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 toย 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.ย 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 | 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 | 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 Mintย 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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