Nov 17
2017

Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

Today I have some really cool nails to show you. These are the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure and they are something I have talked about previously on the blog. I love these nails as an easy way to get great looking nails (and nail art) in a pinch. I always have one or two packs in my cupboard just in case.

I threw out the box before checking the style name or number so unfortunately I don’t have that to share, but I can tell you they were probably about 2 years old so I don’t think these ones are in stores any longer. They do have a ton of new styles out now, so check those out on the Kiss ImPress website.

Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

I tend to use these when I break a nail or two and want to cover them up, or if I have an event to attend and don’t have time to do my own nail art or polish. Applying the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure takes me about 10 minutes to do on myself and they look amazing. They also last for a full two weeks with almost no wear and tear. I usually paint over them by day 7 or so, which allows me to keep a great looking nail shape and switch up the colour.

Wearing the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

Wearing the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

They look so good and only took a few minutes to apply!

I love how simple these are to apply. All you have to do is find the right size for each nail (which can take up some time the first time you use them) and then peel off the tab and stick them on. They don’t need harsh glue or any special supplies, and they don’t do any damage to your nails.

Sizes of the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

Sorting my sizes!

Usually these kits come with 11 sizes for each hand, so you get 22 nails and only really need 10. Some kits with accent nails or special designs can come with 30 nails, so you have even more variety. There are tiny numbers printed under each nail to tell you the size. I keep a little note in my phone with my nail sizes so it makes the process even quicker for me.

The photo below is on Day 9 of wearing the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure. After over a week of wearing, including typing, dish-washing, showers, and other daily things that can chip nail polish, these still look pretty amazing. You can see some slight wear and tear at the tips, especially on my pointer finger, and a little bit of growth on my ring finger. Overall though they look way better than a coat of nail polish would have looked after 9 days.

Day 9 of wearing Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

Day 9 of wearing Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure

These fake nails are nothing like the old-fashioned ones that ruin your nails, and they are nowhere near as pricey as salon nails. I never have gotten Shellac or Gel nails or any other false nails at a salon, and with these nails at the drugstore I never will. The Kiss ImPress Press-On Nails retail for $9.99 CAD and can be found in Wal-Mart, London Drugs, and Jean Coutu stores.

When you’re in the mood for quick nail art, need to cover up a few broken nails for a special event, or just want to spice up your look, the Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure is an affordable and stylish option.

Mar 16
2017

St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Nail Art

My freehand Leprechaun nail art for St. Patrick's Day!

My freehand Leprechaun nail art for St. Patrick’s Day!

Have you seen my St. Patrick’s Day rainbow pot of gold nail art yet? I did those a few days ago and then decided to follow up with another themed look today! This time I have St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun nail art to show you, which I did freehand again.

I normally don’t go all out for St. Patty’s but I had the idea for these and I figured they were just too cute not to try!

For this look I used China Glaze 2030 as my gold, Zoya Veruschka for my green, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Pumpkin Queen for my orange. The white of the leprechaun’s eyes was done with Essie Coconut Cove and the black on his eyes and hat was done with Orly Liquid Vinyl, which has quickly become a staple polish for my nail art looks.

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Mar 13
2017

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Pot of Gold Nail Art

St. Patrick's Day themed rainbow pot of gold nail art!

My freehand St. Patrick’s Day themed rainbow pot of gold nail art!

 

It’s another #ManiMonday and I have more nail art to show you! Today I have some St. Patrick’s Day nail art to share with you. I did this cute rainbow pot of gold nail art completely freehand and was pretty happy with the result.

These nails are fun and simple for St. Patty’s Day and I like the bright colours and variety of shades used.

Keep reading to find out how I did this rainbow pot of gold nail art look!

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Mar 6
2017

Mani Monday: Purple Paisley Nail Art

Today I have some simple nail art to show you. This was super easy to do and didn’t take very long at all but I think it looks pretty good. Check out my purple paisley nail art below!

Purple Paisley Nail Art

Purple Paisley Nail Art

To get this purple paisley nail art I used one base shade, one stamping plate, scraper, and stamp, and one polish to stamp with. Super easy and quick!

The base polish is Formula X in the shade A Little Sexy. This is a metallic lavender silvery blue that looks great on its own and only needed one coat for full opacity! How much do you love one coat nail polishes? It makes painting my nails so much easier and I love finding shades that are that opaque. I wish I had snapped a photo of this polish before I stamped over it since it is such a nice colour.

I always forget how much I love Formula X polishes since I only have a few, but using this one made me want to pull out my others soon.

The stamping plate I used to get this purple paisley nail art look is a Konad image plate, number m64. I also used the Konad double ended stamper (I used the large end) and the Konad metal scraper.

