23 July 2014

The Polish Bar Swatches and Review: City of Lights and Spring Reverie

Hi everyone! The Polish Bar is one of those brands that is known for their holo polishes. And so far my experience with them has been fantastic. City of Lights and Spring Reverie are a nice change from all the bright colours we've been seeing lately, and they'll appeal to those who want more subdued colours with a nice holo effect.

The Polish Bar City of Lights and Spring Reverie
The Polish Bar City of Lights and Spring Reverie

22 July 2014

Pahlish Swatches and Review: Cauldron Spell, Lantern Waste, and Tashbaan

Hi everyone! In between taking time off from blogging and last week's Digit-al Dozen challenge, I have a few reviews to catch up on. First up is some Pahlish swatches I've been wanting to show for some time now. I have a pretty big collection of Pahlish polishes, and I love everything that Shannon, the maker, comes out with. These are no exception.

Pahlish Cauldron Spell, Lantern Waste and Tashbaan

Cauldron Spell, Lantern Waste and Tashbaan are from the "Woods Between the Worlds" collection. I'm not sure what the reference is, but maybe some of you will know. There are eight polishes in the collection, and these three are crellies with subtle and complementary mixes of glitter and flakes.

20 July 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Countries and Cultures, Day Five: Talavera Pottery

Hi everyone! The end of Digit-al Dozen week always feels like a major achievement. Don't get me wrong, I love these weeks, but after two months away, I forgot how much of a challenge they are.

Talavera Pottery-inspired nail art

A few days ago when I did my Delftware-inspired nails, one reader, Lucy, commented that they reminded her of Talavera pottery from Puebla, Mexico. Intrigued, I had to look it up. While there are definitely some overlaps in Delftware and Talavera pottery, they are both very unique as well. I found some cute tile designs, and needing something simple, I thought they would be great for nail art. I hope you agree. :)

19 July 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Countries and Cultures, Day Four: Wycinanki-Inspired Nails

Hi everyone! Papercutting is a fascinating art form. It's practiced in many different cultures, and I love that you have both the traditional papercutting styles, and contemporary artists who have taken it up. Wycinanki is the Polish art of papercutting.

Wycinanki-inspired freehand nail art
Wycinanki-inspired freehand nail art

I've been wanting to do Wycinanki-inspired nails for so long - I first thought of the idea when OPI released their Euro Centrale collection but just didn't have the time. Ironically, I used many of the Euro Centrale polishes in this design - the bright and colourful cremes were just perfect for this look.

18 July 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Countries and Cultures, Day Three: Moroccan Doors

Hi everyone! For many, many years I've wanted to travel to Morocco. Maybe it's the photos or the exoticness, because I don't really know much about the country. I'm also one of those people who dreams of traveling and seeing the world, but I never get around to doing it. Trouble is, when I have the money I'm usually working too much, and when I have the time it's because I'm un/underemployed and can't justify spending the money. It's a dilemma I know!

Moroccan Doors nail art
Moroccan Doors nail art

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