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

 

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NOTD: Spring Bling – Coral and Glitter

Hey Beauties,

I just wound up taking this off of my nails today, but I really loved it!

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The main colour is Essie’s “Tart Deco”, and the two accent nails are Essie’s “Beyond Cozy”.

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I used Tart Deco in my Trendy Tips mani, which you can check out here.  This is the first time I have worn it on my full nails, and it is also the first time I have worn Beyond Cozy.  I love both colours!  Tart Deco is a very bright coral, one that would really make a statement worn against a nice tanned complexion in the height of summer.

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Beyond Cozy is a colour that everyone was after for the Christmas season, and I can see why!  It is a stunning silver glitter that goes on so smoothly.  It takes about 5 coats to be fully opaque on its own, and I am not looking forward to taking this baby off…  It is a cooler toned polish, which doesn’t always work heading into the warmer weather, but I think it complimented the coral beautifully.

Do you stick with pastels for spring?  Do you like to mix colour tones?

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

Recent Nail Polish Purchases

Hey Beauties!

Here is a quick recap of a few of my recent nail polish acquisitions =)

First off, I took advantage of the promotion that Zoya ran a couple of months ago, where you could buy three of their polishes, and only pay $10 shipping.  Of course I couldn’t resist!  I had never tried any Zoya polishes before this, so I figured it was the perfect time to try them out.  And I picked up an extra as well of course =)

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This is the extra polish that I bought that wasn’t included in the promo because it is one of their new “Pixie Dust” polishes called “Vespa”.  It is a mossy green kind of colour with a hint of grey to it, but the really unique bit is the texture.  These are the new textured polishes that everyone is coming out with this spring.  They are gritty, matte and sparkly all at once.  They do have a nice matte finish, and the glitter is really pretty, but boy the texture is weird!  It took me a full day to get even a little bit used to having it on my fingers.  I kept getting shivers down my spine whenever they would brush against anything.  (I’m getting them now thinking about my nails brushing against my wool peacoat!).  I did like it though, and I think next time I’m going to try it with my OCC Flatline matte topcoat to smooth it out a little bit.  Here is a swatch.

What about you guys, have you tried the textured trend?  What do you think?

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“Meadow” is actually what I have on my nails right now.  I’ll link my NOTD post here.  I bought this one because it is so different from anything else that I have in my collection.  It looks pale pink with beautiful golden shimmer running through it.  I thought it would be perfect for a light spring look.  It seems to apply a bit darker on the nail, but when I hold them up to the bottle it looks the same, so I don’t know what the trick is!  It comes off as a bit more of a dusty rose colour, but the shimmer really glows.  It is a beautiful polish that I think will be more versatile now and be wearable all through the year!

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This one I obviously had to get.  It’s my namesake polish! DSC07795 For those who don’t know, Zoya has a lot of polishes that are girls’ names, and it’s really fun to find the one that has your name.  I was really happy to find my polish is this gorgeous sparkly red =D.  In the bottle it is a rich red base with golden-orange chunkier shimmer (almost glitter, but not), running through it.  On the nail the golden-orange doesn’t show very strongly.  It comes off as a multi-dimensional red, and I am in love =D.  You can see it on my nails here in my Valentines Day NOTD.

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The last Zoya polish that I picked up was “Kimber”.  My camera had trouble handling this one because it is so bright!  It is a really vibrant pink, again with the nice gold shimmer running through it.  This is what I could consider “Barbie Pink”.  It is so amazing!  I haven’t worn it yet, but I have a feeling it will be on my nails a lot this summer =)

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Here are the polishes that I picked up at Sally’s and Walgreens:

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First is Orly “Rage”.  I can’t believe how long it took me to get this polish!  It has been EVERYWHERE in the beauty world for probably the past year.  I finally wound up getting it because they changed their packaging (boo!  the new stuff looks cheap) and so Sally’s was having a promo where if you spent $3 you got an Orly polish in the old packaging for free!  I rooted around in the basket until I found this one, and I was so happy it was there =)  It is beautiful!  A true rose gold metallic polish.  You can see it on my nails here.

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Here is the polish that I bought to get the Orly for free.  It is China Glaze “Graffiti Glitter” from the Bitz ‘N Pieces collection.  It drew me in with the rich green and black glitter.  I have to say I was disappointed when I swatched it on my nail wheel to think of St. Patrick’s Day Ideas.  I thought it was a black base packed with glitter, but it turns out it is a clear base with sparse green hexagonal glitter, smaller black hexagonal glitter, and black bar glitter.  I’m sure I’ll find something that will make this great, but I’m not inspired as of yet.

