Friday, October 31, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Spooky Days, Day 5: Halloween Grunge!

Good morning and Happy Halloween!! I have my final Spooky Days manicure for you today. Have you enjoyed this week? This look isn't for everyone, it's kind of icky with the color combo but I really wanted to try grunge nails with Halloween colors so here we are. Maybe Shrek goes zombie? I used this tutorial by Chalkboard Nails to create this look.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Spooky Days, Day 4: Spider Webs!

Good morning, readers! It's Day 4 of Spooky Days with The Digit-al Dozen. I feel like I can't get through a Halloween season without spider web nails. Spiders creep me out all year long, but I still can't deny how fun the webs are to paint. I've been doing them for years and I love how different they can look. This time, I was wearing Pahlish The Final Flower and knew I wanted to use it as a base for spider webs. Elevation Polish Black Ice was a great pairing for the gradient, and the silver spider webs just popped so well.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Spooky Days, Day 3: Fan Brush Mummies!

Good morning, readers! It's Day 3 of Spooky Days with The Digit-al Dozen! I have another "cutesy" Halloween nail art mani for you today and I really loved it. I used a fan brush to add some dirt/age to the "bandages" and I love the extra detail.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Spooky Days GIVEAWAY!

Hello Beautiful Readers!! The Digit-al Dozen has something extra special in the works this week. We are doing a just for fun week of spooky Halloween manicures and guess what... we have a Giveaway for you guys too!! Two lucky winners will be bringing home some new pretties to add to their collection!
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The Digit-al Dozen DOES Spooky Days, Day 2: Candy Corn Drips!

Good morning, readers! I have a really funky manicure to show you for Day 2 of Spooky Days with The Digit-al Dozen! It's not spooky, but fits in with Halloween and I really loved it! I followed this tutorial by AttackedAstoria Nails and am so glad I did. The drips pop over the black base so well.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Spooky Days, Day 1: Glowing Jack 'O Lanterns (#LLAfterDark)

Good morning, readers! Today is the beginning of an extra Digit-al Dozen nail art week! We really wanted to fit in some Halloween manis this month so some of us are joining in to bring you more Halloween nail ideas before the big day. Today is also this month's Lacquer Legion day with the prompt: After Dark. So I'm combining both prompts and I'm showing my spookiest manicure for the week: Glowing Jack 'O Lanterns! I'm sure you will see plenty of these if you go trick or treating this Halloween!
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Swatch Saturday: KBShimmer Winter 2014 Collection (Partial)

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Good morning, readers! I have an exciting post for you today! On November 1st, KBShimmer is releasing the Winter 2014 Collection. I have 7 of the polishes to share with you today! There are 16 total: 11 new and 5 re-released colors. I already showed you Spot Sign a couple of days ago. Let's take a look at the other 7 I was sent to review!
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Nail Idea Roundup!

Good morning, readers! We are one week away from Halloween this year so I thought I would do a bit of a "Flashback Friday" post and round up all of my previous Halloween/Spooky nail looks from the past few years! Next week will be full of new Halloween manis with The Digit-al Dozen, so enjoy these old manis in the meantime. You can click the each photo caption to be taken to the original post for each look!
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

KBShimmer Spot Sign!

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Leopard spot glitter, what?!! I am a huge fan of wearing leopard spot nail art but it certainly takes a while to do a full mani. KBShimmer recently released this awesome new glitter topper called Spot Sign that you can layer over any base to create your own easy leopard print mani! I decided to wear it over my recent Dry Brush Nail Art and the black really popped over the colored base.
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Swatches: Alter Ego Gloss48 Exclusives!

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Good morning, readers! I have a gorgeous duo from Alter Ego Nail Enamels to share with you today. It is exclusive to Gloss48 and will launch at a discounted price next Wednesday, October 29th at 11am EST. If you don't remember my many review posts in the past on Alter Ego Nail Enamels, all polishes dry to a satin matte finish due to the special base. I really love that, because it's like getting two polishes in one if you decide to add a glossy top coat. Let's take a look!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dry Brush Nail Art with KBShimmer!

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Good evening, readers! I haven't had a chance to show you this mani yet, but I wore it a few weekends ago. I used the grunge/dry brush technique as shown in one of my favorite tutorials by Chalkboard Nails. To switch it up a bit, I did the brush strokes from cuticle to tip and from side to side. I used all KBShimmer creme polishes for this look. There were so many colors used that no nail was the same while using this technique and I love it! It almost has the look of fabric.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Press Release: Zoya Wishes Collection for Winter/Holiday 2014!

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Good afternoon, readers! Zoya announced their Winter/Holiday Collection today called Wishes. Below is the press release I received!

Wishes really do come true with this magical new nail polish collection for Winter/Holiday 2014! Zoya Wishes** is a densely pigmented assortment featuring both traditional and Magical PixieDust formulas in coordinating color combinations that can be worn alone or combined into stunning combinations, no matter how you wear them, this collection delivers a fanciful way to celebrate the season!
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Swatches: OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014, Part 2!

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Good morning, readers! We had a busy family fun day yesterday so I wasn't able to get this posted when I planned. So, we have an impromptu Swatch Monday post today! If you missed them, go check out the first half of this new OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 Collection from Saturday! Let's take a look at the other 9 polishes!
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Swatch Saturday: OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014, Part 1!

