Thursday, June 22, 2017

Literary Lacquers June New Releases Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Literary Lacquers is releasing a bunch of new and returning stock in the store Friday June 23rd.  This is my first time reviewing for Literary Lacquers and I was impressed with all the detail that was provided (inspirations, price, release date, description of lacquers).  Just reading about the inspirations and all the other returning stock, I was so excited - you will be too!


Let's get into the swatches and details!  *Picture heavy post with lots of pretties!*

Pug Posse Nail Lacquer - Pug Love Collection Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
I'm back with the second Pug Posse Nail Lacquer debut collection releasing today!  This collection contains 5 polishes of different finishes - there are 2 satin shimmers, 2 flaky metallics and a flaky glitter bomb/topper.


Now let's get to the swatches!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pug Posse Nail Lacquer - Take Us To Mars Collection Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations!

*Press Sample*
Today I am sharing a new indie on the block - Pug Posse Nail Lacquer!  As you can tell by the name, she is a mother of pugs.  :)  She is coming out with 2 debut collections (and I will add that she was already selling wax melts - so you can grab both melts AND nail polish at the same time!!!) and this first one I will be sharing is the Take Us To Mars Collection, which contains 4 neon crellies.


Now let's get to the photos!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

It Girl Nail Art IG118 Stamping Plate Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I am sharing my review and thoughts on It Girl Nail Art IG118 Plate.  Every so often a stamping plate is created that says so much, that makes a statement and that resonates with me.  It Girl's IG118 plate did that for me.  Coinciding with LGBTQ Pride month (June), Nicole of IGNA has created a Pride LGBTQ, BLM, peace, safety pin, ally, equality plate.  So much is expressed in this plate, it made my heart warm.  There are so many images that I was familiar with but also some that I had to use the power of the internet to get information on (like all the different striped images).


Now let's get to the nail art!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Fashion Magazine Paper

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is our final day for the Digit-al Dozen paper prompt and I wanted to go through the magazine clippings I had in my mani-cave for mani inspirations.  I also wanted something that combined the prompt paper for the Digit-al Dozen and fruit for Nail Crazies Unite.  I happened up on a dress that said "MAKE A MANI OF ME!!!"


Let's get to the details!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Paper Sunset Puzzle

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is Day 4 of the Digit-al Dozen and we are continuing with the paper prompt.  I was trying to think what is made of paper products that I could do a pretty scene on...and then it hit me = PUZZLES!  I am such a lover of puzzles.  I use apps now on my iPad now, but there is something so soothing about putting chaos into beautiful order to me.



Now let's get to the details!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Digit-al Dozen:Paper Love Letters

Greetings and Nailutations,

We are on Day 3 of the Digit-al Dozen paper prompt!  I decided on love letters (and a few other gals below did too - great minds think alike!).


Now let's get to the details!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Paper Boat Sailing

Greetings and Nailutations,

We are now on day 2 of the Digit-al Dozen week of paper related manis.  Yesterday I was inspired by tissue paper and today I am drawing inspiration sailing paper boats.


Now let's get to the details!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Inspired by Tissue Paper

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is a Digit-al Dozen week!  Our prompt this week is paper - so you will see 5 manis from me all related to paper!  Today I decided to use tissue paper as my inspiration.  I have kept this piece of tissue paper for quite a while.  Drip Drop Nail Paint would pack her products in adorable prints of tissue paper and I knew I wanted to re-create this pattern.  This paper prompt was the perfect excuse!


Let's get to the details!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Neon + Orange = Bassackwards?

Greetings and Nailutation,

It's been too many days away from my blog - this last week at work has been rough and I also started trying to eat better this week too, so meal prep/planning takes time away from blogging.  But the good news is the work craziness should get better after next week AND I've lost almost 4 pounds!

Today I will be sharing a mani for the groups 30 Days of Colour and Nail Challenge Collaborative.  I am combining 2 prompts: orange and neon.  Funny story - I grabbed this orange, threw it on & was confused.  It looked pink on me.  Then a quick google search told me that it was a THERMAL!  SURPRISE!


Let's get to the details!

