Friday, 15 January 2016

Black To White Gradient Nails

This nail design was inspired by my co-worker who got her nails done at the salon and had white polish airbrushed on to the tips of her black nails. I loved the design so much that I tried to recreate it using a makeup sponge. I hope you all enjoyed this design and leave me requests in the comments below for other nail inspiration.

Products Used:
White Polish - Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure "Let's Snow"
Black Polish - Sally Hansen Extreme Wear "Black Out"
Base Coat - Essie "First Base"
Top Coat - Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Top Coat
Makeup Sponge

- Rachel

Saturday, 21 March 2015

DIY Blanket Scarf

Blanket scarfs are very trendy where I live in Canada but I am not satisfied with the price tags of many that I've seen in stores. This sparked the idea that I could simply recreate one myself. This DIY project is not only cost effective but really easy! This blog post is in correspondence to my YouTube video.

- 1.5m x 1.5m of Cotton Flannel (I suggest using 2m x 2m if you are taller than me: 5'3)
- Scissors
- Tweezers

I purchased the fabric from Fabric Land for $7. 

Step 1: Using your scissors, recut all the edges of the fabric to ensure you have a really straight cut. This step is crucial because Step 2 will be difficult if the fabric isn't cut straight to start. If your fabric is plaid like mine, I recommend cutting along a line in the design for accuracy. 

Step 2: Lay the fabric out on a flat surface and using your tweezers begin pulling out threads horizontally to create a fringe. Continue this process until your fringe is approximately 1cm in length. This step can be tedious but the results are worth it! 

For more details, check out the video below to see how I made my scarves:

- Rachel

Monday, 16 March 2015

Sedona Lace Review: Vortex Brush Set

Recently I've been on the hunt for an all-in-one, travel makeup brush set that I can take with me for spring break because my everyday brushes are too long for most of my makeup bags. My search was over when I came across the Vortex Brush Set by Sedona Lace. This travel brush set contains all the brushes I need to do my everyday makeup and comes in a cute, compact case. I love the practicality of all the slots inside the case and the external zipper that shields them from contamination. 

This set contains eight brushes: three face brushes (FB 03, 05, 07), four eye brushes (EB 09, 11, 13, 27) and one lip brush (LB 25). 

I really like the density of the Flat Top Buffer (FB 07). This brush allows me to achieve a matte face while applying my powder. 

My favourite brush of the set is the Brow Spoolie Duo (EB 27)This brush is all I need to fill in and shape my eyebrows so the fact that it is two-sided, makes it absolutely perfect for travel! 

Finally, I was thoroughly impressed by the Capped Lip Brush (LB 25). It is super soft on the lips and allows for precise application. Once again, I love the capped lip which conceals the brush head from contamination. 

Overall, I love the case, compact ability, and the brush selection in this travel brush set - Not to mention it is a great value of money! If you want to purchase a set for yourself (which I recommend to everyone), you can use the coupon code: prettypolishes, for $4 off your order! Shipping and delivery was quick too, so check it out!

- Rachel 

Friday, 6 March 2015

Love Letter Nails For Valentine's Day

These beautiful love letter nails were inspired by the iPhone emoji! For this design I also used a matte top coat for the first time and I love the unique effect the matte finish adds to this look. I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day and all the products I used are listed below:

Products Used
First Base - Essie Base Coat
Naturally - Nicole by OPI
Ate Berries in the Canaries - OPI
Lacey Lilac - Sally Hansen
White On - Sally Hansen
Thin Tip Black
Small dotting tool
Matte About You - Essie Matte Top Coat

This was my first Valentine's Day with my boyfriend Mike! He pulled off a super sweet surprise for me as he came to my house while I was at work and filled my bedroom with many surprises! I don't know how I got so lucky as to have him walk into my life. If you would like to formally meet him, check out our Boyfriend Tag video!

Boyfriend Tag: 

- Rachel

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Prom Nails - Nicole by OPI

Two prom nail looks using 3 Nicole by OPI polishes

Candy is Dandy
Please Red-Cycle
I'll have the Salmon

Design #1: Pop of Red diagonal tips with a glam texture finish

Design #2: Textured glam accent fingers with a red dotted triangle base

Try them out for prom! These designs would look fabulous with a neutral coloured dress this up coming prom season. 

- Rachel 

Friday, 28 June 2013

PROM 2013

Senior prom is the day every girl in high school dreams about! Its the one day you're allowed to dress up and feel like a beautiful princess! It was a day filled with many memories and good times spent with friends.

My experience dress shopping was positive. I went down town and planned to hit a few boutiques on the strip. Luckily, the first shop I walked into... I tried on 2 dresses and then decided that the second one, was THE ONE! It was love at first sight and my mom approved. I truly felt like a princess in this dress! I just hope bridal dress shopping is this easy haha. My mom did the alterations for me; a hem and slightly taken in at the bust. I absolutely loved my dress! Somedays I think about putting it back on and walking around the house haha

It is a Jovani 1560 dress in a size 2

- Rachel

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Ninja Turtle Nails!

These nails are unique and you are guaranteed to get tons of compliments!

Products Used:
Dark Green Polish - Revlon "Emerald"
Red Polish - OPI "Red"
Purple Polish - OPI "Purple with a Purpose"
Blue Polish - OPI "No Room for the Blues"
Orange Polish - OPI "Hot and Spicy"
Brown Polish - OPI "You Don't Know Jacque"
Black Thin Tip Polish - Black
White Polish - NYX
Base Coat - Sally Hansen Inta Grip
Top Coat - Sally Hansen Insta Dri

- Rachel