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:

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My Nail Romance with Let them have Polish

Let Them Have Polish - My Nail Romance

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 –

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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!

Head over to Chalkboard Nails to see more of Sarah’s fantastic swatches and nail art. You can also connect with Chalkboard Nails –

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