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

Summertime Polish Picks: All About Neon

 It’s time to check out my favourite product: nail polish. There are so many nail polishes I could have picked for this but I have narrowed it down to the ones I always seem to think of when summer rolls around. I really gravitate towards neon and highlighter colours during this bright and sunny season, and nothing screams bright quite like a fluorescent pink.

 

Let’s talk Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail colour. That’s a mouth full but it is worth it. These are about $2-$3 dollars depending on where you pick it up and have some beautiful bright shades. The formula is pretty good for the price but I always wear a top and base coat. The three colours I reach for are Coral Reef, Sun Kissed and Blue Me Away (which I accidentally bought twice because I saw it in store and fell in love with it a second time). They are very bright and bold colours, perfect for a mani or pedi.

 

Of course, OPI had to be included on this list. For the most part, I would say just indulge in their Neon collection if you want some beautiful shades, but I thought I would pick my favourites from the collection (and add one from a previous winter collection). From the 2014 Neons, I have Hotter Than You Pink and Juice Bar Hopping which were rereleased for this years neon collection (meaning you can pick these up RIGHT NOW). The formula is not my favourite, but the colours are amazing! Hotter Than You Pink has a slight blue shimmer in it – so unique from anything else I own. Juice Bar Hopping is the most vibrant orange I own by far. They may have changed the formulation this year, but they both come out pretty sheer and matte which threw me off at first but with a top coat, I am very happy with them. I also have Hey Baby from Gwen Stephani’s Holiday collection in 2014. It isn’t totally a neon, but it is a bright cream and beautiful pink shade that I love. Pure pink.

 

The last pick I have is a gorgeous purple pink from the Deborah Lippmann Party Set named Between the Sheets. The minute I swatched this, I have been counting the days until summer so I could wear it. Again, not so neon, but absolutely bright and with an amazing formula. You cannot go wrong with this polish.

  
 Be sure to check out the rest of the neons I can’t stop talking about and the Sunny Summer eye shadow tutorial from last week!

Til next time, ttfn x

Blood Spatter Nails

There are probably my favourite nails I have ever done. They are creepy and easy and are perfect for any bloody Halloween look. I actually have used two different techniques for these as I first did them last year as you can see on Instagram.
Warning: extremely messy. For both methods, you will need paper towel, tape for your fingers and nail polish remover.
opi you're so vain-illa, big apple red, sally hansen dune
To do these nails last year, I painted a nude base and took a small spray bottle – it does have to be small like a perfume travel size spray bottle which I had from Sally’s Beauty Supply – and add 5-6 drops of your blood red polish. This technique gives you a lot of small-medium splatters and is much easier to control. I personally prefer this method, but as most people don’t just have a mini spray bottle to use for nail polish blood splatter, I checked out a second technique this year.
blood splater manicure
Again painting a nude base, I poured some red polish onto a non-absorbent surface, dipped my straw in and sucked the polish up the straw a bit. Then very quickly blow the polish onto your fingernails. 1-2 blows usually will get all of your nail polish out of the straw. I do not like this method as it isn’t easy to control and I feel like it wastes nail polish. Also to inhale the polish fumes through a straw – that really isn’t a great idea. I find this gives for a more stringy splatter as well as you can see.
opi you're so vain-illa, big apple red, sally hansen dune
For both years, I used OPI’s Big Apple Red and as a base, I used Sally Hansen’s Dune (last year) and OPI’s You’re Do Vain-illa (this year). I strongly recommend that if you want this polish to last, paint on a top coat before you do your blood spatter. I don’t know if it is because of the polish I used or because of the colour, but it gets pretty smudged.
smudged blood splater nail
That’s it! 4 weeks of Halloween nails! I hope you enjoyed!

Which nails were your favourite?

Are you celebrating Halloween this weekend?

Til next time, ttfn x

Spider Web Nail Art

It’s week 3 of the Halloween nail art tutorials! Have you tried any? I would love to see!
opi today i accomplished zero and alpine snow
This week is simple but neat in that there is texture, sparkle and a simple design. Starting with OPI’s Today I Accomplished Zero from the Coca Cola Collection as a base on every finger. This is a sheer black polish laced with very bright red sparkles throughout. Because the black is a bit sheerer, the more you layer the polish, the more red glitter you can see.
The glitter is also pretty thick in comparison to others I have seen and gives the nail a slight bit of texture while the glitter gives you shine. If you want your design to stand out, this is when you would want to put on a top coat.
opi alpine snow and today i accomplished zero
Note: I drew the web then used a top coat afterwords.
On the accent nail, I took OPI’s Alpine Snow (also used in my last tutorial as a base) and drew a simple web. If you’re not confident enough to draw directly on your nail, try on paper first. Start at the base of the nail and draw between 4-5 lines towards all edges of your nail. To do this, I have e.l.f.’s eyeliner brush. If you want really opaque white lines, coat your brush with more polish and go over a few times. The trick is not to make the lines too thick though!
spider web nail art halloween
Between the lines, draw small, slightly curved lines to connect it all together! The point is not to be too neat! It is a web, of course.
If you do want to seal it with a top coat, wait a while for the web to completely dry (or you will end up with white streaks). Done!
I really enjoyed these nails and they were very simple. You could add to the web with spider nail stickers for even more detail but I decided against it!

Have you got your Halloween Costume figured out yet?

Which nails are your favourite so far?

Til next time, ttfn x

How to be a Mermaid

My favourite thing about any costume are the small details like, in this case, the nails. Being a huge lover of nail polish, I can’t very well have naked nails on Halloween!
With Halloween fast approaching, I have decided to do tutorials that will add that little extra touch to your costume every Friday in October! As a bonus, I’ve put together some beachy nails that could be used for a mermaid perhaps? You be the judge!
mermaid nails
As a mermaid, you want something light and shiny so immediately, I have the perfect combination in mind: OPI’s The Living Daylights as my sparkle with Sally Hansen’s Dune, Dive In and Debora Lippmann’s Mermaid’s Dream.
OPI's The Living Daylights, Sally Hansen's Dune, Dive In and Debora Lippman's Mermaid's Dream.
As you can see, I used Dune as a base on all of my nails, and on my ring finger, added 2 coats of The Living Daylights. I always have to have an accent nail.
OPI's The Living Daylights with Sally Hansen's Dune
On the rest of my nails, I drew half moons with Dive In first than Mermaids Dream for a bit of extra sparkle.
Sally Hansen's Dive In and Debora Lippman's Mermaid's Dream
The colours go together flawlessly and even the names are beachy!

Do you coordinate your nails with your Halloween costume?

What are you doing for Halloween?

Til next time, ttfn x