Sunday, December 18, 2011

TUTORIAL: Christmas French Manicure

I've been really MIA but here's another holiday tutorial to make up for it!
This past week at school was killer. I had three tests (functions, biology & chemistry) plus a Christmas concert to perform in. I'm pretty sure that I bombed all three tests but at least they're over now.
On the bright side, the Christmas spirit is really kicking in! My close friends and I did Secret Santa/Kris Kringle (which they all totally ruined by guessing who had who) and I watched two holiday movies recently: Happy Feet Two and New Year's Eve. Both were pretty enjoyable but super great :P

French manicure was made using Seche Chemise and Essence Tip Painter. Design used OPI Don't Mess With OPI, China Glaze Ruby Pumps and Sally Hansen Gilty Pleasure.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial! 

Also, thank you all for viewing my posts and videos and commenting on them. I only have just enough time to paint nails, make videos and post now so I have trouble being prompt with my replies. I really do read every single comment though and I appreciate them dearly! Thank you for bearing with me <3

Have a lovely holiday and please share any holiday plans/traditions you have (:

Sunday, December 11, 2011

TUTORIAL: Candy Cane Hearts

I'm a bit late getting into the Christmas festivities but better late than never, right? This is my first holiday manicure- pretty simple. I did this design last Christmas, before I started seriously blogging so a low-quality photo might be floating around somewhere on the internet...
This look features a simple peppermint french tip with two candy canes forming a heart on the thumb as an accent. It's definitely on the sweeter side of Christmas and the colours aren't as in-your-face as the typical verdant greens and primary reds (which I'll be getting to, I assure you :P)

To start I used American Apparel Office. I painted the white tips with a white striping polish and used OPI You're Such a Kabuki Queen for the pink.

And here's the matching video tutorial:

Hope you liked! Joy and candy canes to you all <3

Friday, December 02, 2011

Seeing Snakes

Here's my second attempt at the paper towel + permanent marker technique I showed you last time. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can check out my video in the post "TUTORIAL: Snakeskin". This time around I strayed away from the neons and went for something more subdued. There's a mix of blues, a deep purple and some faint grey in here. I like this one because the colours seem to blend better but I'm still somewhat partial to the brighter version :P

I used American Apparel Factory Grey as my base colour.

That's all! Thanks for looking and see you next time (:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

TUTORIAL: Snakeskin

Hello all! I'm sorry for the lack of posting lately. I don't really have time to paint my nails as often and when I do, I'm never able to catch the sun for photos. From now on I have to go downtown after school twice a week, meaning that I don't get home until nighttime. I'm working on an ongoing biotechnology project in a medical lab at a hospital. It's pretty exciting but very time consuming; yesterday I minced up some mouse tumors and we're now culturing the cells (: On top of all of that school, university applications and concert band is being very demanding, leaving little free time for nails.
But enough of that. Here's finally something fresh for you all: a multicoloured, textured snakeskin look. I actually came up with this easy technique with some silly experimentation when I was supposed to be studying diligently. Honestly, anyone can achieve this look. This isn't a konad stamp or anything because a) I seem to have misplaced my set and b) I fail at stamping anyway. I think of this method kind of like stamping for dummies the hopeless or poor man stamping :P

The base here is Essie Topless & Barefoot. The other colours aren't even nail polish! Curious to know the secret behind this look? Then see how I did the pattern in this video tutorial:

Kind of cool, eh? Definitely easy and unique. I know this won't suit everyone's tastes but I hope that someone out there likes it! (:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Nail Polish Removal, Nail Prep & Care

Hi all! Recently I had someone as for a post on how I keep my nails in good shape. Honestly, I'm no expert with nail care and I don't have the greatest natural nails. However, this seems to be working alright for me and maybe it will help you too (:

 I first remove my nail polish with OPI Polish Remover. I find it to be very gentle and non-drying but it still removes polish very well. It also leaves a pleasant baby powder/oil smell once dry (note: dry, not liquid!). It's not overwhelming or anything and it's nicer than the smell of acetone. I've also used OPI Expert Touch Polish Remover. I like this one equally as much but I use whichever I can find.
I use cotton pads to remove polish rather than cotton balls. I find that cotton balls leave a lot of fluff around that I don't notice until I put more polish on :P

 About once a week I'll work on my cuticles. I first apply Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover on my cuticles. I let it sit for about 15 seconds and then go in with a stainless steel cuticle pusher. I just push everything back.
I then wipe off most of the excess cuticle remover with a tissue but make sure that the area is still coated lightly. Then I use stainless steel cuticle nippers and carefully trim any excess. Be really careful about this! I've nicked my cuticles a couple times doing this :P
Once I'm done I wash my hands with warm water and soap.

