Friday, 23 June 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Going On Holiday

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Hey there!  Sorry I disappeared lately.  I've been super busy (that's always the story of summer for me) but I couldn't skip another day because I just had to post the nail art I did for 26 Great Nail Art Ideas theme this week.  The prompt is "Going On Holiday" which was the perfect excuse to put my dream holiday onto my nails using some products from Whats Up Nails.  I combined a few of their stencils with my favourite magic shifting powder, the Sunset powder (which I previously reviewed here).



Saturday, 17 June 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Fruit

Hey there!  Since yesterday was the wrap up to Digit-al Dozen's week and I didn't have it in me to write two posts in one day, I'm a tad late for this week's Nail Crazies Unite post.  And what a shame to be late for this one because its theme is truly one of my favourite things in the world...fruit!  Seriously I'm such a fruit junkie.  I'm not a huge sugar eater but when it comes to all of fruit's sweetness, I have a sweet tooth.  But it's healthy sugar...right??  I wish I could've done a huge fruit basket on my nails (though I kind of have done that before, a full two years ago), today I just have strawberries.  Yummy, yummy strawberries...

Strawberry Nail Stamping

Strawberry Nail Stamping

Friday, 16 June 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Paper - Newspaper Stamping

Hey there!  It's the last Digit-al Dozen theme day this week.  For my last Paper design, I thought I could do a stamped newspaper look, using yet another one of the Moyra plates I had just bought.  I liked it well enough but then I wondered what went with newspapers and my sister suggested coffee.  So here we have my newspaper mani, with and without coffee.



Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Paper- Paper Cranes

Hey there!  When brainstorming with things that one can do with paper, I thought of origami.  How that popped into my head, I don't know since I haven't folded a piece of paper in any sort of organized fashion since I was WAY younger.  I swear I could never follow origami instructions so I'd always mess something up along the way.  But once in awhile I could fold a paper crane properly so it's fitting that that's the only origami stamping image I have.  Here we have the fourth Digit-al Dozen paper post.  Good thing I have a whole bunch of clear stamper heads so I could do this many paper cranes for my nails!



Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Paper - Books

Hey there!  Probably one of my favourite things involving paper is reading, especially in summer.  I think it stems from the fact that my parents would let me stay up late when I was little, as long as I was reading.  I believe I've always been a night owl so I loved (and still love) anything that lets me stay awake until all hours.  Nowadays, more often than not, it's doing my nails that keeps me up late but when I'm out at the cabin, it's still reading.  So how could I not do a book mani for The Digit-al Dozen's week of paper.  Plus I got to use another one of my new Moyra plates.  These images are so pretty!



Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Paper - Trees!

Hey there!  Since this week the Digit-al Dozen is doing all things paper-related, I figured I better do something to show where we actually get paper...from trees!  I even googled what type of trees are used to make paper and the internet's first answer is softwood, such a spruce, pine, fir, etc.  Those are all evergreen trees and I just so happened to have an awesome evergreen image on one of my Lina Nail Art Supplies plates so that's what I used to honour our lovely trees.



Monday, 12 June 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Paper - Vintage Letter

Hey there!  Hooray, it's time for a new Digit-al Dozen week!  This week we're doing the theme of "paper"....tough one eh?  I struggled coming up with ideas at first but then I got my order of Moyra plates from Beautometry and it all came together.  Seriously, I use these plates in three of the designs I did for this week.  Plus I had also bought the foil gel and some foils.  The first look I tried to do for paper was a vintage letter, inspired by some of the amazing vintage stamping that Ten Little Canvasses has done with Moyra plates and foil.



Friday, 9 June 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Water

Hey there!  Today's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas theme is something we can't live without - water!  I know I'm not alone in really, really loving water, hence I spend as much time at the lake as possible.  Even though I can't swim, being around water is just so calming.  Or, in the case of our cold and angry lake, it's exhilarating.  For today's mani I picked a design that was calming to look at but not so calming to actually do.  I chose to do a blue water marble so it's sort of water two ways - looks like water and used water to do it.



Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Dragon Nails with Whats Up Nails Tropic Flakies and Scales Stencils

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Hey there!  Well it's just over a month away from the start of  Game of Thrones seventh season and I just couldn't wait to do some dragon nails.  I swear I was going to hold off but I lost all my will power when I was sent a couple of Whats Up Nails products - the Tropic Flakies and the Scales Stencils.  These could've been used for very different nail looks but I was so stuck on dragons that I wore two different dragon designs with them.  But I did also do a flower-y one with the flakies so it's not all destructive mythical creatures.

Dragon Nail Art

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

UberChic Beauty Collection 18 Review

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Hey there!  Well I'm back from the inaugural Indie Expo Canada and almost back to normal.  What a fun weekend!  I met so many of my nail heroes (makers, bloggers, stockists and other nail fanatics) and got to buy lots of new pretty polishes (and some body stuff).  For my weekend mani I tried to use all brands that were vending but I couldn't resist including UberChic Beauty's "Indies Do It Better" image.  Her brand new collection, Collection 18, is also full of great images that I'll be reviewing today.


