Tuesday, 26 March 2019

My Mani Box Review - A Tangled Web November 2018

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Hey there!  Oh should I say Aloha since I'm currently enjoying my Maui vacation.  Everyone else is getting a good night's sleep to prepare for our Road To Hana trip tomorrow (which, as far as I understand it, is a full day drive around the island).  I get crazy motion sickness but I put an anti-motion sickness patch behind my ear and have a purse full of drugs so I'm hoping I won't be getting sick on the side of the road tomorrow.  But before that, I have another My Mani Box review for everyone.  My Mani Box is Beautometry's nail art subscription box, always with an indie polish, 2 MoYou London plates and more.  This box was packed with goodies.  Let's take a look!

Friday, 22 March 2019

Maniology Women's Empowerment Stamping Plates

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Hey there!  I'm currently sitting in the airport waiting for my flight to Maui (woohoo!) and I thought it'd be the perfect time for a Maniology review (since they are lucky enough to be based in Hawaii).  They recently released two Women's Empowerment plates.  Our nail polish community has a ton of great women in it (and some great men as well).  I think it's lovely that they designed two plates to celebrate us.  Since there are so many wonderful indie maker women, I thought it'd be nice to focus my mani's on them as well so I used all polishes made by some powerful women.  I wish I had enough time to do manis with all of the great women makers but I could only focus on a few for this post.  But in case any of you are reading this, we appreciate you all!  And for anyone who is interested in purchasing any Maniology products, please use the coupon code COPY10 to save 10% (or $5 off your first Mani X Me box)

Monday, 18 March 2019

My Mani Box Review - Fantastic Beasts (October 2018)

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Hey there!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Mine was busy but fun.  On Saturday I tie-dyed shirts with my family, went to a potluck at my friends', spent some time with another friend and on Sunday I met another friend's brand new baby and went and saw Captain Marvel.  By Sunday evening I was so tired!  I didn't even get any nail stuff done.  Luckily I have a few posts worth of stuff done already so I won't go AWOL this week.  Today I have a quick look at what was in October 2018's Fantastic Beasts My Mani Box.  This is the perfect time for me personally to be checking it out since I'm finally putting in the effort to watch the Harry Potter movies.  I got through the first two in the last few days so I expect, if I keep at it, I'll be watching Fantastic Beasts soon enough.

Friday, 15 March 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Books - Romeo and Juliet

Hey there!  We're at the end of the week and that means my final book mani for The Digit-al Dozen's theme this month.  I won't even pretend like these were particularly inspired.  I bought this Romeo and Juliet plate knowing this theme was coming up and because my sister teaches Romeo and Juliet in her English class and I thought she might like to use it one day.  I did read Romeo and Juliet back in the day (for fun, not even for school, that's how big a nerd I am) but this is another instance where the movie wins over the books.  I have probably seen Baz Luhrmann's rendition of Romeo and Juliet 50 times.  What can I say, just like for The Great Gatsby which I did the other day, his movies are really exciting versions of pretty dull books.  Not that Romeo and Juliet is dull, but old English just isn't my thing...

Thursday, 14 March 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Books - Watchmen

Hey there!  For my fourth Digit-al Dozen book mani, I have my one and only freehand design this week.  Today I did Watchmen.  When I was trying to come up with book ideas, I was talking to my friend who normally takes zero interest in my nail art but he came in handy this time!  He said "does a graphic novel count?" and I immediately knew what he was thinking.  This was a book I read way back in the day, before the movie was released.  I remember ordering it and seeing it was a graphic novel.  In my mind a graphic novel was a novel, with a few pictures.  Little did I know it was a giant comic.  I've never been a comic fan but this book was great!  I should probably re-read it before the HBO show comes out!

