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Friday, 27 May 2016

Colors by Llarowe - Courage, Brains, Heart

Hi everyone! Today I have a stunner of a polish to share with you that I don't think needs much introduction. 

Colors by Llarowe - Courage, Brains, Heart

This is Courage, Brains, Heart from CbL, a gorgeous magenta/hot pink linear holo that just glows with a purple flash! I used two coats and a coat of topcoat and ended up wearing my mani without nail art because it was just so pretty alone! The formula and application were both great and I'm so glad I have this stunning polish in my collection! 

Colors by Llarowe - Courage, Brains, Heart

Unfortunately this was a box exclusive polish for the April 2014 A Box Indied from Llarowe. I'm sorry to blog something that is no longer available but it was too pretty not to. Do check out some of the other CbL shades though because this is the type of colour that Leah Ann does really well and there are some other similar shades which are still available! 

Colors by Llarowe - Courage, Brains, Heart

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

L'Occitane en Provence inspired OPI Dotticure

Hi everyone! Today I have a fun nail art inspired by some gift set packaging from L'Occitane en Provence.

I love the classic L'Occitane hand cream and some of their other products like their hand scrubs. They're so moisturising and the scents are great. 

OPI Dotticure inspired by L'Occitane en Provence

The gift set that inspired my nail art is from their Christmas range but I like that it's not in your typical Christmas colours! Good for doing nail art in May! 

OPI Dotticure inspired by L'Occitane en Provence

So to recreate this design, I started out with 2 coats of OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby from the Gwen Stefani collection. This is a sparkling gold which dries to a satin finish. I actually prefer it shiny though because the sparkles show way more and I think it is more flattering on me like that. I find myself coming back to this colour a lot for nail art. 

OPI Dotticure inspired by L'Occitane en Provence

I then used more OPI polishes and 2 dotting tools to create the dotted gradient from the cuticles towards the tips. The colours I used are Big Apple Red, Planks A Lot, My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Pink Flamenco, Miami Beet, Honk If You Love OPI and Flamingo Tini Pink. I then finished off with a coat of topcoat as always. 

OPI Dotticure inspired by L'Occitane en Provence

I absolutely loved wearing this mani and was sad to take it off! I loved the colour combination! What do you think of it? 

Where to Buy:
Various retailers 

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Friday, 13 May 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 5 - Glow in the Dark Tinkerbell

Hi everyone! Today is the last day of Digit-al Dozen Whimsy week and I have loved seeing all of these fun, cute manis! I'll admit the theme didn't thrill me at first but I have actually really enjoyed coming up with my designs for this week! 

Today I actually have my mam to thank for this idea. I asked her for help for my last mani and she thought of fairies and Tinkerbell so I went with it! 

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 5 - Glow in the Dark Tinkerbell with Serum No. 5 Day Glow

I started out my mani with 3 coats of Serum No. 5 Day Glow, a pale yellow which glows in the dark! The formula is quite thin hence the 3 coats but nothing I wouldn't expect with a pale yellow anyway! It builds up just fine. The glow in the dark effect on this is so strong. You don't even have to be in total darkness for it to start glowing! I love it.  

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 5 - Glow in the Dark Tinkerbell with Serum No. 5 Day Glow


The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 5 - Glow in the Dark Tinkerbell with Serum No. 5 Day Glow

I then used black acrylic paint and a fine detail brush to freehand a Tinkerbell silhouette and then used a small dotting tool to add the 'pixie dust' from her wand across my other nails. As always, I finished with a coat of topcoat. 

What do you think of this design? Hope you've enjoyed this month's theme and check out the manis from the other ladies as well! 

Where to Buy:
Serum No. 5 

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 4 - Whimsy Wunderland

Hi everyone! Today I have a fun, bright design for you! When thinking of ideas for this 'whimsy' week, I had this design from a baby wrap pop into my head. Since having my baby just over a year ago, I've gotten in to babywearing and woven wraps. This design is inspired by a woven wrap by Kokadi, called Erna im Wunderland

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 4 - Kokadi Erna im Wunderland inspired design

Kokadi Erna im Wunderland woven wrap - Image by Kokadi

This design with a swirly tree with hearts and cute little deer is definitely whimsical. Unfortunately, I don't own this wrap, but I definitely would love to! I love the bright colours and adorable design. 

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 4 - Kokadi Erna im Wunderland inspired design

To recreate it on my nails I started out with 2 coats of Pipe Dream Polish Celebration, a bright blue with shimmer from the Street Carnival Collection. I then used a fine detail brush and white acrylic paint to freehand the design in order for it to pop over the blue base when adding colour afterwards. I then used a small dotting tool to colour the design with Pipe Dream Polis Masquerader, a neon pink also from the SCC collection. I finished everything with a coat of topcoat as always. I'm sorry for my super dry cuticles in these pics! :(

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 4 - Kokadi Erna im Wunderland inspired design

What do you think of this design? I loved getting inspiration from a wrap and can definitely see myself doing more wrap-inspired designs! So fun! 

