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

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

UberChic Beauty Collection 19 Review

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Hey there!  Can you believe the lovely Brittany of UberChic Beauty has come out with 19 collections?!  Seems like just yesterday...  But here we are at #19 and I was overjoyed to be able to play with it.  As with her other collection, Collection 19 is a set of 3 plates with a wide variety of image styles.  There's layered images, negative space, florals, geometrics, text and buffet images!  She really packs a lot into her collections and this one is no exception.  I did two manis per plate but I barely scratched the surface of the possibilities.  Keep reading so you can see what I mean.

UberChic Beauty Collection 19

Celestial Cosmetics & Color4Nails Holographic Stamping Polish Review

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Hey there!  It's been over a week since I got a blog post up...miss me?  I thought I could blog from my vacation but after spending $200 in data charges to just get a couple posts up, I pretty much gave up.  But I'm back home now and, most importantly, back to my little corner of the internet.  I decided to get back at it by bringing you some swatches I did on my vacation....which means I could catch the Celestial Cosmetics + Color4Nails' new stamping polishes with all their holographic sparkle!  Check them out!  These were released a couple weeks ago on Color4Nails but I just checked and they're all still available.  Woohoo!

Color4Nails + Celestial Cosmetics Holographic Stamping Polish

Monday, 7 August 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Color Explosions

Hey there!  I'm so late with my 26 Great Nail Art Ideas post since I was up at the cabin that, now that I'm home, I'm sitting around at midnight to type it up quickly.  I really wanted to get these up in time since I adored wearing them!  This week's theme was "Color Explosions" and I immediately thought of Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark series with all it's splashes and splatters.  But here I am 3 and a half days later...better late than never right?!

Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 03 Color Explosion stamping

Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 03 Color Explosion stamping

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Bundle Monster Around The World 2 (Partial) Review

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Hey there!  Today we have a review of some of the stamping plates from the second Bundle Monster Around The World set and guess what...there's a Canada plate!  Hooray to Bundle Monster for showing us Canucks some love with an awesome plate.  I was also sent plates representing Thailand and Morocco which are both really nice but you have to know the Canadian one is my personal favourite.  I did a couple manis with each plate so you to get a sense of them.  Keep reading to see more about the plates and how I chose to use them.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Nail Crazies Unite/Nail Challenge Collaborative - Beach

Hey there!  It's time for another combo nail art prompt!  This week both the Nail Crazies Unite group and the Nail Challenge Collaborative are doing Beach!  And, if all goes well, I will be currently sitting on a beach (of sorts) today!  One of my favourite things about summer (and the beach) is flip flops.  I even have a flip flops plaque in my bedroom at home.  I don't know what it is about flip flops but the second the snow melts, that's what I'm in.  And since I can't imagine anyone wears shoes to the beach, that's what I went with for the beach theme this week.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

UberChic Beauty School Is Cool + New Clean Up Brushes and Cotton Grabber

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Hey there!  UberChic Beauty has recently come out with lots of new products and I'm lucky enough to get to share a few of them with you today.  I know, I know, we don't want to think about the return of school quite yet but it's coming anyway.  Luckily Brittany has found a way to make it fun, for students and teachers alike.  School Is Cool is her most recent mini plate and, as someone who was in school for a whopping 24 years of her life, I couldn't pass up a school plate.  Plus my little sis is a teacher so I love that there's a plate that is celebrating her profession.  Plus, it's just plain adorable!

UberChic Beauty School Is Cool Stamping

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Bundle Monster Homeroom Hell

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Hey there!  How is everyone doing out there?  I hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful summer day like it is here.  It's going to be 30 C today (86 F) which is too darn hot for me but I know lots of people love it.  I came home from the cabin for a couple days but today would be a perfect lake day.  30 C by a big body of water is great!  30 C in the city is melt-y!  Anyway, back to today's blog post.  I did a couple manis with a plate from Bundle Monster called Homeroom Hell.  I'm sure folks aren't quite looking forward to the return to school quite yet but this plate doesn't scream school to me, even though I did do a chalkboard look for one of my designs.

