Thursday, 21 September 2017

Mundo de Unas Cancun Stamping Polish Collection Swatches & Comparisons

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Hey there!  The weather here has certainly turned chilly (it even snowed this week!) which makes it the perfect time to warm up with the most recent stamping polish collection from Mundo de Unas, the Cancun Collection.  If you've read my blog at all, you might notice I use A LOT of Mundo de Unas stamping polish.  I have purchased almost every one of them, many more than once.  Therefore I was pretty excited to see they had a new collection.  Today I have swatches of the 8 new stamping polishes and some comparisons with other Mundo de Unas stamping polishes so you can see which might best fit your stamping needs.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Swimsuit-Inspired Geometric Stamping

Hey there!  This month the Nail Challenge Collaborative Facebook group has a fun theme...but one that is super hard for fashion-challenged me!  We're doing "inspired by a garment" mani.  But honestly, I pretty much only wear solid colors (though I do love stripes too) so I was tempted to just paint my nails black and call it a day!  But I looked at what I had laying around.  I had just done laundry so my swimsuit was hanging out to dry and I thought it would make a pretty cool nail design so that's what I did!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Whats Up Nails - City, Citrus, Aztec and Lightning Bolts Stencils

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Hey there!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine was fun but I think I need another weekend to sleep!  I actually spent all day yesterday playing with some new Whats Up Nails products but today I'm sharing some that I used not quite as recently.  I'm a big fan of their nail stencils so it's a good thing they have such a big variety of them to pick from.  Here I used the City, Citrus, Aztec and Lightning Stencils.  Keep reading to see what I did with them.

Friday, 15 September 2017

The Digit-al Dozen's 5th Birthday/26 Great Nail Art Ideas - 5 Coloured Autumn Stamping

Hey there!  Today is a combo theme but it's one that I knew what I wanted to do for as soon as I saw it.  It's the final Digit-al Dozen 5th birthday mani PLUS 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Autumn theme.  There's so many pretty colors in autumn (or fall, as I tend to say) that it was easy to find 5 that I wanted to use.  Paired up with a negative space UberChic Beauty image, I had an easy fall mani!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Digit-al Dozen's 5th Birthday - 5 Pointed Stars

Hey there!  In my google searches for things that come in 5's, I found that stars have 5 points.  That was a good enough reason for me to do a star mani for this week's Digit-al Dozen anniversary celebration.  Seriously, if anyone else knows of things that come in 5's, I'm all ears!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Digit-al Dozen's 5th Birthday: 5 Chrome Powders

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Hey there!  I've been waiting so long to post this mani.  It's been torture since I was pretty much gaga over it!  For today's Digit-al Dozen 5th birthday mani, I used 5 of the Magic Shifting Powders from Whats Up Nails.  It just so happened that I have 5 of them that I've previously reviewed so it worked out perfectly for this theme.  I paired them up with the Mosaic Stencils and ended up absolutely loving the final look.  Hope you do too!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Digit-al Dozen's 5th Birthday - 5 Golden Rings

Hey there!  In my quest for things that come in 5's for this week's celebration of the Digit-al Dozen's fifth birthday, I thought of "5 golden rings".  But really there's zero percent chance that I could actually paint 5 circles (circles are REALLY hard for me) but I remembered this stamping image from UberChic Beauty that is a bunch of overlapping rings.  In the end, there's far more than 5 golden rings on my nails here but that's okay, right.  Plus, just to make it more of a "5" mani, I used 5 different KBShimmer purples in the base so it totally counts, haha!

