Canucks Nails!

3 Jun

In case I have readers who don’t know, I’m based in Vancouver, and the Canucks are in the Stanley Cup finals! Canucks fever is absolutely palpable in the atmosphere, and I’m loving every second of it. My celebratory walk frolic down Granville Street after our Game 1 win was exciting and nostalgic – brings back memories of the 2010 Winter Olympics. For my friends who are fans and are out of the country right now, I’m sorry that I’m rubbing it in your face a little bit. Miss you, and wish you were here to celebrate with the rest of us!

I’ve been planning to do a Canucks manicure for a while, and even tried out a few things but failed MISERABLY. I ended up simplifying the design down to just blocks of colour and stripes, like the bottom of the jersey. Simple enough? It’s really nothing spectacular. But it still took me forever. And you don’t even want to see what my right hand looks like (horrific, the white lines are not straight at all). BUT WHATEVER. At least it looks Canucks-esque.

I’ve blogged about the blue and green before – Orly La Playa and OPI Jade is the New Black, respectively. The white stripes were done with the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen. It looks like a felt pen with a narrow tip and dispenses a rather watery liquid. I call it a liquid and not lacquer because it behaves a little differently than typical nail polish. When I use the pen over top coat (which is completely dry), I am able to scratch off the white stripes without disturbing the polish underneath. This is brilliant for nail art because you can fix mistakes very easily. Obviously, you’ll want to seal in the pen’s design with a layer of top coat afterwards.

If I was patient enough, or my hand steady enough (probably both), I would have drawn in the little white hockey stick…but the stripes were hard enough as it is. I guess I’m just not cut out for nail art! But for my team, I will at least try :)



6 Responses to “Canucks Nails!”

  1. Jen June 3, 2011 at 5:41 PM #

    I love this! Ive been musing over a Canucks themed mani ever since they got into the finals – I just need to pick up some green nail polish (its the one colour I don’t own)

    • Gigi June 4, 2011 at 2:26 PM #

      Thank you for reading! Definitely pick some up and do a Canucks manicure yourself :) We girls can’t grow playoff beards so I guess the only thing we can do to show our support is wear ‘nucks garb and paint our nails in team colours :p hehe

  2. Sherl June 4, 2011 at 1:38 PM #

    Great nail polish application! You should do a nail application video. I live in Vancouver as well and I was wondering where you got your Orly nail polishes from. I haven’t looked that hard, but I have never seen them in town before. Hope that Canucks win tonight! :-)

    • Gigi June 4, 2011 at 2:24 PM #

      Thank you! I’m planning to do either a post or video on nail polish application in the near future as I get quite a few questions about it. I got this Orly shade at Winners, but I’ve seen it occasionally being sold at Shoppers Drug Mart (haven’t seen them in a while though).They also sell newer Orly collections at Spa Boutique at 3630 West 4th Ave (you can also from their website), and probably at some other salons or spas.

      Yes I hope they win too! I’m actually on my way out the door now to head downtown to watch the game. :)

  3. Tracy June 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM #

    Finally a great nail polish blog based in Vancouver! I live here too and can never find all the great polishes the American blogs rave about so I’m loving the fact that you are in Vancouver.

    I will now be checking your blog daily =)

    • Gigi June 17, 2011 at 2:38 AM #

      Haha thank you! Feel free to shoot me any questions about where I got my polishes from. I totally feel your pain. Americans have it so much better when it comes to nail polishes! :p

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