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Book - The Great Gatsby

Hey there!  For Day 3 of The Digit-al Dozen's Book Week, I did a book I absolutely hated, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Now, it's bold of me to say that since it's a classic but I more or less detested every character in it.  That being said, it's one of my favourite movies.  I love how Baz Luhrmann adapts stories to movies.  Plus the soundtrack is amazing.  So my nails are a mix of the book cover plus the movie, with it's art deco motifs.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Maniology Spring Occasions Bundle

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Hey there!  I'm back for a second time today because I don't want to wait to share this fun little nail art set from Maniology.  They have a released a mini Spring Occasions Bundle which contains a stamping plate, a polish, 2 sheets of nail stickers and an ice cube stamper that is currently only $15 USD.  Or, if you don't like the bundle, each item can also be purchased separately but the bundle is certainly a better value.  I spent my weekend playing with all the items and can happily say I had no issues.  If you're interested in any Maniology products, or the Mani X Me box, please use the coupon code COPY10 to save yourself some moolah!

The Digit-al Dozen does Books - Harry Potter

Hey there!  For 2 day of The Digit-al Dozen's Book week, I did (almost) everyone's favourites...Harry Potter!  I re-read these books last summer and still absolutely loved them.  And again, was genuinely scared towards the end so I can't imagine how kids feel reading them.  I still need to watch the movies though so I can keep listening to the podcast Binge Mode: Harry Potter.  I have had all the discs sitting beside my TV since summer but still haven't watched them.  I should probably get to that so I can give them back to my sister but I just don't like movies.  I know, I'm a weirdo.  I just prefer to watch TV while I play with my nail polish...

Monday, 11 March 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Books - The Secret Life of Bees

Hey there!  It's time for a new Digit-al Dozen week!  Normally I'm so incredibly pumped but this week was HARD!  For March, we're doing a book theme.  I'm someone who loves reading but who has always found translating the books I love onto my nails to be a tough task.  But I did my best for this week.  Secretly, I modelled most of my manis after books that just happened to fit some plates I recently bought and wanted to use so they're not necessarily my favorite books but they are all books I've read.  I actually bought one of the plates just because I knew this week was coming up.  A lot of the plates I buy go unused because I tend to have a lot of plates to review but I'm happy to say that all the plates from my last Clear Jelly Stamper order have officially been used...woohoo!  I'm starting off this week with The Secret Life of Bees, a book from 2001 by Sue Monk Kidd.  I'm not going to lie.  I didn't really remember what this book was about so I started re-reading it when I did this mani.  I'm about halfway through re-reading it.  I hope it really is about "bee-ing kind"!

Friday, 8 March 2019

My Mani Box - Cheers To The Holiday (December 2018)

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Hey there!  Earlier this week I said I'd have more My Mani Box reviews coming up and I'm already back with another: December 2018's Cheers To The Holidays.  Again, if you haven't heard, My Mani Box is a nail art subscription box that always includes 2 MoYou London stamping plates, a polish plus other nail art goodies.  I was worried December's box might be too winter-y.  Little did I know that I'd be in blizzard-like weather today.  March 8th and we're getting 6 inches of snow today.  But don't worry, if you decide to check out My Mani Box yourself, you won't be getting winter themed plates.  This month's theme is Birds Of A Feather so I can't imagine there'd be any snow in there (since most of the world isn't as chilly as we are up in Canada).

Thursday, 7 March 2019

UberChic Beauty Secret Garden and Cultural Harmony Stamping Plates

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Hey there!  I hope every has had a good Thursday.  I personally can't wait for Friday.  This week has felt looonnngggg!!  But the highlight of it was getting to play with the new UberChic Beauty stamping plates the last couple of nights.  I received the Secret Garden plate and the Cultural Harmony plate on Monday after work and they jumped to the top of my "must try" pile.  I definitely wasn't disappointed.  Normally I don't get things posted so quickly but these couldn't wait.  So now you get to see what I've worn yesterday and today (and the ones I had to do and take off right away so I could blog about them sooner...sad face).

