countdown to christmas : nails nails and nails …

December 22, 2015By stephanie

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.


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!


scene+heard : essie’s illusion ombré

March 25, 2014By DJMC

Last week, I had the opportunity attend an Essie Canada workshop featuring Lead Nail Artist Rita Remark at the Ritz Carlton Toronto with Elaine of Toronto Beauty Reviews and one of BlushPretty’s very own on March 17, 2014.

This workshop gave us a sneak peek at Rita’s nail look before it hit the runway in LINE Knitwear’s show that Monday evening as part of World MasterCard Fashion Week.

The look of the event was called illusion ombré. All of the attendees were able to customize the look with two colours of their choosing – I chose Lots of Lux and Bikini so Teeny. If you want to take a crack at creating the look yourself, the 4-step instructions can be found here.

Rita did my left hand and I attempted to do my right hand. You can definitely tell who the expert is! With practice I’m hoping that I’ll be an expert with the illusion ombré look.

Will this be a look you try?

– regina