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!

HOW TO:
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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New In | Barefootin’ It

 

Right to Left: Rebecca Minkoff Woven Box Bag, Topshop Crop Top, Necklace from Buffalo, Ciate Nail Polish in Cream Soda, Lace Crop top from Hollister, Bullet necklace from etsy, rings from etsy/BCBGeneration/DIY, Deborah Lippmann polishes in Mermaid’s Dream and Amazing Grace, Cross body clutch from Zara, Embellished shorts from Abercrombie & Fitch, Limited edition Tiger We Are Handsome x Soludos shoes, Sunglasses from TOMS, Turbo Mascara from Estee Lauder.

Summer is here! Loving the longer days and sun heating up my skin. Along with summer comes new additions to the wardrobe. Thought I’d show you guys some of the new additions to my summer closet, some old but all together a sea of blues and white I can’t wait to wear this season!

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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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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:: Leopard Spotted Gold Nails

As promised, here is the tutorial for leopard spotted nail art as previously mentioned here. I love the gold base and it pairs perfectly with jewel toned clothing like burgundy and emerald greens. I’ve already gotten so many compliments on this manicure and I’m sure you will too!

Supplies:

  • Base coat (Deborah Lippmann – Turn back the Time)
  • Gold nail polish (Simons – Khaki Gold)
  • Black nail polish (InstaDri – Night Flight)
  • Pearly grey colour (the one in the picture I didn’t actually use because I couldn’t get the top off, I ended up using Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in 11 – Lavender Envy)
  • Top coat
  • Dotting tool or toothpick

 

 

 

 

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Steps:

  1. Paint a base coat to protect your nails
  2. Apply two coats of gold nail polish
  3. Let the base colour dry a bit before continuing to the next step
  4. Take black nail polish and a dotting tool (toothpicks work as well) and draw leopard spots on your index, middle and pinky fingernails
  5. Take a pearly nude/gray colour and dot it in the centre of each leopard spot
  6. Let nails fully dry before putting on a top coat.

See my other nail art tutorials here! Let me know what kind of nail art tutorials you guys like and would like to see more of 🙂

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