December 28, 2015

Review: Born Pretty Store Lace Nail Foils

Today I'm reviewing another product from the lovely Born Pretty Store: Lace Nail Foils

Winter Nail Art Challenge: Ornaments

Second last day of the #WinterNAC2015 and I'm looking forward to New Years!

December 24, 2015

December 21, 2015

Winter Nail Art Challenge: Christmas Tree

This look was inspired by the Pantone colors of the year 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity

December 18, 2015

Winter Nail Art Challenge: Christmas Sweater

These didn't quite turn out how I'd imagined them but they're not too shabby

December 15, 2015

Winter Nail Art Challenge: Christmas Cookies

One of the most difficult challenge days in my opinion... candy cane or gingerbread? This year I opted for the latter to mix things up a little.

December 13, 2015

Review: Born Pretty Store Assorted Gold Nail Studs

Today I have a product review from Born Pretty Store, these pretty gold nail studs.

December 10, 2015

December 7, 2015

Winter Nail Art Challenge: Snow

The second theme in the #WinterNAC2015 is Snow! There truly aren't enough winter days to create all of the infinitely possible snow manis. This particular design took a fair bit of thought before I settled on a design.

December 3, 2015

Winter Nail Art Challenge: Christmas Candles

It's that time of year again, the countdown for Christmas has begun! I'm participating once again in the Winter Nail Art Challenge hosted by Helena @Lacky Corner 2015 edition! Follow #WinterNAC2015 on social media to check out all the beautiful manicures created by other members of the blogging community. 

November 28, 2015

Simple Gold Chevron

A sweet and simple manicure to ease my way back into painting my nails & blogging semi-regularly. 

November 23, 2015

Review: Madam Glam Polish & Black Friday Promotion

I'm baaaaaccckkk. Finally! With a new blog look and everything!

So so sorry for the hiatus, as I mentioned previously I was in the midst of finishing school, moving across Canada and starting a new job. All of which happened smoothly and is going really well so far! :)

Now enough of my rambling, lets get right back into nails... today I have four beautiful shades from Madam Glam to share with you!

September 21, 2015

Paisley Print inspired by So Nailicious

I recently went back to square nails for a bit knowing I'd have to cut them short again at the end of the month but just missing the old square look... realized very shortly after why I opted for rounded nails. This look lasted a total of 15 hours. 15! Before the corners started to peel back :(

Anyone else find that squared nails don't hold polish as well as a rounded nail look? It's like the corners bend a lot and so the nail polish eventually chips or peels off. 

Regardless, I really like this look :) Keep reading to see how it was created. 

September 4, 2015

Review: Born Pretty Store Candy Colored Sequins

Multi-sized & multi-colored glitter... like confetti. J'Adore. 

September 1, 2015

Review: Born Pretty Store Boan Nail Art Brush

Today I decided to do a recreation of one of my more popular nail art designs from the past. 

I created the original look back in 2012 during my 31 Day Challenge that you can see HERE. It has since been shared many times on various social media outlets and I've been meaning to recreate it for a while now. 

August 25, 2015

Review: Born Pretty Store Rose Butterfly Water Decals

I have another set of lovely water decals from Born Pretty Store to share with you guys today  

The large sheet measures 13x16cm and has 3 different color combos of roses, leaves, butterflies & pearls to choose from.

For my look I decided to go with the blue/purple sheet of decals.

For those of you who have never used water decals before, they're really easy to use and blend perfectly with any manicure without the edges that you would find with nail stickers.

1. Begin with your usual nail prep & polish (allowing time for the polish to fully dry)
2. Cut around the specific decal you intend to use

3. Remove the plastic film on top of the decal
4. Dip the decal into water 10-20 seconds (I usually fill a small shot glass with luke warm water and use a pair of tweezers to hold the small decal)
5. The decal should slide easily off of the backing, place it design side-up on your nail (the decal is easy to position as long as it's still wet, but it allows time for errors)
6. Top it off with your favourite top coat

My base colors are OPI Black Onyx & My Vampire is Buff, and the polka dots were a final touch after the decals were applied (the manicure seemed a little plain)

1 Sheet 3-in-1 retails for $3.39 USD with free shipping worldwide! 

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

July 29, 2015

Review: JORD Wood Watch Zebrawood and Maple

Today I have an exciting post to share with you all! I have been frantically giving my nails some much needed TLC in preparation of receiving this watch for review from JORD Wood Watches.

When I initially saw the email from JORD I squealed with excitement! With much deliberation (and help from my sister) I choose to review this gorgeous Zebrawood & Maple watch.

Just look at that gorgeous packaging!! I was almost as excited about that box as I was about the watch itself :) 

Luxury Wooden Watch

The quality of this product completely speaks for itself!

JORD (Swedish for earth, soil, land) features incredibly unique & intricate timepieces, with an authentic natural element you won't find anywhere else.

Each of their 100% natural wood watches are created by a team of experienced artists & watchsmiths. And due to the unique grain in the wood, each timepiece is entirely unique, no two watches are the same!

