My Nail Romance with Kayla Shevonne

Nails by Kayla Shevonne - My Nail Romance

Meet Canadian blogger, Kayla Shevonne. Starting out as a beauty blogger led Kayla to find her true passion – nails. She has since studied to become a professional manicurist and shares swatches and nail art almost every day on her site, Nails by Kayla Shevonne.

Tell me a bit about your blog

Nails by Kayla Shevonne started out as a hobby and has become a huge part of my life! And it has evolved immensely over the almost 3 years that it’s been around. Some readers might not know this, but NbKS actually started out as a general beauty site! “Beauty by Kayla Shevonne” featured primarily makeup related posts such as makeup reviews, swatches, etc. However, after becoming immersed in the beauty community, I quickly realized that my true passion is for nails and nail art. So, Nails by Kayla Shevonne was born!

How often do you post?

I strive to post once per day, but sometimes life just gets in the way. Realistically, I’d say that I post 5 times every week on average.

Are you left or right handed?

I’m a righty.

What’s your best tip for painting your other hand?

Practice, practice, practice! Seriously. Practice. When I first started out doing nail art on my non-dominant hand, it looked atrocious. But over time, I’ve adapted and now I find it much easier.

How often do you paint your nails?

Typically I change my polish every 2-3 days.

How many polishes in your collection?

The last time I counted, it was nearing 1500. No judgment, please! Haha!

How do you store your polishes?

I use what we call “Melmers” to store my polish! They’re actually a craft storage system from Michael’s Arts & Craft Stores and they resemble the popular “Helmer” from IKEA. I have 10 of those in my polish room right now, but I’m thinking I might need to expand once again. Eeek!

Which brand has the best brush?

My nails aren’t particularly wide, so I’ve always preferred the standard sized brushes from brands such as China Glaze, Zoya, Illamasqua, etc.

Favorite polish brand?

This is probably the toughest question here to answer! There are things I love about so many brands, but I suppose that if I had to choose one, it would be China Glaze. I love their brush, their HUGE variety of shades and of course, their affordability.

Favorite indie brand?

KBShimmer. Hands down. There’s something about the way the creator puts her polishes together that just makes me want every.single.one.

Best luxe brand?

Another hands down winner in this category: Illamasqua. I love their formula, they always release new and interesting shades and I love seeing them push the boundaries with their shade names.

Best bargain buy?

Hmm, probably Wet ‘n’ Wild. They’re super affordable and still manage to stay on trend.

Favorite color?

I typically stick within the cooler shade range, and my favourite of all would be turquoise.

Favorite color combinations?

Nude and black is a classic combination that always looks stunning, in my opinion.

What color would / did you wear on your wedding day?

I’ll be wearing OPI It’s My Year. My fiancé proposed to me using nail polish and that’s the one he used, so it’ll definitely be the one I wear on the big day.

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

When painting, always make sure to cap the free edge of the nail with polish. This cuts down on chips and makes your mani last a whole lot longer.

What’s your favorite nail art trend?

I wouldn’t say that it’s necessarily a trend, but I LOVE wearing animal prints on my nails. Leopard, zebra, you name it, I love it.

What’s your favorite nail art design?

I participated in the 31 Day Challenge back in September 2012. Basically, for 31 days, I posted a different nail art look each day based on a pre-set theme. On day 27, the assigned theme was “Inspired by Art”. I chose a painting I found through Pinterest and mimicked it on my nails.

Nails by Kayla Shevonne - her fave nail art design

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Thank you so much for sharing your nail romance Kayla! Check out Nails by Kayla Shevonne and you can connect with Kayla online:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nailsbykaylashevonne
Twitter: @kaylashevonne
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kaylashevonne
Tumblr: http://www.kaylashevonne.tumblr.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/kaylashevonnenails

My Nail Romance with Dressed Up Nails

Dressed Up Nails - My Nail Romance

Meet Whitney of Dressed Up Nails. I think I first discovered Whitney’s nail art on Instagram and since then I kept spotting it all over Pinterest too. Whitney’s fun style of hand-painted nail art is inspiring. Come find out about the blogger behind the nails.

