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?

SWATCH SUNDAY — Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour 513 Black Pearl

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Good morning lovelies & Happy Sunday! Today is a really exciting edition of Swatch Sunday because I’ve been sharing a polish from my Mom’s nail polish stash I’ve been dreaming of getting my hands on: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour 513 Black Pearl.

I looked this shade up online, & found posts about it all the way back to 2010. Sadly it looks like it has been discontinued, although I did see more than a few listings for it on EBay if you’re dying to get your hands on this shade.

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For my swatches I did my base, 2 coats of colour, & finished off everything with top coat (Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat).

Black Pearl is a dark steel grey shimmer which has this very pretty dark teal shimmer that comes through in certain light. It’s very, very pretty & very perfect for this Fall weather. The formula was kind of thin on the first application, but the second coat definitely levels things out for perfect application. & even though this is the kind of polish that you think would be slightly streaky, I avoided too many brush strokes.

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This is definitely the kind of shade I find myself drawn to as the days get cooler–darker shades that capture the Fall mood perfectly. & I’ll admit: I wish this beauty could come home with me, but I’m pretty sure if it disappears from my Mom’s stash, my bags would be the first ones searched. Haha.

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So what do we think about this shade? Are you loving dark moody colours are much as I am right now? Let me know down below! & let me know what your favourite Chanel shade is because I think I might need to add one to my own collection.

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Deep Purple Leopard Print

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Hello lovelies! Today I have some more nail art to share with you, this time outside the Glam Nails nail art challenge I’ve been participating in this month! It’s been absolute ages (a year!) since I last created a leopard print design, so it felt really, really overdue. & since I’ve been seriously drawn to Fall colours lately, I decided that colour scheme was what I needed right now.

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The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Strengthening Base Coat
  • Base Coat: Quo by ORLY Bonder Base Coat
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
  • Quo by ORLY Staycation
  • Essence Plump Power
  • Sally Hansen I ❤️ Nail Art Pen in Black
  • NailStuff.ca dotting tool

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So painting my nails right now is still a bit of a struggle right now. Mostly, I’ve been trying to paint my nails when both the babes sleep, either during nap time during the day, or at night after bedtime. Sometimes it works out for me, & sometimes it takes me two days to create a design. For this particular design, I wanted to do something less complicated but still fancy. My secret weapon for a quick leopard print nail art is always my Sally Hansen I ❤️ Nail Art Pen in Black as it seriously cuts down on time when drawing the outline of my leopard.

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Someday I’ll attempt a classic leopard print colour scheme, but today is not that day. It’s just way more fun playing around with unusual colour schemes. Plus I really love the dark purple on the grey-ish base. I feel like this colour combination is going to be used a lot as Autumn creeps closer–it would look so good together in a dotticure or as a chevron moon design!

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What do you think about this leopard print design? Would you rock this design? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below!