NOTD: Geometric Orange

Hey Beauties!

It has been a long time since I have posted a nail of the day post.  I tried out a little bit of free-hand geometric designs to go along with my bright summer colour.  Let me know what you think!

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These are the various tools that I needed to do this manicure:  (The Orly top coat should be Seche Clear base coat… oops!)  Sally Hansen “Poppy”, China Glaze “White On White”, Pop Beauty (no name as far as I know), and Butter London “P.D. Quick Topcoat”.

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Here’s a better view of the brushes that I used.  These are just cheap synthetic nail brushes that I bought on eBay.  A long, skinny striping brush to make the initial lines; and a short flat topped brush as well as a short angle brush to fill in the black and white squares.

Here is the result!  Please excuse that the geometric shapes aren’t all perfect like most of the photos that I see on Instagram…  this was my first go, and being all artistic and good at drawing isn’t my strong point!

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I hope you like this design!  I was originally going to do my ring and middle fingers with the patterns, instead of the index and ring fingers.  What do you think?  Would you have liked that better?  I think I would have.  Oh well, next time!

This manicure is actually coming off right after I post this.  It’s starting to chip =(.  But it wore for about 4 days very well!

xoxo

 

Favourite Spring Polish 2013!

Hey Beauties!

I am so sorry for my absence lately, there has been a lot going on in my personal life the past couple of weeks, and things have just been crazy.  I have had the corresponding video up for this post for a while now, but if you haven’t seen it be sure to  check it out!

In this post I am going to give you a quick overview of all of my favourite nail polishes for spring!  Who doesn’t love a good spring mani? =)

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Here is my wonderful little nail wheel, with swatches of all the colours.  See one (or a few!) that you like?  Keep reading to find out what they are!

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First up is an OPI topcoat called “Pirouette My Whistle” from the NYC Ballet collection.  I am in love with this polish for all seasons really, but I think it really works well for spring because of how light and delicate it is.  It is a clear base with a lot of very tiny silver glitter, mixed in with small pearlescent hexagonal glitter.  It looks beautiful no matter what colour you put it over, whether it is a soft nude or a deep vampy polish.

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This one I had to throw in because I just got it in my most recent Ipsy Glam Bag, and it is stunning!  This is  “Neely” from Zoya.  It is a true milky, minty green.  Right on trend!  I used this in a gradient that I tried out on my nails here.

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L – Essie “Mint Candy Apple” R – Zoya “Neely”

Here is a quick comparison of two  “Mint” nail polishes.  You can see here that Mint Candy Apple is really more of a robin’s egg blue than a mint green.

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That brings me to my next favourite, Mint Candy Apple!  This is a beautiful soft blue creme polish.  It’s not the green colour that I thought it would be when I bought it.  I had heard so much about it last spring on YouTube that I figured it must be the perfect polish!  I do still love it though, just as a blue instead of a green.  Here it is as the main colour in a chevron manicure.

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I had to show this little combo, because who doesn’t love a fresh, clean french manicure?  The little mini is from Essie’s wedding collection last spring, and it is called “Made to Honour”.  It is a beautiful pink and I love using it for a french mani.  The white polish is “Pointe Blanc” from Orly’s french manicure line.  It has a long skinny brush that makes it really easy to get a nice clean, crisp line along your tips without guides.

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I was behind the game on this polish too.  This is another one that I had heard about all over YouTube and on beauty blogs everywhere.  It is the rose gold colour that has been so popular for the last year!  Orly “Rage” is a metallic rose gold polish that is just stunning.  If I can wear it, then I am sure it will go with any skin tone.  It is a nice neutral that provides just a little bit more “oomph” to your mani =), as seen here!

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Now for a bright one!  This is a really beautiful orangey coral.  My camera had a tough time getting the colour accurate here, and it looks a bit more neon than it actually is in real life.  I would say that it is somewhere between a pastel and a neon.  It has a bit more punch than your typical pastel, but is much softer than a typical neon.  This is Essie’s “Tart Deco”, and I think it is pretty much perfect.  See it in a mani here!

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This little mini is OPIs “Pedal Faster Suzi” from the Holland Collection.  It is a semi-sheer pale pink polish with silver micro-glitter.  I think this one is great when you need (or want) a subtle manicure, but you don’t want it to be boring.  I used this as the base colour for a houndstooth mani that you can see here!

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This one is just as bright in person as it looks here!  OPI’s “Kiss My On My Tulips” is also from the Holland Collection last spring.  It is one of my favourite bright pinks, and it has a slightly cool undertone.  I love buying these little minis, because you get to try many colours for less than the price of one!  And honestly, who ever actually finishes an entire bottle of polish?!  I actually don’t have a recent mani to show you with this colour =(.

