Friday, 19 October 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Ghost & Matte

Hey there!  This week's Nail Crazies Unite prompt is Ghost & Matte which is great because I haven't really posted any Halloween nails yet this year.  I do love Halloween but just haven't had time to play.  Now that it's less than 2 weeks from the day though, I should really start wearing Halloween designs to work.  At least I did these guys ahead of time so I could participate in the challenge this week.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Esmaltes da Kelly I Love Paris Collection Swatches

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Hey there!  I hope everyone is having a great day!  I'm back today with more polishes available from Beautometry.  I use my Esmaltes da Kelly Animals creme polishes a lot for nail art but she doesn't only make cremes.  She makes beautiful holos as well.  Today I'm sharing the I Love Paris collection.     I'm unsure if these were designed to be stamping polish but, since they're so opaque, they work great for stamping.  Hopefully my swatches give you an idea of how they look on their own (as regular polish) and as stamping polish.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

OPI Peru Fall 2018 (Partial) Swatches and Drip Marble

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Hey there!  I have something different for me today - swatches of some mainstream polishes that I bought.  I'm been really loving red polish lately (I'm still hunting for my perfect burgundy creme) so when OPI's Fall collection came out and it was full of red's (what OPI collection isn't, amirite?) , I bought a few of them and tried them out and figured why not blog it!  Plus I did a cool drip marble that I absolutely loved.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

UberChic Beauty Bling Pickup & Placement Tool Review

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Hey there!  Today I have another one of the nail art tools available from UberChic Beauty.  I think most of us think only of plates when we hear about UberChic BUT she also has a range of tools and lifestyle items.  Over the years I've tried out her stampers, clean up brushes, striping brushes, plate holder and the list goes on...  Today I'm sharing the Bling Pickup & Placement tool, a little invention that helps pick up and placing any of your nail art accoutrements (can you believe that was honestly the first word to pop into my head...I'm getting so fancy 😂)!  I'd been tempted to try older (and far more expensive) tools similar to this but I'm glad I waited since hers is beautiful AND inexpensive!

Monday, 15 October 2018

Hit The Bottle Stamping Polish Swatches

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Hey there!  Today I have a monstrous Hit The Bottle swatch post to share with you guys which I think will be useful for any of you trying to pick a stamping polish.  Between purchases and press samples from Beautometry (an international stockist for Hit The Bottle), I have most of the stamping polishes released to date.  The swatches might look a tad different since they were used at different times over the last year or so and sometimes I adjust the lighting or white balance to get them as color accurate as possible.  There are a few I'm missing (including the newest ones) but hopefully this will still be a  helpful reference.  I debated (and polled) whether to split this into numerous posts but decided on doing one giant blog post.  But, to make it easier, I'll attempt to link to the different color families so, if you're looking for a single color, you can jump to that section.  But feel free to look around.  A few of the colors could belong in different sections.

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Friday, 12 October 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does TV Shows - Claws

Hey there!  For my final TV show inspired mani for this month's Digit-al Dozen theme, I did two designs for the same show.  The show is Claws.  It's a drama revolving around manicurists who get involved in the world of organized crime.  I like it.  It's not the best show on TV but holy, there are some flashy nails in that show!  I did my best to recreate two of them.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does TV Shows - The Good Place

Hey there!  Like yesterday, it's time for another post about a TV show I live for but couldn't come up with decent nail art for.  The Good Place is super duper.  It's funny and light but oh, so smart.  I don't know how a show about the afterlife and ethics is this fun but it is.  Since it's easily digestible (you can watch an entire season in about 4 hours in a good Netflix binge), I've actually gotten a few people to watch it and they all like it too.  That makes me so happy!  No one ever takes my recommendations... despite the fact that I clearly having amazing taste in TV.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does TV Shows - Atlanta

Hey there!  For my third Digit-al Dozen TV Shows mani I wanted to do a mani for what I think is the best show on TV...Atlanta!  Unfortunately, I couldn't think of a decent way to turn this show into nail art.  I ended up trying to use the first season's poster as my basis but I don't exactly feel like it screams Atlanta.  I'll include a picture of the poster so you could at least see my inspiration.  And then you should go watch the show.   Don't let my crappy attempt at freehand peaches turn you off of one of the best shows ever.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Moonflower Polish Gemstones Collection

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Hey there!  Today I have a beautiful new collection of polishes upcoming from Moonflower Polish.  Since her August Polish Pickup shade Enchanted Rose was so popular and resulted in requests for more holographic stamping polishes, she's come out with the Gemstones Collection.  They're super pigmented and filled with Spectraflair and other holo particles.  The formulas are thicker than regular polish (since they are designed for stamping) but I find them to be perfectly buttery when using it as regular polish.  This is my favourite collection of hers since the Rainbow Cremes.  Fingers crossed, maybe we can hope for a Part 2 to this collection with even more colors!

