Monday, April 30, 2018

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26 Great Nail Art Ideas- Creatures with scales

Hey there, look, it's a new blog post.  It turns out I can still do them!  I have to say that my la-z-boy recliner is getting way too much love from my round butt each evening, instead of me sitting here and writing up interesting blog posts about nail art.

Last Friday's prompt for the 26 Great Nail art ideas was Creatures with Scales. As per usual, I completely forgot about the prompts until I started to see the other girls manis pop up in my feed. Then of course I wanted to paint my nails.  So I did.

I took the interpretation very literally and did scales, in the mermaid kind.  These are actually water decals that I got from the Born Pretty store.  I actually thought they would be like most water decals and require a white base and the film would be transparent with the greens, blues and purples. Because of this I painted my nails with a very metallic silver polish with a hope of that shimmery shininess showing through. But it turns out that these decals are total opaque, so my silver base only showed through on the edges where the decals where slightly too narrow.

I added little stones, shells and star fish charms and caviar beads, also from the Born Pretty store.

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.  

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