Monday, 23 October 2017

Lina Nail Art Supplies Spooklicious 01 and 02 Review

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Hey there!  Since Halloween is coming up quick, I thought today would be a good time to show you the two Spooklicious plates from Lina Nail Art Supplies.  When Lina asked me if I wanted to try out a few of the new plates, of course I jumped at the chance.  I've adored her plates since she started her brand late last year, both as a blogger and a regular ol' customer.  I'd been kicking myself for missing out on the first Spooklicious plate last year so I made sure to purchase it this year.  I've done a couple manis with each plate to share with you guys today.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Whats Up Nails Water Decals

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Hey there!  I hope everyone's weekend has gone well.  Mine has been very relaxing, maybe a little too much so.  So I've decided to put my couch time to good use to show you guys some incredible water decals I recently received from Whats Up Nails.  Don't be surprised that these are some super high quality decals.  I've been consistently impressed with all the products I've gotten to review for them and these are no different.  Keep reading to see all the details.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Vampy Matte

Hey there!  Today brings me to the last post (at least of this round) of the Nail Crazies Unite challenge.  But at least we know there will be more prompts coming next month!  To end this time around, we're finishing with Vampy Matte, a theme I was super looking forward to but ended up sort of failing at.  I love vampy colors and I love making my nail art matte, but these just ended up too dark to see all the stamping (hence the overexposed photos).  I liked the final look anyway, even if I was the only one who could see the lacey background in real life.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Moonflower Polish Holographic and Metallic Stamping Polish Swatches & Review

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Hey there!  Today marks the release of two new stamping polish collections from Moonflower Polish.  There's a set of 6 holographics which are absolutely perfect for fall  and a set of 5 metallics.  Both collections are lovely, both as stamping polish AND as regular polish.  Maybe some of you have noticed but I pretty consistently use Moonflower Polish not just for stamping but also for nail art since it's so opaque.  It's fabulous for gradients and for quickly painting in reverse stamping.  I'm happy to now have these sets in my possession so I can do the same with them!  As a side note, the creator, Nadia, is such a perfectionist that she noticed some parts of these formulations that she thought could be made even better so she has since modified them a bit (which I'll make note of in my descriptions).  You gotta love a maker that wants to keep improving her product!  Keep reading for all the details and links.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

UberChic Beauty Radiate Love & Texture-Licious 03 Review

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Hey there!  It feels like most of what I've been blogging about lately is Halloween-themed so it's refreshing to be sharing some just lovely stamping plates today.  Recently UberChic Beauty has come out with a couple of new plates, Radiate Love and Texture-Licious 03 and they both worked perfectly.  The Texture-Licious plates are one of my favourite series that Brittany has come up with.  They're so great so easy layering and always result in awesome looks but I have to say that I really like the Radiate Love plate as well, with it's mandala images.  Mandalas aren't always something I'm in the mood for (only because I feel like I should color inside the lines which I often fail at) but I really enjoyed wearing these manis.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Bundle Monster Happily Never After Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  Bundle Monster's newest collection of plates isn't specifically Halloween-themed but it could be.  The Happily Never After collection is a set of 5 plates all inspired by fairy tales.  And they do a very good job reminding us that the original stories behind them are actually quite frightening!  While you could definitely do a some scary designs with each of the plates, I realize that not everyone wants plates that you can only use at Halloween so I tried to come up with designs that could be worn year round.  In other words, don't let the time of the release of these plates make you feel that they're only for Halloween.  They can easily be used whenever you want!  

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Bundle Monster Rub On Halloween Decals

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Hey there!  Today I have a product that I've never tried before from Bundle Monster.  Did you know that rub on decals are a thing because I sure didn't!  I remember using rub transfers when I was a child but never fathomed that I'd be using them on nails one day.  It turns out that Bundle Monster has a few sets of these rub on decals.  I got to try the Halloween rub on decals.  While I'll probably always love stamping the most, these were really fun to play with.  It was like reliving childhood!

