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Manicure Monday: Thanksgiving Turkey Nail Art

To my fellow Canadians, Happy Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful holiday and remember to appreciate even the small things in life.
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Manicure Monday: Tiny Triangle Tips

When the essie Fall 2013 launched, I couldn’t stop swooning over After School Boy Blazer. Sure I have a few deep blues in my collection, but this one is so dark it almost appears black – until you take a close look, then the complexity of the hue will have you in awe. I finally purchased this shade last week and knew that it would combine perfectly with essie No Place Like Chrome to create a fun, futuristic and geometric nail art mani. essie nail art ellepottsie manicure MondayAfter two base layers of No Place Like Chrome, I used the weight of the brush to paint V shapes at the top of each finger and then filled in the bottom to create this look. Remember to take your time and breathe to keep a steady hand.

Now that the new Fall colours are readily available in stores, which hue are you coveting for the season?

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday Featuring OPI When Monkeys Fly

Today’s manicure is seriously spring like. I just couldn’t wait any longer to break out the vibrant pastel [ish] lacquers. After buying my first polish from the OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Collection, When Monkeys Fly [a holographic sparkle mixed with large gold-brown hex glitters], I knew it was time to try something light and fun.

essie and opiwhere's my chauffeur and when monkeys fly where's my chauffeur and when monkeys fly essie and opi

For this mani I began by priming my nails with two coats of OPI matte Nail Envy [my favourite base coat], followed by two layers of essie Where’s My Chauffeur. This colour is very opaque with only two coats! Next I applied OPI When Monkeys Fly to the tips of my nails. It isn’t too difficult to pull out the larger hex pieces, just make sure you are dabbing them on instead of painting, you will get a much better result. Finally, seal the glitter in with at least 3 layers of top coat. I used essie good to go.

Most of the reviews I have seen of OPI When Monkeys Fly complain that the glitter pieces do not lie flat. In order to fix this issue you need to really layer on the top coat. I have not had an issue with the large pieces getting in the way since I used 4 coats of good to go. I also have been adding additional layers of top coat every other day [because I painted my nails last Tuesday] to keep my mani looking fresh. All in all I love the look of When Monkeys Fly and I am willing to take the extra time to ensure that the glitter lies flat. If you don’t have patience, this polish isn’t right for you – perhaps try Lights of Emerald City which contains smaller white glitter squares and has been getting rave reviews across the board.

Do you have a great manicure today? Upload a pic and tag me (twitter or instagram) in it so I can see what you’re rocking on your nails! And don’t forget to submit your question for the weekly “Ask A Beauty Blogger” feature.

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday

My plan for today was to review essie repstyle poslish or Illamasqua speckle polish, however, I haven’t received either yet which means you’ll have to bear with me another week.

Today I am back to one of my favourite (and easiest) nail art designs – the half moon. If you want to learn how to create this look for yourself check out my previous how to post here.

essie penny talk and OPI I Saw... U Saw... We Saw... Warsaw

Using essie penny talk as a base and OPI I Saw… U Saw… We Saw… Warsaw on top – this mani looks rich and polished. Unfortunately, penny talk is one of the worst polishes I have used to date. It is extremely thick and hard to apply. If your nails are anything but perfectly smooth, this polish will make your imperfections more noticeable. In my opinion it is unwearable as a single colour. Even after three coats I cannot get it to look even. I was really excited when essie released the mirror metallics collection because the colours were so rich and opaque – sadly, the finished product is not up to the brands usual standards.

I think covering the majority of penny talk with one of my favourite lacquers from the OPI Euro Centrale collection really brought out the beauty in both colours.

half moon nail art

Do you have a great manicure today? Upload a pic and tag me (twitter or instagram) in it so I can see what you’re rocking on your nails!

xo Lauren


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Mani Monday: Multi-Chrome Swatches (Chanel, Sephora and OPI)

During the dark and cold winter months, I am finding myself enamored by multi-chrome nail lacquers. The hint of sparkle and the unexpected colour change keeps me feeling warm and fuzzy while everything around me is deary and chilled.

The duo/multi-chrome trend began when Chanel released Peridot in Fall 2011. Since then the [nail manufacturer] masses have gone to extremes in order to keep up – to a point where you can find almost exact copies of Peridot (OPI Just Spotted the Lizard, Jessica Iridescent Eye, Ozotic 507 and Morpheus 205) for a fraction of the price. Personally, I am a proud supporter of the original but if you can’t imagine dolling out over $28 for a bottle of polish the replicas are shockingly good.

This winter I decided to branch out and add two new multi-chrome polishes to my collection; Sephora by OPI Here’s Lilac-ing At You, Kid and OPI Skyfall The World Is Not Enough. Below are swatches of these new lacquers along with a few snaps of Peridot.

[WARNING: this is about to get very picture heavy]

Chanel Peridot

A bright gold with hints of green-blue shimmer.

Chanel Peridot in Artificial daytime light.

Chanel Peridot in Artificial daytime light.

A hint of green among the gold.

A hint of green among the gold.

Peridot in the evening light.

Peridot in the evening light.

Green shimmer.

Green shimmer.

In this light the polish has warm undertones.

In this light the polish has warm undertones.

Natural sunlight brings out the cool greens and silvers.

Natural sunlight brings out the cool greens and silvers.

Sephora by OPI Here’s Lilac-ing At You, Kid

An opaque chrome blue-violet with two tone effect.

Artificial daytime light.

Artificial daytime light.

Natural daytime light - bring out a brighter purple tone.

Natural daytime light – bring out a brighter purple tone.

Vibrant violet hue.

Vibrant violet hue.

Evening artificial light.

Evening artificial light.

Natural daytime light

Natural daytime light

Sephora by OPI Here's Lilac-ing At You, Kid

Sephora by OPI Here’s Lilac-ing At You, Kid

OPI Skyfall The World Is Not Enough

A pink-taupe-silver base with a heavy pink and gold shimmer.

A darker deeper rose hue

A darker deeper rose-taupe hue.

Artifical daytime light brings out a silver-rose shimmer.

Artificial daytime light brings out a silver-rose shimmer.

OPI Skyfall The World Is Not Enough

OPI Skyfall The World Is Not Enough

What are you wearing on your nails today?

xo Lauren