Monday, June 5, 2017

3 Empties: Ole Henriksen Cleansing Clothes, Clear Jelly Stamper Cuticle Protect and Vapid Nail Sauce

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's another installment of 3 empties, where I review 3 products I have used up and express my opinion on how well they worked, how they smelled, their packaging and if I'd make a repeat purchase.


Now let's get to the empties!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ever After Polish Indie Expo VIP and more!

Greetings and Nailutations!

*Press Sample*
This weekend is the first ever Indie Expo Canada!  It's being held in Toronto Canada and Ever After Polish will be in attendance.  Ever After Polish has a full plate with a James Bond inspired VIP polish, a duo paying respects to 007 (double oh-7) and a duo with Tonic Polish inspired by the other secret agent...Austin Powers!  The best thing is that I got to be there in person while the creative juices were flowing and Rachel (co-creator of Ever After Polish) was mixing.  She put me to work and under Tiana's tutelage I was balling bottles, brushing bottles and capping bottles and then playing bottle Tetris in a box to ship to Miranda (co-creator of Ever After Polish) for labeling.


Let's get to the swatches!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: May Birthday Mani - Digital Neon Flowers

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is the end of May, which means time to celebrate with a mani inspired by a photo selected by the Digit-al Dozen member with a May birthday.  Cheyenne of CDB Nails selected this amazing digital image of neon flowers below.  At first I was really intimidated by this photo (Cheyenne sure knows how to challenge us!).  :)


More details below!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Polish Pick Up: My Stunning Nails Conch Shell Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
There is a new collaboration box on the block and it is called the Polish Pick Up Box.  Think of it as a polish buffet and you select what you want for your personalized box.  You can select as many polishes as you want and each month there is a new theme.  Customers are part of the entire process from suggesting themes to voting on the theme.  Lisa from My Stunning Nails asked me to swatch and review her contribution to the Under The Sea box which will be available to purchase June 2nd through June 5th.


Let's get to the swatches!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: Green Florals

Greetings and Nailutations,

Today I'm sharing some nail art (that I also have up on my YouTube channel too!).  This mani is for the Nail Challenge Collaborative and this month the theme is green.  When I was swatching the Drip Drop Nail Paint Swing Into Spring Collection - I found the perfect base!



Let's get to the details!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

3 Empties: American Classic Yellow Stopper, Fortune Cookie Soap Foaming Hand Wash and Heahther's Hues Cutie-cle Oil

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's another installment of 3 empties, where I review 3 products I have used up and express my opinion on how well they worked, how they smelled, their packaging and if I'd make a repeat purchase.


Now let's get to the empties!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Rainforessssst Sssssnake

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is the last day of the Rainforest prompt for the Digit-al Dozen.  I wanted something edgy, something sssssnake like, a ssssserpentine mani!  I really loved how this turned out and I can honestly say I am hooked on multi chromes now.


Let's get to the details.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Rainforest Flutterbies

Greetings and Nailutations,

We are now on Day 4 and I had to do a mani with butterflies.  The images I see of the butterflies in the rainforest are exotic, colorful and vibrant (even if they are little "flying worms.")  (Sorry, I had to quote Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory.)  I wanted to go bold, so I went down the neon road and I think I will go down that road more often!


Now let's get to the details!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Rainforest Florals

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is the 3rd day of the Digit-al Dozen week with the theme of Rainforests.  Besides greenery, when I think of Rainforests, I think of exotic colorful flowers - so today's mani is all about the florals.


Let's get to the details!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: The Lady of the Rainforest

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is Day 2 of the Digit-al Dozen theme: Rainforest.  I decided to do a Ladybug (or Ladybird or Ladybird Beetles or Lady Beetles) mani.  Ladybugs are not just rainforest critters - they are everywhere (for the most part) but they are still adorable, so hence this mani.


Now let's get to the details.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Rainforest Greenery

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is a Digit-al Dozen week!  This means all week I will be doing nail art posts inspired by Rainforests.  The first thing I thought of was greenery - layers of green, glistening leaves.  Are you picturing it now too?  OK!


Let's get to the details!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Drip Drop Nail Paint Swing Into Spring Collection Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Hello dear readers, my apologies for not posting in a week.  After returning from Polish Con, it has taken some time to adjust back to a scheduled agenda of blogs.  I will start off with a 6 piece collection from Drip Drop Nail Paint!  This collection consists of cremes with a touch of scattered holo and they are all named for dances - Swing Into Spring Collection!