Monday, 11 September 2017

The Digit-al Dozen's 5th Birthday: 5 Balloons

Hey there!  This month we're celebrating the Digit-al Dozen's fifth birthday.  I'm so happy to be a part of a group that has been around for 5 whole years, even if I've only been around for a couple of them.  The theme was a tough one though.  I tried to think of things that came in 5's and there's really not many.  Luckily, Katherine of Procrastinails suggested birthday ideas and I totally stole one of them.  So today we have balloons with what I'm hoping is the number "5" in different languages.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Stripes

Hey there!  This week's Nail Crazies Unite prompt is stripes.  I do love striped nail art.  I thought this would be a good excuse to copy a gorgeous look I saw from @laqvid.  I had a bunch of gradient nail foils that worked so well for these.  They turned out looking like a Mexican blanket.  I have to admit, I really love these.  One of my favourites in awhile!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Whats Up Nails Margarita and Flower Confetti

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Hey there!  Today's is a super sparkly post.  I have two versions of the Whats Up Nails "Confetti" to share, the Margarita Confetti and the Flower Confetti.  This product is a jar of loose circle glitter that comes in lots of different color combinations.  As a lover of circle glitter, I really like this product, especially because it's really inexpensive.  If you're willing to place glitter on your nails like this, your only decision is what colors you want to get from their selection (which can be found here).

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

KBShimmer Summer Vacation Swatches & Review

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Hey there!  School might be back in but that doesn't mean we don't get to keep on wearing bright, fun colors on our nails, right?  Just over a month ago KBShimmer released this collection called Summer Vacation but I will honestly wear these year round.  Color4Nails was nice enough to send them for me to review all of these drool-worthy shades.  Unfortunately, the border held them up for awhile so I didn't get them until last week but they were well worth the wait.  KBShimmer has called this finish "holo glow flake".  I don't know what the magic is but I don't have anything like these.  They have holo flakes which give them sparkle but there's also a shimmer-y metallic look to them that makes them really unique.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Bundle Monster Shape Nouveau Stamping Collection

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Hey there!  Back to school time, eh?  I'm long past the days of school but I do work on a university campus and it certainly feels different here today.  Whether or celebrating or cursing the start of school, today I have a little nail art distraction with Bundle Monster's Shape Nouveau stamping collection.  There are 5 plates in this collection of "chaotic modern pop art designs."  While I don't necessarily think all the designs here have to be chaotic, they are certainly pop art.  The possibilities using this collection are endless.  I have 4 manis that I did wearing them, including one with one of the 3D rotational studs (which was an absolute blast to wear)!

Friday, 1 September 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Dotting Tools (but not just dots...)

Hey there!  This week's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas prompt is one I have struggled with before.  We were tasked with using dotting tools but not just for dots.  I remember I did a blobbicure for this type of prompt before so I didn't want to do that again.  But what else can you do with dotting tools?!  Well I found this awesome tutorial for using dotting tools for flowers.  They are still dots but they get transformed into pretty flowers so technically they're not just dots, right?

UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves 02, Halloween 03 and Zombie Love 02

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Hey there!  Yesterday I showed you guys UberChic Beauty's latest collection of stamping plates (Collection 20) and today I have the rest of the new release.  She's really on the ball this year so we have new Lovely Leaves, Halloween and Zombie Love plates early enough that there's lots of time to play with them this fall.  It felt a bit strange to be doing Halloween nails in August so I tried to keep it a bit more generic.  Plus it goes to show that we can all be pulling out our Halloween plates year round!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

UberChic Beauty Collection 20 Review

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Hey there!  UberChic Beauty just released a bunch of new plates TODAY and I was lucky enough to get them early so I could share them right away!  I can't believe they're all the way up to Collection 20, the star of today's blog post.  There's 3 plates in this collection and I've done 2 manis with each plate.  Keep reading to see all the details (and to get a look at the plates)!

Whats Up Nails Stamping Plates...and more!

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Hey there!  It's the last day of August...can you believe it?!  What better way to end the month than by sharing some of the nail art I've done with some Whats Up Nails stamping plates lately.  Actually, there's not only stamping plates here...I used the plates with one of the newer Magic Shifting Powders (my favourite nail art invention of the last while) and one of the iridescent flakies.  Whats Up really is fantastic as coming out with great products so I hope you like what I've done with them today.  

