Monday, May 30, 2016

Clear Jelly Stamper Sweet Treats Stamping Plate

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Hey there!  Today I have a delicious looking mani to show you that was done really easily thanks to Clear Jelly Stamper's invention of clear stampers AND layered stamping plates.  This plate, CJS LC-01, also known as Sweet Treats, was designed in collaboration with the always-stellar @madamluck.  Her stamping is always on point and so is this plate!  I'm getting hungry just looking at these photos again.  Keep reading to see all the cute images available on Clear Jelly Stamper's first collaboration plate.

Friday, May 27, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Hot Pink

Hey there!  For this week's 40 Great Nail Art Ideas, we're all rocking some hot pink nails.  My personal prompt was sponging so I did some random neon pink sponging under some cute flamingo stamping.  I left my accent nails without sponging so I cute show off a single bright pink flamingo.  I have quite the collection of hot pinks so it was hard for me to pick just one so I picked two instead.  Keep reading to see which two I used.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

UberChic Beauty Fabulous Feathers Stamping Plate

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Hey there!  Today I have a quick post to show you one of UberChic Beauty's latest mini plates, Fabulous Feathers.  I adore feather designs, maybe because I'm allergic to pretty much every animal under the sun except for birds.  I love feather designs so much that I did a peacock mani for my first ever blog post and I've been doing them ever since without ever tiring of them.  This plate has a few different peacock feather images and tons of others.  I don't know how Brittany does it but she keeps coming up with awesome designs with great quality which is why UberChic is consistently the plates I go to when I'm looking to stamp.  Keep reading to see all the details on this new plate.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cupcake Polish Color4Nails Exclusives (Enchanted/Whimsy)

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Hey there!  Today I have a couple of swatches of Cupcake Polishes that are exclusive to Color4Nails called Enchanted and Whimsy.   Cupcake Polish is a 3-free indie brand based out of Dallas, Texas.  I was already a fan of Cupcake Polish's colors but, in addition to being beautiful shades to looks at,  these two seem to have an even better formula than I'm used to from them which is a nice bonus.  Before I get to all the details, it is important to note that both of these shades are a one-time run which means they won't be restocked so, if you're interested, get them before they're gone.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Manis for Rose from Manicured & Marvelous

Hey there!  Today's post is meant to send my fellow Digit-al Dozen-er, Rose of Manicured & Marvelous, all sorts of good feels and healing vibes as she's dealing with some pretty crappy health stuff.  Jessica of Be Happy Buy Polish put together a group of us to recreate some of Rose's designs to cheer her up.  I'm such a big fan of Rose's nail art that it was really fun to go back through her Instagram feed and see all her looks.  Seriously, her nails and her art practically make me drool!  I picked a sexy dotticure from over two years ago to recreate.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

HPB Presents Neutrals & Neons

Hey there!  A second Sunday post?  Yes!  I've been feeling like a slacking blogger lately so I decided to write up another post today while I'm just hanging out watching Netflix.  This month, the lovely group of ladies known as the Hobby Polish Bloggers is having a link up with a Neutrals & Neons theme.  I love neons and I'm lucky enough to have snagged the pipe dream polish ANIVC collection before it was discontinued and the newest collection, Mellowed Out Cremes, which happens to have a neutral creme in it called unwind so I mixed up the two collections here.  I can't decide which of my designs worked out better that both combined these colors, the Uber Mat and some striping tape so I'm posting two.  You can decide which you like better :-)

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Music

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Hey there!  For the second time in a row, I'm late for my 40 Great Nail Art Ideas post.  I don't know what's up with me lately with getting posts written.  The nails are done, the photos are cropped, I just can't find the words to describe them I guess.  But, better late than never, here is my mani for this week's music theme.  Originally I had done a goofy one for a song I don't love but that is crazy catchy but changed my mind about it (though I'll still post it on my Instagram later today) and decided to use another one of the new Clear Jelly Stamper layered stamping plates instead.  After all, it is the Music and Notes plate and it was sitting in front of me waiting to be used.  It was pretty much fate.  AND it allowed me to do a song that I enjoy much more.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Clear Jelly Stamper Under The Sea Stamping Plate

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Hey there!  As I mentioned last week, I was recently sent the latest Clear Jelly Stamper layered stamping plates to test out.  Today I have a mani I did with CJS09, also known as the Under The Sea plate.  I always love underwater scenes on my nails and this plate made it super easy.  Keep reading to hear all about it.  

