#GlamNailsChallengeFeb — Mandala

Hello lovelies & happy Wednesday! Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. We had another stormy day here in Halifax yesterday—lots of freezing rain. Seriously ready for it to be Spring already!

Today I have another new design for #GlamNailsChallengeFeb! Today’s prompt is Mandala. & I’ll be honest—this was not an easy prompt for me. Originally I tried stamping because I have a plate that has a few mandala patterns, but that did not work out, so then I tried free handing a pattern, which was also a fail. But when I typed “mandala nails” into Pinterest, I saw a few beautiful looks using dots, so I decided that would probably be my easiest (& least frustrating) option!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle
  • Top Coat: Essie Good to Go
  • L’Oréal Vintage Vinyl
  • Sally Hansen CSM So Much Fawn
  • Sally Hansen Good.Kind.Pure. Almond Tan
  • Essie Mosaic on Down
  • NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool Trio (COFFEE10 saves you 10%!)

As you can see from my close up, this isn’t the most perfect mandala pattern, but I’m still happy with how it turned out. I was originally inspired by this Pinterest post, but obviously I need more practice (& maybe not to start at 11pm) to get mine to look as beautiful as that! But you know, doing this challenge is all about testing myself, & that means even those manicures I’m not 100% comfortable with!

What do you think about this “Mandala” look? Is this dotticure version something that you would try yourself? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

Greyscale Quatrefoil

Good morning lovelies & happy February! It’s officially the month of love. 💗 But before I jump headfirst into all pink, all the time, I thought I would share a look a I created a week or so ago, when I was feeling the grey January blahs.

Today’s look started out as just a grey smooshy design, which was lovely, but looked like the perfect base from some tile inspired nails! So I pulled out one of my many stamping plates I don’t use nearly enough, & switched things up!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Essie Strong Start
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Grey Area
  • Essence Rock My World!
  • Starrily Vantablack
  • NailStuff.ca Clear Stamper (COFFEE10 saves you 10%)
  • Born Pretty Store stamping plate BP-L003 (item #17921) — quatrafoil image (no longer available)

Seriously, how pretty is this greyscale look? I love how the base isn’t super in your face, & then the black really pops against it. Completely achieves the look I was trying to accomplish, & who wouldn’t want tile like this in their house? I know I certainly would! Plus it looks gorgeous posed against the greenery in my background (a plant shelf at work, right beside the window — the perfect nail art background!)

What do you think about this greyscale quatrefoil design? Would you wear something like this?

Pinky Stripes

Hello lovelies & happy, happy Thursday! I hope everyone is having a lovely day.

This week is almost over — & so is this month! Hard to believe we’re already a month in 2021. But I’m very excited it’s almost February because that means all the Valentine’s Day looks! I’m also planning on participating in GlamNailsChallengeFebrury which has some pretty awesome prompts!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Shiny Top Coat
  • Londontown — Jane Austen
  • Londontown — Bell Flower
  • Londontown — Opal
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Clean Slate
  • Sally Hansen CSM Ruby Doo
  • NailStuff.ca 16mm Striper Brush (COFFEE10 saves you 10% on your purchase!)

Vertical stripes are such an easy & cute nail art look — plus they have the added bonus of giving your nail the illusion of looking longer! Which I’m always here for, especially right now when the Winter cold is leaving my nails brittle & peel-y, so they’re not growing long like I would like. I also feel like this colour combination is a great one for Valentine’s Day, with the combinations of pinks & purples.

This time of year is the only time of year when I wear this much pink on my nails. But I’m definitely not complaining! Also currently planning another Valentine’s Day inspired Swatch Sunday post with some shades I’m loving for the big day!

What do you think about this stripey look? Would you wear an easy stripe design like this? Let me know what you think down in the comments below!

70s Inspired Swirls

Hello lovelies & happy Tuesday! Today I’ve gone some fun nail art to share with you, inspired by some brand new polishes I found at my local Winners. My mum gave me a gift card for Christmas, so I decided to venture out to see if I could find any fun polish goodies.

& I did!

So naturally I needed to do some nail art. I decided to use a cute set from the brand Cherimoya called Hide & Go Chic. The internet has no picture of this set, or info, & the bottles are lacking names sadly. I ended up using 5 of the 6 shades that came in the collection.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Shiny Top Coat
  • Matte Top Coat: L’Oréal The Matte Velvet Top Coat
  • Cherimoya shimmery dusty blue
  • Cherimoya shimmery white
  • Cherimoya shimmery brownish grey
  • Cherimoya shimmery coral
  • Cherimoya shimmery golden rod
  • NailStuff.ca 11mm Mermaid Tail liner brush (COFFEE10 saves 10% off your purchase!)

I’ve been seeing a lot of these swirly stripes designs all over Instagram, so I thought I needed to do another version of this fun design. I really liked these dusty, muted shades in this collection, & thought they would be perfect for a 70s inspired sort of swirly pattern.

At first, I had these shimmery stripes with glossy top coat, but after I added the matte top coat I feel like it completed the look. & I totally wish I had a dress or peasant blouse in this pattern. How pretty would that be?

Also for a polish set that was only $5, I’m really in love with the shades. They’re probably more something I’ll use more for nail art versus wearing them on they’re own, but overall, all the shades are super cute. Especially the dusty blue & golden rod! Love those shades (especially for Spring… anyone else dreaming of Spring yet?)

What do you think about this design? Are you digging these shades as much as I am? Let me know what you think down in the comments below!

Christmas-y Snowflake Sweater Nails

Good morning lovelies & Happy Friday! It’s a snowy Friday here on the East Coast, which is giving me serious holiday feels for the first time all month! ❄️ There is something about a blanket of freshly fallen snow that can make the biggest Grinch feel holly & holly. (Unless of course, you have to shovel it. Haha)

Today I thought I’d share some more pretty Christmas/Winter/Holiday nails. & yep, more stamping. A large majority of my stamping plates are Christmas related, hence why I tend to stamp more this time of year (also, it’s fast too, which I need when working 10 hour days haha.)

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Glossy Top Coat
  • Matte Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Matte Top Coat
  • Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire
  • Essie No Place Like Chrome
  • Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate (no longer available)
  • NailStuff.ca Clear Stamper

Such a cute look for Christmas, or Winter in general. & a sweater inspired look is definitely a go-to design for me during this time of year. I’m just sad this particular stamping plate is no longer available, although I’m sure there are 1000 similar ones you can definitely find online. I just adore the little hearts in this pattern! 💗❄️ & of course, have to finish everything with a swipe of matte top coat, because it just completes the whole look!

What do you think about these cozy nails? Are you more of a fan of stamping, freehand, or nail vinyls? Let me know in the comments below!