Supplies used for my purple paisley nail art

Supplies used for my purple paisley nail art

purple paisley nail art

Purple Paisley Nail Art

 

The polish I stamped with was Zoya Pinta. I love this nail polish shade on it’s own but had never tried it for stamping before this look. I wasn’t sure this would work to stamp since it isn’t super thick or opaque in one coat on my nails, but for stamping it seemed to work. I think it may have to do with the fact that this polish is pretty old. Whatever the reason it ended up working out perfectly to give me crisp lines in this purple paisley nail art look!

I was really pleased with the way this turned out and even though these were random choices to use for this look, they worked well together.

What do you think of this nail art? Leave a comment and let me know!

Oct 6
2016

Quick NOTD: Purple Swirl Nail Art

All my life I have always wanted beautiful long nails but it has taken me a lot of work to get them. I have to be very careful and once one breaks I end up going weeks with short nails. I recently broke one right on the side of the nail and decided that instead of cutting them all down I would be risky and try to reshape all my nails. I’ve always loved the look of almond nails so I took my time and attempted to file mine, and was really pleased with the result. I actually loved the shape on its own (even though it isn’t a perfect almond style) but I decided to spice it up with some purple swirl nail art.

This nail art was so simple to do but combined with my new almond nail shape I think it looks super fancy and I’m really pleased. The silver contrasts so well against the purple and I love the delicate swirl design.

Purple Swirl Nail Art

Purple Swirl Nail Art

What I used to get this look

The items I used for this purple swirl nail art look are the following items:

  • Zoya Savita for the purple base
  • Essie Loophole for the silver stamp colour
  • Konad Square Image Plate #14 for the design
  • Konad stamper and scraper
  • Base coat and top coat

Side note: Zoya Savita is actually a matte nail polish but once I finished the design I did a top coat so it went shiny. It is a beautiful colour both ways but with the stamping it needed some shine.

Another look at my purple swirl nail art

Another look at my purple swirl nail art

Overall this purple swirl nail art took only a few minutes to complete but looks really nice. I love the swirly design on the almond nails, and I love the almond nails on their own so I definitely plan to keep this shape for a while and experiment with more nail art.

Jun 18
2016

Essie Dotted Nail Art

I have posted a few times in the past about the #31DC2016weekly nail art challenge that I have been doing on Instagram, and today I have another nail look to show you that is from this challenge. The look today is an Essie dotted nail art look, which I did using three of my favourite Essie nail polishes. The prompt for the theme this week was geometric, and although that can be interpreted many different ways I decided to go simple with a dotted manicure.

My Essie Dotted Nail Art Look

My Essie Dotted Nail Art Look

What colours did I use?

My base coat is two coats of Loot the Booty, a recent release from the summer collection. This shade on it’s own is a gorgeous navy shimmer with really pretty flecks of colour. I loved it alone and will be sure to swatch it soon. I got too excited to do my Essie dotted nail art so I jumped right into the design before taking any photos of the polish plain.

My Essie Dotted Nail Art Look

My Essie Dotted Nail Art Look

This Essie nail art look only required three polish colours and a dotting tool. To do my dots I used two different sized dotting tools, which I got on eBay ages ago. They have been my go-to for super simple nail art looks and I have gotten great use out of them over the years. One of the colours I chose to dot with was Apres Chic, which is an amazing silver metallic Essie polish. I love this shade alone and it looks like melted metal on the nail. It is a little thin but once you get the nail covered it looks incredible. The other shade I used was Viva Antigua, which is a super bright turquoise shimmer that looks like a crystal clear Caribbean ocean.

I love the combination of the navy and turquoise shimmers with the chic silver. This Essie dotted nail art look was so easy to do and didn’t really take much time, but it looks intricate and very neat to look at.

Jun 9
2016

Simple strawberry nail art

Today I have some really cute nail art to show you. I have often seen these nails on Pinterest and always wanted to try them myself, so I decided it was now or never. Just in time for summer I did some simple strawberry nail art, and I was surprised at how easy it was! The design looks a little tricky at first glance, and seeing all the amazing photos on Pinterest was a little intimidating, but this nail art look was actually really simple.

My simple strawberry nail art

My simple strawberry nail art

It was so easy to do this design and it hardly took any time at all!

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Jun 4
2016

Feeling Tropical with simple Floral Nail Art

Last week I posted a zebra print nail art design for the #31dc2016weekly nail art Instagram tag, and this week I have another installment to show you. The theme for this week’s prompt was flowers, so I did a pretty pink and white floral nail art design. It took hardly any time at all but it looks really cute and tropical, which is perfect for a summer weekend!

