31 October 2014

Splendor Lacquer: The Private Eyes Collection

Hi everyone! I have a new Canadian indie brand for you today that hails out of chilly Winnipeg, Manitoba. With so many new indies popping up everyday I am sometimes hesitant to review for new brands. However, Leslee, the maker won me over with her professionalism. I get a good sense from brands that are very organized and professional in their dealings with bloggers, because I know they will also treat customers that way too.

Splendor Lacquer - The Private Eyes Collection

29 October 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Spooky Days: Day One, The Graveyard

Hi everyone! The Digit-al Dozen is doing a second week this month - this time it's spooky, Halloween themed nail art. Also we've got a fun giveaway going on. I may not be able to do five posts but I want to try to get in one or two more posts before Friday. Today's mani is a very quintessential Halloween look, since I don't often do Halloween nail art, I thought I'd start with the basics.

Spooky Halloween graveyard
Spooky Halloween graveyard

28 October 2014

Fall Nail Art Guest Post At Shelby Lou Nails

Hi everyone! One of my blogging friends Shelby celebrated her first blog anniversary over at Shelby Lou Nails. To celebrate she's having a series of guest posts and I was honoured to be asked. I decided to do some fall nail art using some polishes from my brand Renaissance Cosmetics. Shelby is one of the few people in the blogging world that I've met in person, and she's a real sweetheart. I think we all know how hard the first year of blogging can be - struggling to define your voice, improve your skills, and dealing with few followers and comments. So if you head on over to Shelby's blog, make sure to give her a huge congrats for her milestone! You can find my guest post here.

Falling leaves nail art

And thanks again Shelby for having me on your blog!

27 October 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Spooky Days Giveaway

Hi everyone! Some of the members of the Digit-al Dozen will be doing an extra week of Halloween nail art starting today. Also, we've got a great Halloween giveaway that is open internationally. Two winners will get to take home some new polishes for their collection!

The Digit-al Dozen Spooky Days Giveaway

Introducing Never Nude: My piCture pOlish Collaboration Shade

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be finally writing this post. You may or may not recall, but last year after piCture pOlish's blog fest I was chosen by my peers, the other bloggers participating, to win one of three awards. The prize - the opportunity to design a collaboration shade with the ladies at piCture pOlish - a dream come true for any polish blogger! Now, after 14 months, and three rounds of testing, I'm so happy to introduce my "baby"... Never Nude!

piCture pOlish Never Nude
piCture pOlish Never Nude

26 October 2014

From the Readers: Fall Nail Art

Hi everyone! A few weeks ago, I put out a call for readers to submit their fall nail art. After much delay I went through the fall nail art designs many of you submitted. I had close to 50 submissions and believe me, every one of them was good. Narrowing it down was extremely difficult, but I finally was able to decide on eight fabulous designs to feature! If you weren't selected, please remember that I hope to do this in the future, maybe even make it a bi-monthly feature. So please submit again, because I'd love to feature as many people as possible.

Make sure to check out the full post, and to visit each nail artist's blog or Instagram. They are all very talented and deserve a like or follow!



25 October 2014

Halloween Guest Post at Seize The Nail

Hi everyone! I had the wonderful honour of doing a guest post over at Seize The Nail. I've been a fan of Bella's beautiful nails and makeup looks for awhile now, and it's no wonder she's become such a popular nail artist on Instagram. I was asked to do a Halloween themed post so I turned to the infamous candy corn as my inspiration. Want to know how I feel about candy corn? Well you'll have to check out the post! ;)



What do you think of this? Let me know either here or over at Bella's blog!

Edit: I've submitted this look to the Nail Polish Canada Halloween Nail Art Contest, if you like my design you can vote for me HERE. Thanks!

23 October 2014

OPI Damone Roberts 1968 + Renaissance Cosmetics Kensington

Hi everyone! By now you have likely heard of OPI's Damone Roberts 1968, a limited edition polish that first came out in 2009 for the brand Damone Roberts. It was recently re-released again for a limited time earlier this year. I never thought I'd get my hands on it because of the steep price and shipping, but I was surprised and touched when my friend Joy gifted it to me a few months ago.

OPI Damone Roberts 1968 + Renaissance Cosmetics Kensington
OPI Damone Roberts 1968 + Renaissance Cosmetics Kensington

Fortuitously I was wearing Renaissance Cosmetics Kensington at the time, and I remember thinking - well aren't these looking good together! So I decided to create a simple chevron design with the two.

