Friday, 19 May 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Rainforest/Nail Crazies Unite does Delicate Print

Hey there!  Today is the 3-for-1 post that I mentioned yesterday.  I love trying to challenge myself to combine themes for the various groups I'm in and for today's mani I've combined three different prompts.  We have the final Digit-al Dozen Rainforest mani along with the Nail Crazies Unite's Delicate Print theme and the Nail Challenge Collaborative May theme of Green.  Hopefully everyone else thinks I've managed to combine the three at least half decently!  



Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Rainforest - Panda Nails

Hey there!  So when I was thinking up rainforest nail ideas for this month's Digit-al Dozen theme I thought that there must be rainforests all over the world that we don't think about as such.  Which somehow made me think of pandas which do indeed live in rainforests - rainforests with lots of bamboo to help them get all rolly polly and adorable.  And, since there's so much green in this mani it's also my first Nail Challenge Collaborative mani for this month since the May theme is just Green (which works very well with the rainforest theme).

Panda Nail Stamping

Panda Nail Stamping

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Rainforest - Lizard Nails

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Hey there!  Today's Digit-al Dozen Rainforest-themed mani is easily my favourite one this week.  And I did these soooooo long ago and have just been waiting to share them for this theme.  I've been reviewing Whats Up Nails products lately and included in my first package of items were these adorable lizard stencils.  Having just watched Planet Earth, I knew that there were some darn cute lizards hanging out in the rainforest and and figured they could go along great with this month's theme.  And I used a couple of Magic Shifting Powders to make them into magical lizards!



Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Rainforest - Tropical Flowers

Hey there!  For the second day of The Digit-al Dozen's Rainforest week, I have a mani that ended up looking like a tacky Hawaiian shirt...and I loved it.  I don't think I'd ever be gutsy enough to actually wear a bold shirt like that but I have no problems wearing something this loud on my nails!



Monday, 15 May 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Rainforest - Tropical Birds

Hey there!  This week is a brand new Digit-al Dozen week - always the most fun week of the month.  For May we have a Rainforest theme which was great timing because when I was ready to tackle these manis I had just watched Planet Earth II.  There wasn't a rainforest episode but there was a jungle episode which is pretty much the same thing, right?  When I did these I was also in the middle of swatching the KBShimmer Nauti by Nature collection courtesy of Color4Nails (previously reviewed here) and I thought they paired up perfectly with the theme so I used all the holographics from the collection for this design.

Tropical Bird Nail Stamping

KBShimmer Nauti By Nature Nail Art

Friday, 12 May 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Yellow and Bold

Hey there!  This week's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas theme is "yellow plus one bold color".  My first thought with that was "isn't yellow a bold enough color itself?".  Maybe not all yellows are super bold but the one I picked sure is.  I don't usually like yellow nails but it gave me an excuse to use one of my newest KBShimmer cremes, Chick Me Out, and pair it with an old fave and I ended up really liking this fun design.



Thursday, 11 May 2017

UberChic Beauty Collection 17 Review

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Hey there!  Last week I showed you a few things I did with UberChic Beauty's 16th collection of stamping plates and today I have Collection 17.  I've been a fan of UberChic from the beginning.  This collection certainly doesn't do anything to dissuade me.  It keeps up with Brittany's style and creativity which I love.  I wore these looks last week and really enjoyed them.  Some of them were simple but still lovely - gotta love something that's quick but still looks good, amirite or what?!

UberChic Beauty Collection 17 Review

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Whats Up Nails Floral Designs

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Hey there!  Since spring is finally in full swing around these parts, I figured today would be a great day to post some floral nail designs I've worn recently, all with the help of more Whats Up Nails products.  I've had a few reviews for them lately and I truly have nothing but good things to say about them.  An easy to use website, great communication and, most importantly, quality product. I was originally contacted to try out a few of their stamping plates. Last week I showed how I used their water marble plate (you can see that here) and today I have two new floral plates, A005 and B018.  But while I was posting flowers, I thought I'd also show a couple of flower stencils that they have, the Hibiscus and Bloom Stencils.

Whats Up Nails Floral Nail Designs

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Whats Up Nails Disco Confetti

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Hey there!  I have a quick Saturday post today to share another cool product I received from Whats Up Nails.  This is the Disco Confetti.  It really is a party in a little jar so I think the name is pretty fitting.