If needed I file my nails. I use a glass nail file by Essie. I like to file mine in shape that I'd consider 'squoval'- square with rounded corners. I just file in one direction.
If my nails are really long I might cut off a bit with a nail clipper first and then file.
When that's all done I wash my hands again in warm water and soap.

Before applying a base coat I use Sally Hansen Miracle Cure as a nail treatment. At one point I had a lot of breaking and even worse splitting on my nails. After using this I found that my nails became a lot stronger and less brittle.

For actual base coats I've been using ridge fillers for awhile now just to smooth everything out. I use whatever I can get my hands on but lately I've been using Seche Base. OPI Ridge Filler and China Glaze Ridge Filler Base Coat are also base coats that I've tried and liked.

When I'm done applying my nail polish I seal it all with a coat of Seche Vite. It's a fan favourite and mine as well. It's nice and thick- perfect for smoothing out gritty glitter and leaving a high-shine finish. I don't think I'll ever use another top coat.

Finally, I moisturize! I try my best to apply Lush Lemony Flutter every night before bed and after showers. I'm a fan of lemon scents and this one is no exception.

And that's basically it! I hope this was helpful to you (:

Saturday, November 12, 2011

TUTORIAL: Glitter Gradient

The look I did some time ago, "Dipped In Glitter", recently gained some popularity. I had a lot of requests for either a tutorial or explanation for the sponging process used for the glitter gradient. And so, I had to do a glitter gradient manicure again! I didn't want to do the exact same thing because that's boring so I changed it up a bit. I really love this colour combo. It got a lot of compliments, too! It reminds me of a mermaid- so pretty, I'm in love.

I used Essie Mint Candy Apple on all of my nails. Then I sponged on Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, an Art Club glitter striping polish, and Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me.

For a more in-depth look at how I did this, check out the video tutorial!

Hope this was helpful and enjoy!
Have a nice rest of the weekend, everyone <3

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Magnetic Attraction

When I first heard about magnetic nail polish I was super excited. I had previously hopped on the crackle bandwagon but realized that I didn't actually really like it. Magnetic nail polish, however, is a different story! I think that it looks so cool and I'm curious to see if/how bigger brands and possibly drugstore brands will follow the trend. I was pretty sad when I found out that Nails Inc. made magnetic nail polish because I thought the brand was only carried in American Sephora stores. Imagine my surprise when I saw the beauties in my local Sephora! I passed on the purple one and just got the silver version to satisfy my lemming.

Also, I tried out a tape manicure for the first time. It was actually really hard and I've a new found respect for the beautiful versions on the internet. I have absolutely zero patience when it comes to waiting for polish to dry! On top of that, polish leaked through the tape and I had to go back with the base colour and fix up the lines ):

Here's American Apparel California Trooper with Nails Inc. Trafalgar Square.

What do you think about magnetic nail polish? Yay or nay? (:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Criss Cross

Halloween's just around the corner! I have so many school-related things to get done that I haven't even been able to finalize my costume. I'm planning to be a Pocahontas type so expect either some tribal or feather nails to match.
Anyway, here's another simple mani that has nothing to do with Halloween. I was worried that the crisscross pattern would be difficult to keep even but it ended up pretty symmetrical.

I used a base of Essie Topless and Barefoot with an Art Club striping polish for the design.

I just realized how long my nails are! It may be short for some but it's really long for me. I've been using a new nail treatment and now my nails are stronger and I haven't had a break/split in awhile! *knock on wood*

Hope you're all having a nice week!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dipped in Glitter

I've just been doing really simple things lately. I at least wanted to try something new so I went for a glitter gradient. I'm pretty happy with the results. I think that these purples are so pretty. I wore this glitter polish alone before and I wasn't too impressed. It was super thick and goopy with a rough texture. Using it this way was so much better. Justin Bieber, you have redeemed yourself.

I started off with a few coats of Love & Beauty Orchid with Nicole by OPI One Less Lonely Glitter sponged on top. It's difficult to see but I also added a thin coat of Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me on top of the gradient part.

