Saturday, 18 November 2017

Smokey Mountain Lacquers Winter/Holiday 2017 Swatches & Review

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Hey there!  I'm so pleased to bring to you a review for a new-to-me brand.  Smokey Mountain Lacquers is a 5-free indie brand based out of Nashville, USA.  Tomorrow evening (November 19th 2017)  is the launch of their Holiday/Winter 2017 collection.  This 4 polish collection was an absolute joy to swatch so this brand has a new fan in me!  There's a variety of colors and finishes that are perfect for the winter season.  Keep reading to hear all about it.

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Futuristic/Nail Crazies Unite do Stamping Over Flakie Polish

Hey there!  Today's post is some stamping I did to combine the Digit-al Dozen Futuristic theme with the Nail Crazies Unite prompt of "stamping over a flakie polish base".  I knew when we set this DD theme that I had to do some a computer-y design because computers have been driving the future for ages and are likely going to continue to do so.  So at first I used this stamping image over some foils but when the Nail Crazies Unite came out with their theme, I wanted to redo these with some flakie polish.  These are way cooler so I'm glad I did!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Futuristic: Marvel's Nebula

Hey there!  Today's Digit-al Dozen post was inspired when I was watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2 not so long ago (I'm not a big movie buff so I rarely see anything when it's super new).  When I was watching it, I kept thinking that Nebula's markings were really cool and could make great nail art.  I wrote it down as an idea for this month's Futuristic theme since, like I've been saying all week, apparently when I think futuristic, I think of space.  I'm not sure this actually turned out anything like Nebula but it still looks sort of futuristic-like, right?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Futuristic: Space Nails

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Hey there!  Since this week the Digit-al Dozen is doing a Futuristic theme, I thought it'd be a good time to share the Whats Up Nails B011 Intergalactic Encounters stamping plate.  My brain seems to really trends towards outer space when I think of the future so I did a stamped galaxy mani and some adorable little aliens and spaceships with this awesome plate.  I really enjoy all of Whats Up Nails plates but this one is particularly cool to me, possibly because I love the mystery of space so much.  Plus, I can never deny any stamping plate that has DNA on it (even if I didn't use it for today's manis).

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Futuristic - Chrome Nails

Hey there!  Today's post is a super simple look that I did for this month's Digit-al Dozen Futuristic theme.  When I was trying to come up with ideas for this prompt, quite literally the only thing I could think of was metallic nails.  I almost just did 5 days of the old Essie metallic polishes.  So how could I resist doing some chrome nails.  I know some folks are long tired of chrome but I still love it.

Monday, 13 November 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Futuristic: Star Trek Nails

Hey there!  Welcome to this month's Digit-al Dozen theme.  This month we're doing "Futuristic".  It's a pretty fun theme.  There was a fair bit of chit chat in our group about how the ladies were interpreting it.  I'm really looking forward to see what looks they've come up with.  Personally, I'm starting with some classic sci fi - Star Trek.  Luckily Fab Ur Nails has a plate with the insignia so this was easy peasy.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Painted Polish Fall Into Zen Cremes Swatches

Hey there!  Since I've been a big blogging slacker, I thought I'd write up a quick post on the weekend just to share some stamping polishes I recently purchased.  I'd never tried Painted Polish before but I kept seeing awesome photos on Instagram so I got tempted.  I particularly love that they're polishes that are good to wear as regular polish OR to use for stamping.  Plus they're 5-free and cruelty-free.  So I decided to try them out and bought the Fall Into Zen cremes.  I bought a couple others (a black and a brown) but only tested out the fall cremes in actual stamping swatches.  I also wore a couple of them over some holo powder so that's in here as well.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Whats Up Nails Geo-Radical and Mandala Blossoms Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  So I've gone from no blog posts in a week to two in one day!  But I couldn't wait any longer to share these designs using a couple of Whats Up Nails stamping plates any longer.  This is the post I've been meaning to share for days.  I got to play with the the Geo-Radical (B015) and the Mandala Blossoms (A008) plates.  I have to be honest; normally I'm not in love with either geometric nor mandala nails.  Or rather I should say that when the themes come up in challenge prompts, that I have problems coming up with designs I like.  BUT I really loved these plates, especially the Geo-Radical plate!  The etching is amazing, as it always is with Whats Up Nails plates and the designs are really fun!  Hopefully you'll like what I did with them too...keep reading to see what I used!  

