SWATCH SUNDAY — OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster

Hello lovelies & Happy Sunday. I hope everyone is keeping sane & healthy. 🌸 I feel like the best we can do under these extraordinary circumstances is try & keep things are calm & normal as possible… all while practicing social distancing. I for me, that’s keeping on painting & sharing my nails. I hope they make you as happy as they make me!

It’s Swatch Sunday & today I’m showing off a beautiful bright coral polish from my stash: OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster. This shade was originally released circa Fall 2011, but then was added to the core collection I do believe. I picked up my bottle c/o: Lawton’s when they were clearing out a bunch of OPI shades!

How Spring-y & cheery is this polish?

This shade is a beautiful pinky coral that has a lovely subtle shimmer. This shade was originally released as part of the Touring American collection in 2011 (thank you Google!)

For my swatches, I did base coat (Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Hardener is what I’ve been using lately!), 2 coats of polish & then I sealed everything in with top coat (Essie Gel Setter) which gave it that glossy plumped finish.

Like I mentioned, I found this shade at my local Lawton’s on clearance, but I did still find it available at a few places including NailPolishCanada.com & Target so I don’t think it a discontinued shade (yey!) So if you’re looking for a beautiful shade to adorn your fingers & toes for Spring, I definitely recommend this shade. It really is just so lovely.

What do you think of this coral polish? Is I Wear Mainely Lobster a part of your nail polish collection? Let me know what you think down in the comments below!

City Sunset 🌇 for #glamnailschallengeAug

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Hello lovelies! & happy Monday.

We’ve got two more prompts left for #glamnailschallengeAug, & I’m going to be honest… I wasn’t sure I was going to get this prompt done! Not only was I a bit stumped on inspiration, but I’ve had a busy last week so I haven’t been able to get my nails painted like I usually can. But thanks to some late night Pinterest-ing & a cooperative baby, I pulled out a last minute nail art success!

& I’m so super in love with the end result!

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For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: fraken base coat combination
  • Base Coat: Quo by ORLY Bonder
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Essence Indian Summer
  • Essie Flowerista
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Trouble Maker
  • Essence Black is Back
  • Kiss Products Nail Art Striper in white
  • NailStuff.ca Mermaid Tail Nail Art Brush Trio (7mm size)

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I started off this design with what I’m going to call a “rustic” gradient — I didn’t go your typical route where you blend all your colours together at once, but instead sponged my layers on top of each other which kind of created the pinky cloud effect. I then brushed my top coat over & over to smear the layers together a bit. This created the perfect background because I really feel like it looks more like what you see when you see a sunset. & it reminds me a lot of this sunset I captured not that long ago (which was also kind of my inspiration for the colour combo I went with.)

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I’ve done a few of these sunset with background designs, but this is definitely the most unique. (Usually I do mountains & cacti, or something similar) but with the pinky sky & the buildings it really does feel like a city sunset, maybe even my own city.

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What do you think of this design? Can you believe we only have one more prompt left for this challenge… how crazy is that?

Don’t forget to hop over to Instagram & check out #glamnailschallengeaug to see everyone’s amazing city building manicures!

Purple Quatrefoil Pattern Accent Nails

Hello lovelies! I’ve got another fun design to share with you. I felt a bit like I was getting a little too premature with the Fall colours, so I decided that I needed some bright & more Summer-like colours in my life again.

Today’s design is a fun quatrefoil design using some vinyls from What’s Up Nails, which I haven’t pulled out in a while. In fact, after going through my stash of vinyls I’m definitely going to need to order some more soon because I’m starting to run out of my favourites!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Strengthening Base Coat
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Couture
  • Sinful Colors Amethyst
  • Essie Play Date
  • Essie Mint Candy Apple
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Bourbon Belle
  • What’s Up Nails Moroccan Nail Vinyls

I thought this look turned out really unique, although using a white base might have made the pattern pop even more.

Also I would have loved to have done this on all my fingers, but like I said I’m starting to run low on my Moroccan nail vinyls so I have to use them sparingly until I order more of them. But I do think the three accent nails look really neat! & the bright polishes I picked are a little bit more Summer-y than a lot of my nail art has been lately.

What do we think about how this look turned out? Would you try out this design? Let me know in the comments below!

Rainbow Glitter Gradient (Party on my Nails!)

Hello lovelies! Hope everyone is having a fantastic week so far. I’m super excited today because I finally did something other than just a single colour on my nails! 🎉 I managed to add a fun glitter gradient to my Swatch Sunday shade for this week & I’m loving how much fun this simple nail art turned out!

Seeing as it is Pride Week here in Halifax, I thought a colourful rainbow glitter gradient would be perfect for the occasion.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Strengthening Base Coat
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
  • ORLY Fireball
  • China Glaze Point Me To The Party
  • ACO by Ardene DAFUQ

I know I’ve written before my love for glitter gradients–they’re just so easy to do! & for those of us who might not have a lot of time, they can give you fun & fancy nails with minimal effort.

For this look, I started with my base colour & then took my first glitter (China Glaze Point Me To The Party) & after brushing off some of the polish, started at my cuticle line & brushes the glitter upwards. I went over the same spot a few times to build up the glitter amount. Finally I decided that we needed some blue, so I grabbed a blue glitter topper (ACO by Ardene DAFUQ) & dabbed on some blue glitters as well. Lastly, I sealed everything in with a thick coat of Essie Gel Setter to give this look some lasting power.

