Thursday, December 29, 2011

Santa Nails

Hope you're all having a lovely holiday! I didn't get to all the Christmas designs on had on my list so I am going to save them for next year and probably start a little earlier. The last of the Christmas Nail Art is Santa Faces (which is what I wore most of the week of Christmas). My dotting tool set arrived in the mail just before Christmas so I got to try them out with these nails.


First I painted all my nails with OPI "Samoan Sand" for his face and then painted a thick red line at my cuticle for his hat using OPI "Little Red Wagon". Next I made a white line at the tip of my nail for his beard, the same white for the fur on his hat and used a dotting tool to connect his beard to the hat for sideburns. For his face, I gave him a little pink nose, black & white nail polishes for his eyes and finished with a top coat (Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat...my favorite)!
My cuticles are messy but I really them! These chipped pretty easily because the white I used wasn't a good brand so I ended up taking them off and just using OPI "Little Red Wagon" under OPI "Gettin' Miss Piggy With It" for some festive red nails!

Stay tuned for some new years nails coming up in the next couple of days! :)

Much Love,
April
xo

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rudolph Nails

This is one of the last Christmas designs for this year but its a goodie! Everyone loves Rudolph (it beats me why all of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names because I think he's pretty cool!).


I started with a blue (OPI "Teal The Cows Come Home") as a sky background for the base. Then I just filled in the head (OPI "Suzy Loves Cowboys") and made little ears with the nail polish brush. I made a larger dot with a white nail polish and a smaller dot on top with a black nail polish to make the eyes. Next I drew in the antlers with a black nail art pen and finished off with a dot of China Glaze "Ruby Pumps" for the nose! 
Sorry for the quality again, I took this with my point and shoot because I didn't have my husband's camera around this week to take the photo.


Wishing you all a very happy holidays and a happy new year!! :)


Much Love,
April
xo

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Makeup - Hey Rosetta! Show

Your first question probably is "who is Hey Rosetta?" ...well, they're an amazing band from St. John's, Newfoundland (and also my friends! My husband was their drummer for a while too). If you've never heard of them and would like to check them out, please download their albums on iTunes and check out their website at http://www.heyrosetta.com

Anyway, every year they play Christmas shows here in the city and it is one of the most fun events on the year! I was lucky enough to do makeup for their  violinist, Kinley, for the Friday night show! She's one of the sweetest, most beautiful people I've ever met and it was a pleasure to do her makeup. Tis the season - I did a festive gold and green smokey eye and she totally rocked it!

Products Used:
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • MAC "Goldmine" (on the lid)
  • MAC "Humid" (in the crease)
  • Urban Decay "Loaded" from the UD<3NY palette (to deepen the outer v)
  • MAC "Brule" (under the browbone)
  • MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
I forgot my camera so I only have an iPhone pic. Sorry for the not-so-good quality.


Isn't she gorgeous?! :D

Of course, I had to doll myself up for the show as wel,l so I'll fill you in on what makeup I was rocking Friday night! I went for a neutral eye with the outer v darkened out a little more than my every day usual, some long lashes, winged liner, deep pink cheeks and pink lips. I also curled my hair with my curling wand!

Products Used:
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • MAC "Naked Lunch" (on the lid)
  • MAC "Brown Down" (in the crease)
  • MAC "Handwritten" (outer v)
  • MAC "Brule" (browbone)
  • MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
  • Ardele Lashes
  • NARS "Orgasm" (applied more heavily than usual)

Tonight I will work on my nail art design for my last few days of work before Christmas holidays :) ...so stay tuned!

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Much Love,
April

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Ornament Nails

Time for a break from glitter nail polishes and go back to some Christmas nail art. My next design is Christmas Ornaments. This is super easy...I just used the eraser part of a pencil for the balls (the red is China Glaze "Ruby Pumps" and the green is Rimmel "Camouflage"), a gold striper for the top, a white striper to make the ornaments look like they are shiny and OPI "She's Golden" as a base. I wasn't sure of them at first but they are pretty cute - even if I do say so myself ;)


I can't believe how fast Christmas is approaching. Soon I will have a nice relaxing 2 week break from work and Christmas at home with my family and in-laws.