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Animal Print In Wrong Colours

Hey there!  I'm SO sorry I've disappeared all week.  I swear I had blogging on my To Do list every day and then something always came up.  Next week is a new Digit-al Dozen week so I promise I'll have posts everyday (and maybe even one this weekend).  Even though I accidentally took a mini blogging break, I couldn't skip out on this week's 26 Great Nail Art Challenge theme.  The theme is a fun one: animal print in wrong colors.  I asked my sister what to do and she said pink zebras so that's what I have today.  It also happens to be a month of animal patterns for the Nail Challenge Collaborative so it's a 2 for 1!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Neutral Colors

Hey there!  A couple weeks ago the last Nail Crazies Unite challenge ended but the ladies have come up with new prompts for another round of it and I couldn't be more excited.  The prompts they've posted so far are all new and are going to be really fun.  The first one they've done is simple but something I so rarely do - Neutral Colors!  I don't know why I tend to wear such bright colours on my nails but I have to admit that I love this more neutral mani.  I did sneak some color in there but it's still very muted compared by my usual nails.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Lina Nail Art Supplies Totally Negative and Twirls & Swirls Review

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Hey there!  Now that Halloween is officially over for 2017, I can share some non-holiday stamping (without secretly feeling like I'm betraying all the Halloween addicts out there).  Today I have a couple of the GORGEOUS new plates from Lina Nail Art Supplies, Totally Negative 01 and Twirls & Swirls 01.  They're both really lovely (and work flawlessly, as I've come to expect from Lina Nail Art Supplies) but I have to admit that I was absolutely drooling over Totally Negative from the second I saw previews of it.  I adore negative space stamping so to have an entire plate of images for it is practically a dream come true!  My collage below has a couple manis I did with each of the plates but there's an extra one if you follow the jump.  I already couldn't resist doing more with the Totally Negative plate!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Birthdays - October 2017

Hey there!  I hope everyone's weekend is going swell.  Mine has been mighty busy (for an introvert like me) so I'm going to enjoy some couch and swatching time today.  But first, and way more importantly, The Digit-al Dozen is celebrating our only October baby, Amber from Nails Like Lace for this month's birthday mani.  Every month, the birthday girl(s) pick an image for us to be inspired by and Amber chose a fun (but strange) cat.  Check out the original inspiration after the jump.

Friday, 27 October 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Negative Space Halloween

Hey there!  I think today is going to be my final Halloween nail art look for the year.  I have to admit, I'm a bit tired of doing them (though I'm still incredibly impressed by ones I've seen other nail ladies doing).  It feels like I've had Halloween nails on for two months!  But at least my final one is combined with a negative space prompt for the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge this week.  I do love negative space stamping images so that's how I've interpreted it.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Whats Up Nails Aurora Supreme Comparison and Review

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Hey there!  Today I have a blog of a few products from Whats Up Nails.  This summer they came out with their Aurora Pigment, a powder that gives a beautiful unicorn chrome look to lighter base colors.  More recently they released 3 new Aurora products, the "Supreme" line.  There's a powder, a pigment and some flakies in this line.  I was lucky enough to receive all 3 of them.  I tested all three out and did some stamping with the B014 Magical Playground plate.  I also did a comparison of these three with the original pigment.  The differences are subtle but hopefully they might help anyone who is trying to decide which of these to purchase.  This post is pretty photo heavy (I really love the Aurora products) so buckle in!

Monday, 23 October 2017

Lina Nail Art Supplies Spooklicious 01 and 02 Review

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Hey there!  Since Halloween is coming up quick, I thought today would be a good time to show you the two Spooklicious plates from Lina Nail Art Supplies.  When Lina asked me if I wanted to try out a few of the new plates, of course I jumped at the chance.  I've adored her plates since she started her brand late last year, both as a blogger and a regular ol' customer.  I'd been kicking myself for missing out on the first Spooklicious plate last year so I made sure to purchase it this year.  I've done a couple manis with each plate to share with you guys today.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Whats Up Nails Water Decals

