Friday, January 17, 2020

Pahlish Tone on Tone

I had planned on sharing Digit-al Dozen posts this week and actually did a few blog posts last weekend so I'd be ready for the challenge this week. But the group has put it off for a bit but I didn't have any other posts ready to share as I had worked on DD posts.  So sorry for not sharing in a few days but I thought I'd take time to do a quick post now!  

It took me a bit to find a mani that wasn't blue or  with snowflakes...or blue with snowflakes.... as that seems to be what's been going on my nails lately.  Anyway, here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Pahlish Test Batch:  Fighting Fish, no top coat.

Topped with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped with an image from Apipila Super Placa H using MdU 78.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Now stay tuned for blue or snow or blue and snow nails; I'm sure they'll be shared soon!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Water Looking Nails!

We've had some nasty weather this weekend.  Well, not tornado, hurricane, tsunami nasty which would be so much worse, but rain, rain and more rain and just when it looks like it's going to stop, it rains a bit more.  Depending on where you are, it has also been freezing rain (so much worse than rain!) and even snow.  Our temperatures are going to drop and then all the rain is going to be ice which is going to be poor travelling weather.  Nasty but again, could be worse (tornado, hurricane, tsunami).  Anyway, I don't want to encourage the rain gods by doing a rain mani but here is a mani that I had in archives that somewhat looks like water so close enough to match the weather we've been having.  While I would rather be posting about this water mani from a beach in the Caribbean, looking at the pool of water in my back yard from it not being able to drain due to the ground due to it being frozen is close enough. Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Glam Polish Can't Help Falling in Love, no top coat.  

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Did a stamped gradient using Mdu 42, 68 and FunkyFingers Gesso using an image from Big SdP B.

Topped with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

I hear there are some really bad storms in parts of the US so regardless where you are out and about today, please stay safe!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Pac-Man Nails!

A couple months ago, Digit-al Dozen had a theme of games and while I had every intention of participating that month as I did have a few mani's done, life just got the better of me and I never was able to post them in time.  Couldn't do it just even a few days late; just had too much going on and had to sit out.  I *think* that month was the first time I haven't participated, although there are a few months that I'm one or two mani's short for the month.  Anyway, I did have this mani ready but just no time to share so thought I'd share it now. 

Oh and speaking of Digit-al Dozen, the group is looking for new members!  You must be able to participate on a monthly basis, we do five mani's a month based on a theme that we have voted upon and you must have an active blog.  The great thing about the group (IMHO) is we have the monthly challenges and for me anyway, I find that I do some of my best nail art based on the challenges as I'm trying to keep up with all the other talent, plus there have been a lot of times when I've tried new things or a style of nail art that I wouldn't have done necessarily if not for participating in the group.  If this sounds like something you're interested in, please leave a message on this post, or message me via email or message any current member on IG, FB, etc.  Thanks so much!

Anyway,  here's what I came up with!  

Started with a base of CND Creative Play Nocturne , three coats.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using MJ VII (thumb controller), Stampaholic 8 (Pac Man and words on thumb and pinky), and all other images are from Delaney Jeux Videos.  Used Mdu 11, 54, 68 and 107, Painted Polish Blanc Slate and FUN red stamping polish.  This is literally the only red stamping polish that shows up well over dark colours....I'm going to have to eek out every last drop of it as the bottle I have isn't very large.  Thankfully, I don't use it that often but I will be sad when it is finished.

Delaney Jeux Videos.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  Unfortunately, the FUN red didn't take too kindly to the top coat.

Please excuse nasty cuticle, but this was thumb on Ms. Cindy; I liked it better than the shared thumb.

The FUN stamping polish didn't react very well to the top coat so touched it up and then recoated.

Then tidied up the nails a bit; added yellow dots on middle fingere and some dotted eyes on the index and middle fingers using Painted Polish Blanc Slate and Midnight Mischief.  The FUN red stamping polish was still not liking the top coat so touched it up some more.

Did a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Team Canada Jr's Win Gold!

If you follow hockey at all, you'll know that the gold medal game for the World Jr. Hockey Tournament was on Sunday, with Canada winning the gold medal in a come-from-behind win over Russia with a score of 4-3!  I decided to do a mani that night to celebrate the win; this is what I came up with!

