Thursday, February 28, 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, February 26, 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, February 25, 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 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, February 15, 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, February 14, 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, February 13, 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, February 12, 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, February 11, 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, February 5, 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, February 3, 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, February 1, 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.