Friday, 2 June 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Music

Hey there!  I am currently sitting at the airport waiting for my flight to Toronto for the first ever Indie Expo Canada and I figured I might as well use my time to get today's blog post up.  Music is the theme for this week but I actually wore this design ages ago.  April 20th to be exact.  I remember that because I did them for my friends birthday because he loves Michael Jackson.  Not everyone gets their very own birthday mani so I hope he knows that makes him pretty special, haha!

Michael Jackson Nail Stamping

Michael Jackson Nail Stamping

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

KBShimmer Multi Chrome Collection Swatches and Review

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Hey there!  Today I have one of the most beautiful collections I've had the pleasure of playing with in awhile - the KBShimmer Multi Chrome collection, which was provided by Color4Nails for me to review.  I'm sure a lot of you have already seen swatches of this collection but that's the joy of these multi chromes - they shift so much that more swatches just give you a different perspective.


Monday, 29 May 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Birthdays - May 2017

Hey there!  I know I'm late with today's post but better late than never, right?  I just didn't have words in me today.  BUT since May was Cheyenne's birthday month, I certainly couldn't let the day go by without getting my May birthday mani up.  My freehand attempt to recreate the glowing flower picture she chose as inspiration didn't really live up to expectations but hopefully she'll understand.

  

Saturday, 27 May 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Lilac, Pink & Gold

Hey there!  Oops, I'm a day late for this week's instalment of 26 Great Nail Art Ideas.  I hope you forgive me!  This week our theme was Lilac, Pink & Gold - doesn't that sound like a lovely combination to you?  I knew I wanted to do a gradient with some stamping so I decided to try out Lina Nail Art Supplies blank image for my gradient from Make Your Mark 03.  It's not perfect but it makes such a fast gradient!



Friday, 26 May 2017

UberChic Beauty Farm Fresh & Graduation Mini Plate Review

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Hey there!  Today I have a review of UberChic Beauty's newest mini plates - Farm Fresh and Graduation.  I grew up in the country and, while I wasn't from a farming family myself, I was surrounded by farms so my best friends were all farmers.  I spent many an hour sitting on tractors with my guy friends in high school while they were plowing fields and doing other farmer stuff that I never understood.  Nowadays, I'm in the city but I still buy from farmers markets (the food just tastes so much better) so I guess I still have a farm connection.  As for the graduations, it's been many a year since I graduated (I finished my PhD in 2007) but since I was in school for so darn long, I love to hear about other people also finishing school.  I wish I could've had something like these on my nails for my graduations!


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Madam Glam Swatches & Review

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Hey there!  Yup, I'm back for a second post today.  Originally I was planning to post this Madam Glam review this morning but then got distracted by the powder/flakies sale.  So lucky you guys, you get double the amount of me today, haha!  Traditionally I haven't used much gel polish but since I'm really loving the powders that are available nowadays so I've been using gel more and more.  If you read any of those posts of mine, you'll see that I almost exclusively use Madam Glam Perfect Black.  To add to my Madam Glam collection I have a few polishes to share today.  There's three lovely gel cremes, a magnetic polish and one of the new crackle-style toppers.  If you thought crackles were dead, sorry but you were mistaken.  This topper is so awesome that I put it over all three of the cremes and got different looks every time!  And my readers can get 30% off with the code Claw30 so use that to save a few dollars.

Madam Glam Review

Whats Up Nails Fairy Powder and Holographic Flakies

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Hey there!  As I was scrolling through Instagram last night before bed I saw that Whats Up Nails currently has a sale on their flakies and powders with the code HOT25.  Since I've found their flakies and powders to be of very high quality compared to the less expensive counterparts from overseas, I thought I should write up review of the last couple I've been able to try - the Fairy Powder and the Holographic Flakies.  If you'd like to get these products at their sale price, you have to act quick.  The sale ends tonight so really you only have about 12 hours to get the sale price.  But honestly, they're worth it at full price too.  I'm a big fan!

Whats Up Nails Fairy Powder

Whats Up Nails Holographic Flakies

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

KBShimmer All The Bright Moves Collection

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Hey there!  How's everyone doing today?  I'm back from a beautiful long weekend spent at the cabin so I'm happy as can be.  Unfortunately my 6 year old niece has officially learned that I can't seem to say no if she asks me to play frisbee with her (gotta start the next generation of ultimate players young) and I now have a hand of entirely broken nails.  So looks like I'll be headed to Indie Expo in Toronto with at least one hand of shortie nails.  However, I did get to swatch these awesome new KBShimmer neon last week, before the breaks.  KBShimmer always makes my favourite cremes so I was stoked to try these from Color4Nails.  Neons can sometimes have finicky formulas but these were creamy and opaque - no need for undies here!  I had so much fun swatching them that I even did a couple nail art looks too.  Hope you like them as much as I do.

KBShimmer All The Bright Moves Collection Summer 2017

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!