Manicure Monday

Hello all!

Already in October…time fly so fast…well at least here (in Montreal) we’re having a wonderful weather for the last couple of days!

But the trees are starting to change and shed their many leaves and we can’t deny anymore that fall is just next door.  So for this week’s manicure, I decided to go with a very bright and fall mood.

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So first, as always, I’ve put on my OPI Envy base coat as it helps keeping my nails from being stained.  Then, I’ve used my L’Oréal Mango Mamma nail polish which is a very very bright deep orange but at the same is is pretty sheer.  Basically, I find that it just looks as if it’s carrot juice in the bottle.  Also, I wanted to do a one color gradient on my nails with this sheer polish.  So first, I applied one thin layer all over my nails.  Then the second coat I started it in the middle to the end, always trying to keep a thin layer.  And the third coat I’ve only put it at the tips.

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Afterwards, I used my very recent purchase, the Essie As Gold as it Gets in the Luxeffects collection.  It was the first time I saw this polish and I just couldn’t resist buying because it looked just like gold pieces in the bottle.  Even if the whole polish looks yellowish, the base is pretty colorless.  So I’ve put one layer of this gorgeous polish all over the nails, and put a second coat only at the tips to accentuate the gradient effect.

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Those two nail polishes are ones of my favorites because I find that it’s prefect either for fall or even summer.

Voilà! That’s it for now!  My next post (this week) will be my September favorites so…keep and eye open for that!

Manicure Monday

Hello everyone!

Sorry I haven’t post in a while but let’s say that the beginning of September was intense (been sick, been busy, been lazy…).

So I didn’t a lot of time to do any manicures but it allowed me to grow my nails more since I’ve cut them really short during summer (as mentioned in one of my previous Manicure Monday post).

So here we go!

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First, I went to the drugstore recently and saw that there was A LOT of new polishes that came out for fall!  I admit…I went a little crazy…BUT was able to get out of that “damn” place with only 4 polishes (at the beginning, I had 9…).  But I might go back again…soon…hmm…anyways.

So as always, I applied my dearest OPI Nail Envy base coat on all my nails, then put on 4 (yes, 4) coats of the Sephora by OPI A True Romantic, which is a very sheer light pink polish.  I usually don’t put that much coats (usually only 3) because I think it’s suppose to have a sheer look, but this week I wanted a little more opacity.  I love this polish because it is very creamy even considering its “lack” of opacity, and also because it’s not a pink shade that looks too girly girly (not that it’s bad, but sometimes it’s good when you want to change-up a little.

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So for my ring finger, I applied only 2 coats of the pink polish, then I’ve put one coat of my new Nails Inc. Special Effects in Sweets Way.  I admit that I had A LOT of difficulty choosing only 1 colour from this collection (they all look ho so pretty), but my eyes were always drawn to this one.  It’s made up of small blue, silver, and rose gold glitters bathed in a sheer white/light blue polish.  After putting it on my nail, I then applied another coat of the pink nail polish over it.  Okay, let me explain why I did that; in fact, I already saw a similar look from a Youtube guru (here) where she did a similar thing, and the look was a milky sparkly finish.  I just loved it because it’s a a nice alternative for using glitter polish.  But you do need a pretty sheer polish to put on top or else you won’t see anything (and keep it in the pastel shades preferably).  I LOVE THIS LOOK!

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Also, you may have noticed that I reshaped my nails.  I always preferred square nails over pointy nails, but I decided to give it a try, just to see.  Ok, I didn’t shape them extremely pointy (I know I would just hate it and probably would break my nails the minute after…) but I do like this round shape!  Also it makes my nails look even longer.

So, that’s it!

Have a nice week!

Manicure Monday

Good day everyone!

Time again for another manicure of the week!

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So I didn’t have a lot of time to do it this time so I kept it very simple.

So after applying my OPI Envy base coat, I’ve put 2 full coats of Essie Bikini So Tiny, a very VERY nice light blue with a slight mauve tint to it.  It also has some micro shimmers in it (which were very hard to capture in a picture, as you can see).

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Then I applied the Quo by Orly Instant Artist polish in Neon Orange with my Quo dotted tool.  This time, I used both ends to do big and smaller polka dots.  This polish is extremely bright and I really like the contrast between the two.  It is also worth mentioning that the brush of this polish is a very thin precision brush that you can use to make art nails.

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And as usual, I toped my nails with my Sally Hansen Diamond top coat and my Nicole by OPI Drying Drops.

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Et voilà!

Have a nice week!

Manicure Monday

Hello!

Okay, we’re not Monday (obviously) BUT I still wanted to put up my manicure of this week since I really liked it.

(I’m warning you, this post is going to be short and sweet!)

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So first, as always, I applied my OPI Envy base coat.  Then, I applied 3 coats of this gorgeous deep yellow polish by OPI called The “it” Color.  The polish is a yellow/orange that is super creamy and goes on the nails very smoothly.