The Digit-al Dozen does TV Shows - Game of Thrones

Hey there!  For my second Digit-al Dozen TV Show nails, I went with one of my biggest loves - Game of Thrones.  Luckily GoT is so popular that there's even stamping plates for it!  I took advantage of that to do this House Stark design.  I feel like I've done a few Game of Thrones nails but they're always focusing on fire and dragons.  Let's be honest, I'm cheering for The North (being a northern girl myself).

Monday, 8 October 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does TV Shows - Doctor Who

Hey there!  I know, I know, I'm a late blogger today.  It was a holiday here and first thing this morning I was going to write up today's blog post for the start of the new Digit-al Dozen week celebrating TV shows.  And then I did nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Well that's not entirely true.  I did watch a few episodes of the show I did for my first DD mani this month...Doctor Who!  I don't know how I got into this show but I do love it.  Almost 5 years ago I did my only Doctor Who-inspired design but it was pretty obscure.  I hope this one is more recognizable.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Inspired by a Horror Movie

Hey there!  Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians.  Before I drive up to my parents' for dinner, I'm popping in to post the nail art I did for this week's Nail Crazies Unite prompt.  I realized when doing these I don't really don't watch many horror movies.  But I did watch Blair Witch Project and remember being genuinely scared, especially since I honestly didn't know if it was a documentary or not.  And it made for some mighty easy nail art (which is probably why it won out for my horror movie-inspired nails).

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Flower Stamping with Blush Lacquers Beachside Sunset Polishes

Hey there!  I have another mani that I wanted to share today, before it's the middle of winter.  Blush Lacquers Beachside Sunset collection was released this summer but I didn't get any until September when I got my Color4Nails order of them.  I ordered three of them, Santorini, Oahu and Bora Bora and used all 3 of them for this shimmer-y, summer-y design.  It certainly reminds me of warmer times than the chilly fall we're having so far this year.

UberChic Beauty Culture Rich Stamping Plate

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Hey there!  I'm back today with a look at another one of UberChic Beauty's latest stamping plates, Culture Rich.  This is the sister plate to her recent Cultural Rhythm plate (reviewed here).  This plate is also inspired by cultures from around the world.  It's a fun plate with so many cool patterns.  The images I used worked great.  I've grown pretty used to UberChic's great quality and this plate didn't disappoint.  I did a couple of manis with it to test is out.  You can find all the details below.

Friday, 28 September 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Blobbicure

Hey there!  I'm just popping in quickly today to share the mani I did for this week's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas prompt of blobbicure.  Since I'm really feeling fall colors lately, I did a autumn-toned blobbicure using slightly sparkly polishes.  I'm pretty sure any blobbicure I've tried in the past has been with all cremes.  The sparkle is kinda nice.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

UberChic Beauty Pretty In Plaid Stamping Plate

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Hey there!  Today I have one of the brand new plates from UberChic Beauty and it's an instant favourite for me.  This is the Pretty In Plaid stamping plate.  Right before she had  released this plate, I did a plaid mani for an upcoming challenge but I had to search for a plate (out of about the bazillion plates that I have) that was even decent.  Then this one came and blew the one I had used away.  It's perfect for anyone craving plaid nails of any sort.  Even though I just received this, I've already done four designs with it.  That should give some indication of how much I like it...

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

My Mani Box May and June 2018 Review

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Hey there!  Today I have a look at what the nail art subscription box, My Mani Box, has to offer.  The boxes I'm checking out today were from May and June of this year so they've moved on since them but it should give you an idea of what kind of products you could receive.  There's always 2 MoYou London plates (you just let them know if you prefer the regular size or the XL size), indie polish and/or nail art and stamping accessories.  May's theme was Dinosaurs and June's was Passport to Polish.  You can see in the photos below what items came with each box and how much fun I had with them.  The next theme appears to be Fantastic Beasts.  Having just re-read the Harry Potter series this summer, that sounds like a good one to me!

May 2018 My Mani Box

June 2018 My Mani Box

Friday, 21 September 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Food & Drink

Hey there!  Sorry I disappeared for a week.  I don't even have an excuse other than pure laziness.  But I'm popping in today to post my nails for this week's Nail Crazies Unite prompt of Food/Drink.  I do fruit-themed nail art a lot it seems but I don't usually embrace many other times of food on my nails.  But this week I changed that AND got to use a stamping plate a bought forever ago and never used.  So here's my delicious food nails.  Seriously, reading them is making me hungry.

Friday, 14 September 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Recreating Your First Blog Posts - Layered Fire Stamping

Hey there!  We've come to the end of The Digit-al Dozen's week of recreating our first blog posts.  Since it's also 26 Great Nail Art Ideas day for Fire and/or Ice nails, I decided to combine them by redoing the first fire nail stamping I tried.  However I made some appropriate modifications as you'll see below...

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Recreating Your First Blog Posts - Fall Leaves Jelly Stampwich

Hey there!  Today we have a last minute addition to the lineup for the week of "first blog post" re-creations.  I had some done a marbled mani for today but it was rubbish compared to the original so I found a different old design to redo.  This is a jelly stampwich, which is the nail world means that it's stamping images sandwiched between layers of jelly polish.  I think they give great depth to the nails.  I hope you agree!

