Friday, 13 September 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Wool/Copper - Sheep Nail Stamping

Hey there!  I'm 3 days late for this post but better late than never right?!  Since The Digit-al Dozen's theme this week is wool AND copper, I kind of wanted to alternate between them.  I couldn't think of a lot of wool nail art ideas but where does wool come from?  Sheep!  Luckily I have exactly two sheep stamping images in my entire collection so I used them both for this design.

Monday, 9 September 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Wool/Copper with UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 4

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Hey there!  Yes, I'm alive!  I realize I haven't posted in a month and never explained...but I bought a house!  So over the last month I was on vacation for 2 weeks (such an adult decision to go on vacation in the middle of the most stressful time ever), packed up and cleaned the old apartment, moved, unpacked and spent more money than I have in my entire life since it turns out houses need far more furniture than apartments.  And, of course, I broke most of my nails in the process which was okay because I was kind of checked out of nail world for awhile.  But I'm back just in time for this month's Digit-al Dozen theme of Wool/Copper (the traditional 7th anniversary gifts since September marks the DD's 7th year in existence).  I haven't done any manis ahead of time but I did pull out my stamping goodies last night so I wouldn't have to miss this week.  As I was moving I received some new plates from UberChic Beauty so I thought I'd combine the Lovely Leaves 4 plate with some copper stamping since copper is such a perfect autumn color.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Indie Pickup August 2019 - Hit The Bottle Lightshow

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Hey there!  Well it's vacation time for me but I seem to have enough cell signal that I'm not totally offline which is a nice change.  It's a good thing too since I didn't have a chance to post Hit The Bottle's contribution to Indie Pickup this month before I left.  Lightshow is a linear holographic top coat.  I tried it out over both white and black and it's a lovely top coat to add a bit of sparkle to any mani!

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Maniology Mani X Me Box July 2019

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Hey there!  I hope everyone is having a great day.  I know I've been saying I'm pretty behind in my blogging because of general life stuff.  In fact I'm so far behind that I didn't get to play with this month's Mani X Me Box until just last night and it's the last day to order it.  In fact, it might be too late today to get the Metamorphosis box but, if you email them, the lovely folks at Maniology might hook you up.  For anyone who doesn't know, the Mani X Me box is a monthly subscription box with 2 exclusive plates, 2 polishes and an extra.  July's box was all about bugs, both the creepy-crawly kind and the pretty kind.  I really liked this month's plates so I'm disappointed in myself for not getting to it sooner.  Hopefully you can still get your hands on it and, if you can, please use the coupon code COPY10 to save $5 off your first box.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Hit The Bottle Chrome Sweet Chrome Stamping Polish Swatches

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Hey there!  I'm back today with more stuff I've been waiting to post.  Hit The Bottle released a collection of pastel metallic stamping polish this year called "Chrome Sweet Chrome" and they are superb!  I received them to review from one of Hit The Bottle's distributors, Beautometry, who just so happens to be having a preorder on all of the out-of-stock shades going right now.  Usually I find that when a polish is chrome, it's always really silvery and loses its color but Michelle has managed to get that metallic finish without losing any of the vibrance.  Aren't they lovely?

Maniology Classique Stamping Plates

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Hey there!  I've had the Classique plates from Maniology for quite awhile but they sold out so quickly that I've held back on posting about them until they're back in stock.  And this weekend I got the email that they're back!!  These two plates are wonderful for making simple (you might even say classic) manis but are also great for those of us that like to jazz it up just a little bit more. I wasn't remotely surprised at how quickly they sold out since these should be staples in everyone's stamping plate collection.  If they strike your fancy, please use the coupon code COPY10 to save yourself 10%!

Friday, 19 July 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Christmas In July - Christmas Flamingos!

Hey there!  After my last couple of posts (which were pretty blech) I'm happy to be ending The Digit-al Dozen's Christmas In July week with one that I think is pretty darn cute.  Seriously, what's better than flamingos in Santa hats?  Nothing, that's what!

