Month: April 2013

30 Day Nail Challenge Day 16: Tribal

The 30 Day Nail Challenge for day 16 is tribal. I really wanted to use my Ruby Wing colour changing polish but I didn’t want to have all green nails. I finally settled on a striped three colour base with a tribal style stamp over top. I really like the way this look turned out, I also like the fact that the base doesn’t need to be precise if you add a stamp to it. I added an accent nail of liquid sand by O.P.I. From the Wizard of Oz collection.

For this look I used:
O.P.I. What wizardry is this?
Ruby Wing cut grass
Revlon eclectic
Revlon provoke
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear black out
Seche Vite Top Coat
Seche Vite Base Coat

What do you think? Have any of you tried the new colour changing polishes?

Here is the side by side comparison of the colour change. This is Ruby Wing cut grass, it is also scented like cut grass. The scent was pleasant but not overpowering and it disappeared fairly quickly.

Next up in the 30 Day Nail Challenge is Glitter!!!!! So excited, I love glitter!!

30 Day Nail Challenge Day 15: Delicate Print

Half way there! This is day 15 of the 30 Day Nail Challenge, today’s mani is a delicate print. I really wanted to use my O.P.I liquid sand that I purchased at Winners the other day and the Nailene nail tattoos that I features in my rainbow manicure a few posts back. I like the way it turned out but I’m not super thrilled with it. I feel as though it needs more izzyfication.


What do you think? Have you ever worked with the liquid sand? I really like the liquid sand product but it is very rough and I have found that it tends to get stuck on woven fabrics.

For this look I used:
Revlon grey suede, vixen
O.P.I. Liquid sand stay the night
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear golden-I
Seche Vite Base Coat
Seche Vite Top Coat

Next up on the 30DNC is tribal…

30 Day Nail Challenge Day 14: Flowers

Whoop! Whoop! Two weeks of manicures down! I’m almost half way there! Today is day 14 of the 30 Day Nail Challenge and today’s theme is flowers. I used two new Revlon colours and my new Bundle Monster nail plates for this one.

I changed the orientation of the design on my Cinderella hand (props to Martha @chitchatnails for coining a term for the often ignored dominant hand. Lol) I love the colour choice, the stamp looks like a French Toile print, my absolute favourite print ever. The yellow Revlon nail polish didn’t stamp very well over the pink so I used the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear mellow yellow to stamp the flower bud design. I like the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes the most when it comes to stamping polishes, especially if they start getting thick and gloppy.

Hope you like it as much as I do!

For this look I used:
Revlon: optimistic, sunshine sparkle
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: mellow yellow (stamping)
Seche Vite Top Coat
Bundle Monster nail plates: 09, 06

I went to Winners today and found a bunch of new polishes including some of the O.P.I. Wizard of Oz collection!!!! I can not wait to try them!!

Next up in the 30DNC is: Delicate Print

30 Day Nail Challenge Day 13: Animal Print

Today’s 30 Day Nail Challenge is animal print. I received a bunch of new nail plates and bought some new Hard Candy polish that reminded me of peacock feathers so I figured this would fit into the animal print category.

I splotched on the different polish colours then stamped the pattern on using a Bundle Monster nail plate.

For this look I used:
Hard Candy: pee wee purple, crush on raisin, crush on ivy
Pure Ice: twisted
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: Golden I, black ice
Seche Vite Top Coat

Next up Flowers!

30 Day Nail Challenge Day 12: Stripes.

the 30 Day Nail Challenge for today is Stripes, I went for a nautical theme complete with whales and mermaids. I also tried out a DIY peel off base coat that I had seen floating around the blogosphere. What sorcery is this you ask? It simply consists of painting you nails with white glue then applying your polish on top. Guess what? This actually works!!!!! I painted my nails with the glue, let it dry, created my nautical using nail polish and sealed it with a topcoat.


I thought it would be a good idea to document the wear I would get out of this experiment, I have to say that it held up really well. After a day at work I only saw a little bit of tip wear and a few corners had worn down. I wore it again today and it did not show anymore wear than yesterday. This is one trick I will be using again.

I finally indulged my desire to peel my polish today and it peeled off like a charm.

