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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


A Dainty Manicure And Revlon Nail Art Product Review

Something about long weekends make me want to get crazy with my manicures – this one was no exception. Lately I have become fond a different nail art patterns on each nail, instead of consistency. The more I repeat a design, the more frustrated I get when each nail doesn’t turn out exactly the same – this style of manicure gets rid of that issue entirely. manicure monday ellepottsieOn my pinky finger I used the waterless water marble technique, my index finger features the Saran wrap look, my ring finger shows off my new nail jewels and my middle finger and thumb are free-handed – using Revlon Nail Art polish.

A few weeks ago I received a package of lacquers from the lovely Revlon Canada Team to test out, which contained five nail art products, two from the Moon Candy line [which I reviewed here], one from the Neon collection [which feature a white base coat to enhance neon designs , and two Expressionist lacquers [which feature bold colours and a two step nail art system].

When I first opened the Expressionist and Neon polishes, I only looked at one side [side 1] which has a thick, regular brush for application. I couldn’t understand why these were called nail art polishes if the brushes weren’t thinner. Silly me – the polishes are meant to be used together and only one end is your nail art colour. The other end [side 2] has a long thin brush, absolutely perfect for creating elaborate designs – my mistake. Revlon Nail Art CollectionFor my manicure I used Pastel Punk and side 1 of Groovy Green [the white on my pinky]. The pink/purple base coast of the Pastel Punk lacquer is incredible, it paints on effortlessly and becomes almost completely opaque with just one coat. For my manicure I used two base coats. The white on the Groovy Green was another story. The application was very streaky and reminded me of my early teenage years when I used to paint my digits with whiteout in class. Even with three coats the colour looked chalky. I didn’t spend much time worrying because I was about to cover it with a water colour design, but I would try to apply a top coat to attempt to achieve a smoother finish if I were following it with the neon green featured in this duo. revlon nail art expressionistThe brush on side two made nail art a breeze and the polish formula is the perfect consistency to work with.

I love the concept of the Revlon Nail Art Collection. It is perfect for anyone who is new to nail art and doesn’t want to spend money on brush sets. The colours are vibrant and fun and the polish is high quality [with the exception of the white]. The biggest draw back is that you aren’t given the choice of which colour with be your nail art accent, it will always be side two. Keep that in mind when purchasing.

The Expressionist collection is my absolutely favourite and I can see using them non stop – for me, these are worth the price.

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

Thanks to the Revlon Canada team for sending me these products to try – I was under no obligation to write a review. All opinions are my honest thoughts and experiences.

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Manicure Monday: Neon Candy Skull Nails

Now that summer is in full force, my neon nail polish is making a come back – in a big way. This week I was having a hard time settling on a manicure idea, so I ended up doing a little bit of everything – and a LOT of neon. Candy Skull ManiFor this manicure I used essie marshmallow, Urban Outfitters bandeau and westside, Illamasqua devotee, and RImmel London black satin. You could really use any three neon colours though, the white and black are the only two essentials. ellepottsie manicure mondayI plan to try candy skulls again when I have a bit more time to add detail, I started this manicure too late last night to get really crazy with it.

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: Faux Textured and Lots of Bling

This manicure looks seriously impressive – yet it is actually one of the easiest I have done to date. As long as you have the right tools [which are probably already in your kitchen] then all you need is a bit of patience and you’ll be sporting salon perfect nails!seran wrap manicureTo achieve this look you’ll need:

a base coat
two coloured polishes
Saran Wrap
a top coat
a toothpick
nail bling

First paint your nails with a base coat – as you usually would. Next layer on two coats one coloured polish. It is extremely important to allow this to dry completely. I even let mine set overnight before proceeding to the next step. For the base colour I used OPI I Saw.. You Saw.. We Saw.. Warsaw. Once you are sure that your nails are dry, cut 10 squares of Saran Wrap and scrunch them up a bit. Set them to the side as you will need to use them in a minute.

Using the second colour, paint a generous layer on one nail. I used essie eternal optimist. Take one piece of Saran Wrap and dab it on that nail to remove some of the top colour, allowing the base colour to show through. You can dab as much or as little as you like. Repeat this for each nail – one at a time. If you allow the top colour to dry too much before using the Saran Wrap you won’t achieve the same look. After you have “Saran Wrapped” all of your nails, finish with a top coat.

If that is too complicated – check out this video by Chelsea’s Get Nailed for a more visual tutorial.

Now you could stop here and your nails would look fantastic – but I wanted to really jazz [who says that?] mine up. Here comes the bling! I bought mine jewels at Michaels, but you can easily find them [for a much better price] online. To add the rhinestones to your digits you will need a tooth pick and a bottle of top coat.How to bedazzle your nails Using the tooth pick, dot a small amount of top coat right where you want your jewel to be. I find bedazzling my nails is much easier when the polish underneath is dry – that way I don’t have to worry about smudging anything or leaving finger prints. Next you will place the jewel onto the wet dot of top coat – press it down gently but firm enough so it doesn’t move. Repeat this process for all of your nails [or wherever you want to add bling]. Allow the top coat dot to dry completely and then paint over the entire nail with top coat to seal the jewels onto your nails.manicure monday ellepottsie I have been wearing this manicure for a week now and I haven’t lost a single jewel – not bad right?!

