January Blues Skittlette ❄️💙

Hello lovelies & happy Tuesday!

After a week & a half almost of struggling to get back into painting my nails after being sick, I’m slowly feeling like myself again. But I feel like January is such a weird time for nail art because you’re done with holiday looks, but I feel like it’s just a smidge too early for Valentine’s Day. So what does that leave you with?

So I decided I was feeling the January nail blues. & since it’s been a while since I rocked a skittlette look, I pulled together a few blue/periwinkle polishes for a fun tonal look.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie Millionails
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Essie All the Wave
  • China Glaze Ever Glaze Don’t Grape About It
  • China Glaze Secret Peri-Winkle
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Royal Hue
  • Essie Bikini So Teeny
  • Starrily Eclipse

First off, I think this look is reestablishing my love affair with blue nail polish. It’s been calling to me a lot lately, so it was fun to pull out a few favourites out of my stash drawers. It’s been a while since I rocked a skittlette look, & I find sometimes when I try to wear them, I struggle with pairing the shades together nicely. Some people, like @heysolomiya, come up with the most visually stunning skittle nails with colour combinations I could never even envision. But I think these five polishes paired very nicely, & adding the holo topper Starrily Eclipse (which I think is one of my favourite special effects toppers!) gave these shades the perfect balance.

What do you think about this January Blues skittlette? Are you feeling the January blues this time of year — what kind of nail art do you usually go for during this in-between times? Let me know what looks you’re loving right now, & stay tuned because I’ve been going through some older manicures from January’s past, & I’ve got some serious recreation plans!

SWATCH SUNDAY — Cadillacquer Leilani (Thermal)

•pr sample/gifted•

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday!

Sorry for the lack of posts this week — 2022 hasn’t quite been my friend. I came down with the flu right before the new year, & even almost 2 weeks later I’m still just starting to feel like myself again. Which means, I need to get started with some fun January nails.

This week for Swatch Sunday, I have another gifted polish care of NailStuff.ca to share: Cadillacquer Leilani.

2 coats + top coat

Cadillaquer Leilani is a beautiful jelly blue thermal, which is packed full of multisized glitters, & shifty flakies. In it’s cool state, it is the funky blue colour you see in the bottle, but when your hands are warm (or when you dunk them in some nice hot water) the polish shifts to a semi sheer golden white colour.

The formula itself is quite easy to work with — not too gloopy or runny, which is good when you’re working with a shade which needs more coats. I went with two coats of polish, but I definitely could have applied another to hide the bit of sheerness it had while hot.

Below, you can see it in its “warm” state, after I dunked it in some hot water, as well as when my fingers started shifting back.

I’m always a sucker for thermal shades, & the dramatic colour difference between the hot & cold state of this one is really fun. As I’ve written before, I’ve been a sucker for thermal nail polish since my Claire’s “Mood” nail polish days, so it makes me so happy to still be able to play around with these shifty shades, even after all these years.

If you’re looking to add this shade to your collection, you can find it (& other Cadillacquer shades) for purchase via NailStuff.ca.

What do you think about Cadillacquer Leilani? Are you a fan of thermal nail polish? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below!

SWATCH SUNDAY — Dimension Nails Kronosaurus

•pr sample/gifted•

Hello lovelies & happy 2022!

It’s the first Swatch Sunday of 2022, in fact, & I’m excited because I have a beautiful polish to share with you that was gifted to me c/o: the oh so sweet @NailStuff.ca: Dimension Nails Kronosaurus. This shade was released as part of the Prehistoric Collection — a whole collection of polishes named after Dinosaurs!

Two coats, no top coat.

How freaking stunning is the beautiful blackened blue? It’s absolutely perfect for this time of year!

The formula is smooth & easy to apply. I applied 2 coats for full coverage, but you may be able to get away with one thick coat if you have shorter nails. The brush on the Dimension Nails bottle is also great because it’s wider, meaning you need less swipes for full coverage.

The shimmer is so beautiful, & I love how you don’t have to fret about too many brush strokes because the wider brush. You might remember I used this shade for one of my New Years Eve looks, & I feel like it has a lot of nail art possibilities! I also really want to see how it looks with matte top coat over top — I bet it is stunning!

Dimension Nails are Vegan, Cruelty-free, & Certified by PETA, Leaping Bunny, and Logical Harmony. They are also “10 free” which means they don’t contain any ingredients like formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, etc.

In Canada, you can buy Dimensions Nails via NailStuff.ca. In the USA, Dimension Nails can be bought directly via her website.

What do you think about Dimension Nails Kronosaurus? Do you love a deep blue shade like this? Do you own any Dimension Nails in your stash? Let me know in the comments below!

SWATCH SUNDAY — China Glaze Frostbite ❄️

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! It’s a rainy one here in Halifax — we even had thunder & lightning last night. A really big Thunder & Lightning storm! Which is not something super usual for Nova Scotia in December haha.

But you know, even though the weather is very un-December like right now, I’m still showing off a very Winter-like polish for this week’s Swatch Sunday: China Glaze Frostbite.

2 coats + Seche Vive top coat

I’ve had this China Glaze shade in my stash for a long time–at least 6 years–but truthfully , it’s not really one I reach for that often. Which is crazy, because this shade is very, very beautiful! The formula applied very smoothly, reaching opacity by the second coat. I’m not going to lie, the first coat was bit thin, but the second coat gave me the beautiful application that you see below.

As for the colour, I really really adore this vibrant sapphire blue shade, with an underlying aqua blue shimmer that gives the polish a real glow. It definitely reminds me of something that an ice queen would wear — maybe with some holographic snowflakes, or something. How gorgeous would that be?

In my close up, you can really see that shimmer, which gives the polish the glow. It’s something else. Definitely one of those shades you can wear all on it’s own, without the need of anything added. But, as you would have seen in my last post, it also makes a beautiful base for nail art as well!

I did find a few listings online for Frostbite, & it would appear that it’s still part of the permanent collection, so it should be easy to find if you’re looking to add it to your collection. NailPolishCanada.com, Sally Beauty, & the China Glaze website are a few places I found that you can buy this beauty of a shade!

What do you think about China Glaze Frostbite? Do you have this icy blue shade in your stash? Would you wear this polish for the holidays? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below — or shade which Christmas/Holiday/Winter shade you’re absolutely obsessed with this time of year!

Glam Nails Challenge December— Reindeer

Hello lovelies & happy Wednesday! Hope everyone is having a lovely (& not too exhausting) week so far!

Today I’m showing off another manicure prompt for GlamNailsChallenge December: reindeer nails! & not unsurprisingly, I decided to go with some stamped reindeer inspired nails. I’ve been really loving the speed & ease of stamping lately — plus I have a whole bunch of Christmas-y stamping plates that I only get the chance to use this time of year.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie First Base
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • China Glaze Frostbite
  • Essie No Place Like Chrome
  • NailStuff.ca Clear Stamper
  • Born Pretty Store Stamping Plates (both no longer available)

This is my first time using the ugly sweater reindeer print from this particular stamping plate, & I think it’s super cute. I had a bit of a struggle with picking up the image for some of the nails, but that could be a combination of rushing, the polish I used, & the tiny details of the stamping plate image.

Over all, though, I think this manicure turned out super cute & I got so many compliments on it over the 2 days I was wearing it!

What do you think about this reindeer design? Are you a fan of this stamping look? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below!