Saturday, June 15, 2019

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Snowflake nail art for Digital Dozen does Vacations

Amidst all those beautiful summery and warm vacation nails, I bring you a sparkly negative space gradient with snowflakes.  It's winter here in Australia, and it's been bloody cold and a little moist too, which meant the snow fields actually opened a week early this year.  The snow fields are only about two hours drive from our place, and we did venture out a last year to take the kids to the snow so they could go tobogganing. 

I don't think we will be heading to the snow this year though. I very much prefer summer vacations, and would rather save my leave at work to go somewhere warm.  I think that all we will get in for vacations this year will be a trip up north to the Gold Coast in Queensland, stay with family and take the kids to the theme parks.







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Friday, June 14, 2019

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Tropical palm leaves for Digital Dozen does Vacations

I'm a cheater. I'd love to tell you that I stamped this super cool design, but in fact they are water decals. They are from a huge sheet I got from the Born Pretty Store in about nineteen forever ago. I think the sheet (which has at least 10 designs for 10 nails) cost me $1.  So all in all, the decals used for this full mani cost me about 10 cents.

I like that the pattern is continuous across the nail, and also that is is rather simple that had I had similar palm shaped stamping plates, I could have actually achieved this look.  Perhaps I should have just said, yeah, I stamped these so I don't look like I cheated too much on this prompt for today.







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Thursday, June 13, 2019

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Nautical nail art for Digital Dozen does Vacations

It's no surprise. I do love me a nautical holiday. Specifically, I love going cruising.  Our first cruising holiday was way back in the early 2000's some time where my hubby and I cruised around the Mediterranean. We went to Egypt to see the Pyramids, to Turkey, Greece, Venice and Cyprus. It was truly amazing. It was only a small boat, something that I would never go on now days, but the itinerary was incredible.

Since then we have cruised to New Zealand and seen the beautiful Fjords. To Tasmania in Australia, several times to the Pacific islands around New Caledonia and Vanuatu, around Hawaii and most recently on both the East and West of the Caribbean.  I love all the places that cruises take without needing to unpack. Plus all the activities on board mean the kids are always entertained and we can really relax.  And I haven't even mentioned all the food and drinks!

Sadly we don't even have another cruise holiday planned yet. We are still paying off the huge USA trip from last year. I'd love to cruise from Australia to Hawaii via Tahiti, or do one up to the glaciers in Alaska, or even one that goes around Australia. Hmmmm, so much holiday fun to be had and so little money to do it all.






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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Beach nail art for Digital Dozen does Vacations

I'm so happy with how this mani turned out.  Firstly I found the perfect colours to achieve what I wanted. I used a few picture polish cremes for the gradient and a clear textured top coat from Dance Legend that can turn any colour into a textured polish.  Then I managed to actually do some water spotting to get the sea foam to look good. Plus, check our the name of the Picture Polish shade I'm holding - Salt Water! Yay me! I'm winning today.

Also, don't you just love the gold shell charms on the textured sand. Also a few little pearls thrown in.  Seriously, this mani just screams summer holiday's at the beach.  Which sadly is a long way from where we are right now. It's the beginning on winter here down under, and I'm currently snuggled under a big soft squishy blue blanky to keep me warm. 






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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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Pastel gradient with palms for Digital Dozen does Vacations

I'm back, which must mean it's another Digital Dozen week. I'm certain that the Digital Dozen posts are the only thing that keep this blog alive these days.  Which is a little worrying, because last month the Digital Dozen, was only about four bloggers.  So lets hope there will be a few more participating this month, and also that we are able to recruit some new nail art bloggers that might be interested in a monthly challenge.

This months theme is Vacation.  It's interesting because we don't really use the word Vacation much here in Australia. It's definitely Holiday! School holiday's, going on holiday's etc.  

For my first look, I've gone pretty simple, with a pretty pastel gradient and some silhouetted palm trees that I painted freehand.  I loved these so much that I wore them a whole week.  Can I just say that wear on this mani was phenomenal. I'm not sure what the combo was, as I had a mix of JOSS base coats, Pretty Serious and Picture Polish cremes and Seche Vite top coat, but I had zero chips at the end of a full seven days!





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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Pastel skittlette for Digital Dozen does Colours

Better late than never with my final mani for the Digital Dozen does Colours prompt.  This design was inspired by a look from Gabby's Nail Art on Instagram. 

Gee I love how beautifully these colours go together, particularly with a matte top coat.  I must say I've been going through a bit of a matte top coat craze lately.  I thinned out the last of the Essie Matte about you, and its been working beautifully. It had got to the point of leaving those little white marks on my nails, but a lot of thinner sure fixed it up. Unfortunately the bottle is right down in the last dregs, so I will need a new bottle.  It's a toss up for me weather I get a new bottle of OPI Matte top coat or Essie Matte about you, I think the Essie has the flattest effect, but the OPI is easier for me to get my hands on.






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Monday, May 20, 2019

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Game of Thrones nail art - it's end game!