I'm slowly warming up to glitter polishes. I hate the involved removal but it hasn't seemed as bad lately. What are your favourite glitter polishes? (:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

TUTORIAL: Halloween Town

I've been really hesitant about video tutorials lately. I'm extremely self-conscious about them and I can't stand watching my own videos or seeing someone else watch them. This whole time I've been debating continuing with videos because I have this deep, dark fear about more of my friends/family finding them. But for now I decided that I'll continue because it really makes me happy to see others enjoying them. However, if I suddenly drop off of the face of the planet it's because I died of embarrassment :|

Anyway, here's a treat for you all: Halloween nails! I'm not the type to get too festive ahead of time so I took these off right after I photographed them :P Still, I think that they are somewhat cute. The design is inspired by this cute Walmart gift card I saw. I resisted taking a snap of it though because I didn't want to look like a weirdo haha :P By the way, those things on the index and little fingers are supposed to be giant bats ):

I used China Glaze Breakin' as a base with OPI OPI Ink sponged on the tips. I added a layer of China Glaze Temptation Carnation to blend it all together. I used a black striping polish for the design and China Glaze Liquid Leather to fill in the houses. Finally I added Love & Beauty Gold Dust Glitter on the background parts.

And here's the matching video tutorial! Hope you like it!

How are you all gearing up for Halloween? What are your costume ideas? (:

PS. Feel free to leave any ideas for more Halloween tutorials that you would like to see. They don't have to be strictly Halloween-related either; I'll gladly do looks to match any of your costumes (:

Friday, October 07, 2011

Indian Summer

I'm sounding a bit repetitive but I truly am sorry for being so MIA lately. I'm having a really hard time keeping up with blogging, school and extracurriculars. On top of that, I'm going to visit a medical lab next week to discuss working on a mentorship project! I'm really excited about it and I'm crossing my fingers that it all works out.

Back to what you're here for, here's my latest manicure. While I wasn't blog a tried a few quick experimental looks but hated all of them. Yesterday I finally got to sit down and spend a good amount of time working on something. I've done a lot of vertical tribal looks so I figured I'd go for something horizontal. It seemed pretty daunting at first but it wasn't too difficult! It was a good idea to start off with only three patterned nails on each hand because I was way too tired to do the other two :P The colours on these are so lovely- perfect for the last stretch of summer we've been seeing.

I painted my thumbs, middle and little fingers with Sally Hansen Whirlwind White. The orange is China Glaze Breakin' and the blue is China Glaze For Audrey. I added details with black and white striping polishes and finished off my index and ring fingers with China Glaze For Audrey.
Also, happy Thanksgiving weekend to my fellow Canadians! <3 Enjoy your holiday and eat some delicious food! And I hope my international friends have a lovely weekend as well (:

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Something Old, Something Blue

Back when I started my blog around February of this year I basically just dumped all of my photos onto it. Those old posts contain pretty low-quality photos of past manicures I've done. Unless you've backtracked to the very beginning of my blog you probably have never seen them. What does this have to do with anything? Well, despite the horrible quality of the photos I still have a soft spot for some of my older designs. This is one of them: a duochrome shimmer base with zebra stripes! It's definitely a crowd pleaser and oh-so-easy. Funnily, my mother loves this one- she's asked for it at least twice! :P (If you want to see the first version of this, continue here: Duochrome Safari)

I started off with Sally Hansen Blue-Away and sponged American Apparel L'esprit on the free edges. Topped it off with a couple coats of Sally Hansen DVD and a black striping polish for the zebra stripes. I also added some black holographic glitter on select stripes but it's a bit difficult to see.

Are there any old manicure designs that you continue to love? Something that never gets old? Feel free to link me! (:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fairy Dust

So sorry for the week long absence. I wore this manicure awhile ago but I haven't gotten around to posting it until now. This week has been incredibly stressful/hectic and I'm so glad that it's almost over. So back when I got Revlon Facets of Fuchsia I also picked up Revlon Starry Pink. I had quickly seen some swatches of the shade online and I was really pleased with Facets of Fuchsia so I assumed that I would enjoy this one as well. However, that was not the case. I couldn't wait to get this colour off of my fingers- something about the silver glitter (which also appeared black at certain times) made it look so dirty. Not a fan. 

I used Revlon Starry Pink on all fingers except for the ring finger where I used American Apparel L'esprit. On top of that I outlined a shape with a white striping polish and filled it in with Starry Pink.

