Friday, 22 June 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Graffiti

Hey there!  I hope everyone is having a lovely least slightly more lovely than mine.  My old officemate (and all 'round awesome guy) is in town so I went out for a beer yesterday, missed a stair or two and ended up in the ER with a sprained ankle.  How very embarrassing!  And today I have an ankle that looks like it belongs on a blue-ish elephant.  Luckily I had this mani done ahead of time for this week's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas prompt of Graffiti.  I went with the images I immediately though of from some Lina Nail Art Supplies plates.  Her Make Your Mark plates are perfect for street art nails!  

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Whats Up Nails Stencils Review

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Hey there!  Today I have some manis I've done lately using stencils from Whats Up Nails.  They sell such a wide variety of stencils patterns.  The entire stencil store can be found here if you're interested.      I've genuinely always enjoyed working with their stencils.  Even with all the tiny little pieces in them, the quality of their cutting makes it easy to separate them and they have just the right amount of stickiness to them to allow them to stick to your nail without pulling up your base when you remove them.  And I absolutely love that the individual stencils come in different sizes since I don't have big nail beds.  Here I used the Hot Air Balloon Stencils, the Tree of Love Stencils, American Football Stencils and the Unicorn Head Stencils.  Keep reading to see what products I paired them up with.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

UberChic Beauty Collection 26 Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  Oh my, I'm so late with this review so I apologize.  I quite literally always begin playing with the new UberChic Beauty plates the second I receive them...and I did with these too.  I've just been blog-lazy.  But better late than never, today I have the UberChic Beauty Collection 26 to share with you.  As with all of her plates, this is a set of 3 with really pretty designs that stamp perfectly.  This collection has a lot of images that play with perspective, a few layering-style images (which are always fun to play with) and lots of positive/negative space.  Hopefully I did it justice with the 6 manis I've done with it!

Monday, 18 June 2018

Moonflower Polish Summer Neons Stamping Polish Review

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Hey there!  On my blog today I have a review of the entire summer 2018 collection from Moonflower Polish.  The Summer Neons are super bright stamping polish with added shimmer.  The shimmer helps their opacity when stamped over dark colors without making them too thick.  I stamped them all over white and black and swatched two coats on my other nails.  I was really impressed with their stamping (I didn’t need a sticky base) and their application on their own.  And, since I am such a big fan of using Moonflower Polish in nail art other than just as the stamping polish, I couldn't resist doing an extra couple of manis with them.  And I'm happy to say that the sunset mani lasted me from Wednesday to Saturday last week (practically a lifetime to me) and only showed tip wear.  The neons didn't chip one bit.  

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does In My Garden/Nail Crazies Unite Lisa Frank Inspired

Hey there!  For today's post I managed to combine the Digit-al Dozen's In My Garden week with today's Nail Crazies Unite theme of Lisa Frank-Inspired.  I know rainbow roses like this don't grow naturally but wouldn't it be cool if they did?!  I'm actually a bit too old to really know what Lisa Frank did but I do she did a lot of neat neon stuff so I did some neon roses with the dreams that someday there will be a neon rose garden.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does In My Garden - Succulent Rock Garden

Hey there!  Since I don't actually have a garden, it was a bit challenging to come out with "In My Garden" ideas.  But I had just bought Cirque Colors Pebbles and thought it would make a good rock garden.  However, when I googled "rock gardens" I learned that they're not literally just piles of rocks.  There's usually lots of succulent plants in there as well...who knew?!  Luckily succulents are very popular these days so I had a stamping plate that was just perfect for it and I came up with my favourite mani of the week.  I hope you like it too!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does In My Garden - Garden Thieves

Hey there!  My third Digit-al Dozen In My Garden post will be a quick one.  When I was trying to think of ideas for Garden week, I asked my mom what pests were in her garden.  Her response: "deer, rabbits...and your dad".  Good one, Mom!  So that was the inspiration for today's mani - the critters that steal my mom's veggies!

Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Stencils Giveaway from Nail Polish Canada

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Hey there!  I have such a fun post today!  Nail Polish Canada (the first online nail polish stockist I ever discovered and still one of my faves) has decided to celebrate the upcoming Canada Day by giving away a set of these Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag stencils to 10 of my readers.  The first ten people to follow this link to the NPC site and use the code BC5H85E1S will get their very own set for free.  And, if you've read any of my previous reviews of Whats Up Nails stencils you'll know that these stencils are always incredible.  You'd probably expect a red and white mani with these (and I have indeed used these stencils before with just that) but since Canada is more than red or white, I decided to use the entire rainbow of colors since that is what Canada is to me.  We won't be kept to use two colors...we need them all!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does In My Garden - Tulips

Hey there!  It's the second day of The Digit-al Dozen's In My Garden week and I'm again drawing inspiration from my mom's garden.  For as long as I remember, my mom has planted tulip bulbs in the fall.  Sometimes just a few, sometimes lots.  But around our yard they were always the first sign of spring which probably explains why they're one of my favourite flowers.

Monday, 11 June 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does In My Garden - Carrots

Hey there!  It's time for a new Digit-al Dozen week...hooray!  This month our theme is "In My Garden" but since I live in an apartment, I certainly don't have a garden.  Fear not, I grew up on an acreage in the country where we had a big garden.  My mom has recently taken up gardening again (and I luckily get to reap the rewards) so I used my parents' yard as inspiration for some of these this week...and some I just made up!  My first mani was actually done ages ago for one of the days I was helping out a local farmer sell carrots at the farmer's market.  If you have a farmer's market in your area, I highly suggest supporting them.  You get to buy local AND the food is way better than I've ever found in grocery stores.  I've become a big produce snob after discovering how delicious it is!  I honestly always have a bag of these carrots in my fridge.  I think I'll cook some tonight for dinner...

Saturday, 9 June 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Drag or Dry Marble

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Hey there!  It's the middle of Friday night and the first time I've had time to actually blog.  But I couldn't not post his week's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas mani.  The prompt was dry/drag marble.  I think it turned out pretty cute...but then to make it even cuter I put some Whats Up Nails Cupcake Stencils on.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

My Mani Box April 2018 Review

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Hey there!  I'm not sure everyone has heard of My Mani Box, the nail art subscription box dreamed up by the geniuses at Beautometry.  Each month contains 2 MoYou London stamping plates (you can pick regular or XL image sizes), stamping accessories and more nail art goodies.  Every month is fun!  I believe the box I received for review was April's box which, in addition to the plates, contained a full size indie polish, a hand scrub and two jars of square loose glitter.  Since April is long gone, if you were to order now, this wouldn't be the box you receive but yours might be even cooler.  The really nice thing about this box is that you don't need to subscribe for any set amount of time.  If you just want to try it out, you can purchase a single month.  But multiple month subscriptions are also available for a reduced price.  It's up to you!

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Inspired By A TV Show

Hey there!  Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  I spent my day sleeping in and then out for farmer's market shopping and a really nice lunch.  It's been a great Saturday!  Now I'm laying on the couch writing up a little blog post for this week's Nail Crazies Unite prompt.  This week our theme was "Inspired by a TV show".  I LOVE TV...but I never know how to translate it onto my nails.  But I remembered this scene from one of my favourite shows, The Good Place, with these wild yellow/blue chevron clothes and this seemed like a great time to put that on with some simple stamping.

Friday, 1 June 2018

UberChic Beauty Edge Perfection and Bottoms Up Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  It always makes me happy with UberChic Beauty releases new products.  She recently came out with a Bottoms Up stamping plate with all kinds of drink images and a new polish barrier called Edge Perfection, that I have used for every mani I've done since receiving it.  I got way too excited when I saw the Bottoms Up plate which tells me I might need to re-evaluate my love of beer.  But it's not just beer on this plate.  It has coffee, wine, tropical drinks and more.  We all need to consume liquid to survive so we might as well wear it on our nails too, right?

Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Birthdays - May 2018

Hey there!  This month The Digit-al Dozen celebrated Oksana of The Polished Koi's birthday.  Every month the birthday girl (or girls) get to pick an inspiration photo for us to use.  I absolutely loved the photo Oksana chose.  It just screamed fluid nail art so I dumped a whole bunch of polish on my Uber Mat and came up with a mani that I wore for 4 full days.  That's a rarity!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Beauty Bigbang Stamping and Chameleon Powder Review

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Hey there!  Today I have a few products from Beauty Bigbang to review.  Beauty Bigbang is a very inexpensive overseas supplier of all sorts of nail art goodies.  I have had great experience with their stamping plates previously) so I was excited to try some more of them.  I'm pleased to say that the etching of these plates was even better than the first ones I tried.  Also in my package were a couple of their multichrome powders (they call these "chameleon mirror powder") and a holo plate holder and a small glass file.  Please keep reading to hear my thoughts on all of these, good and bad, and to get my code that will save you a bit of money.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Wedding

Hey there!  I'm a tad late for this week's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas post (and all the other posts I wanted to write this week).  I guess I just didn't have any words in me.  But no worries, hopefully I'll be more motivated this week since I have a few items that I can't wait to share!  But for today, I have the mani I did for the wedding theme.  Since I'm a stamping junkie, I was tempted to go that route and do some subtle swirly stamping.  Or a straight up wedding themed mani but instead I hit up google and asked it what people have labeled as "wedding nails".  I came across this awesome IG account, @nailsbyeffi, who has some gorgeous feminine designs and tried to copy this mani.  It turned out very different but I liked it!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Black and White Lace

Hey there!  I'm going to try to write the quickest blog post in the world right now since I'm supposed to be on the road for our long weekend.  First long weekend lake trip of the year...woohoo!!  But, in addition to being a Digit-al Dozen day, it's also time for this week's Nail Crazies Unite prompt.  This time we did Black & White Lace so I did an easy lace stamping design.  But it was not easy to decide what lace image to use...I have SO many!

The Digit-al Dozen does Inspired By Each Other - Olivia Jade Nails

Hey there!  Alas, it's the final day of The Digit-al Dozen's Inspired By Each Other week.  I'm genuinely sad that I only did 5 so I really want to use any extra time I have coming up to copy the rest of the my girls.  That is how my sister named my blog after all, I started it by taking inspiration from the creative people.  I like to think that I usually come up with my own ideas now but I certainly loved this week since I got to pay homage to some of the other DD girls.  The lady whose nails I tried to recreate today is Olivia Jade Nails.  We seem to be drawn to a lot of the same stamping images and we both like lots of color so I like to think that we're Canadian-Australian nail soul mates, haha!  Ironically, the mani I picked to copy isn't even a stamping least not for her.  She used nail vinyls to create this super cool rainbow-y turtle shell mani.  I tried with vinyls and failed so I opted for stamping.  We're not quite twins but close enough!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Inspired By Each Other - Druid Nails

Hey there!  I'm so darn late with my fourth Digit-al Dozen post for the week.  I normally do my blog posts at the end of my work day but I had errands after work, followed by my ultimate frisbee game, followed by beer with the team.  And now it's after midnight but, since I haven't slept yet, it's still day 4 for me!  Today's Inspired By Each Other mani was inspired by Druid Nails.  I first started following Brethil a couple years ago when we were in the same rotation in one of the nail challenge groups.  Even though our prompts were the same, I always thought her designs were soooo much cooler than what I did.  So I was really excited when she agreed to join the DD with us.  For this week, I scrolled through her manis and saw this one that was right up my alley.  I love gradients with stamping so I loved recreating this one.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Inspired By Each Other - Kimett Kolor

Hey there!  Today's Digit-al Dozen mani was inspired by someone who really is an inspiration.  Kim of Kimett Kolor seriously never ceases to amaze me at the designs she comes up with.  Her nail art is always stunning.  Unfortunately she's been dealing with some health issues which means she's had to take a little break from the nail world but I truly hope she gets well soon.  Mostly for her but maybe just a tiny bit selfishly because I miss her art.  I knew I wanted to recreate one of her manis but had a really hard time narrowing down which one to try.  That lady has skills I just don't have!  I found this November-themed mani and I figured I had to recreate it.  I'm a November baby (actually my birthday is the day she had posted it - the very last day of the month.  My version really is proof she has skills I don't have.  Mine sucks compared to hers but I loved it anyway.  Yay November!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Inspired By Each Other - Polish and Paws

Hey there!  Since it is The Digit-al Dozen's theme this week of Inspired By Each Other, I had the perfect excuse to copycat an incredible mani from Polish And Paws.  She did this glitter placement over stamping as one of her manis for All That Glitters week and I was floored.  I loved it so much!  So when I was doing my manis for this week's theme, I remembered it AND knew that I had some of Whats Up Nails Confetti Glitter with different sizes of circle glitter.  My glitter is different colors though.  I do like hers more (I'm drawn to blues more than pinks) but I did love this mani.  I even tried cutting the glitter to make it fit better.  That's a frustrating task!