Friday, 13 October 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Friday The 13th

Hey there!  A couple of weeks ago I worried that there would be no more 26 Great Nail Art Ideas...but we have been resurrected thanks to Cathy and Cheyenne!  Truly, they're such nice women and I'm very grateful that they've taken over managing the group.  And they've come up with a great first theme.  To commemorate the date, we're doing Friday the 13th nails.  I was tempted to do birthday nails since my mom was born on a Friday the 13th but I thought that might be a bit too obscure.  So I went with some bad luck black cat nails instead.

The Digit-al Dozen does Throwback - Throwback Prompt

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Hey there!  For the fifth and final Throwback of the Digit-al Dozen theme this week, I've thrown back to one of our old themes.  I went back through all the themes we've had since I joined in January 2015 and decided I wanted to tackle Geometric again.  It's a prompt I often have issues with.  But this time I had some Stained Glass Stencils from Whats Up Nails which made it much more bearable!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Throwback - Throwback Music Stamping

Hey there!  It's the Throwback Thursday of this month's Digit-al Dozen theme!  Since Throwback Thursday always makes me think of great older music, I'm posting an 80's-inspired music mani today.  This the Super Mario Bros nails I posted a couple days ago, this is pretty much my childhood on my nails!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Throwback - Throwback Polish

Hey there!  For today's Digit-al Dozen Throwback mani I went with a polish type that we don't see much of anymore - crackle polish!  Remember when this was all the rage?  I have seen some recent-ish nail art done with crackle polish and it looks great but I don't think this will ever get as popular as it once was.  But it works amazingly in this Halloween look I did, inspired by this YouTube video.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Throwback - Throwback Videogame

Hey there!  For today's Digit-al Dozen "throwback" mani I decided to go with something that I have spent many, many hours of my life on - Super Mario Bros.  I swear I wasted my half my childhood on this game, between versions 1-3.  And then more hours on in with versions for the Wii.  My niece still likes to play the newer one when she visits.  I even got bored enough this weekend that I tried the original one again - I died very quickly!

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Digit-al Dozen does Throwback - Throwback Thanksgiving Nails

Hey there!  It's time for this month's Digit-al Dozen theme...hooray!  This month our theme is "Throwback".  I had a blast with it since I felt like it could be interpreted in so many different ways.  I started by doing a throwback mani.  Since today is Canadian Thanksgiving, I thought I could redo the Thanksgiving nails I posted the very first year of my blog.  I think this year's turned out better.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Sugar Skulls

Hey there!  In October it ends up feeling like most my nails are done in Halloween colors so once in awhile I reach for something different, even if it seems like it won't work.  That's what I did here for my Nail Crazies Unite Sugar Skulls mani.  Though I suppose sugar skulls can be all the colors of the rainbow so anything goes!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Whats Up Nails A012 and B023 Halloween Stamping Plates

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Hey there!  'Tis the season so I have more Halloween stamping plates on my little blog today.  These ones are two from Whats Up Nails, A012 and B023.  A012 is a buffet-style plate PLUS a whole bunch of individual images that can be mixed and matched into almost infinite Halloween designs (well, maybe not infinite...I haven't done the math but it would be A LOT).  B023 is much more of a traditional looking stamping plate with 12 full nail images.  They both worked perfectly for me, including those skinny spiderwebs.  That's impressive!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Bundle Monster House of Horrors Stamping Plate Set

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Hey there!  It's time for more spooky stamping from me, this time using the Bundle Monster House of Horrors stamping plate set.  I think quite a few people got some of these for free in a little promo they had running recently.  I was lucky enough to get the entire set to review so I thought it'd be a good time to post these in case folks need a bit of inspiration.  This set is really eclectic and manages to be kinda scary without having any of the typical Halloween images like ghosts or witches or jack o'lanterns.  That's impressive!