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Hey there!  I hope everyone's weekend has gone well.  Mine has been very relaxing, maybe a little too much so.  So I've decided to put my couch time to good use to show you guys some incredible water decals I recently received from Whats Up Nails.  Don't be surprised that these are some super high quality decals.  I've been consistently impressed with all the products I've gotten to review for them and these are no different.  Keep reading to see all the details.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Vampy Matte

Hey there!  Today brings me to the last post (at least of this round) of the Nail Crazies Unite challenge.  But at least we know there will be more prompts coming next month!  To end this time around, we're finishing with Vampy Matte, a theme I was super looking forward to but ended up sort of failing at.  I love vampy colors and I love making my nail art matte, but these just ended up too dark to see all the stamping (hence the overexposed photos).  I liked the final look anyway, even if I was the only one who could see the lacey background in real life.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Moonflower Polish Holographic and Metallic Stamping Polish Swatches & Review

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Hey there!  Today marks the release of two new stamping polish collections from Moonflower Polish.  There's a set of 6 holographics which are absolutely perfect for fall  and a set of 5 metallics.  Both collections are lovely, both as stamping polish AND as regular polish.  Maybe some of you have noticed but I pretty consistently use Moonflower Polish not just for stamping but also for nail art since it's so opaque.  It's fabulous for gradients and for quickly painting in reverse stamping.  I'm happy to now have these sets in my possession so I can do the same with them!  As a side note, the creator, Nadia, is such a perfectionist that she noticed some parts of these formulations that she thought could be made even better so she has since modified them a bit (which I'll make note of in my descriptions).  You gotta love a maker that wants to keep improving her product!  Keep reading for all the details and links.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

UberChic Beauty Radiate Love & Texture-Licious 03 Review

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Hey there!  It feels like most of what I've been blogging about lately is Halloween-themed so it's refreshing to be sharing some just lovely stamping plates today.  Recently UberChic Beauty has come out with a couple of new plates, Radiate Love and Texture-Licious 03 and they both worked perfectly.  The Texture-Licious plates are one of my favourite series that Brittany has come up with.  They're so great so easy layering and always result in awesome looks but I have to say that I really like the Radiate Love plate as well, with it's mandala images.  Mandalas aren't always something I'm in the mood for (only because I feel like I should color inside the lines which I often fail at) but I really enjoyed wearing these manis.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Bundle Monster Happily Never After Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  Bundle Monster's newest collection of plates isn't specifically Halloween-themed but it could be.  The Happily Never After collection is a set of 5 plates all inspired by fairy tales.  And they do a very good job reminding us that the original stories behind them are actually quite frightening!  While you could definitely do a some scary designs with each of the plates, I realize that not everyone wants plates that you can only use at Halloween so I tried to come up with designs that could be worn year round.  In other words, don't let the time of the release of these plates make you feel that they're only for Halloween.  They can easily be used whenever you want!  

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Bundle Monster Rub On Halloween Decals

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Hey there!  Today I have a product that I've never tried before from Bundle Monster.  Did you know that rub on decals are a thing because I sure didn't!  I remember using rub transfers when I was a child but never fathomed that I'd be using them on nails one day.  It turns out that Bundle Monster has a few sets of these rub on decals.  I got to try the Halloween rub on decals.  While I'll probably always love stamping the most, these were really fun to play with.  It was like reliving childhood!

Friday, 13 October 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Friday The 13th

Hey there!  A couple of weeks ago I worried that there would be no more 26 Great Nail Art Ideas...but we have been resurrected thanks to Cathy and Cheyenne!  Truly, they're such nice women and I'm very grateful that they've taken over managing the group.  And they've come up with a great first theme.  To commemorate the date, we're doing Friday the 13th nails.  I was tempted to do birthday nails since my mom was born on a Friday the 13th but I thought that might be a bit too obscure.  So I went with some bad luck black cat nails instead.