Friday, 21 July 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Sunshine

Hey there!  Today's 26 Great Nail Art Ideas is one of my favourite things - sunshine!  I think this is a great prompt and one I've never come across before.  I actually did a couple of looks for this prompt but the one I'm sharing today was the one I liked more.  I wanted my base to look like the surface of the sun which I tried to achieve based on this video from @yagala on Instagram.  It worked out pretty well even if it was even brighter and hotter-looking in person.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Lina Nail Art Supplies Summer 02 and Make Your Mark 05

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Hey there!  Yesterday was a swatch post and, as much as I love pretty nail polish, I think we all know stamping is my one true love so I'm happy to be back today with some manis with one of my favourite stamping brands, Lina Nail Art Supplies.  She recently came out with a few new stamping plates and I was lucky enough to get two of them, Summer 02 and Make Your Mark 05 from Harlow & Co. to try out.  It's not surprising that I love them.  Since she arrived on the block, Lina Nail Art Supplies plates have been of impeccable quality.  I just don't know how some plate makers do it...they come up with great designs and have great plate etching.  I love brands like that!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Illyrian Polish Spellbind Collection

Hey there!  My first vacation post!  Yup, I’m such a nerd that I’m attempting to blog from the cabin…but only when the weather isn’t great which it hasn’t been for a couple of days now.  Luckily I have pretty nail polish to look at to distract me from the clouds, starting with this gorgeous collection from the 5-free cruelty-free indie brand, Illyrian Polish.  The Spellbind Collection was released earlier this summer and is currently available from Color4Nails so if you haven’t gotten your hands on it yet, you can grab it now. 

Friday, 14 July 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Continents - Australia

Hey there!  Today's post is pulling triple duty.  Not only is it a Digit-al Dozen day but it's also Nail Crazies Unite Ocean day and the Nail Challenge Collaborative Beach/Ocean month.  When I think of underwater sea life, I think of some of the photos I've seen of diving in Australia so that was my inspiration for today's post.  And then when I think of Australia, I think of the Arrogant Worms lyric in Canada Is Really Big..."we're bigger than Australia and it's a continent" which makes me laugh :-)

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Continents - Asia

Hey there!  When I was trying to think of nail designs that might be representative of continents without just picking one country, I mostly thought of animals.  But for Asia, I realized I have quite a few Asia-specific plates so I flipped through those and saw this cool image of the Great Wall of China on one of the Bundle Monster plates.  So today's Asia-inspired mani is my only landscape inspired one for our Digit-al Dozen week.  However I've never seen the Great Wall myself so I highly relied on Google which showed me that there's lots of green around the wall so that's how I tried to make it look.

Great Wall Of China Nails

Bundle Monster BM-XL151

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Continents - Africa

Hey there!  We're at the midpoint in Continents week and today is my turn to try the lovely continent of Africa.  I have seen some AMAZING Africa art from the ladies of the Digit-al Dozen this week.  They kick my Africa nails' butt!  Good thing nail art is not a competition!  And even if it was, I'm the least competitive person ever so I'm just fine with my less than stellar Africa nails.

Africa Nail Stamping

Africa Nail Stamping

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Continents - North America

Hey there!  So I'm starting this post by admitting to my ignorance.  As a Canadian, you'd think I'd know some stuff about North America, today's continent for the Digit-al Dozen's Continent week.  Well, it turns out I don't!  I honestly thought that North America consisted entirely of Canada, USA and Mexico.  Just to double check I just googled and I was so wrong.  According to Wikipedia, there's a whole bunch of much warmer locales that are also part of North America.  Though, to be fair, NAFTA does seem to only involve the big three so I'll blame economics on my geographical naivete.  But I still like my idea of unifying our three countries.  Lately it feels like everything is so divided but we're all neighbours.  We should be best buddies!

Monday, 10 July 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Continents - Antarctica

Hey there!  It's time for a new Digit-al Dozen month...hooray!  And sandwiched right between this month's DD week and next month's is my holiday time.  I'm taking a whole 3 weeks off of work!  I'm hoping to not disappear from the blog.  I'll use my limited internet at the cabin for blogging but, if things get a bit slow around here, just know that it's for a good cause, haha!  Anyway, back to July's theme.  We are doing 5 Days, 5 Continents (which I've just shortened to Continents in my blog titles).  This one was surprisingly hard for me because I didn't want to just pick one country on a continent and leave others out.  So I started with a single country continent, and one with no people to actually offend - Antarctica!  The land of winter...and penguins!  So I have some chilly looking stamping in mid-July.

Penguin Nail Stamping

Penguin Nail Stamping

Friday, 7 July 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas/Nail Challenge Collaborative - Beach

Hey there!  Today I have two nail art challenges with the same theme - Beach!  Actually both of them also had alternative themes but I fell in love with this beach mani from @plus10kapow and really wanted to recreate it.  I think what I liked the most was the half-and-half nail of sand and water.  It made it so unique compared to other beach manis I've seen (and done myself).  

