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Beauty Swellness: My 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon mani


Stripes for my Tips Nail Bar marathon manicure by Leeanne Colley! You know, to lead me straight to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon finish line!

The nail look is from the Opening Ceremony runway. Leeanne used CND Shellac in Cream Puff, Black Pool and Gotcha, and Gelish in Mali-Blu Me Away.

I love it. It feels fresh and crisp and works well for my travels next week after the race.

Leave a Comment October 16, 2015

Beauty Swellness: Kenzo manicure

Kenzo mani

“I’ve never pulled so many colours for a mani!” said Naomi Misu of Tips Nail Bar as she got ready to start my manicure.

Yes, it’s that time again — I’m running the Goodlife Toronto Marathon (this is the second time I’m running the Toronto Marathon) on Sunday and so I went in to get a “marathon mani” at  Tips Nail Bar. I didn’t have anything in mind last week but I started surfing the internet and thought of my Kenzo sweatshirt with the tiger on it. So I googled Kenzo and come across some nail art, but none featured the tiger. I also came across some fantastic Kenzo pants in a bright leopard print.

So I talked to Leeanne Colley, owner of  Tips Nail Bar, and said I’d like the Kenzo tiger, the eye, and the K (I’d actually almost bought the K sweater winter before last, I liked the K given my name is Karen) and mentioned that I liked the bright leopard print. She told me bluntly that the tiger would be very tough to do…

But then whaddya know…she sets me up with Naomi, who looked at all the elements I said I  liked and then incorporated them all into this killer Kenzo manicure. Took less than 2.5 hours (a big chunk of that time devoted to the tiger).

Kenzo manicure (right hand)

Love it. And love that she put one K on each hand…”as in KK, your initials!” says Naomi.

Now I’m pretty sure I need to download “Eye of the Tiger” as a power song for my marathon. Anyhow, no matter how the race goes, these nails are a personal best.

Kenzo manicure (left hand)


Leave a Comment April 30, 2015

Beauty Swellness: The Nail Report: My bouncy “marathon” manicure

I ran the Around the Bay 30k race in Hamilton yesterday, but priorities, ladies. First things first (my race report can wait!) — what did my nails look like for the race!?


Nail-job craving: As always, I want something fun and energetic for running a race. Given that I was in Barbados until late Friday, I actually didn’t think I was going to be able to get a manicure at Tips Nail Bar for the race, but the idea was depressing me. I was particularly stressed about this race and the idea of it going horribly AND not at least having an awesome manicure was givin’ me mega anxiety (I know, those are some real problems I am faced with…feel my pain). A panicked text to Tips’ Leeanne Colley and we figured out I could come in Saturday morning (you know, rather than sleep and rest for race, I’m up early to get my nails done!).

How I satisfied that craving: Naomi and Leeanne both worked on my nails btw. I liked this racerback-esque look I’d seen — and for colours and application this is how the ladies created the look: Shellac in Cream Puff (the white) all over the base of the nail, then the hot pink semi-circles in Artistic Color Gloss in Owned, followed by the nude Artistic Color Gloss called Posh.

How this nail colour make me feel: My friend took one look at my nails and said “Bouncy!” which is exactly how they look (tennis ball-esque, non?) and feel to me!

Love it or hate it: Love. My bouncy nails helped me bounce happily to the finish line!

1 Comment March 25, 2013

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