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

 

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NOTD: Berry Champagne

Hey Beauties!

This is my first attempt at blogging from my phone. We’ll see how it works! Today’s post is another NOTD. Still festive, but a little bit more subtle than the last two. I am in love with these colours though!

The main colour is Merry Berry from China Glaze. It is a beautiful rich berry red creme. I can see wearing this colour all through the season! (if I wasn’t so fickle with my nail polish). The accent nail is Champagne Kisses, also by China Glaze. With this colour I think I have found my perfect glitter! It is a beautiful champagne gold colour. Not overly gold and cool toned, it really works like a neutral. It suits my skintone perfectly and is stunning with the red!

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In bright daylight

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In natural light (a more accurate colour representation)

 

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Different design with the same colours

When it started to chip badly (I’m on holiday and didn’t bring base/top coat with me, just the two colours for touch-ups) I took it all off and started from scratch.  This is what I came up with!  I used Merry Berry (2 coats) as a base on all of my nails.  Once it was fully dried I used scotch tape cut into points to make an outline of the shape that I wanted to stay red.  I then painted on a thick layer of Champagne Kisses and removed the tape while it was still wet.  That’s how I got the triangle shapes!

What do you think? Are these colours you would wear? Do you like more subtle holiday looks like this one? Or do you prefer to rock nails like this or this during the holiday season?

(I did everything but add the photo from my phone, that part wouldn’t cooperate)
xoxo

NOTD: Berries and Champagne

Hey Beauties!

Here is my next Christmas NOTD: Berries and Champagne!

The main colour is China Glaze “Merry Berry” and the accent nail is “Champagne Kisses”.  Both are from this year’s holiday collection.

Merry Berry is a gorgeous deep red berry colour and Champagne Kisses is my perfect glitter colour!  It’s a pretty gold, but very warm toned, so it goes very nicely with my skin colour.  =)  Together I think they are very festive, but in an understated and classic way.

What do you think?  Did you get any colours from the new collection?

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The photo on the left shows the colour of “Merry Berry” the most accurately.

xoxo

NOTD: Green and Gold Holiday Nails

Hey Beauties,

Here is another Christmasy NOTD!  This time it is gold and green themed.  Getting more in the actual festive spirit rather than just wintery =)  I used stamping again and a couple of my favourite Christmas nail polishes.  Check out my entire post on my favourite holiday polishes for 2012!  This is the look on my nails right now, but it will probably be changed on the weekend, so look out for another new holiday NOTD coming soon!

Here is the finished look:

My Left Hand

My Left Hand

I used stamping again for this look.  All of the stamps on both hands came from the     QA19 plate that I got off of eBay.  I don’t think it has any type of brand, but I bought it because it is an entirely Christmas themed plate!  You can buy these plates here.

I started out with a base of 2 coats of Butter London’s “British Racing Green” to get an opaque beautiful green.  Then I used “Luxe” by Orly to trace out and fill in a diagonal line along the tips of my nails on my index and middle fingers, and vertical lines on my thumb and pinkie finger.  Don’t worry about being too perfect, the glitter covers it!

The glitter that I used is China Glaze’s “Winter Holly”.  Going back I would have liked to use a more opaque glitter for this step.  This polish is more of a clear base with small particles of green and gold glitter.  I used a small synthetic brush for acrylic nails (I bought a set of brushed off eBay specifically to use for nail art) to paint a line of glitter over the intersection of the green and the gold.  It took about 3 coats to be opaque enough to cover the line, ideally I would use a polish that would only take 1, the results would be much neater!

My Right Hand

My Right Hand

I then used the stamping plate and the Konad stamping polish in white pearl to add the tree and the cabin and snowflakes.  I then used a small synthetic fan brush from the same kit off eBay to create the look of soft snow under the tree.  I really liked how it came out!  I used a small dotting tool to add a few gold spots on the tree to look like decorations =).

I finished it off again with the Orly “Won’t Chip” top coat.  I have been wearing this look for 4-5 days now and only have one itty-bitty chip on my thumb that isn’t even noticeable.

These are the polishes that I used!

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China Glaze – Winter Holly
Butter London – British Racing Green

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Orly – Luxe

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Again, please send me photos of your holiday nails, I love to get inspired!

xoxo

Nail Polish for Holiday 2012! <3

Hey Beauties!

I hope you enjoyed my post on my Favourite Fall/Winter nail polishes for 2012 =)

Here is my promised post on my favourite Holiday polishes for 2012!  When it gets into December I like to start wearing nail polish that puts me in the holiday mood =).  That usually includes rich reds, glittery golds, and gorgeous greens.  This year I even tossed in a beautiful blue!  (Yay alliteration =D).  So this post will cover my favourite Christmasy nail polishes, as well as my favourite New Years polishes.  Enjoy!

The Colour Wheel

The Colour Wheel

The Reds!

The Reds!

Orly - Bus Stop CrimsonChina Glaze - Ruby Pumps

Orly – Bus Stop Crimson
China Glaze – Ruby Pumps

Bus Stop Crimson is a beautiful deep true red colour.  I don’t tend to wear reds of this shade on my hands ever, but it lives on my toes through the fall and winter!  To make it feel a bit more festive I like to top it off with a coat of Ruby Pumps to make my toes all glittery =)

China Glaze - Ruby Pumps

China Glaze – Ruby Pumps

Ruby Pumps is a beautiful red glitter suspended in a slightly red base.  The glitter is very dense, and if you are using it over another polish, one coat is plenty!

