NEW YEARS EVE Art Deco Negative Space Colour Block

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Happy New Years Eve lovelies! I couldn’t end this year without one more blog post, & I had created this Art Deco inspired look a few weeks back so I wanted to make sure to share it with you! My sister, like many I’m sure, is throwing a roaring 20s themed New Years Eve party, so I wanted to come up with a gorgeous Art Deco-esque look that would be perfect for the occasion. For this design, I used all three new shades from the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Oh My Gold collection, which were so kindly gifted to me.

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For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Strengthening Base Coat
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Goldie Rocks
  • Sally Hansen MG Good As Gold
  • Sally Hansen MG Five Golden Blings
  • Sally Hansen MG Blacky-O
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush(COFFEE10 to save 10%)
  • Wide straight nail tape or wide striping tape — What’s Up Nails makes a great one.

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I started off by applying my base coat, then some quick dry top coat & let it dry. Then I applied my nail tape, & created my blocks of gold polish. I wanted each one to be fairly opaque, so I was pretty generous in my application. After all polish was applied, I removed my nail tape. Then I carefully went in with my black & my detail brush to create my lines. I used my 7mm detail brush, but for lines like this a bigger brush (like the 11mm or 16mm) would probably be easier.

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I really wanted to come up with a design that was roaring 20s appropriate & I think I succeeded! It’s also a fairly quick & moderately easy design to f, so if you’re looking for a last minute nail art design to do, give it a try & ring in New Years Eve with some fabulously sparkly nails!

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I just want to say a huge thank you for everyone who checks out this blog or my Instagram & leaves likes or love. This was my 5th year blogging here in this little space, & even though my life is a heck of a lot different than when I started, & it’s not always easy to make the time for my nails & for writing,I couldn’t imagine stopping now. I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings!

See you next year!

#GlamNailsChallengeDec — Fireworks/Confetti

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Good morning lovelies & Happy Monday! Today is officially the last day of #GlamNailsChallengeDec & the prompt is Fireworks/confetti. I can’t believe this is the final prompt of this month, & the final prompt of this year! I’ve had so much fun stepping out of my comfort zone to join in on these challenges, & I’m really hoping to keep going into the new year!

For today, in honour of New Years Eve tomorrow, I naturally had to go with the fireworks inspiration because who doesn’t love fireworks!

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For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Essie Treat Love & Colour Strengthener
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Essie In Hot Purse-uit (Rebecca Minkoff collection)
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Goldie Rocks
  • Sally Hansen MG Good As Gold
  • Sally Hansen MG Five Golden Blings
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush(COFFEE10 to save 10%)

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I’ve attempted fireworks designs before, a few times, but they have never quite turned out as good as I pictured in my head… but I actually quite love how these look. I started off by drawing with my most opaque polish (Goldie Rocks), then my thinner holo glitter (Five Golden Blings) & then added some gold glitters in the middle (Good As Good). I really wanted these to look glittery, like how fireworks look right after exploding in the sky. & I think I achieved that!

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How pretty is this gold against the blue. I got the Essie Rebecca Minkoff collection from my Mum for Christmas, so obviously I couldn’t wait to dive right in & try them out. & can I just say this is one coat of this blue shade! I mean… that’s amazing & it makes such a perfect base for my golden nail art!

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What have you thought of this months challenge? Don’t forget to check out #glamnailschallengeDec for everyone’s final looks for this month!

I must say, even though Christmas made me fall a little behind, I had so much fun coming up with designs that I may not have come up on my own. & I love feeling inspired for nail art again!

SWATCH SUNDAY — Zoya Kissy

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Hello lovelies! & welcome to not only the last Swatch Sunday of the month.. not only the last Swatch Sunday of the year… but the last Swatch Sunday of the DECADE! So obviously when selecting this weeks shade I wanted something perfect for New Years, but also something special. & I decided to dig deep deep deep into my nail polish stash & grab a very very special shade: Zoya Kissy.

