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Nail Art Tutorial: Mummy Nails

Mummy Nails Nail Art Tutorial & SwatchesToday’s Hallowe’en nail art: Mummy Nails!

I decided to put a little spin on it. I tried to go the underground-graphic-novel route for my mummy nail art.

Classic mummy nails consist of more horizontal lines, but, as you can see, I changed it up by adding lots of thick diagonal and vertical lines. I felt like this gave it more of a wrapped and comic-sketched feel.

This is another design that’s super simple to do – you need 3 colours and it’s just freehand lines and dots.

Plus the cool thing about giving them red eyes is that if you accidentally smear them while putting on a top coat (like I did), it actually gives them that bloody-eye look, which is tres chic avec les momies, n’est pas? 😛

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Nail Art Tutorial: Rainbow & Cloud Nails

Rainbow & Cloud Nail Art Tutorial & SwatchesDo you remember the last time you were on Cloud 9?

I was on Cloud 10 with these Rainbow & Cloud Nails. Did them many weeks ago, but I’m only posting it now. It’s been a few days since my last nail post, so it’s about time!

You may remember me sharing my Dotty Nails that I did when I was just playing around with my new dotting tools. This manicure was done perhaps a few days after that one.

I always wanted to try my hand at rainbow nails, but i thought my hands would be too shaky to draw smooth arcs for each colour.

Using a dotting tool is very easy and the way the dots come out in various sizes depending on the tip and how much pressure you apply makes the end result more interesting to me than perfect arcs anyway.

Plus using a dotting tool is as much fun as popping bubble wrap! (I swear there must be some sort of gaseous substance in each bubble that makes the popping act seem so addictive! :P)

Hope you try this and share with me any of your dotty manicures! It’s cool when you can design a picture using just dots. I’d love to see what you can come up with!

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Nail Art Tutorial: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Nails

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Nails Tutorial & SwatchesSometimes inspiration hits me between the eyes when I least expect it. *Ouch* Hehe…

Originally I was just going to do some nail stamping with Bundle Monster Image Plate BM-206. But when I finished my nails, the more I looked at the pattern, the more I thought about Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles! (I used to watch that show with my brother when I was little.)

The nail-art light bulb turned on. Eureka! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Nails were born!

From index finger to pinkie, let me introduce you to the pizza-eating-ass-whooping-sewage-dwelling crew: Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo.

This design is extremely easy to do, and it’s pretty fast to do, too. However, the one major drawback of this nail art is that it requires lots of different polish colours.

But…for those who have the supplies, I’d love for you to try it out and show me how yours turn out! 🙂

And before I continue…I have one very important thing to say: Heroes in a half shell! Turtle power! 😛 Haha, I’m such a nerd, I know…

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Nail Art Tutorial: Ladybug Nails

Ladybug Nails Nail Art TutorialThis is what I wore over the weekend.

These Ladybug Nails were so easy to do, and you just need 3 colours of polish. Chances are that you already have these in your stash.

If you’re looking for simple nail art, this is definitely it. There aren’t many steps, and you don’t have to be good at drawing. It’s just dots, stripes, and painting the tip of your nails.

Some designs are more complicated and can be a challenge replicating it using your non-dominant hand. The ladybug nail art is easy-peasy to do on both hands. You just need the right tools.

I got this idea from a cutepolish YouTube video, which I’ll link to at the bottom of my post.

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Canada Day Nails: Using OPI Red Shatter, OPI White Shatter, OPI Alpine Snow & Nubar Sensual Red (Review & Swatches)

Canada Day Nail Art Swatches Using OPI Red Shatter & OPI White Shatter PolishToday is Canada Day – our country turns 144 years old! (That’s a lot of candles on the birthday cake!) What better time than to have Canada Day Nails?

Swatch And Learn is proudly a Canadian blog, but we get more visitors from the United States than from Canada interestingly enough!

And we also have many wonderful visitors who reside outside Canada and the United States.

We’re very grateful that you turned to Swatch And Learn for honest reviews, makeup swatches, and funny little anecdotes sprinkled throughout.

So, wherever you are, let’s celebrate the holiday together!

Since red and white are the patriotic colors of Canada, I thought that this was only fitting to finally crack out my bottles of OPI Red Shatter, OPI White Shatter, Nubar Sensual Red, and OPI Alpine Snow. Continue reading


Nail Art Tutorial: Watermelon Nails (Using Nubar Fire Sparkle, China Glaze Watermelon Rind, OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Black Onyx & Orly Nail Guides)

Summer Watermelon Nail Art Tutorial & SwatchesMy past 5 consecutive blog posts have all been about nail polish, and this lacquer train isn’t stopping yet!

Whenever nail polish is concerned, I find it incredibly fun and creative. Hope you do, too. Have you done any nail art?

Since we’re entering summer soon and since I wanted to bust out several colors I bought a long time ago, I thought it was a good time to share my Watermelon Nail Art with you.

I almost didn’t post it because it turned out verrrry sloppy. But, y’know what? It’s not about having the perfect manicure. It’s about having fun and realizing that as long as you enjoy wearing it, that’s all that matters. 🙂

Sure, it’s definitely not the neatest. And I had to use a dotting tool instead of a proper striping brush or nail-art pen (hence the shaky white lines and crappy black seeds). But the results still brought a smile to my face and made me want to eat some watermelon.

If you try this, please share your photos of it with me. I love seeing other people getting creative!

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Nubar Indigo Illusion Swatches & Review

Nubar Indigo Illusion Swatches smallerIn my last post, I showed you an Argyle Konadicure featuring Nubar Indigo Illusion. Now it’s time to show off this baby solo without any cover-ups or push-ups.

I definitely have a weakness for multichrome nail polish because it feels like you’re wearing more than one polish all at the same time. If you’re the type of person who gets tired easily of a color, give multichromes a chance!

Depending on how the light hits and the angle of your nails, with Nubar Indigo Illusion, you’ll be able to see blue, pinkish-purple, and green!

Gotta give kudos to Nubar – they have tons of amazing duochrome and multichrome colors. While some brands shy away from unconventional hues, Nubar goes full throttle! Continue reading