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

NCLA Color4Nails Exclusive - Lolanthe Swatch and Review

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Hey there!  Mark May 22nd on your calendar because that's the day you can get the latest Color4Nails exclusive polish.  Lolanthe will be the first Color4Nails exclusive from NCLA, a 7-free and cruelty-free luxury brand.  This purple holographic really is stunning.  In an age when a lot of brands have released holo polishes, its nice when you find one whose color and formula can still wow you.  This is that polish.  Just look at the bottle in my photos to get a feeling for the rainbows that Lolanthe will show you!  Keep reading to hear more about my thoughts.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Delush Polish High and Mightea Swatches and Stamping

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Hey there!  Recently I was sent a few polishes from Delush Polish's latest release to review.  To quote Delush Polish, the  High and Mightea collection is "inspired by the quintessential British tradition of high tea, our collection invites you to indulge in our guilt free menu of whimsical color combinations and delicious bakery infused scented cuticle oils. Prepare to be transported to a London tea room where your senses will savor the rich and flavorsome long time tradition."  I think this is such a cute theme for a collection and her polishes (and, especially the names) really embody the spirit of a fun yet classy tea time.

I also received the newest stamping plate from Delush Polish, also named High & Mightea, that I did four easy stamping manis with.  Keep reading to find all the details.  

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy/40 Great Nail Art Ideas does Neon

Hey there!  Today's post is a triple (almost quadruple) theme combo - these are always nice and challenging.  If you've been following along this week, you'll know that The Digit-al Dozen's theme all week has been Whimsy.  There's been a long running suggestion (longer than I've been around) in the group of doing a unicorn silhouette week that sounds like it came from a reader suggestion.  A lot of us have jumped on that idea because there's been quite a few unicorns flying about this week.  So that's the first 1.5 themes.  For the other two, we have the neon theme from 40 Great Nail Art Ideas where I had the personal prompt of splatter.  So I've combined the whole bunch and did this neon unicorn stamping with splatter accents.  AND it works extra well because I used pipe dream polish ANIVC and there's always been a lot of unicorn chatter in the pipe dream polish Facebook group.  Maybe one of you can help me with how that started...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Cute CJS-10 Caterpillar

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Hey there!  For today's Digit-al Dozen Whimsy design, I have a last minute addition to the line up.  I'll include a photo of my original mani at the end but I wasn't really happy with it since I've been failing at painting stamping decals lately.  Luckily I was just sent some of the newest Clear Jelly Stamper layered stamping plates to review and they're designed to look like decals without relying on me being able to paint within the lines.  A couple of these plates are adorable so I was torn between which one to use for a Whimsy mani.  I opted to use CJS-10, called Baby Bugs & Bees...even the name is cute!  I'm not sure cute is enough to be considered whimsical but, come on, that caterpillar has a face...that screams whimsy, right?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy: Fairy Nail Stamping

Hey there!  To continue with my interpretation of our Digit-al Dozen Whimsy theme, I have another mythical creature. Fairies are mighty whimsical, in my opinion, so they were on my list of things to do for this week from the beginning.  A couple of my DD friends have already done some ridiculously beautiful...and I do mean BEAUTIFUL fairy manis that I encourage you to check out.  Cathy's are here and Cheyenne's are here and they both are breathtaking.  I thought my shiny base was pretty but it pales in comparison.  Luckily nail art isn't a competition so I'm not embarrassed to post these fairies on my attempt at an opal base.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Whimsical Trees

Hey there!  As I said yesterday, I was at a bit of a loss when it came to this week's Digit-al Dozen theme of Whimsy.  So I hit up Google and this image popped up and I thought maybe I could freehand it onto my nails.  The best part is that I got to be accidental twinsies with Ashley since she did the same image yesterday.  Hers look way more fun and whimsical though...mine looks more like a demonic octopus.  But a demonic octopus is whimsical in its own way, right?

