GLITTER STORM!

If you're like me, New Year's nails are always filled with glitter! The more, the merrier, I say!  Now the only problem here is that it needs to be removed at some point, and it's no easy task. The glitter sticks to the nail like crazy glue. Here is a quick guide on my easiest (and least damaging) glitter removal.

Pretty...and no longer a pain to get off with the tips below!

Pretty...and no longer a pain to get off with the tips below!


Gather the following supplies (from left to right): nail polish remover, cotton balls, cuticle pusher, nail file (optional), cuticle nipper (optional), cuticle oil (I like Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil), nail buffer.

Gather the following supplies (from left to right): nail polish remover, cotton balls, cuticle pusher, nail file (optional), cuticle nipper (optional), cuticle oil (I like Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil), nail buffer.

Step 1: Remove as much of the nail polish as you can using a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover. Leaving the cotton ball on top of the glitter for a few seconds can help it soak in further, to allow for easier removal.

Step 1: Remove as much of the nail polish as you can using a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover. Leaving the cotton ball on top of the glitter for a few seconds can help it soak in further, to allow for easier removal.

Step 2: Using your buffer, buff it back and forth against the glitter on the nail. This will allow any of the remaining glitter to be loosened and more easily wiped off using extra nail polish remover and cotton balls. Make sure not to over-buff, as too much of it can damage your natural nail.

Step 2: Using your buffer, buff it back and forth against the glitter on the nail. This will allow any of the remaining glitter to be loosened and more easily wiped off using extra nail polish remover and cotton balls. Make sure not to over-buff, as too much of it can damage your natural nail.

Step 3: Apply cuticle oil to the nail bed, and allow it to soak in before rubbing it in. This will soften the cuticles, as well as moisturize them and keep them healthy. If needed, use the cuticle pusher to lightly push down on the cuticles, and trim any excess using the (optional) cuticle nipper.

Step 3: Apply cuticle oil to the nail bed, and allow it to soak in before rubbing it in. This will soften the cuticles, as well as moisturize them and keep them healthy. If needed, use the cuticle pusher to lightly push down on the cuticles, and trim any excess using the (optional) cuticle nipper.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 for the rest of your nails. If needed, buff them lightly for added shine and to make sure there are no rough parts left on the nails. You can also use your nail file to shape your nails if needed.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 for the rest of your nails. If needed, buff them lightly for added shine and to make sure there are no rough parts left on the nails. You can also use your nail file to shape your nails if needed.


The key to this process is not to damage your nails. The instinct is to chip away at the glitter, but that only harms your nails. The less scratching and picking, the better. And always remember to wash your hands at the end of the process - you don't want leftover residue (that includes glitter)!

So there you have it! Pretty natural nails...which just means another blank canvas for more glitter! 

Holiday/Winter Nail Designs

Holiday nail art is one of my favourites to do, it's so versatile! You can go from very clean, simple looks to match any party outfit, to very festive designs full of sparkle. 
Even if you're just sitting in the warmth of your home, trying to gain feeling back in your frozen fingers and toes, these nail designs can help remind you why this season can also be fun. 

From minimal to intricate designs, or mixing the two, any of these looks can be achieved with household items (if you don't have professional nail tools) such as toothpicks and sponges. 

From minimal to intricate designs, or mixing the two, any of these looks can be achieved with household items (if you don't have professional nail tools) such as toothpicks and sponges. 


The obvious no-fuss manicure can complete any outfit, adding a sleek finish to your whole look. The obvious deep red almost acts as a neutral against any colour outfit you wear. Because of its darker hue, it has a classic feel that makes both short and long nails look so nice. The only thing to be aware of when using red polish is that it stains skin more easily than other colours - so be sure to 1) clean up the sides around your nail using a Q-Tip and nail polish remover, and 2) wash your hands to get any excess colour stain off your skin. 

And of course, there are the gold and glitter polishes. A staple for the holiday season. You can go from a very subtle shimmer, to more pizzazz. We know that, even though it looks oh-so-pretty, it's a pain to take off, so here's a TIP: the key to getting glitter nail polish off is soaking it for a little bit to get the top coat off, then buffing off the top layer of glitter, and finally wiping off the rest with remover. And don't forget to always wash your hands after! 

You can also kick it up a notch with a fun colour. My pick is a brighter dark green colour, with a colder tone to match the winter season (see below). It's not the traditional holiday-green, which will make the colour stand out more on your nails. 

Here are some of my holiday colour picks (from left to right): Zoya PixieDust in Chyna, Zoya PixieDust in Godiva, Revlon Nail Enamel in Pure Pearl, Revlon Nail Enamel in Posh, L'Oreal Colour Riche Top Coat in The True Gold, L'Oreal Colour Riche in Red Tote.