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Maniology Fruit Deco Layers (M028 and M029) Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  Hope everyone is doing well today.  Personally I've been stuck in a basement at work all day today so it's good to be above ground and seeing the sky again!  Today I'm taking a look at two of the newer stamping plates from Maniology.  The Fruit Deco Layers plates were released last month as their first big leap into layered stamping plates.  The two plates released so far are quite unrelated; the first has a bunch of fruit images (kinda like a fruit bowl for your nails...yum!!) and the second has what they call "kitchen tile" images that are really pretty!  I did 5 manis so far with these plates (for the fifth, you'll need to scroll down since I didn't include it in the collage) and they're great.  If you've never tried layered stamping, now is your chance.  And don't forget to use the code COPY10 to save 10% off these already inexpensive plates!

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

My Mani Box - I Love Unicorns (August 2018)

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Hey there!  Last week I got the mother of all review packages from the lovely folks over at Beautometry, including a few months worth of My Mani Box collections.  For those that are unaware, My Mani Box is a monthly nail art box (which you can purchase monthly or at a reduced subscription rate) that always includes indie polish, 2 MoYou London stamping plates and some extras.  I'll have a look at all that I received over the next couple of weeks but for now I'm starting with August of last year.  It had the theme of I Love Unicorns so you better believe there was a ton of unicorn-related items in there.  While this theme is over, it gives you an idea of the type of items that you could expect in these boxes.  I'll have a look at a few of them over the next couple weeks which

Monday, 4 March 2019

Delush Polish The Rising Maidens Collection

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Hey there!  I'm super pumped today to be sharing Delush Polish brand new collection.  The Rising Maidens collection, inspired by The Handmaid's Tale, a fantastic show and book (if I'm remembering high school English class as well as I think I do) just launched today.  This is a collection of 7 incredibly unique polishes.  It felt like every polish had some sort of surprise in it.  There's magnetics, shimmers, flakies and even one that is thermal AND magnetic.  It's been awhile since Delush released a new collection but these are well worth the wait.  Let's have a little look!

Friday, 1 March 2019

Maniology Mani X Me March 2019 Review

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Hey there!  I am on the ball this month!  It's only March 1 and I'm ready to go with this month's Maniology Mani X Me nail art subscription box review.  For those that don't know, Maniology is lucky enough to be based in beautiful Hawaii so they took inspiration from their environment with this month's theme of Pure Aloha.  The box contains 2 exclusive stamping plates, focusing on the birds and the flowers of the islands, 2 stamping polishes and a locally-made jar of balm (and an Ice Cube Clear Stamper, if it's your first month).  I was so excited for this box as soon as I saw a preview of it.  I'm a giant homebody and don't really enjoy travelling but I've been to Hawaii twice and I'm going for a third time at the end of this month!  How perfect would these products be for my vacation nails?  And, as a note, while Mani X Me is a subscription box, you can just sign up month by month if you don't want the commitment (though the prices change as you increase subscription time).  And you can save $5 off your first box by using my COPY10 coupon code.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Kokie Cosmetics Nail Polish Swatches and Review

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Hey there!  Today I have swatches of some Kokie Cosmetics polishes.  I don't think Kokie releases collections so this is just a random selection of polishes.  I've reviewed polishes for them before and have always been pleasantly surprised.  Their cremes have ended up in quite a few nail art looks for me.  I like the formula and opacity a lot!  Today I have 4 cremes, a glitter and a metallic polish to look at.  The cremes are still my favourites but the others are nice too!  And, since I couldn't resist, I threw together a quick drip marble as well.  I love how it turned out!

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Born Pretty Store Stamping Review

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Hey there!  Today I have a stamping plate and polish review for Born Pretty Store.  I haven't reviewed a Born Pretty product in ages but I'm more than happy to.  They are certainly a go-to nail art supply store when I'm looking for quality, inexpensive products.  That being said, since they are based in Asia, orders do take awhile to appear in my mail box but I'm rarely disappointed once I receive them.  They sent me 2 stamping plates and 2 chameleon stamping polishes to try out so let's take a look!