Friday, 5 May 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Watercolor

Hey there!  Well it's Friday night and what am I doing?  Blogging, of course!  Actually I'm watching the Oilers hockey game and getting so stressed out!  But it's intermission so I thought now would be a good time to do my Nail Crazies Unite post that I should've done earlier today.  This week our theme is watercolor.  I was sooooooo tempted to just say that the Moonflower Polish unicorn mani that I posted earlier today was my watercolor mani but I would've been lying.  I did today's design just for today's prompt so I definitely wanted to use it.

Watercolor Nail Art

Watercolor Nail Art

Moonflower Polish Spring 2017 Review (partial)

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Hey there!  As a stamping addict, I love when brands made polishes designed for stamping.  And when those polishes can double as a regular polish, even better!  Well that's the case with the relatively new brand, Moonflower Polish.  Nadia was a nail blogger who is releasing her second collection of stamping polish today.  I reviewed the original Rainbow Cremes collection and while it's fabulous and made up of all the primary colors, I am a girl who loves a good pastel, especially in the form of a stamping polish that works over dark colors.  That is what the Spring 2017 collection is.  I received half of the collection to review.  I tested them out over black and white and even used them as a base for some whimsical stamping.  Let's get to it!  



Tuesday, 2 May 2017

UberChic Beauty Collection 16 Review

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Hey there!  As I promised last week, today I have my review of UberChic Beauty's Collection 16.  As always, I have nothing but good things to say about this set of 3 new plates.  Brittany has once again come up with a creative, eclectic collection.  There's florals, negative space, layered, geometric images and more.  Over the last week or so, I've done 6 looks with this collection that I'm sharing today.  Hope you like them!


Monday, 1 May 2017

Whats Up Nails Paradise Powder and Water Marble Stamping Plate

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Hey there!  I hope everybody had a great weekend.  Did anybody go to Polish Con?  I saw some photos and it looked amazing!  Personally, I was at home watching my niece's dance competition which was pretty darn adorable.  And, of course, I managed to fit some nail stuff in as well.  The items I'm sharing today were used a few weeks ago and looking at the pics is making me want magical shifting nails again!  I was sent the Paradise powder from Whats Up Nails to review, as well as the B002 Water Marble To Perfection stamping plate.  Well, the product names are absolutely fitting.  The powder really did create paradise on my nails and the plate is perfect for anyone that wants a water marble look without all the mess.  Keep reading to hear even more of my thoughts...



Saturday, 29 April 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Birthdays - April 2017

Hey there! In April a couple of my Digit-al Dozen ladies celebrated birthdays -  Katherine of Procrastinails and Uma of Uma's Nail Art.  As is our new-ish tradition, we had the birthday girls pick some inspiration for us to turn into nail art.  These ladies did not do us wrong this month!  They picked out a super cool bubble picture that intimidated me at first but then I found a blog post with a corresponding video tutorial from the amazing Narmai/Piggie Luv which was perfect!



Friday, 28 April 2017

UberChic Beauty Unicorn Love, Texture-Licious 2 and a brand new Uber Mat

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Hey there!  To finish off the work week I thought I'd share some of the latest releases from my stamping crush, UberChic Beauty.  2 weeks ago they released a two new collections, a Unicorn Love single plate, a new Texture-Licious mini plate and a brand new Uber Mat!  That's a massive release!  Unfortunately, I received them the same weekend as my veggie slicing incident so my review has been a bit delayed.  But I will tell you that I was so excited to play with them though that these were, in fact, the first manis I did after trying to cut my thumb in half.  So, finally, I'm sharing my thoughts on everything except for the collections.  I currently wearing my first collection 16 mani so hopefully my review of the collection will be coming soon.



26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Work Appropriate Nail Art

Hey there!  For this week's theme of Work Appropriate Nail Art, the first thing I had to think of was what colors are generally work appropriate.  Luckily for me, I can wear pretty much anything to my job in the lab.  I recognize others can be more limited.  But, in my mind, rose gold should be work appropriate for most places so that's what I went with.  I paired it with an off-white for a simple striped look.



Thursday, 27 April 2017

KBShimmer Nauti by Nature Collection Swatches and Review

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Hey there!  I don't know about you but some brands will always have my heart.  These are the ones whose new collections always get my heart racing a little.  Well KBShimmer is high up there on that list for me.  They're always amongst the first I reach for anytime I'm doing nail art.  Seriously, I have to actively try to use other brands sometimes.  The Spring 2017 collection is called Nauti by Nature collection which is meant to transport us to a tropical island through our fingertips.  There are 4  glitter jelly/crellies, 2 shimmers and an entire rainbow of holographics in the collection and I was lucky enough to be sent them all to review by Color4Nails.  If you don't know who Color4Nails are, you're in for a treat!  They're an American stockist who distributes a massive variety of brands, mostly indies, including KBShimmer.  And they have great customer service which has kept me coming back as a customer for years.  Now onto the swatches!


