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found just now in my Photo Booth archives—two manis i did and twitpic’d last summer that deserve blog recognition. both purple!

top: purple ombre.
bottom: pepto-purple chevrons.

summer! it’s time to do some new nail art…


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June 29, 2011 at 12:37 am

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like fireworks for your nails.

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sometimes you need an erratic glitter, one that doesn’t even begin to cover the nail after three coats (as seen above, on top of a two-week old Shellac gel mani in Cream Puff.) Lippmann’s Glitter In The Air is confetti. it’s birthday cake. it’s Katy Perry’s California Girls in a bottle. and i’m smitten with it.

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May 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm


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(This is a continuation from a post I wrote for Vitamin Daily Toronto!)

Truthfully, yellow is never my first choice when buying new polish. There are too many variables with an unknown yellow: it can wash you out, reflect a green-ish tinge, or, worst of all, make your hands look jaundiced. However, when I heard that both Chanel and Deborah Lippmann were launching bright yellow lacquers this spring, I started warming up to the trend. (After all: if you have a ridiculous polish collection it’s because you also subscribe to “It’s new? and likely to sell out quickly? I need it!” logic.)

Sally Hansen Yellow Kitty
More pastel than bright, Yellow Kitty is a great gateway shade between the easy-to-wear pale yellows and aggressive, almost-neon brights. I had to use three coats to get the coverage you see above, but frankly, that’s expected—and it’s fun to paint with the thick brush all Sally Hansen lacquers now use. I’d definitely wear this one again.

Chanel Mimosa
Um, I actually had low expectations for this colour. When it was first announced in the winter, I thought Chanel could have done something… better. The reviews were equally lackluster, but the polish itself? Ack! Mimosa just glows, it bubbles like champagne. The shimmer shows off best in the bottle, and then doesn’t overpower when on the nail—you can barely see it in the above images. (It was actually quite hard to capture when taking photos, the pointer finger on the right shows it best.)

Sally Hansen Lightening
I enjoyed applying this polish, probably because it’s so primary yellow—like painting your nails with acrylic paint. Okay, it also matched my bouquet of forsythia branches, hello spring! However, until I start wearing my nails a bit shorter, the very-bright Lightening will be a pedicure-only polish.

(Tragically, Lippmann’s Yellow Brick Road was not available for swatching–but it’s on its way, and I’ll likely tweet about it the moment it arrives.)

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May 5, 2011 at 1:15 am

minx nails & Alice + Olivia

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“In collaboration with Alice + Olivia’s designer Stacey Bendet, Minx also created custom patterns for the Alice + Olivia Spring 2011 presentation, including dalmatian, flowers, zebra, colored checkerboard, and a variety of other unique patterns and designs.”

i love this coloured checkerboard design. it reminds me of old TV test patterns, and you don’t usually see such straight lines in nail art. also, i’m really into that coral lipstick!

(image by Kristen Robertson via Minx Inc.)

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September 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm


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dollar store rhinestones, some krazy glue, various glitter polishes, and OPI’s Moon Over Mumbai…

…just a little something i’m working on.

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August 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm

it’s an ombre wedding…

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can we take a minute to address how perfect this seating list pegboard is? from a wedding in Kakabeka Falls (just outside Thunder Bay) that a friend attended—a sunny gradient of wood samples and paint chips, each labeled with a guest’s name and table.

and of course the colours matched all the other decor elements from the wedding, especially that bright orange and all the mustard yellows. such a crafty idea, and so simple to execute with just a few sneaky trips to various hardware stores.

in other ombre news, i did a little crafting of my own this evening: a purple gradient manicure.

(thanks to Lindsay for sending me her photographs from the wedding!)


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nail queen (and source of almost all my manicure-related inspiration!) Sophy Robson has started a new tumblr: So So Fly Nails. see above for an example of the types of images you can find there—it’s the craziest most indulgent sort of nail art, and exactly what i’m dying to have done.

i’m going to be driving across the USA this fall, so if you know of a fantastic CalGel artist who’s located between Toronto and Houston, please let me know. otherwise i may seriously book a trip to NYC just to visit Marie Nails or Sakura.

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July 26, 2010 at 7:41 pm