The Digit-al Dozen does Throwback - Throwback Prompt

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Hey there!  For the fifth and final Throwback of the Digit-al Dozen theme this week, I've thrown back to one of our old themes.  I went back through all the themes we've had since I joined in January 2015 and decided I wanted to tackle Geometric again.  It's a prompt I often have issues with.  But this time I had some Stained Glass Stencils from Whats Up Nails which made it much more bearable!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Throwback - Throwback Music Stamping

Hey there!  It's the Throwback Thursday of this month's Digit-al Dozen theme!  Since Throwback Thursday always makes me think of great older music, I'm posting an 80's-inspired music mani today.  This the Super Mario Bros nails I posted a couple days ago, this is pretty much my childhood on my nails!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Throwback - Throwback Polish

Hey there!  For today's Digit-al Dozen Throwback mani I went with a polish type that we don't see much of anymore - crackle polish!  Remember when this was all the rage?  I have seen some recent-ish nail art done with crackle polish and it looks great but I don't think this will ever get as popular as it once was.  But it works amazingly in this Halloween look I did, inspired by this YouTube video.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Throwback - Throwback Videogame

Hey there!  For today's Digit-al Dozen "throwback" mani I decided to go with something that I have spent many, many hours of my life on - Super Mario Bros.  I swear I wasted my half my childhood on this game, between versions 1-3.  And then more hours on in with versions for the Wii.  My niece still likes to play the newer one when she visits.  I even got bored enough this weekend that I tried the original one again - I died very quickly!

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Throwback - Throwback Thanksgiving Nails

Hey there!  It's time for this month's Digit-al Dozen theme...hooray!  This month our theme is "Throwback".  I had a blast with it since I felt like it could be interpreted in so many different ways.  I started by doing a throwback mani.  Since today is Canadian Thanksgiving, I thought I could redo the Thanksgiving nails I posted the very first year of my blog.  I think this year's turned out better.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Sugar Skulls

Hey there!  In October it ends up feeling like most my nails are done in Halloween colors so once in awhile I reach for something different, even if it seems like it won't work.  That's what I did here for my Nail Crazies Unite Sugar Skulls mani.  Though I suppose sugar skulls can be all the colors of the rainbow so anything goes!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Whats Up Nails A012 and B023 Halloween Stamping Plates

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Hey there!  'Tis the season so I have more Halloween stamping plates on my little blog today.  These ones are two from Whats Up Nails, A012 and B023.  A012 is a buffet-style plate PLUS a whole bunch of individual images that can be mixed and matched into almost infinite Halloween designs (well, maybe not infinite...I haven't done the math but it would be A LOT).  B023 is much more of a traditional looking stamping plate with 12 full nail images.  They both worked perfectly for me, including those skinny spiderwebs.  That's impressive!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Bundle Monster House of Horrors Stamping Plate Set

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Hey there!  It's time for more spooky stamping from me, this time using the Bundle Monster House of Horrors stamping plate set.  I think quite a few people got some of these for free in a little promo they had running recently.  I was lucky enough to get the entire set to review so I thought it'd be a good time to post these in case folks need a bit of inspiration.  This set is really eclectic and manages to be kinda scary without having any of the typical Halloween images like ghosts or witches or jack o'lanterns.  That's impressive!

Monday, 2 October 2017

What's Up Nails Autumn Nail Stencils

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Hey there!  To bring in the new week (and the new month) I have some autumnal Whats Up Nails art to share with you guys today.  Last week I showed a few manis I did with a couple of their fall-themed stamping plates but today I have another type of product they excel at - stencils!  I only have 4 looks I did with these here but there's actually 6 different stencils used: Fall, Owl, Scary Tree, Umbrella, Rain and Apples.  Actually I don't know if these are all supposed to be autumn stencils.  I'm sure the scary trees are meant to be Halloween-themed but I guess I'm a big rebel.  Even if I used the wrong, I hope you like them!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Whats Up Nails Halloween Nail Stencils

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Hey there!  I have a bit of extra time this afternoon so I thought I should take advantage of it by showing you guys some of Whats Up Nails Halloween-themed stencils.  I do love the Halloween season so it was fun to get a jump on it this year by playing with these in September.  Plus that gives anybody that is interested enough time to get them in their hands before the big day!  Here I have the Pumpkin Topiary, Fire, Kitty Scratch, Frankenstein's Monster, Boo and Gothic Stencils.  As usual, I was really impressed with the quality of Whats Up Nails stencils.  I think using them has ruined me for some of the older ones I have!  I especially love that they come in different sizes since we don't all have the same sized nails.