Another excellent feature is the all-wood backing on the watch, meaning there's no metal in contact with my skin. 

June 28, 2015

Review: Aveniro Glass Nail Files

Today I have a review of some glass nail files from a wholesale company out of Czech Republic - Aveniro Ltd.

They make a variety of beautiful files of all different shapes and sizes! (My personal favourite being the large pedicure foot file)

Of course I had to do a quick & simple manicure to match these beautiful purple/green files

They also have miniature files perfect to keep in your purse for on-the-go nail emergencies and travel :)

Here are some of their links:
Canadian retailer: Cosmitty Canada

June 3, 2015

Not a cloud in sight!

Today I finished the final academic requirement for my degree in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie!! Now there's only 12 weeks of clinical between me and that diploma! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel :) 

This look was one I created a few weeks back and am only now getting around to posting. It was inspired by @peppermintpolish on Instagram (she has some incredible nail art I recommend checking out her work)

This particular design features Loreal Not a Cloud in Sight, OPI Alpine Snow and some taping & dotting tool techniques.

May 31, 2015

Splash Flowers: Inspired by The Lacquerologist

I have been meaning to get around to this design for a while now. This adorable "splash flower" look was originally created by Emily at The Lacquerologist way back in 2013 and I finally got around to following her tutorial and trying it out myself! :) 

For this look I used OPI Alpine Snow, Loreal Not a Cloud in Sight, and the black outline was done using a nail art brush and OPI Black Onyx. 

Emily has created this unique flower (and every time I see it I instantly know it's her work), and its super easy to recreate! So check out her tutorial and give it a go! (I would especially recommend this one for beginners)

May 20, 2015

Floatation Tank - My Personal Experience

Sorry this post won't be nail art related today. I wanted to journal about my floating experience and thought there's no better place than my personal blog, nail related or not.

Today I visited the newly opened Floatation Centre. These centres are popping up all over Canada, and this is the first of its kind in the beautiful city of Halifax.

What is it? Floatation tanks (also known as sensory deprivation tanks), filled with 10-inches of water and about 800lbs of dissolved epsom salt.

That you float in. For 75 minutes. Devoid of sight, sound, and touch. Alone with your own thoughts.

Scary right? Let me walk you through my personal experience...  

This beautiful new clinic (office? spa? naturopathic medical centre? not sure which name fits) has all kinds of Qì (chi), the atmosphere is calming, inviting, and so positive.

I arrived abundantly early to take advantage of the complimentary 15-min massage offered by the new massage therapist (first experience with ashiatsu massage, two thumbs up)

And after that I was brought into my own "floatation room" - complete with one floatation tank, and a shower. The owner, Lindsay, gave me the run-down on procedures and seemed completely thrilled that I was a first-time floater. 

After that, the room was all mine. After rinsing off in the shower (as requested), I hopped inside the tank to begin the experience. The tank is completely dark inside, so I put a small rolled up towel in the door (as suggested if I was a little nervous). 

While its perfectly normal to ping-pong about inside the chamber when you aren't used to "letting go", it took me only a few minutes to find "centre" and relax myself enough to stop moving within the tank (I attribute that to my love of water and 12+ years in competitive swimming). Who knew, the "ability to float", what an odd life skill. 

My first thoughts were to try and relax every muscle in my body (it was suggested to let everything go and trust the water and the salt to keep you buoyant - boy does it ever). The hardest part for me was getting my hips to relax, but eventually everything let go. Once I got comfortable I took the towel out of the door and entered into complete darkness. 

After that the hardest part was "tuning out". After I stopped focusing on my body, my mind started to wander.... I found myself thinking about the massage I'd just had, and scheduling another at a different time... which led to thinking about a face massage... relaxing my jaw... the taste in my mouth... "stop thinking"... "concentrate on breathing"..."What time is it?"..."concentrate on breathing"... Oh I wish I didn't have to breath then I'd really relax... "keep breathing"... "I should blog about this"... "I should remember what I'm thinking about right now so I can blog about this"...          

... And somewhere along that line I realized I could hear my heart beat... through my ears... so I focused on that and just drifted...

Eventually I lost all proprioception of my limbs (I had no idea where I was or where my arms or legs were in space, a very unusual but relaxing feeling)

And then the music started... 75 minutes was up before I knew it... and the sound of some strange man chanting (in the music) awoke me from my relaxed state... that told me it was time to get out and rinse off.

As a soon-to-be health professional, a stressed out student, and a human, I highly recommend floating if you are comfortable being left alone with your own thoughts, if you experience chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety, stress, or just want to get away.

The experience was surreal, relaxing, de-stressing (and I just finished an exam today). 
For many it is a chance for mediation, mindfulness, prayer, and/or rehabilitation.
The magnesium in the salt has therapeutic benefits of its own. For more information you can read about it on their website or find a floatation centre near you. 

May 13, 2015

Accent Nail Gradient

This look features piCture pOlish Water Melon, and the accent nail is a gradient featuring OPI Alpine Snow and BM-604 (one of the designs created by me).