Instagram Copycat

Author: marta  //  Category: Cult Nails, Hot Ticket, OPI, Sally Hansen

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Can you believe it is MAY 1st already!?  I officially start school again in five days!  I won’t lie that I’m a little nervous; I’ll be working on getting my Human Resources credentials online… but with textbooks in hand, and the first day just around the corner, I am as nervous as nervous gets.

BUT, I do have a bright and fun manicure to share with you, and this one was highly inspired by @rachell_rachell on Instragram who did THIS manicure eons ago… ever since I first saw her look I knew I wanted to copy it :D

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Gradients and Triangles

Author: marta  //  Category: Barielle, China Glaze, PUEEN, Sally Hansen

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Today I am off to Toronto, where -among many other awaiting adventures- I will be meeting up with a fellow blogger whom I have been dying to meet in person: Mary from Swatch and Learn! SQUEEEEE!

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When I got the PUEEN stamping plates a short while ago, plate PUEEN20 was at the top of my to-try-asap list:

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Spotlight on LaCC 1976

Author: marta  //  Category: La Couleur Couture, PUEEN, Sally Hansen

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Yesterday I showed you swatches of four La Couleur Couture shades (available from Harlow & Co).  Thought I really liked all of them, LaCC 1976 stole my heart and, as promised, today’s post is a chance to shine the spotlight on it.

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Twin Leopard Print with Nusa

Author: marta  //  Category: Cult Nails, OPI, Sally Hansen

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Hope you all had a nice and relaxing weekend.  Any of you into football?  Did you watch the Superbowl?  I don’t watch football but did tune in to the half-time show.  In other news, Wiarton Willie (the Canadian weather-predicting groundhood) did not see his shadow during an early morning prediction ceremony at Bluewater Park this past Saturday, which means he foresees an early spring- and I’m ok with that ;)

Today’s post is actually a TWIN-POST with Nusa from Moonchild.  Nusa is a young and VERY talented blogerette whom I have had the pleasure of chatting with thanks to our mutual passion for nail polish.  A while back we talked about free-handing animal print (rather than relying on stamping), and we realized that neither of us had tried this technique… soooo, we decided to take a stab at it together :D

Here is my freehand cheetah print skittlette:

I strongly encourage you to check out Nusa’s take on this technique HERE!

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Bellissimo Nails

Author: marta  //  Category: Bellissimo Nails, Cult Nails, Elixir, OPI, Sally Hansen

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Today I have a really neat post for you, and I hope you get as open and excited about it as I am.

A few weeks back I got an email from Julia, who follows this blog all the way from Singapore!!!  The email was all kinds of sweet, but in summary: Julia has jumped full-heatedly into the nail-art world and, to create some really neat manicures (and save a little bit of money), she purchased a BIG bulk order of nail-art supplies.  She sent me a few items to try, and is also now selling these, at a discounted rate, on a website/tumblr account she just started: Bellissimo Nails!

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Snowflake Half-Moon

Author: marta  //  Category: BornPretty Store, Inglot, OPI, Sally Hansen, Shany

Hello Lovely Ladies,

I can’t believe that November is almost over and London Ontario has not seen any snow yet!? I know, I know, now that I’ve said it we will be hit with mounds of it… but honestly, where is the soft n’ fluffy white stuff?

I was invited to partake in Nail Polish Canada‘s three week Winter/Holiday Nail Art Challenge, and I had to accept!!!

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Gals FAIRY Stamping Plates

Author: marta  //  Category: Essie, Gals, Sally Hansen

Hello Lovely Ladies,

I’m very excited to show you a brand new set of stamping plates from Gals Cosmetics!

EDIT: Now available on Amazon HERE!

This set contains 25 plates and over 120 images!!!  Gals Cosmetics actually released TWO sets of plates (25 plates each). (I reviewed the PRINCESS set HERE).

This set is called the FAIRY SET.  To me, this set is full of dainty/delicate images as well as a number of really fun seasonal/event images :D

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These Gals FAIRY plates will be available to purchase on AMAZON next week at an AMAZING price of $15.99!!! Yup, $15.99 for all 25 plates.

