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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 Friday the 13th!

My lace nails have nothing to do with this superstitious date, but it just so happened that the bf and I decided to stay at home tonight and spend some quality time on the couch watching TV and painting my nails (which he had nothing to do with). Perfect Friday evening I tell ya!

I have about 7 bottles of crackle-type nail polishes and I’ve only ever used two of them, one being black. It’s such a waste, but I really don’t like the way some of the vivid colors look on my hand once it shatters. It feels messy and very sloppy. But about a week ago I came across cutepolish’s YouTube tutorial on how to create a lace mani and I instantly faved the video.

I promise this is super simple and looks really great, especially from far away. I started with my OPI Black Shatter, but the texture was too clumpy, I’ve had this bottle for over a year now, and re-did it with my China Glaze Crackle in Black Mesh. I don’t have a black striper polish yet, as I can’t seem to find it at drugstores, so I used my Rimmel Black Satin with a striper tool to draw the lines and curves. Oh and I can’t believe I almost forgot! I also used Rimmel’s Bare Naked nude polish as the base color, which worked great with my nail color and skin tone.

At first I thought I did something wrong because they didn’t look like lace to me and thought it resembled more of a black textured mess, but after a good coat of Seche Vite, it came together and really looked like lace, especially from further away (I always tell people to look at my nails from faraway in case there are some boo-boos lol).

What are some good and simple nail tutorials you’ve seen lately?

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.