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Easter Bunny and Chick Nail Art

Easter Bunny and Chick Nail Art

Just in time for Easter I’m here to share this adorable Easter Bunny and Chick nail art!

To get started, you will need to paint your nails in pastel colours. Feel free to choose your favourites, just be sure to have a yellow nail for the chick. The bunny can be placed on any nail colour.

Once your nails are dry, you can stamp 3 nails with Konad plate m79 – the polka dot stamp. If you don’t have a Konad stamp, feel free to use a toothpick, dotting tool or a nail pen.

Here’s a step by step on how to paint the Bunny and the Chick:

Easter Bunny and Chick Nail Art

I used a nail art pen and stripers to draw in all of my details. I find these tools really useful especially when doing my non-dominant hand. When you’re doing these designs try and pick out the simple shapes – for example, the bunny’s head is just a half circle and two ovals for ears!

Once you’re done, and every detail is dry you’re going to finish it off with a top coat!

A little bit of a warning – the Sally Hanson nail art pens, and the Seche Vite top coat don’t seem to mix well. I’m not sure if it’s because of my fake nails, but once I applied my top coat all of my white details became opaque. For this reason, I’d use either a striper or a toothpick dipped in nail polish to create these designs. If you’ve tried a top coat that works well with the Nail Art Pens, please let me know in the comments!

 

Butter London Primrose Hill Picnic Swatch and Review

I think I may have found my new favourite polish! I’d like to introduce you to Butter London Primrose Hill Picnic.

Butter London Primrose Hill Picnic

This is my first Butter London polish – shocker, I know. I was originally avoiding the brand because it’s so expensive, especially in comparison to my beloved China Glaze polishes. I caved. I don’t regret it.

Butter London polishes retail for about $17.00 in Canada, for only 4oz of polish. I purchased mine at Holt Renfrew, but it’s also available at Nail Polish Canada.

This polish had a great formula, and dries quite quickly. After one coat it was opaque, but I went for two coats because I’m a perfectionist. I’ll admit the colour was a bit dull until I added a top coat, but that could just be my own personal preference of liking my nails super shiny. The colour isn’t as bright as my photo makes it out to be, take a look at the edges of my nails and that’s more true to what this colour looks like in real life.

I’m going to try and wear this polish until it starts to chip so I can test it’s staying power. Chips are never usually an issue for me because I change my nails every few days, but I’m sure you’d like to know how long this polish will last you if you’re going to spend $17.00 on it!

Bad Nail Day

Just proof that I’m a normal human, and I’m having a bad nail day!

Easter Egg Nail Design

I was trying out a new image plate full of Easter eggs, and nothing seemed to be working.
This happens to me often when I try a new design, but normally I just start from scratch and do another design. Tonight, I just didn’t have it in me to my paint my nails all over again.
…and that’s okay.

St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art

It’s St. Patrick’s Day today, so here’s a fun nail design you can throw on just in time for your party!

St Patrick's Day Nail Art

How to get this nail polish look:

  • Paint your nails a bright green – I used Joe Fresh Lime Juice (unfortunately I don’t think you can buy this online!) and OPI Did It On ‘Em (from the Nicki Minaj collection) on my accent nail
  • Once completely dry you’re going to stamp the diagonal design from Konad plate s6 on your accent nail. I used the Konad special polish in Green for my stamping polish.
  • On all of my other nails I used the little shamrock looking design from plate m81, and stamped it on my nails using the green and white stamping polish. Just place them on randomly and fill up your nail!
  • Once my little shamrocks were on, I put on a gold glitter top coat (not on the accent nail). The gold glitter made the white polish turn  a cream colour which worked out perfectly.
  • Once your glitter top coat is on, you can finish the design off with your favourite top coat!

Earlier this week, I attended the Joe Fresh runway show during Toronto Fashion Week. It was pretty inspiring, so I decided to give Joe Fresh nail products a try!  I picked up 3 nail polish colours, one of them is the green I used as a base in this manicure (on my 4 fingers). I can’t decide if I love or hate this polish…It’s incredibly sheer, I actually used 3 coats and while it looks pretty opaque in the pictures I can still see through it on my nails in real life. On the plus side, it dries rather quickly which makes putting on those 3 coats less daunting. The other amazing thing about Joe Fresh nail polish is that it is incredibly affordable. One bottle is only $4, or you can buy three bottles for $10!

The other 2 colours I picked up are a bright pink and a bright blue – I’m guessing those will be quite transparent as well, but for now I’m willing to give them another chance.

Colour Blocking Nails

It’s Fashion Week here in Toronto, and that meant I needed to get rid of the St. Patrick’s Day nails and put on something a little more appropriate for a runway show.

This was an incredibly easy design, and with a steady hand (or a little bit of tape) you can achieve this look too!

First you’re going to paint your nails a solid colour. I chose China Glaze Make an Entrance, and on my ring finger I used Sally Hansen Sun Kissed. After my base colour dried completely, I simply painted on the opposite colour in a diagonal stripe.

I have a pretty steady hand, so I didn’t have an issue painting the diagonal lines. If you’re going to do it free hand make sure you use a thin coat of polish.

Here’s how both of my hands turned out so you can see how my left vs. right hand turned out.

Colour Blocking Nails

Colour Blocking Nails

I am right handed, so painting with my left hand is a lot trickier. The easiest way to paint the diagonal stripes on your non-dominant hand is to actually just hold the brush still and turn your finger in the direction the polish should go.

If you’re not feeling particularly confident in your painting skills you can also use scotch tape or painters tape to mark off the line. Make sure your nails are DRY, and don’t press the tape down too firmly or you might ruin your polish.

I’ll be back later this week with another St. Patrick’s Day nail design!