Friday, 21 April 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Pastel Floral

Hey there!  This week's Nail Crazies Unite theme of "Pastel Floral" fits right in with the Nail Challenge Collaborative theme of "Spring" so today is a 2-for-1 post.  I love it when it works out that way!  I've been really digging floral nails lately and I absolutely love this stamping image so I quite like these.  They were inspired by this gorgeous water decal mani from Polish My Nail.  I think I came across it on Pinterest and had to do some serious reverse image searching to find the original post.  I'm glad I did though because I got to scroll through her other pretty nail art.

Pastel Floral Nail Stamping

Pastel Floral Nail Stamping

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Whats Up Nails Mermaid Flakies

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Hey there!  It's been almost a week since my last post but I swear I have good reason!  On Sunday I was slicing up carrots with one of those evil mandoline slicers and I bet you can imagine what I did....yup, put my thumb right through it!  It was my whole fault since I wasn't using the guard (seriously, how can you use the guard with carrots?) and I was joking about it happening right before it did.  Anyway, off I went to the ER and now have 4 pretty blue stitches in my right thumb.  Honestly, my first thought was "at least it's not my picture hand"...I'm a true nail polish addict!  But I haven't been wanting to crop pictures and type too much since doing it so I've been lazy.  I have managed to do my other nails a couple of times but I still have last weekend's polish on my thumb.  I say it's being punished for not behaving itself so it doesn't get to match its sisters.  Can you imagine how much acetone is going to hurt in that wound?  But now onto better thoughts.  To get back into the blog this week I decided to post some nails that I literally stuck in everyone's face when I was wearing them.  Whats Up Nails was nice enough to send me their Mermaid Flakies to review and I fell in love.  This was my first time trying out the loose flakies and they were easy peasy.  And gorgeous.  Seriously, just look at these!


Friday, 14 April 2017

Delush Polish No Vacancy Trio

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Hey there!  Today I have an upcoming trio from Delush Polish, the No Vacancy Trio.  These gorgeous polishes are based on the TV show Bates Motel.  In this trio, there's even Delush Polish's debut with thermal polishes (and it just happens to be one of the easiest thermals I've ever tried).  There's also a shifty holographic and a metallic shimmer.  I hadn’t personally watched it but if there’s one thing I’ve learned to trust, it’s other polish addicts TV show obsessions.  So I turned it on on Netflix and started swatching.  It’s always better to really understand where a polish maker’s inspiration is coming from right?  It’s not just a TV addiction…it’s research!  



The Digit-al Dozen does Get To Know Me - Genetics

Hey there!  My final Digit-al Dozen Get To Know Me design is combined with this week's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas prompt of pastel-to-bold gradient with something on top.  I love that prompt but wow it's a mouthful!  I usually stamp something on top my gradients anyways so this wasn't too hard for me.  I also knew I wanted to include a Get To Know Me mani that has something to do with my job.  I do my job as my nails pretty often actually since I'm lucky in what I do.  I play with DNA for a living and, since DNA's double helix makes a pretty cool pattern, it's been included on many stamping plates.  But this is the first time I'm also included the cute part of my job.  The mice bite me but I like them anyway.

DNA Nail Stamping

DNA Nail Stamping

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 04 and Feeling Shapely 09

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Hey there!  I'm so concerned with you all getting all the stamping plates that I have a last minute review of two of the new Lina Nail Art Supplies plates that are being released this Saturday, Make Your Mark 04 and Feeling Shapely! 09.  Lina's plates can be very popular so I wouldn't want you to miss out on these because they are incredibly interesting.  That sounds like a weird way to describe a plate but I think if you check them out you'll agree.  The Make Your Mark series always has really unique and popular images (so much so that I just used one of the previous plates in my earlier post today) but this Feeling Shapely plate is super clever.  I've tried to show a few of the interesting things you can do with it and I feel like I've barely scratched the surface of the possibilities.  I think if you look at the images on this plate you'll have to agree.


