Mani-Monday { Pink & Silver Glitter }

Who doesn’t love a little glitter? The silver accents nails were just enough for my taste. I really liked this sandy-glittery by OPI from the Mariah Carey Collection (in the color ‘It’s Frosty Outside’). I would definitely recommend it as a silver glitter in your collection. The effect reminds me of the Louboutin Fifi Strass. But until I can get a pair, I’ll settle for the same look, but on my nail.

The pink is the Zoya ‘Dot’ polish that I received in my February Glam Bag and I really like it. It’s a great polish and a great shade.

Doing my nails is a fun and relaxing way to tune out after a long day. It’s important to find activities that you enjoy and that help you decompress. I’m learning that taking time to take care of myself is so important, because when I feel recharged, I have even more energy and love to put out into the world.

What are some things that you enjoy doing on your alone-time? 

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Mani-Monday { Black Sand }

I’ve gathered quite the collection of nail polishes. In fact, it feels like there aren’t enough days in a week to enjoy all of them, since I keep a mani for 4-6 days, and then wait a few days to give a break to my nails. But because there are still so many colors and appliqués that I haven’t tried yet, I’ve been creating manicures around the ones that I want to try.

In the custom-made Birchbox that I received for my birthday, there was a set of three small OPI polishes from the Mariah Carey collection with a sandy effect. As you might have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a black & white kick lately, so I paired simple white nails, with a few nails with the black sand, called ‘Emotions’. Although I loved how the effect looked (it looks like asphalt on your nail), it did take me a few tries to get it right. I wouldn’t recommend using a base color under it, but simply a base coat (I put white under it and it took AGES to dry…drove me nuts).

What do you think of this effect? Have you ever tried it? Do you like it?

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[ Photo credit Saba Sabati ]

Mani-Monday { Nude is Back with Black }

This manicure is officially my favorite. I had done something similar for my birthday, but this time, I also used ‘Glints of Linda’ by OPI, which is the perfect nude color for me, and I’m obsessed! I LOVE how this turned out, especially that the black tips make my nail look so much longer than they actually are!

I really love doing my nails. Not only do I enjoy taking time for myself to paint my nails, it also brings out a creative side of me. It’s like painting little pieces of art (yes, I am losing the term ‘art’ very loosely here) – I look at the different colors, tools and accents that I have and imagine in my mind what I want to create. It also just enhances how I feel in the morning when I put an outfit together, because the little touches matter.

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Mani-Monday { Reflective }

I haven’t been able to stop staring at my nails. No, but seriously, the changing colors of this polish are so fun to see under different lights, I just can’t stop staring. A really fun and surprisingly quite subtle polish, that I wouldn’t recommend if you get easily distracted like I do (yes, I just paused and stared at my nails for a few seconds).

Life also has changing ‘colors’ – there’s always a different angle from which you can look at a situation. A more positive perspective can lead to finding a solution, or just being at peace with whatever is meant to happen! A good reminder for myself right now. 

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Mani-Monday { It’s Never Black & White… }

I was really excited when my boyfriend surprised me with this top coat (‘Meteoric’) from the Formula X by sephora collection (it looks like the name was changed to ‘chaotic). The black & whites specks are quite a unique than any other top coats I’ve seen, and adds a really nice twist to a simple manicure. Yes, always with the accent nail(s)! That makes the mani less childish and more unique. This pink Essie colour in ‘Fiji’ has already been featured on the blog (here) and is still one my faves.

What do you think? Any top coats that I could try?

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Mani-Monday { 2014 }

I’m back!!! I’m so sorry for the lack of posts, but life has been crazy lately. I’ve also been doing a lot of work and soul-searching and I have some exciting new ideas and projects lined up for the blog that I can’t wait to share with you very soon!

Here’s a fun, very girly, manicure that I did last week. It was the first time that I’ve tried Quo nail polish (that my boyfriend surprised me with randomly one day) and although I loved the color, my nails started to chip the next day! I’ll have to give it another try with another base coat. The glitter is Nicole by OPI and it’s from the Selena Gomez collection, and it’s called “Inner Sparkle”. Can you tell I’ve been a bit obsessed with sparkle polish lately?

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Mani-Monday { Nude & Glittery }

I love how this mani turned out, quite simple but with a hint of gold glitter adds that festive touch to it! I’m so happy with this nude OPI (‘Glints of Linda’) as well, it’s the perfect nude colour! What do you think? Do you like it? Any other recommendations for a good nude polish?

 

Mani-Monday { Movember }

I wasn’t sure what title I would put for this mani and then I went to brunch with some friends yesterday, and they commented that my nails looked like moustaches! So I figured since Movember just finished, why not call it…movember! (I guess that was a bit obvious and didn’t require an explanation that long…)

I was so excited with the way this manicure turned out that I will probably do the same one again this week but with a different colour. It’s a very futuristic/geometric version of a French manicure, and it elongated my fingers, which is a plus!

I didn’t realize the pictures were a bit blurry and unfortunately didn’t get a chance to take proper pictures with my camera before the nails chipped…sorry! Hope you like it!

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Mani-Monday { Golden Barbie }

My two favourites: fuchsia & gold! I did this manicure for a wedding I went to over the weekend (while I was studying mind you….painted one nail, wrote a page, did another nail, read another page….life of a student!). I wanted a pop of colour with my dark blue lace dress and went for my favourite colour, fuchsia! The gold crackle was to match my jewelry and add a touch of fun to the nails.

What do you think? Do you like it? 

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Mani-Monday { Red & Black Jewels }

After doing weekly manicures, I needed to give my nails a nice long break because they were starting to stain (eek!!), but was itching to use more of the jewels from the little wheel I bought in Edinburgh.

I went for a classic red with black jewels on each nail. This is my go-to basic red colour and I love it. It’s a red that I’m going to stick to because it works well with my skin tone (and my boyfriend loves it too!) It’s Essie ‘Russian Roulette’.

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