Thursday, 18 July 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Christmas In July - Neon Santa

Hey there!  It's Day 4 of The Digit-al Dozen's Christmas In July week and today's mani is pretty much a nail fail.  I wanted to do typical holiday images but in neon so it would be summer-y but I was clearly not on my game the night I did these.  Once I put the picture on the computer I wasn't happy so I did another neon holiday mani but it was even worse!  So I gave up and stuck with this one.  But I promise, tomorrow's mani won't suck so bear with me...

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Christmas In July - Santa Flying Over The Tropics

Hey there!  I know, it's pretty late to be getting up a Digit-al Dozen post but gotta fit in the blogging when I can...ya know?  For today's Christmas In July design, I wanted to have Santa and his reindeer flying over a tropical sunset.  I also wanted that sunset to be snowing but that got pretty hidden...but the thought was there!

August Polish Pickup - Hit The Bottle Guilded Mystique

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Hey there!  Tonight I'm sharing my second ever Polish Pickup press sample...and it just so happens to be from one of my favourite brands (and nail polish friends).  Hit The Bottle's Guilded Mystique is Hit The Bottle's contribution to August's theme of At The Carnival.  This will only be available from August 2-5, 2019 so get it while you can.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Christmas In July - Merry Summer!

Hey there!  I asked my sister to help me come up with Christmas In July nail ideas for this week's Digit-al Dozen theme and she came across a picture of a watermelon Christmas tree.  It was just such a perfect blend of summer and Christmas that I couldn't not use it.  I wasn't entirely sure what else to do with it but I thought neon Christmas lights would be fun so that's what I have to share today.

Monday, 15 July 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Christmas In July - Christmas Beach Party

Hey there!  Long time, no talk!  I've been a bit of a mess lately so blogging hasn't been highest on my priority list.  But the reason is a pretty exciting one...I've been looking to buy a house and I think I found one!  It's been mighty stressful though.  I don't know how some people look for ages and ages looking for the perfect place.  I would probably develop 500 ulcers if I did that.  It's been about 2 months for me and that's plenty!  But, stress or not, I didn't want to miss our Digit-al Dozen week.  This month's theme is Christmas In July.  At first I hated the idea of the theme but it ended up being pretty fun.  For my first mani, I went with a beach party design.  Because even Santa and his elves deserve some relaxation time, tropical drinks and all!

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Maniology Pineapple Whip Stamping Starter Kit

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Hey there!  Today I have a look at one of the newer stamping kits from Maniology.  Occasionally they come out with these "stamping starter kits" which are great for starters since they come with a stamper but they're also great for us veterans because it's sort of like a mini Mani X Me box.  You get polish and a plate and who doesn't need an extra stamper (especially if you like doing reverse stamping so you can do them all at once)?  This is the Pineapple Whip Starter Kit.  Since Maniology is based in Hawaii, there's often a bit of a pineapple feel to them...probably because they often include pineapple-flavored gummy candy in orders which just so happen to be the most delicious candy ever invented.  It just made sense for them to make a whole pineapple-themed kit!  Now normally I'd say use the code COPY10 to save yourself 10% (which you can do on any regular priced Maniology order) but it's currently on sale for for only $15 USD (regular $24 USD) which is almost 40% off so if this interests you, I'd say jump on it now while it's on sale.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Moonflower Polish Gemstones Pt. 2 Swatches

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Hey There!  Today I'm having a look at Moonflower Polish's Gemstones Pt 2 collection.  I previously reviewed the first Gemstones collection way back in October (that post can be found here) and loved them so I'm so happy she came out with a new set to expand the color line.  I have found Moonflower's stamping polishes to be spot one, especially when you're looking for something outside of cremes.  She has really mastered the formula for putting enough holo or shimmer in her polishes for the sparkle to show while also having enough color that not everything gets silver-ed out.  I also really like using them as regular polish.  They apply easily and opaquely, perfect for the person on the go.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

My Mani Box - Stained Glass (February 2019)

