Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Birthdays - November 2016

Hey there!  Every month the birthday girls of the month have been picking some art to use an inspiration for a nail design and today is the day The Digit-al Dozen is sharing our November birthday manis.  November is the birthday month for Carmina, Marisa and yours truly.  I was stressed at the idea of choosing the inspiration but luckily Marisa came to the rescue and I only had to pick between a couple of photos.  One of her inspiration pictures looked so much like a drip marble that I couldn't not choose it.  Love love love this technique!  Stick around after the jump to see the inspiration photo and read all about the polishes I used for my version.

Friday, November 25, 2016

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Winter Warmth

Hey there!  Hope everyone is having fun (while still being financially responsible) this Black Friday.  I stayed up late to hit the midnight sales last night and then got up at 5 am this morning to buy way more than I had planned.  What can I say - some of these brands don't restock or go on sale very often!  But I don't feel too bad since I haven't bought nearly as much polish lately as I used to.  I guess that's what happens when your collection gets to a certain size.  It seems like I have the basics and then some.  But I did buy enough UberSwatchers to finish swatching my Mundo collection which sounds like a decent winter holiday project to me.  Enough about Black Friday...today we have the last 26 Great Nail Art Ideas post of November.  This week our prompt was Winter Warmth and I knew right away that I wanted to use the mittens from the UberChic Christmas 02 plate.  Keep reading for the details of my logic behind this design.

Powder Perfect Egyptology III Collection

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Hey there!  I hope all my American neighbors had a great Thanksgiving (and that everyone else had a great regular day).  Right in time for a little Black Friday shopping, I have a huge collection from Powder Perfect to share that is all currently available at Color4Nails.  Color4Nails is having a 30% off sale this weekend so it's a good time to pick up some new shades!

Powder Perfect is a 5-free , handmade indie brand that recently came out with the Egyptology III Collection.  This collection is based ancient Egypt and all its gods, goddesses and customs.  As someone who finds older civilizations fascinating, reading her descriptions of these polishes was both entertaining AND educational.  This collections is composed of holo polishes with microglitters and/or microflakies and a coloured base.  Across the board, they all applied easily.  Hopefully you can stick by to read all about these.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

UberChic Beauty Christmas 02, Wild West 02, Mermaid Life, Collection 12 and UberSwatcher Review

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Hey there!  Let me start by apologizing because this post is going to be HUGE!  I have the latest Christmas, Wild West plates, the first Mermaid Life plate AND the whole of Collection 12!  Normally I split up my UberChic products into separate posts but I have quite a few plates and I wanted to share them before Black Friday sales started.  I don't know the details of UberChic Beauty's sale yet but one is coming and I'd jump on it if I were you.  And I wanted to tell you about how I'm using the new UberSwatcher product.  I'll try not to yap too much since there's a lot going on in this post.

Christmas 02

Wild West 02

Mermaid Life

Collection 12


Delush Polish The Winter Takes It All Collection

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Hey there!  Right in time for Black Friday, I have swatches of the upcoming Delush Polish collection, The Winter Takes It All Collection.  Delush Polish is having a whole bunch of Black Friday specials, including 20% off site wide from 7-10 am EST Friday then 15% off until Monday night, to go along with this new release.  The Winter Takes It All collection is mix of 4 holographic gemstone finishes and two glitter packed jellies.  If you're doing any indie polish shopping this weekend, I'd suggest swinging by Delush's website and checking these out.  Their formulas were great and the finishes are really pretty and/or fun!  