Merry Christmas everyone! :)

Much Love,
April

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Party Nails!

So I had my friends housewarming/birthday/Christmas party Saturday and you already saw what my makeup looked like - now to show you what nails I was sporting! I loved the festive green nails but I wanted something different and quick for the party. I ran to the drugstore to pick up something and there was 1 single bottle of OPI "Rainbow Connection" staring me right in the eye. I've been searching for this since the Muppets collection was released and it was always sold out. I had to buy it...and I did :).


I didn't have much time to do my nails so I just chose a black base (China Glaze "Liquid Leather") and put a thick coat of OPI "Rainbow Connection" on top. I absolutely LOVE this combination - its gorgeous!!



"Rainbow Connection" has to be one of my favorite OPI nail polishes and I highly recommend it! It is extremely difficult to get off with just regular nail polish remover and that's the only downfall in my opinion (but that's to be expected with glitter nail polishes). To remove it, I used a cotton pad soaked in pure acetone and sealed my fingertip with tin foil. Left it for about 5-10 minutes and it was gone instantly! Make sure to moisturize your cuticles and hands well after using pure acetone because it is very drying. I used a generous amount of a Gingerbread body butter from a local soap store :)

I will have another nail art blog post tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Much Love,
April

Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday Makeup!

Gregory Gorgeous is one of my absolute favorite Youtube Gurus! When I saw his Holiday Makeup Tutorial I had to try it out - red lips and all! I didn't do the lashes because I was only going to a house party and I didn't want to look too glammed up. Here it is!






Products Used


Face
Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer
Revlon Colourstay Foundation
Rimmel Concealer
MAC Loose Powder in NC20
NARS Blush in Orgasm


Eyes
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Goldmine (lid)
MAC Woodwinked (crease)
MAC Handwritten (outer to deepen the crease a little)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline (upper lid, waterline and tightline)
L'Oreal Million Lashes Mascara


Lips
Annabelle Lip Liner in Red
Maybelline Coloursensational Lip Colour in Red Revival 
Lipgloss from La Senza
NARS concealer to clean up the edges

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Festive Green Nails

So the holidays have finally caught up with me - I've been super busy with work, Christmas socializing, shopping, wrapping, planning, etc. After I wiped off my santa coat nails I didn't have time to do a design so I just did some festive green nails and I really like how they came out! I got just as many compliments on these as I do my nail art!


I put Rimmel 830 Camouflage (green) all over my nails (this polish only needs 1 coat - its fantastic!) then I put a thick coat of "Fresh Frog of Bel-Air" from the OPI Muppets Collection on top and voila - Festive Green Nails!



I will probably have another design this week sometime. Stay tuned :)

Much Love,
April

Monday, December 5, 2011

Santa's Coat Nails

Continuing with my Christmas theme...I wanted to do some Santa nails! I have to mention that the kids I work with are loving my designs. And lately while Christmas shopping, almost every cashier compliments my nails when I hand them my card. I really enjoy inspiring people to try some nail art on their own nails :)


I google "santa nails" for inspiration and saw some santa face designs but when I saw a design with his coat I had to recreate my own! There was a lot of different ways to do it but I always loved Santa's who had that coats with the thick white fur (instead of just the thin cheap looking ones) so I wanted to recreate that. I painted my nails with China Glaze "Ruby Pumps" for the red, used the brush of the nail polish OPI "She's Golden" to make the fur (just a stripe down the middle and a stripe across the tip). To give it a little kick I just put an iridescent nail polish and put it on top of the white to give it some sparkle. Next I used China Glaze "Liquid Leather" and the brush from that nail polish to make a black stripe for his belt. Finally I took a silver nail art polish and made a little box in the center for his belt buckle. Its super easy to do and I hope you'll try this one out for the holidays!!



