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!


the low-down from laura : kiss nails 2015

December 4, 2014By DJMC

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend the Kiss Nails 2015 product preview and was very excited, to say the least.

The 2015 line will consist of a few great new products which Gina Edwards, Celebrity Manicurist introduced to us. The new range includes

  • KISS Salon Gel French Nail kit;
  • imPRESS Accent Press-on Manicure by Broadway Nails;
  • KISS Salon Secrets Nail Art Glue;
  • KISS Salon Secrets Rococo Veil Kit;
  • Kiss Salon Secrets Luxe Accents; and
  • Kiss Salon Secrets Nail art Pro Tool Kit.

The collection features several items that I just can’t wait to try out like the awesome new impress nail designs and the nail art kit. I was lucky enough to get a complimentary mani at the event, using the Gel French nail kit (available in different lengths and thicknesses), the Rococo Veil kit inspired by french art and a gem from the Luxe Accents kit.

The nails felt comfortable and looked amazing. I also got to walk away with a swag bag and I can’t wait to play! I’m most excited about the nail art collection with the new nail art glue. Gems and jewels have never been easier to apply with this jelly textured product which is the first of its kind and professional grade quality! The glue was designed specifically for nail art and long lasting hold, so now we can all be pro manicurists at home.

Kiss and Broadway Nails also have great Youtube channels where you can check out tutorials and more!

All items will be available February 2015; most items will be available at Walmart, Target, Jean Coutu, London Drugs, Lawtons, Brunet, Familiprix, proxim, pharmasave and Uniprix

Product List and Prices:

  • KISS Salon Gel French Nail kit $13.97
  • imPRESS Accent Press-on Manicure by Broadway Nails $10.99
  • Kiss Salon Secrets Nail Art Glue $4.99
  • KISS Salon Secrets Rococo Veil Kit $6.99
  • Kiss Salon Secrets Luxe Accents $6.99
  • Kiss Salon Secrets Nail art Pro Tool Kit $16.99

stuff from lil steph : negative space nails tutorial

September 25, 2014By DJMC

Inspired by Tracylee by Sally Hansen for the Nonoo Spring 2015 Runway at NYFW, I’ve decked out my nails with negative space. In this case, the “negative space” is my natural nails. It’s super simple, so even if you’re a nail art novice, you can definitely do this one! All you need is some tape and any polish shade of your choosing (I used Born Pretty Store Nail Art Striping Tape and the Rimmel Seconds Polish in Hot White Love)

1. Apply a thin strip of tape in the centre of your nail

2. Paint over the tape and onto your nail with a colour of choice.

3. Peel off the tape to reveal your “negative space”.

And there you have it – a super simple runway inspired nail look!

recos from regina : revlon nail enamel

May 29, 2014By DJMC

When I was growing up, the first nail polish brand I ever encountered was Revlon Nail Enamel. It was a staple in my mom’s makeup vanity when I was a child, and Revlon Red was one of the first nail polish colours I bought with my allowance as a preteen. As a teenager, my “go-to’s” were Toast of New York and Blackberry.

It’s a polish that promises to provide “gorgeous smooth, chip-resistant colour to nails” and last up to 10 days when used with the Revlon Base and Top coat. It also boasts an “exclusive silk-protein shield [that] works to instantly help even out the surface of the nail while rising above colour to automatically smooth away bubbles, streaks and brush marks.” Big claims – so I put them to the test with a new shade.

When trying out 440 Siren, a bold summery orange shade, I loved how quickly it dried between each of the two coats I had applied, and that there were no brush streaks. It also lasted almost 10 days. I received many compliments on how nice the colour looked, and it lasted through housework and visual re-merchandising at my day job. My nails were smooth and didn’t chip within those days.

The colour is perfect for the spring and summer, and can even be worn throughout the year when you want that pop of colour on your nails and toes. Revlon’s classic polish is available in 64 shades, and retails around $5.00 so it’s a great bargain for a great quality product!

Have you used Revlon’s classic polish? What’s your preferred shade?

Disclosure: These products were sent to for editorial consideration by the brand or company. We tested and reviewed the product to share our honest opinion with you (our fabulous readers) and would only ever recommend or review products we truly believe in!

the beauty board: impress press-on manicure

June 4, 2013By stephanie 1 Comment

more reviews:

“can’t wait to try these – i rarely find the time to do my nails being a busy mom of three – this will help cut down on time!”

“loved the product! looks really nice on the nails and easy to apply. i wish they had tamer nail colours though that would be more work appropriate.

“great colour selection and range of sizes for smaller nails.”

“very nice colours and such a neat idea. i will be happy to try this out. would love to see a cherry blossom design. LOVE the bright pink.”

“very enthusiastic stand – the salesladies were very upbeat and happy to showcase the products. great product and cool concept – love the idea of being able to change your nails so easily. totally a product I would consider using!”

“this product is very practical for someone constantly on the go … the fact that the product is instant and easy to do – i love it!”

“love the colours and all the different patterns. very easy to put on, even if you have small nails!”

“reative and easy. this is nail art made easy for newbies.”

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