Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tribal Accent Manicure


Hey every one and happy Sunday!  This has been the oddest week because of the holiday.  I seriously thought that Thursday was Saturday and Friday was Sunday.  That's what happens when you're so used to working every day and only having the weekends off.

Today I am bringing you a manicure I did using a Christmas glitter from the FingerPaints Winter Wishes collection.  At the time I did the manicure, which was like two weeks ago, I really wasn't feeling any Christmas designs.  Since this polish is so versatile, I was able to do a design that could be worn any time of the year!  Don't you love with seasonal polishes aren't just for the season!?

Let's take a look!




Colors Used:
  • FingerPaints - Patent Black
  • FingerPaints - Wrapped in Ribbon
  • Gradient - Neons from the Salon Perfect Summer polishes
FingerPaints Patent Black is from their new Patent Leather manicure kit which is available now at Sally Beauty Supply.  This kit includes a black and red polish along with a top coat.  This is one of my favorite black polishes ever!  One coat and it was perfect opaque coverage.  When I added the top coat, the shine was just amazing.  I swatched the red from the kit, and it's identical to the black formula wise.  Really amazing polishes!

Wrapped in Ribbon is from the Winter Wishes collection which is also available now at Sally Beauty Supply.  This polish is one of  five microglitters which can be worn over a cream polish or on their own with a few coats.  I did three coats for my ring finger.  I could have gotten away with two, but I got a little over zealous and added a third for extra sparkle!  I'm not a gold fan, but am very happy to have this polish as part of my collection and will be able to use it a lot throughout the year!



For my tribal design, I did a gradient of various neon polishes.  I started with a pink, then went to a coral color, then an orange.  I cannot think of the exact names right now and am very lazy to go look.  Once I got the gradient how I liked it, I used my nail art brush to create the design.  I cheated and used acrylic paint to make sure my lines and details were neater and cleaner.

What do you think?  Liking this look?

I'm off to enjoy my Sunday!

Until next time, <3.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Update!

Hey everyone!  Just a quick post to let you know what's going on here at The Little Canvas!  I do not want you to think that I'm abandoning the blog since I've been quiet for a few days!

First off, the Twinsie's are taking a month off to enjoy the holidays!  We will be back once before Christmas to bring you all a holiday manicure, but other than that, Tuesdays will be quite quiet.  Since there is this little hiatus, I'm going to go back to posting every 3 days with the exception of The Beauty Buffs.  This way I won't feel as stressed trying to get manicures done and up on the blog.  With my odd scheduling, I've felt bogged down and unable to fully enjoy what I've been doing.  The last three days I've had naked nails because I've been that uninspired.  Good news is, I'm back to painting and have an awesome manicure on right now that I cannot wait to show you all!

Now, for the gushy part.  I want to take a minute and thank every single one of my lovely followers.  It's been an amazing year for The Little Canvas.  I cannot BELIEVE how many followers I've gained over the past few months!  I'm at almost 7,500 on Instagram, close to 10,000 on Tumblr, and this past week I went over 3,000 on Facebook! When I started this blog, I never thought I would get 100, let alone 7,500 on any platform.  It's such a blessing being able to share my hobby with so many of you, and inspire many along the way.  It's also been amazing getting to know many of you.  I've met some awesome people who I interact with daily through this blogging adventure.  I never thought that something as little as nail polish impact my life so much!

So thank you all for your love and support of this blog!!!!  I'll be back tomorrow with a new nail design, and then later in the week I'll be introducing you to the December Nail Artist of the Month!

Until next time, <3.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sally Hansen and NYC New York Color Sparkle for the Holidays!

Hey everyone!  The holidays are right around the corner, which means it's time for everything sparkly!  Sally Hansen and NYC New York Color have some awesome new polishes and make up products that will be hitting stores soon!  Check out the press release below!

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Sequin Overcoat Collection ($7.99): Layered over your favorite Complete Salon Manicure Color, the seven chic shades of shimmering sequin polishes will instantly amp up your manicure. The polish features a Precision Brush that’s rounded to fit the curve of your cuticles and perfectly shaped to hug the contours of your nails. Available shades are: Blush Over Hue, Crown Jewels, Over the Rain Blue, Radiant Royal Blue, Strawberry Shields, Open Mica Night, Cheery on Top

Sally Hansen Big Glitter Top Coat (4.99) : Craving more sparkle and shine? These multi-dimensional top coats add a big, bold glitter effect and show-stopping shine to any of your favorite Sally Hansen nail colors. Brush it over a solid color for a healthy dose of glitter, or take even shimmery colors to the next level of shine. Available in Goldi-Flecks, Blue Moonlight and Meteorlight 

NYC New York Color Big City Dazzle Sparkle Topcoat ($1.99): Take your nails from the office to after-hours with a quick-drying coat of sparkle from NYC New York Color. Apply to bare nails for sheer shine effect or layer it over your favorite nail color for a bold, eye-catching look.