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Mermaids

Hey there!  It's time for a new Digit-al Dozen week and we have a doozy of a theme - Whimsy.  I can't even tell you how much time I spent googling what whimsy could mean and never really got a satisfying answer.  But I settled on it meaning anything playful, fun or odd so I did a bit of everything this week.  I couldn't get mythical creatures out of my head when I thought of whimsy so I did a lot of them starting with today's mermaids.  I never get sick of mermaid nail art and I went all out on these ones...glitter with lots of stamping and bling!  It's maybe a bit much but I'm rarely one for subtlety.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Floral

Hey there!  Ahhhhh for the first time ever, I'm late with a 40 Great Nail Art Ideas post...I'm so sorry!  But I'm back tonight with a quick post about our Floral theme.  Normally for florals, I'd be all about the stamping but I wanted to do a dotting floral mani sort of in the style of two of my friends, Debbie and Lindsey.  Mine is way simpler than anything they would do but they got skillz I don't have.  Maybe one day I'll get there :-)  

Friday, May 6, 2016

UberChic Beauty Collection 9 Review

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Hey there!  It's an exciting's the release of a new UberChic Beauty stamping plate collection.  Collection 9 is a 3 plate set with a summer feel without being a strictly summer collection.  I've really enjoyed Brittany's collections since the beginning because there's no set theme to them.  This was the final product Brittany passed onto me when I met her in February and I've been sitting on them waiting to share them since then...that's two months!  I'm so happy that she's released them today so I can finally play with them.  I have 6 manis that I've done with them so far.  I hope they can provide a bit of inspiration for what you can do with this collection.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Clouds With Geometric Stamping

Hey there!  Today's post isn't a review post, it isn't a group challenge post - it's something I wore just for me...woohoo!  My sister watches Big Brother Canada and one night when she was watching I thought that the confessional room backdrop would make a great stamping mani.  I knew that I had a stamping image similar to the pattern and knew just where it was... on Delush Polish's DP02 stamping plate.  Here's my nails but, if you keep reading, you can see a photo I took of my TV when my sister was watching so you can see if I succeeded in recreating the background.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Celestial Cosmetics Color4Nails Exclusives and March LE

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Hey there!  Today I have swatches of three Celestial Cosmetics polishes, two of which are exclusive to Color4Nails.  Color4Nails has introduced me to a lot of great brands and Celestial Cosmetics is definitely one of them.  This indie brand from Australia makes hand-mixed, 5-free, cruelty-free polishes of great quality.  I might be mistaken but Celestial Cosmetics was the first brand that I was aware of that did a Color4Nails exclusive collection (The Seven Kingdoms collection, way back in 2013).  I purchased some of those back then and I continue to enjoy the Celestial/C4N collaborations.  Celestial Cosmetics also does monthly limited edition polishes that Color4Nails stocks and, although it is May, today I have a swatch of March's LE polish.

Monday, May 2, 2016

UberChic Beauty Paris In Love Stamping Plate

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Hey there!  I have the last of the current mini UberChic Beauty stamping plates to review today.  I did a mani with the new Paris In Love plate and I absolutely really like how it turned out.  I even enlisted the help of a new francophone friend of mine to do the translating for me.  You would think that after 8 years of French class that I'd know at least a bit of the language but nope, languages and my brain are definitely not best friends.  However, despite my lack of French skills, I still love this plate.  Have a look...