Nail Art Warriors for Maria (@so_nailicious)

Hello lovelies.

Today’s post is a special one for a very special member of the nail art community. Maria, aka @so_nailicious, has been a huge inspiration in the nail art world for a long time, & a personal nail art inspiration to me since I really started painting my nails. Over the last year, she has been facing some really tough health battles as she was diagnosed with MS, & as a result been forced to stop doing things that once brought her joy… like painting her nails. So Magda (@redheadnails) banded a group of us together so do some very special manicures in her honour, & I absolutely had to jump at the opportunity!

The colours orange & blue were chosen — orange, which is the colour for MS awareness, & blue which is a colour Maria loves. We also went with a “power” theme, to inspire & show off the strength that Maria is showing in her fight against this heart wrenching disease.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie Hard To Resist Glow & Shine 
  • Top Coat: Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue (the original formula)
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure One in a Melon
  • Sally Hansen InstaDri Pump-kid
  • Starrily Vantablack
  • Nailstuff.ca clear stamper & scraper set
  • Essence “Stamp It!” plate
  • Unknown stamping plate (bought as part of a set of Dollarama in my early nail art days)

As I mentioned, I was super proud to do these nails in honour of Maria, as her nails & nail art has been an inspiration of mine for a long time, & I wanted to show even though she may be struggling right now & unable to do one of the things she loves, she’s still inspiring her friends in the nail art community everyday!

Check out #nailartwarriorsformaria on Instagram to see all the other beautiful & empowering manicures!

GLAM NAILS CHALLENGE OCTOBER— Scary Pumpkins

Hello lovelies & happy Wednesday! & happy prompt #2 of Glam Nails Challenge October! I’m loving this challenge so much already — it really plays into my spooky heart.

Today’s prompt is Scary Pumpkins. 🎃 Although, my pumpkins definitely turned out a little less scary, & a little more cute. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts haha.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie Hard To Resist Glow & Shine 
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Fast Dry Top Coat
  • China Glaze Spice to Meet You
  • Starrily Eclipse
  • Starrily Vantablack
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush

I had this idea about holo pumpkins, & I really like Starrily Eclipse over China Glaze Spice to Meet You from last years China Glaze Fall collection. It gave me the perfect holographic base for my “scary” pumpkin faces. I also love the sparkle. I’m definitely going through a holo & sparkle faze right now.

& my thumb, because I really like how his face turned out.

Are you following along with Glam Nails Challenge October, & the prompts so far. You can follow #glamnailschallengeoct on Instagram for all the fun prompts to come. I’m really looking forward to creating some new nail art looks for this year, so stay tuned! There is a reason October is my favourite month!

Have an awesome day lovelies!

SWATCH SUNDAY — OPI First Date at the Golden Gate

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! I hope everyone is having a lovely & enjoyable weekend. I’m excited because I’m really embracing all the Autumn vibes with today’s Swatch Sunday pick. I know, I know… it’s still Summer. But my pumpkin spice loving heart is ready for more, & today’s polish pick is definitely filling the void.

Today I’m rocking OPI First Date at the Golden Gate which was originally released as part of the 2013 Fall/Winter collection (so perfect for Fall almost 9 years later!) This shade came to me during a Chatters sale, although I can’t exactly remember. The bottle is dusty though, so she’s definitely been around a while.

3 coats, no top coat.

The formula on this shade is soft & smooth, & applied to the nail easily. I did have to go with 3 coats of polish, as it was a bit on the thin side, but they dried surprisingly fast. This is always a bonus when you have to apply anything more than 2 coats.

I also like how syrup-y the finish looks, even without top coat.

The colour of this one seems absolutely perfect for Fall & I can’t believe I haven’t really reached for it much this time of year. First, it’s a not-quite-red — & we all know I adore read nail polish! But the shade has this burnt quality, with brown undertones, which reminds me of when the leaves shift around the end of September, beginning of October.

& that’s my favourite time of year!

What do you think about OPI First Date at the Golden Gate? Do you have this beauty in your collection? Do you enjoy me posting these throwback Fall collection shades? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

Contrasting Abstract Swirls

Hello loves & happy Thursday. It’s almost the weekend!

Today I’m showing off a design that I did recently which I thought was really fun. I wanted to wear something different for me, colour wise, & I decided on OPI Where Did Suzi’s Man-go. I love this colour, but I don’t wear it own very often — which is kind of funny because I used to wear coral/orange nail polishes a lot when I first started this blog.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie Hard To Resist Glow & Shine 
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • OPI Where Did Suzi’s Man-go
  • L’Oreal Color Riche Le Vernis Violet de Nuit
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush

These nails are giving me serious 70s wallpaper vibes, but but in a good way. I had this idea of just single coloured way lines over the base, in a very contrasting colours, & I think I successfully created my idea! It’s a simple look to achieve, but it looks super neat. Plus it was the perfect manicure to compliment my brand new floral Zara shirt I just recently bought.

Plus these were so much fun to wear. & I love a fun manicure.

What do you think about this look? Do you like how funky these look? Would you rock this look on your nails? Let me know in the comments below!

Juicy Abstract Stripes

Hello lovelies & happy Thursday. It’s almost the weekend… who else is excited?! Of course, they’re calling for (another) big Winter storm Friday night into Saturday. So that’s… fun. I’m so over Winter & snow it’s not even funny! But you know what I’m not tired of–fun, bright nails!

This time, I was feeling some colours I haven’t worn in ages. Coral used to be a go-to nail polish shade for me, & I’m not sure when that changed. So when going through my stash, I was feeling some coral-y shades, & this is what I ended up with. Also, yes, more abstract stripes because they’re just so easy to do.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie Millionails
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • OPI I Eat Maine-ly Lobster
  • OPI Can’t Hear Myself Pink
  • Essie Blanc
  • Starrily Vantablack
  • OPI Koala Bear-y
  • NailStuff.ca 16mm Striper Brush

I actually ended up wearing these nails for 4 days, which is unheard of for me. Usually I’m changing my nails after day 2, maybe day 3. But I loved these so much I couldn’t actually bring myself to change them until they were really actually chipped.

These nails remind me of nails I did years ago, that I was equally in love with. Those were definitely the inspiration for this look. I know these kind of manis are super popular on Instagram right now, & some people might be slightly sick of them, but to me they will never get old. They’re just so easy, & funky. You have no idea how many compliments I got for this look! It definitely made my nail art loving heart happy.

What do you think about this design? Do you enjoy these abstract stripes?

Leave a comment down in the comments below, & let me know which colour combination you would love to see as an abstract stripe design like this?