(at this point in time I do not have a direct link, BUT will edit the post to include the link once it is up).

To see individual plate photos and more manicure shots please read more ;)

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Sweet Suede Decals

Author: marta  //  Category: Essie, KKCenterHk, OPI, Sally Hansen

On Tuesday I showed you swatches of OPI Ink Suede… today, I’m adding some sweet KKCenterHk water decals to complete the look… ;)

These particular water decals are called “Strawberry Head Little Girl Nail Water Decals”… I kept thinking of a trendy looking Little Red Riding Hood ;)

N.NAIL Strawberry Head Little Girl Nail Water Decals [N.NAIL-WDHHK179]

This set of 20 Water Decals have fun spring-toned pockets and little girl details that are hipster enough for me to enjoy ;)

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I like to make my decals last, so I prefer using them as accent nails.  To complete this look I painted my pinky with three coats of Essie Ballet Slipper (thank you Elizabeth), and then I dotted on OPI Ink Suede.  The middle finger is Ink Suede and Sally Hansen Whirlwind White dots.

Because the decals apply glossy, I wanted to make the rest of the nails match ;) and I wanted to protect the water decals, so I applied one coat of Seche Vite:

(notice how sparkly – and a bit darker- OPI Ink Suede gets)

KKCenterHk carries one of the largest assortment of unique water decals (that I have come across thus far).  Water Decals are such an easy way to spruce up a manicure, and the only tools you need is a small container with water ;)

If you would like to purchase this particular set, just visit their site HERE.

Just a reminder, as always, if you want to purchase any of the neat KKCenterHk nail art supplies, please feel free to use my 10% discount coupon: CHITCHAT

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Can you see yourself trying this set of water decals?

What makes a decal wearable in your opinion?  What do you look for in a water decal?

THANK YOU FOR READING!

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Over at Luxe Beauty Forever

Author: marta  //  Category: BundleMonster, Cult Nails, essence, Sally Hansen, SOPI

Hello Lovely Ladies,

This is the second post of the day :D

In addition to my very first Happy Hands swatch, today my nails ;) have traveled to Atlanta to visit Bridget over at Luxe Beauty Forever.

Blogging is both a hobby and a privilege for me.  I enjoy being able to share my manicures with others, but I also feel so welcomed by the blogging community.  When I first entered the “Instagram World”, Bridget showed me a lot of support and, sharing my manicures, got me introduced to a lot of sweet followers.  I enjoy getting to know other bloggers, like Bridget, and sharing my manicures on other sites is so rewarding.  Thank you for your continued support everyone, for it is thanks to your kind comments and loyalty that I have enjoy blogging so much.

Here is the look I created for Luxe Beauty Forever:

(click on the image above to be taken to the guest post)

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The Grey Area of Skittles…

Author: marta  //  Category: BundleMonster, OPI, Sally Hansen, SueSa

EDIT: sparked by a kind comment, I did some research on a true ‘skittles’ manicure and have come to the conclusion that this is more a double-accent-nail rather than a true skittles manicure.

From here on, as coined by Lindsey from Nails 4 Dummies the grey area between accent nail manicure and skittles manicure will be a SKITTLETTE manicure! ;)

As my 3.5 year old daughter, Maya, would say: today’s post is a “super-dest fast one” ;)

When it comes to a skittles manicure, it is important that though different, each nail somehow ‘adds’ to the overall look to create a cohesive unit.  Lately I have really been enjoying the skittles look, but I’m not too sure if this one is all that ‘cohesive’… but I will admit, I wore it for three days and quite enjoyed it… hmmm.

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I used two coats of Sally Hansen Grey Area on three of my nails.  A deep purple/grey/brown shade (I may or may not have a backup bottles of this one ;) ).

The middle finger is two coats of OPI MBSW and Bundle Monster stamp BM-322.

The ring finger is two coats of Sue Sa S02 (only my favourite silver ever).

Now be honest, please.  What do you think of this skittles look?

Too much? Too busy? Or somehow still ok?

THANK YOU FOR READING!

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