Much Love,
April

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Help-Portrait St. John's - December 3rd, 2011

Two posts in one day? That's a first for me! I just wanted to give a little more detail on the Help-Portrait St. John's that happened yesterday. I posted a blog a couple of days ago on what it is so please check that out for more information. I was the makeup artist to prep everyone for pictures and I was more than happy to participate but I don't think my heart was ready for all the love I felt that day :)



I got there around 9:40 and unpacked my train case. My husband made me some posters as well as business cards. This is what my table looked like:
I did makeup for about 12 people and every single person loved it! I even had a girl who wanted a dark smokey eye and winged liner! I got tons of hugs, thank you's and smiles which made me feel like a million bucks! I made photographer connections, friends and memories that will last me a lifetime. It was honestly the best experience I ever had volunteering (and I have quite a bit of volunteering experience under my belt).


There was one lady (the last to leave for the day), who came up to me and said I was beautiful, I had the perfect personality for being a makeup artist, thanked me for making her feel beautiful and told me that I made her Christmas. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't holding back tears as she told us what an amazing experience she had. Another lady had a smile on her face from the time she walked in to the time she walked out and she had my cheeks sore from smiling and laughing. She signed her portrait "I love this day" and I will never forget her. Everyone was so grateful for such a wonderful experience and I can't begin to tell you how honored I was to be there among such awesome people. Here we all are :)
And here's a shot of the portraits laid out on a table as we were cluing up for the day:
Big shout out and hugs go out to Stephanie, Shannon and Cory! Cory spot cleaned my makeup brushes after every person. In the afternoon it got so busy that I couldn't do it myself anymore. She also hung out with me all day, and cleaned up old tissues, sponges and mascara wands from my table too! Thanks for being my awesome assistant :). Shannon & Stephanie are sisters (to my surprise not twins haha) and are both super sweet ladies! Shannon did hair and Stephanie was one of the amazing photographers. 


I also want to shout out to the photographers who were there yesterday - you guys did an amazing job! I don't think I have them all on my Facebook but most of us connected via social networking shortly after the event. If you are interested in checking out their pages here are some links:


Brian Carey
http://www.briancareyphotography.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brian-Carey-Photography/104519562924385

Help-Portrait & New Facebook Page

Hi everyone! Help-Portrait St. John's yesterday was fantastic! I did about 12 people's makeup from 10AM - 4PM and my heart was filled with love for all the people who showed up. I made some pretty awesome friends yesterday too and it was overall a very rewarding and amazing day. I will post some pictures later but here is a picture of the crew 






Also, I made a Facebook page yesterday so please drop by and like it
http://www.facebook.com/aprilpinkbeauty


Much Love,
April

Friday, December 2, 2011

Help-Portrait



I am volunteering for a great cause tomorrow and I wanted to share it with my lovely followers. Its called "Help-Portrait" and it is a global movement of photographers using their time, gear and expertise to give back to those in need. No, I am not a photographer but I am volunteering my makeup expertise to prep everybody before they get their picture taken! This is my first time doing something like this as a makeup artist and I'm really excited. A huge shout out goes to photographer Brian Carey who has set up the program here in St. John's, Newfoundland. This will be the first Help-Portrait here and I am really hoping it will continue for years to come! There is nothing more rewarding, both professionally and personally, to give to those in need - especially during the holiday season. My heart is all warm and fuzzy just thinking about tomorrow!


If I have time, I will blog from the event on my iPhone. If not, I will blog tomorrow night (or sometime this weekend) and let you know how it went. With lots of photographers around shooting pics I'm sure I will have a few pictures to share with you guys also :)!