The Digit-al Dozen does Recreating Your First Blog Posts - Towel Stripes

Hey there!  Continuing with this week's Digit-al Dozen theme of recreating our first blog posts, I decided to re-do a mani with one of the most random inspirations.  It was originally inspired by my sister's towel, of all things.  I loved the color scheme and I love stripes so naturally I wanted to make nail art like this.  I even still have the towel, 5 years later, though it's a bit more faded and well worn than it used to be...

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Recreating Your First Blog Posts - Brushstrokes with Negative Space Stamping

Hey there!  It's Day 2 of The Digit-al Dozen's week of recreating our first blog posts.  Today I did another early favourite of mine.  It was a jewel-toned brushstroke mani (which kinda looked like crap on its own) which I saved with some negative space stamping.  I'd be willing to bet this was the first negative space stamping I ever did.  I wouldn't have even have had a name for it back then.  It was love at first stamp.  I still love negative space so darn much!

Monday, 10 September 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Recreating Your First Blog Posts - Night Sky Nails

Hey there!  It's time for a brand new Digit-al Dozen week.  September marks the 6th anniversary of the beginning of The Digit-al Dozen's creation (though none of us current members are original) so it's sort of fitting that this month we're going back in time and recreating our first blog posts.  I went back through my first 6 months (give or take) of blog posts and found some that I wanted to re-do.  I like to think my photos are a little better now but I still do like my original manis.  Actually I like some of the originals better than my recreations.  Today I wanted to redo a night sky gradient that I did almost 5 years ago when I noticed how short our days had become.  I'm noticing that already this year even though it's only September.  It's amazing how quickly our seasons change here...we might even get snow this week!

Friday, 7 September 2018

UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 3, Halloween 4 and Puff & Stamp Tool

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Hey there! I'm back today with a look at a few of the new products available from UberChic Beauty.    A week ago she released some brand new fall plates, Lovely Leaves 3 and Halloween 4 and, not long before that, she put out some new nail art tools.  Last week I shared a mani I had done with the Striper Brush and this week two of the manis used the Dual-Ended Puff & Stamper.  Like I said in my last blog post, fall has hit my city so the new Lovely Leaves plate comes right in time.  It's a bit early for Halloween but I love that she released them early to make sure you can have the plate come Halloween-season.

Nail Crazies Unite - Inspired By Fall Fashion

Hey there!  Today's Nail Crazies Unite theme is pretty appropriate for the weather we've been having in Edmonton.  The prompt is Inspired By Fall Fashion and it's certainly turned to fall here.  Practically overnight it got chilly and the leaves started turning.  I'm not ready to say goodbye to summer yet but it seems like I might not have a choice.  So I guess it's time to embrace autumnal nails starting with these (which are actually my current mani since I just did them last night).  I'm not much into fashion but when I think of fall I think of jeans and sweaters so that's what I did.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Hit The Bottle Fantasy Feathers Multichrome Swatches and Review

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Hey there!  Tonight I have one of my favourite brands, Hit The Bottle (available internationally from the US distributor Beautometry who provided me with these samples), but with a little something different from what they normally do.  I've known Michelle online from her blogging days when she decided to start making stamping polish.  And she does make AMAZING stamping polish but she's branched out into regular polish for this Fantasy Feathers multichrome line of polishes.  They prove to me she certainly isn't just a stamping expert.  These polishes were pretty flawless to work with.  Now onto the swatches...

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Maniology @sweetfactionnails Rub-On Nail Decals

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Hey there!  I'm popping in on a Saturday to quickly share a product from Maniology that isn't a stamping plate.  I'm certainly a fangirl of their stamping plates but they do make other nail art products as well!  Today's mani was all done with their @sweetfactionnails Rub-On Nail Decals.  Keep reading to find out what rub-on decals actually are.  Maniology is the only company I've come across that makes them and they're really fun!

Friday, 31 August 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Birthdays - August 2018

Hey there!  It's a bit late on a Friday night but this late night post is for a good reason.  August brought us celebrations for 5 of the Digit-al Dozen ladies' birthdays.  I couldn't believe it when I saw there were 5 birthdays.  There's not that many of us...that's 25%! August has the birthdays of Lothwen, Sarah, Kirsty, Tamara and Michelle.  That means they got to pick a photo for us to translate onto our nails.  They picked a nice one!

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Pattern on Pattern, with the UberChic Beauty Striper Brush

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Hey there!  Today's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas theme is Pattern on Pattern/Double Stamping.  I double stamp my nails a lot (thank you clear stampers) so I thought I'd try something a little different - a mix of striping and stamping.  I had just received UberChic Beauty's Striper Nail Art Brush to try out so I figured this would be the perfect time to give it a shot.  I combined with with some stamping from one of the older collections to create this almost vintage-looking design.