Saturday, 25 March 2017

Lacquester Swatches

Nothing to Disclose/Press  Sample

Hey there!  As much time as I spend online, it does happen that I miss out on amazing brands.  Luckily, we have stockists to bring introduce us to brands we might not have heard of otherwise.  That was the case for me with Lacquester, a Dutch indie brand who has been around for a couple of years.  I saw people asking Color4Nails to bring it in so I googled and fell in love.  During their first stock of Lacquester I bought a pile of them. When I received my order it included a few extras for me to swatch but I decided to swatch them all just in case you also needed a new indie to love.  It just so happens that most of these are being restocked tomorrow at 11 am Pacific Time so set your alarms.  Since they're mostly out of stock today, the links I have here might not work but I'll try to fix them when they're restocked.  There was something about these that cried out for a matte top coat as well so I tried all of them with glossy AND matte top coat so there's a ton of photos in this post.  I hope you like them!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Sweets

Hey there!  Today's Nail Crazies Unite themes is Sweets.  I thought for sure that I'd use the latest Bundle Monster set since one of those plates is loaded with sweets but then I went on a huge jelly bean binge.  By huge I mean I ate a kilogram of jelly beans in a month.  That's A LOT of jelly beans. So while I was in the middle of my binge, I decided to try to freehand some jelly bean nails.  My colors didn't match the real jelly beans at all but I think the colors I used look even more delicious than the real thing.  Great, now I'm wishing I had that big bag of Jelly Belly's back...

Jelly Bean Nail Art

Jelly Bean Nail Art

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative - Black & White #1

Hey there!  I've only been a member of the Nail Challenge Collaborative group for a few months but it seems that I've been super consistent in leaving my posts until almost the end of the month.  This month we're doing a theme of Black & White and I knew right away I wanted to do some form of marble nail art.  I did a different one first but it was so bad I deleted all evidence of it.  But this one I liked enough to wear for days.  I liked how my Cindy hand turned out even more but didn't take a single photo of it so you'll have to take my word on it!

marble nail art

marble nail art

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Delush Polish Four Years of Grapeness

Press  Sample

Hey there!  Recently Delush Polish reached their four year anniversary and to celebrate they created a brand new polish named Four Years Of Grapeness (seriously, could that name be any more appropriate?!).  I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this beauty to review so I spent some time playing with it and pairing it with a couple different stamping images that I thought worked well with it.  I know I'm a stamping addict but who doesn't agree that stamping can look pretty cool over an awesome glitter-filled polish like this one?

Monday, 20 March 2017

Mani Swap with @nailmachine

Hey there!  Recently a fabulous nail artist, @nailmachine,  asked on Instagram if anyone would be up for a mani swap.  I'm a big fan of Kimberlyn's so I jumped at the chance to try my hand at doing one of her manis.  I scrolled through her feed and ended up picking a really recent design of hers that I thought I might be able to handle - these freehand roses.  And in turn she picked a freehand floral of mine.  Great minds think alike!  In the collage below, the originals are on the left and the recreations are on the left.  I think we did pretty darn good!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Spring Animals

Hey there!  I'm two days late with this week's instalment of 26 Great Nail Art Ideas.  I don't even have an excuse.  I've just been lazy (I even still have my St. Patrick's Day nails on) and I wasn't particularly thrilled with how these turned out so I was in no rush to show them.  This week's theme was Spring Animals which immediately made me think of bunnies.  I recently bought one of the MoYou London Animals plates which has rows and rows of the same animal and one of the images was bunnies.  So thought pairing it with an accent of a big bunny would be cute.  Instead I think I created some sort of evil rabbit overlord.  Seriously, this looks like a bunny cult, doesn't it?

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Digit-al Dozen redoes Art - Jackson Pollock

Hey there!  Holy I'm late today!  Actually I guess it's Saturday already...that's how late I am!  Apparently I was so sad about the end of another Digit-al Dozen week that I couldn't finish this post.  That's a joke but, honestly, this has been one of my favourite themes even though I started out straight up scared of it.  So much so that I voiced my concern about not knowing how I was going to manage it to the other ladies.  The genius Amanda of Lady Maid Nails gave me some easy suggestions, including doing Jackson Pollock, an artist who is known for his splatter-style art.  Well that seemed easy enough so I risked the mess and tried it out.  Thanks Amanda!