Friday, July 29, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Festivals

Hey there!  It's time for another 40 Great Nail Art Ideas post.  This week we're doing Festivals/Hippies/Travel, a bit of a mishmash theme.  I decided to do a nail look that might be cool at a music festival.  It's been many years since I went to a festival.  I used to go to a lot of local music events but that was before Coachella and the like became so popular.  Since I'm so out of the loop on what would be cool, I decided to use Bundle Monster's Festival stamping collection (previously reviewed here).  Since this collection is all about festivals it must fit our theme this week, right?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sharing The Love For @ane_li

Hey there!  Today's post is a sad one.  As I'm sure most people know by now, the nail art community recently lost a star, @ane_li on Instagram.  This girl was only 18 years old and such an inspiration to so many of us.  In her memory, we're doing re-creations of her art.  I can't come close to her perfection but wanted to honour her as best I could.  To see everyone's tributes or tag one of your own, you can use the hashtag #sharingtheloveforaneli.

Friday, July 22, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Nude + Color

Hey there!  I'm writing this from the past since I want to make sure I don't break my perfect track record for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas posts so I'm actually scheduling a post (I'm not usually organized enough to do that).  This week we're doing Nude + Color so I broke out the pipe dream polish Mellowed Out Cremes since the collection includes a nude and a bunch of color.  I had the personal prompt of swirls so I did a swirly water marble and then stamped even more swirls on top of it.  I hope you like it!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bow Polish Magnetic Swatches

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Hey there!  When Color4Nails announced that they were going to be the exclusive North American distributor for Bow Polish's new magnetic line of polishes I just knew there were going to be some that I was going to jump on as soon as possible which is exactly what I did.  I purchased half the collection but when I received my order I was pleasantly shocked to see the entire collection included so I'm posting the whole thing here.  The Bow Polish magnetics are really cool because there's two different finishes in this collection, the first being a straight up metallic finish (as all the magnetics I've tried before are) and the second being more of a shimmer-y, flakey finish.  I'll go into more of the difference between them below.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

UberChic Beauty Collection 10 Review

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Hey there!  Second vacation post in a row, woohoo!  I guess after I get a few hours of pure Alberta sun, I'm worn out and need some inside time.  At least this time I've been keeping up with my sunblock so I'm not a toasted tomato!  Now that I'm chilling indoors, it's time to post this review of UberChic Beauty's Collection 10.  As usual UberChic Beauty has brought us a fun collection with all sorts of images.  Her collections never stick with a certain theme which is exactly why I like them.  I never know exactly what I want to put on my nails so, when starting a new mani, I do gravitate towards flipping through UberChic's collections for inspiration.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Powder Perfect Bermuda Triangle Trio Swatches

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Hey there!  I'm on vacation this week but I may have been going through just enough Pokemon withdrawal that I drove 50 km to the nearest big-ish town to 1. try to catch some Pokemon and 2. write up a quick blog post.  I wanted to share the Powder Perfect Bermuda Triangle Trio that is currently available at Color4Nails since it is such a cute summer mini-collection of three perfectly bright, but not neon, cremes.  I liked them so much that I even brought them with me for my week away, even though I swatched them awhile ago.

Friday, July 15, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Insects

Hey there!  This week's 40 Great Nail Art Ideas prompt is a fun one - insects!  Or maybe it's just a fun one for me since I have a strange love/hate relationship with bugs.  On one hand, I hate them buzzing around me but, on the other hand, I kind of enjoy hunting them down and taking photos of them at the lake (it's a good way to play with my macro lens for something other than my nails).  I had tried to do some beetle nails for this week but they were a fail so my sister suggested mosquitoes with splatter and I took her advice, as you can see.

The Digit-al Dozen does Fashion - Weathergirl Dress

Hey there!  Ugh, I hate to sound negative but I'm so unmotivated to write this final Digit-al Dozen Fashion Week post since this mani is so sloppy.  I fully own my imperfections and know my nails and clean up are never perfect but this one was just lazy.  But I like the idea so I'm sticking with it.  I was inspired by the "weathergirl dress".  Sheila of Pointless Cafe posted a pic awhile back of her in it and she looked fabulous!  Now I want one!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Fashion - Tribal Leggings

Hey there!  I've been saying all week that my last couple Digit-al Dozen Fashion week posts weren't my favourite ever and we've hit that point.  If I remember correctly, both me and my sister thought these tights would make for some good nail art so I did some stamping loosely based on it.  I know there's some ladies out there who would rock this pattern freehand but I am so not that girl!  The biggest issue is that I obviously thought the tights were more neon than they were so my colors don't match at all.  Oh well, that why we call these things "inspired by" instead of "perfect recreations" right?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Fashion - Swirl Dress

Hey there!  Today's Digit-al Dozen Fashion Week post is another dress I found while searching Pinterest for ideas.  I absolutely love the pattern on this fabric...possibly because it gave me an excuse to do a technique that I recently heard of.  The water marble queen, My Simple Little Pleasures on YouTube, published a technique that she called a drip marble last month and it is awesome!  You can create some super cool patterns relatively easily.  You can find her video here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Fashion - Floral Dress

Hey there!  Today's Digit-al Dozen fashion post was inspired by one of the dresses I saw on Pinterest when just searching for "dresses" or "fashion" since I'm fashion-illiterate.  There is absolutely zero percent chance that I could ever wear a dress like this (it would be a shirt on me) but I loved the flowers on it and tried to emulate them on my nails with some Sharpie nail art.  I wasn't really in love with these when I did them but looking at the photos now, I actually quite like them!

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Fashion - Sailor Stripes

Hey there!  It's time for this month's Digit-al Dozen theme.  I'm not gonna lie.  This is not a theme I have any insight into.  We're doing Fashion and, if I were to do a week worth's of manis for my personal style, we'd have 5 days of solids colors (mostly black or grey) with maybe a day of stripes.  So I hit the internet and found some outfits I could use as inspiration.  Funny enough, the first one I have is, in fact, stripes.

Friday, July 8, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Pink and Aqua

Hey there!  Today's 40 Great Nail Art Ideas post combines one of my favourite colors with my favourite pattern.  Our group color theme is pink and aqua (I LOVE aqua...the color, not the band) and my personal prompt was stripes.  I'm a pretty plain person but if you look at my clothing or my decorations at home, everything is striped so obviously I love putting them on my nails too.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Powder Perfect Color4Nails Exclusives

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Hey there!  Today I have swatches of two gorgeous Powder Perfect polishes that were created exclusively for Color4Nails.  Both are colors that are more subdued than I usually wear.  They are so sophisticated!  For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the Powder Perfect brand, they are an Australian 5-free indie brand.  I've used a few polishes from them before and I always really enjoy them and these are no exception.

Friday, July 1, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Holidays

Hey there!  This week our 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group is doing Holiday/Beach/Vacation themed nails.  Since today is Canada Day I decided to celebrate our national holiday with a bit of patriotic stamping that includes one of my favourite ways to spend my time off.  Hopefully this turns out to be how I spend my long weekend since I haven't gotten to do any fishing yet this year.