The shape on the ring finger started out somewhat like a DNA double helix (biology geek here), then a slanted infinity symbol (functions nerd, too) but then I decided to mirror the image and now it looks like a butterfly.

Hope you're all doing swell! Have you ever had a polish that looked so promising in the bottle/on other people's nails but fails to impress on your own nails?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Favouring Fuchsia

The other day I spotted the new Revlon glitters at my local drugstore. After quick mental debate I decided to pick up two of them: Facets of Fuchsia and Starry Pink. Blue Mosaic looked nice too but I wasn't feeling it enough to shell out more money for it. Also, I got home to research and found out that there's a fourth polish in the collection. It was a shimmer so I didn't even notice it at the store :P Anyway, needing to get one of the glitters on my itching fingers I picked Facets of Fuchsia first after reading posts by Mandy of Pretty Making and Kristen of Glitta Gloves. Being a total weirdo I couldn't just accept the natural glittery goodness as-is so I went for another ruffian :$ 

I used American Apparel African Violet and American Apparel Hassid for the ruffian manicure and layered two coats of Revlon Facets of Fuchsia on top of the black.

You may notice that my nails are super short. I finally bit the bullet and cut them down. They've been peeling and breaking all over like crazy for awhile now so I gave them a fresh start. Hopefully they grow back quickly because I'm not used to being able to function normally- prying open containers, applying makeup without it getting under my nails, etc :P It's all very handy at the end of the day but I miss having a larger canvas to work on (hence the super tiny purple ruffian).

So tell my about your nail traumas! I'm here to give you a shoulder to cry on :P

PS. I also changed up my blog layout! Just the background and colour scheme but do you like? (:

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mix & Match

I wanted to take another stab at those cute little florals so I decided on a mismatched manicure featuring tiny flowers, pinstripes and polka dots. Now here's the thing about mismatched manicures- different designs on ten fingers! My right hand has so far been kept hidden from the internet but now it's making its big debut. I personally don't take very good care of my right fingers. I pry open containers with them, pick at price stickers and let polish drip all over my cuticles. For another thing, my right index finger refuses to grow without breaking! Did I mention that taking a photo with your left hand using a bulky right-handed camera is nearly impossible? (For me, at least :P)

Also, before I had a chance to photograph these, my left thumb nail broke in both corners! I must have been shoving books into my backpack a bit too roughly because now my nail looks more like a talon ): I tried to be stealthy in the photos though and angled my thumb to hide the catastrophe. Anyway, enough ranting from me. Here's the manicure!

I used Essie Nice is Nice, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Sephora by OPI Read My Palm and various Art Club striping polishes.

Do you like the mix and match look? Or do you prefer something more traditional? Share your thoughts! xx

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Modern Classics

I love ruffian manicures. They look so chic and clean- I just can't get enough. I don't see too many of them around the internet and I actually prefer this over the half moon manicure much more. (I find it easier too!) I wish more people did ruffian manis because each one that I've seen is beautiful! This is a bit of an odd colour combination but I think it's kind of cool. And please don't be alarmed by my red-ish cuticles. That's not blood or anything- just stains from persistent red nail polish :P

The base colour here is American Apparel Factory Grey and the other is American Apparel Summer Peach.

This week has been pretty stressful for me. Today I wrote a math test, a theory quiz and tomorrow I have a chemistry quiz and a music solo. I was also supposed to have a biology quiz but luckily it's been postponed until Monday! Has anything lucky happened to you this week? (:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sweet Vintage

I've seen vintage Cath Kidston-esque nails all over the place for a long time now. It was only until recently that they really sparked my interest though, so I decided to take a try at it! I'm a bit late with the trend but I still really like it. The random swirling for flowers is so simple and looks great from afar (close up, not so much! :P) I decided to add some horizontal stripes just for fun.

I used Sally Hansen Whirlwind White as a base colour and Art Club striping polishes for the stripes and the roses. The leaves are OPI Don't Mess with OPI.

In other words, I am currently trying to enjoy my last days with a social life as I await the first tests and evaluations of my final year of high school. I just finished researching universities and scholarships and I'm all nervous and fluttery now. However nerve-wracking it is still pretty exciting and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. What about you? Anything exciting/life-changing/anxiety-inducing coming up soon? (:

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Autumn Leaves

Here's a little something something for the approaching season! I've done this look before but here it is with autumn appropriate colours. This design truly is versatile for year-round wear. The slanted french tip is super chic and not too bold.

