what you’re wearing for Hallowe’en! :) I’d love to see!

P.S. In case you missed it, check out my latest Canadian giveaway. Enter by November 13, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST for your chance to win 12 Hard Candy nail polishes!

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Nail Art Tutorial: Bloodshot Eye Nails

Bloodshot Eyes Nail ArtI spy with my Hallowe’en bloodshot eyes an easy nail design that you can finish in a jiffy!

This is a nail look that requires only basic colours (white, black, and red) that you already have in your stash. Then, you can choose whichever shade you want for the iris.

The red I used was Hard Candy Remix Red. All the other colours are by Pretty Serious Cosmetics: Presence (white), Absence (black), and Nuke the Fridge (shimmery olive).

Considering what my favourite colour is, it should come as no surprise that I chose green for the irises. 😉

To create the veins, feel free to add ‘branches’ to make them look more believable. I, however, kept it simple with lots of squiggles.

As long as you’re happy wearing the design, that’s what matters. You can create them however you want. There aren’t any hard-or-fast rules. Nail art should be fun and not cause anxiety. Don’t concern yourself with perfection. Nail polish is all about enjoyment! :)

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