Thursday, 16 August 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Tropical - Flamingos

Hey there!  It's Day 4 of the Digit-al Dozen's Tropical Week and I have to admit, this was the hardest mani for me to come up with.  I had 4 done (including tomorrow's) but struggled to come up with a fifth for some reason.  It might have had something to do with the fact that my holidays were coming up and I wanted to get these done before I left because I wasn't bringing all my nail stuff with me to the cabin.  Somehow having that deadline gave me whatever the nail version of writer's block.  In the end, I ended up with another double (well technically, it's triple) stamping look, kind of like yesterday's.



Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Tropical - Hibiscus Nails

Hey there!  For Day 3 of The Digit-al Dozen's Tropical Week, I did some hibiscus flower stamping inspired by a couple of manis from one of my favourite nail artists, @ladyandthe_stamp.  She's been doing #hawaiianshirtmanifriday on Instagram lately which means she's had so many great tropical nails.  Mine aren't copies of hers but rather inspired by some of her layered stamping.  They just reminded me of something she'd do (though hers are always incredible compared to mine).



Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Tropical - Beach Nails

Hey there!  For my second Digit-al Dozen Tropical mani, I went with an old favourite.  I will never ever tire of beach manis and I was pretty happy with how these turned out.  There was so much to it - a gradient, pond-ish stamping, sponging and water decals.  But well worth it since I really enjoyed wearing these.


Monday, 13 August 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Tropical - Rainforest

Hey there!  I'm home from vacation and obviously already falling behind on my responsibilities.  It's the first day of our new Digit-al Dozen week (with a fun Tropical theme) and it's not even Monday anymore!  I was late to work, then late to my chiropractor appointment, then late making dinner.  And then I helped my sister pack for her big move.  And now it's 12:30 am and I'm blogging instead of sleeping.  So forgive me for any typos you might see...

Anyway, I decided to start Tropical week with a rainy scene.  I don't know why I'm starting with this instead of sunsets and birds and flowers but it's just speaking to me.  Maybe because I'm in a rainy mood after leaving the lake :-(  Oh maybe it's because I really like this mani which turned out as a mix of stamping with a few freehand touches.


Friday, 10 August 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Blue and White Nautical

Hey there!  3 vacation days in a row I've been blogging.  I really did miss it, thought I enjoyed my almost 2 week mini blog break.  It was kinda nice to not be nails OBSESSED.  I kept my nail painted...mostly with a different polish from the brand I'm showing today, KBShimmer.  Today's polish is Low and Be Bold but if you need a sparkly blue, Better Lake Than Never is amazing.  It held up almost perfectly forever here.  But I digress....

Today's prompt for Nail Crazies Unite was Blue & White Nautical.  Hope you like what I came up with!



Thursday, 9 August 2018

UberChic Beauty Art Deco Chic and Cultural Rhythm Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  I'm back for my second blog post of vacation...I must've really been missing you guys!  Today I wanted to pop in and share my thoughts on the two new plates from UberChic Beauty.  The first plate is Art Deco Chic, a plate inspired by the arcitecture and fashion of the 1920's.  I absolutely loved The Great Gatsby movie and this plate reminded me so much of it...in other words, I'm a fan!  The second plate is Cultural Rhythm, inspired by cultures from across the globe.  I enjoyed both of these plates a lot but both of them reminded me of one of my shortcomings in stamping....straight lines are hard!  All the stamping worked flawlessly but my lines always end up wiggly.


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Stamped Gradient

Hey there!  Long time, no talk!  I've been thoroughly enjoying my vacation but since the sun is gone for the day and it's too smoky (from forest fires in the neighbouring province) to see the stars tonight, I'm stuck indoors.  I figured it'd be a good time to pop in and say hi.  And finally post the mani I did for last week's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas prompt of Stamped Gradient.  Well I love gradients AND stamping so this was fun.  I even did the gradient with stamping to sort of double-up on the theme!



Friday, 27 July 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Music with Rainbow Colors

Hey there!  I'm back for a second post today.  I've been a blog slacker lately so haven't been posting much but I wanted to get this Nail Crazies Unite post up before I leave for vacation tomorrow.  This week's prompt was "Music With Rainbow Colors".  I feel like I've done a similar mani to this before but it was ages ago so I felt okay revisiting this look.  This was really quick and easy and easily replicated if you have any sheer polish.  Hope you like it!