Pictured here is American Apparel California Trooper as a base and OPI San Tan-Tonio for the french tips with OPI You Don't Know Jacques for the veins of the leaves.

So how are you all coping with summer's leave? I'm personally kind of excited for the chill fall weather to arrive. I'm looking forward to cozying up in a big sweater and a scarf, not to mention there are so many cute boots to wear! (:

Monday, September 05, 2011

TUTORIAL: Autumn Flowers (Flower Technique)

Hi followers! Here's a treat for you all: a video tutorial! I've already done a picture tutorial for this flower technique but I feel that a video is easier to understand and more exciting. I originally wasn't planning on keeping this design on my nails but I liked it so much that I decided to stick with it.

Here I used American Apparel Summer Peach as a base with American Apparel Cameo Blue, American Apparel Rose Bowl and Essence Tip Painter for the details.

And without further ado, here's the tutorial! I hope you enjoy it and please show me your creations! (:

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Inspired by Missoni for Target

Is anyone familiar with the new Missoni for Target line? Target doesn't exist in Canada but the collection has been popping up in a lot of magazines. The patterns are super cool and a particular dress design caught my eye. The funky multi-coloured chevron over a striped background inspired me to translate it to nail so here's my take. I think the pattern is really fresh and I'm incredibly pleased with the result.

I started with American Apparel California Trooper and a white striping polish for the pinstripes. Then I used a black striping polish, Essence Ocean Breeze and Essence Juicy Coral for the zigzags on the thumbs and ring fingers. As a last minute thought I added stripes in Essence Ocean Breeze to the remaining nails.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Basket Weave

Here I present to you the product of boredom and ambition. Ultimately, this was a bad idea because I got bored again halfway through and terribly impatient (evident on my little finger ahem...) The thumb came out the nicest and I would be a lot more satisfied if all of the nails came out that way. It was the second nail I painted so I suppose I still had patience and more experience and control on it. Nonetheless I wanted to practice some more line work and a more intricate design. I'm not sure what to call this design. It's a bit tribal and reminds me of a basket weave but I'm not too sure. I don't think I'll be doing this one ever again though so it doesn't really matter.

I used American Apparel Cameo Blue on all the nails and a couple white striping polishes because they all got disgustingly thick and goopy.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Neon Ombre Zebra

After fixing up my ragged cuticles and letting my nails breathe over night I succumbed to the call of my nail polish stash. I originally wanted to try a neon splatter manicure over white but the whole straw blowing thing just wasn't working for me. Instead, I opted for a spin on an ombre manicure by doing some diagonal zebra-esque stripes in a purple-yellow gradient. The silver glitter adds a bit more fun to the already wild design. I think it's so tacky and bright and hysterical but I do love it all the same. It's something definitely different from my usual and a refreshing change from all the tribal and florals I've been doing.

I used Sally Hansen Whirlwind White as a base for all the nails and various neon Art Club striping polishes for the design. For added detail I used a silver glitter striping polish in random places.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bye Bye Butterfly

This is the last of the manicures from my cruise. Please, please try not to stare at my cuticles too long. They're scary, I am aware. Despite that, I really love this butterfly motif that I've seen around the web. I've done it before with a monarch butterfly colour scheme but I never snapped a photo of it. After replicating the look on my mom, I knew I had to get it on my nails too.

Here I layered China Glaze Temptation Carnation over Essie Nice is Nice. On the thumbs and ring fingers I used Essence Purple Magic and another white striping polish for the butterfly wings.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Back to Basics

Between baking by the pool, hiking around Pompeii and eating my weight in food, there wasn't too much downtime for nail painting, never mind nail care. By the end of the trip my cuticles were crying but they're all better now. Try not to cringe too much in the next photo though! Anyway, without a lot of time to think I went with what I know best. I got to try out one of my new Essence polishes and I'm happy with the overall results!

This is Essence Caribbean Sea as a base colour with Essie Nice is Nice and a white striping polish for the tribal.

Want to try this design on your own nails? Watch my video tutorial over HERE!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fickle Flowers

This is the first manicure from my vacation. I'm going to apologize in advance for the horrible quality of these vacation manicures. The lighting in all of them was horrible and my camera lens got progressively more dirty.  Anyway, here's what I wore in Venice, Italy. I thought that flowers would be foolproof but I was wrong. I should have stopped after the first coat of polish. China Glaze White Cap is way better layered because on its own it becomes a jaundiced yellow-gold foil abomination. Never again.

