Golden Leaves

Hello lovelies & happy Friday! Switching things up with some Friday nails.

I was really feeling some leaf nails, especially as the Fall weather continues to be beautiful. This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving, which is always feels fitting for some leaf pattern nails. I have a few of my leaf pattern nail stencils left from The Base Coat, so I thought they would be perfect to use over a base of China Glaze Loves ‘Em & Leaves ‘Em.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie First Base
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • China Glaze Loves ‘Em & Leaves ‘Em
  • OPI Designer Series DS Classic
  • The Base Coat Fall Leaves Nail Vinyls (no longer available)

Check out that sparkle.

It’s been a while since I pulled out my bottle of OPI DS Classic from my stash — it’s such a beautiful gold & you get that bit of holo with it as well. It definitely pops against the darkened base of Loves ‘Em & Leaves ‘Em. It just works so well in this very Autumnal design.

What do you think about this Fall leaves design? Is it perfect for some Thanksgiving celebrating? Let me know what you think down in the comments below!

Glam Nails Challenge August — Lime

Hello lovelies & happy Tuesday!

I know I’m like 2 days late on this prompt, but it’s been a crazy couple of days. I’ve been feeling super blah, under the weather, & exhausted so my nails have been taking a hit. I was just not feeling inspired to do them, nor did I have the energy. But I really want to finish out the challenge this month, so I’m going to keep going.

& our next prompt is lime!


For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Essie First Base
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sweet Pea
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Wet My Thistle
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod
  • YSL Beauty Vert D’Orient
  • NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool Trio
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush

I won’t lie, I went pretty simple with this look but the overall look was achieved. Originally I had be planning on half moons on all my nails, but I like them being a bit switched up instead. The look is more varied, which is fun! You get those lime vibes.

Anyone in the mood for a margarita?

What do you think about these Lime inspired nails for #glamnailschallenge?

We only have 2 more prompts left after this for August? I can’t believe how quickly things are speeding by! We’re almost to September (& the Fall designs will REALLY) start!

Spring-y Ruffian

Hello lovelies & happy Tuesday! I’m trying to combat the grey sky lockdown blahs with some bright & colourful nails.

I was recently at Walmart, & felt like I needed a nail polish pick me up, so I grabbed a few new-to-me shades in some bright colours I wouldn’t usually go for. I thought I needed to brighten things up a bit. & when trying to figure out what would be a nice design to do, I decided a ruffian design would be perfect!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
  • Essie Gel Couture Zip Me Up
  • Sinful Colours Track $tar

I really really like how this design turned out. I always feel like ruffian designs are hit or miss with me — either they turn out amazing & perfect, or I completely muck them up! So I was really happy that this attempt turned out so perfectly. I also got a chance to use this new-to-me Sinful Colours shade which is such a pretty colour, & very outside my comfort zone.

What do you think about this ruffian design? Are you feeling the bright colours as much as I am lately? Let me know what you think down in the comments below!

St Patrick’s Day Rainbows 🌈🍀

Hello my loves, & Happy St Patrick’s Day! I

t’s another quiet year, obviously, but I had to do something fun on my nails. I had this image in my head of a rainbow over a pretty green, & I think that the end result turned out exactly how I had pictured. I even managed to sneak in a little holo too.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle
  • Top Coat: Essie Good to Go
  • Wrenn Polish I Know Guac Is Extra
  • Deborah Lippmann It’s Raining Men
  • Essie Sunshine State Of Mind
  • Essie Check Your Baggage
  • Essie Off Tropic
  • Sally Hansen Cerulean
  • Essie No More Film
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Va Va Violet
  • Starrily Eclipse
  • NailStuff.ca 16mm Striper Brush

I love how these turned out, even though they were super time consuming haha. Who know 7 stripes of colour could be so much work. I also totally did my colours backwards, but you know what… I still think they’re awesome, & I hope you do too! & of course, I had to add a little holo to really bring my rainbow to life!

What do you think of my St Patrick’s Day rainbow nails? Are you wearing a special green design today? Let me know in the comments below! 🌈🍀💗

SWATCH SUNDAY — Icing Emerald City

Good morning lovelies & happy Sunday! It’s 4 sleeps until Christmas, can you believe it? I definitely can’t.

I was searching through my stash to find a Christmas-y green to share, & realized that I don’t really have a lot of green polishes (that aren’t neon) in my stash. I did stumble across this beauty from years past, & thought it would be a great to share!

Today’s polish pick is Icing Emerald City, which is a beautiful emerald green shimmer with a soft “cashmere” finish. This shade was originally purchased circa 2013-2014 (I’m guessing).

2 coats, no top coat.

For an old polish, the formula is easy to work with. It’s thick, so it applied well, but not clumpy or weird (which is good for an old shade). I did need 2 coats for full opacity, but that was just because of a few streaky spots. I love the brushes on these old bottles, because of how wide they are—it really makes the polish easy to apply. As for the finish, I was kind of expecting it to be more matte for a “cashmere” finish, & while it wasn’t super shiny, it wasn’t super matte either. Now, that’s not a bad thing, but I’d probably add a matte top coat over top if I was looking for a really true “cashmere” finish.

Check out that macro! You can really see the blue & green micro glitters that make up the shimmer. I’m kind of obsessed. Such a beautiful green, & it really is great for a Christmas look!

What do you think about this old school shade? What is your favourite Christmas green? After looking in my stash, I’m realizing I really need to get a few more in my stash! Let me know your picks down in the comments below!