Showing posts with label nails. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nails. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Manicure of the Week!

Hey everyone!

Since I'm someone who changes my nails on a fairly regular basis, I figured once a week I could share with you what my manicure of the week is! Of course, if you follow me on Instagram (which you should! I post very frequently on there!), you've already seen this weeks manicure!
The shades I used are UV Gel polishes from Vishine in the shades 1593 and 228 (for the accent nail). I'm not normally one to go for bubblegum pink type shades but I'm loving these! 
 What's on your nails right now?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

My New Years Manicure!

I just got my nails done for the New Year and I'm completely in love. It's a shellac manicure in the colour "Glacial Mist" which is the most stunning, sparkly ice blue. I'm obsessed. It's part of the CND Shellac Aurora collection (I previously got Nordic Lights, a sparkly purple, which was also so so incredible) and I have nothing but amazing things to say.

What do you think? How are you doing your nails for the New Year? xo

Friday, September 11, 2015

Is a Shellac Manicure worth it?

Before going on vacation this summer I decided that instead of painting my nails at home, I'd treat myself to a Shellac manicure at a salon. I've never had a Shellac manicure done before, so I guess you could say that I'm behind in the times, but I finally got around to it and I honestly fell in love.

So is it worth it? If you ask me, I'd say yes. It's not without downsides, but I think that the pro's grossly outweigh the con's. My nails tend to break very easily, even when I coat them with hardener, so I usually keep them somewhat short. With the shellac, my nails were so strong, and as promised, 2 weeks later and not a single chip or scratch in the polish. My nails grew out beautifully and I was so so sad to have to remove it. I would have definitely gotten more reapplied, however I can't have anything on my nails during the semester (the joys of clinicals!)

Basically, it makes your nails stonger, grow out nicer, the colour looks stunning (and the colour selection was incredible. I think I had to choose between 95 different colours, or something crazy like that!!), and though it might seem a touch pricy, the above things make it so worth it. Of course, it isn't all positive. The main drawback with Shellac manicures is the removal process. Your nails will basically be wrapped in cotton soaked in pure acetone and then wrapped in aluminum foil for about 15 minutes. Sounds like no big deal, but this really does dry the hell out of your nails and they really do feel quite damaged afterwards. However this is so easy to remedy, it hardly seemed too bad to me. If you're having that issue, here are a few tips that can help restore your nails shine and hydration.

1) The first thing I did was apply a good, thick moisturizer to my hands but focusing mostly on my cuticles and nails
2) For further moisture, I used Burt's Bee's lemon butter cuticle creme all over my cuticles and nails, twice a day.
3) If you're feeling like you REALLY need extra moisture and nothing is working, warm up (very slightly, we're talking lukewarm, not deep frying temperatures) a small bowl of oil (I highly recommend coconut oil, however I've heard just plain vegetable oil can also work. Soak your nails in the bowl for 10-15 minutes and your nails will be good as new!

Helpful tip: Before you get your Shellac manicure done, check if the salon you're going to has a removal fee. I've seen it go from anywhere from $5-$20. There are salons that will remove the Shellac for free, so I suggest you look around at different options before getting them done!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Weekly Pinterest Picks: Autumn Nails

Autumn is fast approaching and I honestly cannot wait for everything that comes along with it; the colourful leaves, warm drinks, chunky knit sweaters and pretty fall coloured nails. In case, like me, any of you are looking for some inspiration for some original fall inspired nail designs, look no further! I collected some of my favourites from Pinterest this week to share with you all. I made sure to include ideas ranging from super simple to more complex, so anyone of any level of nail-art abilities can fully enjoy!

Patterned Accent Nails
I absolutely adore the look of a patterned accent nail. It adds a little something extra than just your typical glitter accent nail and these are so autumnal and lovely!

Burgundy/Deep Red Nails
A nice deep red colour is hands down my favourite for fall and one of my go-to looks when I'm either in a hurry or can't decide what to do with my nails. 

Warm, Autumnal Colours

Glitter Ombre

Halloween Themed

Neutral Shades

Ombre Nails

Whats your favourite way to do your nails in the fall?