21 October 2014

Pixi Nail Colour in Classy Cocoa: Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! If you're in the US, shopping at Target might not be that big of a deal. But here in Canada, where Target only arrived about a year ago, it still feels like a new thing. Along with the arrival of Target also came some new brands that previously were difficult to get. One of those brands was Pixi by Petra, one I've had my eye on for awhile.

Pixi Nail Colour in Classy Cocoa
Pixi Nail Colour in Classy Cocoa

19 October 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Floral: Day Five, Faded Linen Roses

Hi everyone! I ran out of time towards the end of this week's challenge, so for my last look I put together something that was (relatively) quick. But I think it also puts a twist on your usual flowers.

Faded linen roses nail art
Faded linen roses nail art

17 October 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Floral: Day Four, Watercolour Poppies

Hi everyone! Remember my watercolour daisies from a few days ago? Well I mentioned that I had done a second look that was very similar - and this is it! Not only that, but I was able to capture a short video of how I painted it, I'll be sharing that on Instagram and YouTube in the very near future.

Minimalist watercolour poppies
Minimalist watercolour poppies

16 October 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Floral: Day Three, Fall Flowers With Essie

Hi everyone! I'm posting this a bit late on account of the fact that I was so exhausted last night I fell asleep around 8pm - yikes! But I have a bit of good news - I finally graduated! It's official, I have my PhD! I posted a picture on my Instagram if you're interested. :)

Essie Fall 2014 flowers
Essie Fall 2014 flowers

14 October 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Floral: Day Two, Minimalist Watercolour Daisies

Hi everyone! I'm absolutely in love with the look I created today. If you enjoy subtlety and watercolours, I think you'll be able to appreciate this one. I also did another variation, with a short video, so I'll be posting that later this week.

Minimalist watercolour daisies nail art
Minimalist watercolour daisies nail art

13 October 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Florals: Day One, Graphite Flowers

Hi everyone! Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers out there. I won't be doing the usual turkey dinner, but I will be spending the day with my family, so I'm very grateful for that. I'm also excited to be kicking off another Digit-al Dozen week. Floral nail art is one of my favourite kinds of nail art, so I've been looking forward to this prompt for months.

Freehand graphite flowers
Freehand graphite flowers

09 October 2014

31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2.0: Day 11, Flowers

Hi everyone! I have the first of what will be a lot of floral looks on this blog - next week the Digit-al Dozen also takes on floral nail art. I really love the vintage look of these, and I won't go into too much detail because I also filmed a video for them. I'll be posting that on myYouTube channel hopefully later this week.

Vintage-inspired freehand floral nail art
Vintage-inspired freehand floral nail art

07 October 2014

Aliquid Lacquer Puppy Love: Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Tonight's review features a polish that is not only incredibly gorgeous, but also supports a good cause. Don't you love when that happens?! Aliquid Lacquer's Puppy Love is a limited edition polish only available in October for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Five dollars from every polish sold goes to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). If you haven't checked out Aliquid Lacquer's shop, you need to go change that now!

Aliquid Lacquer Puppy Love
Aliquid Lacquer Puppy Love

06 October 2014

31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2.0: Day Ten, Animal Print

Hi everyone! I'm very behind on the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2.0 that I'm doing with The Nail Polish Challenge and Wondrously Polished. I hope to catch up very soon. Today the theme is animals, but we are interpreting it rather loosely to include not only mammals but also insects, birds, reptiles, and so forth.

Freehand butterfly nail art
Freehand butterfly nail art

04 October 2014

Jindie Nails Tried & True Revisited

Hi everyone! I've been meaning to post more often but I've been spending a lot of time restocking polishes for the shop. I've also been feeling very down lately, something I need to guard against, especially as the days get shorter. If you have any tips on how to do that, I'd love to hear. :)

Jindie Nails Tried & True mix and match nail art
Jindie Nails Tried & True mix and match nail art

Tonight's post comes out of a Facebook group I'm a part of for fans of Jindie Nails. We're doing 31 days of Jindie, with a different prompt for each day. Today was my day and the prompt was "favourite crelly." So I decided to turn to one of the first crellies that got me hooked on the brand - Tried & True from the winter of 2012.

02 October 2014

31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2.0: Day Nine, Stripes

Hi everyone! Today's challenge had me in a conundrum - how can one make stripes interesting? What makes stripes appealing, or unappealing? I pondered, then my head hurt, so I opted for simplicity instead. But if you follow this blog much, you might already know that simplicity doesn't always equate to less time spent. And that was the case here.

Pinstripes and hearts nail art
Pinstripes and hearts nail art

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