Happy nail painting!

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


Revlon Haute Tropics Nail Art and A Giveaway!!!

At the beginning of the week I teased you with a picture of my massive Revlon nail polish stash. That wasn’t fair of me – I’m sorry, but I promise I will make it all up to you today. Brace yourselves. Not only do I have a fun nail art manicure to share [and it isn’t even manicure Monday], I am also giving you a chance to win two bottles of Revlon polish from the limited edition Haute Tropics collection! I’ll get to the nitty gritty details on how to win after my review. I figure that it is best to let you know what I think of the product first.Haute Tropics RevlonRevlon’s Haute Tropics Nail Lacquer collection is comprised of eight vibrant, limited edition colours. I was lucky enough to receive four of the eight to test and share from the Revlon Canada team.

You probably know me well enough by now to understand that having four new polishes all at the same time makes me go nuts with anticipation. Clearly I wasn’t going to be able to wait and test out each different shade individually, so I decided to use them all together in one bright and colourful nail art manicure.

Four of the eight polishes that comprise the Revlon Haute Tropics Collection. From left to right: Coast Is Clear, Cabana Queen, Lagoon Afternoon and Belize, Please

Four of the eight polishes that comprise the Revlon Haute Tropics Collection. From left to right: Coast Is Clear, Cabana Queen, Lagoon Afternoon and Belize, Please

Cabana Queen was my favourite colour to apply. The formula was much thinner than most of the lacquer I am used to but it was so smooth. It is a light colour and needs at least three thin coats to ensure an opaque finish. This polish was especially quick drying and streak free. The colour is off white with a slight shimmer.

Lagoon Afternoon is a beautiful sky blue, turquoise color with a cream finish. I only needed two coats to achieve opacity. The formula was easy to apply and I noticed no streaking or bubbling.

Coast Is Clear reminds me a little of essie Turquoise and Caicos. The Revlon version has a bit more shimmer and I found it much easier to apply. The colour is slightly richer than the essie polish. Two coats would likely be enough, however, I added a third for good measure as I wasn’t pleased with the final texture of the second layer. This was the only colour that I tried from the Haute Tropics collection that had a bit of bubbling when dry. It isn’t very noticeable and it may be due to the fact that I rushed between coats. Either way, the colour is beautiful and the bubbles are so subtle that it doesn’t affect my decision to use this polish again.

Belize, Please is a hot pink cream polish. This is not a colour I would typically use on my nails [since I rarely wear pink – especially now that I have red hair] but I think it would look amazing as a pedicure. The colour was so rich that I probably could have gotten away with using just a single coat. I did end up using two though, typical. Belize, Please has a beautiful, smooth, eye-catching finish. I am almost sold on wear pink on my fingers. Almost.

All of the Revlon Haute Tropic polishes are Free of DBP, Toluene & Formaldehyde. while delivering a gorgeously smooth chip resistant color to nails which will last up to 7 days. I can’t vouch for the longevity of the polish since I rarely wear the same manicure for a week but I didn’t notice any major chipping at all which is great!

As I mentioned earlier, these polishes are limited edition and will only be available in stores for the next four weeks. I would highly recommend taking a trip to your local drug store to pick up a few of these eye-catching shades.Revlon Haute Tropics Nail Art Mani

Turns out my manicure matched Neil's outfit perfectly!

Turns out my manicure matched Neil’s outfit perfectly!

To create my nail art manicure, I combines the four colours in a jagged chevron pattern on my middle and ring finger. To achieve this look start by painting your nail with two base coats of Cabana Queen. Once the polish has dried completely, lightly colour jagged lines across your nail. Make sure you don’t have much polish on the brush before doing this step. Repeat with the remaining colours as many times as necessary to fill your nail. Make sure you leave a space to allow the base colour to show through. I followed the pattern of Lagoon Afternoon, Belize, Please, space (Cabana Queen shows through), and Coast Is Clear. I was able to repeat this sequence twice. Allow some time for drying and then apply a top coat – et voila. It looks a lot more difficult than it is, the jagged lines are very forgiving.

Now onto the first ever 5’3 Perspective Giveaway!

Here is what you need to do to have a chance to win:

1. Subscribe to my blog [just click follow me on the right hand side of the page – you may have to scroll up or down to find this button]

2. Follow me on Twitter

3. Tweet the following phrase and provide me with the link to your tweet:

“ Summer is here! Let’s celebrate with beautiful #HauteTropics @Revlon manicures and a giveaway! @ellepottsie http://ellepottsie.com/2013/06/19/revlon-haute-tropics-nail-polish-and-nail-art/ “

4. Comment with which two of the four colours I reviewed today you would want to win!

Leave a separate comment for each entry for a total of 4 entries! The contest will close Monday June 24th, at 11:59 PM and the winner will be announced Tuesday June 25th.

This contest is open to Canadian and US residents only.

Good luck friends!

xo Lauren

A sample of this product was sent to me for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.