Y2K inspired Swirls & Daisies

Hello lovelies! & happy Friday! & happy April 1st — I promise there are no April Fools Day jokes today.

Todays look is a fun one! It’s half inspired by the fact that 2000 style is now making a resurgence & half inspired by discovering the show Popular on YouTube, which I was obsessed with in Junior High.

I also found some frosty sheer shades during my last trip to Shoppers (on sale for $2.99!) that I very much reminded me of my teen nail polish collection.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Good. Kind. Pure Hardener
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Iris Illusion
  • Essie Play Date
  • Londontown Lakur Mint no Chip
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod
  • Essie Set in Sandstone
  • NailStuff.ca 16mm Striper Brush

Not going to lie, wearing these reminds me of my days going to Claire’s & picking up funky tattoo street necklaces, platform sneakers, & begging my parents for one of those inflatable chairs that were kind of see-through — which I did eventually get, although I think it bust a leak in the first week I had it.

This was a super easy look, & even though that Iris Illusion took 3 coats, & still isn’t opaque, I feel like that’s the whole point of this shade. I had tried it out over some white undies, & honestly it looked horrible. I much prefer this kind of naked, kind of not state that it gives you — it makes a great base for nail art!

What do you think about this nail art look? Are you feeling the 90s/2000s trends that are coming back?

I’m not sure how I feel about the returning fashion trends—I should have saved my old clothes—but I am excited about the return of flare jeans! Not that I ever stopped wearing them, but I’m happy to be on trend again!

Have a great Friday loves!

SWATCH SUNDAY — Revlon Spidey Sense (2014 Electric Chrome collection)

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday!

You might be wondering why my Swatch Sunday is a polish released almost 8 years ago, but I recently watched Spider-Man: No Way Home (yes… finally. I know I’m behind on the times) & it reminded me of the Electric Chrome collection released for the Amazing Spider-Man 2, which I was obsessed with. So I thought it would be fun to share a swatch for my favourite from the collection: Spidey Sense. 🕸

2 coats + Seche Vive Top Coat

This is such a funky red — sometimes it looks more coppery red, but other times that pinky undertone comes out, & it leans more fuchsia. I love the shimmery finish a lot, as it gives your nails that glow-y effect. Like you’re a superhero. & we all know how much I love Superheroes.

It also is a fancier red shade, thanks to that metallic finish, so it’s a great dress up option.

I think I have 4 total of the originally Revlon collection — looking back, I wish I had bought them all, but that’s okay. Even after all these years, the formula is still really nice when applied, & still fun colours to wear.

This red is nice & vibrant & fun.

& is timely to wear after finally getting to watch Spider-Man: No Way Hone. I can’t believe how long it took me to finally watch the movie, but I was so pumped through the whole thing, squealing several times. While I’ve always been more a DC fan girl, Spider-Man is my one exception. & No Way Home exceeded all my expectations.

In natural, outside light.

Do you remember this beautiful red from Revlon’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 release?

I never got any of the OPI Spider-Man releases, which I’m sad about, so I’m glad I have a few of these shades. Also makes me realize we haven’t had a Superhero Polish collection in a while… what the heck!? Someone needs to jump on that!

What do you think of this red? Who is your favourite Spider-Man? Let me know in the comments below!

SWATCH SUNDAY — OPI Two Timing the Zones

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday!

Another stormy, snowy Sunday is on its way here… because Winter just isn’t getting the message that it needs to go. So I thought I’d brighten things up a bit with a Spring/Summer polish pick from a few years ago: OPI Two Timing the Zones.

2 coats, no top coat

Two Timing the Zones was originally released in 2017 as part of the Spring/Summer Fiji collection. I picked up this beauty, along with a few others, in a pack of 4 mini polishes that I actually won thanks to an Instagram contest.

This is such a fun, summery shade. The formula on this guy is pretty easy to work with, & has full coverage in 2 coats. My swatches were without base or top coat, to see the colour all on its own. I definitely thinking adding a layer of top coat, especially a thicker glossier one, would definitely give it some extra punch.

The shade is really pretty. It kind of reminds me of flamingos, which reminds me of all things Summer, so I’m here for it! & I just want warmer weather, & sunny days, & sandal weather already. This would be such a cute pedicure colour.

So like I said, this shade was originally released as part of the 2017 Fiji collection. But, apparently Beyond Polish still has the collection available in regular, Infinite Shine & Gel, so if you need this shade, you can definitely still add it to your collection!

What shades are you wearing to try & conjure Spring (if you live in a barren Winter-land like myself)? Let me know down in the comments below.

SWATCH SUNDAY — Maybelline Color Show Blue Marks The Spot

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday!

It’s another snowy Sunday here, which is not what I was hoping for. But it matches well with the nail polish I picked for this week’s Swatch Sunday pick: Maybelline Color Show Blue Marks The Spot. This shade is actually a super oldie, going back to (I think) 2013! I picked my bottle up on Clearance a few years ago, after Maybelline had stopped making the Color Show brand.

3 coats, no Top Coat.

The first thing about Blue Marks The Spot is that it is very, very thin. This is 3 coats of polish, & you can still see the nail below. I’m not sure how many coats you would actually need for full opacity, but I’m going to guess it’s more than I would want to do haha. You could definitely do a white or blue base, though, if you wanted to the sheerness.

The formula is sheer, like I said, but other than that it’s not too hard to work with. The coats dry quickly, & the glitters are very well dispersed so you don’t have to worry about digging around trying to find them.

Obligatory macro shot.

I used to be so, so scared of glitter nail polishes & never want to wear them because removal would be impossible. Obviously, taking off glitter polish isn’t my favourite thing, but I’m not quite so scared of wearing my glitters like I used to be. Which, is good, because I love, love, love these spotted polishes & have quite a few in my stash from different brands.

What do you think about this fun spotty nail polish? Do you remember the Maybelline Color Show line, & these spotted polishes in particular. I also have the green one, Drops of Jade, I’m kind of sad I didn’t get the whole range of these shades were they were out, but maybe some day I’ll discover more in the bottom of a clearance bin to complete my collection haha.

Have a lovely Sunday!

Purple & Gold Freehand Swirls

Hello lovelies & happy Wednesday!

Hope everyone is having a very lovely week so far! We’ve actually been having a beautiful weather here in Halifax — very un-November like weather! It’s been absolutely beautiful… which has kind of made being inspired for nail art a little difficult. So I decided for my latest mani to go with a look I used to do all the time — this freehand dainty swirl look.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie First Base
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • OPI Ink
  • Essie Getting Groovy
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush

Back in circa 2014-2015, I used to love freehanding these swirly looks, so I decided since I wasn’t feeling all that inspired, it was a great look to go with.

I really love the look of the gold over the shifty purple base of OPI Ink. I feel like this look is very regal — it also gives me slight wrapping paper vibes, but I’m not mad about it. I think it looks very beautiful. It was definitely a good nail art choice in this in between time when it doesn’t quite feel like Fall, but is too early (in my eyes, anyways) for Christmas.

What do you think about this nail art look? What designs are you wearing right now? Have you started thinking about Christmas nail art? Let me know in the comments below!