Sunday, April 15, 2018

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Digital Dozen shows Indie Love - Emily de Molly with Emojis + 26GNAI Things that are round

I'm a little bit late with my fifth Digital Dozen mani this week, but what I did manage to do was combine it with the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge prompt of 'Things that are round.

For the Digital Dozen, I'm showing some inide love to Emily de Molly. I have a massive collection of Emily de Molly polishes they are all such amazing colours.  This one is a few years old, infact it was released in December 2015 (I can't believe it was that long ago).  I know I swatched it at the time, but I don't recall wearing it as a full mani. The colour is called Empty Journal, and it's a rich shimmery blue with purple duochrome.  It applies beautifully and has such a wonderful metallic finish. 

For the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge, I pulled out these Emoji water decals.  I don't even remember where i purchased them from.  I think it was from the Born Pretty Store, and if it was, it was ages ago so I don't expect them to still have them for sale.  What I loved about these decals is that they were a solid colour. I thought I was going to have to apply a white polish coat behind them, but nope. This means you can wear them over any colour, not just a white mani. And in my opinion, they look pretty amazing over blue!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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Digital Dozen shows Indie Love - Anna Gorelova Seagull Stamping

I'm not completely sold on the fact that Dance Legend polishes are considered 'indie', but seeing as Uma used an Anna Gorelova polish on Day 1, I'm going with it. Plus it means that for day four I'm still pulling mani's from the vault, albeit that this one is only two weeks old, its still a mani that I didn't specially prepare for this week.  

Later this year we are planning a big trip to the USA during September and October, which means I'm not going to be around for the 31 Day Challenge, so can you believe that I've already started preparing my manis so they can all be scheduled to post before I go.  That's the truth as to why I have such a bunch of manis in waiting, so it looks like I'll just have to prepare a whole bunch more now.

Today's mani actually took ages to do, all because each element was pretty much stamped individually (with the exception of the gold lines)  I used the Lina Feeling Shapely 09 plate. Plus I did paint all ten fingers like this, cause that's just how I roll. In fact it's pretty rare for me not to paint all ten nails with nail art so I can totally appreciate my efforts.

The base polish here is Anna Gorelova Seagull. I don't own many white-ish holos. I can actually only think of one other that I have with a linear holo like this, and that is Emily de Molly Crystal Crown. What they both have in common is a golden shimmer in addition to the linear holo flame. I'd say these two are quite similar, although I bet if I did a side by side comparison I'd find they are totally different. Either way, I love them both and they make a great base for nail art.

Polish provided for consideration.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Digital Dozen shows Indie Love - Hit the bottle watermarble

The Commonwealth games are on in Australia at the moment. Not where I live, but up on the Gold Coast where my in laws are.  But we have been enjoying watching lots of sport on the telly each night.  This mani featuring a green and gold water marble, using stamping polishes from Hit the Bottle, seems like a great accompaniment to the Aussie athletes in their green and gold outfits.

Aussie indie brand Hit the Bottle really specializes in stamping polishes, but did you know they are also marble really well. The spread beautifully on top of the water, and because they are well pigmented for stamping, the colours show up really nicely for water marbles.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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Digital Dozen shows Indie Love - Superchic pink skittlette

Day two and I'm feeling pretty chuffed with myself for pulling another mani from the draft vault to publish today.  Today's mani features a gorgeous pink holo from Superchic Lacquer. It's from their SuperHolos range and it's called Rosebuddy.  I really love the Superchic SuperHolos, as they are all basically one coat holos, and even though they are one coaters, the holo really shines. 

I wish I had every polish in that collection (I grabbed this one with some birthday funds from Femme Fatale), but I probably only have about half of them. There is one called Pheromone that would have to the be brightest neon yellow holo I've ever seen.

I also used one of my favorite ever indie polishes, Amazeballz You're so Extra fine from Lacqueristry. I have back ups of my back up of this polish, and I have easily used up two fully bottles of this stuff. It's my toe polish go to shade.

Don't asked me what combo I put on my index finger, I think its a white base with a holo top coat, but hot diggity, I did this many some time last year, so really, your guess is as good as mine!

Monday, April 9, 2018

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Digital Dozen shows Indie Love - Picture Polish Colour Block

It's a Digital Dozen week already and I have prepared precisely zero nail art manicures ready for this month's prompt, which is Indie Love.  However, the Indie Love theme throws me a lifeline, because I do happen to have a bunch of draft posts that I can post, which happen to use polishes from different indie brands. 

Today's mani is from a brand that doesn't really call themselves an indie brand, but I certainly classify them as an indie. That is because it's a brand that is created and run by just a few girls, not an organisation or corporation.  Even though the polishes are lab made, the creative input is absolutely from the creators (and those that create collaboration shades).

This mani features five Picture Polish shades that were all released in the latter part of last year.  The green is called dandelion, yellow is cozy, blue is clouds, mauve is tash and the pink is embrace.  

Monday, March 19, 2018

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26 Great Nail Art Ideas - French with a twist

It's been a while since I did a mani for the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge. But after seeing the other participants post their manis last Friday, I was inspired to paint my nails.  I haven't done a French design in absolutely ages, so the prompt of French with a twist actually really piqued my interest. Which is funny, cause I usually consider French manicures to be generally pretty boring.

I did a chrome base over a nude shade, and then top coated that with a water based top coat. I then masked off a rough french tip using liquid latex and quickly painted on the rainbow stripes. To finish it off I tried to do a thin black french tip line. It didn't end up looking so thin here in these photos, but in real life it looks pretty good. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Digital Dozen does stamping - Day 5

Day five coincides with St Patrick's Day, so it made sense to do some St Patrick's Day themed nails, especially knowing I had a good stamping plate with shamrocks etc on it.

I did cheat and do a tiny bit of freehand with the rainbow, but can I just admire how neatly my stamping came out for the four leaf clover on my index finger.  I did double stamping on the two middle fingers, and I should have done it the other way around, with the darker shade underneath and the lighter green on top, that way it would have looked more like a shadow, rather than the messy misprint that it looks like now.

Dreamland lacquer Kiss me, I'm a fish is not only the perfect green for this mani, but the name is just perfect for St Patrick's day too, being an autocorrect play on the saying Kiss me, I'm Irish.

That will do for today, and for the end of another Digital Dozen week.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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Digital Dozen does stamping - Day 4

It's Day four for the Digital Dozen stamping week and I just went through and edited my photos for the last two posts. After editing the photos I uploaded here into Blogger and saved them without any text, just with the photos saved.  Now looking through my draft posts I have 15 of them! 15!. So it turns out I love doing fun nail art, and taking the pictures. I apparently even don't mind editing the photos and uploading them. What I can't be bothered doing it writing them up as blog posts. Do you think it matters, maybe I can just post the photos and say nothing and that would be ok?

Onto this mani. I started with a base of my favourite ever gold polish, Lacquistry Amazeballz extra fine. For some reason I wanted to make it look a little chromier, so I rubbed in some unicorn powder from the Born Pretty Store.  To the ordinary eye you couldn't really tell, but it did give it a smoother finish, and a very slight duochrome red to green shimmer over the top.

On top of the base I did some stamping decals. After the previous white stamping on Tuesday, I decided to do some more white stamping (with just a dash of colour). I think the image is sunflowers, but in white they looked like daisies.

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