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Manicure Monday: Chanel 601 Mysterious

When i came across the new Fall 2013 Chanel lacquers last week, I was a little disappointed. Of the three colours, two are completely over done. 589 Elixir is a red/pink combo with a bit of sheen – yawn, and 591 Alchimie, which is a slightly more green version of 531 Peridot. The third colour in the set caught my eye – 601 Mysterious. It appeared to be a deep olive green when I first saw the bottle in store – similar to the Khaki Green from the Les Khaki Collection which launched years ago, which is next to impossible to find for a reasonable price. Chanel Fall 2013This weekend was so crazy that I didn’t even get a chance to take the polish out of the box until Sunday night. As you can see from the picture above – it very dark, almost grey looking. Mysterious – fitting name, this was not the khaki olive green I was hoping for. I could have sworn this was not what I had seen before buying it. As with most Chanel polishes, the formula is easy to work with and two coats ensures opacity, but I am not sold on the colour. When I look quickly at my nails, they look black. With a closer examination, especially under bright sunlight, the dustiness makes it a deep grayish green. I am not sure if I like this polish. It is a nice vamp hue and will look great for Fall, however, it isn’t what I was expected and because of that, I am disappointed. Mani MondayI tried to add some studs to my mani for extra appeal, but my lackluster sentiments are obvious by just looking at the precision (or lack of) of my application.

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: 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: Galaxy Nails

Inspired by outer space, these dark but shimmery nails have been making quite a splash in the blog world. After watching a couple tutorials, like these (one and two), I couldn’t wait another day to try them out myself. I’m a huge fan of manicures that look complicated and unique but are easy to achieve – this is one of them.Galaxy Nails galaxy nailsFor this manicure you’ll need quite a few different polishes: a black for the base, then you’ll apply a dark blue, followed by purple, followed by white – using a sponge to dab the colours on. Once those layers have dried, you’ll need a translucent and sparkly polish to layer on each nail, followed by a polish with large silver glitter pieces. I highly recommend watching one the tutorials above to see how this manicure is achieved before ruling it out for its complexity.

If you’re rocking a fabulous manicure today, send some pictures my way. Tag me in your nail 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