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Color Contrasts/Nail Crazies Unite does Fall Foliage

Hey there!  Hooray, my new plates from Clear Jelly Stamper were waiting for me when I got home last night so I could re-do my red/green Digit-al Dozen mani combined with Nail Crazies Unite prompt of Fall Foliage.  I had done one with vinyls (I'll post a pic at the end) but it looked sloppy.  I had ordered CJS's Sunflower & Leaves plate and it came just in time for me to whip these up last night.  It's a rare occasion that I'm posting on the internet what it currently on my hands.  Sadly I did not manage to avoid the Christmas-feel with the red and green.  I should've known better than to pair them with gold!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Color Contrasts: Stamping on Textured Polish

Hey there!  It's almost the end of The Digit-al Dozen's Color Contrasts week.  If you've seen mine so far this week, you'd probably think I'd have red and green paired up today.  But I'm saving that one for tomorrow (and hoping I get a stamping plate I'm waiting for in the mail tonight so I can actually do what I have planned).  For today, I did ALL the complementary colors in one mani.  I wanted a yin yang-style reverse image and found this leaf image on a Born Pretty plate.  It worked for what I wanted but holy it was tough to get the image to work!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Color Contrasts - Blue and Orange

Hey there!  It's mid-week for the Digit-al Dozen's Color Contrasts theme.  I went with the next color combo on my list - blue and orange.  Strangely it looks like I slept on this and got bed creases in it or something before I took photos.  I don't know why on earth it doesn't look smooth and shiny...has my top coat failed me?!  On the plus side, it's blue and orange and white - the colors of Edmonton's hockey team.  I think maybe that's why I always love these colors together.  Or maybe it's just because I like the blue family so much that I like it with pretty much any other color.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Color Contrasts: Purple and Yellow

Hey there!  The nail art I have today to continue the Digit-al Dozen's Color Contrasts week is a bit of a contradiction.  I did use contrasting colors (purple and yellow) but the technique I chose to use blended them up a bit so I lost some of the contrast.  I love the drip marble technique so much that this is easily my favourite mani of the week, contrast or no!  The only thing I don't love about this is the fact that I had been playing with silver chrome pigment in the days before and that stuff is impossible to get rid off so all my nails from that week have little bits of sparkle stuck to them....Grrrrrrr!

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Color Contrasts: Black and White

Hey there!  It's time for a new Digit-al Dozen week (pretty much the only week that I force myself to consistently post).  This month our theme is "Color Contrasts" - a theme that should bring us lots of awesome nail art.  In general, my way to interpret this prompt was to go with complementary colors - those that are opposite each other on the color spectrum.   However, today I went with the basics - black and white.  While they're technically not really colors, they definitely contrast each other!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Black Base

Hey there!  Holy man I've been absent.  Between my sadness about last week and then working and babysitting throughout my entire long weekend, I fell way behind on my blog.  I hope that this upcoming week will be better since it's a new Digit-al Dozen week!  In the meantime, I figured I should post this week's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas look, even if I'm a couple days late.  Our theme was "Black Base", easy enough right?  I was wearing this black from Kokie Cosmetics Rapid Gel line called Dark Room (hopefully I can get the review of it up this week) and decided to bust out the foils.  I saw quite a few girls did foils.  I love that so much of us went in the same directions...

Monday, November 7, 2016

Lina Nail Art Supplies Review

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Hey there!  Today I have a great new stamping plate brand with some really fun images and great quality.  Lina Nail Art Supplies' online store opened about a month ago and I've seen so many awesome manis using her plates.  I was lucky enough to be sent three of her plates to try out and I have to say, I'm impressed.   With all the stamping brands out there these days, it sometimes feels like everything has already been done but Lina's brand has contradicted that.  I was so inspired by these images.  A couple of the manis I've done are so fun!  I wore the splatter one for days and hated to take it off.  Follow the jump to read all the details.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Nail Crazies Unite - Coffee

Hey there!  Since Crumpet's Nail Tarts weekly challenge has changed to a biweekly, I missed having a set Friday schedule.  So, even though I've been too tired to blog all week and I'm way behind in what I wanted to post, I joined a new group!  Cheyenne and Rose have revived the Nail Crazies Unite group with a nail art challenge that will alternate with the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge.  Today's challenge of "Coffee" marks the beginning.  I'm not a coffee drinker but who doesn't like a nice brown mani.  Seriously, I love brown polish and never wear it so it was nice to break out a couple of them for this design.