& now my nails are ready to party! 💅🏻

I’m really digging the combination of Fireball with this glitter. Makes me think of a fiesta, & feels very Summer-y to me. & even though I won’t be able to partake in any of the amazing Pride events happening this week, my nails are totally ready (just in case).

What do you think of this design? Where would you wear this design? Let me know down in the comments below! & share any nail art you’d love to see me do now that I’m (slowly) getting back my posting mojo.

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SWATCH SUNDAY — ORLY Fireball 🔥

Hello lovelies & Happy Sunday! That’s right, another week & another swatch post! Trying my best to find time to pain my nails when I can so I can keep my posting semi consistent-ish.

Today’s Swatch pick is an older polish from my stash but such a great Summer shade: ORLY Fireball. I found this beauty as part of a two-pack at Winners or Marshall’s (I can’t remember which) a few years ago, but according to Google it was originally released as part of the Summer 2015 Adrenaline Rush collection.

Fireball is a super vibrant neon coral which leans very red, & has a gorgeous fuchsia shimmer. For my swatches, I did 2 coats of polish over base coat, & finished with Essie Gel Setter Top Coat. On its own, like most Neons, Fireball does dry down to a semi matte finish, but because I was trying to be quick (& adding nail art) I decided to top coat it. Originally I though this shade was going to need some white undies, but I was impressed that this formula was opaque in 2 coats.

Above you can see the fuchsia shimmer both in the bottle & a close up on my nails. I love how it looks because it takes what could just be a coral neon & transforms it to a something little extra which gives it a serious POP! on the nail. & I also think it makes this polish a great transitional shade for the end of Summer as well–this paired with a maroon or darker Fall shade in a half moon or chevrons would make for an awesome almost Fall design.

& lets be honest… it’s almost that time of year where my obsession for Fall becomes real, so I’m already thinking about Fall manicure ideas.

According the Internet, you can still pick up this polish on the ORLY website, Amazon, & NailPolishCanada so if you need his polish in your collection (& seriously, if you love these kinds of shades you really do) you can order them there!

So what do we think of ORLY Fireball? Share your thoughts down in the comments below!

Marble Fluid Nails

Good morning lovelies & happy Friday! Who else is excited for the weekend!? Today I have some brand new nails with a new to me technique I’ve been wanting to try for AGES: fluid nails.

This technique has been popping up on Instagram for a while & I’ve been obsessed with how they looked just as long — I even went out & bought a few of the Sinful Colours Hypnotic Transforming Top Coats that were released a few years ago, but was dawdling on actually giving the technique a try!

The polishes I used for this design were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Bamboo & Green Tea Strengthner
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pretty Peony
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Neons Peach Please
  • Sinful Colors Hypnotic Transforming Top Coat Rebel Rebel
  • Sinful Colors Hypnotic Transforming Top Coat Purpunk
  • Stamper (I used my clear stamper from Nailsuff.ca)

Most of the tutorials I saw involved creating decals to make your cells for the fluid look, but being lazy (& tired) I decided to see if I could use the smoosh technique to get a similar look. I painted my nails my base colour of choice & then applied drops of polish including my Sinful Colors Hypnotic Transforming Top Coats & then quickly pressed down using a stamper to smoosh my shades together. & it worked!

I was a little careful with application to keep mess to a minimal (couldn’t find my Edge Perfection & wasn’t in the mood for a ton of clean up) but you could definitely make the fluid look cover more of the nail if you applied more polish & smooshed down harder. I will definitely be trying this look again & seeing if I can do a fuller nail look. However, that being said my pinky was the first nail I did & it turned out my favourite!

Have you tried out the fluid nail art look yet? I know I’m about 2 years behind, but I’m so glad I finally gave it a try & finally used these awesome spotted polishes I’ve had in my stash forever!

What do you think of this look? Let me know in the comments below!

Neon Coral Chevron Claws

Good morning & happy Wednesday. Although we had a freak snowstorm Monday night, so my April is feeling more like a blah January. Never less, I decided that I needed to brighten up my day (& my nails!) & some neon coral chevron claws felt like a good start.

Anything to shake these snow day blahs. Seriously, it’s April. I need to be able to wear dresses on a daily basis.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Nailtek 2
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Quo by ORLY Breathable Aloe, Goodbye
  • Claire’s Nail Polish Sorbet Coral
  • Snailvinyls Deep Chevron Vinyls (discontinued)

As you can see, there are a few bubbles around my coral chevrons, but that’s a result of the matte polish drying before I had a chance to remove the vinyls which left the polish lifted slightly, hence the bubbles. But oh well! I just love how these turned out! The pop of coral over the grey base really makes them stand out.

I seriously love this look & I love how easy it was. I used to use straight vinyls & line them up on my nails in order to make my claws, but these deep chevrons are so much easier & faster! Sad that SnailVinyls has moved on, but I do know What’s Up Nails & TwinkledT also have some deep V vinyls to make this look super simple.

what’s the weather like where you are? Is it feeling like Spring? What are you wearing on your nails right now? Share in the comments below!