NYC New York Color Sparkle Eye Dust ($2.99): This pure, pigmented eye dust instantly illuminates eyes with serious sparkle and true color payoff. This richly pigmented eye shadow has an alluring, pearlescent finish that accentuates eyes with an instant pearl shimmer. Available in Opal Sparkle, Aquamarine Sparkle, Diamond Dust, Amethyst Dazzle, Amber Glitz, Smokey Topaz, Bronze Shimmer, Brilliant Sapphire, Golden Champagne and Pink Topaz.

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Sparkle and shimmer on!  Until next time, <3.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Mani Orders! - Thanksgiving Nail Art


Good morning polished world!  How are you all today?!  Are you all ready for Thanksgiving!?  I know I am!  Last year I had the flu, was not able to leave my bed for more than 10 minutes, and I barely had any food.  It was so depressing.  I'll be babying myself for the next few days to ensure it does not happen again!

Today is Tuesday, which means it's time for yet another Twinsie Tuesday.  This week we are to take manicure orders from our significant others, family members, or bffs.  Well, instead of taking orders from one person, I went around to a few people and got a couple ideas.  I did this because I knew that if I only got one idea and it didn't work out, I would be too frustrated to try another and would be completely stumped.

Everyone I asked though said that since Thanksgiving was right around the corner, I should do some sort of crazy Thanksgiving manicure.  For the past two years, I did the same turkey design and really had no idea what else to do.  That was until I saw this adorable turkey design by Nail Storming.  It really looked like something I would do, so I knew it was meant to be.

Let's take a look!




Colors Used:
  • OPI - My Vampire is Buff
  • Zoya - Flynn
  • Various Acrylics

Cuteness overload.  I'm so happy with how these turned out!  I started off with a base coat of My Vampire is Buff.  When that was dry, I used Zoya Flynn to create the little turkey heads.  Flynn was from the Cashmere collection last Fall.  It's a rather pretty light brown shade which I think I could use a lot for more "nature" designs.  Maybe even a reindeer??

When my polishes were dried, I cheated and used my acrylic paints for all the details.  Guys, I don't know why I was so stubborn and refused to use acrylics for all these years.  My details are so much neater, the dry time is a lot faster, and all around I'm a happy girl.  It was just soooooooooo much easier!


I really am loving how adorable these are.  I am a little upset though that Flynn shrunk around the tips on my right hand.  That tends to happen a lot with my Zoyas.  Does anyone else have that problem?

What do you think?  Liking the little turkeys!?

Don't forget to check out the other Twinsies!


Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

I won't be posting again until at least Friday.  Going to take a few days off for the holiday!  Please share with me your Thanksgiving manicures and I'll share them on my Instagram or Facebook on Thanksgiving Day!

Until next time, <3.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pink Dry Brush Mani With Hard Candy Fairy Ball


Good morning polished world!  It is Sunday, already.  Yes, that's right, the weekend is almost over.  Ugh, how does the weekend go by so fast?!  I shouldn't complain, Thanksgiving is this week, and that means I have plenty of time to relax and a five day weekend!  Ten bucks bets, come Friday, I'll be dying to go back to work.

I have been loving my penguin nails so much, that I have yet to take them off and create any Thanksgiving designs, which means I'm going to only have one this year.  Since I am a bum and have yet to create a Thanksgiving design, it's time to dip into The Little Canvas vault and post a manicure that I keep forgetting to.

This one is not as old as some that have been in the vault.  I did this manicure right after Halloween when I was tired of using greens and oranges.  I decided it was time to use Hard Candy Fairy Ball, a baby pink and holo glitter polish.  This polish was gifted to me and I kept forgetting to use it, so it was the right time.

Let's take a look!




