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Manicure Monday: Halloween Nails

The Halloween countdown is on, only 10 days to go! I’ll admit that I have given no thought to my costume for this year – but my nails are definitely feeling the spooky spirit! This manicure is simple and fun. I’ll include a tutorial and a list of products used so you can give it a try! Halloween ManicureUsing essie blanc as a base coat, paint each nail entirely white. Once this base is dry, use a dotting tool (I use this Quo brush and dotting tool set, which can be found at Shoppers Drugmart) to create two black dots for eyes near your cuticle. Next use the smaller end of the tool to create the nose by painting two dots attached to each other. Finally, use the brush to paint five thin lines from just after the middle of your nail all the way to the tip. Allow the black to dry completely before adding a top coat to avoid colour bleeding.

If you’re rocking a fabulous manicure today, send some pictures my way. Tag me in your mani pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday: Leopard Print Double Accents

After two weeks of black and white manicures, I figured it was time to move onto to something a little more interesting. Using OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts and You’re Such A Budapest, I created a double accent leopard print mani. manicure monday leopard double accent manicureThe leopard print design looks intricate and complicated, but it is arguably one of the easiest to complete with just a few pointers. First, paint your nail a solid base colour. Once this is completely dry, paint random, uneven dots all over nail. Using a third colour – I used the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, draw “c” and “u” shapes around the dots you painted before. Fill in any blank spaces with dots and lines in the third colour. leopard nail artIf you look closely you can see what I mean!

If you’re rocking a fabulous manicure today, send some pictures my way. Tag me in your mani pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday: Black and White French Tips

Sticking with the black and white theme this week – this manicure is a cross between elegant and trendy. black and white manicure ellepottsie mani mondayTo create this looks, start with a white base, I used essie marshmallow, and then paint the tips with a steady hand using an opaque black.

As always, if you’re wearing a fabulous manicure – send some pictures my way. I’d love to see how your rocking some of the new fall nail trends! Tag me in your mani pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday – Dip Dye Tips

This weekend I treated myself to a few September fashion magazines. To my delight, beautiful nail art manicures were front and center in both issues, which left me no choice but to try one out. In Style featured a few do it yourself nail art instructionals using some of the best fall trends – so I happily obliged and gave one a try.Dip Dye TipsThe Dip-Dye Tips manicure featured both the negative space trend (as long as you use a nude base colour) and a deep blue ombre. You’ll need a makeup sponge, a pale or nude base colour , a deep blue and a top coat. I used Sephora by OPI Bare to Be Different as the neutral colour and OPI I Saw… You Saw… We Saw… Warsaw for the cobalt ombre effect. This manicure is fool proof as long as you follow a few easy steps.

Step 1: Prime your nail with a base coat – preferably a nail strengthener like OPI Nail Envy [product review here].
Step 2: Paint your nails completely using the nude/pink hue and allow it to dry completely.
Step 3: Using a makeup sponge, paint a layer of top coat on the tip and then follow with a layer of blue. Using the top coat first will dilute the colour which will give you the dip-dye look. Lightly dab the painted area on the sponge on your nail from the half way point to your tip, leave the cuticle area untouched. Allow your nails to dry completely before moving on to the next stage.
Step 4: Using a fresh makeup sponge [or the other side], paint the edge with blue polish and tab on the tip area of your nail to saturate the colour.
Step 5: Once the blue lacquer is completely dry, follow with a quick dry top coat to seal the manicure. I used essie good to go for this [product review here]. ellepottsie and In Style mani monday dip-dye tips manicureI am extremely happy with how this manicure turned out – it is very unique and intricate looking.

As always, if you’re wearing a fabulous manicure – send some pictures my way. I’d love to see how your rocking some of the new fall nail trends! Tag me in your mani pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday: Nails Inc Leather Effect Polish Review

When a unique polish is on sale, there is absolutely nothing I can do to help it from ending up in my shopping basket. This is exactly what happened with the Nails inc Leather Effect lacquer that became part of my collection this weekend. Although I had no intention of trying another textured formula since I am usually disappointed with the results, but when I saw the colour, I couldn’t say no.

