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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: Black and White Nail Art

Labour Day weekend always reminds me of new beginnings. Although I am not going back to school [and haven’t for quite a while], the summer to fall transition is exciting and opportunity filled.

As much as I love deep and full bodies nail polish hues during this time of year, I decided to try something a little different. Black and white has been making a serious splash when it comes to Fall fashion, which inspired today’s geometric mani. Fall Manicure essie blanc black and white maniI used essie blanc [three coats to ensure opacity], Revlon Art Expressionist in Pastel Punk [side 2 – grey] and Chanel Black Satin [219].

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend and transition into Fall. Good things are just around the corner, I can feel it!

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: A Guest Post From The Calgary Stampede

Today is your lucky day! While I am busy exploring the east coast, one of my best gals is taking over to share a more western inspired manicure. If you’ve been following A Five Foot Three Perspective for a while, you have definitely met this beauty maven before, if not, you’re in for a treat. 

Take it away Sarah!


Lace crops, tied up flannel, leather fringe, and obviously, cutoff denim – these are of course the staple items spotted throughout the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Even if you didn’t make it to Calgary this summer, musical festival season is still underway, and if you pack light (bless, I don’t know how you do it), you certainly won’t want to bring your entire polish arsenal. How do you choose a mani colour with some staying power? Just as your little denim jacket pairs with just about any summer tees or sundresses, meet the ultimate luxury in manucures d’été:

The Chanel Denim Collection

This great set of three look beautiful as single solids, and also complements each other when mixed and matched into nail art designs. Use a simple dotting tool for a slight flair,or create more dramatic shapes with curved or diagonal lines.

Chanel Nail Polish

For me, it’s always the case that in the cold months of winter, I can’t wait to sport neons and brights, and in summer, I miss the sophistication of opaque and ultra dark polishes. These gorgeous denim inspired shades are a nice happy medium, and can take you through a full getaway’s worth of outfits.  All in good fun, to quote Dolly Parton, a personal favourite country queen:

“You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!”

Enjoy putting together your summer festival looks, and never neglect the nails! The Chanel Denim collection had a limited release, so check ebay if you are head over heels.



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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

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A Dark And Shiny Manicure Monday

This week’s manicure is about as opposite as you could get from the one I shared last week. After a week of bright and almost tie-dye digits I was ready for something a bit more bold and edgy. Unfortunately I have no tutorial this week since I completely free handed this one. I figured I would share it anyways in case it can inspire your nail art manicure!ellepottsie nail collectionTo create this manicure I used essie stylenomics (which I still find hard to use and a bit too black for my liking – you can read the full review here) and essie there’s no place like chrome (which is the best silver metallic polish I have tried to date). ellepottsie mani mondayessie manicureLately I have been loving manicure with variety, like this one, with a different design on each nail. It breaks up the monotony of painting all ten digits, and when you are trying to keep  a steady hand it, I find it much easier to repeat each design only twice.
Do you have a fabulous manicure? Upload a pic and tag me (twitter or instagram) in it so I can see what you’re rocking on your nails!

xo Lauren