Happy Valentines Harlow & Co

Hello Lovely Ladies,

A few weeks back Katie, from Harlow & Co, announced a Valentines Day manicure contest.  I normally don’t paint my nails with ‘themes’ but I really wanted to partake in this contest.  I was honestly stumped for ideas, overwhelmed with the number of ‘heart’ stamping plates that I have in my collection (I know, I know… problems of a nail-polish hoarder) and I almost gave up…

BUT then, KKCenterHk sent me their new line of nail-art decorations and I had a eureka moment 😉

VOTING is open until February 13, 2013.  Please check out all of the entries and vote for your favourite HERE.

As I mentioned, the KKCenterHk sent me their NEW BLUESEA Lip Shaped Pink Kiss Nail Art Decorations, and I was super excited to incorporate them into my manicure:


A set of two retails for $4.00.

Size of each accessory: 9mmX6.5mmX2mm

These are statement-making decorative pieces, and will require nail-art glue to stay attached to the nail surface.  If you wear them with care, you could re-use them by gently removing them from your nail and cleaning off the glue from the flat-back surface.

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One of the rules for the Harlow & Co contest was to use at least ONE lacquer sold by Harlow & Co.  I used Lush Lacquers Mr. Bubble.

Mr. Bubble is a clear-base pink, white and blue glitter.  I applied one coat over Sally Hansen Whirlwind White.  I added one coat of OPI Funny Bunny to soften the glitter shade just a little. I added a Gals stamp, GA44, with Essie Bobbin for Baubles.

The ‘denim’ look of the accent nail was created by using two coats of Essie Bobbin for Baubles.  I used the saran-wrap technique to add L’Oreal Now You Sea Me and Sally Hansen Whirlwind White.  I also used a matte topcoat before placing the KISS KKCenterHk nail-decoration.

I hope you like this less-traditional look… It reminds me of a movie-date-night from when I was in my teens- cozy jeans, the innocence and sparkle of young romance, and a sweet kiss at the end of the evening. *oh to be young again* 😉

I encourage you to check out the other Valentine’s Day entries in the Harlow & Co contest HERE.


  • WOW ! Thats so pretty ! I love the decoration lips, so funky and against the denim look looks fantastic ! ♥ Really love the non-traditional look you did .

    • Thank you. I’m glad that the non-traditional v-day manicure is being so well received… I think it reflects my style a little better. I am growing to really like the ‘larger’ decorative bits 😀

  • I absolutely love this take on the Valentines mani! It totally reminds me of late 80’s, early 90’s.

    • Thank you! I’m glad you like it- it does have that acid-washed jean look doesn’t it… I started to think of some of my very first (still in high-school) dates with Peter 😀 lol

  • Icequeen81

    love it

  • I am glad you did’nt gave up! They are stunning!

    • Thank you 😀 I am glad I made the time to enter- I quite enjoy contests because they sometimes make me try/push me to try new things 😀

  • Oh Marta, you always manage to keep it fresh and edgy, yet elegant and beautiful. Good luck in the contest!

    • Gosh, how sweet are you Amanda!? (blushing) Thank you!

      • Aww, you’re welcome. I just saw the results too 😮 I’m amazed at how all-the-same they are. You’d think they’d pick a variety of styles! I think yours should have been first, and the third-place winner should have been second. But I may be biased ;D

  • Jamie Willett

    How adorable! I love how you described the “feel” of this look – you are spot on!

    • 😀 Thank you 😀 I always am touched when people “read” the post rather than just browse the photos (though I know that time is precious and we live busy lives). Thank you 😀

  • I am so in love with ‘Mr Bubble’!! I keep procrastinating buying it. I’m sure I’ll get it eventually lol. It’s just so hard to spend that much money on one bottle of polish. Such a cute nail design. Good luck in the contest!

    Oh and what I wouldn’t give to be back in my 20’s…that was a LONG time ago lol….I have a son in his 20’s and pushing 30…oops did I just say that out loud? LOL.

    • I really held off on this one also… and finally bit the bullet and bought three shades at ounce (to make the high shipping worth it from etsy). I DO know that Harlow & Co now carries it so it is easier to get with more reasonable shipping 😉

      I quite like this glitter because it is versatile enough… I hope you get it in the near future 😀

      Woooow! Thank you for sharing a little bit about yourself and how YOUNG you are 😉 Even I reminisce about my early twenties and teens 😉

      The swirls are stamps from the GALS stamping set 😀

  • lovely manicure 🙂