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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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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NAILS | CROSS NAILS

In anticipation for my final presentation, I painted my nails to match my project. Blue and silver just like my model. I wanted to do something interesting with some vinyl strips I had leftover from my project and cross decals seemed like a good idea. I love how my nails turned out and it’s a fun and easy way to get cute nail art! (Much better than simple strips and mess free!)

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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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Nail Inspiration :: Spot on Metallics

Two of my favourite trends for fall are metallics and jewel tones. Lets talk metallics, mixed metals are extrememly popular to accentuate an outfit, rose gold, gold, silver, gun metal, you name it! All stacked together or worn seperatly it adds a little glitz and glam to an outfit. So why not outfit your nails with some leopard spotted gold. I’m a huge sucker for leopard spotted accessories, it just scream fierce!

Nail art tutorial coming soon!

Image from Nail ’em Pretty

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