Monday, 2 October 2017

What's Up Nails Autumn Nail Stencils

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Hey there!  To bring in the new week (and the new month) I have some autumnal Whats Up Nails art to share with you guys today.  Last week I showed a few manis I did with a couple of their fall-themed stamping plates but today I have another type of product they excel at - stencils!  I only have 4 looks I did with these here but there's actually 6 different stencils used: Fall, Owl, Scary Tree, Umbrella, Rain and Apples.  Actually I don't know if these are all supposed to be autumn stencils.  I'm sure the scary trees are meant to be Halloween-themed but I guess I'm a big rebel.  Even if I used the wrong, I hope you like them!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Whats Up Nails Halloween Nail Stencils

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Hey there!  I have a bit of extra time this afternoon so I thought I should take advantage of it by showing you guys some of Whats Up Nails Halloween-themed stencils.  I do love the Halloween season so it was fun to get a jump on it this year by playing with these in September.  Plus that gives anybody that is interested enough time to get them in their hands before the big day!  Here I have the Pumpkin Topiary, Fire, Kitty Scratch, Frankenstein's Monster, Boo and Gothic Stencils.  As usual, I was really impressed with the quality of Whats Up Nails stencils.  I think using them has ruined me for some of the older ones I have!  I especially love that they come in different sizes since we don't all have the same sized nails.

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - My Signature Style

Hey there!  It's a sad, sad day.  It appears to be the final 26 Great Nail Art post, possibly ever.  I've been a part of Crumpet's Nail Tarts for years and, since I joined, I haven't missed a theme.  I might be late on some but I always got them done.  But at least we're finishing with a fun prompt - we've been tasked with doing our signature styles.  I don't think I have a signature style, personally, but awhile back Lady Maid Nails mentioned that I do enjoy the full mani "scenes" so that's what I did for today.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative - Inspired by my PJs

Hey there!  I just realized it's almost the end of September so I better post my second "inspired by a garment" mani that I did for the Nail Challenge Collaborative prompt this month.  I said in my last one that my closet is mighty boring so there's not many patterns there.  So I decided to use an article of clothing that I spend far too much time in as my inspiration, a pair of pajama pants.  These things are so comfy I actually have at least 3 pairs in the same pattern!

Whats Up Nails Ocean Powder

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Hey there!  Here we have my next instalment in the series of fun things Whats Up Nails recently sent me to try out.  Yesterday I raved yet again about how much I adore their Magic Shifting Powders when I posted about Suntan.  Today I have another one.  This is Ocean, another summer-y name with a color that is gorgeous year round!  I also did a bit of stamping, pairing it with Rainforest since I can never leave my nails alone.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Whats Up Nails A011 and B021 Fall Stamping Plates

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Hey there!  I have so many fun Whats Up Nails goodies to show you in the next couple weeks.  They have lots and lots of fall and halloween themed stencils and stamping plates so I thought I better get them all posted ASAP so you guys have time to play with them while it is the season.  I'm starting with a couple of their autumnal stamping plates because, let's be honest, stamping is my true nail love!  Here I have A011 and B021 stamping plates.  I promise there's a lot more to these plates than just leafy images but I was in a real fall leaves mood when I was playing with these.  I also used the Suntan Magic Shifting Powder as a base for my first mani here so I have some pictures of that on its own as well (and a comparison to Sunset) for anyone who's been wondering how it looks.  Be sure to keep reading to see the other fall images they have!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Chevrons

Hey there!  Today's Nail Crazies Unite prompt is chevrons.  And who doesn't like a good chevron nail design?  They're pretty common around me since they're the only thing my sister is usually willing to stamp on her nails.  Usually I would do the zig zag style of chevrons but I felt like switching it up so I went more with one big chevron for this look.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Mundo de Unas Cancun Stamping Polish Collection Swatches & Comparisons