Colors Used:
  • Faby - Black is Black
  • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  • Zoya - various pinks (can't remember the names...oops)
  • Hard Candy - Fairy Ball
Now if you know me, I'm not a huge fan of pink, yet I own zillions of pink polishes.  I gravitate towards them, but I just never really wear them alone on my nail.  They're always mixed with a blue or purple, but never have I really dedicated a whole manicure to just pinks.  Well, that's a lie, maybe at Valentine's Day or when I did those pigs....but other than that, it's a combo manicure.  After this manicure though, I'm a huge pink fan!  Look at the glitter, look at the dry brush!  It's just so awesome!

Fairy Ball is an awesome polish.  It has just the right amount of glitter and base that it applies perfectly.  I didn't have to dab any polish to fill in blank spots, it just all went where it needed to go.  I think if it didn't have the holo flecks, it would have needed maybe a little placement.  The holo is what made it awesome too.  It was just so sparkly!



I love how the dry brush and glitter come together in this manicure.  The light pink of the glitter really pulls the lighter pink out of the accents.  I just love it.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Ever used any of the Hard Candy glitters?

I guess I should go figure out some Thanksgiving Manicures!  Until next time, <3.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The First Snowy Manicure of the Season - Penguin Nails!


 Good morning!  How are you all doing today?  I hope that everyone who is being hit by Snowvember in Western New York are all safe and sound!  So crazy everything that is happening in New York right now!  Could you imagine getting 70+ inches of snow in 24 hours?  And then on top of it, the town 10 minutes down the road from you only has about 1 foot?!  Just so crazy how lake effect snow works!

Well this whole weather event is making our weather quite chilly, cold, and a little bit snowy.  I figured it would be appropriate to do a cute winter themed manicure to match the weather!  What better than a penguin manicure?!

Let's take a look!




Colors Used:
  • Sinful Colors - Bright Lucite
  • Zoya - Ling
  • INM - Northern Lights
  • Finger Paints - Sparkle With Me
  • Black and White Acrylics
I love this manicure so much!  To get the look, I started off with a base coat of a light blue polish.  When that was dry, I sponged Zoya Ling around the cuticle to make it look like a wintery snowy sky.  I added a quick coat of INM Northern Lights to even out the gradient and make the nails really sparkle.

On my snowy nails, I added a coat of FingerPaints Sparkle With Me.  This polish is a part of the FingerPaints Holiday Glitz Kit.  This kit contains this glitter, along with a multicolor glitter, and a silver foil polish.  Sparkle With Me is just a gorgeous matte white glitter polish which has holo flecks throughout.  It reminds me of that fresh sparkly snow you wake up to on a freezing morning.  The polish has a perfect base to glitter ratio, which means I didn't have to place any of the glitters!  They all fell into place perfectly!


For my penguins, I used my nail art brush and acrylic paints.  I may have to make a tutorial for them because they're so dang cute.  I'm going to do them again when Christmas is closer and maybe add a Santa hat on them.

What do you think?  Liking the snowy manicure?  Think it's too soon?

The Holiday Glitz Manicure Kit is available now at Sally Beauty!  Rumor has it that they are on sale, so I highly suggest running out and grabbing them while you can!

Until next time, <3.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Beauty Buffs - Metallic - Steampunk Nail Art


Good morning polished world!  How are you all today?  If you live in the Buffalo, NY area, I hope you are all safe and warm after that heavy lake snow.  Goodness gracious, the photos are crazy, and I'm so happy that I didn't get hit where I am!  It's crazy how early in the season it is and already places are getting slammed like that!  What can you do though!?

I also want to apologize that I didn't post alongside the Twinsies yesterday for Twinsie Tuesday.  I did next weeks prompt by accident and had no time to re-create a design for this week.  I will be back next week though for sure!

Today though I am posting with the lovelies from The Beauty Buffs.  This week we are focusing on all things metallic.  I don't have many metallic polishes because I'm not really fond of the finish on my nails.  I was planning on doing a tape design using Essie Nothing Else Metals as a base and a black top, but I loathed how it looked.  That polish was so difficult to apply so it was lumpy and uneven, and since it is a metallic polish, it is very unforgiving if you have one single thing go wrong.

So I went to the drawing board and thought of different nail art that I could do using metallic polishes!  I asked one of my friends and they suggested Steampunk!  I did a quick search online for ideas and found an awesome tutorial on YouTube by Arcadia Nail Art (my internet is not working right at the moment so I cannot link it without freezing my whole computer).

Let's take a look!