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Essie’s “First Dance” is another mini from the Wedding collection last spring.  This is a bright, vibrant candy-apple red colour, and it is what lives on my toes in the spring and summer months!  About 90% of the time my toe nails are painted red (of course as I’m writing this they are actually orange =P), but I switch between a brighter red for the spring and summer and a deep crimson for the fall and winter.  There is just something classic that I love about a red toe polish.

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NARS’s “Candy Darling” is another pink, but this one is even cooler toned than “Kiss Me On My Tulips” that I showed earlier.  More of a fuchsia than a pink almost.  My husband got this for me for Christmas (I don’t think I could ever stomach the price of a NARS polish on my own) as part of a set from the Andy Warhol collection that they put out last fall/winter.  The formula is great!  Maybe if other minis they have grab my attention I might be tempted…  Here it is used in a polka-dot manicure!

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“Vespa” from Zoya’s first Pixie Dust collection is certainly the most unique polish in my favourites here, and maybe even my whole collection!  It is one of the textured, matte-but-glittery polishes in a gorgeous pale green colour.  This one takes getting used to for sure, having something gritty on your nails is so strange!  I found that I got shivers running up my spine if they rubbed against the wrong material (for instance my wool jacket).  However, I did love the effect that it gave, and I think I will be trying it next time with a matte top coat to try and smooth it out without losing the effect.

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China Glaze’s “Champagne Kisses” is actually from their Christmas collection last year, but I am loving it for spring!  It is a nice warm champagne-gold colour that reminds me of sand.  Here you can see how I used it with a deep blue to create an ocean inspired manicure =).

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For those of you looking for an office-approvied, but not-boring manicure, I would highly suggest Essie’s “Buy Me A Cameo”.  This is one of the most beautiful polishes that I have ever seen.  It is a gorgeous taupe colour, but it is quite warm, and almost has a pink pearlescent sheen.  It is a nice subtle manicure, but it is such a beautiful shade that you will spend all day staring at it ;).  This photo does not do it justice!

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Now, if you need a polish for Easter, or if you just love lilac, this is the one for you!  Essie’s “Play Date” is a soft purple pastel creme.  It reminds me of “She’s Picture Perfect” from a past collection, except this doesn’t have the gold shimmer.  I have had this on my fingers a few times this spring, which is rare for me because I’m usually into more brights than pastels, and I don’t usually repeat the same polish within a couple of months!  Sadly, I didn’t seem to document any of these occasions =(.

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Last but not least, is one of my all-time favourites, and a polish that I think is a genuinely unique colour.  Essie’s “Mint Mojito” is truly a grass-green polish.  I had wanted something that really showed green for a while, and when I found this one last spring I was sold!  It is not one of the neon greens that lean yellow (which looks awful on me), and it is not such a deep green that it looks more black.  This is a true green creme, and I love it =).  Here it is covered with a single coat of “Swinger” from Butter London.

I am sorry that I didn’t have photos of all of all of the polishes here on my nails, but I’m sure you can use your imagination =).

What are your favourite polishes for Spring??  Do you stick with pastels?

xoxo

Pictorial: Black and Bright – Geometric Nails

Hey Beauties!

Here is a simple pictorial (picture tutorial) for a manicure that I wore last summer.  I wanted something a little bit funky that incorporated a bunch of colours, as well as black polish for an edge.  Here is what I came up with!

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Please excuse that there is tip wear and an Instagram filter on this photo…  This was before I really figured out what I was doing with taking photos for my blog, and apparently this is the only photo I have after I cleaned up my nails!  But you get the idea…  (This was actually my first ever Instagram photo!)

Here’s what you need!

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Scissors, 5 bright polish colours, opaque black polish, scotch tape, top/base coat

First Step: Paint each nail a different, bright colour and let it dry completely.

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From L –> R (Pinkie –> Thumb): OPI “Kiss Me On My Tulips”, Essie “Mint Mojito”, Essie “First Dance”, Butter London “Blagger”, OPI “Red Lights Ahead, Where?”

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Next: Cut up straight strips of scotch tape to the desired thickness that you want the stripes of colour to show through (or use striping tape).  For the pattern that I created you will need 4 strips for each nail, so 40 in total.  Arrange the strips in the desired pattern, either on all nails of one hand, or work one nail at a time.  Paint over with a thick coat of black polish.  This needs to be opaque in one coat!

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Quickly peel off the tape strips before the polish dries to get nice, crisp lines.  This will show off the bright colours underneath!

Here is the finished look before I cleaned up around the edges (I’m normally messy, but this is to the extreme!):

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You can see that I didn’t get all of the strips the same size, if you want these to be perfect I recommend using striping tape.  I really like how it turned out, and I got lots of compliments on them!

What do you think?

