My Nail Romance with Kayla Shevonne

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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.

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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

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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
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My Nail Romance with Nihrida

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Today’s blog spotlight is on Sasha of Nihrida.com. Nihrida is known for her beautiful and creative photography, and her nail polish database is an amazing visual resource.

Tell me a bit about your blog

I like to call my blog a personal blog. I write about the stuff I like (nail polish and make up included), about my animals, and sometimes even about my current mood.

How often do you post?

As often as I feel is right. Sometimes I won’t update my blog for more than a week, but lately, I post almost every day.

Are you left or right handed?

Right handed.

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

Painting my other (left) hand isn’t a problem, since I’m right handed. I find it easier to paint the nails on my dominant hand first. I like to start at the pinkie fingernail and move towards the thumb nail.

How often do you paint your nails?

About 3 times per week. If I’m not counting the nail polish swatching.

How many polishes in your collection?

A LOT. I don’t have them counted, but I did organize a nail polish database of the polishes I got. I don’t own all of them anymore though.

How do you store your polishes?

In carton boxes. (Note: just bought an Ikea Helmer)

Which brand has the best brush?

I can’t say which brand has the best brush, but I like flat, flexible brushes that aren’t too big and chubby. Tip Top polishes have great brushes.

Favorite polish brand?

Don’t have just one favorite brand.

Favorite indie brand?

I don’t like indie polishes. It seems to me they don’t belong in my collection. They’re too random and not categorized enough. Plus they’re mostly funky glitters which is not my favorite finish.

Best luxe brand?

Illamasqua.

Best bargain buy?

Essence Colour & Go polishes. The old ones.

Favorite color?

Purple, electric blue.

Favorite color combinations?

Mint and gold.

Best color for work?

Vampy neutral red (something like Tip Top Red Rendezvous).

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

Nothing works for me since my nails peel on a regular basis – wrapping tips works when my nails have a good day.

What’s your favorite nail art trend?

Gradient manicure.

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Thanks so much for sharing your Nail Romance Sasha! Check out Nihrida and connect with her –

Twitter: @nihrida
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/nihrida/

My Nail Romance with A Girl and Her Polish

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Meet Katee Baum, the nails behind A Girl and Her Polish. She is a self-proclaimed nail polish-oholic and shares swatches and nail art, including tutorials on her blog.

Tell me a bit about your blog

I started blogging about my adventures in nail polish a year ago and I love it! On my blog, A Girl and Her Polish, I share my nail art and review nail polish. I am a complete novice and have never had any sort of training. Everything I do is about my love of nail polish. I show step-by-step techniques so that you at home can recreate my designs and my nail polish reviews give my honest opinion so you don’t waste your time with bad polish!

How often do you post?

I post at least once a day, although some days I have posted a couple times.

Are you left or right handed?

I am right handed.

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

Take your time and don’t rush it. If you do make a mistake you can always go back and clean it up.

How often do you paint your nails?

It depends on what I am involved with. If I am doing a few challenges I can change my polish everyday, or a couple times a day. On average I probably change my polish at the least, 4 times a week.

How many polishes in your collection?

I have 836 bottles of polish.

How do you store your polishes?

All of my polish is stored in 2 Helmers from Ikea.

Which brand has the best brush?

I have small nail beds, so I tend to like the littler brushes better. I think butter LONDON has the best brush.

Favourite polish brand?

This is a tough question! My favorites right now are butter LONDON, Essence, Barry M and Catrice.

Favourite indie brand?

I have 2 top Indies that I love, Sonoma Nail Polish and HARE polish.

Best luxe brand?

I actually have not tried too many luxe brands. I just bought my first NARS polish, but I haven’t used it yet. I do love butter LONDON.

Best bargain buy?

Fabulous price and awesome formula!

Favorite colour?

White

Favorite colour combinations?

Black and white

Best color for school?

I think any color works for school, including nail art.

Best color for work?

This question depends on your job. I am a teacher and can wear whatever color I want. Some jobs, such as office work, may require something more subtle like a nude or pink.

Best party color?

Glitter!

What colour did you wear on your wedding day?

I wore OPI Matched Luggage

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

Make sure the cap in on, don’t leave it sitting out, keep it in a cool, dry place…like a Helmer.

What’s your favourite nail art trend?

I love stamping. There are so many fun and interesting design that can be created using stamps.