Moonflower Polish Enchanted Rose - August 2018 Polish Pickup

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Hey there!  Today I have the upcoming polish from Moonflower Polish, Enchanted Rose, for August's Polish Pickup theme of Musicals.  Like Nadia, I'm not a big musical fan but I do love Disney movies so her Beauty and the Beast inspiration was right up my alley.  And the fact that this holographic pink polish was a dream on its own AND stamps, made me so happy.  Keep reading to see more details on how I tested it out.  If you're a pink polish lover, I'd say get this on your PPU wishlist as soon as you can.  It is capped at 75 bottles so don't wait!


Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Bundle Monster + Black Queen Nails BM-XL221 Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  Today I have a couple manis to share that I did with Bundle Monster's collaboration stamping plate with Black Queen Nails Design.  Honestly, I thought this plate would be a bit limiting with all the face images on it (you can see the plate design after the jump) but I actually really like it. I wouldn't put all the pretty ladies into a single mani but the make a great accent.  I also did some simple stamping with a couple of my favourite polishes for my second mani.  That one might be up more folks alley but I personally love how the first one turned out.


Friday, 20 July 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Stars

Hey there!  Today's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas theme is one I love...Stars!  However, the star mani I planned to post for this ended up looking like crap...booooo!!  Luckily I had a mani that I did over a year ago that I never posted for some reason that fits the theme perfectly.  So here we have some almost-ancient star stamping over a KBShimmer gradient.  You all know how much I love my KBShimmer cremes, partially because they make such good gradients!



Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Bundle Monster Tattoo Artist Collab Collection Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there! Bundle Monster has just released a crazy interesting new Tattoo Artist Collab Collection of stamping plates and I was lucky enough to get to play with them before my little vacation last week.  This set of 5 plates has been put together by Bundle Monster and, get this, some amazing tattoo artists!!  The Tattoo Collaboration is a set of 5 6 x 12 cm plates, each with a variety of images created by 4 tattoo artists.  What they came up with are some insanely unique images that I’ve never seen on a stamping plate before.  It was a blast translating them onto my little nail canvasses.  I also have a brand new affiliate code so you can use COPY10 to save 10% on your order.  


Friday, 13 July 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does White/Nail Crazies Unite does Sea Creatures - Great White Sharks

Hey there!  And finally, I'm back to a stamping design for my final Digit-al Dozen White mani AND this week's Nail Crazies Unite prompt of Sea Creatures.  I wracked my brain for white sea animals and could only think of seals.  Luckily my sister is far more clever than I and she thought of great white sharks.  And, since Shark Week starts next weekend, it's almost perfect timing!



Thursday, 12 July 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does White - Opals

Hey there!  Okay, let me start by saying that my fourth Digit-al Dozen does White design did not turn out how they did in my head.  Opals are my favourite stone and they're white (with flecks of awesomeness) so I thought that would make a good "white" mani.  I don't know what these turned into but they weren't very opalescent.  I think they were too sparkly.  But I'm using them anyway because the idea was still fun even if the execution was poor.  Plus it took awhile with all the gel polish curing so I'm sticking with them!



Wednesday, 11 July 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does White - Moonflowers

Hey there!  For my third Digit-al Dozen "white" nail art, I wanted to do some white flowers.  I suppose I could've done any floral nails in white, but I remembered that moonflowers are apparently white.  I don't think I've ever actually seen a moonflower but I love the Moonflower Polish brand so I thought I'd combine the polish with the nail art.  I tried with all my might to find a stamping plate that would work but, can you believe, I couldn't find a single moonflower image in all my plates?!  So I used the Moonflower Polish bottle and attempted to freehand them.



Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does White - White Wine

Hey there!  For my second "White" Digit-al Dozen mani, I did some stamping that I went with white wine.  I rarely drink wine and, when I do, I prefer it to be the bubbly sort so I think I would prefer white to red wine.  But honestly I don't know.  I really just stick with drinking beer (I'm such a good Canadian) but beer isn't white so we have wine nails for today.



Monday, 9 July 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does White - Clouds

Hey there!  It's a new Digit-al Dozen week!  This week we have the theme of "White".  I have a feeling I voted for this theme but when it came to actually doing my nails, I could only picture white nails...which would make for a mighty boring week.  Instead I tried to think of things that are white (or at least have white in their names) which was still challenging but kind of fun.  I'd been wanting to do cloudy nails for awhile and clouds are white so that's my day 1.