Colors Used: 
  • Zoya - Normani
  • FingerPaints - Glitz and Glam
  • OPI - Love Angel Music Baby
Awesome, right?  I started off with a base coat of Zoya - Normani.  This polish is from the first Natural collection, and it is quite amazing.  A perfect base for this type of nail art!  It applied evenly in two coats.

Using some new nail art brushes, I painted on the gears and chains using the metallic silver and gold polish.  Glitz and Glam is part of FingerPaints Holiday Glitz Manicure Kit which I will be posting a review of soon.  It is an awesome full coverage silver metallic polish which stood out perfectly on this base.

Now I do not own a bottle of silver or gold large fleck glitter, so to do the glitter placement on these nails, I dug through a bottle of Ulta Pinata Yada Yada.  I was rather dedicated to getting the most metallic look possible, and the glitter really made that more possible!



I love doing art with metallic/foil polishes on a cream base.  They really stand out and add a whole new dimension to the art!  I'm very happy that my friend suggested this design also, because it was something I never would have thought of in a million years!  I cannot tell you how much I love this design!

What do you think?  Liking the steampunk look?

Do not forget to check out the other Beauty Buffs posts!



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Until next time, <3.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bow Manicure with NYC New York Color NY Princess


Happy Sunday everyone!  How are you??  My weekend is going by way to fast, as usual.  Yesterday I went out with some friends and watched Big Hero 6, which if you haven't seen it yet, you must!  Then I came home, ate some dinner, and attempted to paint my nails and had a disasticure.  That just means I can watch some Revenge and have a late night paint session tonight.

Today I am sharing a manicure I did last Sunday while watching Revenge.  It's a totally adorable cutesy bow manicure which is a re-creation of a design I did earlier in the year.  Totally weird that I decided to do this manicure while watching that show, but hey it works.

Let's take a look!




Colors Used
  • OPI - You're Such a Budapest
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • NYC New York Color - NY Princess
  • Black Acrylic
I really need to make a tutorial for this bow design.  It looks so difficult, but yet is rather easy to do!  You start off with a base coat of whatever color your heart desires.  I picked white for this manicure.  When my base was dry, I used a dotting tool and created a dot close to the center of my nail.  Then with the dotting tool, I created two larger oval shapes, then two lines which drag down from the center dot.  It honestly looks awful when it's at this point, it's when the details are added that it actually looks like a bow.  Using a small nail art brush and black polish, out line the bow, and add the details.  Since my other nails were accented with polka dots, I decided to make my bow polka dotted as well.


My favorite part of this manicure was the accented middle finger.  I used NYC New York Color polish in NY Princess.  This polish is a gorgeous deep purple jelly with purple and blue glitters through out.  I used 3 thin coats on my nail, but you really could have gotten away with two.  The glitter placement was perfect on it's own.  It didn't clump or pool in any weird areas, which I was kind of expecting it to do when I noticed that it was suspended in a jelly.  Seriously love it, it's a jelly sandwich in a bottle!

What do you think?  Liking this manicure?

You can currently purchase these NYC polishes at your local drug stores for $1.99.  There are 5 others in the collection which I'm planing on using closer to Christmas.  I highly suggest that you run out and grab as many as you can because I swatched them all on a plate (I need to find my extra wheels), and holy gorgeousness.  When I find my wheels, I'll take a photo of all them!

Until next time, <3.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Bestie Twin Nails with Fashion Footing


Good morning polished world!!  How are you on this fine Friday?  It's freezing here!  We had a little snow here yesterday which was kind of pretty!  I love the first few snowfalls of the season, but after Christmas, it can just stop until next winter.

I do like winter though because of all the pretty glitter polishes that are released for the holiday sesaon.  So far, my current favorites are Bling and Mirrorball from Orly.  I have yet to use Mirrorball, but my Bestie Twin Nail partner in crime Amanda from Fashion Footing used her bottle and sent me pictures.  Ever since I've been dying to try it, but alas, the timing isn't right.

I did however get to use Bling for today's Bestie Twin Nail design with Amanda!  For our design this month, Amanda suggested this manicure by mrsbeck12 on Instagram.  At first I wasn't so sure since I'm not the biggest fan of gold, but after having the manicure on for not even a minute, I was in love and never wanted to take it off my nails!

Let's take a look!




