Category Archives: Nail Art

Nail Art: Chalkboard Nails or Back to School Nails

Chalkboard Nails Nail Art Back to SchoolI always feel the excitement when September rolls around, so this time, I decided to try my hand at my first ever Chalkboard Nails (or Back to School Nails)!

Ever since I first laid eyes on the Bundle Monster Holiday Collection Nail Stamping Image Plates, I knew I had to use BM-H23 for chalkboard nail art.

Although I smudged the design, and not all the white lines are crisp, I still fell in love with this look. To me, it really does look like chalk on a board. (And remember my philosophy? Happiness is more important than perfection!) Plus how can you not smile when you see globes, the Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (E=mc²), a glass beaker, and a mathematical equation on your nails? 😉

(Check out my photos of my thumb. You’ll be able to see more of the design. I have small fingers, so the entire design didn’t show up on the other 4 nails. But, the good news is that you get enough of the pattern showing up well!)

The green base is the lovely Rescue Beauty Lounge Recycle, the white polish is Konad Special Nail Polish White, and to give the entire design that authentic chalkboard feel, I finished off the look with the OPI Matte Top Coat.

It’s been several years since I graduated from university with my Psychology Honours B.A., but I still get mistaken for being a student. (It’s always funny when I tell people my age, and I witness the look of surprise creep up on their face.)

For all of you who are going back to school today, I hope that the day goes smoothly and that you have a great time with your friends (and that you meet new kindred spirits)!

Although studying isn’t as fun as nail polish, put in the effort and try your best to do well. Your education is important, and even if it seems very stressful, stick to it. All your hardships and experiences in school really do help to shape you and prepare you for life later on, not just with book smarts.

Enjoy working on your projects, doing presentations for class, checking out the cutie who sits 2 desks in front of you, and getting involved with extracurricular activities to keep you well-rounded.

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Bundle Monster Holiday Collection Nail Stamping Image Plates Review & Pictures (Plus Organization Tip!)

Bundle Monster Holiday Collection Nail Stamping Image Plates 2013 Review & PicturesNail stamping is a fast and fun way to give yourself a unique manicure at home.

Ever since I first dabbled in it and even did a nail stamping tutorial, I’ve been a fan of using nail stamping image plates.

Browse my earlier nail-art posts, and you’ll see that I’ve tried different designs from a rainbow crackle and witches to haunted houses and owls!

Today, I’ll be reviewing the exciting, brand new Bundle Monster Holiday Collection Nail Stamping Image Plates, which Bundle Monster was extremely generous to send me! (When they reached out to me, I was so happy, I had to read their e-mail a couple of times to make sure my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me!)

I’m not new to Bundle Monster image plates (love how affordable they are and how they have tons of great designs to choose from!) – big fan here. Click here to see all my blog posts featuring Bundle Monster!

Now, let’s dive into these new Bundle Monster plates, shall we? :)

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Blog News: Please Vote for My Snake Nail Art in This Nail Challenge

Summer Snake Nails Nail Art VOTE FOR ME

Edit: Apparently you can still vote ON July 19th! I just saw on Nicole by OPI’s Facebook page that voting is still accepted on that day.

As some of you already know, I entered a nail-art challenge! I was invited by Nicole by OPI’s PR team.

The challenge? Using only Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights and Nicole by OPI Spring Break from the Selena Gomez Collection, I was asked to create the “Perfect Summer Manicure”.

I came up with the Snake Nail Art, which I blogged about a couple of days ago. Check out my blog post to see the full step-by-step tutorial as well as my explanation for why I think it’s an appropriate summer manicure.

The winner will receive a $75 prize pack as well as a special feature on the website!

I think it’s an appropriate summer manicure because it’s bright, quirky, happy, and fun – characteristics that I associate with the season. It also serves as a reminder to make the most of warm weather…before it slithers away! 😉

Please Vote for Me! (Here’s How)

  • Step 1: Go to this Facebook link.
  • Step 2: Click on “Like” to vote for my snake nail art

Please help me spread the word about the nail-art challenge!

