Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Eve Nails

Hello Loves! I know, I know, it's almost New Year's Eve and I'm only just getting around to putting my Christmas Eve nails on the blog! Oh well, this Holiday has been busy & tiring! I'm still undecided as to what I want on my nails tomorrow, I'm not going anywhere fun/I have nothing festive to wear clothing-wise, but I want my nails to be as festive as possible!

I copied this look based on something I saw while scrolling through my popular page on Instagram. I don't remember the account name, since I didn't save the photo, so if you know who these belong to originally, let me know and I can credit them! I used Revlon Vixen, Konad Special White and a whole bunch of BM plates and some dotting tools!

I hope you all have a fantastic New Year's and I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for all of us! Thanks for reading <3

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Belated Christmas Nails

Hi Loves and Happy Sunday! I'm sorry it's been awhile since I posted, I meant to post on Tuesday or Wednesday the nails I wore last Saturday (the 20th) for my family party, and then post what I wore on Christmas Eve later, but my family has been sick on and off for the last 2 weeks, and I started to think I was coming down with something too! In the end, I seemed to only have laryngitis and a bit of a chest cold, so I actually feel perfectly fine, but I can't speak and I haven't been hungry, which equals not eating, and therefore I've been pretty low energy!

Anyways, I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and you're starting to look forward to the new year!

These simple nails are what I wore to my family party on the 20th. I intially planned on matching whatever Christmas socks I wore (our theme was Crazy Christmas Socks) but I ended up running out of time, so I quickly threw this together. I used Essie Dressed to Kilt and stamped a snowflake from one of my BM plates, the put a rhinestone in the middle.

Thanks for reading! <3

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Pinkmas

Happy Sunday Loves! I hope you're all having great day, I'm relaxing and watching Football after my extended family's annual Christmas party last night. It definitely wiped me out and it will be early to bed with me tonight!

I have done a "Pinkmas" manicure before and this year I felt a little uninspired, but I decided to cheer myself up with a seasonally appropriate pink manicure. My base is Essie Mod Square, and then I stamped various BM Christmas images in Konad special white, OPI Mod About You, Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and OPI You're a Pisa Work!

Thanks for reading <3

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Ornaments

Hi Loves & Happy Friday Eve! Today was probably my last teaching day of 2014! It feel so weird to say that, but hopefully in the New Year I am teaching more! This is going to be a quick post because I'm about to fall asleep. I've been getting ready for my family holiday party on Saturday, about 50ish people come to my house every year!

I used the BM H03 plate again and stamped over China Glaze Emerald Sparkle with Sally Hansen Silver Sweep. I couldn't really capture it with my camera (and no sunlight) but Emerald Sparkle really glittered behind the design and it almost was like my nails were full of teeny glittering ornaments!

Have a great Friday everyone!

Thanks for reading <3

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas with Bundle Monster

Hi Loves, Happy Tuesday! I meant to post this yesterday but somehow I forgot! I can't believe we're so close to Christmas! It doesn't feel like it anymore, since we've now had about 4 days of rain after last weeks snowstorm, so it's just wet & damp here! I'm hoping over the next week we get a little bit of snow each day, so it doesn't overwhelm us, but so it starts to really feel like Christmas!

Nail Polish Canada is an awesome Canadian online polish retailer, and I've enjoyed using them over the past few years, they have everything from polish, to LED lights to treatments and stamping! They kindly sent me a Christmas plate, Bundle Monster H03 and it's one that I have been eyeing over the last few Christmases!

I had to try out the cute bells & mittens image, so I stamped it in China Glaze Passion over OPI Christmas Gone Plaid!

I hope you're all having a great week! Thanks for reading <3

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Snowy Scene

Hi Loves & Happy Thursday! I painted these a few days ago when it was all green and my nails did not match the outdoors, but looks like the weather decided to take a hint. Eastern/Central Ontario got our first hit of snow and man, it slowed us down. I was supposed to be on my way to Windsor for a funeral, however, after getting up at 5am and leaving at 5:50 am, it took us more than 2 & 1/2 hours to get to the beginning of Scarborough, which normally takes 25 minutes, so we had to turn around and go back home, since we were going to miss the funeral/wake, and then we'd be sitting around in Windsor waiting until we could go home and miss coming back in Toronto afternoon rush hour! Oh well, at least the snow looks pretty when I'm not driving in it, and now I'm on the hunt for some good winter boots!

I tried a gradient, but I think I needed to be a bit heavier with my colours, since they were a bit washed out. I used Picture Polish Beige, and sponged on OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Essie Marshmellow. You sadly can't see the white too much, but oh well. I stamped various snowflakes on with Sally Hansen Silver Sweep. I used 5 or 6 BM/Konad plates, so I'm not going to list them all!