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This is another polish that I had been wanting, but not for quite as long.  This is Essie’s “Beyond Cozy” from their latest holiday collection.  I made myself be good and resisted buying it when it first came out, and then I regretted that as soon as it was sold out!  So when I found it in my local Walgreens I wasn’t about to let it get away again!  I can’t wait to try this one =)

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Finally; here is a nail art kit that I bought from Nasty Nails.  You can see the look I did with it here, as well as a review of the kit and the website!

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What are your recent purchases?  Have you been weak like me?  haha.

xoxo

NOTD: “Trendy Tips” and Nasty Nails Review!

Hey Beauties!

Here is my late Easter NOTD.  I wanted to put this up at the same time that I posted my video tutorial, and that took me ages to edit!  It was my first try, so I had a lot of errors, lol.  ^_^  This look is inspired by the “Trendy Tips” nail art kit that I bought from Nasty Nails, and I used it to create this manicure.

Here is the photo from Nasty Nails:

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and here is the Kit:

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I think it looks so beautiful!  Would you guys wear a look like this?  It is a great way to mix up neutrals and pastels or neons, which is very on-trend right now.

Here is everything that came with it: Essie “Tart Deco”, Essie “Play Date”, Essie “Sand Tropez”, Essie “Mint Candy Apple”, Orly “Spark” and some silver striping tape.  All of this for only $25.99!

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Orly “Spark” is a bright ‘sunshine’ yellow creme

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Essie “Tart Deco” is a beautiful coral creme.  It looks quite pastel in the bottle but really comes off quite bright on the nail! DSC07827DSC07844DSC07845

Essie “Play Date” is a pale lavender creme.  It reminds me of “She’s Picture Perfect” from their spring line last year (I think), but without the golden shimmer.

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Essie “Sand Tropez” is the base colour for this manicure.  I know that a lot of people love it for a neutral polish.  I don’t think I would ever wear this on it’s own, it doesn’t work well enough with my skin tone, but I did love it as the base for brightly coloured nail art!

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Essie “Mint Candy Apple” has a bit of a cult following in the beauty world, and I figured this was the ideal way for me to get my hands on it.  I really found it more blue than green and I was really surprised.  It is beautiful though!

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This colour didn’t come with the kit, and I didn’t use it in the manicure, but I did buy it as a single polish for only $4!  Essie “Bobbing for Baubles” is a beautiful steely-blue.  It is a deep navy colour with almost a “smoky” effect.  I love it!

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And here is my version!  I threw in Essie “Mojito Madness” on my thumb, because I needed a fifth colour to round it out nicely!  Be sure to watch my tutorial for a step by step on how to create this look!

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All in all I am really happy with this kit.  Nasty Nails has tons of these kits as well as polish strips and single polishes, all at really great prices, and with free shipping =).  I have my eye on a few more, and I will be sure to review them for you should I decide to purchase.

This post is not sponsored, I’m just really happy with the experience!

Have you ever purchased from Nasty Nails?  Be sure to tweet me photos if you recreate this look! @wstcoastbeauty

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: Black and Bling

Hey Beauties!

Here is what is on my nails today:

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This is Orly “Liquid Vinyl” (2 coats), which is just a plain black polish, topped with Orly “Atomic Splash” (2 coats).  I have it topped with Orly’s Won’t Chip top coat, last time I paired Orly with Orly like this it lasted well over a week with only minor tip wear!  We shall see if this is a recurring phenomenon…

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Atomic Splash is from Orly’s Flash Glam FX line.  It is a clear base with small circular and large hexagonal glitter particles.  The glitter itself is a beautiful pewter grey colour.  I wish it was opaque enough to wear on its own!  I think the effect would be really cool, but I also think it would take about 50 coats…  As far as a glitter goes it is quite easy to work with.  I find it similar to OPI’s “Pirouette my Whistle” top coat, in that the glitter goes on really easily, but it is a bit tricky to get it evenly distributed.

I am pleased with the result though, it catches the light nicely!  I think I Instagrammed a photo of this right after I bought it, over a copper colour and I said I wasn’t thrilled with it.  Obviously that was just a poor choice in colour pairing!

Do you like glittery nails?

xoxo