The Digit-al Dozen Does Story Genres: Non Fiction

Friday, 18 August 2017


I don't think it would be right to go through a whole week of story genres and not cover non fiction.  I started the week with fiction so I thought it would be perfect timing to end this challenge with non fiction.  I am sure there are a million books on butterflies and I really felt like doing butterfly nails so that is what I did.  I had originally planned on doing butterfly wings with a gradient underneath but I stupidly left my butterfly wing stamping plate upstairs and I honestly couldn't be bothered going back upstairs to grab it.  Luckily for me I did still have Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 04 out and it just so happened to have this really pretty butterfly image on it.  

For my base I sponged on Bundle Monster's Jungle Mirage, Rave Babe and Eldorado and stamped the butterflies using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  




Sometimes accidental manis are the best manis.  I seriously love how this one turned out.  


The Digit-al Dozen Does Story Genres: Romance

Thursday, 17 August 2017


This week is going by so quickly.  It feels like only yesterday I was posting the first mani for this week's Digit-al Dozen does story genres theme.  But here we are, day four.  I felt like doing something a little more girly today so I am going with romance for my theme. 

For my base I smooshed together China Glaze Feel The Breeze, Bottoms Up and I'll Pink To That and then stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  Stamping image is from Uberchic Love & Marriage 02.  I wish this mani photographed as vibrant as it looks in person.  Silly neons!




Only one more day to go.  Any one want to take a guess of which genre I will be doing tomorrow?

The Digit-al Dozen Does Story Genres: Fantasy

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


One of my all time favourite book series to read is Harry Potter.  I couldn' have a whole week of story genres and skip over a Harry Potter mani now could I?  I also have the Hehe Harry Potter Stamping Plates sitting in my collection completely unused so I am just ticking off a bunch of boxes today.

For my base I used China Glaze Too Busy Being Awesome, Treble Maker, Flame-Boyant and OPI Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet.  In case you couldn't work out why I chose these colours - they are the Hogwarts house colours.  For the stamping I used Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish and Hehe 030.




What is your favourite book series to read?

The Digit-al Dozen Does Story Genres: Horror

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


For my second day of the Digit-al Dozen does story genres I picked horror.  Why?  I have absolutely no idea.  I just thought it would be a relatively "easy" genre to pick.  When I think of horror (whether it's a book or a movie) I think blood, guts and death.  Someone always dies.  So I thought skulls would be an appropriate mani for today.

This mani may look a little familiar to you.  I actually did a mani a little while ago that was pretty much the same as today's mani.  The only difference is I have added in some red stamping to represent blood.  For my base I used Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and stamped using Emily de Molly Light Grey Stamping Polish, Bundle Monster Red Sea, China Glaze Out Like A Light and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  Both stamping designs are from Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 04.


 Of course I had to add a matte top coat to this mani.  I used piCture pOlish G'day Matte.


I also really like the base before I stamped the skulls over it so I thought that I would share that too.


I am excited to see what sort of manis the other girls are doing this week.

The Digit-al Dozen Does Story Genres: Fiction

Monday, 14 August 2017


Welcome back to another week of the Digit-al Dozen.  This week we are tackling story genres.  This theme has sacred me for the longest time, so much so I didn't even think that I would manage to get one mani done, let alone five of them!  But something clicked late last week whilst I was waiting for my daughter to finish school for the day.  It's probably going to be a bit of a bumpy week but I will get through it (and hope that next month's theme will be easier lol).

For my first story genre I am going with fiction, and the first fiction story that came to mind was Alice In Wonderland.  I loved the book and movie when I was a child, and my daughter loves it too.  I was also lucky enough to be invited by OPI Australia to attend an advanced screening of Alice Through The Looking Glass when it came out, so it seemed like the best place to start this week.

My original mani didn't really go according to plan so this is a more simplified version.  Polishes used are OPI I Believe In Manicures, Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence and Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.  Stamping design is from Clear Jelly Stamper CJS22 The Essentials #1 plate.  I also used the Clear Jelly Stamper Big Bling XL Stamper and OMG I love this stamper!  But more on that another time.  The bow is from Born Pretty Store (I think - I have had these for quite a few years now).

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 Day one complete!  Bring on day two!



China Glaze Street Regal Collection - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 13 August 2017


I am a simple girl.  I see a new China Glaze collection and I buy it.  I don't even really pay much attention to what it is that I am buying, I just grab one of everything and checkout.  This is what happened when I saw the Street Regal Collection.  It arrived on my doorstep and to be honest, I wasn't overly excited about the collection when I first saw it.  It definitely is a fall collection but there wasn't anything that was really jumping out at me.  And then I swatched them.....


