February 27, 2014

Review: Born Pretty Store Feather Water Decals

Hello lovely ladies (and maybe gents), I'm really quite excited about today's design. I wore this manicure for two full days (which is rare for me) and received many compliments on it :)

This has to be one of my favourite products that I have reviewed from Born Pretty Store.

Feather water decals in Blue.

These decals come in a small package as seen below, and retail for $0.99USD per sheet. There are four different colours to choose from; Red, Yellow, Blue, and Purple. (I chose the blue ones - and they have a little purple in them)


I started with a base of OPI Alpine Snow and then created a gradient using Sally Hansen Salon Manicure I Lilac You (pastel purple) and Barracuda (pastel blue).



Then I applied the water decals following the instructions on the packet.


Unfortunately, I used almost all of the decals in the single packet so I won't be able to get a second manicure out of it. If you wanted to use the feathers on just an accent nail the packet could last a lot longer. However, I plan on picking up a few more of these for future use because I adore them so much and they are so inexpensive :) 

Born Pretty Store also offers free international shipping and you can get 10% off with my coupon code... 


February 26, 2014

Review: Born Pretty Store Pink Bows (inspired by an iPhone case)

This is by far the most blinged-out manicure I have ever done! I adore these pink bows from Born Pretty Store :)  


I started with a base of OPI Alpine Snow and then using nail art glue I placed each bow, and then followed with small rhinestones (also from born pretty store - a product that I have had for a long time now).


The look was inspired by my cousins iPhone case...

Because of all of the 3D nail art, I didn't leave this look on for more than a day. It's very difficult to practice manual therapy skills in Physiotherapy school with nails like this. Next time I will likely limit the 3D art to an accent nail :) 


The bows retail for $1.99USD for 10pcs and you can choose from an assortment of colours :)

And don't forget you can get 10% off with my coupon code:


February 25, 2014

Review: Born Pretty Store Vintage Stamp Decals

I have a few items that arrived last week from Born Pretty Store... so I will be sharing four product reviews with you over the next few days :) 

Starting today off with a set of Vintage stamp water decals with various european cities on them! 


The stamps are actually quite large so I cut different pieces of them that I thought would look interesting and fit on my nail size...


I used a base coat of OPI My Vampire is Buff and then cut and placed the water decals according to the instructions on the packet.


Even though the stamps are quite large you can still use them for some pretty unique nail art :)


The sheet of vintage stamp water decals retails for $1.99USD and you can choose from two different pages.

And you can get 10% off with my coupon code...



February 20, 2014

GUEST POST: Kristin and Marie from Lemonade Nails

The final addition to this week of guest posts is by two talented ladies from Lemonade Nails. I was recently introduced to their Facebook page and loved it immediately! They are two up-and-coming nail artists and it's very cool that they are sisters! :) 


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Hey guys!

My name's Kristin and I'm one half of the awesome duo that is Lemonade Nails. The other half is my sister, Marie. We met each other for the first time in 2012 and once we learned how much we both loved mani's, we became thick as thieves!
Over at Lemonade Nails, we like to hold a weekly challenge where we pick a theme and then each do our own interpretations of it so we knew we had to do the same here.  After wrestling with it a long while we settled on luxe - luxuriously expensive - as our theme for this guest post. We were so honored to be approached by Kelsie to do a guest post and can't wait to share it with you!

I decided to go for a really royal look, so I knew I had to use my First Edition by Finger Paints as a rich royal purple base. Once that had dried I applied bright gold striping tape as a faux french tip, adding interest and a quilted appearance by continuing the tape all the way to the edge on both sides. 


To set everything off I used small, round gold studs and attached them using my favorite - Seche Vite. For my feature middle nail I used a black aurora borealis cabachon and surrounded it with gold studs. What could be more decadent! To set everything down in place, I topped it all off with more Seche Vite.




Marie wanted a softer, more elegant French look using pale pink, grey and gold. For the perfect soft pink base, she used OPI's Mimosas For Mr and Mrs. Once that had dried, she used Wistonia stamping plate W203 to stamp gentle swirls on top in Gunmetal by Sally Hansen. 


To add a real touch of luxury, Marie affixed small, round gold studs to both her middle and index fingers using Seche Vite. For her accent nail, she left off the intricate stamping and opted for a little golden decadence in the form of Essie's Golden Nuggets. Marie then locked it all in place with one last coat of Seche Vite.



Thanks so much to Kelsie for giving us this amazing (and super fun!) opportunity and I hope you all enjoyed seeing our special edition weekly challenge!



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I love seeing two different takes on the same theme and I think both ladies nailed the luxurious look :)

Thank you so much to both Kristin and Marie for taking the time to create these looks for my blog today. Don't forget to head over to their Facebook page and see more of their work.

February 19, 2014

GUEST POST: Jenna from PolishPals

I happily stumbled upon this talented blogger when she did a manicure inspired by me! (which actually turned out to be a manicure inspired by me, inspired by another blogger lol!)

Regardless, I took a look at the Polish Pals Facebook page and immediate fell in love with Jenna's work... and she has been kind enough to share that with us today...