This polish came into my life as a gift for Christmas 2011 & was the very first Zoya I ever owned. It was originally released as part of the Zoya Gems & Jewels collection for Holiday 2011–here is a vintage Vampy Varnish post featuring this shade (for those curious!)

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Kissy is a densely packed glitter topper with fuchsia bar glitters, Holo bar glitters & fuchsia microglitters. I believe that the base used to be more clear, but it had turned pinky over the years.

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You’re looking at 3 coats over my (almost) bare nail, which gave me pretty awesome coverage. I used a peel off base coat underneath so that they would be easier to remove. You can also use this shade over top a base shade (I thought about doing it over black or navy blue — the pink would really pop) & it will cut down on the coats of glitter you use, but will still look beautiful. I think this would also be gorgeous for a New Years Eve glitter gradient!

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Like I mentioned before, this glitter shade is about 8 years old… but you can still find it for purchase online which is amazing! NailPolishCanada currently has Kissy stocked, so if you need this shade in your life, you are in luck. It is also available on the Zoya website as well!

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What do you think about this beautiful glitter — do you have Zoya Kissy in your stash? Have you picked out what you’re wearing on your nails for New Years Eve yet? Hop on over to Instagram & let me know!

SWATCH SUNDAY — China Glaze Peppermint To Be & Don’t Get Elfed Up (Holiday 2015)

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Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! Crazy to believe we’re already celebrating the second Sunday of December! I thought I would keep the holiday polish trend going by sharing two of my favourite holiday themed polishes from collections past: China Glaze Peppermint to Be & Don’t Get Elfed Up! from the 2015 Holiday Cheers collection. The original collection contained 12 beautiful metallic & glittery shades (plus one cream!) I bought 6 of the shades in a mini set from Marshall’s, & a big bottle of Ugly Christmas Sweater (which I feel like I need to share in a post all its own.)

For today’s post I decided to share the two polishes I seem to gravitate to most: Don’t Get Elfed Up which a is deep dark teal-y metallic shade with super intense turquoise shimmer & Peppermint To Be which is a vibrant pink toned red, again super shimmery.

So onto the swatches!

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Crazy Colourful Plaid Nails

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Hello lovelies & happy Friday! It is Friday right? I feel like my days are blending into each other a bit. Winter maternity leave is like one never ending day haha. I miss the sunshine. BUT winter does mean one thing: Christmas is coming. & even better… it’s time for all my favourite Winter/Christmas/Holiday designs.

Today is a design I haven’t done for a long time–plaid. I used to do multiple plaid designs every year, but I kind of lost my momentum, so I feel like it’s about time to bring them back! However, I think I need some practice, or maybe a reference picture, because these turned out… interesting. However, I still loved them enough to post them!

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For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Green Tea & Bamboo Strengthener
  • Top Coat: YSL Beauty Quick Dry Top Coat
  • Quo by ORLY Breathable Stronger than Ever {PR sample}
  • Jordana Cosmetics Pop Art Nail Design in Blue Abstract
  • Rimmel London Camouflage
  • Yellow gold metallic (no name)
  • Black & White acrylic paint
  • NailStuff.ca 16mm Liner Brush (use COFFEE10 to save 10%) {PR sample}

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For this look, I started off with a base of Quo by ORLY Breathable in Stronger than Ever which is a really nice shimmery red that is great for Christmas. Next, I took my NailStuff liner brush & made base lines using my black & white acrylic paint. This is where a reference picture would have been useful, because I was a bit haphazard in my line placement. But even still, it does have that plaid-esque feel to it.

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Even though I was a little disappointed with how these nails turned out at first, after applying top coat & staring at them, they really grew on me & I ended up loving how they turned out. They really make me excited to do some more plaid nails that are a little more Christmas-y — I have visions of an emerald green base with red & gold lines. Oooooh yes! Bring on all the plaid!

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What do you think about these plaid nails? Would you rock a look like this? Share your thoughts down in the comments below! ♥️