mani monday: autumn floral

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Fall isn’t over yet, so celebrate these last few weeks before winter with this autumn inspired floral mani!

Another monday morning is here, which means another mani monday for you girls! Now that we’re in November, we are starting to count down the days until Christmas. But before we get all red, green and white I want to enjoy some last couple of fall posts. So here is a autumn inspired floral mani to brighten up your morning.

I love this nail design, not only because I really like florals but also because fall is my favourite season. So this is a combination of my two favourite things!!

I began by painting four nails a dark chocolate colour and my ring finger white.

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Next I started the floral design. First I did the branches using the same dark chocolate nail polish and a stripping brush.

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After the branches have dried you can begin adding the flowers. I used a maroon nail polish and a dotting tool for the petals. Don’t worry about making the dots perfect, I actually made some flowers a little more crooked because I thought it looked cute.

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I then added some blue flowers using the same technique with the dotting tool and added the centers for the flowers; I did yellow for the maroon flowers and white for the blue ones.

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I finished it off by adding a matte top coat to the chocolate coloured nails. I really like the matte look, I think it’s so perfect for that fall look.

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Once the floral design dries finish it off with a quick drying top coat and you’re done! Hope you liked this week’s autumn floral mani, I know I did!

 

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mani monday: jamberry nails

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Happy monday!

How was everyone’s weekend? Did you celebrate Halloween on Friday? We sure did! We threw an AMAZING Halloween party for all of our friends using the Halloween Party Box and everyone loved it!! Now that Halloween is done we are planning our next party box so make sure to stay tuned to our Shop.

This week I have something very exciting for you girls. A couple of weeks ago I got connected with a girl that works as a consultant for Jamberry Nails. Now I was very excited to be connecting with someone like this but that’s because I’m a nail freak. For all of you girls that may not know what Jamberry nails is (don’t worry I won’t hold it against you), they are a company that started in the U.S that make these super cute, long lasting and incredible easy to apply nail wraps. If you have ever wanted to try nail wraps then these are the one’s you should go with, they are great. Steph (our Jamberry consultant) was awesome enough to send Ashley and I a whole bunch sample to try, and because I’m a sucker Ashley convinced me to do her nails and try to samples. We did the floral design they looked so great!

So read along for the step by step on how to put on these wraps.

First you have to clean the nails with the wipes and push back the cuticles.

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Next you will peel the nail wrap and warm it up for 3-5 seconds with a blow dryer.

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Once the wrap starts to bend you can apply it to the nail. Make sure to press on the edges of to ensure the wrap sticks.

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Now use the blow dryer again to finish adhering the wrap. TIP: make sure the blow dryer is on medium temperature, we don’t want you to burn yourself like I burnt Ashley. Use your nail file to file away the excess wrap.

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We finished by applying a Sally Hansen gel top coat because Ashley really likes to pick on her nails, but it’s not necessary. We also painted the rest of the nails cause otherwise it would have looked a little weird to only have one nail done.

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And that’s it! Super simple and they last up to two weeks!

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We have to thank Steph for hooking us up with these wraps, we absolutely love them and think you will too. If you are interested in trying them out you should totally check out her website.

And that’s a wrap 😛

 

mani monday: fall manicure

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Another Monday is here, normally I would be totally depressed with the idea if it wasn’t for the fact that today is also mani monday!!

I noticed this past week that I haven’t done a dotticure in a while. For those of you that don’t know a dotticure is a dotted mani. Super simple to do, as you have seen in the confetti dotticure I did back in August. All you really need is a dotting tool and a couple of different nail polish colours. This time I chose to use a bunch of fall colours to embrace the autumn weather.

So here it goes!

These are the nail polishes and the dotting tools I used to make this design. I love these shades, I think they are so perfect for fall! You will definitely be seeing me using these a lot more!

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I started by painting my ring finger white and the rest a dark shade of blue.

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Once the nail polish dried I began painting the dots. I wanted to only do two dotted nails, so I chose the ring finger and the thumb. I started with four dots all together in the center of the nail.

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Then I added the first circle of dots around the middle ones.

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I did this again to create an outer layer of dots in a burgundy colour.

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I left the thumb to dry and I moved on to the ring finger. Here I repeated the same steps but with different colours.

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Once the dots have dried apply your favourite top coat and you are all done!

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Hope you liked the fall dotticure!

 

 

mani monday: linear blues

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Hello party girls! Happy monday! Can you believe the amazing weather we’ve been having this week, I have been LOVING the warm temperatures. I spent the entire afternoon soaking up the sun and it was amazing.

This week we are doing a very simple nail design. As you know I really like doing simple and quick nail art, especially now with the crazy and hectic fall schedule. So when I got this idea for this mani I thought it was perfect for any girls out there looking for an easy and cute nail design. This week’s mani monday is linear blues! (thanks Ashley for the name for this post, I was struggling to find a cute name)

For this nail design you will need metallic blue, turqouise and white nail polish. Preferably you will use a thin brush white nail polish but if you don’t own one or can’t find one you can use thin stripping brush and regular white nail polish.

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First paint your base colour with the metallic blue. I love this colour, it is so trendy right now for fall.