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Good evening, readers! I have the new OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 Collection to share with you this weekend! There are 18 polishes, so I've decided to split them into two posts. This is part 1, and I am going to call it the reds and purples. There are a lot of these colors for the collection so why not see them all together to pick your favorites? I should have the other half up tomorrow.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Floral, Day 5: Abstract Flowers!

Good morning, readers! It's the final day of Floral Week with The Digit-al Dozen. Have you enjoyed it? I've actually loved it much more than I expected to. It had me step out from my comfort zone so that always helps. This final mani is inspired by the Digit-al Dozen Queen of Florals herself-- Lindsey from Wondrously Polished. I was so excited when I saw her post this Abstract Flowers manicure a couple of weeks ago and it's been on my to-recreate list ever since. I didn't want to completely copy her mani, so I went with a pink color palette.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Floral, Day 4: Sketched Flowers!

Good afternoon, readers! For my fourth floral manicure with The Digit-al Dozen, I've been inspired by Meghan from Will Paint Nails For Food. She is a fellow Digit-al Dozen member and I am always in awe of her stunning manicures. She is amazing with florals, and this is my attempt at a similar "sketched floral" type manicure that I've seen her do many times. I sponged some fall colors on a neutral background, with simple sketched flowers on top.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Floral, Day 3: Cute Spring Flowers!

Good morning, readers! It's Day 3 of Floral Week with The Digit-al Dozen and I've recreated some cute cartoonish flowers from my desk notepad. It may be autumn, but I'm still using a notepad that says Happy Spring! on it. I really loved the flowers and am glad they translated well onto my nails.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Floral, Day 2: Floral Lace Half Moons

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Good morning, readers! Floral Week with The Digit-al Dozen continues, and for Day 2 I've stretched the theme a bit. Floral lace shapes for the half moon part of this mani totally count for floral, right?

I was inspired by this mani on instagram by @deanne29  (who added dots to the original design by @Kayleighwaleynails ). Looking at the mani, the hardest part of the design would be the floral lace half moon cut out at the cuticle line. However, I grabbed my trusty Liquid Palisade and it was a breeze! I'll be putting a quick video on Instagram today of how I did it, and you can see a quick picture step-by-step below as well.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Floral, Day 1: Water Lily Nail Art!

Good evening, readers! It's another nail art week with The Digit-al Dozen and the theme is Floral! Ahhhhhh! If you know me, you realize I hardly ever do floral nail art. I'm not good at it, I can probably count on 2 hands how many floral manis I've ever done. However, I did make a vow to practice more often than I have been. Let's see how the week goes.

My first floral design is water lilies! After seeing Sveta Sanders post THIS awesome tutorial for needle marble swirls a few days ago, I've been itching to try it. After I was semi-successful, my friends told me that my version looked like water so I was able to tie it in with Floral Week by adding some lilies!
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Swatch Sunday: Zoya Matte Velvets!

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Good morning, readers! For a limited time, Zoya has rereleased the popular Matte Velvet Collection. I am a big fan of these and was so happy to see them available again to anyone who missed out the first time. Meant to be worn without base or top coat, they dry to a gorgeous matte finish, but apply like an easy creme or shimmer. No worries about it drying while you are painting it on resulting in lumpy, uneven nails. Let's check them out!
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Swatch Saturday: Jolie Polish Crellies

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Good morning, readers! Guess what? I have tons of new polishes to share with you for my swatching weekends. It was so strange to not have anything in my review pile for the past 2 weekends. I have some holiday collections rolling in this week so stay tuned for those. 

For today, I have three crelly polishes to share with you from Jolie Polish. Crelly polishes are a hybrid formula of jellies and cremes. Basically, you need a few layers to hide the visible nail line, but they have a cloudiness that jellies don't have. They can be especially great if you use them for layering (which I will show you below). Let's take a look:
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ikat Chevron Nail Art!

Good afternoon, readers! It's been a few days, hasn't it? I've been low on nail art inspiration lately, but I started stalking instagram this week and found a ton of great things to recreate! Today's design was inspired by this post by Very Emily. She has some really fun nail art and I am sure I'll find more to try! It was harder than I anticipated to get the three colors of similar width, and you can see that I wasn't completely successful. However, I am super in love with this color combo and I'm really enjoying this as a full mani.
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Extending Your Mani With Stamping!

Good morning, readers! On Thursday, I showed you my version of Watercolor Gradient Nails. I loved that mani so much and didn't want to take it off for the entire weekend! However, I did have tip wear and a couple of minor chips by Saturday (I just can't keep polish on my nails for more than a couple of days without it chipping or peeling off, ever.) so I tried to figure out a way to continue wearing the mani throughout the weekend.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mesa Sunrise Watercolor Gradient Nail Art!

Good afternoon, readers! I saw a really cool tutorial by The Nailasaurus this week for a "Watercolor Gradient" and I just had to try it! My color combo is a bit reminiscent of a mesa sunrise so after a friend pointed that out to me, I figured it was a great title! I just love how the minty teal colors blend together, but the added pop of coral really makes me love it! This technique is easy enough to do on every nail and would work with so many different color combinations.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ombre Dot Half Moon Pond Mani!

That's a full title, isn't it? I have a lot going on in today's nail art and it didn't turn out exactly as I'd hoped, but it's still a neat concept that I plan to perfect in the future. Zoya Katherine and Zoya Frida were the jelly polishes used, and I prefer the look with Katherine most even though the half moon part disappeared.
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