Tie-Dye Nails Inspired by @BadGirlNails

Hello lovelies & Happy Wednesday.

Today I’m sharing a cute look I did a few weeks back. Tie-Dye is everywhere this year, including on nails. I haven’t yet found the perfect tie-dye sweatshirt yet, & I’m too scared to do one myself, but as soon as I saw Sonya at @badgirlnails tutorial for tie-dye nail art I knew I needed to recreate them!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Hardener
  • Top Coat: Essie Speed Setter
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Malibu Peach
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Lemon Chillo
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Miami Nice
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Fuchsia Fever
  • NailStuff.ca Round Clean Up Brush (COFFEE10 saves you 10%!)
  • Pure Acetone
  • Plastic Yogurt Lid

Ahhh, I love this colour combination so much. Like, I wish I could transfer it into clothing. The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Neons from last summer are absolutely perfect for this kind of look & feel so Summer-y. & Sonya’s tutorial she posted was so easy to follow to recreate this look, I’m definitely going to recreate with a variety of colours.

Like I said, thanks to @badgirlnails easy to follow tutorial, the look was a breeze to create! You definitely want to make sure you have an extra thick layer of top coat down before you start applying your tie-dye (so you don’t destroy your base) but other thank that this is a quick & easy look to do! & so on trend right now!

What do you think of this tie-dye look? Have you attempted tie-dye on your nails yet, or at home on clothes? Let me know any tips you have for creating your own tie-dye sweatshirts at home because I really want to give it a try (without, you know, tie-dying myself in the process!)

Watercolour Freehand Floral 🌸

Hello lovelies & happy Thursday!

I hope everyone is having a lovely week. The weather here has been pretty amazing & Spring like. You can’t help but love it! Our flowers are even starting to bloom in our front garden, so naturally I was inspired to create some pretty floral on my nails! This design was also inspired by a nail art look that popped up in my Facebook memories from 6 years ago (this one, in case you want to see the original.)

For this look, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Hardener
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
  • Essie Where’s My Chauffeur
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod
  • OPI Be Magentale With Me (Sheer Tints)
  • OPI Don’t Violet Me Down (Sheer Tints)
  • Essie No Shrinking Violets (Silk Watercolours)
  • Essie Love Sheen (Silk Watercolours)
  • Essie Flowerista
  • OPI Lost My Bikini in Molokini
  • OPI My Dog Sled Is A Hybrid
  • Essie Poolside Service
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Blacky
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush (COFFEE10 to save 10%)
  • NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool Trio 

Okay, so I know every time I do a floral, I say that it’s my new favourite — so I won’t even say it, but seriously this might be the most favourite floral I’ve ever done! I feel like the sheer polish plus darker outlining just gives this manicure such a beautiful feel. & I love the floral combined with the brightness of Essie Where’s My Chauffeur which is hands down one of my favourite polishes for Spring. I’m really really in love with this whole combination.

& obviously, a close up because I am so freaking proud of how these turned out! I know roses are my floral safe zone, but I think I would to branch out a little bit more, maybe try & perfect other styles. I definitely still have plans to try out a tulip design very very soon as well!

What do you think about this floral look? Has your garden started to come to life yet? Let me know what you think down in the comments below, & what kind of floral you’d like to see me attempt next!

Happy 6th Blogiversary Coffee & Nail Polish

Hello lovelies & Happy Sunday. I know what you’re thinking — this isn’t my usual Sunday content. But I’m making a special exception for this Sunday because IT’S MY BLOGIVERSARY!

6 years ago today, I posted my very first post here on coffee & nail polish, & I haven’t stop since. A lot has changed since those early, early days of blogging but my love of nail polish has not. & I can honestly say I can’t imagine not having this place, my very own place, to share that love! So whether you’ve been reading since the beginning, or just recently found me, I just want to say thanks for being here! & have a piece of cake (or a very large fancy coffee) for me!

In honour of today, I thought I would do something I did for a previous blogiversary, & recreate one of my early nail art looks. This orange floral look was the second ever nail art I posted here on the blog, & one of the first really good florals I ever painted. I was going to attempt to repaint this using all the originally polishes I used, but sadly both my bottles of China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin, as well as my bottle of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls are long gone. So I updated the look using newer polishes in the stash.