Monday, 25 February 2019

Maniology Daisy Downer (M026 and M027) Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  Yikes, a whole week without blogging.  Last week was a hella work week but I think this week will be easier so it'll be blog central over here!  Starting with a look at some of my favourite new plates from Maniology, the Daisy Downer plates.  These are the grumpy flower plates and I think they are absolutely hilarious.  I think we all think of flowers as pretty and girly but these little guys are angry...in the best way possible!  I know I certainly feel like this sometimes at least!  If they strike you like they did me, feel free to use the coupon code COPY10 to save yourself 10% on your next Maniology order.

Friday, 15 February 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Textured - Mermaid Sea Glass

Hey there!  Today brings us to the end of another Digit-al Dozen themed week.  I double posted a bunch this week so I feel like it's been a long week of blogging for me so I'll be happy to take tomorrow off and hopefully start on next month's nails.  If I don't get them done this weekend, I'm not sure when I'll have time.  I've never skipped a DD month yet and I'm not planning on starting now!  Anyway, for today's 5th and final textured look, I'm not entirely sure what I was going for.  I've called them sea glass nails but I don't think that's entirely accurate thanks to the flakies, hence I've called them mermaid sea glass. ..

Thursday, 14 February 2019

My Valentine's Day Nails with Polished For Days New Years Duo Swatches

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Hey there!  A couple weeks ago I reviewed the Maniology Sassy & Sweet Valentine's Day Bundle (you can see that here if you missed it) and I said that I will have failed at life if I didn't use the "Single AF" image for my real life Valentine's Day nails.  Well guess that I did!  That's right, I kept my promise to myself.  I'm calling these anti-Valentine's Day nails but honestly, I'm not anti V-Day at all.  I'm single but that doesn't mean I have to be bothered by the love-y holiday.  I have lots of love in my life, just not really the romantic kind.  So I'm planning on spending the night with my bestie eating Edmonton's best fried chicken and probably watching some sort of crime show.  Now tell me that doesn't sound like a great way to spend February 14th...  Oh and if this plate strikes your fancy, use the code COPY10 to save 10% on it, even if you have to save it for next year, though I personally think plenty of the images on it are not holiday-specific.

The Digit-al Dozen does Textured - Textured Hearts

Hey there!  Happy Valentine's Day to everyone out there!  I have my one real attempt at combining this week's Digit-al Dozen textured theme with Valentine's Day nail art today.  It's a simple one.  Just a textured polish and stencils.  Easy peasy!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Textured - Sugar Spun Nails

Hey there!  For Day 3 of The Digit-al Dozen's Textured Week, I tried my hand (no pun intended) at sugar spun nail art.  I haven't attempted this for years!  And after doing this, I remember why.  It's not the most enjoyable nail art I've done.  You have to wait until your blob of polish thickens up...but not wait so long that it dries too much.  It's constant checking!  I think I waited too long since my lines are pretty darn thick.  But at least they definitely fulfill the textured component!

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Maniology Mani X Me February 2019

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Hey there!  I'm back today with a look at this month's Mani X Me box from Maniology.  For anyone who doesn't know, Mani X Me is a subscription box (also purchasable month by month) that always contains two polishes, two stamping plates and at least one other nail art goodie, for a very reasonable price.  February's theme is Dreamland and the products certainly fit with the theme.  I was a bit hesitant about this box at first but I ended up really enjoying the nails I did with it (I mean, seriously, how can you not like a flying whale?).  I personally think I'll use these plates more in combination with other plates in the future.  There's a lot of single images which I feel would work best as accent nails or over other full nail stamps.  They're definitely unique images so they're worth a look, even if you have a ton of stamping plates.  If you're interested you can save $5 off your first Mani X Me box, using the code COPY10 (which will also save you 10% off any other Maniology order as well).  