I really appreciate your support, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Nail Art Tutorial: Snake Nails

Snake Nails Nail Art Tutorial & PhotosHello, dear Ssswatch And Learn readersss!

Recently, I was contacted by Nicole by OPI’s PR team and invited to participate in a nail-art challenge.

Using only 2 shades, Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights and Nicole by OPI Spring Break, me and a few other bloggers were asked to create a summer manicure.

I already had the 2 colours from the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection, so I took the challenge. :) (It’s the first nail competition I’ve ever entered!)

The winner will receive a prize pack as well as a featured spot on the website! The public will vote on their favourites to crown the winner. (When I get the link to the voting page, I’ll be sure to let you all know!) Edit: See the link below to vote now!

Here’s the simple look that I came up with. I’m calling this freehand snake nail art It’sss Sssummer! 😉

I think it’s an appropriate summer manicure because it’s bright, quirky, happy, and fun – characteristics that I associate with the season. It also serves as a reminder to make the most of warm weather…before it slithers away! 😉

Also, I chose to make my snake polite – it kept its tongue inside, thank you very much! Hehe!

It’s a spin-off of my freehand Loch Ness Monster nail art that I did back in 2011.

Edit: Please VOTE FOR ME in this Nicole by OPI Canada Blogger Challenge before July 19, 2013! (Thank you!)

STEP 1: Go to this link.
STEP 2: “Like” my snake nail-art photo

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Nail Art Tutorial: Owl Nails

Nail Art Tutorial Owl NailsIt has been a long time since I did freehand nail art with eyes (hehe), and you know what? I missed it so much! (There’s something really fun about looking at your nails and having them look back at you. Or maybe that’s just me.)

As you know, I’m on Pinterest (it’s so addictive!), and the minute I saw these cute little owls, I knew I had to recreate them on my nails. It was exactly the inspiration I needed to get cracking! Release the Kraken! (Felt like saying that.)

Whether it’s nail art, lunch bags, necklaces, or artwork, I have a thing for owls!

So, for today’s post, I have an Owl Nail Art Tutorial for you with step-by-step written instructions and photos.

Although I used similar colours like in the original design I was inspired by, mine turned out slightly different because of my nail-painting style. Also, I have narrower nail beds. But, this just shows you that you can recreate any look, even if your nails are small. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! 😉

I think it’s important to remember that when recreating a look, it doesn’t have to be an exact replica of the original. It’s fun to keep the general vibe of the design, but to still be comfortable with putting your own spin on it.

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Nail Art: OPI Liquid Sand Nails with Tiffany Case & Honey Ryder

OPI Liquid Sand Nail Art Tiffany Case & Honey RyderHand me a shovel already because I’m seriously digging the OPI Liquid Sand nail polishes so far!

I just couldn’t resist playing around with two Liquid Sands from the OPI Bond Girls Collection (which comes out in May) – Tiffany Case (blue) and Honey Ryder (gold).

Since I was already wearing OPI Honey Ryder, I decided to do a quick-and-dirty Scotch Tape manicure that I’ve tried before with other colours. So…here’s OPI Liquid Sand Nail Art!

This time, though, instead of having all the triangles pointing the same way, I flipped alternating nails to keep it interesting.

For some reason, they remind me of icicles or raindrops, even though the look wasn’t intentional.

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Nail Art Tutorial: Glitter Manicure…on a MAN!

Glitter Manicure on a ManPretty recently, I asked on Twitter if any of you had suggestions for nail-art designs to do on my friend.

I got a lot of great suggestions, but I settled on a simple gradient as well as dots.

Here’s the Glitter Manicure…on a MAN that I created!

Haha, originally, I was thinking about making this manicure more masculine, but as I started painting, it ended up being girly. 😉

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