Matte Half Moons

Good morning lovelies & Happy Thursday! This week just absolutely sped by, which I think is absolutely crazy. How is it July? I feel like I haven’t been sharing enough Summer-y designs, so I’m going to make an effort (but not promising anything, haha). For today’s look, I decided to go for some colours I don’t often wear in a simple half moon design.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Essie Strong Start
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
  • Matte Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Matte Top Coat
  • OPI I Eat Maine-ly Lobster
  • Essence Let’s Get Lost
  • Paper Hole Reinforcements
Oh man, I think this colour combo is really fun. It’s nice & bright. Also, I keep forgetting to use matte top coat which is a shame because I love love love how it looks, especially with bright shades. So pretty! Plus there is something about that smooth, matte finish that is so, so satisfying.

What do you think about these half moons? What colours or shades do you wish you reached for more often? Let me know in the comments below!

A Fresh Floral

 

Happy Tuesday lovelies! Hope your week is off to a fantastic start. Today officially marks the last day of June, & even though I had a pretty quiet month blog wise, I’m back & going to end June with my absolute favourite thing to paint: floral. 🌸🌿 It’s actually been a hot minute since my last floral design, so I thought it was long overdue. (Plus flowers just make me so happy.)

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Essie Strong Start
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Warm Regards
  • Essie Check Your Baggage
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Malibu Peach
  • Sally Hansen MG Bourbon Babe
  • Sally Hansen MG Get Mod
  • Sally Hansen MG Black-y O
  • Essie Off Tropic
  • Essie First Timer
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush (COFFEE10 to save 10%)

I’m super obsessed with how these turned out — they actually remind me a bit of a design I did a few years ago that were inspired by a day planner of mine. But I think I love these even more! I absolutely adore rustic floral designs over something a little more realistic. Maybe because there is beauty in the imperfections. Either way, I think this design turned out so beautiful & I couldn’t stop staring at them. The peach & yellow just go so well with the red-ish base shade. I can’t get enough. 

what do you think about this floral design? Are you more a fan of rustic or realistic floral? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below (& maybe share what your favourite real life flower is as well!) 

SWATCH SUNDAY — Untried Essie Shades

PR sample

Happy Swatch Sunday lovelies! I hope everyone is having a lovely Father’s Day. It’s been a serious minute since my last Swatch Sunday post. Honestly, the seriousness of the world made me take a minute to pause, & reflect, & spend some time just being with family. But I’ve really, really missed posting & I recently received some awesome Nail Mail from @macintyrecom on Instagram featuring some awesome Essie shades (& a few treatments as well!) I absolutely adore Essie nail polish, so I’m always excited when I receive shades I don’t already own!

So without further ado, let’s check them out!

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Tie-Dye Nails Inspired by @BadGirlNails

Hello lovelies & Happy Wednesday.

Today I’m sharing a cute look I did a few weeks back. Tie-Dye is everywhere this year, including on nails. I haven’t yet found the perfect tie-dye sweatshirt yet, & I’m too scared to do one myself, but as soon as I saw Sonya at @badgirlnails tutorial for tie-dye nail art I knew I needed to recreate them!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Hardener
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Malibu Peach
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Lemon Chillo
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Miami Nice
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Fuchsia Fever
  • NailStuff.ca Round Clean Up Brush (COFFEE10 saves you 10%!)
  • Pure Acetone
  • Plastic Yogurt Lid

Ahhh, I love this colour combination so much. Like, I wish I could transfer it into clothing. The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Neons from last summer are absolutely perfect for this kind of look & feel so Summer-y. & Sonya’s tutorial she posted was so easy to follow to recreate this look, I’m definitely going to recreate with a variety of colours.

Like I said, thanks to @badgirlnails easy to follow tutorial, the look was a breeze to create! You definitely want to make sure you have an extra thick layer of top coat down before you start applying your tie-dye (so you don’t destroy your base) but other thank that this is a quick & easy look to do! & so on trend right now!

What do you think of this tie-dye look? Have you attempted tie-dye on your nails yet, or at home on clothes? Let me know any tips you have for creating your own tie-dye sweatshirts at home because I really want to give it a try (without, you know, tie-dying myself in the process!)

SWATCH SUNDAY — Essie Check Your Baggage

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. We’ve had some beautiful weather the last few days, so I’ve been soaking in the sunshine wherever I can. So when in at Shoppers recently & saw some pretty Essie shades, I decided I needed to get something bright & sunny for my nails too! & you can’t get more bright & sunny than this beautiful yellow from the Essie Flying Solo Collection: Check Your Baggage.

2 coats + Top Coat

You know, yellow nail polish isn’t always my first choice, but as soon as I saw this bright & cheery shade, I knew I needed to add it to my collection. The formula is really nice, & levels out perfectly with two coats. I added top coat, naturally, which gave it an extra little boost of shine. I’m also liking the new wider brushes that Essie has introduced, because it means less strokes of polish are needed on the nail. My one & only complaint about this shade is the fact that it gives me a bit of red hands, but that’s more the yellow colour itself & has nothing to do with the actual polish.

Oh man, I just have to say sorry about the cuticle/hand dryness. Even with a ton of hand cream & cuticle oil I am hurting. But never the less my nails look pretty, & that’s what is most important — right? Unless of course you have some suggestions to help the dry hand situation, because I am always open to suggestions.

What do you think about Check Your Baggage from Essie? Do you have this beautiful yellow in your collection? Let me know what you think down in the comments below!