Now let's get to the photos!
Warning: Picture heavy post!  Photos shown in both filtered light and simulated sunlight.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Digit-al Dozen April Birthday Mani

Greetings and Nailutations,

Today I will be sharing a mani for the April Digit-al Dozen Birthday!  We have 2 members who are celebrating their special day this month: Katherine Marie from Procrastinails and Uma from Uma's Nail Art.  They selected a fun bubble image that was a bit intimidating.  (Photo at the end of the post.)


Let's get to the details.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

30 Days of Colour: Birds

Greetings and Nailutations,

Another post for 30 Days of Colour, where we try to tackle the untried polishes sitting in our cabinets/drawers/helmers waiting to be used.  I also wanted to combine this with Spring for Nail Challenge Collaborative.  I wanted something bright (and I was in a rush) - so, the stickers from a stencil were used.  :)


Let's get to the details!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: Pastel Floral

Greetings and Nailutation,

Today my blog post is for the Nail Crazies Unite group.  The theme is floral pastels and I had to bring in the Pastelly Jellies from Drip Drop Nail Paint - which were just re-released!  One of great things about the Pastelly Jellies is that you can create not only jelly sandwiches (glitter between layers of jelly) but you can create stamping sandwiches!  :)


Let's get to the details!

Friday, April 21, 2017

30 Days of Colour Challenge: Earth Day

Greetings and Nailutations,

For the 30 Days of Colour Challenge (where you attempt to utilize those polishes that sit untried in your drawer) the prompt is Earth Day!  Did you know Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970?  I decided on a minimalism mani and selected a green pastel with blue micro-flecks to symbolize Earth.


Let's get to the details.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: Spring Daisies

Greetings and Nailutations,

This month I'm a little behind on some nail art challenges and I know I won't get caught up.  Having a nasty cold for week and sounding like a trucker who smokes kind of changed my schedule.  :)  Today I'm sharing a mani for the Nail Challenge Collaborative group with the prompt "Spring."  The goal is to do 1-4 manis with the same prompt.  What do I think of with spring?  Flowers blooming of course!


Now let's get to the details!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Drip Drop Nail Paint Oz Collection Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I will be sharing a glittery 6 piece collection from Drip Drop Nail Paint inspired by the movie Wizard of Oz.  It is one of my favorite movies of all time - a true classic.  Each polish provides imagery of a scene in the movie and the sparkle creates a dazzling show on your nails.  There are 3 different ways to wear/apply these glitters.

1. Apply 2 coats (maybe 3) for a glittering spectacular nail
2. Apply 1 coat over an undie to create a fun glitter topper feel
2a. Glitter between jelly finish polish for a a fun jelly sandwich
3. Apply 1 coat and then sponge glitter on to make a completely opaque glitter nail

I demonstrate the first and 3rd applications on my YouTube channel in the swatch video - be sure to check it out!


Now let's get to the swatches!
Warning: Picture heavy post with photos in filtered light as well as simulated sunlight to give the full holo effect.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Get To Know My Passion

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is the last day of Digit-al Dozen Get To Know Me prompt.  I've been enjoying learning about my fellow DD sisters.  Today I will be sharing my passion, my love - theater.  I absolutely LOVE going to the theater - to be transported through imagination and art to another time or place with live acting is amazing to me.  The first play I saw live (other than high school plays which I watched as well as participated in) was Phantom of the Opera - the classic.  My husband and I donate to our local Broadway venue every year so that we can get some extra benefits (meeting actors, better parking, tickets dead center in the first 20 rows and of course tax write off! haha).  I decided to do a mani inspired by the only play that I have seen 3 times: RENT!  I also have a playbill that is signed by some of the cast that was in the movie!



Let's get to the details!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Get To Know My Cats!

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is Day 4 of the Digit-al Dozen Get To Know Me prompt and today I was inspired by my furry children!  My husband and I have 2 orange ginger tabbies Henry (Hen) and Buzz (Buzzy).  They both have completely different personalities and meows.