Feeling tropical with my pink floral nail art

Feeling tropical with my pink floral nail art

You can see some of my previous nail art designs over on my Instagram account here!

What I used

The floral nail art I have to show you today was done with a MoYou London stamping plate. This plate if from the Tropical Collection and I chose a big Hawaiian flower to stamp. My base polish is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in the shade OMGhost, which is a crisp white. It took me two coats to get perfectly opaque white nails. I have recently become a big fan of white nails and left them plain for a few hours before adding my floral nail art on top.

Another look at my floral nail art design

Another look at my floral nail art design

The nail polish I used to stamp the flowers over my white base was China Glaze Winter Berry, which is a lovely berry red from an old holiday collection. I love this shade on my nails and will have to swatch it soon to show you. I promise it is a red polish in real life, but when I stamped it for my floral nail art it totally turned pink. I think it might be because it was such a thin layer used to stamp, and it was layered over a bright white base. Either way, the floral nail art design worked well with pink flowers so it still turned out fine even though I meant for it to be red.

I have actually used this MoYou London stamping plate for a different floral nail art look a few weeks ago, which you can check out here.

What do you think of my white and pink/red floral nail art? I like how tropical it looks and it makes me think of a Hawaiian vacation, which is nice to daydream about when it looks like I will have a few rainy days ahead of me.

May 28
2016

Julep Pepper Zebra Print Nail Art

I recently got my May Julep Maven box and I really loved all of the polishes I got in it, especially this gorgeous cornflower blue with silver shimmer called Pepper. You can see photos of all 6 polishes I got in the box in my post, but today I am focusing on Pepper alone. I did some really fun stamping to get this Julep Pepper zebra print nail art look and I am really happy with it.

The incredible shade of Julep Pepper, a lovely cornflower blue with multidimensional shimmer

The incredible shade of Julep Pepper, a lovely cornflower blue with multidimensional shimmer

Pepper has quickly become one of my all-time favourite nail polish shades. It has an incredible multidimensional silver shimmer to it that looks like flecks of metal. The flecks are super tiny so they blend in seamlessly and create a really unique look. The colour is a gorgeous blue/indigo/purple hue that catches the light in a bunch of different ways. It was super hard to photograph this right because it really does look different in all lighting. Sometimes it leans more blue or purple, and other times it has an almost holographic quality to it. I enjoyed wearing Pepper alone for a a few days before I did my Julep Pepper zebra print nail art.

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Apr 14
2016

MoYou London Tropical Nail Art ft. Essie Find Me An Oasis

Today I have some cute blue MoYou London tropical nail art to show you. I was in the mood for something fresh and floral for Spring and was hoping it would will away the cold weather we have been having. It actually might have worked since it went from about 3 degrees to 10 in the last day.

MoYou London tropical nail art design with Essie 'Find Me An Oasis' as the base nail polish colour.

MoYou London tropical nail art design with Essie ‘Find Me An Oasis’ as the base nail polish colour

This is my first nail art design using MoYou London stamping plates. My mom picked a few up at Trade Secrets a few weeks ago and I have played with them here and there but never did a full manicure until this one. I loved the tropical plate for the fun floral designs and I think it went really nicely with the blue hues I used.

Supplies I used for the MoYou London tropical nail art design

Supplies I used for the MoYou London tropical nail art design

The base nail polish colour for my MoYou London tropical nail art is Essie ‘Find Me An Oasis’ and it was the name of this polish that sparked the idea to do a tropical floral design. ‘Find Me An Oasis’ is a super light blue that can look very pale and almost white in some lights. It is a really nice colour and I liked the lightness and softness of it on it’s own.

Essie 'Find Me An Oasis' is a super light blue nail polish

Essie ‘Find Me An Oasis’ is a super light blue nail polish

I used The Body Shop Colour Crush nail polish  ‘Mad About Blue’ to stamp the design. I wasn’t sure if that polish would work to stamp but it did just fine and I am pleased with the result. I love the contrast of the two shades of blue nail polish and overall felt like this was a cute and fresh look. I didn’t even mind that my nails are kind of short because this worked well with their length. My favourite one is the pinky finger where only the flower shows up and no leaves or other pieces of the design.

MoYou London tropical nail art using Essie 'Find Me An Oasis' as the base nail polish colour

MoYou London tropical nail art using Essie ‘Find Me An Oasis’ as the base nail polish colour

So there you have it – super simple MoYou London tropical nail art using Essie ‘Find Me An Oasis’ as a base colour. Easy and bright and it brought me a little sunshine this week!