Tell me a bit about your blog

Hey y’all! I’m Whitney. I’m 27 but inside I’ll probably always be 11. I have lot of enthusiasm for things like nail polish, nail art, talking about nail polish and nail art, reading, 2-hour baths, glitter, unicorns, soft pants, my lady dog, camping, Scrabble, crafting, organization, brunch, and not leaving my house unless absolutely necessary. I think that nail art holds my interest so well because there is just SO MUCH to it. I feel like there is always something new I can do, a new pattern or design or color combination or nail shape or polish collection coming out to squee over. I can see a lot of improvement in my nail art skillz from when I started, which is really fun, but I also feel like there is SO MUCH I can keep improving and learning and doing, which is so cool. I also really love having a blog and all the social-media-y places that allow me to meet other people who are obsessed with this like I am. I think that’s the very best part.

How often do you post?

Depends on the week but anywhere from 1-5+ times… I’d say average is probably 2-3.

Are you left or right handed?

Right handed

What’s your best tip for painting your other hand?

Go sloooooow! This is the tip I give everyone who asks me how to paint with your non-dominant hand. You’d be surprised how well you can do if you just slow way down and paint really carefully. I also like to do simpler variations of designs on my right hand as well.

How often do you paint your nails?

Like my blog posting, it varies week by week – sometimes I paint them once and sometimes I paint them every day. On average I probably paint them 3-4 times a week.

How many polishes in your collection?

I refuse to count but I think I probably have a little over 400 at this point >_<

How do you store your polishes?

I made two wall racks out of foam board that hold about half my polish and I bought a little wire drawer set at IKEA that holds most of the rest. My *super special* and favorite polishes live on a bamboo spice rack on my desk. One day I want them all on wall racks!

Which brand has the best brush?

OPI. I also really like the Revlon Colorstay brushes.

Favorite polish brand?

China Glaze, hands down. I’m such a China Glaze fangirl it’s ridiculous, I think ¼ of my polishes are ChG.

Favorite indie brand?

Right now it’s definitely Shimmer Polish, I just received Cindy’s entire collection in the mail a month or so ago and they are all SO PRETTY.

Favorite color?

My favorite color has been teal/turquoise for a long time, but I have a pretty big love affair with purple on my nails, too.

Favorite color combinations?

Blue and pink is my all-time favorite to use.

What color would you wear on your wedding day?

I’m probably going to wear some kind of awesome nail art on my wedding day. Definitely not going too demure with my nails, they’ve become one of the biggest parts of my appearance at this point!

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

Keep it closed tightly and if it gets thick and gloopy, use polish thinner to thin it out – NEVER polish remover or acetone!

What’s your favorite nail art trend?

Glitter gradients will always be my truest nail art love. I never get tired of them. I also really like painting geometric patterns and hearts on my nails.

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Thank you so much for sharing your nail romance Whitney! Head over to Dressed Up Nails and connect with Whitney online –

Facebook: facebook.com/dressedupnails
Instagram: @dressedupnails
Twitter: @dressedupnails
Beautylish: beautylish.com/dressedupnails
Tumblr: dressedupnails.tumblr.com

Nailspiration: Emerald Green – Pantone Colour of the Year 2013

Pantone - Emerald - Color of the year 2013 - Nail Romance

Pantone has heralded Emerald as the Colour of the Year for 2013. While I contemplated wearing Pantone emerald green hair on Hair Romance, I think it’s much easier to wear emerald green on your nails.

At the moment I don’t have ANY emerald green nail polish in my collection. How could I be missing such a vital trend colour? I’m sure I won’t have any trouble fixing that issue and here’s some nailspiration to inspire you to try emerald green on your nails.

