Thursday, December 18, 2014

Frozen featuring Shimmer Polish Jenny and Alice

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Alright all you Frozen lovers, this design is for you!  Not only is this manicure perfectly Frozen, it is also fantastically easy to create!

I layered one coat of Jenny over OPI Keeping Suzi At Bay.  This combination alone is amazing!  Just look at that coverage! This is why Shimmer is my favorite glitter!

To create my Frozen design I used an eye shadow applicator and dabbed Alice around the base of my nails.  Then I lightly dragged it up my nail to create the icicle effect.  Alice has a fabulous iciness to it that is perfect for this design.  Plus it is simply stunning!  Because the formula is so perfect it made creating this design super easy.

You can pick up these and other fantastic glitters at Shimmer Polish.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Serum No 5 Swatches and Review

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Hello!! Have you missed me?? I needed to take a couple days off due to illness.  I've been so busy lately that I didn't have enough work done in advance to be able to post.  So I took a couple days to relax, basically laying on the couch watching bad Christmas movies on Netflix.

But I am back with a fantastic selection of lacquers from Serum No 5!  If you are still looking for some Christmas gift ideas, I might be able to help you out!

First Colors - blue, red and yellow glitter in a white base with a hint of holo.  Fantastic coverage in two coats, no need for a white base.  No chalky finish with this lacquer!

Leaves You Breathless - gorgeous glitter topper that is perfect for fall or winter.  One coat is all you need! Great coverage with no pulling.  Just be careful to not overload the brush.

Light Speed - stunning, glow-in-the-dark duochrome.  Tad thin in two coats. You may want to use a base color to add some depth.  

Solar Power - brilliant, glow-in-the-dark, neon yellow.  Formula was a tad thin and streaky in two coats.  A white base would enhance the color.

I decided to add some Light Speed lines.

Don't Peek - unique nude base glitter.  My favorite from this set of swatches! I love the circle glitter.  I was able to fish out one big circle. They were very difficult to get out of the bottle.  Other than that, the coverage is fantastic.  I applied two coats.

Another Year, Let's Cheer! - amazing subtle glitter mix. It's like classic glitter falling on New Years! Perfect coverage in one coat.

I used the base coat Hang On Tight and A Need for Speed top coat with each swatch.  I have a few more tests before I give a final review of these base/top coats.

 Head over to Serum No 5 to pick up these shades or other gorgeous lacquers for yourself or others this Christmas! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Winter Wonderland - Pink Wonderland

My last design of the week is an ode to all those fantastic retro Christmases  Why should a wonderland always be white when you can have pink?!?!

The base of my design is two coats of Misa Chrysanthemum.  I felt sparkly pink would be perfect for this design!

I skittled my design using images from MoYou London Festive Plate 01, Essie No Place Like Chrome and Milani White On the Spot.

It is a fun, retro Pink Wonderland!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Winter Wonderland - Snow Covered Forest

Today's design is all about the beauty of a snow covered forest.  I love images of trees covered in snow and seeing them in person.  For me, it has always had this magical feel.
Today's design is inspired by The Nail Network's Snowy Winter Tree Art.  I have been wanting to try this design since I first saw it.  I cheated a little in my creation, but it was cheat or stress out about the design! No point in stressing!

My base is two coats of You're So Vain-Illa.

I knew I would stress about the trees, so I used the tree image from Cheeky Jumbo Plate 06.  Applying it with Angel with a Leadfoot left the "snow" white and the perfect images to trace.

I used a thin nail art brush to trace my trees with Cointreau-Versial Chocolate.  I wasn't too worried about them being perfect. I knew I could cover the mistakes with some snow!

I added my snow using Angel with a Leadfoot and a small nail art brush.  Not only did I add it to the trees, I also built up the snow drifts around the trunks.  I also added to the snowflakes with a small dotting tool.

To really make it special I added a coat of Sonnetarium Snowfall.  Which made my design perfect!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Winter Wonderland - Woodland Wonderland

Out of all of my designs for the week, today's is my absolute favorite.  The idea for the design came towards the end of my planning and I was extremely worried that I wouldn't be able to pull it off.  What worried me the most was the images and their placement.  I had no reason to worry because it turned out better than I ever expected!

I started with two coats of Zoya Flynn.

I added my pine trees first.  I used Cheeky Jumbo Plate 06 and Hunter.  As you can see I made my first booboo but I was able to hide them all!

Next came the deer!  I used Born Pretty pate 01 and Livingston.

Lastly, I needed some snowflakes.  I used Born Pretty plate 01 again and Purity.

The very last detail was some more flakes and snow on the ground.  I used my smallest dotting tool for the dots and a striping brush on the tips.

End result! One of the coolest designs I have ever created!

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