Monday, October 27, 2014

White Marble Nail Art

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Sally Hansen | White On, Black Out

I can't get enough of marble print! I've been seeing it everywhere from phone cases to laptop skins to clothing. I decided to give it a try on my nails because I think marble print is starting to make a big statement and I thought it would be a very fashion-forward, unique design to try. 

This was my first time using the "watercolour" method with acetone and polish. First, I painted a base of opaque white with one coat of Seche Vite to speed up the drying process. This additional clear layer prevents the acetone from soaking through the white base too quickly and leaving bald patches. I then applied spots of black polish randomly on the nail and took a nail art brush dipped in nail polish remover to dab over the black. Depending on how much black polish you apply, you may need to go back with more acetone to fade out the lines. I wanted white to be the dominant colour in this manicure and therefore applied the black polish very sparingly. However, this is just personal preference and I think this design would also look amazing with a black base and white crevices. 

I also tried doing a marbling effect with plastic wrap, but found that it turned the base muddy and grey instead of a distinct marble pattern. I haven't had much luck with the plastic wrap technique, but practice does make perfect so I'll be testing that method with some future designs. 

I decided to seal in my designs with Seche Vite for a shiny finish, but this would probably look even more realistic with matte topcoat. Overall, I'm very happy with the design and how easy it was to create. 

Happy Monday loves!

Mandy
xoxo

P.S. Does anyone know where to get affordable marble phone cases? 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OPI Polished Quartz Designer Series - Swatches & Review

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This year's Designer Series collection features two gorgeous gems: DS Tourmaline and DS Titanium. As always with Designer Series shades, the more sparkle, the better! This collection features a 3D glitter effect that dries semi-matte for a "diamond in the rough" kind of look. I really miss the old holographic shades that once made up the DS collection, but these glitters are still very pretty. 

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DS Titanium | This is a blue-toned pewter that is made up of a sheer grey base with large iridescent glitter and signature diamond dust. I like this one, but I think opacity could have been a little better. This was already 3 coats and I can see some bald spots here and there. However, Titanium is still a great shade and I'm wondering if it would look better over a black creme base!

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DS Tourmaline | My favourite of the two, I fell in love with the way the light hit this shade! This is a bright pink jelly with iridescent glitter and diamond dust. The glitter was not as chunky in this one and everything just looks smoother than Titanium. I am still not a huge fan of the jelly base and wish it were creme, but I think a third coat would do the trick. 

Pros:
 - Great base colours
 - Very sparkly

Cons:
 - Jelly base too sheer
 - Glitter chunky/rough on nail

What do you guys think of jelly finishes?

Thanks for reading,

Mandy
xoxo

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Negative Space Nail Art at Kye NYFW SS15

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Sally Hansen | Black Out, White On
Essie | Topless and Barefoot

Negative space is all the rage, as seen on the runways of this year's New York Fashion Week. I always look forward to seeing the nail art that designers use for their shows. New York Fashion Week has become a great forecasting event for trends both in fashion as well as nail art. 

The nail art at Kye's Spring/Summer 2015 show was the inspiration behind today's post because I thought it was so unique and edgy. They combined geometric minimalism and negative space to produce an interesting mix-and-match manicure. 

This design was surprisingly easy to recreate and just required a few simple tools. I used striping tape and black, white, and nude polish to get the sharpness of the lines.  I highly recommend checking out this fabulous tutorial by SoNailicious.

Thanks for reading,

Mandy
xoxo

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sporty Girl

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Top: Aritzia | Skirt: H&M | Sneakers: Nike | Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

There's something cool about wearing sport-inspired fashion. I've been delving deeper into the trend  ever since I invested in some cool sneakers. Previewing the Alexander Wang x H&M collection confirms my theory that the fashion of sport is the hot new thing. As always, when trying out any trend subtlety is key so I chose to break up this edgier athletic look with a few feminine touches. 

I paired this simple cropped sweatshirt with an asymmetric skirt to play up the sharp angles and lines. Keeping accessories to a minimum, I stuck with my go-to Marc by Marc Jacobs Mini Blade watch and Nike Free Run 5.0's. 

Playing with different trends gets me to be more daring with what I wear, which makes fashion that much more exciting!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Something Different

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I never thought I would be a sneaker girl, but Nike has successfully converted me. I've been following the sporty look ever since it hit the fashion scene, but just recently mustered up the courage to try it myself. Nike Free Runs have been influencing men and women's fashion for a few years now, with their signature logo and sharp colour combinations. I decided to invest in a pair of 2013 Free Run 5.0's, which I have to say was one of my better decisions. Not only are they trendy, but more importantly, they are also extremely comfortable. There have been days that I have forgone heels for these sneakers because I can now combine fashion AND function in one. They make commuting to and from campus just a little more bearable. 

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Top: Forever 21 | Skirt: Topshop | Sneakers: Nike | Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Thanks for reading,

Mandy
xoxo

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Trench Coats x Bow River

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What I love about fall is the ability to transition into the cold weather by mixing dark, rich hues with light layers. My colour palette lately has been all about the neutrals ranging from grey to tan to off-white. Before the start of the semester, I went down to the Bow River in Calgary with a good friend to capture this fall-inspired look. Oscar is an amazing photographer and I encourage you to take a look at his VSCO profile and Instagram (@odonor).

Trench coats are one of my favourite outerwear pieces for their timeless class and flowing silhouette. Worn open or tied, the trench coat is practical for the cooler fall days. Even better if it's made of water-resistant material. Of course, to own one of Burberry's classic trenches would be a dream come true.. but for the more cost-conscious fashionista, I found this trench from Zara for a very reasonable price. Not only do I love how the fabric flows, but the leopard print lining just adds unique detailing. What on earth would we do without Zara?