Saturday, 17 March 2018

Whats Up Nails St. Patrick's Day Stencils

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Hey there!  I'm popping in for a quick Saturday post before any St. Patrick's Day festivities.  A few days ago I got an envelope from Whats Up Nails with lots of stencils and plates including some St. Paddy's Day stencils.  I had time to use some of them this week so I thought I should share them before the big day is over!  As always, I had really good luck with their stencils.  I would recommend almost all of their stencils.

Friday, 16 March 2018

The Digit-al Dozen/26 Great Nail Art Ideas Does French With A Twist

Hey there!  We've come to the end of The Digit-al Dozen's Stamping Week which just so happens to fall on the same day at 26 Great Nail Art Ideas theme of "French With A Twist".  French manicures are traditionally freehanded or use vinyls (at least as far as my limited knowledge goes) so my twist was that I stamped the french tip here.  I will say that plates with french tips combined with clear stampers make french manis WAY more appealing to me.  When I've tried to do french manicures in the past, I ended up with sort of blobby looking tips because I use too much white so it gets's really not pretty.  Since stamping using a really thin amount of polish, the end doesn't get thick. Unfortunately it also means it doesn't wear very well but it got me through a day at work which is good enough for me!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Moonflower Polish Spring Holos and Vampy Cremes Collections

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Hey there!  A couple weeks ago I posted about Sunset, the Moonflower Polish shade created to celebrate her shop's first anniversary.   Today I have swatches of the upcoming Spring Holos collection AND the recent Vampy Cremes collection.  These two collections really show how talented Nadia is.  She's come up with two great sets of stamping polish that both work so easily but that are so different in their finish.  I really like them both but there's something particularly stunning about the spring set.  They're holo and kind of shifty and metallic.  That being said, there will never be anything better than cremes for nail art so I'm so happy to have both collections.  Stick around to read all about them all.

The Digit-al Dozen Does Stamping - Powder Stamping

Hey there!  As much as I love stamping, sometimes I forget about some of the cool techniques we do to get fun images on our nails.  So for the Digit-al Dozen's stamping week, I decided each day was going to show a different technique.  Here I have a relatively new one - stamping with powders with just a side of a gradient.  I find the Magic Shifting Powders from Whats Up Nails to be the best on the markets so that's what I used here.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Does Stamping - Layered Stamping

Hey there!  I know, I know, it's way too late to be blogging tonight but I just have to get my Day 3 Digit-al Dozen Stamping Week post up before I go to bed.  Why am I late? We wanted to go for pizza for Pi Day but it was so crazy busy that we ended up out for dinner at Nando's.  It was fun but all I could think of is all the blogging I've been falling behind on and all the items I've received in the last two days to review.  It's gonna be a BUSY weekend coming up!  But for today's stamping mani I did some layered stamping using Clear Jelly Stamper's plate and Big Bling.  I was hoping it would be spring-like this week but, while it is warmer, it's still snow-covered so spring certainly isn't here yet!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Does Stamping - Gradient Stamping

Hey there!  It's Day 2 of the Digit-al Dozen's stamping week.  The technique I picked for today is a super easy one...yet it took me two tries to get the mani I pictured in my head.  Here I used gradient stamping for both the base AND the image, both on the same handy!.  I knew I wanted a whole rainbow of color but for the first try (which you can see at the end of this post) I used holo stamping polish and all that sparkle hid the color differences.  So I did it again the next time and ended up with exactly what I wanted.

Monday, 12 March 2018

The Digit-al Dozen does Stamping - Leadlighting

Hey there!  Can you believe it's already time for a new Digit-al Dozen week?  The last one just ended a couple weeks ago but the timing worked out that this is the week for March.  I'm not complaining since this month's theme makes me so happy.  This week we're all doing stamping!  There's quite a few stampers in the group so I think a bunch of us are pretty pleased with it.  Rather than just show 5 random stamped manis of mine, I tried to come up with 5 different stamping techniques for my designs this week, starting with leadlighting.  Normally leadlighting is done with sheer polish over a light base (otherwise the color won't show) but I tried it with some shimmery polish that I bought from Born Pretty Store.  It's practically clear on its own but it's super pretty over black.  I'm so happy with how these turned out!