Started with a base of skittles using Scofflaw Just Another Candy Cane Polish Christmas 2013 on top of a quick base coat of Sally Hansen CSM Greyfetti, Sally Hansen CSM Cherry Delight and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Used a whole bunch of stamping plates for this one!  BM-XL157 (hockey sticks on thumb, image on pinky and lower image on ring finger), CjS-91 (middle), UC mini:  Soccer Love (medal on thumb), Apipila Super Placa G (index), Canadian Nail Fanatic 002 with Fig Tree Stamps (upper image on ring finger), and CjS-LC 08 (Canada words on sweater on middle, Canada on thumb and small accent maple leafs added in next picture).  Mainly used Konad red, and MdU 1 and 2.  The gold on the thumb is Hit The Bottle To Have and To Gold.

Clear Jelly Stamper CjS-91.

UberChic mini:  Soccer Love


Added small maple leafs as filler and accent on a few nails.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Way to go, Team Canada!  Hopefully even if Canada wasn't the team you were cheering for, at least you could use this mani for inspiration for your favourite team!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 6, 2020


It's forecasting some snow later on today so, snow better time to share a snowflake mani!  I've done snow many snowflake mani's already; I've been attracted to them like I was to leaves in the fall.  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of of two coats of Girly Bits Hear the Window Blow Sample Batch.  I *think* this was a polish I picked up this summer at Indie Expo Canada.  Yes, I do seem to recall it was there....I remember Jenny of The Dot Couture and I both looking at all the one offs at the same time and I picked it up before she did!  So glad I did!  Hmm, I was just a Jenny's site and on her IG account and seen she hasn't posted in while; I hope it's just a short break and that's she's doing OK!

Topped with a coat of Cuticula Daydreamer Micro Silver Holo Flakes Topper.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped with images from MoYou Festive 02 and 03 using FunkyFingers Gesso, then topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  This was one of those times that I wanted to do my nails but didn't have a whole lot of time so went with something pretty easy. Still turned out great, I think!

This is one of those polishes that I'm always afraid that the base will turn the stamping blue or purple but I was happy to report that the white stayed as white as snow!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Distressed Nails!

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a great one and all the best to you throughout the entire year!  How about we start the new year with a stunner!

I'm hard pressed to pick if I like the shiny or matte version of these nails but when I look at them, I don't think you can go wrong with either choice!  


.....or matte?

Started with a base of two coats of Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish Sing 'em Good (March 2019 PPU), no top coat.  This could be a one coater I think, but I did two.  I have to say, this is the first time using a Poetry Cowgirl polish even though I have a few and OMG, am loving it!  Loved the formula, application was easy, no brush issues, no staining, easy clean up, almost a one coater and awesome looking polish....what's not to love???!!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

I do have to say, I was hesitant to stamp over this beautiful polish!  But I did and think the stamping goes well with the base.  I used an image from  Marianne Nails n.120 using Mdu stamping polishes 68, 102 and FunkyFingers Gesso.

Marianne Nails n.120.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

I thought the distressed look of the stamping would look cool matte, so topped with a coat of Glisten  Glow matte and wasn't disappointed!

Hope you are enjoying the first few days of the New Year....thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!

It's New Year's Eve...and in just a few short hours, it will be a new year...a new decade we welcome 2020!  These are the nails that I'll be wearing to ring in the New Year!

After doing one coat of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, did a sponged gradient of Color Club Peace Out Purple (which is really pink!), Mrs. Robinson and Island Vibes, no top coat.  This was easily one of the easiest gradients I have ever done! 

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  All I could think of at this point was I hope I don't wreck it with the stamping!

First, I shadow stamped the thumb with image from Maniology M037 using Painted Polish Blanc Slate and Midnight Mischief.  Then stamped image from MoYou Festive 39 on thumb, SugarBubbles SBS18 on index, Maniology m02 on middle and ring and Powder Perfect Celebration 1 on pinky all using Painted Polish Blanc Slate. 

Maniology M037.  This is the plate that I used to shadow stamp the thumb stars before I stamped the words.  I cannot believe that I actually lined up those little dots not too badly or the shadow stamping!

Shadow stamped using same images using Painted Polish Midnight Mischief.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

I hope you have a safe New Year's Eve and all the best to you as we welcome the new year and decade...the Roarin' 20's!

Thanks for looking!