Friday, 6 July 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Least Favourite Color

Hey there!  This week's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas prompt is Least Favourite Color.  I do like most colors...except yellow.  But I just posted a yellow mani a few weeks ago and I genuinely couldn't bring myself to do another so I went with my second least favourite color....yellow's sister, orange.  I suppose it's slightly ironic that I actually LOVE the orange base polish that I used for this sunshine-y mani considering the theme.  Plus I added my favourite color to balance it out.



Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Tropical Reverse Leadlighting

Hey there!  For awhile now, all my nail art has either been for reviews or nail art challenge groups (which I feel the utmost need to keep up on) but today's nails was something I did entirely for fun.  I think I've mentioned that I recently bought the Essie Silk Colors sheer polishes to add to my leadlighting collection.  Since there really doesn't seem to be any white in any of them, I thought they'd be perfect for some reverse leadlighting.  I was motivated by @ladyandthe_stamp's #hawaiianshirtfriday and wanted to do a sort of Hawaiian shirt print myself.  But Friday's are always nail challenge group days for me (either 26 Great Nail Art Ideas or Nail Crazies Unite) so Tuesday it is!



Friday, 29 June 2018

UberChic Beauty Collection 27 and Moroccan Beauty Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  I don't normally sneak in here on the weekends but I couldn't wait to share the latest from UberChic Beauty.  Collection 27 and Moroccan Beauty are some gorgeous new plates.  She also just released a new holographic plate holder with pages you can move around.  I don't know about you but I do like having my plates organized in a certain way so this is a big selling feature.  Currently you can get all of these products in a launch bundle but it's only available for a limited time.  I don't know what that time limit is which is the other reason I'm posting today...to try to save any of you a bit of money in case you want them all.  I'm also sneaking in a Digit-al Dozen birthday mani for Amy of Fancy Side Nails.  She's been a bit busy being a new mommy to partake in many of our themes lately but we wish her the happiest of birthdays this month!


Nail Crazies Unite - Galaxy

Hey there!  This week's Nail Crazies Unite prompt is one I've done a lot.  I really can't get enough of galaxy nail art but I feel like I can never come up with something new.  For today I tried a drag marble with the KBShimmer Launch Party magnetics and after putting them on my nails, I thought it'd be a good base for something space-like.  If I had to do this again, I'd use less black and leave more color but I think it's still an interesting galaxy mani.



Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Lina Nail Art Supplies Summer 03 and Dress Your Nails 02 Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  I hope everyone has had a lovely day so far!  I have to admit that my mood has been rather sour since spraining my ankle last week.  It's been a swollen, black and blue mess and  I'm pretty tired of the pain and the limping.  On the plus side, it's given me lots of couch time to play with some stamping plates I've been sent recently, starting with these two from Lina Nail Art Supplies.  I've been a fan of this brand since she started.  I use her Make Your Mark plates A LOT but today I'm branching out with a couple of the other series.  First up we'll have her 4 Seasons - Summer 03 plate and then Dress Your Nails 02.  The looks of these plates are so different which tells me she has a pretty diverse imagination when coming up with her plates.  In other words, she has something for everyone.


Tuesday, 26 June 2018

KBShimmer x Harlow & Co. Exclusives Swatches & Review

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Hey there!  I thought I'd pop in again today to share my swatches of the recently released Harlow & Co. KBShimmer Exclusives.  This is really a dream combination.  KBShimmer are easily amongst my favourite brands and Harlow is a stellar Canadian distributor (she DOES ship internationally as well).  I met Katie last summer and she was as sweet as can be, just as I expected from my online interactions with her.  During the last restock I purchased some of the new KBShimmer summer collection and Katie included these with my order and I swatched them right away.  I don't know how exclusives are designed but whoever came up with these did one heck of a job.  They're really beautiful.


Monday, 25 June 2018

Delush Polish Magnificent Trio Swatches & Review

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Hey there!  Today I have a prequel to the upcoming Delush Polish summer collection.  This Sunday (July 1st) will be releasing the Magnificent Trio, three magnetic polishes filled with ultrachrome chameleon flakies and gorgeous aurora shimmer.  I'm all on board the magnetic polish bandwagon and these ones are really special.  I don't know if it's the flakies or the shimmer or the fact that the magnetic effect was SO easy to achieve but I really love them.  The application of all of them was really easy.  For each I used one thin coat, let it dry a bit and then applied a thicker second coat and hovered the Delush Polish magnet (also being released this week) over it for just a few seconds.  Just be sure to do the magnet part one nail at a time.  The polish does need to be wet to get the best effect.

Friday, 22 June 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Graffiti

Hey there!  I hope everyone is having a lovely Friday...at 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!