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Thank you so much for sharing your nail romance Katee! Stop by and see her at A Girl and Her Polish and connect with Katee online –

Facebook – AGirlandHerPolish
Twitter – @AGirlaHerPolish

My Nail Romance with 10 Blank Canvases

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Meet Jenny Pasha, the nails behind the nail art blog 10 Blank Canvases. Winner of the Best New Beauty Blog in the UK Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2012, Jenny has been doing nail art since 2011 and predicts DIY studded and rhinestone nails to be big trends for 2013. Jenny says she “always paint all 10 fingers and that is where the name 10 Blank Canvases comes from. Each nail is a little canvas to be painted on…and when it chips off it just means I have a new blank canvas to start again!”

Tell me a bit about your blog

I have been blogging for just over a year now and it’s a place I can display all my nail art and my inspirations. It started just as a way to show off my nails to friends and family and has developed into a full obsession!

How often do you post?

I post once of twice a week. I’ll post nails soon after I paint them and as I like to keep my designs on for a few days it does limit the amount I post per week.

Are you left or right handed?

I’m right handed, but have always made a point to paint full designs on both nails so as a result am able to paint with both hands now.

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

The problem with painting with your non-dominant hand is steadiness so when I paint with my left hand I rest it on my hand close to the nails to limit the shakiness and try to do quick brush strokes.

How often do you paint your nails?

I paint my nails on average two or three times a week. I will wait until a nail chips or I have a specific event I want to have special nails for to re-do them. I spend so much time painting them it would be a shame to take it off the next day.

How many polishes in your collection?

I don’t have the biggest nail polish collection of all the bloggers I have seen. I probably have around the 200-polish mark, which it still a lot!

How do you store your polishes?

At the moment I am using plastic drawers that I got from Muji, but I have just ordered myself an infamous Helmer set of drawers that most bloggers use as they fit nail polishes perfectly!

Which brand has the best brush?

I think I like the thin Essie or Nails Inc brush the best. I like a thinner brush for more precision.

Favorite polish brand?

At the moment it has to be Nails Inc. They have such a great range of colours and a nice thick formula. Also being a London girl I love the names they give their polishes all places and roads in London.

Best bargain buy?

For cheap colours that are also great quality I always go for Barry M. They have a great range of bright colours and I love their Gold and Silver Foil polishes.

Favourite colour?

It’s got to be sapphire blue. My favorite polish ever is Essie Aruba Blue recently challenged by OPI DS Magic. DS Magic is so sparkly it always makes me smile seeing it on my fingers!!

Favourite colour combinations?

The combination I use most in my nail art is black and gold. It’s such a classic mix and there is so much you can do with it, from a detailed gold lace over a black base to gold studs over a black matte base. Its also great as it will go with any outfit and makes great statement nails for a night out.

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

On your nails, use a good topcoat. I always finish with a layer of Sech Vite. It dries your nails quickly and gives them a glossy shine.

In the bottle, use nail polish thinner when it gets too gloopy. Nails polish thinner, such as Seche Restore, is one of my most used tools! It makes your polishes easier to apply and means you can use every last drop!

What’s your favourite nail art trend?

That’s a tough question as I love so many different types of nail art and am always looking to try out new trends. I love lace or fine detail over any base or even over a nude base. This look can make a statement without being too in your face if subtle colours are used. On the other end of the spectrum I also am a fan of galaxy nails, it combines my favorite colours, purple, black and blue and if done well can give a really great bold look to nails.

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Thanks so much for sharing your Nail Romance Jenny!

Head over to 10 Blank Canvases to see Jenny’s amazing nail art. You can also connect with 10 Blank Canvases –

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/10BlankCanvases
Twitter: @10BlankCanvases
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My Nail Romance with Let them have Polish

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Meet Cristina of Let them have Polish. She says she’s a “firm believer in the power of feeling good about yourself” and her positive energy jumps off the pages of her blog.

Tell me a bit about your blog

It all started as the result of an illness and an inability to work. I needed something to stay busy/ connected and nail polish became my outlet. I started by posting my manicure pictures on my personal FB page and the response from my friends was a positive one. The idea of starting a blog about my polished adventures came from my husband. He has been very supportive of the whole thing since day one. Anyhow, I did a ton of research as I had no idea what a blog even was…. I was captivated by the community and decided that I had to be a part of it. After three days I finally landed on a blog name, and so www.letthemhavepolish.com was born.

How often do you post?

I post EVERY.DAY. And I have been blogging since August of 2010. It’s a sickness lol. Actually the only time I do not post is when I am sick.

Are you left or right handed?

Right Handed

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

Keep a light hand and let the brush do all the work. Also be patient and practice a lot!

How often do you paint your nails?

EVERY.DAY… It is definitely a sickness haha.

