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After only three days my purple patterned nails began to chip. If you’re a nail polish fanatic like me, you try not to never leave the house with chipped polish. So, I had to remove and start fresh!

It’s way too cold and dreary for June right now. My apartment building manager even turned on the heat for us because it is just that chilly and wet! To offset all the grey going on with the weather I opted to go for some pretty pink hues and do an ombré design. In the past I’ve done my ombre by sponging one shade at a time, but I recently saw a different technique on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.

All you need is a makeup sponge, your 3 shades of color, a piece of paper towel, and a q-tip. I was worried that the color on the sponge wouldn’t go on a clear top coat so I cleverly painted on two quick layers of a nude as a base. For the pink hues I am using Revlon’s Coral Me WIld, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fuschsia Flare, and L.A. Girl Love Not.

Paint horizontal stripes on the sponge starting with your darkest shade and don’t be afraid to overlap the colors. This will help blend the shades together. I also recommend keeping the lines narrow in case you have smaller sized nails. After putting a medium sized amount of the colors onto the sponge, quickly dab the sponge onto your paper towel to remove any excess polish. Then place then sponge directly onto your nails and rock the sponge it ever so slightly from left to right to make sure the polish gets onto the edge of your nail. It can get a bit messy around your cuticles so make sure you have a q-tip and polish remove by your side to clean it up after. (Or you can tape around your nails using scotch tape, but I was too lazy tonight :)).

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This is a really quick way to do a nail design and I’m definitely going to use this technique again play around with different colors, not just shades of one color.

By the way, you will absolutely want a good top coat for this design as the sponge will leave a bit of a texture on your nail. Seche Vite is the best!

What are some of your favorite color combos right now?

xo,
e.

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Feels like it was only yesterday when I posted my Chinese New Year mani, but I have a few chips on my right hand already so I decided to take them all off. Boooo! I guess that’s what I get for opening a can of Diet Coke and doing dishes without gloves (rookie mistake). It’s really too bad because I have one more family dinner to attend and I was hoping to show off to my aunties. Oh well, they’ll get something else… Leopard!

This is another one of those trends that have already come but hopefully not gone because I am just catching up! I’ve wanted to try leopard nails for a while now. I’ve seen a lot of takes on the design from all the nail blogs so I was super excited to give this a try myself. Also, I’m very happy to tell you that this is the first time I’ve done a nail art mani without having to find a tutorial beforehand! I just Googled some images to make sure I had the right idea and went for it. The base is Cosmetic Art Sweet Spot and the leopard spots are Color Club Earthy Angel although I used my current favorite metallic, Revlon Gold Coin, on my ring fingers so they’re not all the same. Oh and the black lines were drawn with a nail art brush with Rimmel’s Black Satin.

I loooooove how this turned out. From far away they look like stick-on nail decals. :)

I remember telling a friend once to be brave because I had all the confidence in her to overcome her challenge. “Less meow and more rawwr”. This is how I’m feeling these days so maybe I instinctively went for this design tonight. “Nothing to lose, everything to gain.”

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!

Now that I’m really getting into this nail art thing, I’m finally catching up with all the trends and even if I’m a few months behind I’m still super keen on trying and wearing what are new things to me. After researching tutorials on how to do a half-moon mani, I went to my local drug store and picked out two new gorgeous colors: Essie Sole Mate and Revlon Gold Coin. I just love the metallic shine of Gold Coin and the contrast with the deep Sole Mate. I also had to make a pit stop at the dollar store to pick up binder reinforcements. Who knew these little circle things could be so amazing!

Here is the end result:

If you plan to try this out with the reinforcement method, my tip for you is to really wait until the polish dries before peeling off the stickers or some of the polish at the edge will want to peel off as well.

I learned how to do my half moon from cutepolish, who is one of my most fave YouTube nail gals. I really recommend checking out her channel, she has the most simple and straightforward way of showing how to do the designs. I get really impatient with some of the tutorials out there, I don’t want to see you paint your whole hand, just show me how it’s done on one nail! Please?

Who and what are some of your fave nail blogs and tutorials?

xo,
e.

In May 2011, our dear Vancouver Canucks made it into the NHL Stanley Cup finals, facing the Boston Bruins. Everyday the city was erupting with excitement and every restaurant and bar in town was tuned into the game. If you didn’t watch hockey before, you certainly did now.

One evening my boyfriend and I were watching a game at home and during commercial break, I looked down at my nails and thought in major shame, “Wow, chipped polish, how classy.” I usually don’t let myself get lazy, but somehow this mani got to be 3 days too old. I quickly removed the red and thought about what to do next while going through my basket of polishes (which, at that time, only contained boring reds and pinks).

Then, it happened: the Canucks scored the final goal, ending the game and my boyfriend jumped from the couch, screaming. I thought to myself, it’s been 17 years since the Canucks made it this far into the play-offs, it’s time to show my support and the lightbulb went on.

I wanted to wear the orange, yellow, and black colors from the older Canucks jerseys, because it was the uniform they wore back in ’94, but the skate logo was far too complicated:

So I decided to go with the vintage “V” jersey, which I’ve always loved. Simple without being too understated.

And after a quick trip to the store to pick up supplies, here is the end result:

Looking back at this pic, I feel super accomplished that I was able to draw the yellow and orange lines free-hand. I didn’t know about the tape method back then. On the flip side, I’m super embarrassed about the dry cuticles and slight mess up on the index finger, but it was my first time and now I’m hooked! I used Rimmel Black Satin, Revlon Make Mine Mango, and Witchcraft Nail Art in Yellow to create this.

What’s your favorite sports team and have you paid tribute to them on your nails?

xo,
e.