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.

autumn floral mani step 1

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

autumn floral mani step 2

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.

autumn floral mani step 3

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!

 

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.

jamberry nails step (1)

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.

jamberry nails step 3

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.

jamberry nails step 5

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!

jamberry nails

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 šŸ˜›

 

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 Ā 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.

mauve ombre mani (1)

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.

Mauve Ombre Mani (6)

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!

fall 2014 nail polish colours

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Good morning!

We hope everyone had an incredible weekend, cause we know we did. If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook then you know that this past saturday we were at BlogPodium. For those of you that don’t know, BlogPodium is a conference for design and lifestyle bloggers and it takes place right here in Toronto. We were so thrilled to attend this amazing event, where we got the chance to learn from some of the top bloggers in Canada and network with people from the industry. We came out of the conference with so many ideas for The Party Girl and we can’t wait to share them with you!

I especially got some great ideas for the Mani Monday post. Ever since we started doing a mani post, I have wanted to branch out from nail art and incorporate other things related to nails, such as how to care for your nails, best tools to use, etc. One of the topics that I really wanted to blog about was season trends! Just like fashion changes every season, so do the trends in nail polish colours and we want to make sure you stay in the loop! So today I’m posting my 5 favourite colour trends for this fall. There’s so many options and cool shades this season and I can’t wait to try them all!!

 

fall nail polish, maroon nail colour, ESSIE nail polish

deep blue nail polish, blue nail colour, fall nails

Nude nail polis, OPI polish, neutral nail color

 

grey nail polish, MARS nail polish, neutral nail colour

metallic nail polish, gold nail polish, ESSIE nail polish, shiny nails,

What colours did you like the most? I have to say that I’m a little partial to the nude shades this fall season, something about them seems so classy and I love that they go with every outfit! šŸ™‚ Let us know what nail polishes you’ll be wearing!

mauve and purple mani

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Happy monday!

Wow it feel like forever since I have done a mani monday post! I’m sure you guys have missed me too. No worries I am back for good until another holiday comes in the way.

Now that september has started I have eagerly and reluctantly began to look for more fall mani ideas for the blog. Don’t get me wrong I love fall, it is probably my favourite season of the year, except I can’t help but think how much closer we are getting to the dreaded winter to come. But still, seasons will change and we must move along.

As I was looking for fall inspiration I found an inverted french mani done with nude and black that I absolutely loved. I have beenĀ thinking of doing a french mani on here for a while but I knew that I wanted to do something special with it. So when I found the inverted french mani I just had to try it. Instead of doing nude and black, I used mauve and dark purple. I loved the contrast between the colours and I especially using a purple instead of black, I don’t know why but I find black a little too dark for me.

So here is theĀ mauve and purple mani (I apologize for the name, I could not come up with anything better)

Start byĀ painting your lighter colour as theĀ base.

step 1

 

Once the nail polish has fully dried (I usually wait an hour or so to be safe) apply the tape to form the inverted french mani. I used two pieces of tape together to make both sides of the traingle looking shape match. Make sure to place the tape right down the middle of the nail otherwise it’ll look crooked.

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Now paint your dark colour over the part of the nail that has been left exposed and take the tape off before letting the nail polish dry. inv

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Repeat with the rest of the nails and this is what you get!

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Originally I was just going to leave it like that but I noticed some streaks and lines that were not as even as I would like. So what better way to cover it up than with dots! Do them right on the edge of the line to cover any uneven spots. TIP:Ā start the dots from the middle and work your way to the sides, this way you can make sure the dots look even.Ā 

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And there you go! I love this nail design because it looks elegant and yet it’s very simple to do. To make it fancier you can replace the dark purple with a gold or silver!

Now scroll down and let us know what you think of this week’s mani! AFTER your nails dry of course šŸ™‚

 

 

 

dotticure

Happy monday party girl!

I can’t believe august has only two more weeks left! This summer is going by super fast. Many of you will be starting your back to school shopping soon, either for yourself or for your kids. But before you get too crazy with all the to do lists for september, how about taking an hour to relax on this busy monday and do something for yourself, say like do your nails?

I love getting pampered, and getting a manicures is one of the things I enjoy the most. Obviously it would be much better if someone was doing them for me, but I definitely can’t afford to be going in to the nail salon every week. So I have settled for doing them myself. Which works out great because I get to experiment with funky and different nail art. Just like the one for today’s mani monday!!

This weekend was so gloomy and cold, I decided to cheer up my week with a fun dotticure! Now for those that have never heard of a dotticure (you’re not alone, I was unaware of this term until a couple of days ago) it is a manicure that involves dots. Sounds simple doesn’t it. AndĀ it is! There are many different types of dotticures, depending on how intricate you want to get. I decided to try outĀ a confetti style dotticure. It’s a nail art that I have wanted to do for a while now and it’s simple enough that anyone can do it.

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The very first step when starting your dotticure is doing your base coat. Now those of you that have seen my previous posts see something familiar. Yes I am using the Sally Hansen mint colour again, called Jaded. I fell in love with this nail polish colour when I saw it and I have been trying to use it as much as possible.

Dotticure 1

Once the base coat has dried you can chose the colours you want to use for the confetti dots. I chose to use a dark purple, a coral red, and a silver sparkly nail polish.

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You will also need your dotting tool for this manicure (it is called a dotticure after all). If you don’t have one no worries, there are many alternatives that you canĀ use which you can find around your house, like a pencil!

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Once you have all of your nail polishes and tool ready you can begin the nail art. I started with purple colour first, placing the dots throughout the nail. Remember to leave room for the other two colours! Don’t stress too much about the exact placement, just put them wherever you like, you can always fill in any empty spots later.

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Then I added the red. You can see that I did some bigger dots at the end of the nail and as I moved closer to the bed of the nail the dots got smaller, adding a little of variety.

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Finally I added the silver sparkle. I wanted to leave this colour last as I like using it as a detail.

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Do the same with the rest of the nails and you are done!

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I loved doing this nail design, I think it looks cute and fun. Let us know what you think of our dotticure and if you have any suggestions for the next mani monday in the comments below! šŸ™‚

feather mani

feather mani

Good morning!

It’s a new day, a new week and a new beginning for us here at party girl. As you may have noticed our website has had a bit of a face-lift!Ā  What do you guys think?
We are on the second week of the new look and we are absolutely ecstatic about it.Ā 

To celebrate the new website I have decided to do one of my favourite nail designs, a featherĀ mani!! I absolutely love this look, and it’s so simple to do. For this post I bought some special tools to make things easier, the Kiss Nail Artist : Paint & Stencil Kit. It comes with three colours, black, white and silver. The great thing about this kit is the thin brushes, which are perfect for creating that flawless feather design.

First I started with the base coat, followed by the colour.Ā I’m usually not one to buy expensive nail colours since I normally only used them a handful of times and end up wasting them. But when I went in to the store and saw the mint Sally Hansen colour I decided to splurge!Ā 

Feather mani step1

Then I started adding the design. I began at the cornerĀ of the nail with the stripes facing out.

feather mani step 2

Then I added two more stripes. I continued the stripes, always starting from the center and brushing out.

feather mani step 4

Once you have filled in your feather you can add some sparkle to it. I love sparkle! I added some stripes here and there. Not too much, just to add some dimension.

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And that’s it, repeat on all of the nails and you’re done. A feathered nail for your Monday morning! Let us know what you think of the design and the new look on the website!