How many polishes in your collection?

1,284… Precisely.

How do you store your polishes?

I have a total of six wall racks. Three of them hold 90 bottles, three hold 60. I get my racks from www.transdesign.com . I also have Two Ikea Helmers, just about, full of polish.

Which brand has the best brush?

I think I have to give it to O.P.I on this one. That Pro-Wide brush makes everything so easy!

Favourite polish brand?

I can’t ever really answer this question because every brand has their strenghths (and weaknesses). I love many brands for many different reasons. For example, Zoya always releases beautiful, cohesive seasonal collections. O.P.I always knows how to do red the right way. China Glaze is my go-to for bright colors and fun, playful Seasonal Collections and Puerto Rican brand Bettina has my heart when it comes to nail art. I could go on and on but you get the point. I could never choose a favorite brand.

Favourite indie brand?

There you go again with that word…. Hahaha I am a big fan of Cult Nails. I am happy to call Maria a friend and I love what she is doing with the brand. Also, have you seen their latest collection; Behind Closed Doors?! It is AMAZING.

Best luxe brand?

I have to give it to Illamasqua here. It should be pretty obvious why..; )

Best bargain buy?

I really like Wet ‘n’ Wild polishes (Actually all their products are pretty amazing!)

Favourite colour?

All the colors you can see on a peacock’s tail feather!

Favourite colour combinations?

For some reason I am really into Purple and Green lately…

Best colour for school?

I don’t go to school but if I did, I’d be in college… So I’d wear whatever I want! Hahah The louder, the better.

Best colour for work?

Butter London All Hail the Queen. Amazing shade of sandy nude with holographic shimmer? Yes, please!

Best party colour?

Anything Neon or Glitter. Or both combined!

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

I don’t remember the name but I wore an old O.P.I vampy Red with some subtle Black and White wispy decorations. Back then I wasn’t into doing my own nails, they were done at a salon. Thankfully, I had grown out all the damage from acrylics and actually wore my own natural shorties on my wedding.

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

Store it up-right. Keep the cap screwed on tight when ever you are not using it. Make sure it is away from direct Sunlight and in a cool place. Also, DO NOT PUT ACETONE IN IT. If the polish is getting thick, put a few drops of polish thinner in it. This can be found at Sally’s or Ulta.

What’s your favourite nail art trend?

Hhhmmm…. I am really into gradient nails, stripes, dots and the beautiful Gold Flakes that some companies have been coming out with.

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Thank you for sharing your nail romance Cristina!

Visit Let Them Have Polish for daily nail-spiration and connect with Cristina online –

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/letthemhavepolish
Twitter: @L_T_H_P
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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/letthemhavepolish

My Nail Romance with Adventures in Acetone

Adventures In Acetone is a nail blog full of indie swatches and cute nail art. The nails behind the blog belong to 26 year old Jacki, a wife and mom of two who wakes up hours early just to paint her nails.

Tell me a bit about your blog

Adventures In Acetone is a nail art blog with a lot of indie brands (and some mainstream polishes) swatches thrown into the mix as well. It started out as a hobby for me a year and a half ago when my husband was deployed to Afghanistan in the US Army and has turned into a huge part of my life now. I’ve met some amazing people in the nail art community and am so glad I decided to start my blog!

How often do you post?

A few times a week. Sometimes it will be each day, and other weeks are too busy around here to even change up my nails more than twice a week. (I have a 4 1/2 year old and a 4 month old so nails only happen in the early mornings for me or after they’ve gone to bed for the night.)

Are you left or right handed?

Right!

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

Practice, patience, and good cleanup! Honestly, I could barely paint my nails on my right hand without making a huge mess and now there is barely a difference in the two. I always use an angled brush dipped in acetone to clean up the edges on both hands.

How often do you paint your nails?

I tend to go a little crazy if I have on the same polish for more than a few days.

How many polishes in your collection?

As of today, 424.

How do you store your polishes?

2 “melmer” systems. Basically, they are three-drawer units from Michaels craft store meant to hold scrapbook paper but the height of the drawers are perfect for polish bottles to stand up in!

Which brand has the best brush?

Oh, good one! I really like the wider and flatter brush by OPI but the smaller brushes in Zoya, China Glaze, etc, are easier for nail art.

Favourite polish brand?

Zoya!

Favourite indie brand?

Oh man, this is a hard one! I have so many that I love! Please don’t make me answer!! lol

Favourite colour?

I tend to gravitate more toward aquas, teals, blues, periwinkles and purples.

Favourite colour combinations?