Started with coats of China Glaze White Cap and Essie Nice is Nice and American Apparel Manila for the design.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Get Me to the Beach!

I'm free! Summer school is officially over! I wrote my Grade 12 University English exam this morning and now I can finally post this manicure. Here's a very simple look featuring a favourite summer colour combination:

Seen here is China Glaze Breakin' and China Glaze For Audrey on top with a white striping polish.

Monday, July 25, 2011

TUTORIAL: Two Tribal Nail Designs!

After a lot of turmoil, I finally have this video tutorial up! By watching it you'll learn how to create two different  but easy tribal designs on your nails. The first design is a zig zag tribal, found in the post Sitting Poolside. The second is a herringbone tribal, found twice on my blog: Chic Chevron and More of the Same. Please enjoy the video tutorial and don't mind my weird voice :P

Saturday, July 23, 2011

More of the Same

Here's a variation to a design from a few posts back. I'm normally not one to do the exact same design but I filmed the process for a video tutorial. I had everything edited all nicely but due to technical difficulties I'll have to start again using a different program. I might try it again today so wish me luck!

This is American Apparel Hassid, Essie Topless and Barefoot and China Glaze For Audrey.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Touch of Glitter

Long time no see! Terribly sorry for being MIA. I'm more than halfway through summer school and things are slightly less stressful right now. I'm sure that the work load will pick up again soon though. Anyway, I've been so busy that while I had time to paint my nails, I haven't had time to edit photos and what not. I actually have another photo waiting to be posted today but I'll save it for another time. For now, here's a simple manicure with glittery red bows.

I used Seche Chemise (Quick Shirt?) to give the nail some shine and American Apparel Downtown LA topped with Barry M Red Glitter.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Watermelon Wiggle

Here's a fun and simple watermelon french manicure just for kicks. It's very easy and always a crowd pleaser.

The fruit part is China Glaze Cherry Pie and the rind is none other than China Glaze Watermelon Rind.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Chic Chevron

What started out as another tribal pattern ended up being a cool chevron look. I'm pretty pleased with how these turned out. At first I was worried that the multiple layers of polish wouldn't level nicely and the thickness would be a disaster but everything pulled together in the end!

I used a base of American Apparel Hassid with Essie Nice is Nice and Essie Mint Candy Apple for the chevron.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm Now On Twitter!

Just wanted to let you all know that I can now be found on Twitter as well! I'll post quick updates there.
I'd also enjoy getting to know you so tweet me! (: Right now I'm following everyone back.

Go go go! Check it out!

Sitting Poolside

I'm free! I finally finished my last exam on Monday and I changed my manicure asap! This simple design is a bit aztec/tribal and super easy. The colours remind me of lounging by the pool and the pattern reminds me of beach towels. Hope you're all enjoying your summer!

I used Essie Topless and Barefoot as a base colour with Essie Coat Azure for the triangles and Essie Mint Candy Apple for the dots.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Light in the Dark

I recently got my hands on a bottle of OPI Ink and the bottle looked so promising, I just had to see if it would  look as good on the nail. It definitely came through and became this beautiful dark shimmering pool. Of course I couldn't leave it bare so I decided to test out the new neon Art Club striping polishes I picked up. The colours apply decently with toothpicks/dotting tools but they're quite sheer on dark bases when using the brush. On a side note, I started my exams today and I finish on Monday! I've got religion, functions and chemistry to study like crazy for so until then!

This is OPI Ink as a base with Art Club striping polishes for the design.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Simple and Chic

It was 10:30 last night and I was having troubles. It was already a nightmare taking off the glitter from my last manicure and I had just taken off a freshly yet sloppily done manicure that I couldn't stand to keep. I've had this butter LONDON polish from my London trip in March but I've never had the opportunity to use it. I finally bit the bullet and found myself pleased. The polish went on like a dream and had a gorgeous shimmer that reminded me of Chanel Paradoxal. I couldn't leave it plain though so I ended up covering most of it up for a Ruffian manicure. Overall, I am satisfied!