If you recreate this look please tweet me photos @wstcoastbeauty !

xoxo

NOTD: Blue Ombre

Hey Beauties,

Here is my next NOTD: Blue Ombre.  I’ve never tried out any type of ombre, whether it’s within the nail or across all of the nails, but it’s fun!  If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen the photo of my nail wheel where I was experimenting with my colours to try and find out what would work.  I tried using the white or black polish underneath the colour and only using one polish, but I didn’t get very good results.  The black worked really well to darken the polish, but I really didn’t notice a difference with the white (now this may have been because I was trying on a nail wheel where the “nails” are already kind of white…).  I decided to go with the blues because I actually had 5 different polishes that I thought worked well together.

Here is the result!

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From Thumb –> Pinkie:  OPI: Yoga-ta Get This Blue!, Essie: Aruba Blue, Butter London: Blagger, Pop Peauty: Brave, Essie: Mint Candy Apple.

Here are the polishes:

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OPI: Yoga-ta Get This Blue!

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Essie: Aruba Blue

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Butter London: Blagger

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Pop Beauty: Brave

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Essie: Mint Candy Apple

Incase you didn’t see it on Instagram (go follow me so that you don’t miss anything!!) here is the nail wheel that I was playing with.  I tried out blue, green and purple.  I was feeling the cool colours I guess.  I don’t have enough pinks to do this with! =(

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Have you ever tried the ombre trend on your nails?  Be sure to tweet me your photos with the hashtag #wstcoastbeauty so I can see them!

xoxo

NOTD: St. Patrick’s Day!

Top o’ the Mornin’ to ya Beauties!

I hope you are enjoying your St. Patrick’s Day weekend =).  I wanted to do a quick post tonight to show you the nails that I chose to do for St. Paddy’s!

First, here is my wheel of inspiration that I did a few days ago, just playing around with different colours and ideas to see what I liked:IMG_0666

Yay Nail wheels!

And here is what I decided to go with:

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I have two coats of Essie’s “Mojito Madness” as a green base underneath one coat of Butter London’s “Swinger”.  I am really happy with how it turned out!  I think this is the perfect grassy Irish green for St. Patrick’s Day =).  I used Orly “Luxe” on my accent nail and a thin piece of striping tape in a green colour that closely matched the green of my other nails!

Mojito Madness is a little bit lighter green with a creme finish.  The texture is a little bit tough to work with, it tends to streak and go on a little bit patchy since it is thick.  It stays tacky for a long time too.

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Swinger is a lime green glitter, one that I really wasn’t sure that I would ever wear when I got it for Christmas, but it looks SO amazing!

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Orly’s “LUXE” is a gold metallic foil finish, it is very opaque.  If it weren’t for my strange need to put at least 2 coats of polish (usually 3), this one really only needs one coat!  But, I put two…

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I hope you liked my version of a St. Paddy’s Day manicure!

Do you do holiday themed manicures?  If you did a St. Patrick’s Day nail look, I would love to see a picture!  Tweet them to me @wstcoastbeauty with the hashtag #wstcoastbeauty_stpaddys or tag them on Instagram with the same hashtag so that I can find them!

xoxo

Recent NOTDs

Hey Beauties!

I’m sorry it’s been so long again!  For my first new post I am going to catch you up on some of my recent nail polish adventures!  This one’s going to be picture heavy!

First up:  “Foggy” by Pop Beauty.  I had my eye on this for over a year before I finally purchased it.  I saw it in a boutique store in Vancouver, but they were selling for $20 each!  Too steep for me =(.  My friend and I were there for about an hour and we tried on every single colour they had.  So much fun!  This was my stand out favourite.  It is a medium grey with a beautiful shimmer that makes it so beautiful and not your boring average grey.  I was so excited to see it was on HauteLook, and for only $3!!  I couldn’t resist and bought 5 colours =)

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Next up is another Pop Beauty polish!  This is “Denim Metal”, a glitter-packed metallic blue.  It reminds me of Essie’s “Aruba Blue”, but full of blue and silver micro-glitter.  The texture is a little strange to apply, but it turns into a beautiful finish.  I do think it looks way better with a top coat, the glitter kind of sucks in the shine a little bit without it. A nice vibrant colour that I think I will be wearing it a lot in the summer.

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This was a bit of an experiment of mixing colours.  My main colour is “Marrow” by Butter London and I honestly don’t know what the accent colour is.  It is an OPI mini that my mom got me for Christmas a couple of years ago.  Marrow is a really nice purple creme polish, that I find has a hint of grey to it.  It isn’t the greatest formula that I have encountered from Butter London and goes on a bit patchy, but three coats finish it up nicely.  This is going to be a staple on my nails for the fall!  The OPI colour is a really rich dark purple with blue and purple shimmer.