The Digit-al Dozen does Textured - Textured Snowflakes

Hey there!  It's Day 2 of The Digit-al Dozen's Textured week.  Of course when we decided on this theme, the only thing I could think of was textured polishes.  When my sister lived with me I had far more access to them because she seems to like them more than I do.  I went through my spreadsheet and made a list of the ones I own but that list turned out to be pretty small.  I remedied that by buying a couple of new Zoya Pixie Dust polishes that I used for today's mani.  I didn't know then how appropriate my winter theme for today would end up being.  Edmonton is currently in its 12th day in a row of extreme cold warnings, with wind chills of -40 to -45 degrees.  It's currently -28 C (-19F) and I have to say that I'm pretty tired of the weather.  But it's not actually snowing so I suppose it could be worse...

Monday, 11 February 2019

Madam Glam Green Hearts Gel Polish Swatches (Partial Collection)

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Hey there!  I'm back for the second time today with a Madam Glam review post.  I couldn't wait until a free day to get these up since 1. they're pretty, 2. I did some Valentine's-related stamping over one of them and 3. I have a time-sensitive coupon code to share with you guys!  These are some new glitter-filled gel polishes that Madam Glam released last week from the Green Hearts line.  These are all 9-free, Cruelty-free and Vegan.  I know from Facebook groups that those are really important features to some consumers so Madam Glam has listened!  I was sent four of these polishes which you can see below.  And, since I couldn't resist, I did a bit of stamping over each of them too which I at least tried to keep in line with their names and/or cruelty-free status.  As always, you can use the code CLAWS30 to save 30% BUT if you order on February 14th or 15th of this year, CLAWSVday40 will save you an extra 10% (but only on the Green Hearts polishes).

The Digit-al Dozen does Textured - All The Textures...

Hey there!  It's time for a new Digit-al Dozen week.  This month we're doing "Textured".  As someone who doesn't really love textured nails (and therefore doesn't own all that many textured polishes) this one was a bit out of my wheelhouse.  But I will say that in the end I didn't hate it.  But it was weird spending the week or so that I did these over having bumpy nails.  I couldn't stop touching them when I was at work!  Anyway, I'm starting with my favourite of the week.  I think it's my favourite since it was way more badass than the nail art I usually wear...

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

UberChic Beauty Mini St. Patrick's Day Stamping Plates

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Hey there!  I know, I know, it's only February 5th so what am I doing showing St. Patrick's Day nails already?  Well, I do this for you guys, haha!  I was recently sent the brand new UberChic Beauty St. Patrick's Day 02 plate AND the original St. Patrick's Day plate which I didn't get last year and I figured it'd be a good idea to post them early in case anyone wanted to snatch them up in time for the big day this year.  For those of us outside of the US, packages can take a while to get to us so it's best to order early.  These are both mini plates, meaning they're a 6 x 12 cm plate so there's fewer images than her larger plates but the images are still a full sized 17 x 21 mm.  And the etching is still as wonderful as any of her other plates!  So here comes the green and gold manis (with one exception)!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

When Colours Collide - Dark Blue, Copper and White

Hey there!  Just popping in with a quick post today for this week's When Colours Collide prompt.  The color combo selected was dark blue, copper and white.  I instantly thought of my city's hockey team (Edmonton Oilers) but I feel like I do Oilers colors a lot so I went in a completely opposite direction.  Instead I did some simple lace stamping.  I'm not sure if I've used this image before but I'm sure it's the reason I bought this plate in the first place.  I love the flower/lace combination.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Maniology Sassy & Sweet Valentine's Day Bundle

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Hey there!  I swear I meant to be blogging all week but you know how it is, life got in the way.  I just realized this will be my second Maniology post in a row but I have no complaints about that since I've been loving my Maniology products lately.  Today's post is all about the Sassy & Sweet Valentine's Day Bundle.  This bundle contains two polishes, a stamping plate and a set of rub on decals.  All the products were great but this stamping plate is particularly awesome.  Keep reading so you can see for yourself.