28 August 2014

Coming Soon: The 31 Day Challenge 2.0!

Hi everyone! You've probably seen a lot of posts about the 31 Day Challenge, but this one is a bit different. You may remember last year that Lindsey from Wondrously Polished and I completed the 31 Day Challenge together. This year we decided to do it again, and we're going to be joined by Kelli of The Nail Polish Challenge. We've been talking about this for a few months now, so I'm very excited that we are finally going to take the plunge!

31 Day Challenge 2.0

25 August 2014

piCture pOlish Blog/Insta Fest 2014

Hi everyone! I'm happy to be participating again in piCture pOlish blog fest, this is my second year! Last year I came up with one of my best designs of the year, and it was an amazing experience finding new bloggers from around the globe. This year it's different for two reasons: one, Instagram nail artists are now included, and two, piCture pOlish is teaming up with Nail Vinyls. They're going to be offering a special four-pack Nail Vinyls set, so we all got the opportunity to use them this year.



20 August 2014

Renaissance Cosmetics August 2014 Releases

Hi everyone! Last week I quietly released some new polishes in my shop. I can't tell you how much I enjoy making polish again - when I was working on my dissertation I didn't have time to make new stuff. Now that I'm making polish again, I love the creative aspect of it.

One of the things I wanted when I opened my shop was to have a range of polishes - colours, finishes, etc. So these new polishes fit in with that goal. All of them are currently available at Renaissance Cosmetics.

Renaissance Cosmetics August 2014 Releases
Renaissance Cosmetics August 2014 Releases


17 August 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer, Day Five: Summer...And Zombies!

Hi everyone! For the final day of this week's Digit-al Dozen challenge, I wanted to draw on something that perhaps we can all relate to. I'm talking about that experience of enjoying a nice summer's day, only to run into...zombies! It can really suck if they are the fast moving, ferocious kind, and a minor inconvenience if they are the slow moving, stupid kind - but in both cases it's definitely a drag. I wanted to capture that with this design.

Summer...and zombies nail art
Summer...and zombies nail art

16 August 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer, Day Four: Summer Wildflowers...Take Two

Hi everyone! I hope you are not sick of flowers, because I decided to revisit the idea of wildflowers for today's design. This was a look that I had attempted a few days ago, but it didn't turn out so well. Sometimes you need to mess something up so that you can look back on it and figure out what went wrong.

Summer wildflowers nail art
Summer wildflowers nail art

15 August 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer, Day Three: The Sailboat Disaster (After Joyce Wieland)

Hi everyone! I have some catching up to do with this week's challenge, so expect a few more posts this weekend. Today's design is probably one of my favourites so far - it has a slight morbidity and humour that I find appealing.

The Sailboat Disaster (after Joyce Wieland)
The Sailboat Disaster (after Joyce Wieland)

13 August 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer, Day Two: Summer Wildflowers

Hi everyone! I've been working on some new releases for my shop, so I'm late in posting my designs for Digit-al Dozen week. This design was actually my second attempt to do wildflowers - my first attempt was more like a painting, but it didn't turn out well, so I did a more sketchy look. However, I love the idea of wildflowers so much, I may revisit them - if not this week, then hopefully soon.

Summer wildflowers freehand nail art
Summer wildflowers freehand nail art

12 August 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer, Day One: Shimmering Sands

Hi everyone! I love Digit-al Dozen week on the blog - don't you!? I've been doing so much swatching that I miss nail art, so a whole week of it sounds perfect. This month's challenge is summer, so think vacations, beaches, mixed drinks (non-alcoholic if you prefer), bright colours... To be honest, I have no idea what I'm going to do for the rest of the week, but I'm loving this first design.

Shimmering sands beach nail art
Shimmering sands beach nail art

11 August 2014

Finger Paints Poolside Paradise Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Do you ever buy a collection because it looked so great in swatches or bottle shots, only to feel "meh" about them in person? I think that would be an apt way to describe my feelings about this summer collection from Finger Paints.

Finger Paints Poolside Paradise Collection
Finger Paints Poolside Paradise Collection

08 August 2014

Essie Spring 2014 Collection "Hide & Go Chic": Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! This post is completely seasonally inappropriate, but I bought the Essie Spring collection a few months ago with the intention of reviewing it on the blog. Then my dissertation hiatus came along and I had to put that on hold. Now I'm just getting around to posting stuff I did before my break, and I thought I'd pull out this collection. I find most Essie polishes to be so classic looking anyways that they tend to look great year round.

Essie Spring 2014 Collection, Hide & Go Chic
Essie Spring 2014 Collection, Hide & Go Chic

05 August 2014

China Glaze All Aboard Collection for Fall 2014: Part Two, All Aboard

Hi everyone! As promised I have part two of the China Glaze All Aboard collection for fall. Make sure to check out my review of part one, the Loco-Motive set. This set is called All Aboard and it has some great cremes, shimmers and the lone glitter of the collection. At the end, I'll offer my thoughts about the collection as a whole, as well as my picks.

China Glaze All Aboard Collection: Part Two, All Aboard
China Glaze All Aboard Collection: Part Two, All Aboard

And if you would like to see any comparisons, please let me know in the comments. I can't guarantee that I own the polish, but if I do, I don't mind putting together some comparisons.


04 August 2014

China Glaze All Aboard Collection for Fall 2014: Part One, Loco-Motive

Hi everyone! I've got a review of the new China Glaze All Aboard collection for fall. Tonight I'm showing you the first half, while the second half, called All Aboard, will be posted tomorrow night (update: check out part two). I fell in love with the collection after seeing previews on several blogs after Cosmoprof, so when I found them at Sally Beauty Supply on Friday, I may have let out a squeal of delight.

China Glaze All Aboard collection: Part one, Loco-Motive
China Glaze All Aboard collection: Part one, Loco-Motive

The collection consists of twelve shades, mostly dark vampy cremes, some shimmers, and one glitter. The collection as a whole is inspired by train travel and many of the shades have a vintage feel to them. I also found the names in this collection to be particularly clever - China Glaze usually comes up with witty names for their polishes, but for some reason, I think they did a really good job with the play on words for some of these.


03 August 2014

Cult Nails Manipulative, Swatch and Review

Hi everyone! Every once and a while a polish comes along that sweeps you off your feet. Okay, I may be exaggerating, but not by much. Manipulative was one of my purchases from Cult Nails recent 50% off sale. I had read good reviews of it, but I thought it would just  be another blue in my collection. I was definitely wrong about that.

Cult Nails Manipulative
Cult Nails Manipulative

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