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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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Essie Frock ‘n Roll Swatches & Review

Essie Frock N Roll Swatches & Review

Several weeks ago when the weather started getting cooler and my cuticles got drier, I sported Essie Frock ‘n Roll from the Fall 2015 Collection.

Described in Essie’s official press release, Frock ‘n Roll is a shimmery espresso. That’s spot on because it’s a dark and brooding shade that has subtle sparkle.

In the bottle, it looks like a ‘frock star,’ but on the nails, it’s more like an edgy socialite.

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Essie at New York Fashion Week: Day 4

Jenny Packham Essie NYFW Butler Please

It’s time for another ‘nails during New York Fashion Week’ post! :)

For this instalment of Essie at New York Fashion Week: Day 4, we get a glimpse into the Diane Von Furstenberg and Jenny Packham shows.

The eye looks at the Diane Von Furstenberg show were mystical and mermaid-like with a youthful aura, so the nails didn’t compete and were kept looking clean and neutral. (When I was in my early twenties, I remember wearing bright turquoise and aquatic eye shadows. Still love the playful accent, and maybe I’ll give it a go again.)

For Jenny Packham’s show, cobalt made a statement on the nails, which made me smile. I love a bold manicure, and I appreciated how the blue contrasted against the clothing instead of blending in.

Check out the rest of this post to see more amazing photos courtesy of Essie. (At the end, there’s also a photo of Rita Remark, Essie’s Global Lead Educator, who I was honoured to meet at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto previously.)

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Essie at New York Fashion Week: Day 3

Brooks Brothers Zac Posen SS16 Essie NYFW

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is when nailphiles like me get excited because not only do you gain colour inspiration from talented fashion designers, but you can see upcoming nail, style, and beauty trends.

You probably visit Swatch And Learn because you’re a fellow beauty fan, and, if you’re like me, you’ll enjoy seeing the nail polishes and other beauty products we love in action. Witnessing how all the elements play a salient role to pull an entire ensemble together truly makes runway shows art in motion.

Since some of you enjoyed my posts on the blog and social media about NYFW Days 1 and 2, I’m going to post more.

Today’s post features looks from Essie New York Fashion Week Day 3!

My favourite look from Day 3 is the one above, which was from the Brooks Brothers by Zac Posen show.

I’m a fan of combining red (or orange) and blue because they’re strong shades that create a powerful manicure. (Together, they make me think of Superwoman! I’ve been known to combine the shades in my fashion, too, like in my Instagram photo here.)

Check out the rest of this blog post for additional photos from the Alexander Wang, Brooks Brothers by Zac Posen, and Altuzarra shows. (All photos in this post are courtesy of Essie.)

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Essie at New York Fashion Week: Days 1 & 2

Wes Gordon NYFW Essie 2Praying for nail inspiration? 😉

I find it very interesting to see nail polish in action, complementing a designer’s clothing style, and I hope that you will enjoy this post highlighting Essie at New York Fashion Week: Days 1 & 2!

You’ll see looks for Spring/Summer 2016 by the following designers: Wes Gordon, Sally LaPointe, and Rebecca Minkoff. (The colours used are listed, in case you want to recreate the manicures.)

All the nail creations at the Wes Gordon and Sally LaPointe shows were designed by Rita Remark, Essie’s new Global Lead Educator.

The nail art from the Rebecca Minkoff show was done by Michelle Saunders.

All the photos and information are courtesy of Essie.

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Nail Art Tutorial: Ink Spill Nails

Essie Ink Spill Nail Art

First of all, HAPPY LABOUR DAY! :)

The long weekend has been quite a treat, and although I wish I could say that I’m taking a break today, I’m…labouring. Hehe! Lots of oh-so-exciting-not-really-exciting house chores to do, and I also played around with some polishes.

Essie’s PR team occasionally sends me some step-by-step nail-art tutorials featuring their nail polishes, and this is one of the most recent featuring Ink Spill Nail Art designed by Rita Remark. (She’s the lead nail artist for Essie Canada, and a while ago, I got to meet Rita Remark!)

The Ink Spill Nail Art features four Essie nail polishes:

  • Blanc 
  • Bell Bottom Blues 
  • After School Boy Blazer
  • Midnight Cami

This post contains the official photos and instructions straight from PR. If you try this or a variation of it, show me. I’d love to see what you come up with!

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Essie Leggy Legend Swatches & Review

Essie Leggy Legend Swatches & ReviewNo photos can ever do Essie Leggy Legend justice – it’s one of those polishes that looks even better in person!

Still, I tried to capture some of its beauty to share a taste of how majestic it is.

Essie Leggy Legend is from the Fall 2015 Collection that’s set to officially hit stores on August 25th, although I’ve already seen it online.

Although it’s advertised as a bronze, I think it’s so much more than that, and I explain why later in this post.

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