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HAPPY EASTER!

Easter is easily one of my favorite holidays and for the following reasons:

1. It happens in April, when the weather gets warmer.
2. We are guaranteed a holiday on Friday, which means after work drinks on Thursday and no work hangovers the next day.
3. Chocolates, chocolates, chocolates.
4. Family dinner(s).
5. And lastly, there is an abundance of inspiration for an Easter mani!

I gave the tribal nail thing a try a few months back, but I did such a crap job on it everyone thought I was practicing painting easter eggs on my nails in November. So this time around I totally took my time to prep my brushes, polishes, and design beforehand so they are legitimate tribal Easter eggs. I found the tutorial on YouTube and hopped right to it. Pun intended :)

I started this mani pretty late at night so I decided to keep the design consistent on each finger and started with Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Jade Jump, which is a great opaque minty jade shade. The reset of the design was created using Nail Art striper brushes in a light grey, black, and pastel pink. And of course I used my handy dotting tool to create the white dots with Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Whirlwind White.

I did all my lines first, going from cuticle to the tip then filled in the rest of the space with the vertical or dotting designs. I have to admit, I screwed up pretty bad on my left, which is my photo hand, so I had to redo and on some fingers, I even re-did them three times. :(

Well, here they are, and I absolutely loved them. They’re not as in-your-face as some other designs, which I think is perfect for Easter. I also received a lot of compliments over the weekend, including a bartender at a club, which totally made my day.

How do you normally spend your Easter?

xo,
e.

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Holy moly did Valentine’s Day creep up on us or what? I can’t believe we’re already half way through February. Wasn’t it just NYE like two days ago? Well either way, V-Day is here and that means a holiday themed mani!

This one was a bit hard for me because I’m not the type to get super excited over V-Day so there wasn’t a lot of inspiration bubbling in my head. I’ve learned in the past that the higher the expectations, the higher the disappointment when it comes to this “holiday”, but that’s not to say that my bf and I don’t do nice things for each other. He may not be a Ryan Gosling from The Notebook, but I have to say that he does try more than I give him credit for. For example, instead of making a lasagne, he bought me a lasagne from Costco after hearing that I was craving for it lol. :) Anyway, Valentine’s is also hard for us to plan because we’re always so busy with our own lives!

I rummaged through my polish bins and found this super cute pink by Sally Hansen Insta-Dri called Fuchsia Flare and remembered about the awesome silver hearts I bought from the Japanese dollar store a few months ago. After sticking them on my ring finger, I dotted a heart around the bundle of love. Voila, my Valentine’s Day nails! Simple, but cute. Just like my perspective on the pseudo holiday :)

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

xo,
e.

I’m a total bandwagon jumper, I’ll be the first to admit it :) I honestly didn’t even know who made it into this Superbowl until a few days ago. My bf, on the other hand, is a hardcore football fan so I dedicate this mani to him.

On Friday I asked my football-loving-Facebook friends if I should go for the Patriots or Giants and the majority voted for the Giants. Thank goodness because I did my homework and the Patriots logo is much more complicated.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

NEW YORK GIANTS

I woke up this morning and realized that I only had a few hours to get my nails done or I’d miss all the hype. AND GET THIS: I didn’t own a single bottle of blue nail polish! I quickly jumped into my car, went to Shoppers Drug Mart and found me a bottle of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Blue It, which is the perfect blue to match the Giants logo. AND it was only $3.00, bonus! For the red I used my favorite China Glaze China Rouge and my white is a Sephora by OPI nail design pen.

It took me a while to decide on the design I wanted to create today. I didn’t want to do anything complicated because I had a lunch date at 1pm, which only have me 2 hours to do my nails (including drying time!). I started off with the blue base, added the white tip, painted the red line, then drew the NY logo with my pen on my ring finger. It looked great, but I didn’t have the time to do NY on every nail so I used my dotter tool and painted three dots on the rest of the nails. BOOM, Superbowl mani done in 45 minutes :)

Who are you cheering for and what is your favorite Superbowl snack?

xo,
e.

Happy Chinese New Year and cheers to all my dragon friends out there!

OF COURSE I had to do a Chinese New Year (CNY) manicure! Initially, I wanted to paint a dragon since it’s the year of the dragon, but I didn’t think my amateur skills could handle it. They probably would’ve looked more like worms than dragons anyway.

I thought about the colors and theme I wanted to incorporate, which was easy because CNY is all about red and gold, and decided to focus on gold cherry blossoms with a red base and create something special on my ring fingers. The polishes I chose are Revlon Gold Coin, China Glaze China Rouge (how appropriate!), and Witchcraft’s nail art striper in black.

Like mose Asian families, my Chinese family has many superstitions passed down from our ancestors. According to the believers, certain foods, words, colors, and gestures can affect one’s path in life. One of the most prosperous and popular words in Chinese is “fook” (褔), which means fortune, luck, and happiness. (Who knew one little character could have such a positive significance?) Many Chinese families or businesses will hang a poster with the “fook” character upside down so fortune will “fall” upon them. I thought this would be the perfect special something to paint on my ring fingers, especially since they’ll be upside down when I look at my own hands. Plus, it is one of the easier Chinese characters I can paint free-hand by both hands lol. Yes, you can bet there was a lot of practice involved.

Here is a stylized version of the character…

And here are my good luck nails!

I am super happy with my creation. It only took me 40 minutes from start to finish and I perfected the “fook” character on the first attempt on both hands. As you can guess, I am very pleased and impressed with myself. :)

Beyond all the nail polish, I want to wish everyone (including all non-Lunar calendar friends) a very prosperous year with plenty of love, happiness, and good health. Happy New year and 恭喜發財!