Aqua and pink, purple and teal, but there are a lot of combinations that I’m trying and liking all the time! That’s one of my favorite things about nail art—I am constantly trying to decide which colors would look best in a look I have in mind.

What colour did you wear on your wedding day?

I got married 7 years ago, during my acrylic nail phase. (Cringing and never wanting to damage my natural nails like that again) So for the wedding I had a classic French manicure.

What’s your favourite nail art trend?

Gradients right now!

Thank you so much  for sharing your Nail Romance Jacki! You can follow Jacki’s nail adventures at Adventures in Acetone and connect with her online –

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/adventuresinacetone
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/AdventInAcetone/
Instagram: @adventuresinacetone

My Nail Romance with Manicure Addict


Katherine Zemla is the Nails behind ManicureAddict.com. Her passion for polish started a little over two years ago. In a very short time she’s amassed a very large nail polish collection due to her lack of self control and need to hoard all the pretty bottles. She’s rocked everything from super long talon nails to nubs on her blog. Katherine treats her blog as her manicure journal. Nail polish has brought her so much joy that she gives back to her community when she can by doing manicures for a few local organizations. If you enjoy nail polish you’ll be addicted to her!

Tell me a bit about your blog

I started my blog as a Journal for myself so I could keep track of the manicures I was giving myself. I honestly did not think anyone would ever look at it. Fast forward two years later and I’m still doing it. I’m surprised I haven’t lost interest yet.

How often do you post?

Lately I’ve been trying to post on an almost daily basis. However there are days where life gets in the way. So on average 5-7 times a week. In the past I used to post a lot less frequently about 3-5 times a week so this is something that’s not consistent.

Are you left or right handed?

Right Handed

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

Practice and Practice! Slow it down, the more you rush through it the more likely you are to get paint everywhere. Even if you do get it everywhere it’s nothing a little brush with acetone can’t clean up so don’t be afraid to make a little mess!

How often do you paint your nails?

Depends on my mood! At least every 2 days sometimes I will paint over a manicure with another polish the next day. I don’t always paint my right hand to match my left. So more times than not I don’t have matching hands, and I’m totally cool with that makes me feel extra special.

How many polishes in your collection?

No Clue, I would say I’m near 2,500. It’s been a 1.5 years since I last counted and then I had 1,400. I keep telling myself one day I’ll take a week and do a spreadsheet but it’s so much easier to just buy more and paint my nails than worry about what all I have. In this case I’d like to say Ignorance is Bliss!

How do you store your polishes?

I keep my polishes in helmers. I have 5 of them and most of them are organized by color but I admit I do have 2 full helmers that need to be organized.

Which brand has the best brush?

I really like the wide brush that Sally Hansen uses in their Complete Salon line. But honestly just about any brush works for me.

Favourite polish brand?

This is a tough one but I’m going to say Sally Hansen. They are always pushing the envelope and constantly coming out with new colors and lines. They always have amazing formulas with pricing that is highly affordable. Not to mention they can be easily found most of the time. Before I went crazy with nail polish I only had 2-3 bottles and they were all Sally Hansen. It was Thanks to SH Honeymoon Red that awoke my Polish demon, I painted my nails with it and went “Woah, why have I not been doing this!!” It all went downhill from there very quickly!!

Favourite indie brand?

I really tried to stay away from indies for a long time, and it worked for a few months and then I bought one and quickly got hooked. One of my first buys was from The Hungry Asian and she continues to be one of my favorites. She really knows how to pair glitters with colored bases that just are magical. There are other indies I really enjoy but The Hungry Asian keeps me coming back for more.

Best luxe brand?

Lynnderella. Some may not consider this a Luxe Brand but I do. Any time I want to instantly perk up I reach over for a Lynnderella and it always does the job. I know there’s been a lot of drama linked to this brand but the glitter for me has always shined through the Drama. I just can’t see letting someone’s issues with a brand affect the way I feel about it when it makes me feel so good and I’ve had nothing but good experiences with it. What can I say? I’m addicted to the pretties!

Best bargain buy?

I love to go to my local flea market and hunt for polish, you’ll be surprised at what you can find there! I once came home with over 50 polishes that I bought for 40 bucks or so, and they were good quality polishes like the ones you find in your local drugstore. It’s the thrill of the hunt since you never know what you’ll find if anything!

Favourite colour?

Purple is my favorite color but I’ll wear any color any time of year.

Best party colour?

Any Glitter!

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

Be sure to use a good base coat and reapply a top coat every few days

What’s your favourite nail art trend?