Monday, 14 May 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Inspired By Each Other - More Nail Polish

Hey there!  It's time for my favourite part of the month - The Digit-al Dozen's week!  This month our theme is "Inspired By Each Other."  I can't tell you how much these girls inspire me.  I adore all their nail art.  I wish I would've had time to steal a mani from each of them to recreate but unfortunately my nail time has been limited lately so I only did 5.  My first inspiration was More Nail Polish's fire drag marble.  She did hers as part of our negative space week but if I don't need to show my naked nails, I'm not gonna force anyone to look at them.  So I used a black base instead.  My flames aren't nearly as cool as hers but I still loved this quick nail art.  The only long part was waiting for them to dry a bit so I could go to bed!

Friday, 11 May 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Rainbow With A Technique Starting With "S"

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Hey there!  Today's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas theme was such a fun one - Rainbow With A Technique Starting With "S".  It's so specific but actually very open.  I was shocked at how many techniques I could think of starting with S: stamping, sponging, stencils, smooshy marble...and I'm sure there's more!  I decided to use the Spinner Stencils from What's Up Nails and sponged on a rainbow gradient.  That's 3 S's in one mani!  And I used Sally Hansen polishes so that's almost another S, just not in the technique name.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

UberChic Beauty Collection 25 Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  Today I have the latest collection of stamping plates from UberChic Beauty to review.  We're all the way up to Collection 25 now and the plates coming out are still fantastic.  As always the quality is top notch.  I used a variety of stamping polish brands and they all worked without issue.  She's kept up the variety of images you get in a collection.  There's positive and negative space images, small individual images and one larger image (larger than 4 regular images combined).  I've done two manis with each plate so keep reading to see all the details and all the images available in this lovely new set of plates.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Pink Gellac Gel Polish Starter Kit Review

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Hey there!  I have a new-to-me-brand on the blog today but it's far from new.  Pink Gellac is a popular gel polish system in Europe.  I'm not the most experienced gel polish user but I was happy to get to try it for today's post.  I was sent the Starter Kit, which includes everything you need to get started in the gel world (I'll list everything separately below) including one color of gel polish AND it's not expensive.  The quality is there but at a good price.  That always makes me happy.  Even though I'm not the most experienced with gel, this kit was really simple to use.  And, if you have any questions, there's an instruction manual in numerous languages to help you out.  How great is that?!

Friday, 4 May 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Pastel Watercolor

Hey there!  Today's Nail Crazies Unite theme is a pretty one (I know this because I've already checked out a couple of the manis that ladies have done for it).  We're doing pastel watercolours.  There's so many ways to do watercolor nails and, honestly, I think they're all beautiful.  I personally wend with just thinning out polish with acetone (and making sure I have lots of top coat on my base so I didn't eat right through it).  It's so quick and easy and creates pretty results.  And you can control how bright or pale you want the color!

Sunday, 29 April 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Birthdays - April 2018

Hey there!  Holy, I don't remember the last time I did a Sunday night blog post.  But I have good reasons for this post!  First and foremost, it was two very lovely ladies' birthdays this month and they deserve a birthday post.  Katherine of Procrastinails and Uma of Uma's Nail Art celebrated their birthdays in April and picked an inspiration photo for us to use for our manis.  They picked a lovely paisley in my favourite colors - red and black!  Thank you girls!  The second reason is that I got to go to the lake for the first time this weekend so I was away from computers and internet and nail polish so I didn't have access to my blog.  Just books and napping, the best kind of weekend.

Friday, 27 April 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Creatures With Scales

Hey there!  Today's is gonna be a quick post because I desperately want to get my weekend started, haha!  This week's theme for 26 Great Nail Art Ideas is "Creatures With Scales".  I had grand plans to try to copy a photo of a reptile that I found that was super cool and looked all color-shifty but nothing I did imitated it at all.  So I went with some metallic scale-y stamping to at least get something that looked a bit duochrome-y...even if in reality it was the fact that I used different polishes that mostly achieved the shiftiness.