NAILS | DIORAMA

This is a nail art design inspired by Dior’s iconic Diorama bag. Its simplistic linear geo pattern is mesmerizing and after seeing it on Janice Joostemaa’s nails, I knew I had to recreate it myself! Feminine yet with a bit of edge thanks toΒ those metallic lines, I think this will be a mani I’ll be rocking a lot this spring in different colour combos. Can you imagine this with a rosegold base and white lines? Mmmm gorgeous!

Read on if you’d like to know how I created this iconic pattern on my nails!

Polishes used are Essie’s Gel Coutour Top Coat and Fairy Tailor, and Butter London’s Bobby Dazzler.

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NAILS | 5 EASY NAIL ART HACKS

All these fancy tools everywhere may make you feel like you can’t achieve some boss ass nails without the help of said tools, but let me in on a secret.. you can have awesome nail art with things found around the house! Before I got hardcore into nail art and invested money in getting brushes, foils, powders, dotting tools… I too just used the basics and got creative. Basically a toothpick was my best friend on Mani-Mondays.Β Continue reading for 5 super easy nail art DIYs that are so easy you won’t be able to not try them out!
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NAILS | HALCYON POLISH REVIEW + MINI TUTORIAL


When I think holiday season I think glitter and sparkles galore. It’s the only time of the year where a little extra glitz won’t seem ostentatiously over the top.This polish from Cirque is holiday goals all in one bottle. Metallic, sparkly, rosegold and a dream to apply and wear. Halcyon was launched last year as part of their holiday collection and was reintroduced this year so be sure to pick up a bottle as it is limited edition!One swipe yields a full coverage rose-gold dream, two coats for that little extra sparkle topped with a glossy top coat is glitter heaven. The polish yields rose-gold and hints of silver peaking through within it giving it that multi gleaming glow. (Not to mention the glitter is actual silver!)To achieve the ombre nails above you’ll need two coats of a sheer base colour. Allow that to dry then take a sponge eyeshadow applicator and brush a little bit of Halcyon. Dab the applicator on the tip of the nail, moving down towards the base of nail as less polish is being distributed. Repeat until ombre effect is achieved. Finish it off with a glossy top coat!
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NAILS | EYE SEE YOU

The iPhone 7 has been the talk of the town lately but I can’t seem to bring myself to upgrade just yet especially with talks of a grande reveal for the iPhone 8 for the 10 year anniversary. I’ll just hold onto my trusty iPhone5S and give it some much needed love in the form a new case. Said case screams KENZO to me, but luckly it just cost me a mere $5 from my local Dynamite Clothing store. Read on to see how I did these eye-nspired nails (get it? I-nspired….inspired….eye-nspired?…. I’ll stop now)

Steps:
  1. Prep nails and paint 2 coats of a base nail colour of choice, I used three coats of Limoscene by Essie to get an even coverage.
  2. With a smaller paint brush, paint eye shapes in white and allow to dry
  3. With a fine detail brush and black nail polish, outline the white eye shapes and add lashes and pupils.
  4. On the remaining nails draw arced lines and small stokes that mimic a closed eye with eyelashes
  5. Finish off with a quick dry top coat (my favourite is Seche Vite, but remember to let the black polish dry completely or else you’ll get some smearing like I did)
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NAILS | SWEATER NAILS TUTORIALS


It’s finally sweater weather!!! We recently got some snow this weekend in Montreal, but unfortunately it’ll all be gone by Christmas…sigh no white Christmas this year. But no worries it’s still just as chilly as if it were to snow so it’s totally acceptable to wrap yourself up in sweaters and blankets.

Let’s cozy on up with some warm knits and pair it with matching sweater nails. I think I’ve finally nailed down how to do it with just regular nail polish, granted its a bit finicky but the end result is a sweet cable knit texture on the nails. I didn’t get a chance to snap tutorial pictures but it’s pretty straight forward.

Steps:

  1. Paint nails two coats in base colour and let dry
  2. Take some of the same nail polish and place it on a plastic top, take a dotter tool and swirl the nail polish till it thickens. This thickened polish will act like the 3D gel polish used in the original tutorials online.
  3. Apply thickened nail polish with the dotter tool to the nails in cable knit pattern, repeat this a few times to make it super 3D!
  4. Apply a matte top coat (matte just hides all the imperfections)

This will probably be my final post before the New Year so Happy Holidays to everyone and I’ll see you all in the New Year!

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NAILS | BLACK MARBLE NAILS

Can’t ever go wrong with a bit of black and white. Ever since Alexander Wang showed those marble surfboards seasons back, I feel like marble has been THE rock of choice for a chic touch. Whether it be a marble vinyl to make-over a table, or marble studs; marble is always in style, so why not wear it on your nails?

Now that it’s cooler and I’ve been breaking out the darker polishes, I thought it would be fitting to do a black based marble. I think it turned out pretty well for a first try, super easy and basically fool proof, I can’t wait to try the white version of these in the near future.

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NAILS | SWEATER NAIL ART

Welcome in the cold weather with these cozy looking nails! So far tutorials are using 3D gel sculpting polish but I’m thinking there’s probably another way to achieve this look for people like me who aren’t a huge fan of the gel polishes. Keep your eyes out for a tutorial soon! In the mean time, bundle up and keep warm with some hot chocolate ~~~

Images from hereΒ 

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NAILS | RED PLAID

Wearing: Joe Fresh sweater, DIY Neckwarmer, Garage Socks (here)

Holiday nails in a festive plaid as part of the countdown to Christmas! Can’t believe Christmas is only 3 days away and I still haven’t completed all my holiday shopping (eeek!). Anyone else scrambling to get those last minute holiday things done as well?

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Nails | Reverse French Manicure

Whew! Already November and the first semester of my final year is flying by! It has been quite the chaotic semester and it’s been hard keeping on top of blogging but I shall try my best!

These nails, inspired by my good friend Alex are so chic! Simple and super easy, this reverse french mani will have them compliments hitting you left, right and center! I used Essie polishes, Penny Talk and Stylenomics; both perfect for the fall weather. I love the deep green jewel tone of Stylenomics, has been ready and excited for the holiday season to start! What colours will you be doing this manicure in?

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NAILS | CHERRY BLOSSOMS

Inspired by my trip to Japan, where all fashion is embellished and detailed; I couldn’t resist doing up my nails just like them Japanese girls. Sparkly and girly to the max, Japanese nail art is an art form of its own. Usually an overall cohesive look with no two nails looking the same. For these nails I used acrylic paint to paint the flowers and layered on different glitter jelly finishes.

One thing to note: Patience. Not a nail design for the faint of heart πŸ™‚

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