China Glaze - Phat Santa

China Glaze – Phat Santa

Phat Santa is my perfect red creme polish for Christmas.  It reminds me of the colour of holly berries!  Nothing is more festive than a good red nail =)

The Golds and Top Coats

The Metallics and Top Coats

Sally Hansen - Disco Ball

Sally Hansen – Disco Ball

I used Disco Ball to make the snow in my Blue Christmas nail look here.  It is a beautiful fine holographic glitter suspended in a clear base.  Great to give any look a hint of “bling”!

Essie - As Gold As It Gets

Essie – As Gold As It Gets

As Gold As It Gets is one of my favourite top coats for this season.  It is an extremely fine gold flake top coat.  Just one coat of this adds a subtle gold sheen to any polish colour.

Orly - Luxe

Orly – Luxe

Luxe is a bit of a shape shifter for me.  On first glance it is a beautiful shimmety metallic gold polish, but upon closer inspection there is some silver in there too!  It is almost a mixed-metal type polish.  It looks mostly gold on the nail, but when the light hits it it can reflect that beautiful silver.  Nothing is more festive than silver and gold! (yes yes I know I contradict myself…)

The Greens and Blues

The Greens and Blues

China Glaze - Winter HollyButter London - British Racing Green

China Glaze – Winter Holly
Butter London – British Racing Green

Winter Holly is a really nice green glitter with flecks of gold in a clear base, I love to layer it over British Racing Green!  BRG is a beautiful hunter green creme polish that also featured in my favourite fall/winter polishes =)

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Essie – Aruba Blue

Aruba Blue is such a gorgeous colour.  I lusted after it for almost a year before finally getting it a few weeks ago.  I’ve used this already for a holiday look, and it is the perfect winter blue!  A deep blue shimmer that looks like the sea =)

Orly - Disco BallEssie - Aruba Blue

Orly – Disco Ball
Essie – Aruba Blue

This is the combination I used to make the snow in this nail look!

The Greys/Blacks

The Greys/Blacks

The Greys/Blacks

The Greys/Blacks

This is 4 coats of the the grey glitter, and then two coats of black topped with one coat each of Winter Holly, Snow Globe, and As Gold As It Gets.

China Glaze - Some Like It Haute

China Glaze – Some Like It Haute

Some Like It Haute is an amazing polish that I bought about this time last year.  It is a medium-dark grey base with holographic glitter PACKED into it!  It goes on really gritty, so a good thick top coat is a must, but the finished look is so worth it!  One thing I will say: if you are going to hang on to this polish, make sure you have a thinner because it does dry out as it’s so thick!

Be sure to check out the video for live-views of the polishes!

What are you favourite holiday polishes?  Do you tend to wear festive nails?  Or do you just wear whatever you want to?

xoxo

NOTD: Blue Christmas <3

Hey Beauties!

Here is a post on my first Christmas nails of the season!  I posted a photo on instagram that you would have seen if you follow me there.  I wore these last week, and they lasted the entire week without a single chip (until I wanted to change them).  This was a total experiment, and I’m really happy with the way they turned out! =D

Here is the finished product!

My Right Hand!

My Right Hand!
Snowman and Snowflakes are from QA19 that I bought on eBay!

My Left Hand!

My Left Hand!
Large Snowflake is from Konad m59
Small Snowflake is from QA19 that I bought off eBay.

The base colour is a beautiful new blue polish that I picked up from Essie: “Aruba Blue”.  I had been eyeing this polish for such a long time, and finally thought it would be just a perfect colour to wear for the holidays, so I got it!  I am SO happy with it.  It is the perfect shimmery blue =)

The “snow” I did with Sally Hansen’s “Disco Ball”.  It is a clear base with tiny holographic glitter particles in it.  I tried to do a gradient effect to make it look kind of like the snow was falling and settling on the tips of my nails =)  It was my first attempt at a gradient of any kind on my nails, and I love it!

The stamping is done with Konad special polish in white pearl.  I bought the Salon Express stamping kit from the “as seen on tv” section in Walmart when it went on sale because I wanted to try stamping out so badly this year!  The kit came with a stamper, scraper, plate holder and 5 image plates (for $9.99!).  I have a few Konad plates and a few cheaper ones that I bought on eBay.  Honestly, I think you can totally get away with cheaper products for the stamper and scraper and plates and such.  But I 100% recommend using polish that is specifically made for stamping.  My first attempt was around Halloween, and I just used a regular black polish.  I got so frustrated!  I finally got a decent looking stamp, but it took me ages and I was a bit discouraged.  I decided to invest in the special polish, and WOW.  The difference was unbelievable!  Honestly these turned out perfectly on the first try.  So amazing.

I used Orly’s “Won’t Chip” top coat.

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Have you done any holiday nails yet this year?  Send me photos!

Let me know if you want to see a post about how I use my stamping kit!  Keep your eyes peeled for a Favourite Holiday Polishes post coming soon =)

xoxo