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Hey there!  Today I'm sharing a few looks I did with an older My Mani Box from Beautometry.  My Mani Box is a subscription nail art box that you can order monthly or for 3, 6, or even 12 months.  Each month's box contains 2 MoYou London stamping plates (you pick regular or XL sized), a stamping accessory plus more.  I've generally found that they usually contain at least one indie polish and they've all been lovely.  February's box theme was Stained Glass.  Let's take a look at it.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Maniology Mani X Me Box - June 2019

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Hey there!  Happy Monday everybody!  Today I'm sharing my look at this month's Maniology Mani X Me Box, Memphis Mod.  The Mani X Me Box is a monthly subscription box with 2 plates, 2 stamping polishes (which can also be used as regular polish) and an extra.  That being said, you can opt out any month or just buy month by month so it's not a huge commitment.  But if you're not someone who has accumulated a big stash of stamping polishes, it's a great way to build your collection at a very reasonable cost.  I'll be honest, when I first saw this month's preview, I wasn't fully sold on it but when I did these manis last week, I kinda fell in love with it.  The polishes are perfect for summer and the plates encourage some fun geometric looks.  Plus, the pineapple plate holder is absolutely adorable.  If this (or any other Maniology products) interests you, please use the code COPY10 to save yourself some money!

Friday, 14 June 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Vacation - Stormy Tropics

Hey there!  It's the last day of The Digit-al Dozen's Vacation week.  For the last hurrah, I have a result that was quite different than the intent.  I thought I'd be getting a calm, sunny tropical mani but what I got ended up looking like a storm!  Let me know if you see the same as me.  To me it looks like water, trees and lightning...though that could just be my fear of lightning that's making me see it.

UberChic Beauty Summer Ready Holos and Stamping Gel Polish

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Hey there!  I've been blogging for UberChic Beauty since she first released stamping plates but now she's expanded into the polish world, with both a line of Summer-Ready Holos gel polish AND stamping gel polish.  That's right...gel polish that stamps!  I often see people asking if there's stamping gel polish and now I can have a recommendation for them.  I could be wrong but, as far as I know, this is the first of its kind.

Edit: I just noticed I must have pressed Publish when I was putting this post together last night instead of "Save"...I hope no one had actually looked at it yet!  It's all fixed now!

Thursday, 13 June 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Vacation - My Hawaii Nails

Hey there!  For today's Digit-al Dozen Vacation mani, I decided it'd be a good time to post the mani I actually wore went I went on vacation this year.  I only go on a real vacation every 5 years so when I do, deciding what to put on my nails is STRESSFUL.  Am I alone in that?  I don't know why I get so stressed since I always bring other polish and change it when I'm away but I guess it's hard for me to decide on something that I know will be on my nails for at least the first few days.  For my Hawaiian vacation this year, I decided to use an old Maniology (then Bundle Monster) plate that was put out in a Polynesian bundle with the islands of Hawaii in the shape of flowers.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Vacation - Camping Nails

Hey there!  For Day 3 of The Digit-al Dozen's Vacation week, I did a vacation idea that so many people I know love...camping.  Personally I haven't slept in a tent or even a camper in close to 20 years.  I will always choose the comfort of a bed over the ground but that's just me...

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Vacation - Live Love Lake

Hey there!  It's the second day of The Digit-al Dozen's Vacation Week and, since I tend to spend all my vacation time at the lake, I really wanted to do some slightly less tropical nails.  A couple weeks ago my sister and I did a sign painting night and I think one of the phrases you could paint was "Live Love Lake" and I thought I could get that on my nails.  But of course there wasn't a stamping plate with just the word "lake" so I tried to improvise....and failed.  I do love the lake but it turns out it was impossible for me to turn the word love into lake without creating this mess!  Other than that one word though, I did like this mani.  Apparently I just need to convince a plate maker to throw the "Lake" onto a plate so I can do this again, properly!