Henry - easy going, calm, patient and his meow is very high pitched
Buzzy - anxious, pestering little brother (picture...I'm not touching you...I'm not touching you), goofy and his meow is more of a chirp.

Both were rescues, where Henry was retrieved from a hoarder and Buzz was a previous feral cat that was young enough to be introduced to humans as potential pet material.


I'll have photos of the boys at the bottom, but first the mani!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Get To Know Honey Honey

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is Day 3 of Get To Know Me for the Digit-al Dozen and I figured I would post about something that I collect, love and respect.  BEES!!!  It all started when I was a child - my grandfather nick named me "Honey Honey" and from there, I seemed to be attracted to bees.  I got my first sting because as a toddler, I wanted to pet the furry insects.  OOPS!  (Lesson learned.)  My attraction continue through grade school and when I reached high school I had to do a "senior project" which entailed a paper, poster and presentation.  I decided to jump into beekeeping.  It was one of the coolest experiences I have ever done working with a local beekeeper in Washington state.  I even continued the obsession into my wedding and it was bee themed.


Now let's get to the mani!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Get To Know What I Do

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's day number 2 in the Digit-al Dozen Get To Know Me week.  I thought I would do a mani related to my career.  What exactly do I do all day?  Hmmm....good question.  I work at a company that fabricates computer chips, we make them in a super duper clean rooms (people are required to wear clean room suits to protect the product - it's like a big onsie with a hood and face cover).  I've held a few different roles from analyzing the electronic properties of the computer chips, analyzing what chips can be sold and what can be causing them to fail, to figuring out what can be causing issues during processing.  Every day it's some new problem that can be easy to solve or very complex.  While my official title is "Yield Engineer" I prefer to call myself an engi-'nerd.'  :)


Let's get to the mani!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Digit-al Dozen Get to Know My Songs

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's day 1 for Digit-al Dozen week of "Get To Know Me."  Me?  Little ole me.  There is something that completes me - music, songs, a good beat.  I am almost always listening to music.  At work, I wear oversized headphones (teal) and since I have a sit-stand desk 50% of the time I am dancing and singing.  In meetings if someone says something that triggers a song lyric, I will bust out with the line.
Co-worker: that's bananas
Me: That shi- is bananas!  Bee-ay-en-ay-en-ay-es!

Co-worker: we are a good team, like family
Me: We are family....I got all my co-workers and me!

At home, I religiously play the game Song Pop - it's like name that tune with different genres.  You guess the name of the song or the artist.  This is what I play while I do my manis and while I edit photos.

Songs are memories.  I relive moments with songs - my wedding, my graduation, a good vacation, a concert and a movie.


Let's get to the mani!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ever After Polish So You Want To Be A Villain? Collection Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Have you ever rooted for the Villian?  Maybe they are just misunderstood or maybe they had a rough life?  No?  Well I'll change your mind with these villian inspired polishes in the So You Want To Be A Villain Collection from Ever After Polish.  This collection will be available Friday April 7th.


Let's get to the swatches.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sometimes There is Silver at the End of the Rainbow

Greetings and Nailutations,

Today I'm a few days late for 2 prompts that I combined.  The 30 Days of Colour Challenge (where we work on untried polishes) called for rainbows and the Weekly Dose of Rainbows Challenge called for freestyle rainbow - so obviously they were combined.


Now let's get to the details,


Friday, March 31, 2017

Green Freestyle: Leafy Electric Jiggles

Greetings and Nailutations,

For 26 Great Nail Ideas the prompt is Green - Freestyle.  OK, OK - so I may be cheating a little here. I attempted to do a green mani and I wasn't pleased with it.  Luckily I had one green mani stored on my phone that I NEVER posted or blogged about, so I'm using it!  (This is why the nail shape is different.)


Now let's get to the details!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

3 Empties: Bath and BodyWorks Foaming Hand Soap, Glam Glow Mask, Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's another installment of 3 empties, where I review 3 products I have used up and express my opinion on how well they worked, how they smelled, their packaging and if I'd make a repeat purchase.


Now let's get to the empties!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: March Birthday Man - It's a Girl!

Greetings and Nailutations,

One of the Digit-al Dozen members had a baby this month (Amber from Nails Like Lace), so she was told we were doing a mani based off the image below, but the admins threw out the idea of doing baby manis instead!  Hah! (We are so sneaky!)  Congrats Amber!


