Thursday, October 27, 2016

Digit-al Dozen Does Birthdays; October 2016!

It's Digit-al Dozen Birthday time; this month, we're celebrating Amber from Nails Like Lace's birthday which was a couple weeks ago!  Happy belated Birthday, Amber!  For each birthday post, the birthday girl picks an inspirational photo and the members do mani's based on the pix she chose.  Based on Amber's pick of Unicorn Wood, this is what I came up with!

This is the inspirational photo, aptly titled Unicorn Wood!

To create the effect, I did blobs of polishes in what I hoped would be close colours on a sponge.  Used Essie I'm Addicted, Essie Castaway, Essie High Class Affair and Essie Sittin' Pretty. 

Applied one thin coat of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls as a base.  Then repetitively pressed my nail into the sponge hoping to hit the same spot pretty much until the colours where dark enough.  I did these nails first thing this morning and apparently I was still sleeping as I forgot to apply liquid latex!

Cleaned up as best as I could.

Added a coat of magical unicorn dust aka I Love Nail Polish My Private Rainbow (Scattered).

Topped with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 

I made a stamper decal using an image from BM XL214 and the same polishes; white is acrylic paint. (Edit from original post to add:  This image was double stamped; first with Uber Chic Luxe stamper to shrink, then onto a stamper to make a stamper decal.  This is why the image is reversed from the original image.)

Applied the decal.

Using the same image as the unicorn, stamped on star background by double and triple stamping as needed using GirlyBits clear jelly stamper.

Bundle Monster BM-XL214

Added unicorns from Nailways Darker Period Fairy Tails using FunkyFingers Dark Knight.  (I could not for the life of me get one. single. clear. jelly. stamper. to stamp these images thankfully I was able to use my regular go to FAB UR Nails semi-squishy and place the images decently.  But it so annoying when the clear jelly stampers don't work well!)

Finished the mani off with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Here's the other ladies birthday nails!

An InLinkz Link-up

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Upsidedown by CANVAS lacquer

Thank you to CANVAS lacquer who sent their new The Upside Down collection for review!  While it was hard to pick which one to wear first, I ultimately decided to wear The Upsidedown by CANVAS lacquer** first that I turned into a scary Halloween mani!  

Scary Halloween nails!

Started with a base of two coats of The Upsidedown by CANVASlacquer.  This is shown with no top coat. Two coats gave opaque coverage; there were no application, formula or brush issues.

The Upsidedown by CANVAS lacquer is described as "a black jelly base, sparkling with holographic shimmer and gunmetal holographic hexes".

Topped with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

For nail art, the very first thing that came to mind was galaxy nails!  But with Halloween around the corner, decided to do galaxy nails another time and turned the broody base into Halloween nails!  Stamped using FAB UR Nails red using images from Delaney Halloween A002 (middle, ring and thumb), Bunny Nails HD-C (thumb) and Sugar Bubbles SB001 (pinky).

Topped with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  Love how this turned out and love the sparkly base with just the right amount of holo and glitter to make it interesting for stamping....or all on its own if you don't do nail art!

But as much as I loved how this turned out, I decided to do some double stamping and turn this into A Nightmare on Elm Street scary nails!  Added images from ZZ Scream (thumb), Delaney Halloween 001 (middle) and Sugar Bubbles 001 (ring) using FunkyFingers Gesso.

ZZ Scream.

Topped it off with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Does anyone want to buy a set of press on nails???  Joking!  I used one coat of UNT peeloff base and these nails came off perfectly!

I'll be sharing the rest of The Upside Down by CANVAS lacquer collection over the next few posts!  Thank you again Alana and Lan for thinking of me to swatch and share your collection!

The Upsidedown by CANVAS lacquer and other CANVAS lacquer polishes are available via their Etsy shop here!

Thanks for looking!

**polish provided for review; please see disclosure policy

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Corpse Bride! And A Bonus Mani!

You will have to forgive me; I haven't seen the moving The Corpse Bride so not entirely sure if these images go together so here's to hoping they do!

Started with a base of Painted Polish Orange as a Creamsicle, no top coat.  I love these crelly glitter polishes that Painted Polish does so well and this one just screamed Halloween to me so thought it was a great time to wear it!

Added a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top before stamping.

Stamped using ZZ Jack (pinky), Handy H2 (thumb, ring and middle) and Marianne Nails n.61 using Funky Fingers Dark Knight.

Marianne Nails n.61.

ZZ Jack

Added a couple bats from Handy H2 , then topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

I didn't do Ms. Cindy the same as didn't want to deal with the glitter removal, so used a creme base yet still had the Halloween vibe.

Started with a base of two coats of OPI Where do Suzi's Man-go?

Added a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Decided to funky french using an image from Bunny Nails HD-D and Funky Fingers Dark Knight.

Finished it off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Have a fantastic weekend and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Digit-al Dozen Does Vampy; Day 5

I'm super late for Day 5 of the Digit-al Dozen vampy challenge; while I had my nails done in time as I did them last Thursday night to share on Friday, at first I was too busy on Friday to do a post.  Then when I had time, my internet was down and then when I finally had internet, couldn't narrow down the pix to post. (Exactly how many pictures are too many to share?)  As I type this post and then edit it, I guess I'll see how many I cut out but I took maybe 200 or so pictures of this mani as I love the holo web sooo much and how holo it looks but I know no one wants to see THAT many pictures so I'll try to keep it down to a reasonable level! Here's what I came up with!


Started with a base of two coats of Kit Holiday in Spain.  This is probably the vampiest my nails have ever been!  I see in the pix that there are some thin spots; they weren't visible IRL and I'm surmising that its from the lighting but I do wish I had have done three coats for darker coverage regardless because it irked me seeing the bald patches in my pictures!  This is probably the best I've every applied a dark, vampy colour like this!  Because I know that clean up can still show lots of red tinge, I was super careful with my application to try to keep it at a minimum and didn't do too badly!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top before stamping.

Wanting a stamping polish to add some umph to the nails, stamped using Colors by llarowe Sparkling Diamonds Stamping Polish using an image from Handy 2 with accent of HK-11.  I couldn't get the strand to stamp well so added it with a brush.  


On the blurry side but you can see the holo so well!

Finished with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly to Top to finish.

This many was part of the duo I did last Thursday night as two challenges due on the same day!

Hopefully that was a tolerable number of pictures!  Here's the other ladies Day 5 vampy nails!

An InLinkz Link-up

Thanks for looking!