I love seeing all kinds of Nail Art, so all of it! I especially like seeing freehand nail art since it’s always fun to see what folks come up with. I don’t always have the time to create as much nail art as I’d like to but every now and then I do pull out my paintbrush and go crazy. It’s always a challenge but it’s fun to create!

Thanks so much for sharing your Nail Romance Katherine!

Check out Manicure Addict, and you can also connect with Katherine –

Twitter: @ManicureAddict
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My Nail Romance with Chalkboard Nails

Meet Sarah of Chalkboard Nails, the nails behind those fabulous swatches you’ve seen all over Pinterest.

Tell me a bit about your blog

Hi, I’m Sarah. I’m 23 years old and I live in Arizona. I started blogging in July 2011 and have loved every moment of it! Chalkboard Nails started out as a way to document my attempts at nail art. Now, it has grown into a resource for many different areas of nail art, and swatches as well! I try to post manicures of different skill levels to help make nail art more accessible to everyone. I also like to cover a lot of indie polish swatches to support the independent polish makers who don’t necessarily have a huge advertising budget.

How often do you post?

Usually 5-7 times per week. I produce a lot of content! I do try to post a mix of post types, though, so it doesn’t get repetitive.

Are you left or right handed?

I am right handed.

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

When painting with your non-dominant hand, I find it works best if you stabilize the pinky or wrist of that hand on a solid surface, like the table you’re working on. You can still move your hand around enough to paint, but it will give you a solid anchor point. For nail art, if I’ve done something super complicated on my left hand, I will often do a simplified version of the design on my right hand. There’s no shame in that!

How often do you paint your nails?

Usually daily! Occasionally I will go two or three days between manicures.

How many polishes in your collection?

Can I plead the Fifth here? Just kidding! I have somewhere around nine hundred polishes.

How do you store your polishes?

I keep my babies in two super sexy red Helmer drawer units from IKEA. I am coming close to needing a third, though!

Which brand has the best brush?

Great question, because I’m very opinionated about this! I think OPI’s ProWide brush is absolutely the greatest thing ever. While I’ve heard of it being too wide for some people, it’s perfect for my nail width and shape.

Favourite polish brand?

This is a tough one. I think I would have to give it to OPI again because of the brush and their fantastic formula. They’ve also been coming out with some really great and unique shades lately!

Favourite indie brand?

Oh man, this is the hardest question of all. The great thing about indies is that the market is so wide. That means that pretty much everyone can find something to fall in love with! I guess if I was forced to make a decision I would say Sonoma Nail Art. I am also a big fan of Pretty & Polished, Happy Hands Nail Polish, Lush Lacquer, and Cirque Colors.

Best luxe brand?

My favorite luxury brand is butter LONDON, though to be fair I haven’t tried that many high-end polishes. I would love to try Dior, Chanel, or NARS for example, but have a bit of a tight grip on my wallet. butter LONDON provides ultra high quality lacquers at a price point that’s on the lower side of the luxury spectrum.

Best bargain buy?

I’ve gotta go with Wet N Wild. I love their limited edition collections and they have a solid and inexpensive core line, too.

Favourite colour?

I really like the way that lime green polishes look with my skintone.

Favourite colour combinations?

I love pairing bright colors with grey. Some of my favorite grey buddies include hot pink, bright blue, and chartreuse.

Best colour for school?

I was actually never into polish while I was still in school! If I was, I probably would have gone on wearing the exact same stuff I do now like crazy nail art, neons, neutrals, glitter, pastels, brights…

Best colour for work?

My favorite nude for my skin tone is OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons, but it’s also possible to be work appropriate and still wear nail art! I suggest trying a nude to white gradient for a fresh twist on the plain old French manicure. You can also adapt many nail art designs for the office by using nudes, neutrals, pinks, and whites. Subtle leopard print? Awww yeahhhh.

Best party colour?

I’d go with anything that has an insane amount of sparkle, like China Glaze Glistening Snow or Zoya Aurora.

What colour would you wear on your wedding day?

I would love to do an intricate white lace nail art design over a naked nail base. I would also wear a pretty lavender like American Apparel L’Esprit.

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

BASE COAT! Most lacquer lovers already wear it, but many casual nail painters think it’s a skippable step. It’s totally not! Base coat can be the difference between a day and a week of unchipped polish. I personally love CND Stickey but different products may work better for others.

What’s your favourite nail art trend?

I’d have to say gradients. They are so versatile. You can wear them alone or work them into a number of other nail art styles effortlessly.

Thanks so much for sharing your Nail Romance Sarah!

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