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Hello, hello everyone! It's your Polish Pal, Jenna and I'm super excited to be a guest blogger for Kelsie today.

For the last month almost, we have seen pink, purple, and white nails galore! Don't get me wrong, pink is one of my favorite nail polish colors but it's finally time to step outside this Valentine's Day manicure world and into something more classic. ;) Today I have for you a simple polka dot mani because no one can argue with a cute dotticure!



And of course, once you get to know me, you'll realize quickly that I ADORE nail art bows! They add so much charm to any simple design.



I used What A Broad by Sephora for my base color and used white acrylic paint + a mechanical pencil to add the dots. :) Isn't this plum absolutely gorgeous? And then I sealed the design with Seche Vite plus stuck on my rhinestone bow.


I know that we are supposed to be finished with the whole purple color scheme but this plum was calling my name! Besides, this isn't the 'right Valentine's Day purple' shade anyway. ;)



Here is one last photo of my purple polka dot nails with an awesome polka dot bag. Hehe... I see this bag as inspiration for a future mani. (I can see it now! Silver with a variety of black polka dots... mooohaha!!)

Thank you again for reading my post today and I hope you all liked my dotticure. Sometimes simplicity is the best! ;D Find more of your Polish Pal on Instagram (@PolishPals) and on my blog (polishpals.blogspot.com -- you can just link this to 'blog' :)).

Your Polish Pal,
Jenna

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"Sometimes simplicity is the best" that statement made me giggle because my friends often tease me when I call manicures like this "simple" because to them it is anything but simple. 

And I agree in this case, it is gorgeous! And little did you know that purple is my favourite colour (at least for the moment)

A big THANK YOU to Jenna for taking the time to do this for me, it really is lovely! And don't forget to head over to her blog or Facebook page and follow her! :) 

February 18, 2014

GUEST POST: Julie from Of Knit and Nails

Moving right along with the guest posts for this week... 

Today's post is by a fellow Canadian blogger who I had the lovely pleasure of meeting when I first moved to Halifax. Unfortunately (for me anyway), Julie has since moved to Ontario so I'm unable to meet with her in person and chat nails :P 

Hosting her as a guest on my blog is the second best thing! So keep reading to see the adorable manicure she did...

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Hi lovelies!  For those of you who don't know me, I'm Julie, the blogger behind a little Canadian blog called Of Knit and Nails, and I'm super happy to be here today!  I've been following Kelsie's blog for a couple of years now and continue to look forward to seeing her amazing manicures.  When she asked me to guest post for her while she went away I couldn't say no :)

I struggled a little bit with coming up with quality content that would match Kelsie's blog, and actually scrapped my first idea but I'm pretty happy with what I came up with!


I don't typically go for 'softer' manicures but after seeing this really cute mani on Pinterest I new I had to replicate it.

I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff, and added soft minty stripes in Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet.


I then stamped the branches using Mash-37, and the owl on my ring finger comes from Pueen-40.  Both images were stamped using Konad Black Special Polish.  How cute is that owl though?


I want to say a big big thank you to Kelsie for giving me the chance to post on her blog :)  I hope you have a wonderful week and thank you all for reading!

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That manicure is so cute!! I really need to look into these Pueen stamps that everyone but myself seems to own. 

Thank you so so much Julie for taking the time to do up a post for me :) I don't think I'm alone when I say that you went above and beyond the "quality content" I normally have on here lol!

February 17, 2014

GUEST POST: Phoebe Jane (take 3!)


All of you ladies (and possibly gents) that have been following along on my nail adventures for a while might be familiar with my darling cousin Phoebe Jane. She shows up on here from time to time whether I'm catering to her birthday parties, having her over for sleepovers, or hosting her on my blog as a guest poster! I often brag about her crazy talent! Or how awesome it is to paint her nails for her (since she has these long gorgeous strong nails - a nail artists dream!)

Unfortunately, I haven't had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with her (or her younger sister) since september because I moved out of St. John's. But, I get to see them on occasional visits to Newfoundland when I go to see my sister or parents. In the meanwhile, she has graced us with her presence once more.... so read on to see which nail creation she has come up with this time...

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Hello once again! I can’t believe it’s been over a year since my last guest post, so I’m really excited. Since Valentine’s Day is near, I decided to once again do Valentine’s Day themed nails. I had trouble coming up with an idea, but eventually got inspiration from a great post on Instagram.



These took a lot of time to do, and a LOT of patience, and I’m really pleased that they turned out so well. I started off by using Sinful Colors Snow Me White as a base. I then put two pieces of tape in the form of a triangle on my ring and middle finger. I used a sponge to put on all the colors in the triangle and on the rest of my fingers. I put a list of polishes used at the bottom.
After removing the tape, I just outlined the triangles with Sinful Colors Black On Black. Finished it off with a couple of jewels and a good topcoat. 


The polished I sponged with are:
China Glaze Passion For Petals Zoya Kieko
Zoya Areej
Zoya Sooki

and a bright pink form Suzy Shier
I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I enjoyed doing it, and hopefully Kelsie will invite me back soon! 

