Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Mythical Creatures - Phoenix

Hey there!  It's Day 2 of The Mythical Creatures week.  Today I channelled a former DD member, Cheyenne from CDB Nails and used her amazing fire mani as a base for some phoenix nail art.  I don't actually know very much about the phoenix except that I seem to really like them on my nails.  This isn't the first phoenix nails I've done and I'm sure it won't be the last.

Monday, 19 February 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Mythical Creatures - Unicorns

Hey there!  It's a new Digit-al Dozen week...woohoo!  This month we're tackling Mythical Creatures. At first I didn't really love the prompt mostly because I couldn't really think 5 unique mythical creatures but I ended up really liking some of the designs I have for you this week.  Today's mani is one that I loved.  I have a feeling we'll see lots of unicorns this week and I can't wait.  I think these turned out really pretty.  I actually liked the base so much that I didn't want to cover it up but it had to be done.  I did take a photo before I stamped though so you can see it.

Friday, 16 February 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Love (but no pink or red)

Hey there!  Since it was Valentine's Day earlier this week, today's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge was to do a love-themed mani but there was a twist.  No pink or red!  I have to admit that I do immediately think of pink and red when I think Valentine's so I liked this prompt.  But I did just realize that lots of my V-Day manis this year had different colors.  Yay me!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

My Recent Valentine's Day Nail Stamping

Hey there!  Happy Valentine's Day to all the lovely folks out there!  I'm a single lady so I'm not celebrating, except to go out for beer and wings with one of my friends right away.  But I wanted to stop in and quickly post the Valentine's Day nail art I've been wearing over the last week or so, including my current mani (the first one I'm posting here).  It also happens to be the Nail Challenge Collaborative's Love month so there should be lots of love-themed mani in the links at the end of this for you to browse.  If you're curious about any of the products I used for mine, it's all down below.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Beauty Bigbang Nail Product Review

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Hey there!  Today I have a quick review of a few nail art products from Beauty Bigbang.  If you haven't heard of them, they're a beauty company from overseas that carries a huge variety of products at really low prices.  Personally I've only tried the nail art products so I can't speak for it all but the nail art items are certainly worth the cost.  Shipping seems to take about 3-4 weeks which is much quicker than other companies I have ordered from.  Today I have some chameleon flakies, black chrome powder, a dual-ended gradient sponge tool and a stamping plate so it's a pretty varied post today.  I really enjoyed all of them and would happily recommend them all.  If you're interested in these or other Beauty Bigbang products, use the code "CLAWS" to receive 10% off your order.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Anti-Valentine's Hearts

Hey there!  Since Valentine's Day is coming up but not everyone is necessarily fond of the day, the Nail Crazies Unite theme today is Anti Valentine's Hearts.  I wasn't actually sure how to combine hearts with the "anti" part of the prompt but black splatter always does the trick, right!  Since I've been loving bright colours lately, to stave off the winter dreariness, I did the hearts in a brightly-colored gradient.  It's actually a bit tough to see that they were hearts but they really were.

Friday, 2 February 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Black and Neon

Hey there!  Today's prompt for the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas prompt is Neon and Black, a combination I always love.  I used it as an opportunity to copycat a mani I saw last year that I fell in love with from Sam H Nails (now @samhnails2.0 on Instagram after some jerk hacked her account).  The combination of skulls with the cheery neon colors is awesome, isn't it?  And for once my camera decided to actually show some of the brightness that this mani had in real life (which for my camera is a small miracle)!

Thursday, 1 February 2018

My Mani Box Subscription Box from Beautometry Review

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Hey there!  I have something new on my blog today!  My Mani Box is a subscription box from Beautometry which I think is a great idea.  Personally I'm a giant fan of grab bags of all sorts and this is sort of a grab bag for nail art!  Every month has a new theme.  I received December's box which was themed Kiss Me At Midnight (presumably to ring in the new year).  In my box was two MoYou London plates (you get to pick your size, regular or XL), a Ms Sparkle polish, Ribbits Stickits water decals and stencils and a Beautometry nail file.  I put use to all of them as you'll see.

Monday, 29 January 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Birthdays - January 2018

Hey there!  Holy I am cutting it close to wishing my lovely friends Courtney and Brethil the happiest of birthdays.  But, if it counts for anything, I had a drink after work for you guys for your birthday instead of writing my blog post (bad blogger!).  To celebrate their birthdays they have chosen a very unique inspiration photo.  I don't think I've ever seen one with such different results.  It's fun!  Keep on reading to see their photo choice.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Winter Animals

Hey there!  This week's Nail Crazies Unite theme is Winter Animals.  At first I wanted to go with something cutesy like penguins or polar bears but honestly, around here, the animals I see the most in winter are crows and magpies.  I love birds and these birds are smart but so darn annoying.  Despite their squawking, I thought they should get their moment in the nail spotlight.  The stamping image ended up looking more like doves but I swear, big dark birds was my intent.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Nail Challenge Collaborative - Blue with Giveaway Reminder

Hey there!  I wanted to post a quick reminder about the UberChic Beauty Giveaway that I'm having for Collection 23 and Love & Marriage 04.  It'll close in a few hours so get in while you can (it's at the bottom of last week's post which can be found here).  I liked this collection enough that I did another mani with it last week with KBShimmer's Why So Sirius, a polish that I absolutely fell in love with which I also reviewed last week.  I honestly kept thinking about it so I thought I should put it on again, with some UberChic stamping for this month's Nail Challenge Collaborative prompt of "blue".