If you are interested in finding out more please check out the website:
http://help-portrait.com/ or Help-Portrait St. John's Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-Portrait-St-Johns-Newfoundland/233246456705993?sk=info




April

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Snow Leopard Nails

I did these just before my Christmas Light Nails and posted it on my Twitter but totally forgot to make a blog post! Shocking because these are one of my favorite designs I've done so far. I probably say that about all of them but I can really see myself wearing this a few times over the winter. I just used a solid white as the base, a silver for the spots and black nail art pen to finish the design. Pretty simple :) ...hope you like it!






Much Love,
April

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Snowman Nails!

Keeping with the theme of Christmas and winter...I decided to try some Snowman nails - very fitting since where I live just got bombed with 30+ CM of snow on Thursday and shut down most of my city! This was a very productive snow day because I am IN LOVE with this design and very proud of how well it turned out!  I picked up OPI's "She's Golden" from a bin at my local drugstore for $4.99 and it was the PERFECT base for snowman faces! The red is "Ruby Pumps" by China Glaze and I used a gold striper for the hat. 





Hope you like it! :)

Much Love,
April

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Christmas Light Nails

With just over a month left before Christmas, I figured it was finally time to start sporting Christmas themed nails. Too early? Naw...my tree will be going up VERY soon. I work with kids aged 5-12 so its really fun for my workplace as well :)


First design is CHRISTMAS LIGHTS! Yeah, its been done before by many different people in many different kind of ways but this is my version of it. I sponged on my white tips and put a clear shimmery polish on top to mimic sparkling snow. I just dotted the colours on with a bobby pin and pointed off the top with a toothpick to make the light shape.




Enjoy....and stay tuned for more Christmas nail art :)


Much Love,
April

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fall Polka Dot Nails

Sorry I've been MIA but I haven't been feeling well lately. I think I'm finally starting the climb back uphill so here's a nail design for you! I wanted something fall inspired but fast to create as I didn't have a lot of time Sunday night. I decided to try a brown base and orange polka dots (using the tip of a bobby pin as a dotting tool) and I really like the result! I lined up the dots in a row and it looks really neat and tidy!  


Here's what I used:


OPI Nail Envy as a Base Coat
OPI "Suzy Loves Cowboys" as a base
OPI "In My Back Pocket" as the polka dots
Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat


And here's what it looks like!




Bye for now! :)


Much Love,
April

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nail Polish Collection

My awesome (and supportive) husband took out all my nail polishes a few weeks ago and took some awesome pictures of my collection. There's too many to go into detail but its just a quick overview of what I am working with these days. I know its probably tiny compared to some people's collections but this is what I've purchased so far. I'm only big into nail polish since Spring 2011 so its grown quite significantly (to me) since then. If there wasn't things such as rent, bills, car payments, food and I still lived home with my parents I'm sure this would be a lot bigger!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Nails: Coloured Leopard Print

Sorry I've been MIA for the last couple of weeks but I was super busy moving and getting settled away into our new place. I did manage to get pictures the nails I did while I've been away so I wanted to come back to the blogging and share them with you. I didn't have much time to look around and get ideas for nail art so I just went with the simplest yet coolest nails I knew - leopard print. Instead of using the usual leopard colours I decided to switch it up and use some colour. Now, I realize leopards aren't coloured but its fun! And I always get tons of compliments on this design!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

MAC Eyeshadow Collection (So far)

Hi everyone!

I wanted to share my MAC eyeshadow collection with you since I have some pictures of all my palettes. First things first...I live in Newfoundland, Canada and there is no MAC store here (I know...its depressing but probably a blessing in disguise LOL) so my collection may be a little on the small side but so far I'm  very pleased with it! I won't go into detail of each eyeshadow (if you're interested I've reviewed a lot of these on Makeup Alley but I will list my favorites at the end of this blog :).

