Hey it’s me again! After a busy couple of weeks (between work and moving!) I’m back in the blogging world, and not planning on any extend absences (I hope. 🙏🏻)
I’ve been rocking the blue polishes a lot lately, and loving anything negative space so I came up with some freehand colour block tips/negative space chevron moons (or whatever you would like to call them) using a few blues and a purple Garage polish I hadn’t yet had a chance to wear. This design sort of started as a whim, but I dig the final result–feels kind of Superheroesque to me.
The polishes I used for this mani were:
- China Glaze Rain Dance the Night Away
- Garage Clothing unnamed purple polish.
- Jordana Cosmetics Pop Art Nail Design in Blue Abstract.
- Essie Gel Setter
A quick how to on how I achieved this design:
- Start by applying your base coat of choice. (I’m currently using a combination of Nailtek 2 and Barielle Nail Rebuilding Protein.)
- Once your base coat had dried, use the brush from your lighter colour (China Glaze Rain Dance the Night Away) and paint a straight line from corner to corner. Fill in the tip. If you don’t feel you can paint this freehand, straight nail vinyls can make things easier! After giving it a couple minutes (or longer if you’re using nail vinyls), repeat this step using the darker colour (I used a beautiful Garage clothing unnamed purple polish). Apply however many coats you need to cover up the polish underneath.
- Using your striper (Jordana Cosmetics Pop Art Nail Design in Blue Abstract), apply your lines to the edges. This not only looks cool, but can help hide and mistakes you may have made.
- Wait a couple minutes (so you don’t smear your design), then seal your design in with top coat.
I really love how these turned out. Colour blocking is just such a easy and fun way to pair colours, and I love the different designs you can come up with.
What do you think of this mani? What’s your favourite colours to pair together? Let me know in the comments below! 💜 also feel free to suggest any content you’d love to see me post about. I’m dedicating my days off to blogging so I’m open to any suggestions.
Just in case you weren’t already aware, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. My Instagram feed has been just full of so many pretty love themed designs, and I’ve come up with a few myself. But I thought I would share a few of my favourite Valentine’s Day appropriate polishes.
OPI Designer Series Bold
Pretty pink glitter. You can never go wrong with any of those things, and I love Bold because it feels super girlie to me. This is 3 glitter packed coats, which made me glad I used peel off base coat because I would not have wanted to try and remove it the old fashioned way.
Garage Noname Neon Pink with holo micro glitters.
First off, everyone say howdy to Cindy! Was trying to save of time by bringing her into the mix. Way more awkward to pose though, hence the bottle shot.
Essie Toggle to the Top
I adore this beautiful Wine coloured glitter–it’s just such a sexy polish (can nail polish be sexy? Why not!) I layered my swatch over China Glaze Seduce Me (another perfect colour for Valentine’s Day!) which cut down on how many coats I needed to do.
ACO by Ardene Sprinkles
I like glitter for Valentine’s Day, have you noticed? I picked this polish because I thought it would be fun to wear, plus the name makes me think of cupcakes, and who doesn’t like cupcakes for Valentine’s Day?
My fifth and final polish is your classic red. Gosh I love red polish have, and Essie never goes wrong with a good red. I picked this up at Marshalls in a duo pack with Sparkle on Top for $5.
So what’s your favourite Valentine’s Day appropriate polish? Let me know in the comments below. 💗
My brand new dotting tool set I ordered last month finally arrived last week, and I couldn’t be more excited. I already had a single dotting tool that I bought at Shoppers last year (Essence brand) but it’s had better days. Plus, I only had the one size so it restricted my dot options to two sizes.
I scored these beauties on Amazon.ca for $1.96. (I also scored some new small detail brushes as well, which haven’t arrived yet.)
It took a while for them to arrive, but once they did I couldn’t wait to try they out! I just needed to figure out what was the first design I wanted to do! It was getting a little late when I started these, so I figure I a funky dotticure was the perfect solution.
The polishes I used for this manicure were:
- Cherimoya nail polish in Dulce de Leche (from the “Make You Melt” Petite collection.) — base color.
- Essie in The Lace is On — Dark purple dots.
- Garage brand nail polish — the light pink dots. (No name on this one.)
- LA Girl Quick Dry Top Coat.
Even though it’s a simple mani, I really like how it turned out on the nail. I really am crazy for dots.
The only disappointment was a I banged my finger in the morning getting ready for the gym, and broke the nail on my pointer finger so I had to file down the rest of my nails so they were all the same length (and go through work with a slight chip to the polish all day). Then I ended up hitting my hand at work, breaking the edge of my thumb nail! So my nails are super short again. I’m a sad girl.