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

Happy Earth Day!

So this beautiful spring/sunny/earth/warm day has inspired my green and gold nails today.

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I didn’t want to go for the obvious earth-like colors, and wanted to stay more on the chic noble style.

So first, as always, I’ve put my Essie base coat, then 2 coats of Sephora’s #82 Happy Earth Day to Me (so appropriate right!), a deep khaki green.  Then after my nails were mostly dry, I’ve put in a foil some of Essie #35 Good as Gold and dipped a small piece of cling wrap that I’ve shaped into an irregular ball.  Afterwards, I’ve dabbed the cling wrap onto my nails so that most of the gold polish would cover the whole nail.

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Then finally I’ve put one coat of Sephora matt top coat, and my Nicole by OPI Drying Drops.

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Of course, when dabbing the cling warp onto your nails, some polish will get on your finger, but you just have to clean it with a cue-tip and polish remover.

It’s the first time I’ve tried this technique and I actually quite love the irregular patterns that it creates.

And you, what are your “earth day” nails?

Manicure Monday

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Happy Monday!

So yet another manicure Monday for you today (duh!).

This week, I was a bit uninspired (probably due by the crappy weather we’ve been having…) and didn’t really know what to do with my nails…

So I decided to try 2 new nail polishes!

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First, as usual, I’ve put my Essie base coat, then I’ve put 2 coats of Covergirl’s #145 Lav-endure.  Like the name suggests, it is a nice lavender color and becomes opaque enough with 2 coats.  The only complain I have about it is the brush of the polish with is pretty thin and not very practical to apply.  Then on my fourth fingers I’ve put the Sally Hansen 01 Crackle SnowBlast nail polish, which is yes, a crackle polish.  Since I’ve never used a crackle polish before, I didn’t really know how thick to apply it so I did different opacity on both my finger (here is my right hand).

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I might try some crackle polish over some glitters…I feel like it’s going to be awesome!

Have a good week!

Manicure Monday

Happy Monday everyone!

So I tried to post more last week but obviously didn’t work out so well…BUT this week! I will!

So on to the mani of the week!

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this week, I wanted something subtle and nice.  I’ve had my nails painted for so many months now and I just felt like having them more natural this time.

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First, I applied my Essie base coat (even if it has kinda of a nude color, when it dries it looks transparent).  Then I’ve put Maybelline Color Show 220 Orange Fix on the tips (I know on the picture it looks red, but it’s not!). This polish is not that opaque so I’ve put 2 coats of it so I would have a nice vibrant orange color.  Then, just to add a little something, I’ve put Nicole for OPI Heavenly Angel on top (they are holographic flakes).  And as usual I’ve put my Sally Hansen Diamond top coat and OPI Drying Drops.

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Voilà!

Manicure Monday

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I’ve been doing some intense/darker nails these past few weeks and so I was feeling a bit more “soft” this time around.  I’ve recently bought this holographic “glitter” nail polish recently and I found it so gorgeous that I couldn’t wait any longer to try it on.

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So I’ve first used Sephora by OPI nail polish called A True Romantic, and then Nicole by OPI (the Selena Gomez collection) Heavenly Angel.  I’ve always liked the pink nail and soft glitter style and I thought these two were a match made in heaven.

The pink polish is a nice not-too-pink color that I think is very versatile and girly and soft.  Also, it is not really opaque so a good 3 coat is needed in order to have your full nail covered.  Then I applied 2 coats of the “glitter” polish on top, after letting my nail dry for a bit.  They are more like little irregular pieces of holographic glitters than very round, normal glitters, but I really REALLY like it!  In direct light the glitters take some pink, dark pink, and orange color (like in the picture above), but when you’re in the shadow or very low light, the glitters then have bright green, yellow, and blue reflection (you can almost see it right in this second picture).

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My only disappointment is that there are not that much glitters that goes onto your nail with one application and so you do need at least two to have a reasonable amount of it on your nail (like I did for mine).

But apart this little detail, I just LOVE my nails!  I find that it looks so girly and pretty!

 

 

Manicure Monday

Time for a mani!


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Since my last manicure (that you can see here) was a tad more complex than any manicure I did in my life (not that many, but still…), I decided to give myself a break and do something a little more easy this time.

So I got my inspiration from Deez Nailz (she has the most crazy nail art I’ve seen!).

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After putting my Sally Hansen base coat, I’ve put 2 coats of Sally Hansen’s Pedal to the Metal, which is a very silky, creamy silver (more in-depth review here).  Then, I’ve put a very thin layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat, just so that the polish dries faster.

Then, I used a makeup sponge (I didn’t have a natural sponge like her…) to put Quo Love Game; a deep fuschia with blue reflection.  I started with a thin layer, then I went over a second time so the pink would be more vibrant.  I admit, a makeup sponge is not the best to achieve the same result as Deez Nailz so I would suggest you purchase a little cheep natural sponge for this style.  Then I’ve put again a thick top coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri and my Nicole by OPI Drying Drops.  So that’s it!  Enjoy!

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