Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hobby Polish Bloggers Giveaway!!!

I belong to the Hobby Polish Bloggers group on FB who have assembled a fantastic giveaway that opened today!! There are 3 cash prizes; the contest is from September 17, 2014 and ends September 30, 2014. Entrants must be 18+ to join, please see additional terms and conditions on the raffleopter.

These are the blogs that have kindly sponsored the giveaway:

Addicted to Polish
BeginNails: Every Journey Has A Beginning
Canadian Nail Fanatic
Carinae L'etoile's polish stash
Copycat Claws
Doctor Crafty
Fashion Footing
I Feel Polished
Imperfectly Painted
Lavish Layerings
Les essais beauté de Schette
Lit From Within
Lustrous Lacquer
Manic Talons
Manicure Addict
Pamper with Polish
Peer Pressure Polish
Plump and Polished
Polish Galore
Polished and Glittered
Sammy Gail's Nails
Sassy Shelly
Shelby Lou Nails
The Dalai Lama's Nails
The Polished Hippy
The Polished Mommy
The Sparkling Hoard
xoxo, Jen

Please see here to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Digit-al Dozen Does The Terrific Two's; Day 5

It's late, but here's my Day 5 Digit-al Dozen post! Day 5 is our choice of one of the prior themes this week, so one of pairs, cotton, sapphire or china. I chose sapphire; here's what I came up with!  (Note:  I took an insane number of pix of this mani trying to capture the holo stamping; while I didn't post the insane quantify of pix I took, this post is heavier than normal!)

Started with a base of two coats of Julie G Dance in the Dark, no topcoat.  (I did these nails last weekend in cottage country; I don't have a good light source so pix are daylight.  Pix taken in sunlight, shade and then, fading sunlight....which actually got some of the better holo shots!)


Stamped using China Glaze GR8 with an image from MoYou Pro Collection XL-21.

In the shade.

Close up of MoYou Pro Collection XL-21

Added a few accent dots using China Glaze DV8.

Shade pix.


The next day, I took some pix in the bright sun.

Here's the other ladies Day 5 free choice mani's!

It has been another fantastic Digit-al Dozen challenge week!  As usual, the ladies in the group did fantastic mani's....very creative and some outside thinking for sure....always interesting to see what everyone comes up with!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Digit-al Dozen Does The Terrific Two's; Day 4

Have you been enjoying the Digit-al Dozen Anniversary week?  The ladies mani's have been off the charts!  I discovered yesterday that I think I'm the only person on the internet that hasn't seen Chalkboard Nails tutorial on how to create a gemstone mani!  When I was visiting everyone's blog posts yesterday, I seen at least 3 ladies mentioned it in their blog posts and two of them did manis using the technique.   Never heard of it until yesterday- probably because my freehand nail art skills don't exist!

Day 4's theme is china being the modern 2nd Anniversary gift.  Here's what I came up with.

Started with a base of two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (no pix as shown before).  Stamped using MoYou Mother Nature Collection-11, using Mundo de Unas stamping polishes #6 (red), #7 (dark green) and #11 (yellow) .

While the roses on this weren't too bad, it wasn't the full look I was going for to mimic the china pattern I was going for, being Royal Albert Old Country Roses.  So using the same polishes, filled in a bit to make rose blobs.  Then used same colours to accent using a brush. Also used Mundo de Unas #48 which is a lighter green for some leaf shading interest.  In hindsight, I probably should have watched a tutorial on this method just because I've seen many roses with much better result, but all in all, I didn't mind this look at all and not too shabby for my first attempt!

Inspiration pix.

Photo credit to RoyalAlbert.

Photo credit to Barb's Vintage Finds on Etsy.

Finished with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Here's the other ladies awesome Day 4 china mani's!

Don't forget to enter the MASSIVE Digit-al Dozen 2nd Anniversary givaway here!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Digit-al Dozen Does The Terrific Two's; Day 3

It's Day 3 of the Digit-al Dozen The Terrific Two's.  Today's theme features Sapphire, being the birthstone for September.  Here's what I came up with!

(Different lighting; probably more sapphire in colour!)

Started with a base of Dance Legend Sahara Crystal 44 Earth.  This is two coats, no topcoat.  One coat is good coverage for this polish but I had a few thin spots so decided to add a second coat.  Unfortunately, when I added the second coat, I didn't get the texture effect like on my other hand that only had one.

So I added one coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. The nails were slightly rough at this point but I knew I'd be adding stamping and another coat of top coat so left them.

My right hand.  I'm not sure how well this translates in pix but one coat clearly has much more texture than two.

Of course, I had to do some stamping!  Decided to make these nails nautical; added images from Marianne n.42 (pinky), Marianne n.31 (ring) and Wistonia Absolutely Nautical (index, middle and thumb) using white Konad special polish.

My right hand (I cannot believe how well I stamped this hand!!  I was pleased how it turned out!)

Marianne n. 31

Marianne n. 42

Wistonia Absolutely Nautical

Added KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

(The thumb image is officially one of my favourite images ever!)

One coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top on the right hand.  It was still on the gritty side but I left it.

Here's the other ladies Day 3 Sapphire nails!

Thanks for looking!