For this look, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Hardener
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
  • Essie Fall for NYC
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Firey Island
  • ACO by Ardene Lemon Sorbet
  • Essie First Timer
  • Essie Off Tropic 
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush (COFFEE10 to save 10%)
  • NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool Trio 

Back when I started this blog, I think I had a single dotting tool (Essence brand — I still have it around here somewhere) I had bought from Shoppers Drug Mart for like $1.99, some cheap dollar store brushes I never ended up using, & a bunch of striping polishes. & that was the extent of my nail art tools. But you know, I thought that was amazing & I loved teaching myself how to create nail art looks with them, like that beautiful floral. & honestly, I remember being so beyond proud of myself for posting those. I thought they were the best nails I ever painted!

Flash forward: check out those roses! I’m in love. But I will definitely say this — the tools you use definitely make a huge difference in your ability to paint. Everyone always comments on how much my painting has improved, but I definitely think it has a lot to do with the fact my tools have improved as well. That’s always my #1 tip to those who ask me what tips I have for improving their painting: invest in good brushes! I absolutely adore my nail art brushes from NailStuff.ca, but I also have amazing brushes I used to use from Bundle Monster (now Maniology) that definitely helped my improve my skills. &, of course, practice!

So what do you guys think of this floral recreation? Have you ever recreated an old manicure?

Thank you guys SO much for sticking around, for finding me, for liking my posts & leaving comments. You honestly have no idea how much it means to me to see people loving what I do, & the fact after 6 years people still love it! ♥♥♥

Have an amazing Sunday!

Halloween Patchwork Nails (recreated from @thelittlecanvas!)

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Hello lovelies & happy Tuesday! Today I have some more Halloween nails to share with you, this time a recreation of a design by Alaina aka @thelittlecanvas! If you follow her, you might have seen she recently recreated my ghost design, as well as my candy corn dotticure , so I really wanted to recreate one of her past Halloween nail art designs! & I found the perfect look in this patchwork design from 2 years ago!

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For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Green Tea & Bamboo Strengthener
  • Base Coat: Duri Rejuvocate
  • Top Coat: YSL Beauty Quick Dry Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod
  • China Glaze Be More Pacific
  • Essie Flowerista
  • Sally Hansen CSM Fiery Island
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • NailStuff.ca 11mm Liner Brush

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Oh my gosh you guys, this look is so fun & so easy! I started with a base of white, because it was easiest to make colours pop, & then created my blocks of colour. I did my green & orange first, & then filled in the middle with my purple. You don’t have to be too concerned with perfectly straight edges because you’ll be adding the black stitching, so I didn’t see the point in using tape. Then to finish my design, I took black acrylic paint & one of my NailStuff stripers, & added the black stitching along the edges. Finish off with top coat, & your nails are all ready for Halloween!

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This patchwork look is perfect for a variety of different Halloween costume ideas, & you can definitely change up your colours depending on needs–this would be perfect for a Bride of Frankenstein, Zombie, Scarecrow, etc. Lots of fun ideas, but super easy to do, even for a nail art beginner. & using acrylic paint for your lines vs nail polish also makes things a little easier, because if you mess up you can erase the lines without wrecking your whole nail.

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What do you think about this nail art look, recreated from @thelittlecanvas? Did I live up to the original? & hop over to Alaina’s blog today to see her version of another one of my nail art looks!

Mini Egg inspired Easter Nails (yep… again!)

Good morning lovelies, & happy Friday. Today I’m prepping for Easter festivities with a brand new Easter design… & showing off this Mini Egg inspired look. This is definitely not the first time I’ve created this design, & I seem to return to it every couple of years because it’s a fairly easy “design” to create but it gets the point across!

Also who doesn’t love chocolate?

This look is super simple to do–all you need are your egg colours, the spots (I used a brown polish & Saran Wrap–I’ve seen others create this look using a black & white glitter topper which was awesome) & some matte top coat.

Easy Peasy. & awesome nails to rock for your Easter festivities which won’t cut into any family (or chocolate) time.

For this design, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Matte Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Matte Top Coat -{PR sample}
  • China Glaze Sun Upon My Skin
  • Claire’s Matte Sorbet Blue
  • Claire’s Matte Sorbet Pink
  • Claire’s Matte Sorbet Mint
  • Claire’s Matte Sorbet Purple
  • OPI How Great is Your Dane?

Is the trick for me to get the spots right in the eggs is a light touch & minimal polish on the Saran Wrap. I crinkle it up extra & then don’t apply too much polish to the plastic so when I dab it down, you don’t apply too much polish to the area. You want just a few dots as opposed to a big splat.

Every time I do & redo this look, I think I love it even more. It’s just such an easy way to do festive nails, & the only downside is you have to fight the urge to eat your nails!

So what are you planning on wearing on your nails this weeekend? Share down below!