Shoreditch Lane is a dark, vampy, mulberry hue that dries to a leather textured finish. In my opinion, the application is a little tedious. The formula seems to get tacky very quickly and it is hard to achieve a smooth look with each application. I had to use three coats to cover up the streaks. Although this quick dry factor is an issue when painting, it is also one of the best attributes of the polish when it comes to the post manicure waiting period. Nails Inc Leather Effect manicure monday ellepottsieThe texture is interesting, I suppose it feels like a rough leather, and the colour is beautiful and rich. In all honesty though, I just don’t love the look. It reminds me of the times I paint my nails right before bed and wake up with a bed sheet pattern embedded into my manicure. Without adding the gold pyramid studs, this mani was just plain boring… and looked like a bit of a mess.

As with all other textured polishes, it is recommended that you skip the top coat. I followed the instructions, however, the tips of my nails are really chipping badly, I’ll have to touch them up daily to keep my digits looking presentable and professional.

Would I recommend this polish? Probably not. If you love a textured manicure then perhaps you’ll like this look – but I have come to the realization that I’m more of a nail art gal [surprise, surprise].

As always, if you’re wearing a fabulous manicure – send some pictures my way. I’m planning to do a reader manicure feature in the near future. Tag me in your mani pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday: Neon Double Chevrons

Nail art is here to stay – it has continued to make a splash among fashion runways moving into the fall season. There is still hope for those of you who prefer a simple polished look, since matte single shades are also donning fingers all over, but what I want to talk about is a few of the upcoming digit trends for the fall – and I’m not even touching on colour.

1. The double accent nail. A standout ring finger has been prevalent for quite some time, becoming less avant-garde and more mainstream by the minute. If you still love the look of this trend, try adding a second accent nail. My personal preference are thumb and ring finger or index and middle. Keep the design/colour consistent on both accent nails to really nail this trend.

2. The half moon reinvented. Instead of crisp circle shaped lines, the emphasis for the new half moon mani is on blending different colours and smudging the edges. Think smokey eye-shadow but on your nail.  If that isn’t up your alley, the other prominent half moon trend is an exaggerated look, starting the design more then halfway up your nail, usually leaving the moon a neutral colour and choosing a deep pop of colour for the top. The exaggerated look combines the half moon manicure with the tried and true french tip.

3. Appliques. Adding tiny jewels, studs and bows to your manicure was huge this summer – and will continue to shine throughout the rest of 2013. If you’re really looking to fit in with the trendsetters, try an all over applique like a piece of lace, fishnet, or feather. This will combine the textured look with the applique trend and have you looking ever so chic!

4. The reverse french manicure. This trend debuted this spring, however, it is rare to see it worn off the runway. Back again for fall, the colours are more vibrant but the look is the same. You’ll need a steady hand to keep the outer lines looking crisp and clean. This one isn’t for a nail art newbie.

5. The double chevron. Last year the half moon manicure began to take on a pointer look. The chevrons began at the cuticle and came to a point near the middle of the nail. This year it’s time to invert the shape and start it at the top of your nail. This is one of my favourite new nail trends – which means I am wearing it today! double chevronMy index finger shows the double chevron trend. To achieve this look you’ll need a two different coloured polishes and a nail art brush. ellepottsieOnce your base coat is dry, begin by painting the filled in chevron at the tip of the nail. It is easier to start with this one as it will give you a guide to draw a thinner chevron underneath.  I used essie blanc as my base coat and Revlon Nail Art Neon in Hot Flash for the accent. The Revlon polish does not come with a nail art brush [like the Expressionist line does] so make sure you have a thin paint brush on hand if you want to create this look.

As always, if you’re wearing a fabulous manicure – send some pictures my way. I’m planning to do a reader manicure feature in the near future. Tag me in your mani pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday: Fancy Fingers

Let me confess something before I share today’s nail art with you. I did not come up with the idea for this manicure on my own. I bookmarked this cute manicure created by the beauty department quite a while ago but for some reason I never got around to executing it. Every time I would stumble upon it online I’d vow to recreate it… and then I’d forget. This weekend I finally got around to it, and I am happy I did, the result is absolutely adorable!Pretty little bow manicureMy advice to those of your that wish to try this – invest in a nail art pen, it makes drawing the black accent lines a piece of cake. I used a Sally Hansen one. This manicure is comprised of essie marshmallow and where’s my chauffeur. I think you could substitute the base colour for pretty much anything but I would stick to a crisp white for the bows. It isn’t a very complicated manicure so if you are new to nail art – give it a try.  You will probably surprise yourself!

Here are the steps I took to achieve this look:ellepottsie manicure Monday essie and sally hansenHappy Nail Painting!

xo Lauren