Phoebe 

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Love the look!! :)

Did I mention that this girl fell in love with nails and nail art right around the time that I did. (apologies to my aunt! lol it's an expensive hobby - but better than drugs!! haha)
AND, she was only 12 at the time!! Maybe in a few years she might grace the blogging community with her work, in the meanwhile her instagram is something only I, and a few of her close friends get to enjoy. But I decided to share a few of those images with you guys today... so here's a little sample of her work...

She was inspired by such instagram accounts as: @iinailsart @carlysisoka @nailtutorialsss


February 16, 2014

GUEST POST: Ariel from Lacquer, The Best Medicine!

Today I am letting Ariel take over!! (You'll see why)

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Ariel, and I am the girl behind the blog Lacquer: The Best Medicine!

I was so excited when Kelsie asked me to help her out and guest post for her, because I LOVE her blog and all of her manicures she features on it.

Usually, when I am asked to guest post, I struggle to come up with a design that is guest-post worthy...but not this time! I have been wanting to try out a "Pinterest-famous" mani (it's literally ALL OVER Pinterest, LOL!) inspired by the lovely @noemihk on Instagram for SUCH a long time - so here it is! Enjoy!


I started with three coats of Julep Joelle and two coats of Julie G Rock Candy (Frosted Gumdrops Polishfrom Jesse's Girl Cosmetics on my accent nail. I then applied two layers of Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat to make sure my nails dried to a smooth finish.  Once that was dry, I used regular scotch tape to tape off part of each nail and then applied the white polish to each nail (OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls). Once THAT was dry (tape manis take a LOT of patience!!) I again taped off a smaller portion of each nail and painted the second color on top of the white (Aly's Dream Polish Tiffanytea and Zoya Trixie & Julep Joelle on the accent nail). I topped everything off with one more coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl. WHEW, that was a lot!


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What do you think? I absolutely, positively LOVE the way it turned out. You KNOW I love it when I am willing to keep a glitter polish on my nails for a few days despite the terrible removal process! =P

I hope you enjoyed this mani - I definitely did! =P There's a lot more where that came from, so feel free to follow me however you please! ...

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STUNNING!! Don't you all agree? Many thanks to Ariel for taking the time to do a post for me while I am away. I'm also going to have to give this manicure a go sometime (it's been ages since I got out the scotch tape). Stay tuned for more guest posts this week :)

February 15, 2014

GUEST POST: Jessie from Nailed It NZ

If you caught yesterday's post you may be aware that I am on a mini-vacation... I have a week off from classes (thanks to reading week), so I am heading to visit my sister and parents in Newfoundland, and picking up my boyfriend who has been away for 7 weeks for school. During this week that I am away I have scheduled a few guest posts from some very lovely and talented nail artists :) 

I am thrilled to start the week off with a post from my... dare I call her friend :) You may recall my 12 days of Christmas challenge back in December, well that brilliant idea happened to belong to Jessie from Nailed It NZ. The challenge was a ton of fun and I'm very pleased today to feature her work on my blog... 


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Hi everyone, I’m Jessie from Nailed It NZ and am very excited to be guest blogging today! I’ve been following Kelsie since very early in my blogging journey, and love her designs. I run both a nail art blog and a YouTube channel, where I do tutorials (naileditnz). The NZ stands for New Zealand, in case you’re wondering – I live in the land of sheep, the Haka and Peter Jackson.


About a year ago I gave myself the challenge of starting a Disney nail art series. I had no specific time frame to do them in; each design takes a long time so I didn’t want to rush it. I’ve done Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid and now, Frozen!


Who else has seen this movie? I love it, and haven’t gotten the song “Let it Go” out of my head for weeks! Ugh and it’s just so cute. I kind of forgot it was actually a kid’s movie until I heard a four-year-old singing that song.

I did a sort-of tutorial for these, by the way. It’s near impossible to do a proper one as it’d take forever, but it shows the overall process!




Here’s a close up of the left hand. I found this hand really hard; this is the first Disney nail art I’ve done that was inspired by an animated movie, instead of a cartoon one. So Elsa and Anna look nothing like their inspiration, which you can find here and here. But hey, I still liked them J.



I loved the way the right hand turned out (which is a bit unusual, really, as I’m right-handed) – Olaf is so awesome! I loved his song about summer, so I painted that scene on my nails. Inspiration was taken from this picture.


On the thumb of the left hand I tend to paint the movie’s logo, and Frozen was no different. Fortunately the logo was just one word – a bit easier than when I had to paint “Beauty and the Beast” on it!


This post was a little photo-heavy, so I’ll put the ones I don’t post here on my blog, instead. You don’t really need them all, but sometimes I can’t choose; a rather first-world-problem which I’m sure other bloggers can relate to!



So those are my Frozen nails. Thanks heaps, Kelsie for asking me to guest post and I hope your followers like my nail art J.

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... How could anyone not love her nail art?! I am a huge child at heart and I absolutely adored this movie and so of course I love love love this design. Thank you so much Jessie for taking the time to do this and share it with my readers :)