It’s been an EXTREMELY long time since I’ve had a minute to post here, but I’m taking it upon myself to find a minute to share some Winter Snowflake nails with you all!
The full nail designs are probably my favourite thing in the world, they’re super easy to apply and don’t require any patience at all. The one pictured is part of the latest Bundle Monster pack that Nail Polish Canada was nice enough to send to me.
The polish colour is called Ruby Pumps by China Glaze, and it’s one of my favourite red polishes. I basically like anything with a sparkle.
Over the Christmas holiday I’m planning to spend some time dreaming up some new nail designs with these Bundle Monster plates! I can’t wait!
I’d like to introduce you to my new best friend – the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Let me fill you in a little bit on my experience with eyeshadow primers…
It all started when I was on my makeup obsession journey – I purchased the Urban Decay Primer Potion because that was the holy grail of the internet. I assumed it would work for me too, but apparently not. I think it actually made my staying power WORSE than when I used nothing. That’s not to say that it was a bad product, it just didn’t work for me.
Then, I decided to try the Benefit Lemon Aid because even though I wanted a primer, I always wanted something to even out the redness of my skin. This worked better than the Urban Decay, but still not all day lasting.
I also gave the Maybelline Colour Tattoo a try, with and without both of these products. Still nothing.
Then I walked into Sephora one day and asked one of the girls to reccomend a new eyeshadow primer. When I told her that the Urban Decay wasn’t working at all for me, she actually looked at me like I had three heads. She told me to give the NARS one a try (the reason I love Sephora is that I can try stuff and return it if it sucks).
This is now my holy grail eyeshadow primer. I use it every day and it is so so so amazing.
If you’re having troubles with the Urban Decay primer, check this one out! I’ve used it with cream shadows, and regular shadows, and both mixed together and I can put it on before going to work, go out AFTER work, and come home with my shadow looking the same as it did that morning. It’s incredible.
I haven’t posted some fun nail art since Easter! Which is a tad crazy, but let me fill you in on WHY before I get into how to do this wonderful summertime nail art.
For the past little bit, my nails have been awful. Peeling, brittle, and just not growing. Even if they did grow, they broke very easily. It was quite awful, especially considering how much I love nail art. The good news is that my nails are back on track! I essentially just stopped painting them 3 times a week, and I’ve been using the Sally Hansen Diamond Strength as a base. That stuff is seriously amazing. Makes my nails SO strong. I’m very excited that my nails are back to normal, and that I can now start posting more nail art (just less frequently so I don’t destroy them again haha).
Back to this manicure…
If you read my blog at all, you know that my favourite Konad plate is m57. Between the leopard print and the lace, this plate gets used probably 80% of the time I do my nails. Of course, this means that my nail art gets a little boring so I try to find new ways to use this plate. I decided to only do two accent nails with the leopard print, and make it a little summer-y.
The pink polish is Butter London Primrose Hill Picnic, and the mint is Essie Mint Candy Apple. Once completely dry I applied the leopard print stamp using Konad black stamping polish. Then I filled in a few of the spots with a white and pink striper.
It’s that easy folks.
If you’re an avid reader of my blog, you probably noticed that I prefer bright nail colours, and sparkle.
I was wandering around the mall last weekend and spotted the OPI New York City Ballet collection in a mini set, and decided that the price was worth giving these a try.
I’m really not a fan – but only because I’ll just never love sheer polishes. Above, I’ve got Care to Danse on all of my fingers, except my ring finger which has Don’t Touch My Tutu. If you can’t really tell the difference, don’t worry. It looks like that in real life too. The colour change is very subtle between the two.
My favourite part of this whole collection is the sheer glitter called Pirouette My Whistle. It’s a silver sheer glitter, with some hexagonal pieces. I’m definitely going to be purchasing a full size of this. It’s literally the perfect glitter. The hexagonal pieces are sheer and don’t take over your whole nail (which is what I dislike about China Glaze Techno).
The set also came with My Pointe Exactly, but I haven’t been able to try that yet!
I’ve decided that every single polish should come in mini form. It would make my life so much easier!
I went to peruse the shelves at Shopper’s Drug Mart the other day, and much to my surprise they had a few new Essie polishes in stock! I settled on one colour (shocker I know!), called Play Date. It’s a beautiful light purple polish, and as seen above, I’ve paired it with Sexy Divide.
Lately my nails have been quite a disaster, which is why you haven’t seen many polish posts. I wish I knew what was going on, but they’re breaking like crazy and just generally thin. It’s awful. I’ve been trying out different nail strengthener’s, and none of them been helping. Sigh.