SWATCH SUNDAY — Beyond The Nail Flowing Unicorn Mane

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! I hope your week is off to a lovely start!

Today I decided I needed to feel a little Spring-y, so I pulled an oldie from my stash: Beyond The Nail Flowing Unicorn Mane. As I’ve mentioned before, I won this shade (& the whole Spring Mystical Dreams Spring collection) back in 2017 as part of an Instagram contest. & I definitely have enough long overdue in sharing these shades! But with a winter that doesn’t seem to want to give me even a hint of Spring, I definitely needed some Spring nails to cheer me up.

2 coats + Essie Good To Go Top Coat

How perfectly Spring-like is this beautiful lilac purple shade. The base itself is creamy & smooth, but it has a beautiful layer of holo. The holographic glitter is full, & does not get hidden on the nail. You can see a bit of sparkle in my light box, but this shade truly comes alive in the sunshine.

This kind of pale pastel purple just exudes Spring vibes, & now has me craving warm Spring days more than anything. Or even just days when I don’t have to wear 2 pairs of tights under my jeans while going to work & could rock a cute shirt without multiple sweaters layered overtop.

Close up! You can really see how dense that holo truly is. I’m kind of obsessed with this kind of peak a boo holographic glitter right now. It’s sort of subtle until you hit that right lighting, & then it just comes alive on the nails! Obsessed.

Sadly, this shade is an oldie & has been discontinued by Beyond the Nail. But they have some super beautiful other shades happening over on their site—holo, not holo—as well as things like decals & nail vinyls, so I definitely recommend checking them out!

Have a happy Sunday loves! ☕️

SWATCH SUNDAY — ORLY Total Eclipse (or is it…?)

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! Today is our second Sunday of January, & the winter blahs are in full effect. So I thought we needed some serious bling to brighten up our days! Today I decided to grab a shade from my stash I’ve had forever, but never actually worn.

ORLY Total Eclipse.

& that is where the mystery started — because according to my Google research, no polish called Total Eclipse by ORLY has ever existed!

3 coats, no top coat

You’re looking at three coats of this beautiful glitter. The base itself is clear, but packed full of tiny blue micro glitters & larger holographic glitters. I chose to brush the polish on, but obviously sponging would give you a more opaque application.

I would definitely probably apply this shade with sponging, or apply it over some undies, so that you don’t need as many applications, & it will be less difficult to remove.

So, I bet you’re wondering… if this isn’t called Total Eclipse, what is the name of this shade? Well after some intensive Veronica Mars-worthy sleuthing, & some reverse image searching on Pinterest, I am 95% sure this is actually ORLY Angel Eyes.

I had originally bought this shade (like a few other ORLY shades in my stash) via Marshall’s, who seemed to have a habit years ago of taking old shades, & renaming them. Hence the mystery! Usually when I put in the alternative name in to Google, it’ll pop up with the original… but not this time. Haha. It was definitely a bit of a quest to find out what the original name is.

But I’m glad I solved the mystery!

Over all, I really like this glitter, & I’m kind of sad I haven’t really tried it out until now. I’m also glad I figured out the true name of this beautiful sparkly blue!

What do you think of ORLY Angel Eyes? Do you have this shade in your collection? Let me know what you think about it, & how you would wear this glittery blue.

#GlamNailsChallengeDec — Christmas Presents

Hello lovelies & happy Tuesday!

I’m super late posting these Christmas Present nails for #GlamNailsChallengeDec! I’ll blame it on a post Christmas sugar hangover haha. I can’t believe we’re already post-Christmas — this year is almost over. & we just have a few prompts left to go before this month (& year) is over!

Today’s look is definitely a simple one (again, post Christmas sugar hangover/exhaustion) but I think the simple pink ribbon over the holographic base is exactly how I would love to find all my presents under my tree.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Shiny Top Coat
  • ORLY Mirrorball
  • Color Club Art Club Pink Pastel

This is probably one of the easiest nail art designs I’ve done this whole prompt! All you need is a nail art striper, & a steady hand. They were super quick to do too! & the colour combinations are endless—works for Christmas, birthdays, anything holiday involving presents. & I just adore it!

What do you think about this quick & easy Christmas Present nails? Have you been keeping an eye on all the beautiful designs on Instagram for #glamnailschallengeDec? There is just one prompt left to go, so stay tuned!

SWATCH SUNDAY — ORLY Mirrorball

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone had a lovely & safe Christmas. We enjoyed our much quieter Christmas—figuratively speaking, of course. You know what happens when you give an almost 4 year old chocolate at 7am? A very long, loud, day haha.

Today is our last Swatch Sunday post of 2020, can you believe it? This year is officially almost over. All I can hope for 2021 is health, happiness, & the world finds a way to be a little more peaceful. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to end the year with a polish classic (& a perfect New Year’s Eve shade!): ORLY Mirrorball.

3 coats, no top coat.

According to my Google research, ORLY Mirrorball was originally released in 2014 as part of their holiday collection. I picked up my bottle on clearance at the end of that year, so it’s been around a long time! It’s also one of those shades I always come back to when I’m feeling the need for some bling, because if it’s one thing this polish has, is bling!

As you can see, Mirrorball is a silver liner holo polish with large hex holographic polishes. For my swatches, you’re seeing 3 coats of polish over my base coat. Usually, I tend to wear this shade over another silver base so I don’t have to use as many coats, but for my swatches, I wanted to capture how the shade looks like all on its own.

This shade is so sparkly, I just love it so much. I think it’s still available for purchase, with listings on Amazon & ORLY’s website as well, so if you don’t have this shade in your life already, I definitely recommend picking it up!

What do you think of ORLY Mirrorball? Would you wear this beautiful holographic shade? & Let me know what you’re planning on wearing for New Years Eve!

#GlamNailsChallengeDec — Reindeer 🦌

Hello lovelies & happy Wednesday. We’re officially halfway through December & Christmas is a week away! How did that even happen? But I’m loving just all the Christmas nail art looks I’ve been wearing — definitely the most wonderful time of year for nail art!

Today we have another #GlamNailsChallengeDec look to share! Today’s prompt is Reindeer, so naturally that meant I needed to pull out my favourite reindeer stamping plate design for some Rudolph nails!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Glossy Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Good Cheer-y
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Goldie Rocks
  • Essie Mosiac On Down
  • Essence Give Me Nude, Baby
  • Zoya Ray
  • OPI How Great Is Your Dane?
  • NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool Trio (COFFEE10 saves you 10%!)
  • Born Pretty Store Stamping plate BP-L032 (item #23268)
  • NailStuff.ca Clear Stamper

Oh man, this look is just classic Christmas, & I love it! It was also a really easy look to do — the hardest part was the stamping, but as you can see, it turned out perfect! If you don’t have a stamping plate (or don’t like stamping), a nail vinyl would work just as easily! A perfect look for Christmas morning. 🎄

What do you think of this reindeer look? Do you enjoy these festive designs I’ve been sharing for #GlamNailsChallenge? Don’t forget to check out all the lovely looks people have been sharing.

Have a lovely Wednesday!