Glam Nails Challenge September — Squirrel 🐿

Hello lovelies & happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I had a weekend off from work to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary, which was lovely. But busy. But today we’re keeping GlamNailsChallenge September going with another prompt: squirrel.

& I’m going to preface this with: I tried really hard. But woodland creatures are not my specialty.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie First Base
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Essie Satin Sister
  • Acrylic Paints
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush

Okay so I definitely will not be winning any awards for my artistic talents anytime soon. But you know… he’s an okay, albeit wonky, squirrel 🐿. I was super nervous about this prompt because I really didn’t think I could pull it off. Haha. & while it’s yet to be determined if I did in fact pull it off, I still managed to make something! & next time I will make sure I have some stamping plates with all possible animals so I don’t have to deal with this stress again. Haha.

What do you think about this squirrel design? Do you see a woodland creature? Haha. Let me know what you think down in the comments below! & please, be nice. Haha.

Don’t forget you can get following along with all these designs for this months challenge using the hashtag #GlamNailsChallengeSept on Instagram. & see way better looking squirrel nails than mine!

SWATCH SUNDAY — Essie Satin Sister

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! Another week has quickly sped by, & that means it’s time for another fun Swatch Sunday post. I recently put in an order through NailPolishCanada.com, & excitingly enough, my shades arrived earlier this week! I grabbed some gorgeous shades on clearance, so I am very excited to share what arrived.

First up, I have this Essie Winter 2016 shade: Satin Sister. Funnily enough, I just scored Getting Groovy (from the same collection) at Shoppers Drug Mart on clearance for $2 a couple of weeks ago.

2 coats, no top coat.

Essie Satin Sister is a beautiful creamy darkened teal blue. Depending on the light, it either leans to the blue side of things, or to the greener ends of things. The colour itself is great for Autumn. It’s deep & jewel toned, which I very much enjoy. It was kind of a spur of the moment polish pick, but I’m really happy with my decision.

Usually I’m more of a navy blue kind of girl, so this is a really nice change up for me. Its something a little bit different for me.

The formula is nice. This shade still has the skinny Essie brush of yester-years, but if didn’t affect my application to much. Like I said, I needed two coats for opacity — even without top coat. That’s not too bad. Obviously, I would love for a one coat wonder, but two coats isn’t too bad.

The only thing I’m a bit nervous about is removal, which I haven’t attempted yet. Definitely feel like this could potentially have some staining power, but hopefully not!

What do you think about this shade? Are you loving darker shades right now? Let me know all your thoughts down I the comments below! & shade what shade you’re currently wearing right now.

FASHION FRIDAY — OOTD: Fall Vibes 🍂

Hello lovelies & happy Friday!

It’s been a while since my last Fashion Friday post so I thought a Fall themed OOTD post was in order. I’ve been absolutely loving these cooler days, & I’ve enjoyed being able to pull out a few of my cosiest clothing items. Aka my cardigans.

I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite autumn accessories is a cardigan. Especially on those days that start out quite chilly, but end up quite balmy by the afternoon. Tis the season for layers — & I’m a girl all about layers. There is a reason why MK & Ashley inspire my Fall style. Layers are the best.

Forever 21 extra long green cardigan. Dollarama black tank top. Joe Fresh faded black skinny jeans. Thrifted patent leather loafers. Coast & Cove sunflower earrings. 🌻

I feel like this outfit is one of my unofficial September uniforms: denim bottoms, tank or t-shirt, & then a cosy cardigan thrown over top. Between this & a dress with a denim jacket, that’s all I really wear until the weather cools down a bit more. Also these black patent leather loafers which I basically wear with everything.

Also how cute are these sunflower earrings I just bought? I’m obsessed with them. They’re by local Halifax artist Coast & Cove & as soon as I saw them I knew I needed them. Her earrings are gorgeous, & I’ll definitely be picking up a few more very soon! Plus, they don’t hurt my very, very sensitive earrings which basically means they’re magic.

What is your Autumn style uniform? What style items are you adding to your wardrobe this season? I have an upcoming post featuring the items I’m calling my “Fall essentials”.

Glam Nails Challenge September — Autumn Sunflowers 🌻

Hello lovelies & happy Thursday! It’s officially the 2nd of September & my Fall vibes are in full force. I’ve got my pumpkin spice syrup, my plaid shirts & my favourite black tights just ready for cooler temperatures.

I’m also ready for all the Fall polish colours & designs.

After last month’s fun designs with last month’s GlamNailsChallenge, I’ve decided to keep things going with this month’s challenge! & the first challenge is right in my wheelhouse: sunflowers 🌻.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie First Base
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • China Glaze The Snuggle is Real
  • China Glaze Autumn’s Up!
  • China Glaze Spice To Meet You
  • China Glaze Loves You A Latte
  • Essie Check Your Baggage
  • NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool Trio
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush

How cute did my sunflowers turn out?

I’ve actually never attempted sunflowers before, so I’m really excited with how these came together. Plus, I got to use a few of the new China Glaze Autumn Spice collection shades I just received the other day. & they were absolutely perfect for this design. I have full swatches coming Sunday, but spoiler alert: I’m absolutely obsessed with these shades so be prepared for a lot of designs using these polishes.

Are you excited for another month of Glam Nails Challenge? I feel like all the prompts for September is going to just get me even more ready for Autumn, so I’m very excited.

What are you favourite Fall designs? Let me know what Autumn vibes speak to you most?

Glam Nails Challenge August — Pear 🍐

Hello lovelies & happy Monday!

Can you believe it — the last prompt of GlamNailsChallenge August! A whole month of fruit themed prompts. I won’t lie — I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to the end but we did it! & I’m feeling super proud of myself right now. & it was so much fun.

& now that we’re almost at the end of August, I’m really feeling those darker colours. Which, is perfect, because it’s the perfect base for our final prompt this month: Pear 🍐.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie First Base
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Matte Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Matte Top Coat
  • Essie Carry On
  • Essie Fall for NYC
  • Sinful Colors Chamomile Calm
  • Essie Wrap Me Up
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Grey Area
  • Essie Get Your Groove On
  • NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool Trio
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush

Oh man, I searched & searched & searched for Pear nail art inspo on Pinterest, but there was not much to choose from haha. So I decided my best option was just to wing it — & it worked out in my favour! I really adore the yellow-toned pears over this super dark vampy base. I actually forgot about this polish, even though it’s one I love to wear this time of year, so I was very happy to find it! It was the perfect base for my Autumn-y pears.

& thats it for this month’s challenge! I’ve had a lot of fun with this quirky prompts, & I think I’m going to maybe tag along for next prompts challenge as well — it really helps me with ideas of how to paint my nails, which I need sometimes!

If you’re enjoying these monthly challenges, let me know! & don’t forget to check out all the amazing designs for #glamnailschallengeAug on Instagram to see all the fun designs my fellow nail artists have come up with!