Are you a fan of the new Pantone Colour of the Year? What’s your favourite emerald green polish?

Image credits: Temptalia The Hungry Asian, Pshiiit, Vampy Varnish

My Nail Romance with Cosmetic Cupcake

Cosmetic Cupcake is an Australian beauty blog featuring some of the cutest nail art around. Meet blogger Michelle and learn some of her polish favourites as she shares her Nail Romance.

Tell me a bit about your blog

I’m Michelle and I’m from Sydney, Australia. I’m a Registered Nurse by day and a beauty addict the rest of the time! I started reading blogs late 2009 and I decided to start my own in February 2010 as a way to unwind from the craziness that was fulltime work and study. Polishing my nails and sharing a love of beauty with the blogging community has helped keep me sane over the last 2 years.

How often do you post?

I try to post about 5 times a week but unfortunately recently I’ve dropped off to only about 2 or 3 times a week due to work, wedding planning and general life stuff. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up my normal schedule again soon!

Are you left or right handed?

I’m right handed.

What’s your best tip for painting your other hand?

Practise is the key! Also it’s important to steady your non-dominant hand while painting and to take your time.

How often do you paint your nails?

Usually I paint my nails about every second day and when I’m stressed out its daily!

How many polishes in your collection?

I have about 900 polishes currently in my stash.

How do you store your polishes?

I use an IKEA Helmer and I desperately need another! I’ve got plastic containers filled with polish all over my room at the moment.

Which brand has the best brush?

I think it would have to be OPI with their Pro-Wide brush. My nail beds are huge and the brush gives such an even, perfect coverage for me in 3 easy strokes.

Favourite polish brand?

This is a really tough one as I love lots of brands but China Glaze steals my heart the most. I love their colour range, the awesome formula and the price point is so reasonable even with the crazy Aussie markups. I really like the shape of their bottles too!

Favourite indie brand?

I really resisted buying indie polish because I knew that once I went down the indie path I would go crazy trying different brands. The brand that made me take the first step was Lynderella and it has to be my favorite too. I don’t give a hoot about the drama surrounding the polishes and just appreciate the fact that they’re awesome glitters.

Best luxe brand?

There are so many luxe brands I love but Rescue Beauty Lounge is my favourite. The formula is out of this world and worth every penny. RBL is followed closely by Deborah Lippmann and Anna Sui.

Best bargain buy?

Ulta 3 and they’re an Aussie brand too yay!

Favourite colour?

I love pink but I wear all colours!

Favourite colour combinations?

I love the way gold and pink, purple and silver look together.

Best colour for school?

I was never allowed nail polish when I was in school but I would have worn pastels and brights. Something fun!

Best colour for work?

I’m so fortunate that my Nurse Manager lets me get away with wearing crazy nail art and every colour under the sun at work. However, if I worked in a corporate environment I would probably go with nudes and pinks but with a twist – think a subtle holographic such as Butter London All Hail The Queen, Glitter Gal Frappe or Catherine Arley 670 (a really pale pin). I’d also add some subtle nail art such as floral stamping using white or gold.

Best party colour?

Nothing starts a party quite like GLITTER! My go to is any of the glitters from Deborah Lippmann or Milani Jewel FX.

What colour would you wear on your wedding day?

My wedding is in less than 6 months and I haven’t decided yet! Most probably a pink with shimmer as I bought the nail polishes from the Jill Stuart Bridal collection ages ago and I’ll be wearing a combination of the polishes on the day.

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

Topcoat and sealing your tips. It makes a big difference!

What’s your favourite nail art trend?

I adore all types of nail art and I can’t have a manicure without it. My favourite would probably have to be glitter gradient manicures as they look fantastic but are super easy and don’t take long to do at all.

Thanks so much for sharing your Nail Romance Michelle!

Click over to Cosmetic Cupcake to get your fix of nail art and swatches. You can also connect with Cosmetic Cupcake –

Twitter: @cosmeticcupcake
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