Where to Buy: 
Pipe Dream Polish

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 3 - Holographic Unicorn

Hi everyone! It is Day 3 of Whimsy Week with The Digit-al Dozen and I could not let this week go by without doing some unicorn nail art! 

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 3 - Color Club Halo Hues & Unicorn Stamping

I started out my mani with a holographic base. Holographic and unicorns just go together right?! I applied 2 thin coats of Color Club Harp On It, a silver holo. I then used other colours from the Color Club Halo Hues collections and sponged them randomly onto the silver base. The colours I used are Over The Moon (blue), Kismet (gold yellow), Eternal Beauty (purple) and Miss Bliss (pink). 

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 3 - Color Club Halo Hues & Unicorn Stamping

I then used Konad black stamping polish and my Girly Bits clear stamper to stamp the unicorn image from the Nailz Craze NC02 plate on my ring fingernails. I love love love my clear stamper for designs like this. It makes placement so easy! No more wonky unicorns for me! I then used the swirly image from the same plate for the rest of the nails. I feel it matches the unicorns perfectly and it is probably my most used design from the plates I own. As always, I finished everything with a coat of topcoat.  

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 3 - Color Club Halo Hues & Unicorn Stamping

I think this one fits the Whimsy theme really well! What do you think?

Where to Buy:
Color Club & Various retailers
Nailz Craze

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 2 - Dandelion Clock Pond Mani with Chanel Sunrise Trip

Hi everyone! It's Day 2 of Digit-al Dozen Whimsy week and today I've done a pond mani! 

My husband recently gave me Chanel Sunrise Trip as a gift and I couldn't wait to try it out! This beauty is a 'nail gloss' as Chanel calls it from their LA Sunrise collection for Spring. It is a rich purple jelly with a very shiny finish. I like that Chanel are branching out a little and doing finishes like this and it is unique in my Chanel polishes for sure! 

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 2 - Chanel Sunrise Trip Dandelion Pond Mani

I felt compelled to try it out for a pond mani. Dandelion clocks are a very whimsy design to me so that's what I chose to stamp. I started off with a thin coat of Sunrise Trip. Unfortunately, unlike most Chanels I have tried, the formula wasn't amazing on this one. It was a little bit thick and hard to apply smoothly. My brush seems a little wonky too but that's another issue. I didn't have too much trouble but I may have to eventually add some thinner to this one to make it a bit easier to use. At least the colour is great! 

After the first coat of Sunrise Trip, I added some stamping using the Nailz Craze NC01 plate and Barry M Foil Effects polish in Silver (319). I then added another coat of Sunrise Trip then stamped again. 

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 2 - Chanel Sunrise Trip Dandelion Pond Mani

I finished everything off with a coat of topcoat as usual. However, adding topcoat made the purple tint my top layer of stamping so instead of being bright silver, it went more purple, like another pond mani layer. It is a little more discreet than intended but I really liked the result and decided to leave it that way. But at least I know now for next time I wear Sunrise Trip! 

What do you think of this mani? Did you pick up this polish? If so, I'd love to hear what you thought of it! 

Where to Buy:
Chanel & Barry M - Various retailers
Nailz Craze

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Monday, 9 May 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 1 - Revlon Whimsical & Swirly Stamping

Hi everyone! Today's post kicks off another Digit-al Dozen week! This month, our theme is Whimsy! 

For Day 1 I've gone for a 'cheaty' take on the theme and used Revlon Whimsical! Hey, if it has the name, it works right? I think it does! I remember when this polish was crazy popular and everyone wanted it, myself included! It is a dupe for Deborah Lippman's Glitter in the Air. I was so excited to get it from the US in my early days of swapping through Facebook groups! I loved it back then and I still do now. It is a really pretty and delicate polish with a light blue jelly base and pink and blue hex glitters. 

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 1 - Revlon Whimsical & China Glaze Admire

I started out my mani with 2 thin coats of Kiko 345 because I wanted a more opaque look than Whimsical provides on its own for this mani. I then applied a coat of Whimsical, and dabbed to get a few more glitters here and there. 

The Digit-al Dozen does Whimsy - Day 1 - Revlon Whimsical & China Glaze Admire

I then used China Glaze Admire, a pink metallic, to stamp with a swirly design from the Moyou Enchanted 16 plate. I finished everything with topcoat as always. And that's it! My first 'whimsy' mani for this week. I hope you like it and will also check out the manis from the other Digit-al Dozen ladies! 

Where to Buy:  
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