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

 

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

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