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Then, I applied the Maybelline Polka Dots nail polish only at the tips of my nails.  It’s really tiny and bigger black and white dots (matt) and I really like that it can go with a lot of my polishes (since it’s pretty neutral).

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I pretty like the end result and look really summery!

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Also, I changed the color of my nails recently since I had to go at a wedding, and I’ve put the Revlon Bare Bones in 2 coats.  The color in the bottle looks lighter than when you apply it, but it’s still look like a very nice nude polish.

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So that’s it!

Have a nice week!!

Manicure Monday

It’s BACK!!!!!

So after a LONG week (ok, maybe not that long…) I’m finally back with my manicure!

It’s not that I don’t like my natural nails, but…I was really eager to continue to experiment with new nail design and pattern!

Also, you will notice that I had to cut my nails REALLY short because of a personal problem (won’t go too much in details) but let’s just say that I think I’ve never had my nails so short before.  I had them short when I was younger because of my piano lessons, but never THAT short.  So I tried to find a nail design that would still look cute and nice on very short nails (especially since I have very small hands, and small hands = small nails).

So here it is!

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As always, I started off by putting one coat of my OPI nail envy base coat.  Then I alternatively put 3 coats of OPI Alpine Snow and Essie Cute as a Button on my nails (alternating each colour on both hands)

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Alpine Snow is a very white opaque white and very creamy.  I could have only put 2 coats, but I really wanted my nails to be very very opaque.  Essie Cute as a Button is a very nice pink almost coral nail polish that is also very creamy.  Both were very easy to apply on the nails.

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Then after waiting a bit, I used my QUO by Orly Nail Dotter Duo Tool with the bigger end, and started applying polka dots on my nails.  For this, I only applied one “coat”.

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Then I waited for my nails to be fully dry and applied my Sally Hansen Diamond top coat and Nicole by OPI Drying Drops.

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I really like the final result and think it looks very summery!

Don’t you? 😛

Have a nice day!

Manicure Monday

Good Tuesday everyone!

Ok, it’s not Monday but I think I’m making some progress here! Need to stay positive in life!

So this week, I’ve decided to go with some colors that I’m not really used to.

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So after putting my OPI base coat, I’ve put 2 coats of my new Essie The More the Merrier polish wich I just couldn’t resist to buy. It’s a perfect summer color; very bright lime green, and has no shimmer in it.  And then to put a little more sparkle I’ve put a gradient (yes I’m very much into gradient now) glitter polish, which is Tantalize by Revlon.  This polish is very pretty and has tiny glitters and is very creamy.

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These two polish together I think brings just the perfect summer mood right now and I love it!

Also, this week I decided to paint my toe nails (which I’ve never done before).  I have ridiculously small feet and small feet comes with very small toe nails.  So I never really bothered putting colors on them and always thought that it would end up not looking too good.  But yesterday I bought a new (limited edition) nail polish that I saw perfectly going on my feet; the Maybelline Color Show in Poolside.

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It’s a very light grey blue that looks almost white on certain angles.  But with this name, how could it not feel summery!

So I’ll spare you big pictures of my ugly little feet, but I’m pretty sure this polish will end up one day on my hands too!

So, that’s it folks!  Have a nice week!

Manicure Monday

Happy (late) Monday everyone!

Ok, I’ve been really really REALLY bad in being consistent with my blog here and I want to apologize.  I’m really gonna try to get back to it more often.

So, now off to my manicure of the week!

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I’ve been loving gradient nails these past weeks and tried once or twice, but never posted anything so, this time I decided to do one for you!

I’ve seen this style somewhere on the internet (sorry I don’t have the source…) and I really wanted to recreate it.

But first thing first; I’ve put my OPI base coat, then two coats of OPI Alpine Snow, which is just a plain white polish.  When doing gradient nails, you always want to put a white “base coat” before your put the color, so the gradient will be more vibrant (from my personal experience…).

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Then, you have to wait for your nails to dry quite completely. Afterwards, on a makeup sponge that I have cut into little pieces, you put a strip of the color that will go closer to the base of your nail at the tip of the sponge (mine was OPI Mod About You), and then you put another strip of the other color just below (I’ve put Sally Hansen Blue-Away). At this point, it is very important not to put too much polish on your sponge or else when you’ll dab it on the white it will come off (which you don’t want).

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So like I said, you dab the sponge lightly on your nail making sure your blend well the two colors.  I did 2 coats of the gradient colors (I think you could even do 3 coats, but wait in between the second and third coat to dry).  If you dab too much, then you’ll have pieces of the sponge sticking on your nail (which you don’t want either).

After my nails have dried a bit, I’ve put my Sally Hansen Diamond top coat.

Now you ask me “how do I get rid of the nail polish that goes on the edges of my nails when I dab the sponge?”: before putting my top coat, I take a small (very small) makeup brush and with polish remover, I clean the contours of my nails.  I’ve also seen people putting scotch tape around their nails so there would be less polish to clean afterwards (I will try next time).

Voilà!

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I know my description might not be very clear, so, let me know if you would like me to do a little step by step gradient nail post and I’ll do it!