NAILS | MERMAID SCALES

Last call for spring pastels before I bring out the neons and brights for the rest of summer! But let’s be real, I’ll wear pastels year round! Benefit of changing your manicure every week, you get to use any and every colour you want without getting bored!

Loved this mani for the week I had it and it was surprisingly long wearing considering I put it through a weekend of abuse at a cottage. Inspired by the Deborah Lippmann polish A Mermaid’s Dream, I thought it would be fitting to let the rest of the nails mimic the tails of mermaids. Also, I’ve always had this weird fascination with water ever since I was really young; The Little Mermaid was my favourite Disney movie, my grade school projects revolved around whales….I can’t go to any place without visiting the aquarium…the list just goes on and on and on. And now you also know my weird interest with water. And yes, I am a water sign, not that I’m a believe in astrology or anything. Just funny coincidences!

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Products used: Deborah Lippmann – A Mermaid’s Dream, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – Breezy Blue & Lacey Lilac, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – 30, China Glaze – Re-fresh Mint and Revlon Nail Art in Tortoise Shell.
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NAILS | TRIBAL RAINBOW

Sitting out here in the sun, I’m super excited to be able to say that summer has finally hit Toronto! Took you long enough Mother Nature! I was seriously wondering if the rain would ever leave but these clear skies just have my spirits soaring high.

I guess multicoloured rainbows and happy spirits go hand in hand, so to celebrate the summer weather I’ve painted my nails with a watercolour effect and a white tribal print on top, inspired by this. I can’t stop staring at my nails and am totally in love with them! Hopefully I won’t accidentally chip a nail this week, I want this manicure to last forever!

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Nail Art | Aztec Nails

The Olympics are over (so sad!) so off are the patriotic nail art and in are some new Aztec inspired nails. I recently came across a sale at Shoppers and thought it would be fun to test out some of the new polishes I picked up in this tutorial. Maybe I’ll put up a haul post to show you guys all the new colours I got!

I really love the design of these Aztec Nails because the design isn’t super loud and colours can get interchanged depending on your mood. With the recent warm weather here in Toronto, it has me dreaming about spring and I thought it would be a good time to start transitioning into pastel colours. The blue I’m using, Breezy Blue by Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, is a lovely shade but I find that even with three coats, it still is a bit streaky (just thought I’d point that out) but other than that, most other Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes work great!
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NAILS | CHRISTMAS NAILS

As Jenna Marbles would put it, I’m being ‘festive as f***’. For those who haven’t seen the video “What a Girl’s Nail Art Means” click here. I highly recommend it!

Holiday nails are a must and clearly I have way too much time on my hands… but here’s a quick and elegant Christmas nail art design that doesn’t have the tacky green and red combination that makes me cringe at this time of the year.
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NAILS | A MERMAIDS DREAM

Seafoam goodness.

A little splurge on my part over the weekend, combined with some shopping buddy pressure and I am the proud new owner of Mermaid’s Dream by Deborah Lippmann. I bet you anything that my description will not do it justice but here I go. Seafoam goodness, that’s basically how I would describe it in two words. A lovely turquoise, minty green/blue with a metallic sheen with cerulean blue glitter suspended between the layers, with a hint of gold and iridescent purple shimmer. Dries to a smooth, not too bumpy texture that has me running my fingers over my nails repeatedly like a crazy person. It’s a gorgeous polish all around.

This shade came out last year and since then Deborah Lippmann has released other shades. Definitely looking into getting Do the Mermaid which is a lilac purple, which has the same formulation as Mermaid’s Dream. I’m not too crazy over the other shades in the collection, may be because I have similar shades; whereas the sea foam mint turquoise colour and lavender are missing from my current collection.

The funny thing is that when I was little I always wanted to be Ariel from the Little Mermaid, swimming with the fishes, seeing brilliant coral reefs… Still do. So how can I resist something like Mermaid’s Dream? Highly recommend anyone else who loves the Little Mermaid to check out these polishes!

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NAILS | SUNFLOWER & STRIPES

 As promised, a happy spring manicure, inspiration from here. It’s fairly easy to do, you just need a bit more patience than the average person but the end result is totally worth it. I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of compliments I’ve gotten on both my manicure and my dress! Happy nail art-ing! (Nail art-ing? Nail painting? I don’t know if there’s actually a verb for one doing nail art!)
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NAILS | AMAZING GRACE

 Just got this in the mail the other day from Nail Polish Canada from their Deborah Lippmann Sale (here). They are having Deborah Lippmann polishes 40-70% off, it’s super rare to see these polishes on sale so snap some up while you can! I picked up Amazing Grace, a white cream polish, since my old white polish is wayyy too thick to use anymore. Not to mention, white nails will be perfect for the upcoming summer months, going with the white on white trend.
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Surprise! – Love Revlon

Who doesn’t like surprises? I love them (the good ones, bad surprises I can do without). It was super nice to come home today and see this package. Did I forget I ordered something I thought to myself? Upon closer inspection I saw that there was a sticker on the side saying Revlon Selects. That got me excited and opening the box reviled Revlon’s Spring Runway Nail Sensations! Everyone already knows I’m obsessed with nail polish and  nail art so this surprise couldn’t be anymore perfect!

 At first glance: The Revlon Chroma Chamelion (duo chrome polish) in Rose Gold looks like it could be a possible dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s Swag Like Us (buy here). The Revlon ColorStay in Nude Biege seems like the perfect nude when held against my nails. And lastly the Revlon Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliques Wild Flowers in 04 Floral Fatale should be interesting, I’m not a big fan of hot pink but the cool design may change my mind. I’ve only used nail appliques once and they were alright, I can’t stand them when they start peeling but they look super pretty!
I’m super anxious to start using these products, Revlon you definitely know how to spoil a girl! I’ll post reviews in a few weeks and show the day to day wear of these products.
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NAILS | GRADIENT TRIANGLES

I found this cute gradient (or gradiant as the french would say) nail art tutorial here and thought I would give it a try. It turned out pretty well! I wanted to let go of my dark polishes and paint some nice pastel colours for spring. Can’t wait to break out the coral, but baby steps first.

Tip: if you’re planning on masking areas of your nails with tape, REMEMBER to let your base colour dry COMPLETELY. I made the mistake of rushing it and had to redo parts of the white on my right hand.

What I used:

  • Deborah Lippmann Turn Back the Time base coat
  • White nail polish – InstaDry Sally Hansen
  • Mint Green, Purple nail polish – China Glaze
  • Rockin Pink – L’oreal

 

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DIY Gold Flake Nail Polish

DIY Gold Flake Nail Polish

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…..

The holidays are just around the corner and a lot of us are probably way behind on our holiday gift shopping (or maybe it’s just me?) Malls are crowded, parking lots are a nightmare, and signs of sales keep on distracting us. If you’re looking for a cute stocking stuffer, why not try nail polish? Even better, real GOLD flake nail polish! It looks AMAZING over dark jewel tones that are popular this fall/winter season.

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