I used butter LONDON Marrow as a base with Essie Topless and Barefoot on top.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Flower and Gradient Tutorial

I finally found some time in my schedule to get this done! The photos have been sitting on my camera for awhile so today I decided to get rid of them. I figured that with exams coming up in two weeks, I wouldn't have much time to do intricate manicures to post for you. Hopefully this two-in-one tutorial makes up for it. 

!!! Click the image for high resolution !!!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me about them. Hope you all enjoy this and do share your versions, I'd love to see them! xx

Ocean Depths

Hello! Today I have a take on a popular trend going on right now: the glitter/jelly sandwich. I realized that I don't actually own any jelly polishes so I opted for sheer duochromes. The layers of polish flash an aqua colour in the light and a blue-purple in lowlight. It's really fascinating to look at and the gold glitter pieces are fun. It reminds me of the ocean, mermaids and fish scales.

This is multiple layers of Sally Hansen HD DVD, OPI See Ya Later, Sailor! with Sephora by OPI Only Gold for Me Top Coat sandwiched in between.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Flowers by Sunset

More flowers! Someone on tumblr suggested doing tutorials. I figured that the florals seem to be generally popular so why not start with that? I have a lot of step-by-step photos to edit and I'm really busy with school so the actual tutorial might not be published for a while. I'm planning for it to be a two-in-one kind of thing: how to do a gradient plus the flower technique.

I used Pop Art Pink for the base with Essie Tart Deco sponged for the gradient. I proceeded to layer that with China Glaze Temptation Carnation. The flowers were done with Essie Tart Deco, Essie Pop Art Pink, American Apparel Dynasty and a white striping polish.

Monday, May 30, 2011

A Silver Lining

Since I got back from New York, I've been in a little bit of a rut. I haven't done any successful designs and I've been super busy catching up at school. I wore OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous by itself, which was pretty, but just not doing it for me. When I thought I would have to go another manicure with a solid colour, OPI Silver Shatter appeared:

Here's OPI Silver Shatter over Essie Nice is Nice.

My next post will hopefully have a new design!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Light as a Feather

Greetings from New York, followers! Here's the manicure I settled on for the trip. Featuring one of my favourite colour combos, lilac and mint green, I did a slanted french tip with an aztec/feather/leaf design. I'm not quite sure. I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that these will last until I come back home!

Essie Nice is Nice was used as a base with Essie Mint Candy Apple for the slanted french tip and a white striping brush for the details.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spring Blossoms

I can't seem to stop doing these flowers. I'm heading off to New York City tonight and I wanted to do this manicure for the trip. I thought it would be simple yet eye-catching. However, these nails lasted a total of one day because I ruined them while making the bed. Story of my life.

I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Beige Blast as a base with American Apparel Manila and China Glaze For Audrey for the flowers.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hello Summer

I've been busy lately and I've deemed my recent nails as not worthy to publish online. Last night, however, I finally painted a satisfactory manicure. This is very similar to a previous design I did but with a different colour scheme. I'm super excited for summer vacation and the weather has been great lately so I painted my nails to match. I didn't realize that these colours would be so difficult to photograph! As a side note, I highly recommend this design to anyone of any skill level. As long as you can use a dotting tool or even a tooth pick, these flowers are goof proof and always turn out pretty!

I used China Glaze Breakin' as a base with American Apparel Poppy on the free edge of the nail for a subtle gradient. I layered that with a coat and a half of China Glaze Cherry Pie. I used China Glaze Breakin', American Apparel Manila and a white striping polish for the flowers and dots.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Nails "Tie-Dye" For!

Haha, get it? Nails to die for? No? Okay, moving on! I've had this idea in my head for awhile and I finally did it last night. Navy blue tie-dye is one of my favourite trends right now. I think I got the effect down but the pattern/placement could be better for more of a random tie-dye look. It reminds me a bit of those white china plates with the blue detailing.

I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Lavender Cloud as a base with American Apparel L'Esprit and American Apparel Mount Royal for the pattern. The accent nail is Barry M Silver layered over Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Lavender Cloud.

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Rose on Monday

Happy Monday! Or Easter Monday for those who celebrate. Hope your weekend was enjoyable. I did a lot of retail therapy today, decorated some cupcakes for a school project and now I'm finally posting these nails. I've always drawn these kinds of roses on birthday cards and invitations but it never struck me to paint them on my nails until recently:

I used American Apparel Hassid as a base colour with Essie Mod Squad for the flowers and Essie Mint Candy Apple for the leaves.