What do you think? Has anyone ever tried this method before?
My next mani for the 30DNC is animal print, I just received a boat load of nail stamping plates from Bundle Monster and Pueen so…

30 Day Nail Challenge Day 11: Polka Dots

Day 11 of the 30DNC is polka dots. I received some new nail plates from Gals so I riffled through them to find some nice round or polka dotted images to use. I came up with five designs that I thought would work well over this wonderful green by O.P.I. I used an Essence polish to do the accent dots on the stamped images.

I really like the way this turned out. Granted, this is not your typical dotted manicure (which I can’t seem to do very well) but you still get the idea. I think this green would be really pretty with some gold stamping on top too, thanks to my besty for lending to me/forgetting it at my house! Lol!

For this look I used:
O.P.I. green-wich village
Essence date in the moonlight
Maybelline Color Show porcelain party
Seche Vite Top Coat
*Gals nail plates

Next up in the 30DNC: stripes! I get the feeling I will be using my trusty nail tattoos again for this one!!!

30 Day Nail Challenge Day 10: Gradient

Happy Monday everybody!! Wow it has been 5 days since I posted a 30DNC manicure!!! I haven’t forgotten my readers, I’ve simply been very busy. I hosted my first Nail Party this weekend and it was quite a success, I had a ton of ladies show up (next time there will be a cap on the number of attendees). Thank the stars many of them did their own base coats and I only had to do the nail art, if they haven’t it would have turned into a Nail Slumber Party!

Ok now back to the 30DNC, day 10 is a gradient manicure. I used a sponge to do the gradient, I was going to add some stamping but I liked the way my gradient turned out so I left it as is.

I really like the color combo, I might have to revisit the color scheme in another manicure.
What do you think?

For this look I used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Bubblegum Pink
Maybelline Color Show Impeccable Grays
Seche Vite Top Coat
*makeup sponge

30 Day Nail Challenge Day 9: Rainbow

Day 9 of the 30 Day Nail Challenge: rainbow!!!
This manicure was really fun to do, I tried a new-to-me product from Nailene: Nail Tattoos!! They are basically a water transfer, just like those temporary tattoos you wear as a kid. Here is a picture of the packaging:

For about $7 CAD you get two mini nail polishes and thirty nail tattoos, I cut the tattoos in half before applying them. Since I had a leftover half I cut it up into strips and used them as accents to tie the look together.

I am loving these nail tattoos! I can’t wait to try the other styles that came in the kit. I especially like the maps of the New York City Subway system. I may use them later in the challenge for the movie themed nails… Stay tuned!

What do you think? Rainbow enough for the Challenge?
Next up: gradient nails

For this look I used:
Revlon Provoke
Maybelline Color Show Blue Blowout
Revlon Enchanting
Pure Ice Excuse Me
Nailene *unknown colour (off white)
Seche Vite Top Coat

30 Day Nail Challenge Day 8: Metallic

The 30 Day Nail Challenge day 8 manicure is a metallic theme. I decided to try this tape manicure again because I like the look of the crisp edge the tape gives you. Unfortunately, I’m waiting for some stripping tape to arrive in the mail and the only thing I have on hand right now is Scotch Tape.
I’m sure that had I taken this advice my mani would have been much less frustrating to do but when it comes to craft I don’t RTFM much. Nonetheless, I think it turned out pretty well, it was a little plain so I izzyfied it by adding some stamps.
Here it is:


What do you think? Have you ever used tape?

For this look I used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Golden-I
Rimmel Black Satin
Hard Candy crush on raisin
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb City
Seche Vite Top Coat

Next up in the challenge is Rainbow! Let us hope it doesn’t end up looking like a hot mess, I did get new plates recently with a unicorn that would totally make a statement. Stay tuned…

30 Day Nail Challenge Day 7: Black & White

The 30 Day Nail Challenge Day 7: Black & White manicure.
I was surfing the net and stumbled upon a tutorial for a beautiful design by Robin Moses. I’ve included the YouTube link for the tutorial below:

Robin Moses Black Bird Tutorial

After watching the video I had to try out her techniques, this was also my first time using acrylic paint in a manicure.

I used a grey polish and a pink iridescent polish to do the clouds, I also created bushier trees by using a stippling motion with my brush.


The finished product reminds me of French toile fabric.

Source: French toile


What so you think?

For this look I used:
Maybelline Color Show Porcelain Party
NYC Sidewalkers
Revlon Ritzy
Hard Candy Black Tie Optional
Rimmel Lasting Finnish Black Satin
Sally Hansen Beyond Perfect Fresh Lavender
Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint Black
Seche Vite Top Coat