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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: 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