Palette #1 (Mattes)
Vanilla, Yogurt, Charcoal Brown, Folie, Soft Brown
Blanc Type, Malt, Espresso, Handwritten, (BLANK)
Brule, Wedge, Brown Down, Mystery, Brun

Palette #2 (Neutrals)
Grain, Naked Lunch, Tempting, All That Glitters, Satin Taupe
Dazzlelight, Honesty, Amber Lights, Woodwinked, Bronze
Rice Paper,  Honey Lust, Sable, Romp, Patina

Palette #3 (Smokey & Gold)
Copperplate, Forgery, Gesso, White Frost, Goldmine
Print, Electra, Smut, (BLANK), Gorgeous Gold
Carbon, Silver Ring, Black Tied, (BLANK), (BLANK)

Palette #4 (Colours)
Pink Freeze, Swish, Expensive Pink, Moon's Reflection, Bitter
Beautiful Iris, Trax, Sketch, Freshwater, Aquadisiac
Free To Be, Cranberry, Shadowy Lady, Club, Humid

FAV's!
  • Blanc Type (Favorite highlight)
  • Wedge (Everyday crease colour)
  • Handwritten (Must have for brown smokey eye)
  • Brun
  • Naked Lunch
  • Grain
  • Tempting
  • Satin Taupe
  • Print (Go to for smokey eye)
  • Gesso (Highlight & all over lid)
  • Carbon 
  • Smut
  • Club 
  • Trax
  • Sketch
  • Cranberry
If you have any questions about any of these eyeshadows, please do not hesitate to ask :)

Much Love,
April      



Sunday, September 18, 2011

Nails of the Week: Strawberries & Chocolate

This week's nails were inspired by a design I saw here.  I am by no means trying to claim this design as my own. I googled this design and I know that many people have done various different versions of it. I know there is a lot of "you copied (insert blogger/youtuber here)'s design" going around so I just feel the need to put a disclaimer here. I do this for fun on myself only because I enjoy it and want to share it with other people. If you put things online to share, someone is guaranteed going to "steal it". I'm putting it up here because I want you to be inspired and maybe try something like this for yourself. There's a lot of anger and negativity going around in the beauty community and I want no part in it.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Leopard print nails - matte edition!

There's finally an iPhone app for blogger! So here's an blog update from my phone :)

Today I finally picked up a matte topcoat when I was at the grocery store. I've been wanting it for ages but was sold out every time I checked. Today there was a bottle placed behind 2 different shades of polish just waiting for me! I'm going to stock up on this product when I can because the bottle is fairly small and I know I'm going to use it a lot! The brand is "Joe" and I got it at Dominion (local grocery store here in Newfoundland, Canada...I think is Loblaws on the mainland).

When I got home I put it on my newly manicured leopard print nails and I love the result! I also picked up a wet and wild party of five glitter which I'm super excited about.

Here's a picture of my nails with the matte top coat. Shortly after I took that pic I realized I had a cracked nail :(. I had to file down my nails a little bit because i am very particular about all my nails being the same length! They are still fairly long but I may keep this length as I am back to work at my other job that requires a lot of typing and using my hands.

Time to catch some zzz's before work tomorrow. Night y'all :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

How To: Tidy up your nails after an at-home manicure!

Since getting into nail art, I am always surfing the web for nail art ideas and I always wonder how people get their manicures so perfect. No matter how careful I am, I always get nail polish on the skin around my nails. Normally, I wash my hands and pick it off with my nails but that sometimes leads to corners chipped on my brand new manicure!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Leopard Print Nails!

I usually do my weekly mani on Sundays but when I saw leopard print nails after watching a Youtube video by Cutepolish, I couldn't wait to try it. I ran out and bought the supplies today and I am beyond pleased with the result! My right hand ended up a little better than my left - on my right hand I did the black lines around the brown spots a little more squiggly than my left and it looks way more natural. Either way I'm a huge fan of these I'll be wearing these nails a LOT! Here's what I used:


As always, I used OPI's Nail Envy as a treatment and basecoat.