I hope you're all having a great Friday Eve, if you're stuck in the snow, or going to get hit later tonight, stay safe!

Thanks for reading <3

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Peppermint Nails

Hi Loves & Happy Tuesday! I can't believe we're already into the second week of December. Last week I was felled by my first cold in a while, and let me tell you, it's hit me hard. It's been sort of a cross between a nasty cold & the flu, but thankfully I'm on the mend and I can eat again, so I'll be better in no time!

One morning I couldn't sleep and I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw these nails by Chelsea of the Nail Network and I knew I had that exact plate and I got to work recreating them!

I used Essie Dressed to Kilt, konad special white polish and China Glaze Lighthouse. Candy Canes are my favourite part of the holidays (or anything peppermint related really) so I was happy with how these turned out!

Thanks for reading! <3

Thursday, December 4, 2014

OPI First Class Desires

Hi Loves! Happy Thursday, or Happy Friday Eve! I hope you're all having a great week! I'm going shopping with a friend tonight, and since I'm actually done all my Christmas shopping, it'll be nice to hang out and browse without having to find and cross items off a list!

When the OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday collection first came out, I knew I had to own some of the colours, and when I saw First Class Desires in person, I knew it would come home with me. It's a gorgeous dark purple with gold shimmer. I love it, and I plan on wearing it ALL. THE. TIME.

If you don't own this, well, what are you waiting for?! Go get it!

Thanks for reading <3

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's That Time of Year Again...

Hi Loves! Where have I been, am I right? I know it's been about 6 months since I've posted anything, but really more like 8 months since I was really posting. I have not been in the mood to post, or even paint my nails for awhile, which has been making me sad. However, Christmas is my favourite Holiday and ever since October I have been getting back into "seasonal" colours and manicures, and I've been itching to start decorating for Christmas since November 1st!

Since it's started to get cold here in Ontario, I've been buying and lusting after sweaters ( I am always cold) and I figured why not wear them on my nails. Karen from Nail Call posted a combination on twitter/IG and I had to recreate it.

I used China Glaze Passion, then stamped with Cult Nails Nevermore and Nail Craze plate 03. I cannot for the life of me get this stamped straight, but oh well!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nail Polish Canada "Great Polish Giveaway"

Hi my loves!

I know I have been absent awhile, and I'm trying to get myself back into blogging, and so when Nail Polish Canada contacted me, this seemed like the perfect jump-off point!

From their website:

We’ve partnered with Cirque Colors, NCLA & Picture Polish to host the biggest giveaway ever.
One winner will take home up to 200 nail polish from over 10 different brands! The prize starts at zero, then bloggers can each pick a favourite shade to be added to the prize."

Along with a number of other amazing bloggers, I was given the opportunity to choose a shade to be added into the giveaway, and because I love NCLA, I decided their mint green shade, NCLA AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree was the perfect shade! I don't actually own this shade, but it's on my wishlist and it's gorgeous!

Feel free to enter below!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This contest is only open to US & Canadian Residents 
& goes until August 15th, 2014*

I hope you all enter & I am crossing my fingers for you!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Essie Mod Square

Happy Saturday my loves! I've got no real plans this weekend and it's still raining here which is gloomy, but at least it's Saturday. I just want it to be warm, since I bought some shorts on Wednesday and I want to wear them! However, it is Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour this week, and I am definitely going to take part in that!

So, more pink to show you today, but Essie Mod Square, how did it take me so long to own you. This is such a "Barbie Pink" colour, I just love it. Sadly I didn't have very good luck getting photos of it that were colour accurate, but trust me, you need to own it!

I don't have much else to say other than I love pink (which I think you know) and have a great day.

Thanks for reading <3

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

White and Gold

Happy Wednesday my loves! I know it's spring, and spring needs rain to make everything green and floral, but the GTA is in for some serious rain for the next week and I am not too happy. However, tonight my mother & I are on our way to a local (ish) outlet mall, which has a Kate Spade and a J.Crew outlet and I am SO excited, so hopefully some retail therapy cheers me up.

If you don't know, a few months ago I stumbled upon Caitlin Covington and her blog, Southern Curls and Pearls and she has become my new fashion/accessory obsession, and most recently my nail muse! Caitlin posted these nails on instagram, now hers are a gel manicure but I had to try this out for myself. I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and then used a striping brush and China Glaze Passion. I need a steadier hand, and for my index nail to grow again, but otherwise I LOVE the result, thanks Caitlin!

Thanks for reading and I hope your weather is nicer than mine!