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Next add the turquoise accent. This part is super simple, just paint one thick line down the middle of the nail.You may have to do two coats of this depending on your nail polish.

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Finally you’ll add the white stripes on both sides of the turquoise stripe.

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And that’s it! Add your top coat and you are done the linear blues mani!

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Let us know what you think of this nail design on the comments below 🙂

halloween mani

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Start your week off with a spooky Halloween mani!

Can you believe it’s the last week of October already?! I can’t believe Halloween is this Friday. Do you girls have your costumes ready? I know I do, I’m going to be a flapper girl and I convinced James to be a gangster. Actually I didn’t need to do much convincing, he owns a white tux and has been looking for the chance to wear it and he finally found it.

So now that my outfit is all set I am moving on to my nails. Ever since I started doing nail art a couple of months ago I have been preparing for my halloween post. There are so many looks and art that I could do I was having such a hard time deciding. But I think this halloween mani is the perfect combination for any halloween celebration!!

Now be ready party girls, this post is very picture heavy. First start by painting your thumb and ring finger with a white nail polish and the rest of the nails black.

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Next we will do the creepy face nail art. Start by painting two black tilted ovals on the middle of the nail.

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Next paint the nostrils and the mouth. Make sure the mouth extends from one end to the other.

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Finally add the lines on the smile to finish off the creepy face.

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Next I will show you how to do the spider web nail design on the thumb. Begin by doing three lines down the thumb.

halloween mani- spider web step 1Next start adding curved lines to connect the diagonal stripes.

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Continue doing this all the way down until you finish connecting the stripes.

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Finally I’m going to show you how to do the spider nail art. This is the easiest of the three designs so if you’re still learning how to do nail art start with this one first! Start by drawing a curved line from the left corner to the middle of the nail.

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Next create the body of the spider by adding a big oval right underneath the line we just did.

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Finish it off by adding the spider legs and two black eyes.

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And there you have it! You are ready to rock your halloween nails! 🙂

halloween mani finalWhat do you think? Will you be trying any of these nail designs for your halloween celebrations?

 

 

 

mauve ombre mani

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Happy Monday morning!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Did anyone go to any of the events from the weekender? I really wanted to go to the LCBO Taste Local pop up, there’s something about wine and pie that I can’t resist. I guess I will have to hope they are doing it again next year.

So now that it is officially fall, I will start doing a lot more autumn themed mani mondays. Fall colours are my favourite, so I am going to try to incorporate them into as many nail art posts as possible!! For this mani monday I wanted to try one of the colours that is very popular  for this fall season: mauve. I absolutely LOVE mauve, I think it is such a pretty colour and it can be transformed from day to night so easily.

This week I have taken on a mauve ombre using ESSIE “ladylike” and OPI “the world is not enough”. I think the transition from the light purple mauve into the dark sparkly metallic is absolutely adorable. And it’s super easy to do!

First you need to set out your the things you will need: your two nail polishes and a make-up sponge. I recently discovered the make-up sponge for doing the ombre nail design, it is so easy to use and pretty much fool proof.

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Start by painting your lighter shade as your base colour. I did it this way because I wanted a lighter to darker look from top to bottom but you can switch it up!

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Once your nail polish has dried you can start doing the ombre design. Add a little bit of the dark nail polish to the sponge and gently press the sponge onto the nail. You can re-apply as much as needed until you reach your desired look. I wanted the nail polish to come out very dark so I re-applied a couple of times.

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Now if you notice that you went a little too far up the nail with the dark colour do not worry! You can easily touch it up by adding a little of thee lighter colour. Remember it is supposed to look a little messy so play around until you find the look you want.

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And there you have it! Apply your top coat and you are ready to go!! What do you think? Will you be trying out this mauve ombre nail art?

Let us know what other fall nail design you want to see!

pink and stripes mani

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Happy monday! As you may have noticed from the header I was feeling like pink this weekend, something that doesn’t happen very often to me.  The whole time I was doing my nails I was thinking about how much Ashley would love this design seeing as they have two of her favorite things: pink and hearts. This mani is easy to do but does require a lot of patience. First you’ll start by painting your base coats,  the pink and the brown (or purple color according to James).

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Once your nail polish has dried, and please make sure it is FULLY dried, you can begin to paint the stripes. I decided to do white stripes on the brown nail and used clear tape that I cut into thin stripes.

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Once you have gotten a good coat of the white nail polish on begin removing the tape from the nail. Do this right away while the nail polish is still wet to avoid smudging.

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You have to wait again until the white stripes are dry before you can add the finishing touch.  You see why I said before you’ll need lots of patience,  there is a lot of waiting for this mani but you don’t want to rush it and ruin the manicure half way through.  Always wait at least half an hour before doing a design with tape.

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Apply your heart stencil,  or freehand it with a dotting tool.  Again remove the stencil right away before the nail polish dries.

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And that’s it,  a very pink and very cute mani!! Last tip make sure to use new tape for the other hand, I learned the hard way that little lesson and now my right hand stripes look a little more messy because of it.

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Let us know what you think below 🙂

Ps, thanks to my wonderful boyfriend for being such a great photographer. I was able to get some good action shots,  dontcha think?  🙂