I started with 3 coats of OPI's Samoan Sand. I LOVED this polish on its own for perfect nude nails. Its a bit sheer and required 3 coats to be opaque but its a great polish that I highly recommend!
Next I dotted random spots all over my nails with OPI's "Suzy Loves Cowboys" from the Texas Collection. The more random and messy the better. I just used a tiny bit of polish on the tip of the brush and made spots with that. Just make sure there isn't a lot of nail polish on your brush but just enough to paint with
Finally, I went around the brown spots outlining randomly with a black nail art pen. I used "Cina Nail Creations" Nail Art Pen in Black. I LOVE this product...its just like using a marker. Picked it up at Sally's Beauty Supply

I finished off with my usual Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

And here's the result!


 Until next time... :)


Much Love
April


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nails Of The Week: Gradient Pink

Finally getting to post my nails of the week. I picked up OPI's "I Lily Love You" from the Nice Stems collection and was instantly inspired to do something pink. I chose a light pink, fading into a hot pink and the "I Lily Love You" fading into the tips. I wasn't sure it if it would work but I really love it!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Matte Nails with Shiny Tips

My good friend Mel posted a link on my Facebook wall earlier this week of some pretty amazing nails that I immediately had to recreate! Here is the link she sent me:


http://www.highsnobette.com/news/2011/08/29/black-shine-on-black-matte-manicure/


Here is my version:


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Professional Makeup Shots

I have been super lucky to work with some amazing photographers in this city in my short time as a makeup artist (so far). Here is some of their work of my work :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Makeup Of The Day: August 24, 2011

Since I don't have a MAC nearby, I had my friend pick me up two eyeshadows that I have been wanting forever! These eyeshadows were further down on my list because they are more on the colourful side and I was trying to build up my neutral collection.The eyeshadows she picked up for me were "Aquadisiac" and "Freshwater"
                                                   

Monday, August 22, 2011

Nails Of The Week: Yellow & Blue

Here is the nail polish combo I am sporting this week: 
OPI "Need Sunglasses" and OPI "Blue Shatter"

And here is the result:


Just a quick tip I want to add before I go. I tried a number of yellow nail polishes but this one is definitely my favorite! It is a bit sheer but the trick to getting this nail polish looking like the colour of the bottle is to use a white base coat first! As you probably read in my OPI Shatter review, I don't love the Blue Shatter but it looks great against yellow for the perfect summer manicure :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Wedding Blog - Georgina & Friends


I had the privilege to do makeup for a very lovely lady and her wedding party today. 2 hour drive, 10 people in 3 hours, lunch at a cute little pub in my hometown, 2 hour drive back to the city - I'm pooped! But it was lots of fun and well worth it :). My husband tagged along with his camera and took some shots for my blog.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How To: make your at-home manicure last & tips for healthy nails

I'm a regular user of www.makeupalley.com and I always see nail polish reviews on most brands stating it only last people a few days before chipping. With the exception of some glitter nail polishes I own, I almost always get a week (sometimes more!) out of my manicure using mostly OPI, China Glaze, Essie and Sally Hansen. 

Now keep in mind that I'm not overly hard on my nails in the first place. From September to June I am a school secretary so filing, typing, and opening mail/boxes is the most stress my hands see. In the summer I relax and do makeup for weddings, special events, etc. But all year around I do my manicure usually on Saturday or Sunday and it looks great the entire week! After some thought, I believe its the products I use before and after my nail polishes as well as following some tips and tricks to avoid cracks, breaks, etc. I'd like to share some of those with the beauty world in hopes of maybe making your manicure last a little longer :).

First of all I always remove all traces of nail polish with Beauty Secrets Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover (can be purchased from Sally's Beauty Supply) and OPI Nail Polish Remover Pads (Lint Free)
Sometimes I have to use the soft side of a nail file to remove nail polish from the corners of my nails that I couldn't reach with a remover pad. Then I file/buff my nails and wash my hands very well with soap and water. If there's any natural oils or dirt on your nails the nail polish won't adhere as well. Then I'm ready to start with my polishes!

