A 5'3 Perspective


1 Comment

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


Leave a comment

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


5 Comments

Manicure Monday: A Bright and Crazy Manicure

Despite a mid April snowstorm, I am ready for summer – and so are my nails. At the end of last week I received Polish You Pretty, a nail art how to book, in the mail to review. After leafing through the pages a few times I knew I had to try some of the designs. I will provide a full review in the near future when I get a chance to tackle a few more tutorials.

nail suppliesI used nail envy as a base coat under OPI You’re Such A Budapest, Illamasqua Devotee and Sally Hansen Black 02 nail art pen [which I is a new buy for me]. The finishing touches were essie good to go.

I will show you the steps before I reveal the finished product, just to keep you guessing!

You're Such A BudapestAfter a few layers of nail envy to strengthen my [talons] nails, I painted three coats of OPI You’re Such a Budapest. I find this polish quite sheer but very easy to build solid coverage with thin coats.

Illamasqua DevoteeNext I carefully free-handed half my nail with two coats of Illamasqua Rubber Finish in Devotee. I absolutely love the colour of this polish and it was a nice complement to the more subtle base colour.

Sally HansenUsing my [new] Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, which is not exactly what the book recommends, I drew a line down the center of my nail. Using this pen is quite easy, however, you need to have a scrap piece of paper nearby to be able to press the tip on. I found the formula of this polish to be a bit light, I had trace of the lines a few times to fill it in completely and even still I am noticing some cracking and lighter spots. Perhaps I should have done two coats of black instead of just one.

Summer NailsFinally, using the nail art pen, I drew polka dots on the pink side and diagonal stripes on the purple side. After allowing my nails to dry for a few minutes I finished with three coats of essie good to go. After spending half an hour on this nail art manicure, I wanted to be really sure that it was dry before going to bed.ellepottsie polish you pretty

What do you think of the design? I know it is a little crazy but it is a lot of fun and the instructions were easy to follow. This was one of the more simple manicures in the book which makes me a little nervous to try some of the more complicated ones – then again, I love a challenge so bring it on!

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