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

NCLA Sunstruck (Color4Nails Collaboration Shade)

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Hey there!  Today I have a gorgeous holographic polish to share with you.  On September 1 (this Friday) Color4Nails is releasing it's latest collaboration shade with NCLA.  Last year they released Lolanthe, a pretty purple holographic and this year we have Sunstruck!  this a dusty pink with a strong holographic flame and smooth formula.  I have lots of photos of it and a bit of nail art where I paired it with Lolanthe so let's get to it.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Birthdays - August 2017

Hey there!  It's a big birthday month over in the Digit-al Dozen!  Three of the ladies celebrated this month: Tammy of Canadian Nail Fanatic, Lothwen of Manis and Makeovers and  Sarah of 25 Sweetpeas and Tammy of Canadian Nail Fanatic.  So many birthdays!  They picked a tropical image to go with the winding down of summer.  I did my best to freehand it but I did NOT have the right colors, that's for sure.  So I guess mine is just loosely inspired by their photo.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Whats Up Nails Aurora Pigment Review

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Hey there!  Happy Monday folks!  Can you believe that by the end of the week it's going to be September?  Yuck!  Luckily summer is still in full swing here because I still have lots of summer-feeling nail art to share.  Today's post is about something I'm sure all the nail fantatics out there have seen - the new magical unicorn nail least that's what I call it!  Whats Up Nails recently released their version called Aurora Pigment and I'm in love.  So is everyone around me who has seen it.  I've tried it plain over lots of colors, with rainbow nails underneath, with stencils and it's even currently on my toes.  Don't worry, I won't show my toes but I do have photos of everything else in today's post.  I also have photos in different lighting conditions so I hope I can demonstrate everything you need to know about it here.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Crocus Flower Nail Stamping

Hey there!  Ages ago I asked my friend in London to give me some nail inspiration and he's always very accommodating so he sent me a picture of some flowers.  It must have been spring since I think these are spring flowers.  Even though I didn't wear these recently, I realized now would be a good time to share them since they fit with the Flowers theme for August in the Nail Challenge Collaborative group.  Luckily for me, I found a stamping image that appeared to match these flowers pretty well so I didn't have to freehand again (like I did for yesterday's post).

Friday, 25 August 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Sunflowers

Hey there!  Today I have some sunflowers I painted to share.  Yes, I actually freehanded something.  It's a rare, rare occurrence!  But since today's Nail Crazies Unite theme is sunflowers (and the Nail Challenge Collaborative flower month) and I've already used the UberChic sunflower image, I decided to try to paint them.  I think they actually turned out looking like sunflowers so I'm happy :-)

Sunflower Nail Art

Sunflower Nail Art

Monday, 21 August 2017

Madam Glam Gelementary Review

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Hey there!  This evening have some swatches of Madam Glam's new product line, just in time for back to school.  This collection is called Gelementary, such a clever name but man does autocorrect hate it!  The collection consists of 18 no-lamp gel-like polish creme polishes.  That's right.  While Madam Glam is my go-to gel polish brand, this collection isn't a tradition, need-to-be-cured, gel polish line.  I received 7 of these 5-free, cruelty-free, vegan polishes to show you all today.  They apply really smoothly and dry super shiny.  They're designed  to be long wearing.  I assume the use of the Gelementary top coat and base coat would add to the longevity but I can't speak to that since I did not receive them with these samples.  If any of these strike your fancy (and they really should - who doesn't love a great creme polish?) you can use the code Claws30 to save 30% off your order!  Now let's get to the swatches...and some easy nail art that I did with these.

Friday, 18 August 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - End of Summer

Hey there!  In addition to being the end of the Digit-al Dozen's theme this week, it's also time for 26 Great Nail Art Ideas.  This week our theme was "End of Summer" which I refused to acknowledge since it's only the middle of August.  Then, at my ultimate game last week, I saw a little V of geese flying south.  My heart dropped.  That's a surefire sign of summer ending here.  I don't know where those geese go but I hope they know they made me very very sad!  On the plus side, they inspired today's nails.  That evening also had a beautiful sunset, as though the sky knew I needed to be cheered up a bit...