This is it folks. I'm about to settle in for the last episode. I think I know what is coming, which is why I have painted both Jon and Dany on my nails.  Whilst I'm not sad about the direction the story has gone, I sure am disappointed about how quickly we got here. Giant leaps of character development missed, huge plot holes and simply just a very rushed last season.

Probably the last time I'll be using this stamping plate too, although I do feel like I got good use out of it and certainly enough use to justify the $3.50 price tag.





Sunday, May 19, 2019

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Citrus gradient with stamping for Digital Dozen does Colours

This might just be one of the oldest set of photos I've had sitting in my nail photos folder.  I actually wore this design back in December 2017. Isn't that terrible that I'm only just posting it now, because it was, and still is a pretty striking design that really catches your eye.  So thank you Digital Dozen colour week for enabling me to get this one posted.  

Sadly I don't recall what colours I used here, except to note they were from the Anna Gorelova collection in 2017. Sure I could jump up and go through three helmer drawers of amazing Dance Legend polishes to find the names, but it's cold and I'm too tired to go searching tonight.  I don't even remember what stamp it is either, so please don't ask ;)




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Saturday, May 18, 2019

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Pastel smoosh with vinyls and stuff and I don't know how to describe this look

Tonight I'm channeling my inner @clarieestelle8. She created a similar look using nail vinyls back in October 2018 and I've been waning to try it ever since. Her's was way better, and I think a lot of that has to do with the pattern vinyl she used.  If you want to see how to do it, you should check out her instagram posts from October last year where she created a quick video tutorial.

This is one of the manis I created a month or so ago, and am sneakily using for the Digital Dozen does Colours week. 






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Thursday, May 16, 2019

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Coloured bands with Orly Rage for Digital Dozen does Colours

Orly Rage, what a beautiful polish that I haven't pulled out and used for years.  I reckon this was one of the first 50 polishes in my collection back when I started seriously collecting nail polish back in 2010.

I used nail vinyls to put the coloured bands down, and like I always say, these sorts of manis take much longer to apply that you actually realise. I used a selection of the Pretty Serious Pastel Pet name polishes for the lines.






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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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Paint splats for Digital Dozen does Colours

It's day one of a new Digital Dozen week, and I''m very happy with the theme this month, which is just 'Colours'. This prompt is so easy, because it allows me to post a bunch of nail art that I have worn over the last month or two and just been too lazy to edit and post.  

That said, my first look is one I actually painted specifically for the prompt.  I used some paint splatter vinyls to achieve this look and by the end of the process realised I could have done it a much smarter and faster way.  I did this directly on my nails, where you have to wait until the base polish is dry enough to stick down the vinyl firmly. I really wished I don't with using a silicone mat and a applying them like decals.  

I think my brain is too full of work stuff at the moment for me to get the basics of nail art right at the moment.  I've been so busy at work that I've not stopped for a lunch break for the last two weeks.  Don't get me wrong, it's doing great things for my waist line having dropped about 5 kilos in those weeks, but damn I'm wiped out and hungry at the end of each day!





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Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Game of Thrones nail art - dragons

Well I guess after last weeks episode, I really should just title this post, Dragon singular, not plural.  I can't believe they killed off another. I've gotta say, I was a disappointed in last weeks episode.  How could Jon not pat Ghost and tell him he's a good boy.  Where did Euron get those head seeking giant cross bows that allowed them to shoot down Rhaegal without them seeing the fleet in front of them! And I'm pissed that they have cut this season so short and then left so much story off screen, like when Sansa and Arya find out about Jon, and then when Sansa tell Tyrion.  Arrgggghhh, they better not screw up the last two episodes.

Tonights nail art didn't exactly turn out how I planned them  I actually did a gradient using Emily de Molly Goddess of Rays and I Love Nail Polish Brilliance.  They are both the same colour shift, except one is a shimmer and the other is flakies.  I was going for smooth skin verses scales, but it didn't really translate tot he nail.  I also wanted to stamp some extra text or images, but the scales stamping mean I couldn't see it.  I ended up sponging a back background on my index finger so I could stamp the three headed dragon from the Targaryen sigal.

Ok, let's hope this next episode is better, and also my next mani! LOL

  




Sunday, May 5, 2019

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Games of Thrones nail art - Cersei Lannister

I'm here a little early this week with my next weekly Game of Thrones themed nails.  Firstly, what did you think of last weeks episode 'The long night'.  I really enjoyed it. Because I can't watch it live here in Australia, as it airs at 11am Monday morning whilst I'm at work, it mean't I had time to be warned about how dark the screen would be.  We turned all the lights off, and made sure to stream it in high definition.  I feel like we were able to see everything pretty clearly.

The end was certainly a shock, and I do kind of feel a bit a bit torn about Arya doing the deed, I think it's super awesome that she did, but I also feel like he was made out to be such an unbeatable bad guy, that it needed someone with a special blood line to do it.

Anyway, lets get onto today's nails.  I've gone with a red, black and gold theme this week and taken it back to Season one, episode seven I believe it was, where Cersei is talking to Ned Stark and tells him.  "When you play the game of throne, you win or you die".  I've got the hand of the king pin to represent Ned, and the House Lannister sigal of the Lion on my pinky.

Let's home it's a good one!




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