FUN Lacquer First Impressions

Recently due to my obsession with Simply Nailogical, I picked up a few shades from Live Love Polish. The website is full of cruelty-free, 3 and 5 free brands, and many shimmery and holographic shades, which I love. It is also full of smaller brands like FUN Lacquer which is the brand I was the most attracted to. To try out their line, I got a duo-chrome with holo glitter, a pure holo glitter and a linear holo topcoat. This brand is very holo heavy as you can tell.


Cheers to the Holidays (H) is a multichrome polish that shifts between some of my favourite colours: purple, blue, orange and red. I find it is mainly a red-purple on my nails but that holo really comes through. This polish is available without the holo glitter but I wanted to go all out. This is opaque in 2 coats and easy to apply.
Black Holo Witch is pure black holographic glitter in a clear base, meaning it isn’t one you simply paint on for it to be opaque. You can wear this over any polish for that extra sparkle or sponge it on for the full effect. This is sponged on. Like all glitter, it can be a pain to remove so use with caution. It is worth mentioning this was the chunkiest polish and doesn’t always apply smooth when simply painting it on.

Thumb to pinky: Deborah Lippmann Fashion, OPI Big Apple Red, Nails Inc Swiss Cottage, Wet n Wild Black Creme, Sally Hanson Coral Reef

Finally, Diamond is their original holographic top coat. It is one of the more subtle holos which is what I was going for because I want to be able to see the colour under the shade when I wear it. That being said, in the right lighting, it is that gorgeous linear rainbow that I was hoping for. It does slightly dull the colours underneath but it is worth it in the right lighting. I tried it over 2 different finishes and several different brands for comparison.
As far as application, these polishes are smooth and easy to apply for the most part. I love the brush and the formula works well. The one thing I was a little surprised in was how small the bottles were compared to OPI, for example. They are totally unique and something that isn’t available in-store which was my main draw. All of that being said, I would buy these again in a heartbeat!

Til next time, ttfn x

#NOTD: Spring Manicure ft Trust Fund Beauty 

I am honestly not sure what happened but I am back into doing my nails. For a while there, I wasn’t interested in doing nail art and I barely painted them. All that has changed and I blame these Trust Fund Beauty polishes. To honour them (and get a little spring mani happening), I have a quick and easy tutorial. I hope you like it!

Base coat: Essence the gel nail polish base coat.

Nail Polish: Trust Fund Beauty Credit Card Workout** which I applied on all nails except my middle finger. One coat works but I used two. 

Dry drops: Essence Nail Art Express dry drops used between coats except on my ring finger. 

Decals: Beyond the Nail dragonfly nail decals in Light Green. I applied these carefully to my ring finger while the polish was still wet using some tweezers to place them.

Top coat: Essence gel-look top coat on all the completed nails with another dry drop on top.

Stencil: Beyond the Nail Line Vinyl nail guides. These are super easy to use and place if you bend the card at the ends of the strip, you can easily peel a group of strips off and place them on your nail evenly.

With the strips on my nail, I quickly did a double coat of polish and removed the strips after a few seconds. I used the dry drops before adding a top coat to avoid smearing the polish.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my quick and easy spring nail art! Obviously you can use whatever colours you’d prefer but I love the bold shine of this silver.

Til next time, ttfn x

Try This Pin: Evergreen Nails

Hey all! It has been quite some time since I did a Pinterest post or even a nail art post so today, I am here with a festive combo! I was inspired by this pin as well as this pin which are both under my Nail Art board if you’re interested. All I used were my basics plus three.

sonia kashuk bewitched opi snow globetrotter love.angel.music.baby.
essie grow faster base coat essence nail art express dry drops

elf angled eyeliner brush
Base: Essie Grow Faster base coat

Quick Dry drops: Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops

Nail polish: Sonia Kashuk nail polish in Bewitched, OPI Love. Angel. Music. Baby. and OPI Snow Globetrotter.

Tools: e.l.f. Angled Eyeliner Brush

Gems: Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art gemstone set

First step to any nail art is prep your nails. I cut, filed and washed my hands before applying my base coat and colour. I have been really into the evergreen + gold combo this season as you may or may not have seen in my festive #MOTD post. I always use my ring finger as an accent nail so that is where I applied my gold tree using my e.l.f. brush. I am obviously not an artist but I was pretty pleasantly surprised it worked out as well as it did.

evergreen nail art love angel music baby
I used my dry drops at this point because I didn’t want my tree to smudge but once the nails were dry, I applied the glitter top coat trying to ensure I only picked up the smaller glitters. I was going to leave it there but my tree was looking a little sad so I quickly popped a silvery gem on top of my tree and close to the base of each of my other nails.

festive evergreen nail art

I really loved these nails while they lasted. They were Christmas-y without being too intense and they got quite a few compliments (always lovely to hear). Let me know what you think!

Til next time, ttfn x

Going Batty 

  

It’s been some time since I did any nail related posts and who better to do one with then the lovely Maddy from Spilled Polish/Beyond the Nail which I have talked about quite a bit lately! Maddy is a Canadian Beauty Blogger just like me and her nail art is so perfect, it’s unreal.

I, on the other hand, am not quite so talented but I did have a few tricks up my sleeve. We both decided to do a batty Halloween nail art look and I love how they both turned out.

  For mine, I used my favourite Halloween polish which is from Claire’s of all places. It is a black with silver glitter named Galaxy. I used that for an accent nail after applying my Easie Grow Faster base coat.

