Oh hello! The weather in Vancouver has continued to stay cold, wet, and windy, which means spring is still not here. But because I have such an amazingly positive attitude I decided to do some spring time nails and brighten up my days with a splash of floral.

I find that the vintage rose design can look super pretty like old porcelain china or very “abstract”. I’ve given it a try in between polish changes in the past, but have never actually fully committed to it for this exact reason. This is definitely one of those mani’s when I’ll tell everyone to look far away, not up close :).

I started off with Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Jade Jump then made 3 or 4 dots of Insta-Dri’s Pink Blink. The pink is the center of the rose and helps create contrast with the vintage petals, which I created with my favorite China Glaze China Rouge.

With a very small and thin brush I painted three loose and light red petals around my pink dots and smudged some of the red into the pink to help blend the colors. Once the flowers dried, I used my bright green Art Club striper to paint on short little petals. And just like that, spring has sprung on my nails!

What are some of your favorite colors for this upcoming spring season?

xo,
e.

PS: I was in Seattle for work this week and during some after work bevvies, I noticed that the petals of my nails glowed in the dark! Here is a not so great iPhone pic. I love nail polish surprises!

OMG I am an awful blogger. It’s taken me way too long to write a new post. Apologies to my 0.5 followers.

This mani started out a simple v-split paint job with Color Club’s Nomadic in Nude as the base, which I used to paint several coats. When the base dried, I taped the V shapes that I wanted using masking tape then painted on VooDoo You Do to create the dark contrast. I love this look. It went well with everything I wore and I think they were good season color choices during this in-between period as we wait for spring to arrive.

A week later, while I was sitting on my couch watching TV, I looked at my mani during commercials and wondered if I should scrap them and do something new or…? Then suddenly a big wave of laquer inspiration hit me! I remembered that I had purchased a string of ball chains from the Japanese dollar store and decided to trim the V’s with them.

The chain came in one long strand so I had to measure each side of the V’s, cut them, then used a clear top coat to glue them on. I think they look quite beautiful, don’t you? Too bad they lasted about an hour before they all fell off as I changed from sweat pants to jeans. So sad. :(

Does anyone have suggestions on what to use to glue things onto nails? I’m afraid to use nail glue because I feel like it might be too harsh, but a clear top coat is just not strong enough!

xo,
e.

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.

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!

One of the more popular nail trends I noticed over the past holidays was the gradient mani. I tried to do it once with just the bottle brushes and two different shades of pink, but it did not work out at all. Like, at all.

I eventually found a really good tutorial, which is actually from 2 years ago (wow, am I late or what) and it shows you how to do a gradient mani using the sponge technique. I dug up some old makeup sponges and seized the opportunity to use my newly purchased American Apparel Metallic Bronze Dash with Color Club Boho Mojo and added dash of glitter with Sephora by OPI Flurry Up!.

Originally I didn’t want to use a glitter, but my sponging wasn’t so great and it left a bumpy texture so I figured adding the glitter would hide the ugliness. I’m really glad I went for it because the larger pieces of glitter made the whole mani pop and the Bronze Dash with the Boho Mojo made the nails look very ethereal, almost universe-like and the glitter resemble the planets. Now I’m just getting too deep about this mani.

In natural light, the Bronze Dash didn’t pick up as much as I had hoped for even though I sponged on a good amount at the tip of the nails to make them more intense, but the photograph and Instagram-ation of the mani made them look really awesome. I received a lot of comments and can’t wait to try out the technique again when my nails are longer and with other color schemes.

What are some nail trends that you think are coming back from back in the day?

xo,
e.