Friday, 19 January 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Embellished/3D Nail Art

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Hey there!  Today's post is definitely one of my flashiest manis ever, though sadly it was a short-lived one.  I did this prompt for 26 Great Nail Art Ideas over Christmas holidays.  I had friends in town so I couldn't see them with plain nails.  So I spent an afternoon creating this blingy design, only to practically ruin it on my way to see my friends by finding the large charm WAY too fun to play with.  It spins!  I don't normally think I'm a fidgety person but I couldn't resist spinning the charms from the second I got them on my fingers.  I just need to find a better way to make them stay.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

KBShimmer Holo-Day Collection 2017 Swatches & Review

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Hey there!  The holidays might be over but the Holo-Days never are.  Last month KBShimmer released their 8 piece Holiday 2017 collection, aptly name Holo-Day.  I'm always such a fangirl of KBShimmer polishes, especially the cremes, but this collection shows why I shouldn't get stuck in a creme rut.  Their holos are gorgeous too.  I especially love the variety of finishes that they have to choose from.  In addition to linear holographic polishes, there are also Mega-Flame glitters and, my personal favourites, Holo Glow Flakes (scattered holo flakies in a shimmer base that really does give it a "glow" appearance).  Who knew you could do holographic in so many ways?!  I was lucky enough to receive these from Color4Nails, an US-based stockist, to review.  In case you haven't visited them in awhile, Color4Nails just got a website facelift and it is looking STELLAR. Give them a visit if you haven't checked it out already.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

UberChic Beauty Collection 23 and Love & Marriage 04 Review including GIVEAWAY!

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Hey there!  Let me start off by saying today's post includes a giveaway!  Did that get your attention?  I was sent UberChic Beauty's Collection 23 and Love & Marriage 04 plate to review and a little mix up resulted in me receiving two of each...possibly because Brittany was just days away from her first baby (congratulations Brittany!!).  So Brittany's pregnancy brain is good for you guys since there's a giveaway for the extra plates at the end of this post.  I hope the new man in her life lets her keep designing plates because these latest ones are awesome!  They're really everything I love about UberChic plates.  The images are big enough for most people (17 x 21 mm) but designed so most of them work for those of us with smaller nails, the etching is wonderful and there's such a fun mix.  I really like the layered image options in these plates, even if I'm still not great at actually lining them up.  Keep reading to see all the details for my manis and to get to the Rafflecopter to enter to win the plates for yourself.

Friday, 12 January 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does All That Glitters/Nail Crazies Unite - Gold Snowflakes

Hey there!  My final mani for The Digit-al Dozen's All That Glitters week is combined with this week's Nail Crazies Unite prompt of Gold Snowflakes.  That one is pretty specific so it made it easy to figure out how to combine them - gold glitter with negative space snowflakes.  Easy peasy!   I love when I can combine prompts.  I have already done my DD manis for next month and I can't wait to show you the combined prompt for that Friday.  It's one of my favourite manis in awhile.  But for now, we have sparkly snowflakes.  It's my second wintery design this week but I make no apologies.  We've been in a deepfreeze here.  Actually, a freezer is approximately -20 C but with windchill it's felt like between -30 and -40 here so it's worse than a freezer.  Can you tell I'm so done with winter already?


Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does All That Glitters - Sparkly Crystal Stamping

Hey there!  For today's glitter-y Digit-al Dozen post I used a stamping image that turned out to be very popular this week.  That doesn't surprise me at all - this crystal image is super cool AND crystals are glittery all on their own, even if you don't actually use glitter polish.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does All That Glitters - Glitter Placement with Stamping

Hey there!  Oh I know, I'm SO late for today's post.  But I had an anxiety-riddled day so I needed to come home and chill before getting to my blog responsibilities.  So now that my brain is in a much calmer state, I'm here!  For today's Digit-al Dozen All That Glitters post, I did a form of nail art that I have tackled a few times and always have a love-hate relationship with it.  I love how it looks but I hate how long it takes.  Yup, it's glitter placement.  Taking one tiny piece of glitter at a time and placing it in a somewhat organized fashion doesn't really fly with my impatience.  But it sure can look swell!!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does All That Glitters/Nail Challenge Collaborative does Blue - Winter Nail Stamping

Hey there!  The nail art I have for you today is for Day 2 of The Digit-al Dozen's All That Glitters week AND Nail Challenge Collaborative's Blue theme.  It really couldn't be any more appropriate given the weather my city is having right now (lots of cold and wind and snow...feels like -31 C with the windchill.  It also fit the weather when I did them over the holiday break which felt more like -40 which is the same in Celsius and Fahrenheit.  For anyone who has never experienced -40 degrees, it is very clearly winter.  How much longer until summer??

Monday, 8 January 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does All That Glitters - Glitter with Nail Vinyls

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Hey there!  It's a new Digit-al Dozen month.  And today we officially welcome a bunch of new members.  Michelle from Lacquer or Leave Her started her DD time last month and this month Tiffany from Polish and Paws, Kim from Kimett Kolor, Oksana from The Polished Koi, Brethil from Druid Nails, Courtney from Polished Lifting and Kirsty from Fairytale Nails join us for our "All The Glitters" theme so I hope you can give them some love.  It's even Brethil's 40th birthday today so she deserves all the love you can shower on her!  I did this glitter-y mani over the holiday break with some Whats Up Nails Peppermint Candy stencils.  But I was tired of holiday nails so I went with a summer collection for something bright and fun!

Friday, 5 January 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Metallic + One Color

Hey there!  I guess this is my first post of 2018...so Happy New Year!  It appears I've started off my year by being a lazy blogger and not posting for a week but I did spend a lot of my holidays doing my nails so I should have lots of posts coming up.  For the first post of the year, I have this week's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas theme - Metallic + One Color.  That makes for a nice, easy prompt.   I paired up some colored stamping over some rose gold chrome nails for my instalment.  Hope you like it!