Saturday, April 26, 2014

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel Lacquer Review

Happy Saturday my dears! I'm off to a Blue Jay's baseball game this afternoon, sadly it's not very "spring-like" weather here, so the dome won't be open but I'm still excited! I haven't been to a baseball game in about a year, so it's going to be fun.

So, if you follow me on twitter, you might have noticed a while back that I was searching for this nail polish system, and even though it wasn't on L'Oreal's Canadian website it was in all the stores. I bought it at Walmart (it was cheapest) and I've worn it a few different ways and here are my thoughts:

It's not revolutionary. It's a top coat and base coat together, and you then buy the polish seperately. They have a special "gel" polish just to go with this top coat and base coat, although the colour selection is quite small. Now, I put gel in quotations, because it's not gel. It's like regular polish. The base coat does dry amazingly quick, as well as the top coat, and the polish is quite nice, with the pink shade I chose I almost got away with one coat. However, on my nails it didn't last amazingly long. After about 4 days I had tip wear and some chipping, as you can see from the pictures. When I did try the top coat/base coat out with non-L'Oreal polishes it also worked quite well, even somewhat better, so I enjoy the top coat. I am currently trying the base coat, polish and top coat combination on my toes to see if it holds up better than my nails.

The back of the box with all it's claims and instructions

The full range of polish colours, not too exciting, but similar to traditional gel polish colours.

These pictures are all after the first application, it's bright, it's shiny, and obviously it's pink, hence my polish colour choice.

So, you can see the tip wear, which as always, looks worse in pictures than in person. It's still shiny and lovely, but it did start to develop more chips.

So, final verdict: Not a "I need this ASAP" product, but I do like it, and it's a good base coat/top coat to add to your collection that you can get in the drugstore. As always, some people's body chemistry will really work with this and so if you're interested, it's not too much of an investment to buy the system to try it out.

Thanks for reading <3

Thursday, April 24, 2014

NYC Greenwich Village

Happy Thursday Loves! I am very happy it's Thursday, because then we're only 1 day away from Friday and man I need Friday. I have cut out coffee completely after a 3 week stint of 2-4 coffee's a day, and it's been rough, but sadly I think it's helping my headaches..hopefully I can re-introduce 1-2 coffee's a day back into my regimen because I miss it!

I realized, looking into my drafts/photos that never got published, that you're in for a lot of pink nail polish in the next little while. I'd been very lazy in terms of painting my nails and all I wanted to wear was various shades of pink...oops! Sorry if it seems a bit repetitive in the next little while! I borrowed this polish from my boyfriend's Mom, she's constantly been painting her nails this colour and after realizing I have nothing similar in my stash (or if you're my boyfriend, I apparently have everything similar..but we all know there are a million shades of pink!) I decided I needed to borrow it.  For some reason I always thought this polish would be green whenever I heard the name...but nope!

My nails are shorter, because about a month an a half ago they ALL broke, so I caved and filed them down, so sorry it's a bit odd to suddenly see short nails!

Have a great Thursday loves!

Thanks for reading <3

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Belated Easter

Hi loves & Happy Tuesday! I hope you all enjoyed your Easter weekends, and if you're like me & had a 4 day weekend I hope it was fabulous. The weather on Monday was actually beautiful, it almost felt like summer..sadly it's not lasting long but I'm hoping it comes back.

I meant to get this manicure up on Saturday but a) I was lazy and b) I was also busy, and wanting to be lazy but having 2 dinners to go to, 2 church services to attend, planning an event and finishing up my 13 day supply job for a coop teacher last week meant this is up today. Oh well! Nail Polish Canada kindly sent me the Bundle Monster H09 plate (aka an Easter plate) and so I planned out this quick but cute manicure!

I used Essie Watermelon as my base, then dotted with NCLA As If, Tennis Anyone? and Orly Blue Collar, and used the hatching chick image stamped with Konad special white polish!

Please ignore the sad index nail, it had a fight with a filing cabinet and it obviously lost :(

I hope you all have a great Tuesday :)

Thanks for reading <3

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Green Hopes for March

Happy Saturday loves! I have a bunch of pictures from February that I wanted to post (lots of pink) but I wasn't feeling any of that! It's the beginning of March, and even though it still seems that winter will never end (today is a "warm day" at -2C) I'm hoping that by March Break it will begin to seem that Spring is on it's way.

I wanted to wear some green to start out the month (in the hopes that outside will soon be green too) so I used a base of Revlon Minted, and then using the saran wrap method, sponged China Glaze Starboard on top. It sort of looks like those super retro counter tops but, I think it looks pretty cool anyways.

I hope everyone's weekend is going well. I've had my Starbucks fix already and that always makes my Saturday a great one!

Thanks for reading <3
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