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31 days to a prettier 2017 : change it up!

It’s Friday night and the weekend is here  …

Day 27 : January 27

Celebrate the weekend ahead with a quick polish change!

It’s easy to let your manicure sit and wear itself away until the first chip … but half the fun about nails and polish is that you can change it up in a quick minute and customize it to your mood. If you’ve been wearing an office appropriate shade all week long, strip it off and swipe on a new “weekend wow” colour.

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The great thing about today’s task is that you can do it yourself! You just need your remover and polish, and about 20 minutes. if you’re super handy with at-home manicures, then take some extra time to tend to any ragged cuticles and rough nails.

Paint away and enjoy your day!

TIP : Don’t forget your base coat and top coat! And speaking of topcoat, get to your Friday Night festivities faster with a quick-dry topcoat!

HOMEWORK : None – it’s FRIDAY!!!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : give yourself a manicure …

The prettiest girl is the girl who’s smiling. And you can’t smile if you’re feeling over worked, overwhelmed, and stressed out. As we are closing in on the end of week two of our beauty guide, it’s another day to pamper yourself and zone out.

Day 12 : January 13

Give yourself a manicure.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it should make you feel like you’re taking a time out for you. Take some time to trim and file your nails, soak and push back your cuticles, and give them a buff ‘n’ shine. You can leave it at this and finish with a nice dose of hand cream to soften and smooth the hands as a whole.

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If you have a bit more time to indulge, go ahead and paint them. It could be a couple of coats of clear nail polish or a deep and dark vampy colour that’s almost as black as your heart. If your handy with your hands and have the tools, you can even try a new nail art trend like chrome or glitter powder accent nails.

Whatever floats your boat. Have fun tonight!

TIP : Have fun.

HOMEWORK : Have more fun.

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countdown to christmas : nails nails and nails …

Even if a lady doesn’t get her nails and cuticles tended to on the weekly (or monthly), a fresh manicure and coat of nail polish always manages to make her smile. Whether she loves bright pops of colour, a palette of neutrals, or is always up-to-date on the latest negative space nail art, there is a nail polish out there for her.

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Nail polish makes for a great stocking stuffer for several reasons : bottles can be inexpensive, they come in every colour under the moon ALL-YEAR-ROUND, and they are the perfect stocking stuffer size.

If you happen to know someone who leans towards bright pops of colour from neon oranges and pinks to deep jewelled blues and purples, then pick up a couple of bottles of China Glaze. With so may bright colours to choose from, plus some fun glittery formulations, you won’t run out of options from this brand. I find two coats does a nail good and a properly done application can last a few days before a touch-up is needed.  May I suggest that you grab Mix and Mingle and Coal Hands, Warm Heart from the holiday collection and present them as a set – the manicure that would result would be epic for the new year!

If your bestie, girlfriend, our favourite niece favour a more neutral and nude palette, how about seeking something classic from the Essie line. Essie has one of the best pinks : Mademoiselle ; but I favour Ballet Slippers just a hint more. I also enjoy Merino Cool, Master Plan, and Chinchilla. This is definitely the brand I go to when I was a polished manicure with a sophisticated look. Even the sheerest of colours go on without a streaky appearance.

Know for a fact that the person you’re trying to gift probably won’t have time to paint their nails, but would love a manicure for a day or two?  Then there is an option for you : Kiss Nails! “Press-on” nails are BACK and with a vengeance … and with a much better style selection. Kiss Nails come in a variety of styles to choose from : from the classic french manicure to pro nail art designs to even holiday themed ones. A box or two inside a stocking will definitely garner some holiday cheer!

Happy Shopping!

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recos from regina : sally hansen miracle gel nail polish

Sally Hansen came out with a line of nail polishes called Miracle Gel. This line consists of a 2 step system of a Gel Polish and Top Coat with no UV/LED light needed.


Step 1 consists of over 47 different Gel colours and Step 2 consists of the Top Coat.

I had the chance to try out Pink Tank and what I found great about Step 1 is that I only needed one coat of polish to get a full-coverage effect when I would normally need two or three coats. This is due to the width of the brush (that I really like) that helps to coat the entire nail.


What I liked about the Step 2 Top Coat is that it gave my nails the effect of a Gel manicure without the use of a UV/LED Light and it dried my nails quickly.

The removal of this gel polish is very easy – all that is needed to remove is nail polish remover. Bonus!

Step 1 and Step 2 of Sally Hansen Miracle #OMGel Polish can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart for $9.99 each.

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**Disclosure: This product was sent to BlushPretty as a press sample for editorial consideration.**

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recess from regina : deborah lippmann in Naked …

Nude coloured nail polishes are shades that I keep near by on days that I want to keep my nails simple.  A colour that is great for all skin tones is Naked by Deborah Lippmann. It’s a sheer bare beige colour that would be great for those who are looking for a natural looking colour for work or who doesn’t want to wear a bright or dark colour.

One coat of this is great if you are looking a sheer coverage. For myself, I used three coats to get a full colour coverage on my nails. I like how quickly it dried in between coats and without using a top coat, the colour has a glossy shine to it.

Naked by Deborah Lippmann can be found at Murale (murale.ca) for $20.00.

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