    
  For the rest of my nails, I used Ceramic Glaze Toasted Coconut with a thin coat. Over that, I used Sinful Colors Glow In The Dark with three coats to make sure the glow would really pick up. When I applied the third coat, I added a bat decal which I picked up last year at the Dollar Store (which were not easy to use but they ended up working alright). I applied it like I would false lashes: place the middle where I want it to go, wait for it to get a bit tacky, gently press the rest down.

  
I put a regular top coat on top and voila. And yes, it glows in the dark quite well. Check out Maddy’s amazing Halloween Bat nail art which I am totally batty for (hah). Do you want to see more Halloween nail art this year?

Till next time, ttfn x

Try This Pin: Faux Negative Space Manicure

The past few weeks, I haven’t been keeping up on my manicures. First off, I stained my nails so badly and thought they needed a bit of a breather. I also unexplainably had really itchy cuticles which turned into extremely dry and peely cuticles which was just a gross mess. I have figured out the culprit since then, but it wasn’t until now that my nails are feeling more moisturized (thanks to the Flexitol foot cream – that stuff is heavy duty).


Anyways, after that hiatus, I wanted to get right back into things full force so I started scoping out nail art ideas and different versions of the negative space nail art that I could try my hand at. Like anyone, I turned to Pinterest and was inspired. This super beautiful manicure is glamorous and exactly the feel I was looking for. Just before this, I had placed an order with Beyond The Nail for a nail polish unlike any I have ever seen before, and a few nail decals and guides. I picked out my colours, my base and top coat, grabbed the line vinyl nail guides and gave it a try for myself. All you need is a glittery polish, a cream polish (nothing too similar to each other), the vinyl nail guides and tweezers.
    
I started with Essie’s Grow Faster base coat followed by this gorgeous glitter named Bare It All from Pure Ice. Once the glitter is 100%, I applied 2 nail guides with a thin space between them alternating on each nail whether they were positioned on the top or bottom of the nail. I used the tweezers to place them just to makes things easier. As I do, I left one accent nail totally glitterfied with 3x coats of polish.

    
With the guides in place, I applied two coats of OPI’s Amazon, Amazoff on top and quickly removed the guides with tweezers. This way, the polish dries a little flatter. After a generous amount of dry time, I applied the Revlon Diamond Top Coat on each of the nails and voila! The nails are done and this colour combination was perfect. Still bright and eye catching but not the intense neon that I usually associate with summer.


The nails do look a little textured from the glitter. That can happen depending on the glitter you use. For a smoother finish, I would add a thin layer of top coat on top of the glitter to smooth things out. It won’t work miracles but it will flatten some of the rougher edges. I opted to add a second layer of top coat instead and think it worked very well! Let me know if you want to see more Pinterest or nail tutorial posts in the future! I think a home décor DIY will be my next Pinterest post to tackle.
Til next time, ttfn x

Try This Pin: Louboutin Nails

Being a little bit nail obsessed, I frequent Pinterest to look at all of the different nail designs and any new polish that I might be interested in (or pinterested, I should say). I have an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to nail art and polish of course, but I wanted to actually give a few things a try. So, without further ado, here are the super simple Louboutin nails I have seen everywhere.

  

Firstly, my nails had to be long enough to pull off the effect so introducing my long nails. Once there was enough of a gap, I painted my nail in Wet n Wild Black nail polish with two coats and a top coat for good measure. This is getting quite old but I use black polish pretty often. Any recommendations? For this look, I made sure to go over the edge of my nail so that there wouldn’t be a gap between the two colours. 

  

Using one of the newer polishes in my collection, I took It’s Raining Men by Deborah Lippmann and painted the underside of my nail. I was a bit paranoid, so I taped the edge of my nail first but it was very easy not to get polish on the flip side. In fact, painting that flip side of the nail was extremely easy and made for a pretty neat effect. 

   

In the future, I may tape my skin though as that did get a little bit messy. One coat with no top coat and it’s done. Perhaps a second coat and top coat would be a good idea though if you plan on keeping these nails on for a while as it did start chipping but I change nails every day so I wasn’t too concerned. 

Til next time, ttfn x

Try This Pin: Simple Graphic Nails

Pinterest is my biggest source of inspiration for nails, hair, clothes, DIY and home décor, hands down. When I want to do something new or spruce up an area or look, all I have to do is check out my boards. As you know from my nail polish addiction and frequent nail polish posts, I am a big fan of nail art. I have been seeing a whole lot of gorgeous and simple nail looks lately that I want to recreate and Amy-fy, and so this new blog series was born.

I have seen this simple nail art all over lately so I thought I would put my own twist on things and try it myself. Before we start, I am not super great at steady handed work so I had a bit of a challenge, but I like how they turned out and even though they aren’t anything crazy, they stood out beautifully.

  

  

Firstly, I painted a neutral base on OPI’s You’re So Vain-illa – one of my major fav’s from last year. After 2 coats and a top coat, I pulled out an art detailer polish I bought from Shoppers. It is the Quo by Orly Instant Artist polish. It has a incredibly thin and stiff brush perfect for this kind of detailing.

  

The trick with this was trying to get enough polish and a straight(ish) line. I also wanted to go in all kinds of directions so I just went for it. I decided against a top coat after the black polish as I was afraid of bleeding (which black tends to do). 

  

The colours can be switched around and the designs are endless. I decided to keep it simple with 2 lines per nail except for my accent nail with 3. The thinner the line, the better it looked I thought but being quite the amateur, my lines varied quite a bit. It still turned out lovely though!

Til next time, ttfn x