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Hey there!  The weather here has certainly turned chilly (it even snowed this week!) which makes it the perfect time to warm up with the most recent stamping polish collection from Mundo de Unas, the Cancun Collection.  If you've read my blog at all, you might notice I use A LOT of Mundo de Unas stamping polish.  I have purchased almost every one of them, many more than once.  Therefore I was pretty excited to see they had a new collection.  Today I have swatches of the 8 new stamping polishes and some comparisons with other Mundo de Unas stamping polishes so you can see which might best fit your stamping needs.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Swimsuit-Inspired Geometric Stamping

Hey there!  This month the Nail Challenge Collaborative Facebook group has a fun theme...but one that is super hard for fashion-challenged me!  We're doing "inspired by a garment" mani.  But honestly, I pretty much only wear solid colors (though I do love stripes too) so I was tempted to just paint my nails black and call it a day!  But I looked at what I had laying around.  I had just done laundry so my swimsuit was hanging out to dry and I thought it would make a pretty cool nail design so that's what I did!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Whats Up Nails - City, Citrus, Aztec and Lightning Bolts Stencils

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Hey there!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine was fun but I think I need another weekend to sleep!  I actually spent all day yesterday playing with some new Whats Up Nails products but today I'm sharing some that I used not quite as recently.  I'm a big fan of their nail stencils so it's a good thing they have such a big variety of them to pick from.  Here I used the City, Citrus, Aztec and Lightning Stencils.  Keep reading to see what I did with them.

Friday, 15 September 2017

The Digit-al Dozen's 5th Birthday/26 Great Nail Art Ideas - 5 Coloured Autumn Stamping

Hey there!  Today is a combo theme but it's one that I knew what I wanted to do for as soon as I saw it.  It's the final Digit-al Dozen 5th birthday mani PLUS 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Autumn theme.  There's so many pretty colors in autumn (or fall, as I tend to say) that it was easy to find 5 that I wanted to use.  Paired up with a negative space UberChic Beauty image, I had an easy fall mani!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Digit-al Dozen's 5th Birthday - 5 Pointed Stars

Hey there!  In my google searches for things that come in 5's, I found that stars have 5 points.  That was a good enough reason for me to do a star mani for this week's Digit-al Dozen anniversary celebration.  Seriously, if anyone else knows of things that come in 5's, I'm all ears!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Digit-al Dozen's 5th Birthday: 5 Chrome Powders

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Hey there!  I've been waiting so long to post this mani.  It's been torture since I was pretty much gaga over it!  For today's Digit-al Dozen 5th birthday mani, I used 5 of the Magic Shifting Powders from Whats Up Nails.  It just so happened that I have 5 of them that I've previously reviewed so it worked out perfectly for this theme.  I paired them up with the Mosaic Stencils and ended up absolutely loving the final look.  Hope you do too!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Digit-al Dozen's 5th Birthday - 5 Golden Rings

Hey there!  In my quest for things that come in 5's for this week's celebration of the Digit-al Dozen's fifth birthday, I thought of "5 golden rings".  But really there's zero percent chance that I could actually paint 5 circles (circles are REALLY hard for me) but I remembered this stamping image from UberChic Beauty that is a bunch of overlapping rings.  In the end, there's far more than 5 golden rings on my nails here but that's okay, right.  Plus, just to make it more of a "5" mani, I used 5 different KBShimmer purples in the base so it totally counts, haha!

Monday, 11 September 2017

The Digit-al Dozen's 5th Birthday: 5 Balloons

Hey there!  This month we're celebrating the Digit-al Dozen's fifth birthday.  I'm so happy to be a part of a group that has been around for 5 whole years, even if I've only been around for a couple of them.  The theme was a tough one though.  I tried to think of things that came in 5's and there's really not many.  Luckily, Katherine of Procrastinails suggested birthday ideas and I totally stole one of them.  So today we have balloons with what I'm hoping is the number "5" in different languages.