 

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This next colour is from the China Glaze fall Safari collection.  It is called “Exotic Encounters”.  This is a dusty turquoise creme polish and took 2 coats to be fully opaque.  Here i topped it with OCC “Flatline” topcoat for a matte finish.  I really like how it turned out!  It’s not quite like a blackboard on your nails, which I like =)  I managed to avoid the white spots with the topcoat this time too!  This is the only polish I picked up from the collection.  Do you guys have any other favourites that I should try to find?

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These were my Valentine’s Day nails ❤  I used my new Zoya polish (the first time I ever tried one!) in “Sarah”.  How can I not love it when my namesake polish is this gorgeous?!  It’s a fiery red with golden orange micro-glitter that really shows in the bottle more than the nail.  It is such a vibrant colour!  I can’t get over how beautiful this is =)  I think I’m a little biased ;).  I used Konad stamping polish and a Spa Secrets plate to stamp on the hearts to make it a little bit more festive.

 

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Ok, this is a colour that I should have had on my hands a LONG time ago, especially after everything I heard about it.  I finally did when I went to Sally’s and they had a promotion on where if you spent $3 you got an Orly polish in the old packaging for free!  I found this little guy hiding in the basket =)  “Rage” is a beautiful rose gold metallic polish with a foil finish.  It is really nice because it works on every skin tone.  It doesn’t make you look pasty and cold like silver can, and it doesn’t make you look sallow, like true gold can.  It’s a really nice metallic neutral.  Plus, who wasn’t obsessed with rose gold?  I used Sally Hansen “Strobe Light” as the glitter accents, I’m not sure that I liked how it looked though.  They looked like a very similar tone so I thought they would work nicely together (I hadn’t used either polish yet), but not so much.  The smaller pink glitter disappeared into the base polish and it kind of just left these random sparse large silver chunks, not pretty!  [On a side note, I am really sad Orly changed their packaging. I loved the old rubberized lids!  It was my favourite packaging of all polish =(  Now they look kind of cheap…]

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Don’t they look like they would work well together?

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This was a fun experiment.  This is Zoya’s new Pixie Dust formula!  I picked up “Vespa” a pale sage green and got it the first day it shipped!  These are designed to be matte, textured polish with obvious glitter particles.  It is definitely all of those things!  It took 3-4 coats to be fully opaque, and the textured finish really took a while to get used to.  For the first day it was so weird, it felt like I had something stuck to my nails, and I got that “shivers down my spine” feeling whenever they brushed up against something.  Especially my wool jacket!  After a while I got used to it though.  It was a really unique look!  I think this is a similar idea to OPI Liquid Sand polishes.

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I tried to mess up the focus to show the glitter!

 

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Ok, this is the last one for this post, I promise!!

This is sadly another unknown colour though.  I really wish they would put the names on the minis! =(.  It is a beautiful pink with a subtle shimmer from the Holland Collection [I think it is “Pedal Faster Suzi!”].  It’s a very nice cool toned pink, not normally a colour I would wear, but I really liked it =).  I bought this in a mini set that came with 4 (5?) of the polishes from the collection.  This is definitely a winter/spring colour that will look best on me when I have a pale complexion.  I used a Spa Secrets stamping plate and a Konad polish to do the houndstooth print on my accent nail.  It didn’t quite work perfectly, but I think it was pretty good for a first try at a full nail stamp!  Sadly my top coat smudged it.  I think I need to invest in the Konad top coat.

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Sorry this was so long!  I hope you enjoyed it though =)  My next polish post will be on my St. Patrick’s Day nails! =D

xoxo

NOTD: Christmas Edition!

Hey Beauties!

Today’s post is going to be about the nails that I will be wearing Christmas Day =).  I can’t believe it is almost here!  This year has flown by, I’ve been very busy =).

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My Right Hand

I have China Glaze “Phat Santa” on my first three fingers, topped with China Glaze “Ruby Pumps”, for a festive sparkly red.  Then I have Orly “Luxe” on my ring finger with designs in Butter London “British Racing Green”.

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My Left Hand

On my pinkies I tried something new.  I have China Glaze “White on White” (I think?  It’s packed away now so I can’t check!) and the candy cane stripes are done with striping tape.  I ordered a whole bunch on eBay (for about $2), and they finally came, so I figured I would try them out.  It is fairly easy to work with, but very thin.  If you lose the end good luck finding it again!  The biggest issue I have with it is that the ends peel up a bit, and I’ve had to file them down.  Also the colour seemed to fade really fast.  This was a bright sparkly red, but now looks more pink…  You need a couple coats of good thick top-coat over top to make them feel smooth.  I will keep trying these as I have more than I could use in a lifetime, and will keep you posted!

I hope you liked my Christmas Nails!

Please tweet me photos of your festive nails, I love to see them and get inspired!  @wstcoastbeauty

xoxo