In a previous post, I told you about how I was 1 of 2 handpicked bloggers asked to share nail art tutorials that would be featured on the Prom Canada website for every other month.
Well, February was my first one showing a leopard design. Now that it’s April, I have a new nail tutorial up that just went live yesterday – it shows Fishtail Braid Nail Art mixed with textured accents!
This time, I shared a technique that I’ve long loved because it doesn’t require too many colours or special tools to complete the look – you can use the brushes right from the bottles.
I find myself turning to it time and time again, plus it’s so easy to customize that the same design looks very different, depending on what colours you use.
In this post, I’ll share with you detailed step-by-step instructions with photos, so you can recreate this easy look. You’ll need some patience, but once you’re finished painting, it’s well worth it!
You know how much I love doing the fishtail braid – I shared this technique on Swatch And Learn here, here, and here.
Yes, I’ve got another in-depth review of a Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood nail polish for you today!
This time, it’s Nicole by OPI Carnival Cotton Candy!
It’s a sweet pink that I can see many little girls (and the young at heart) drooling over because it has that innocent and playful look to it.
Since it has a creme finish and it’s pigmented, you could use this as a base for lots of wonderful nail creations!
The name ‘Carnival Cotton Candy’ reminds me of my dad because when I was little and we went to the local carnival, he would always buy me cotton candy. Hehe, and since when I was a girl, my favourite colour was pink, the candy floss would always be pink. (Years later, I decided that the blue and yellow candy floss were also pretty yummy, and I stopped limiting my dietary restriction to just the pink kind.)
It’s been a long time since I wore Nicole by OPI Carrie’d Away from the Carrie Underwood Collection. (You may remember seeing a glimpse of it in this Quick Look post.)
This collection was officially released in January 2014, but I wore Carrie’d Away in October last year.
As you know, I moved! I’m still in the process of organizing everything in my new home – the first home I ever bought! No more renting!
While being crazy busy setting everything up, I’ve also been working hard to ensure that Swatch And Learn continues to run like usual with posts Monday to Friday, so I’ve been busting out some photos of manicures I wore that never got their chance in the spotlight (aka a full, in-depth review)! No better time than the present!
Please be patient and bear with me as I make this major transition because, after I get my home all organized, I have tons of new nail polishes to share with you! (My internet will be set up at my new place soon, so hopefully that’ll help me avoid any interruptions.)
Also, thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: My readers are the best, and I feel very fortunate to have such great support from you all!
On a dreary day, the easiest thing you can do to perk up your mood is to wear nail polish in a bright colour.
May I suggest Nicole by OPI Some Hearts from the Carrie Underwood Collection?
It’s a pigmented, creamy, vibrant coral pink that most definitely pops when you wear it, so it’s ideal for when you’re having a terrible day, and you need something to brighten your spirits in seconds.
The colour coupled with the exceptional formula is a real winner, and this is a fantastic colour to welcome the spring and summer months. (I just feel like this is a warm-weather shade, although you can be sure that I’d wear it anytime of year. Actually, I did wear this manicure last year, probably around October or so.
In October 2013, I did a Quick Look post on Nicole by OPI Love My Pups, which is from the Carrie Underwood Collection that was released January 2014.
It’s been a while, but I’m finally bringing you my full review on it!
You know me – the louder a polish is, the more I’m drawn to it like a moth to a flame.
But, as you may have remembered me saying a few times, I’m beginning to develop a soft spot for subtle shades. (Maybe someone’s lacing my water with something?)
Whatever it is, I’m really enjoying how clean and chic a soft shade can look. There’s a natural elegance about it.
The next little while, I’m going to be incredibly busy as I’m moving verrrry soon – it’s right around the corner! (It’s a very exciting, but stressful time, too. I bought my first home!)
But I didn’t want to take a hiatus from blogging during this time because I love doing this.
Readers like you are really important to me, so I’m going to try my best to keep my Monday-to-Friday blogging schedule for as long as I can before I move. It’s going to be quite a juggling act, though, as I have a full-time job, and I also do freelance jobs. I don’t know how things are going to pan out, but you can be sure that I’ll try my best to minimize any blogging gaps. (Please bare with me if it takes me longer than usual to reply to comments left on my blog and social media.)
For this reason, due to time constraints, I’ve decided to put together some Quick Look posts, since a lot of you seem to like them. (Haha, you’ll see from the upcoming posts that I have a lot of new polishes!) Also, I have some photos from manicures I wore before, but never reviewed on here. So I’m going to pull them out.
In today’s post, I have for you the Nicole by OPI Roughles Collection, which features texture nail polishes that are fun, Easter-y, textured, and speckled. In addition to bottle shots, you’ll also see some quick swatches! Enjoy! (Please stay tuned in the future for my in-depth reviews and swatches.)
There has been a lot of nail news coming down the pipe, hasn’t there?
Well, just when you thought it stopped, I’m here to say (like Ron Popeil), “But wait! There’s more!”
No, I’m not going to promise you a free set of knives or tell you about a rotisserie that lets you ‘set it and forget it’.
Instead, I have something way cooler – the Nicole by OPI Roughles Collection press release!
It includes 4 textured nail polish that have a speckled appearance, which reminds me of dinosaur eggs. Very interesting! And since they’re light shades, they remind me of Easter eggs.
Haha, the name of this collection, Roughles, is pronounced as “Ruffles”! I was hungry while preparing this blog post, so when I thought of Ruffles, images of flavoured potato chips sprung instantly to mind. (I hope I didn’t get any drool on the keyboard!)
What’s your favourite flavour of Ruffles chips? (I really like All Dressed.)
P.S. Remember, you can still vote for me daily until February 25 in the Nicole by OPI challenge I entered. Click the link to learn more about how you can vote for me on Twitter and see the nail art I painted.
P.P.S. Also, don’t forget to enter my nail-polish giveaway, Canadians! Until February 28, enter for your chance to win the entire OPI Brazil Collection! (Multiple entries are possible. See the post for details.)