Colors Used:
  • Orly - Bling
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Zoya - Maria Luisa
Amazing, right?  I'm so upset that I couldn't capture the true gorgeousness of Orly Bling.  Bling is a darker gold shimmer and microglitter with holo throughout.  I used three coats for full coverage, but I could have gotten away with two.  The sparkle and holo in this polish is just amazing.  Really, I don't have any other words for it other than amazing.  I loved how when it caught the light, the holo and sparkle blinged right through under that white.




Instead of using a gold glitter on our ring fingers, both Amanda and I decided to use Zoya Maria Luisa, which I think accented the manicure perfectly.  I've had this polish for close to a year and this is the first time that I've used it.  I'm kicking myself that I waited this long because it is so gorgeous.  Over the white, it looked so elegant.

What do you think?  Liking the design!?

Make sure to check out Amanda's mani!  Her's is just as awesome too!

Until next time, <3.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Least Favorite Polish, or in my case Nail Art

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing this fine Tuesday!?  Since it is Tuesday, that means it is time again for another Twinsie Tuesday.  I apologize that I skipped last week.  I thought I had time to do a manicure, but then beyond failed.

This week we are sharing our least favorite polish.  Now, I don't really have a least favorite polish, but I do have a least favorite look.  This in turn made me think that the polishes I used were my least favorite polishes.  That makes sense in my head so hopefully it makes sense to everyone reading this.

This manicure was inspired by this amazing one by The Nail Trail.  On her nails, it looks amazing, flawless, and perfect.  The colors are nice and light, and the lines are just perfect and crisp.  Mine, well it was too dark, messy lined, and just awful.  I would have loved it if I got my gradient to look like hers, instead mine was too dark and became my least favorite gradient.

Let's take a look!




I know this is the part where I say the colors I used were, but honestly, I do not remember what  I used.  I just know they were neons which I was hoping to get a perfect gradient like The Nail Trail's.  Seriously, how is hers so light and perfect!?  I need her to teach me her ways.

To get the look, I started with my white bases then applied the gradient.  Once my gradient was dried, I added the details using a striper brush.  When Hannah teaches me her gradient secrets, she can teach me her crisp line secrets also.  


Now that I'm looking at this photo, my pointer and pinkie aren't so bad, that middle finger though....bleck.  It had such potential too.  Seriously, Hannah's was perfect.  It just didn't wok on me.

What do you think?  Least favorite look?  Does it work for this weeks Twinsie Tuesday theme? 

Don't forget to check out the other Twinsie's posts!


Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
UntilAnna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Until next time, <3.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Roses Inspired by Magically Polished



Good morning polished world!  How are you all today?  I feel like I've been slacking when it comes to the blog lately, but after looking at my posting schedule, I'm right where I should be.  Well, we will ignore the fact that I have 3 posts of photos I still need to edit.  That can be a weekend project since it's FREEZING out.  Pretty sure I'm going to spend majority of my time in my Snuggie.

Today I am sharing with you a manicure I did before Halloween but didn't have time to post since I went straight into Halloween manicures.  It is a floral manicure which was inspired by this manicure by Magically Polished, formally known as Magnifique  Nails.  I fell in love with it so many months ago when she originally posted it.  I was so happy that I was able to get around to re-creating her awesome design!

Let's take a look!




Colors Used
  • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
  • INM - Zinnia
  • INM - Brighella
  • Zoya - Tilda
Can we take a moment to talk about how proud I am of my lines!?  I did that free hand!  First time ever I successfully did free hand stripes that looked that awesome!  I'm looking back at these photos now in awe that I was able to do so.  It's still kind of a shock to me.

The INM purples really worked amazingly together for these roses!  I started off using Zinnia, the lighter of the two and created the roses with a dotting tool.  Once the dots were dry, I went through with Brighella and a nail art brush and added the details of the roses.  Both polishes from INM are perfect for nail art!  


While I loved this manicure, I probably won't do it again for a while.  It took a long time to complete because of the dry time.  First I had to wait for the base to dry, then I had to wait for the black lines to dry, then the roses, then the roses details, then the petals.  Just one thing after the other that needed to dry before I could work on the next step or add a top coat.  It was worth it though.

What do you think?  Liking the look?

Time for me to get back under that Snuggie!  Until next time, <3.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Beauty Buffs - Color Block


Good morning everyone!  How are you all on this fine Wednesday.   I apologize that I was unable to post with the Twinsies yesterday for Twinsie Tuesday.  I hate when I have to miss a post, but when life gets crazy, there really aren't any other options.