Products:
The first product I use is OPI "Nail Envy" Original Treatment. 
I received this as a gift. I didn't know what the hype was but now I can't live without it! This product has done my nails wonders - they are strong, smooth, long and best of all my thumbnail on my right hand stopped cracking (I've had trouble with that nail my entire life, it was always short from breaking right in the middle)! Its a great treatment but I've found it to be the best base coat I've ever used! The nail polishes - no matter what brand - stick to this like glue! I glide this on from cuticle to tip, let it dry then put on my colour.

To top off my manicure I use Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
This is absolutely one of my holy grail products that I can't live without. Its fast drying, has a great super shiny finish and adds days onto my manicure. If I feel like my manicure is looking a bit dull throughout the week, I'll just swipe on a coat of this and it looks my manicure look like new again! I purchased this at Sally's Beauty Supply for under $10. It does sort of thicken up after a while but the bottle lasts me forever!

Here are some tips and tricks I follow to keep my nails/manicure healthy:
  • Always wash dishes, car, floors, the bathroom, etc. with rubber gloves (I mean, lets be serious not everyone has a maid to do these things for us!)
  • Every 2 weeks I give my cuticles a treatment and push them back carefully. This is way less harsh on your nails then trimming them with a cuticle trimmer.
  • Not use my fingernails as tools. For example, opening cans with a butter knife, use a toothpick or floss if there's something in my teeth, pick stickers off items with something sharp instead of the corner of my nail, etc. It keeps my nails from breaking as well as my nail polish from chipping!
  • File the tips of my nails equally and square. I find they are stronger with they are even across.
  • Drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet. Brittle nails can indicate poor nutrition. 
  • MOISTURIZE!
  • Not pick at my nails or cuticles.
  • Always carry a nail file for fixes (I find if I break a corner of my nail I'll want to pick and bite at it if I don't have a nail file)
Believe it or not, I was a nail biter until I got engaged in July 2008. I wanted nice nails to go with my pretty ring so I started taking care of my hands and nails. I got married in July 2010, and I've continued to keep my hands pretty and manicured ever since - to go with my pretty rings but also because of my hands always being on display in both of my careers.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Nails Of The Week: Purple on Purple

I love purple eye makeup so I figured I'd give it a shot on my nails. Love this combination!


OPI "Do You Lilac It?" & Sally Hansen Crackle in "Vintage Violet"






Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review: OPI Shatter Collection




I mean, really...who doesn't want a beautiful effortless manicure that you can do at home by yourself for super cheap!? Its only a few swipes of a base colour, a few swipes of the Shatter and you're done! Finish it off with a top coat and it looks like you sat in a salon for 2 hours getting your nails done by a professional!


Shatter is a pretty well-known product now but I still get so many compliments on my nails when I wear it. There are so many colour combinations and you can wear any brand of nail polish underneath for even more options! Pink under Red for valentines day; Orange under Black for halloween; glitter nail polish under black for a night out...the possibilities are endless! 


The technique of Shatter takes a little time to master but its pretty easy once you get the hang of it. I put a large amount on my brush and sweep it from cuticle to tip in about 3 swipes giving me a blocky Shatter effect. The other option is to apply it thin and get a more stripe effect. I've even seen it applied diagonally and horizontally but I haven't tried that...yet!


OPI is definitely my favorite nail polish product for many reasons. The staying power is like no other (I get a week out of my manicure every single time) and the brush is large making application very easy. It doesn't bubble when you use more than 1 coat and for the most part all are very well pigmented. The shatter collection is no different. I won't write a book on each shade but I'll do a mini review on each shade in case you are wondering which ones I highly recommend you purchase.


1. Blue Shatter
Rating: 2/5


Probably my least favorite of them all. I don't know if I received a bad bottle but I can't get it to shatter correctly and its way too sheer. It really only works over really light colours which limits your options.