Accent Piece is described as an orange pumpkin shimmer.  This one I thought was the ugliest out of the collection.  Surprisingly, I don't hate it as much as I thought I would.  I think it would look cool with some autumn leaves nail art or something.  The formula is easy to use.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Baroque Jungle is a dark emerald shimmer.  I am a big fan of this one.  The formula is amazing (you could easily get away with one coat) and the colour is so pretty.  My swatch shows two coats.
 
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Born To Rule is a royal blue creme.  Love the colour of this one.  I was hoping that the formula would be an amazing one coater, but it's not.  It does apply unevenly on the first coat, and is still see through at the tips in direct light.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Dawn Of A New Reign is described as a dim-violet creme.  This polish is amazing!  It's a gorgeous colour and is a one coater!  That's right!  One coat and it's completely opaque! 

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Glamcore is described as a maroon-purple shimmer.  Big fan of this one, although I think this would be better on shorter nails.  There is just something about these dark vampy colours that I think needs shorter nails.  The formula is easy to use and is a one coater providing you are careful.  If you paint over the same spot it thins out the are (not to the point that it leaves a bald spot though).  I used one coat for my swatch.

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Haute & Heavy is dark steel grey shimmer.  I'm a big fan of this one too.  This is another one coater.  This one does have visible brush strokes which are more visible in person than they are in my picture.

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Just A Little Embellishment is described as a greenish-blue creme.  Now the press release doesn't mention that this is a matte polish but it dries matte and I love it so much that I didn't want to add top coat.  It's probably not as blue as it looks in my picture (that will depend completely on your screen - this swatch looks different on my camera, my phone and computer).  If you have a super carefully application you could get away with one coat.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Rock N Royale is a blood red creme.  This is definitely a staple polish for everyone's Fall/Winter Collection.  The formula is easy to use and so close to being a one coater.  My swatch shows two coats.

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Royal Pain In The Ascot is described as a dark fuchsia shimmer.  I think this is a gorgeous shade.  Again, this one is super close to being a one coater (in fact you probably could get away with one coat especially on shorter nails).  I used two coats for my swatch. *note: the second picture isn't entirely colour accurate but it does show the pink within the polish.

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Street Style Princess is a grey creme.  Great colour with a great formula.  It's close to a one coater today.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Throne-In' Shade is an ecru creme.  I think this is such a nice neutral shade.  The formula is great and easy to use.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Truth Is Gold is described as a good shimmer.  I feel like a bit of a broken record here.  This one is easy to use and close to being a one coater.  It does have visible brush strokes (which again are more obvious in person than what they look in my picture).  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Now as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I wasn't overly excited about this collection when I first saw it, but boy oh boy I have singing a different song now!  I think this is an awesome Fall Collection.  The colours are great and the formulas are amazing!  This is how all formulas should be.  I could list a bunch of my favourites but honestly that would be the bulk of this collection.  The ones that I like least in this collection are Accent Piece, Truth Is Gold and Rock N Royale (mainly because I am not a red fan).

What do you think of the Street Regal Collection?  Are you going to be grabbing any of these shades?

Lina Nail Art Supplies Born To Sail 01 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 12 August 2017


Today I have another Lina Nail Art Supplies stamping plate to share with you.  I don't know about you but I am excited!  Not so much about this plate (but I will get to that in a minute) but because it means that I only have four Lina plates left in my "to swatch" pile.  Woohoo!  I was beginning to think that I would never get through them before the end of the year.  Well I guess there is still that chance seems Lina has another four plates coming out soon.  Anyway, let's talk about the Born To Sail 01 stamping plate.

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Back when Lina Nail Art Supplies first launched I got all caught up in the hype and decided that I wanted to collect all the Lina stamping plates (have I mentioned that I like to collect things - especially polish and polish related things).  Anyway, I grabbed this plate not long after the initial release but to be honest, it's probably not one that I would purchase now (I've decided not to be too crazy and collect all the Lina plates - I'll only be grabbing the ones that I really want or I think would be useful for me in nail art challenges).  I don't think that there is anything wrong with this plate.  It's just a plate that I wouldn't reach for unless I was doing a nail art challenge that this plate suited eg. yesterday's nautical theme.

Both of the manis that I have done with this plate were done as part of nail art challenges.  For this first mani I used OPI Pearl Of Wisdom (over white) for my base and stamped using Colour Alike B An Ice Coffee.


For my most recent mani (which you probably saw yesterday is) I used China Glaze Born To Rule, Bundle Monster Indikon and Hit The Bottle Snowed In!


As I mentioned before this isn't really my style of plate and it's really only one I would ever use for nail art challenges.  It's not a bad plate though if you like sailing.  I had no issues with picking up and transferring any of the images.

The Born To Sail 01 Stamping Plate is available now from Lina Nail Art Supplies.