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The Daily Polish

21 Nov

Once in a while, I come up with a nail polish combination that I kind of want to just stare at all day. This is one of those combinations. I love it. L-O-V-E.

I may or may not have done my nails four times this weekend. I was trying out some new polishes I was sent recently, and I wasn’t loving any of it. Then I did a manicure for a friend, and was kind of jealous of it, which lead to this creation. Essie Carry On from the fall collection and Sephora by OPI Traffic Stopper Copper glitter.

It feels like toasted marshmallows on my nails. Or something.


Have polish, will travel

28 Jul

I’ve decided to take the Daily Polish on the road.

Want a signature fancy and/or not-that-fancy manicure from yours truly? Live somewhere in Montreal that’s accessible by public transportation? Keep an assortment of baked goods in your fridge at all times?

Just kidding about that last one. Sort of.

Contact me here. Or, read on.

Here’s the scoop:

$20 will get you some cuticle action (only if it’s necessary to do my part of the job), some nail shaping filing action (again, only if it’s necessary), a nifty hand massage and a single colour manicure.

I finish all my manicures with a brush full of acetone to perfect my lines and cuticle oil.

$30¬†will get you some cuticle action (only if it’s necessary to do my part of the job), some filing action (again, only if it’s necessary), a nifty hand massage and a fancy manicure.

What is a fancy manicure you ask? Anything that involves nail art of any kind, designs, bedazzles, glitter, French tips or whatever else I can come up with to make you look at your nails and never want to stop looking at them ever.

See below for a menu, of sorts.

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A few more things to note:

1. Fancy manicures take a lot more time. So make sure you have it. About an hour.

2. I’ll come to you if you got a minimum of 5 peeps getting they nails done. Not sure why I needed to explain this one in gangster talk. If you’re one or two peeps, you gotta come to my house.

3. Cash, cash and cash. And exact cash.

4. I have over 60 colours of nail polish. If there’s something specific you want, either a colour or a design, email me beforehand to discuss. Find my deets in the contact page on this here blog.

5. I work 9-5. Hence and forthwith, I’m only available evenings and weekends.

6. I don’t do toes.

The Daily Polish

28 Jul

I’m so over traditional French manicures. They have reached the tacky level for me.

I got an actual pedicure yesterday, and the woman beside me was getting a French manicure AND pedicure. I wanted to stop her and shove a bottle of OPI’s Cajun Shrimp into her hands. But that would have been rude, right?

I judge. I know.

But a variation on the classic white and neutral pink is right up my alley. Like this. Essie’s Princess Pink with black Konad tips. It takes a prissy colour and badasses it up a bit. I also added a Deborah Lippman matte topcoat. I’m not always in the mood for shimmery polish, so a matte topcoat takes it down a notch.

Still don’t know how I make (almost) perfect French tips? Check out my system here.



The Daily Polish

26 Jul

I’ve been experimenting with bedazzles.

I did this for my friend Nathalie from Dans la cabine. The purple is Color Club in Mrs. Robinson and has been making a lot of repeat performances this summer. I also use a Color Club clear lacquer as an adhesive for the sparkles and sequins. It came in my Nail Art Boudoir Collection.


I tried something a little different on myself. Essie’s Turquoise & Caicos with some nail art. I used a nail art pen to make the white stripe and those are supposed to be white gemstones. But look more like eyeballs. Unfortunately. Maybe seashells?

Nope. Totally eyeballs.


The Daily Polish

9 Jun

No fancy designs today. Just a summer-y colour. Essie’s California Coral.

The Daily Polish

6 Jun

This is the second version of this manicure. I did a great job on Saturday with a pink polish from Inglot, but then I cleaned the bathroom. And that was the end of that.

Version number two is Essie’s Jamaica Me Crazy and French tips with Konad special polish, in white. Obviously.

Also, this is the most international manicure I’ve done yet. Jamaica. France. Get it?

My fellow polish addict, Rapha, told me it looks like liquid paper. I took no offence. It kind of does.

The Daily Polish

30 Mar

With my upcoming trip to Panama, I was feeling sort of beach-y and came up with this ocean-y, mermaid-y colour combo. It’s subtle, but it feels kind of tropical, don’t you think? With French tips that look like waves? Is that enough question marks in one paragraph yet?

The base is Turquoise and Caicos from Essie and the tips are Ocean Love potion from Sephora by OPI.