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!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Green Clovers (30 Days of Colour)

Greetings and Nailutations,

Today I'm using an untried for the 30 Days of Colour for the prompt green.  It is Supermoon Lacquer - Polar Light.  This is my first polish to use from this brand and I was really impressed with the formula, which went on smoothly and the pigmentation.


Let's get to the details!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Golden Rainbow (30 Days of Colour and Nail Crazies Unite)

Greetings and Nailutations!

Today I'm combining 2 nail art prompts (again).  It seems to be what I've been doing lately eh?  For me, it pushes me to be more creative.  30 Days of Colour prompt is "gold" and Nail Crazies Unite prompt is "rainbow" so you will be getting a Golden Rainbow!


Now let's get to the details!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

3 Empties: Fortune Cookie Soap OCD Hand Sanitizer, KB Shimmer Mani Shot and AG Hair Cosmetics Fast Food

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 5, 2017

30 Days of Colour and 26 Great Nail Art Ideas: Blue Mixed Tape

Greetings and Nailutations,

Today I'm combining 2 prompts into 1 mani: Blue + Mixed Tape.  The Blue is for 30 Days of Colour and the Mixed Tape is for 26 Great Nail Art Ideas.  I decided to created a literal mixed tape - each nail is a different song.  Can you guess the name of the songs based off the nails?  Answers will be given later!


Let's get to the details!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Drip Drop Nail Paint St. Patrick's Day Duo

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I'm sharing a a duo from Drip Drop Nail Paint for St. Patrick's Day!  This duo will be available March 7th.  When I think of St. Patrick's Day I think of 3 things.

1) green - better have some sort of green on or you will get pinched!
2) rainbows - they are even better if they have a pot of gold at the end
3) spirits - not the ghostly kind, the kind that you drink


Now let's get to the duo!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Weekly Dose of Rainbows: Watermarble

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's the first of March...ok, well it was yesterday.  The first of every month the A Weekly Does Of Rainbow group on Facebook has a prompt for rainbows.  This month the prompt was watermarble.  I decided to try something I hadn't tried before and I ended up really pleased with the look.


Now let's get to the details!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Drip Drop Nail Paint Polish Con (NYC) Exclusive Whistling Showtunes

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Polish Con....Polish Con...Do you know what Polish Con is?  Why it's a huge gathering of polish lovers and vendors.  The 2nd Polish Con is planned for April in NYC.  Of course the polish is named after something that is near and dear to my heart - Whistling Showtunes!  Sadly I cannot whistle, but I am one of those annoying audience members who sing along.  (Quietly of course.)  Good news if you can't attend the event - you can purchase this for the next few days!


Now let's get to Whistling Showtunes!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: February Un-Birthday Mani

Greetings and Nailutations,

This month there is no February birthday to celebrate for the Digit-al Dozen, so this most adorable Kawaii-inspired print was chosen as our inspiration.  I loved the colors and the characters on the print, but I was drawn to the skulls.


Let's get to the details.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

30 Days of Colour: Bright

Greetings and Nailutations!

I really look forward to the prompts for 30 Days of Colour.  The group's focus is on trying those polishes you bought a long time ago and still never have tried.  The group votes on the weekly prompts for the following month.  This week the prompt is Bright.


Now let's get to the details!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nail Crazies Unite: Red and Black

Greetings and Nailutations,

Today I'm sharing a mani for the group Nail Crazies Unite: Red and Black.  I missed posting the previous theme, but did do a mani for it (hearts and love --> I will share it on my instagram and Facebook page).  I still state for the record, while the theme says red - this base polish isn't a straight up red, but still in the red family...plus you will see why I selected it when you see the name.


Now let's get to the details!


Friday, February 24, 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge: Blue Floral

Greetings and Nailutations,

I'm back from a week vacation!  Where was I, you ask?  I was in Las Vegas - Sin City.  Unfortunately I did not win big, nor did the hubby, or my folks (who we met there).  But we did do some light gambling (I don't like donating money to a casino), eating yummy food, people watching, shopping and decided to visit the Pinball Hall of Fame.  Glad to be back home and now I'm playing catch up with some nail art challenges.  Speaking of nail art - have you had a mani you just struggled with?  The mani for this blog was my nemesis.  I could not figure out a "blue floral" mani for the life of me.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Drip Drop Nail Paint Just Because Series

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Have you ever done something "just because?"  Well that is what this series touches upon.  The creative mind behind Drip Drop Nail Paint (Jessica) is creating a Limited Edition series entitled Just Because and she will make them whenever the mood hits her because....well...just because!  :)  This baby will release Wednesday, so be sure to stalk her site so you don't miss out!


Let's get to the swatches!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Envy Lacquer Galaxy Collection Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I am sharing a 5 polish collection from Envy Lacquer.  The Galaxy Collection consists of holos, flakies and glitters galore!  If you would like to see these polishes swatched live head to my YouTube Channel.  (Don't forget to subscribe and thumbs up!)


Now let's get to the swatches!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Stamping Over Black To Nude Gradient

Greetings and Nailutations,

Today is the last day for the February Digit-al Dozen week using the prompt of black.  I decided to go for actual bare nails!  So risqué!  Ooh la la!  Since I'm not the biggest fan of visible nail line (VNL) I decided to make the bare nail part towards my cuticle.


Now let's get to the details!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Black Textural Watermarble

Greetings and Nailutation,

It's day 4 for Digit-al Dozen with the prompt of black.  I've been enjoying all the finish and textural contrasts that I've been using so far this week for the theme.  Today I'll be sharing one of my favorite manis of the week!


Now let's get to the details!