The Digit-al Dozen does Story Genres - Fantasy

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Hey there!  It's sadly time for the end of this week's Digit-al Dozen theme of Story Genres.  What have you thought of this week?  Are there any genres we all missed?  For my final look, I went with what is probably one of my favourite genres now - Fantasy.  I haven't always read fantasy books but they've slowly crept into my life and now make up most of my reading, especially if you count anything supernatural as fantasy.  What can I say?  I like my books with just a hint of the unreal.  I keep telling myself I'm going to re-read the Game of Thrones books but it's such a big task that they just sit around looking pretty.  There's no unicorns in Game of Thrones but maybe there should be, haha!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Story Genres - Children's Stories

Hey there!  I really didn't want children's stories to be anywhere near the erotica stamping I posted the other day so it's here now for today's Digit-al Dozen Story Genres theme.  Ironically I'm a grown woman and really wanted to use this plate because I was reading an Alice In Wonderland story myself at the time.  I was reading Heartless, a Young Adult book by Marissa Meyer about the Queen of Hearts.  I quite like her takes on old school tales.  And in the book, I saw quite a few of the characters featured here.  So while my inspiration is more of a YA story, the origin is a children's book - one I just gave to my niece for her birthday yesterday!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Digital Dozen does Story Genres - Western

Hey there!  It's the middle of the Digit-al Dozen week.  Today's is how you can tell I was really struggling with this week's theme of story genres.  I've never read a western book in my entire life but I know that westerns are a novel style so that's what I did for today.  And, since I had UberChic Beauty's Wild West plates, it was a pretty simple one.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Story Genres - Erotica

Hey there!  It's a late night post because today's Story Genre is soooooo racy.  When this month's theme was announced, I was sure it was one of my friend's ideas, Laurie from Dressed Up Digits.  She's not so into blogging anymore so I hope she's having more time for another one of her interests, erotic literature.  But it has to be good erotica (no first person, right Laurie?).  So that's my story genre today.  I do have the infamous sex plate but I didn't go that far for these.  They're just a little bit sexy.  On a related note, I did use the sex plate one and I felt so naughty...I still have the pictures but only one person ever has seen them!

Monday, 14 August 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Story Genres - Comics/Crime

Hey there!  It's time for a new Digit-al Dozen week.  I know there's a lot of nail polish fiends who also devour books so this week's theme should be a fun one.  We're doing Story Genres.  Sounds easy enough but I will admit I totally hit up the google machine to try to brainstorm some ideas for this one.  I'm starting with a genre that I'm not really a fan of but in a style that I do really like.  I have a Comics plate from MoYou London that I don't think I've ever really used before that looks like a crime story.  I don't read many crime books (though I do subscribe to the Sword and Scale podcast which I highly recommend for any true crime fans) but I do really like a pop culture/comic book nail look so that's what I have for you today.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Nautical with Whats Up Nails Stencils

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Hey there!  I'm once again late with my nail challenge post this week.  I had a super fun, super busy weekend spent with lots of sun and friends.  This week's Nail Crazies Unite theme was Nautical .  I actually have two nautical nail art looks that I've done recently using Whats Up Nails products.  In the first I used the Anchor Stencils and in the second I used four products: Rainforest Magic Shifting Powder, Waves Stencils, Dolphins Stencils and Holographic Powder (previously reviewed here).  If you've read my blog at all in the last few months, you already know I'm a giant fan of their vinyls and their powders so I use them every chance I get.  I particularly love when I get to combine them.  There's lots of photos here so I'll get right to it!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Moonflower Polish Multichrome Stamping Polish Review

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Hey there!  In a couple days Moonflower Polish is going to be releasing an exciting new collection - multichrome stamping polishes!  I've gotten to try out a selection of all of Nadia's stamping polishes over the last 6 months and I have to say, her formula has gotten better and better.  These polishes stamp like a dream, even with a clear stamper and they also apply easily as regular polish as well.  Today I have swatches of them all over white and black (black is where they really shine) and on their own.  I liked them so much I even used all 5 in a stamped gradient that I fell in love with.  These will be available on August 11, 2017 and my lovely readers can use the code COPYCAT10 to save 10% off your order.  Keep reading to see more about this upcoming release.

Moonflower Polish multichrome stamping polish