Here are some of my holiday colour picks (from left to right): Zoya PixieDust in Chyna, Zoya PixieDust in Godiva, Revlon Nail Enamel in Pure Pearl, Revlon Nail Enamel in Posh, L'Oreal Colour Riche Top Coat in The True Gold, L'Oreal Colour Riche in Red Tote.


Along with the design swatch above, Christmas-themed nails are great to do and thinking of new designs is both challenging and fun. I take inspiration from other artists, store displays, holiday prints, beloved cartoon and movie classics, and above all nature itself (just looking out the window or taking a walk in the winter-time, despite being cold, can also be quite inspiring).

One of the sweetest holiday-themed designs I've done. The white gradient gives a great snowy background, and you can never go wrong with some classic, cute Snoopy and Woodstock. Just looking at it gives you such a warm, nostalgic feeling - perfect for the season!

One of the sweetest holiday-themed designs I've done. The white gradient gives a great snowy background, and you can never go wrong with some classic, cute Snoopy and Woodstock. Just looking at it gives you such a warm, nostalgic feeling - perfect for the season!


New Year's Eve has always been a time of great celebration for my family (more important to us than Christmas) - we traditionally exchange gifts on NYE, and get together to eat and drink. With all the fun parties going on during New Year's, many people go all out when dressing up for the countdown to midnight. I personally like going for a glamorous look for my nails, full of sparkle!

A glitter gradient is one of my favourite designs to do. Quick and easy (swipe on a base colour on the tips that matches the glitter, and once dry, brush on the glitter on top, with a few speckles running down the whole nail to give it the gradient effect)! Your nails literally shine! The tartan print takes a bit of practice if you are a beginner, but once you get the hang of painting on lines, it becomes a great design for both fall and winter seasons. The red colour just makes it that much more NYE-ready!

A glitter gradient is one of my favourite designs to do. Quick and easy (swipe on a base colour on the tips that matches the glitter, and once dry, brush on the glitter on top, with a few speckles running down the whole nail to give it the gradient effect)! Your nails literally shine! The tartan print takes a bit of practice if you are a beginner, but once you get the hang of painting on lines, it becomes a great design for both fall and winter seasons. The red colour just makes it that much more NYE-ready!

Another super quick take on the gradient, reversed! This one is more subdued, with a nude polish base, and slight glitz on top. So pretty!

Another super quick take on the gradient, reversed! This one is more subdued, with a nude polish base, and slight glitz on top. So pretty!

Whatever you may be doing during the holidays (I know I'll be sitting at home with my dog, watching movies...that's only AFTER all the mid-December holiday parties are over), just remember to leave a little sparkle wherever you go - and it's okay if that includes some from your nails! 

Gold Leaf Tutorial

Here is a quick tutorial on a really simple and clean look. It's perfect for any occasion, as the colours are very neutral, and the combination of the matte base and the glitter gold leaf gives the design a little something extra.

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Step 1: Apply a base coat of your choice. Let dry.

Step 1: Apply a base coat of your choice. Let dry.

Step 2: Apply two coats of your black and nude nail polish (unless you are using different colours). You can paint whatever nails you want in the chosen colours, you don't have to follow this particular pattern of thumb, pointer, and pinky in nude, and the middle and ring fingers in black.

Step 2: Apply two coats of your black and nude nail polish (unless you are using different colours). You can paint whatever nails you want in the chosen colours, you don't have to follow this particular pattern of thumb, pointer, and pinky in nude, and the middle and ring fingers in black.

Step 3: Time to make those nails matte! Put on a thin coat of your clear matte polish. These become matte fairly quickly, but don't let that fool you! This doesn't mean they are dry right away. Give it some time to dry properly before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Time to make those nails matte! Put on a thin coat of your clear matte polish. These become matte fairly quickly, but don't let that fool you! This doesn't mean they are dry right away. Give it some time to dry properly before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Finally, take your brush or toothpick and paint on the leaves, in whatever pattern you want. You can paint them on just one or two nails. Your choice! Be creative with it. The leave are simply small lines (branches) with little leaves coming out of them. There is no need for a top coat here, because that will take away from the matte effect.

Step 4: Finally, take your brush or toothpick and paint on the leaves, in whatever pattern you want. You can paint them on just one or two nails. Your choice! Be creative with it. The leave are simply small lines (branches) with little leaves coming out of them. There is no need for a top coat here, because that will take away from the matte effect.

Products used (from left to right): Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Base Coat, Essie "Topless & Barefoot," Sally Hansen Hard as Nails "Black Out," Revlon Matte Top Coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri "Go For Gold" You may use a brush or toothpicks for the leaf design application.

Products used (from left to right): Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Base Coat, Essie "Topless & Barefoot," Sally Hansen Hard as Nails "Black Out," Revlon Matte Top Coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri "Go For Gold"

You may use a brush or toothpicks for the leaf design application.