Sweater Nails with Water Decals from NailsStuff.ca

I’ve written before about my obsession with creating sweater nails. It’s one of my favourite styles for this time of year! So when I received these water nail decals from NailStuff.ca, I couldn’t wait to have a new way to create sweater nails, especially ones that I could do a bit faster (& a little less messier).

You can find my first experience with water decals–also from NailStuff.ca–here.

For this manicure, the products I used were:

  • Base Coat: Nailtek 2
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Revlon Elusive
  • Quo by ORLY Breathable Power Packed
  • NailStuff.ca Christmas Fair Isle Water Decal in Grey/Black

These decals were super easy to use. There are a whole bunch of different designs you can chose from, & you can pair different ones together or wear just wear the decals alone.

My only struggle was applying top coat–you want to make sure you’re using enough top coat when you seal in your design. My Seche Vive was a little low so I dragged the same spot twice & it pulled on the decal a little bit (on my ring finger). Also I found that sealing in your design with top coat was best before trying to clean up any excess with acetone so you don’t accidents pull your water decal sideways on your nail (if it isn’t dry enough). Since I’m still relatively new to these decals, these issues are definitely all on me. I think as I practice more, I’ll learn more of these little application tricks.

what do you think of these water decals? Would you try out this sweater nail look? Let me know what you think in the comments below! ❄️

*PR SAMPLE* Some of these items were sent to me for review. However, all opinions are my own

SWATCH SUNDAY — Essie Topless & Barefoot

Welcome to the very first Swatch Sunday of 2018! 💅🏻 I’m starting off this year with something fresh & clean… which also happens to be Essie’s Colour of the Month: Topless & Barefoot! While bright & blinding colours can be fun–& who doesn’t love something glittery–something’s you need a good neutral in your life.

Essie Topless & Barefoot is a beige-y nude that leans slightly pink. For full coverage, it took two coats plus top coat to help it completely level out. This shade is just very Essie to me. Even though I have a ton of shades from them in a whole variety of colours, when it comes to nude or neutral shades I feel (at least for me) like Essie is Queen.

I really really really like Topless & Barefoot. This is the first time I’ve actually worn it (I won it this Summer as part of the Essie Suddenly Summer contest.) Usually my go to Essie nudes are Sand Tropez or Cocktails & Coconuts so I like having more options. This is especially important for since my maternity leave is almost up (I know, right?!). Since my store closed while I was on leave, I now get to start the job search for the first time in 7 years! So some job interview friendly shades are must needed!

What do you think of Essie Topless & Barefoot? Do you have a favourite nude/neutral shade you love to wear for important events? Let me know in the comments below!

Holo Stars

We’ve come to that weird time period betweeen Christmas & Valentines Day where I always feel like I have zero inspiration & it feels just a little too early for hearts. I actually created this design before Christmas & a potential New Years design but never shared it so today felt like a good day! ✨

For this manicure, the products I used were:

  • Base Coat: Nailtek 2
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Pat on the Black
  • ORLY Mirrorball
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Black Heart
  • Star print stamping plate (no idea where from)
  • Clear Jelly Stamper from Born Pretty Store (item #24059)
  • Edge Perfection Cuticle Barrier

I really loved how these turned out, so much I wore them for a couple days before I thought to take a picture (hence the tip wear.🤦🏻‍♀️) I found this stamping plate in my collection of plates & had never used it before so I gave it a try & it turned out really nice. I think it’s from the Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit which I found at Dollarama almost 5 years ago (before this blog even existed!) & was my first foray into stamping.

What do you think of this design? What designs do you like to do this time of year when it’s too early for Valentine’s Day? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Morgan Taylor Little Miss Nutcracker Collection

Happy 2018 Everyone! ✨ I know I’ve been a little quiet over Christmas, but we spent it up in Northern New Brunswick with my Mum & Dad & Granddad & I decided because it was Lil Bubs first Christmas I wanted to be in the moment completely, hence putting the blog aside for a little while to enjoy the moments! Now I’m back, & I have some gorgeous swatches of some gorgeous polishes (which are WAY overdue).

Yes, I know… normally I would wait until Sunday for all these swatches but that just means you’ve get double the swatches this week! But I wanted to get this Morgan Taylor Little Miss Nutcracker polishes up finally–yes, this collection is technically for the holidays but once you see these swatches you’ll realize they’re great shades for all through the year!

<These polishes were all gifted to me by Morgan Taylor as part of the Preen.Me#PreenMeVIP program>

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Geometric Christmas inspired nails

Happy Tuesday! Can you believe it’s only 6 days until Christmas?! I hope everyone else is more prepared than I am–although I did get out some Christmas cards & finished the wrapping for my sister’s family, so I’m not completely behind. Today I have another simple Christmas design that looks just like wrapping paper!

For this design, the polishes used were:

  • Base Coat: Nailtek 2 Foundations
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire
  • Ardene Ice Mist
  • Zoya Ray
  • L’Oréal Feeling Kilty
  • The Base Coat Vinyls Triangle Pattern Stencil
  • NailStuff.ca triangle stud — Gold Mixed Decoration Nail wheel
  • Small dotting tool (to fill in the triangles)

I’m not going to lie–filling in each individual triangle was kind of time consuming but it is totally worth it! I’ve always been a fan of geometric designs, & I just love how these look. A dressed up Christmas design. & the little triangle stud mimics the look of the pattern but could also be a stand in for a Christmas tree. I just think these are so classy–don’t get me wrong, I love all Christmas designs. But I’ve had fun this year creating different designs that aren’t your typical Christmas looks.

What do you think of this design? Would you wear these? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🎄

SWATCH SUNDAY — New shades from Wrenn Polish!

Happy Sunday Everyone! & Happy week until Christmas. Is everyone ready for Santa to arrive? I’m not–I still have some major shopping to do, but trying not to stress too much. In the mean time, I have some very exciting swatches of a few new shades recently released by Wrenn Polish–including 2 seriously holo shades!

*PR SAMPLE* Some of these items were sent to me for review. However, all opinions are my own

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Holo-day Nail Art

Christmas came early for me as I received a parcel from Wrenn Polish on Monday. I have swatches coming on Sunday of all three shades I received, but in the meantime how about some sneak peak nail art featuring one of these gorgeous polishes! I was feeling some untraditional Christmas nails for decorating our house, so I picked Enchanted, a stunning pink linear holo, & decided to make it Christmas-y. I’ve always dreamed of having an all purple Christmas tree! This is probably as close as my husband will let me get haha.

For this manicure, the polishes used were:

  • Base Coat: NailTek 2 Foundations
  • Top Coat: Seche Vite
  • Wrenn Polish Enchanted
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Troublemaker
  • MyNailsDid Christmas Tree Vinyls
  • Medium sized dotting tool

Can we just talk about how beautiful this polish is? If you read my previous post about the Wrenn polish shades I own, you’ll know I was very impressed with this Indie brand. Alissa makes just the most incredible shades & I love that they’re all inspired by her handcrafted jewelry. You’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out my thoughts on all three of the newly released shades I received, but spoiler I’m in love. The holo in Enchanted is beyond impressive. Even in the grey cloudy weather we’ve been having, it was hard not to stare at the shift. I have quite a few holo shades in my collection, but nothing like this!

If you want to get your hands on Wrenn Polish Enchanted, you can find it here.

So what do you think of these Holo-day nails? Do you have your Christmas decorations all up or are you last minute like me? Share your thoughts in the comments down below!

*PR SAMPLE* Some of these items were sent to me for review. However, all opinions are my own