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.