I am here today though posting with The Beauty Buffs!  This week we are talking all about color blocking!  I love color block manicures!  I've tried to do them numerous times the past few months, and they were great until I went and applied my top coat.  I had a goopy bottle so it dragged the paint and ruined my crisp lines.  I never photographed them because I was just too embarrassed.  They literally came off two seconds after I completed them.

Finally after purchasing a new bottle of top coat, I was able to create an awesome color block manicure.  I'm really happy with how it turned out!  Let's take a look!




Colors Used:
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Faby - Plastic Jewels and Neon Lights
  • Faby - Sakiko's Time
I really love the colors I used for this color block manicure.  A few weeks ago, I received some polishes from Faby.  Faby is a company out of Italy which is new to the United States.  I've used Black is Black numerous times and love it, so I was excited to start using the colored polishes they sent me!

These two did not disappoint.  Plastic Jewels and Neon Lights is such a fun, bright turquoise cream polish, and Sakiko's Time is a gorgeous purple, grey cream.  The two polishes compliment each other perfectly.  Now, you know me, my primary concern is if the polishes are good for nail art.  My verdict for these Faby's: they're awesome!!  I used my nail art brush to fill in the empty spaces for the color block.  Both were very opaque and applied evenly.  I didn't have a problem with them drying too fast, so when I pulled my tape off, I didn't have any little strings left behind! 



I really love Sakiko's Time.  It's such a unique shade of purple that my collection was really lacking.  I can't wait to use it as a base for some Winter manicures.  Can you believe I'm already talking about Winter manicures??

What do you think?  Liking this color block?  Have you ever used a Faby polish?

Don't forget to check out the other awesome posts!



An InLinkz Link-up

Until next time, <3.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November Nail Artist of the Month: The Naily Mail!

Good morning polished world!  Happy November!  I can't believe that it's already November.  Of course, it started off with a bang here with cold rainy weather.  I think there were even some wet snowflakes in the air.  Before we know it, we're going to have inches on the ground and we're going to be celebrating Christmas!

Since it is the first post of the month, that means that it is time to let another talented lady take over the blog for the Nail Artist of the Month feature!  This month I am pleased to introduce you all to Lauren from The Naily Mail!  I have been following Lauren for quite some time and only recently did the two of us discover that we weren't following each others Instagram accounts.  Not only could I believe that I wasn't following her Instagram, but I couldn't believe that I hadn't featured here on The Little Canvas yet!

Now it is her turn!  Let's take a look at her awesome manicure!
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Hello, The Little Canvas readers! I feel so privileged to have been chosen as Alaina's Nail Artist of the Month. I am a huge fan of her nail art so was incredibly happy when I found out that she was a fan of mine too! Just a little bit about me; I'm Lauren, a 22 year young nail blogger from the UK. I have been blogging for nearly two years and I can honestly say that starting a blog is one of the best decisions I have ever made. One of my favourite things about it is getting to know others that share my enthusiasm for nail art :)

 My favourite type of nail art is mosaic, they take a lot of time and patience to do, but they are 100% worth it in the end! I usually paint them freehand, you can do them with striping tape but I prefer doing it freehand as that way I have more control over the sizes and shapes of the mosaic 'pieces'. So today, if it wasn't obvious enough already, I've got a mosaic design to show you, with a gradient integrated too!



I went for an autumnal colour scheme and used all Barry M polishes for this mani: Mustard, Paprika, Chilli, and Matt White. I added a few round gold studs and then finished it off my my new favourite top coat, Seche Vite (I've only recently tried this, I can't believe I went so long without it!).


I think this design looks more complicated than it actually is - the key is patience! I couldn't bring myself to remove this design, it's definitely one of my favourites, I say that about nearly every piece of mosaic nail art I do though! I hope you like it! If you want to know a bit more about how to do this design, or if you would like a tutorial please feel free to ask :) I want to show you one of my previous mosaic designs too, it's Gaudi themed, inspired by my trip to Barcelona this summer, and inspired the autumn gradient mosaic above. You can read more about it here. Do you have a favourite?


Thank you so much for this opportunity Alaina, I really hope you and your readers enjoyed my post :)
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When Lauren told me she was doing a mosaic design, I pictured something COMPLETELY different in my mind.  This is beyond words!  So much better than anything I pictured!!!  I need to attempt this soon!!!

Please make sure to follow Lauren's Blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!  You will not be disappointed!

Thank you Lauren for creating such an awesome, perfectly fall themed manicure!  I'm really loving it!

Until next time, <3.