Now let's get to the details!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

3 Empties: Carven Le Parfum, L'Occitane Shampoo and Conditioner and Ole Henriksen Mask

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's another installment of 3 empties, where I review 3 products I have used up and express my opinion on how well they worked, how they smelled, their packaging and if I'd make a repeat purchase.


Now let's get to the empties!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: Black and White Dotticure

Greetings and Nailutations,

This is my 3rd mani for the Nail Challenge Collaborative prompt Black and White.  I previously did a recreation of some art and then spring nocturnal animals.  Today I'm doing a simple dotticure, but playing with finishes.


Let's get to the details.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Nail Crazies Unite: Sweets!

Greetings and Nailutations,

Today I'm posting for Nail Crazies Unite prompt of "sweets."  I had an image in mind that I've been wanting to use FOREVER but never found the right time.  Well today is THAT time!


Now let's get to the details!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

3 Empties: Bath and BodyWorks Body Wash, Listerine and Sensodyne

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's another installment of 3 empties, where I review 3 products I have used up and express my opinion on how well they worked, how they smelled, their packaging and if I'd make a repeat purchase.


Now let's get to the empties!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

30 Days of Colour: First Day of Spring

Greetings and Nailutations,

The theme for 30 Days of Colour Challenge is "First Day of Spring."  The challenge objective is to use a polish that I haven't tried yet.  I knew I had to do something floral and selected a glitter crelly to spice it up!


Let's get to the details.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

3 Empties: L'Occitane Body Milk, Secret Clear Gel and Suave Shampoo

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's another installment of 3 empties, where I review 3 products I have used up and express my opinion on how well they worked, how they smelled, their packaging and if I'd make a repeat purchase.


Now let's get to the empties!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Animals in Black and White

Greetings and Nailutations,

I'm combining 2 prompts again!  I had "Spring Animals" for 26 Great Nail Art Ideas and "Black and White" for the Nail Challenge Collaborative.  Now, when most people think of "Spring Animals" they think cute bunnies and chicks and pastel colors.  But you know what?  Some of the animals that appear during spring are nocturnal!  So I decided to do a mani of nocturnal animals.


Now let's get to the details.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Building Bridges to Rainbows

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is the last day of the Digit-al Dozen and I wanted something that reminded me of St. Patrick's Day. I found a rainbow piece of work that I thought worked perfect!  It is entitled Bridge by Kenneth Noland.


Now let's get to the details.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Can You See My Beat?

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's Day 4 of the Digit-al Dozen Redoes Art.  I was looking for something with less color, something dark with little moments of brightness.  I needed something that was musical, you know - that had a "beat."  I found Black Grey Beat by Gene Davis.  I've seen roads and sidewalks painted after some of his striped works of art.


Now let's get to the details!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Pottery French Tips

Greetings and Nailutation,

It is Day 3 of the Digit-al Dozen Redoes Art and I decided to look at a different form of art - pottery! One of my sisters is what I would call an artist.  My folks' house is still adorned with some of her masterpieces - a leopard batik, a wooden unit that is carefully painted with apples (my mom collects apple things - it's a teacher thing!) and this ornate pottery piece.  I decided to look into pottery and found a piece that reminded me of china plates.



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Digit-al Dozen Redoes Art: Who's Afraid of Primary Colors?

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's day numero 2 for the Digit-al Dozen Redoes Art prompt.  During my search for art on the inter-webs I wanted something simple and vibrant.  That led me to a piece entitled Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue? from Barnett Newman.  This piece stuck with me due to use of dominant red and how it takes over the image.



Now let's get to the details!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Digit-al Dozen Redoes Art: Black and White Minimalism

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's a Digit-al Dozen week and you know what that means?  Five days of nail art with one theme.  This week it is Art!  Now I will preface this by saying I am not the best at free handing art, so I needed to find pieces of art that go with my skill set (i.e. scribbling).  :)  I also wanted to fit in a Black and White mani for the Nail Challenge Collaborative.  Two themes and 1 mani!  BOOM!  Here is the inspiration piece of art: After Botticelli by Brice Marden (B. 1938)


Lets get to the details!