The Digit-al Dozen does Get To Know Me - Zumba Nails

Hey there!  When I was coming up with Get To Know Me ideas for our Digit-al Dozen theme this month, I wanted to do something to do with the activities I enjoy.  If you've been following me for awhile you might know that my main form of activity for the last 14 years is ultimate frisbee.  Ultimate is my true love thanks to the amazing community involved with it.  BUT ultimate is damn near impossible to translate into nail art so instead I did some nails inspired by the main activity I did the past couple of winters (when ultimate dies down) - Zumba!  I was in dance classes until I was about 14 but never really thought I enjoyed dancing until I started going to Zumba dances.  The music and the movements are so much fun!  I probably look ridiculous doing it but I don't care....it's a blast!

Zumba Nail Art

Zumba Nail Art

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Whats Up Nails Sunset Powder and Stencils

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Hey there!  I couldn't wait to share this nail art that I wore last week courtesy of Whats Up Nails, a nail art store based in the US.  They sent me quite a few goodies to review including the Magic Shifting Powder in Sunset and some swallow and branch vinyls.  As with the Easter stencils that I showed you last week, these stencils are fool proof.  Keep reading to see how I used these products and to hear me gush over how great they are.

Whats Up Nails Sunset Powder and Stencils

Whats Up Nails Sunset Powder and Stencils

The Digit-al Dozen does Get To Know Me - Bath Bombs

Hey there!  Today we've reached the halfway point in the Digit-al Dozen Get To Know Me week.  I've already covered the two places that mean the most to me.  In this point I'm going to share how I spend my weekends - having wonderfully colorful scented baths.  Lately I've been really splurging on awesome bath products (mostly from an awesome Canadian indie company called SoGa).  One of my favourite things is an old favourite, Lush bath bombs.  I've had good bath bombs from indies as well but so far none have been as colourful as Lush.

Bath bomb-inspired nail art

Bath bomb-inspired nail art

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Get To Know Me - Lake Time

Hey there!  It's Day 2 of our Get To Know Me week.  Yesterday I had some nail art celebrating where I live.  Today I did where my heart lives.  My family has a cabin about 3 hours north of Edmonton and I try to spend as many of my summer weekends there as possible.  I don't know what it is about the place but I'm so much happier there.  I think it's because when I'm there I have no worries, no responsibilities.  There's never something else I should be doing instead.  So I just hang out, read books and eat chips...way too many chips.  Oh and I take way too many sunset photos...

Lake Sunset Nail Art

Lake Sunset Nail Art

Monday, 10 April 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Get To Know Me - Canada

Hey there!  It's time for this month's Digit-al Dozen theme and it's a good one!  Our theme is "Get To Know Me" so we all get to find out more about all of our Digit-al Dozen ladies.  What this theme taught me is that I'm so incredibly boring!  I tried to think of interesting things about me but there really isn't all that much to me.  But I did come up with 5 manis that tell you a bit about who I am and how I spend my time.  Really, I should've just done 5 separate "I like nail polish" designs but, since I figured that fact might be a bit obvious since I'm sitting here writing a nail polish blog, I tried to come up with other things.  The first thing is something that I'm sure everyone knows.  I'm Canadian!  I spent a lot of time defending this mani to my friend in London who always asks about my nail stuff.  He says that where I'm from doesn't tell anyone anything about me but I argue that it does.  Especially when I think about all the stereotypical Canadian qualities I have.  I say "sorry" A LOT, I drink beer, I watch hockey (or at least I will now that the Oilers are in the playoffs for the first time in 11 years!) and I like to think I'm pretty nice.  And I definitely end quite a few of my sentences with "eh?"...

Canada nail Art

Canada nail Art

Friday, 7 April 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Hippy/Boho

Hey there!  Today's post is going to be a short one since I feel like actual garbage.  Apparently my morning cough syrup has worn off and now my lungs are trying to escape my body....ugh!  But, despite me feeling ugly on the inside, today's Nail Crazies Unite theme is a pretty one.  The theme is Hippy/Boho.  Now I'm not nearly cool enough to really know what of nail art goes with this theme so I quickly googled "Bohemian" and saw some pretty patterns with this color scheme so I used the Bundle Monster Festival collection and make nails that are way more hip than I am!



Thursday, 6 April 2017

UberChic Beauty Mother's Day Stamping Plate

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Hey there!  Today I have a plate celebrating the busiest phone day of the year - Mother's Day.  UberChic Beauty has come out with a Mother's Day mini plate with images celebrating all the moms of all the lands.  There's also a few lovely images to go alone with all the script.  Since I'm not a mom personally, I used a few of the images that show off how I feel about my mom.  She's the best!

UberChic Beauty Mother's Day Stamping Plate