Beach Nail Art

Zoya Bar

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Cici & Sisi Acrylic Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  Today I have four of Cici & Sisi's acrylic stamping plates to review for you guys.  These plates work just like regular metal stamping plates but they're lighter, thicker and won't ever cut you like some metal plates do.  My first Cici & Sisi plates were way back when, with the first two sets of stainless steel plates and I still use them to this day.  These days it seems like they're focusing more on their acrylic plates with groups of four plates within a series.  Today I have a sampling of three of the series, Nature, Fairytale and the Blue and White series.  I did a couple manis with each of the plates so this post might get a bit long.  So buckle up!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Whats Up Nails Stencils - Clouds, Hypnose, Pumps and Teddy Bears

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Hey there!  I hope all my Canadian and American friends have had themselves a great long weekend, even if we have to be back at work now....ugh!  I don't know what the weather is like where you're at but here in Edmonton it's a 30 C week (86 F) so it feels more like lake weather than work weather.  But since I'm not relaxing by the water, what better time to share with you some of the stencils I've used lately from Whats Up Nails?  I've gotten to review a few of their stencils and if you read those reviews you already know that I absolutely love their stencils!  I don't know what cutting process they use but they always separate easily from the bits you don't want and they stick to the nail perfectly.  Today's post has how I wore the Clouds, Hypnose, Pumps and Teddy Bears.  All four of these stencils are sheets of 12 stencils that measure 22 x 28 mm so they should work great to cover most nail sizes.  A couple of them are discontinued but are still available so get them while you can!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Canada Day Nails 2017

Hey there!  Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canucks!  It's a big day for Canada.  Today we're celebrating 150 years!  To celebrate I'm sharing my Canada Day mani that I've been wearing since Wednesday.  Elena of Nail Experiments put out a call for us to do manis celebrating the country we love so much and this was my contribution.  She even put together a collage of them which I'll be sharing at the end of this post.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Neon

Hey there!  Today I have some very 80's-looking stamping to share.  This week's Nail Crazies Unite theme AND Nail Challenge Collaborative monthly theme is neon and I do love me some neon.  Unfortunately my camera doesn't share my feelings so it refuses to photograph bright colors.  In other words, as bright as these look, they were WAY brighter in real life!  These were inspired by some water decals I saw on Sveta Sanders Instagram but I can't seem to find the post now.  But that's okay, I enjoyed scrolling through all her posts anyway.

Neon Nail Stamping

Neon Nail Stamping

Thursday, 29 June 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Birthdays - June 2017

Hey there!  I'm back again today but for good reason!  Today is the day we celebrate The Digit-al Dozen's birthdays for the month.  June brings us Amy's birthday.  It's her first birthday as a mom so it's a special one.  Be sure to pop over to her blog to wish her a happy birthday month!  She wanted us to post some pink nails (her new baby is a girl so maybe that's why?) so I have my attempt at the pink quartz fad today.  Mine certainly didn't turn out like some of the gorgeous ones I've seen but it's pink so I hope Amy likes them anyway!

Delush Polish DP05, DP06 and DP07 Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  I literally just hit publish on my review of the new Delush Polish collection (which can be found here) but, excitingly, there's also going to be three brand new plates released tomorrow at 12 pm EST as well!  This is a huge stamping launch for Delush.  DP05 (Oopsie Daisy) is full of girly florals.  DP06 (Abstract Attraction) has more of a geometric or baroque feeling to it.  And DP07 (Unicorn Sparkle) is exactly like it sounds - full of whimsical fun!  I really enjoyed playing with all three of these plates so I hope you enjoy what I came up with.  All the details follow below...

Delush Polish Shades of Rays Collection

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Hey there!  Today I have the Shades of Rays collection from Delush Polish that will be debuting tomorrow and it is gorgeous!  This collection is absolutely perfect for the warmer months.  It includes a wide variety of colors and finishes.  That's one of my favourite things about Delush Polish collections.  Don't like glitter?  Don't worry, there's cremes.  Into thermals?  There's something for you too!  She's really got everybody covered with this collection.  She is also releasing three brand new stamping plates that I will have posted soon* but, in the meantime, check out these pretty polishes!

*edit - the stamping post is up and can be found here