Monday, 10 June 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Vacation with UberChic Beauty Beach Please and Modern Tropical

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Hey there!  It's time for a new Digit-al Dozen week!  This month our theme is Vacation and, since when I think of vacation, I think of tropical destinations which fits perfectly with two new plates from UberChic Beauty that I received to review.  The last package I received contained a bunch of wrapped up surprise plates to be opened and revealed on certain days.  On May 29th, she released these two plates, Beach Please and Modern Tropical.  And this week there will be a new plate everyday.  How fun!  In addition, she has recently released some gel polish including stamping gel polish which is what I used for all the stamping today.  I do have swatches of each as well but I haven't gotten them up yet.  Hopefully that'll be up tomorrow in case you wanted to have a look at everything on its own as well.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Lina Nail Art Supplies Stamping Polish and Fearless Top Coat Review

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Hey there!  I hope everybody is having a lovely week.  Today I'm sharing some playing I did last week with Lina Nail Art Supplies recent release of stamping polishes and top coat.  She's been making amazing stamping plates for awhile now and I'm pleased to report that she's done a great job with her stamping polish line as well.  The Queen Of Carnival collection is a set of 5 vibrant metallic stamping polishes inspired by Mardi Gras.  In addition to those 5, she more recently released a black stamping polish and top coat that are formulated to work well with powders, foils and more.  Overall these are really welcome additions to my collection!

Friday, 31 May 2019

Esmaltes da Kelly Sesame Street Collection

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Hey there!  2 full weeks and no blogging.  I was at a conference last week that pretty much turned my brain inside out and, since I was away from the lab for a week, this week has been stupidly busy.  But I'm finally back today with swatches of the Sesame Street collection of polishes from Esmaltes da Kelly that are available for all us international folks from Beautometry.  Esmaltes da Kelly always comes up with fun, interesting collections and the most adorable labels in the business.  This collection has a mix of holographic polishes (that are also great for stamping) and glitter polishes.  Let's have a look!

Friday, 17 May 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Colors - Orange Dotticure

Hey there!  I hope all my Canadian friends are excited for the long weekend. I know I am because that means I can finally go back to my happy place, the lake.  But first, my final Digit-al Dozen Colors/Colorful mani.  I went with a color I don't wear all the often - orange.  I think the only color I wear less than orange is yellow which is why I fully eliminated yellow from my rainbow this week.  I actually copycat-ed myself today with this mani I did over 4 years ago with a concentric dotticure.  I just changed up the color.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Colors - Red Brushstroke Nails

Hey there!  For Day 4 of the Digit-al Dozen's Color/Colorful week, I wanted to focus on red today.  I was trying to use different techniques as well as different colors for my manis this week For today I did a really quick brushstroke mani focusing on red.  When I did these this weekend I believe I described them as "the stuff of nightmares" but, looking at them again, I kinda like them.  They're more abstract than my typical nail art but abstract is good!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Colors - Purple (invisible) Gradient and Stamping

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Hey there!  This is what we call bedtime blogging...or at least I do.  It's 11:54 pm and I should be getting ready for bed but I haven't gotten today's Digit-al Dozen post done yet so today is gonna be a quickie.  My color of choice today is purple.  I wanted to do something inspired by this awesome mani from @teenynails but where I went strayed from the original idea.  But since I never get tired of nighttime silhouette looks, I loved it.  Most of the products I used can still be found on Maniology's website (even though I purchased these plates ages ago).  If you want to do something similar with them you can use the code COPY10 to save yourself 10% on them.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Colors - Blue Stripes

Hey there!  For my second Digit-al Dozen Colors mani, I'm going with blue.  And to pair with my favourite color, I did my favourite nail look - stripes!  I don't know why but stripes are definitely my favourite pattern.  Unfortunately stripes are near impossible for me to stamp so I don't wear them all that often.  But a Digit-al Dozen week is worth the time it takes to use stencils so that's what I did for today.

Monday, 13 May 2019

The Digit-al Dozen does Colors - Green Drip Marble

Hey there!  Today is the start of a new Digit-al Dozen's week.  This week we doing Colors/Colorful.  I decided to take this prompt as an opportunity to really focus on a single color for each mani.  So each day I'll have a different color focus, sort of like the start of the 31 Day Challenge (which I haven't participated in for years).  I'm starting with my favourite mani that I did for these theme - a green drip marble.  Actually it's a multichrome green drip marble and I absolutely loved wearing it.  It hurt a little to use that much of some of my favourite polishes but in the end I thought it was worth it.