Friday, March 30, 2012

Easter Bunny Nails

Easter has always been one of my favourite holidays - it means that spring is here (or in our case almost here), my birthday is coming up (April 30th), beautiful pastel colours, lots of yummy chocolate, and summer is just right around the corner. My most vivid memory as a child is getting a new beautiful dress with little ankle socks and mary jane shoes on Easter morning. I would go to church with my mom in the morning (my dad is not a church goer), have lunch at my grandparent's and spend all day in that cute little Easter outfit and eat solid chocolate bunnies that I got from my family. I love warm fuzzy memories of my happy childhood :).


Anyway - I wanted to do something Easter for the kids at my work so I did some bunnies! I started this manicure at 10PM and when I opened up my OPI "Alpine Snow" Matte, I found a chunky, lumpy and terribly dried up mess so I couldn't get the bunny ears a consistent size or shape on each nail because the polish would just not cooperate with me. Perhaps I am being too hard on myself but I am a perfectionist. I don't think the children at my work were worried because they went crazy for them...and even the staff loved them!


I painted my whole nail with OPI "Do You Lilac It". I used OPI "Alpine Snow" for the bunny, OPI "My Address Is Hollywood" for the ears and nose, OPI "Dating a Royal" for the eyes and a black striper for the whiskers. Here it is:



I am going to do at least one more Easter manicure before my break so stay tuned :)

Much Love,
April
xo

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pastel Nails - Mini Egg Inspired

Just a quick post to show you what manicure I am wearing right now. I know its not Easter yet but with all the candy in the stores now its kind of hard to not get into the Easter spirit. Plus, I get Easter holidays - which I am really looking forward to. For these nails, I was inspired by Cadbury Mini Eggs - my favorite Easter treat! I just painted each nail a pastel colour and put Essie "Matte About You" Matte Top Coat to make it look like the candy shell. I skipped the little brown specks that you sometimes see on the outside (but not always) just so they look a more tidy. Here's what I used:


Yellow - Sally Hansen "Yellow Kitty"
Green - OPI "Gargantuan Green Grape"
Blue - OPI "What's With The Cattitude"
Purple - OPI "Do You Lilac It"
Pink - ESSIE "Muchi Muchi"



Now I'm craving mini eggs! Maybe this manicure wasn't such a great idea :)


Much Love,
April
xo

Monday, March 19, 2012

Silver & Matte Black Ruffian Nails

Ready for a sleek and classy nail look? Then keep reading! 


First things first - I will not take credit for this design. I saw it on Pinterest and instantly fell in love. I did some research on the photo I saw to give credit where credit is due and I think it originally comes from this lovely blog http://www.lacquerized.com/. The manicure commonly called "ruffian nails" but also known as "reversed half moon nails" - not to be confused with "half moon nails" that are curved against the cuticle (not with with the cuticle like this manicure). I loved the silver and black matte combination - its so classy!
I used an LA Girl Metallic Silver nail polish, OPI "Black Onyx" and Essie "Matte About You" Top Coat that I just got last week from online.


Tip:
I used french manicure guide stickers to get the curves at my cuticle. I stopped using them on my tips when my hand got steady but I wanted to get the same shaped curve on every nail for this manicure and these worked out great! Just make sure your bottom layer is completely dry or remove some of the adhesive by sticking it to the back of your hand a few times before applying. Here's exactly what I had...
Try it out for yourself - its a fast and easy manicure that goes with everything! I hope you like it :)

Much Love,
April
xo

Thursday, March 15, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Nails

So I did the green ombre nails which were originally going to be the nails I wore for St. Patrick's Day but was inspired last night to do something a little more. I tried my hand at drawing some shamrocks but it wasn't successful. I googled St. Patrick's Day nails for inspiration and came up with this. I saw some rainbow nails which I automatically fell in love with and what is at the end of a rainbow? A pot of gold! So I did sparkly rainbow on all my fingers and then pots of gold on both my thumbs. I am super proud of how this turned out and everyone is loving them! 
For the blue I used OPI "Dating A Royal", for green I used OPI "Who The Shrek Are You", for the yellow I used OPI "Need Sunglasses", for the orange I used OPI "Hot & Spicy" and for the red I used OPI "Little Red Wagon". I put two coats of China Glaze "Fairy Dust" on top and finished with a top coat. For my thumbs I used OPI "Who The Shrek Are You" for the background, OPI "Black Onyx" for the pot, and GOSH "Gold" & OPI By Nicole "Twist of Fate" for the gold.  


I hope you guys like it! Please be safe if you are having a few green beverages this weekend. Keep an eye out on my twitter to see what eyeshadow look I'll be wearing on Saturday :)
Much Love,
April
xo

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pink & Green Polka Dot Nails

Just a quick blog post to show you guys my most recent nails. I absolutely loved my white to black ombre nails but I was really hard on my manicure this week resulting in some wearing and chipping. It was too early to do my St. Patrick's Day Green Ombre Nails so I had to do something quick in between and this is what I came up with. I was actually inspired by the different size polka dots on my shower curtain and I chose the colours pink and green because they are my favorite colours. In fact, I love them so much that they were my wedding colours! The base is just OPI "Alpine Snow Matte" then two shades of pink (OPI "la pazitively hot" & OPI "My Address Is Hollywood"), and two shades of green (Sinful Colors "Show Me The Way" & Avon "Electric Green") with two different sized dotting tools. Super quick manicure that's really fun to wear. I really love how this turned out!

And because I mentioned my wedding, I may as well show you how I used pink and green in a summer wedding! Here is my bouquet:

Next manicure you will see will be my St. Patrick's Day nails! Stay tuned!! :)


Much Love,
April

Sunday, March 4, 2012

White to Black Ombre Nails

I saw MakeupbytiffanyD & Current Custom girls from Youtube rocking the ombre nails and I immediately went to my nail polish collection to see if I had enough of each shade to try it myself. Sure enough, I have enough shades to do blue, purple, pink, green, and white to black ombre nails! I decided to try the white to black first and I love how it turned out! It super easy - just pick 5 colors and paint each nail one of the shades going from light to dark. Here are the products I used:
  • Pinkie - OPI "Alpine Snow"
  • Ring Finger - "OPI Skull & Glossbones"
  • Middle Finger - Essie "Chinchilly"
  • Pointer Finger - OPI "You Don't Know Jacques"
  • Thumb - OPI "Black Onyx"
In the second photo I put a matte top coat on them to see how it would look and I actually think I'm going to do my other hand in the matte top coat because I like it way better

Here's a photo!

My friend Kerri came over shortly after I did this manicure and she loved it so much that we did it on her nails too (while our men watched the hockey game). Here are her nails:



Stay tuned for more ombre nails in the colours I mentioned above! I am LOVING this look - its so simple but super classy, fun and wearable! You know you have too many nail polishes when you can do this look with several different colours LOL!

Much Love,
April
xo