The Digit-al Dozen Does Birthdays: April 2017

Saturday, 29 April 2017


We are nearly at the end of April which means that it's time for another Digit-al Dozen birthday mani.  This month we are celebrating two members birthday - Katherine's (ProcrastiNails) and Uma's (Uma's Nail Art).  The girls have come up with this really pretty bubble image for use to use as our inspiration.


I would quite happily use a water decal with this image on it.  I think it's just so pretty.  I don't think I have a decal with this image but even I did that would kinda be cheating.  So I found some of the closest things I had.  For my base I used Grace-full Nail Polish Lake Town and stamped using Emily de Molly's Holographic Stamping Polish.  I was hoping that the holo would be a bit more obvious so that it picked up some of the colours within the bubbles.  It didn't quite work how I was hoping but I still love the result.  The stamping image is from BM-505.




I'm really excited to see how the other girls in the Digit-al Dozen interrupt this image.  I bet there are going to be some really cool techniques.



Crumpet's Nail Tarts: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge: Work Approriate Nail Art

Friday, 28 April 2017


It's time again for another post for the 26 Great Nail Art Challenge that I am doing.  The theme for today is "work appropriate nail art".  I personally haven't had a job where I have been restricted with what I can wear on my nails (or maybe I have and haven't realised it? or haven't been pulled up on it?).  Anyway, I figure I would go for something really simple - nude with some subtle stamping.  I seriously love how this mani turned out. 

For my base I used China Glaze's Minimalist Momma (for the Shades Of Nude Collection - you can see my swatches and review here if you are interested) and stamped using Powder Perfect's White Stamping Polish.  Stamping design is from Uberchic Beauty 16-01.





Don't forget to check out everyone else's mani for this weeks theme.



China Glaze Spring Pastels Collection - Swatches & Review

Thursday, 27 April 2017


I am so glad to finally be able to sit down and write this post.  I actually had to push it back in my blog planner because I didn't think I would get the time to swatch this collection but I somehow managed.  I'm really not sure how but who am I to question it?  Anyway, on one of my random scrolls through somewhere (Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest...I really can't remember) I saw that China Glaze not only released the Spring Fling Collection for Spring but they also had another collection (well two if you also include the Shades Of Nude Collection) - the Spring Pastels Collection.  I am a huge fan of pastels.  I think they are so beautiful so I just knew I had to get my hands on these babies and I am sooooo glad that I did!  


To save myself telling you the same thing over and over the formulas across these polishes are great (especially for such light colours) and I am in love with the colours!  Each polish is easy to work with and is opaque in two to three coats.   

A Waltz In The Park is a pale purple.  Easily a favorite of mine.  I used two coats for my swatch.


Are You Orchid-ing Me is described as a soft orchid.  Another favourite.  My swatch shows two coats.


Belle Of A Baller is described as a gemstone pink.  Another favourite (I know I am repeating myself with that one - sorry).  This one I used two coats for my swatch, however I am questioning whether or not I need a third coat.


Casual Friday is described as a sorbet yellow.  Huge fan of this one.  Such a gorgeous yellow.  This one did apply unevenly so needed three coats to even out.


Chalk Me Up! is described as a pale sky blue.  This is another favourite of mine.  This one does apply unevenly on the first coat, however evens out beautifully on the second coat.


My Sweet Lady is described as a sweet peony pink.  This is another that does apply unevenly and needed three coats to even out.  But I am in love with the colour so I will accept doing three coats for it.


Spring Jungle is described as a pale pistachio.  Now this is a green that I can definitely wear over and over!  So gorgeous.  I used two coats for my swatch.


That'll Peach You is described as a juicy apricot.  Now this is the only one that I kinda question in this collection.  The colour is nice, but it's not a favourite of mine.  It applies unevenly and needed three coats to even out which was quite the surprise given it's not a very light colour.  I was expecting that it would be two coats.


I'm sure you already know that I am going to say that I love this collection.  It's everything that I could hope for in a Spring Collection and certainly makes up for the Spring Fling Collection.  Thank you China Glaze!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Anti-Valentine's Trio - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Sometimes you sit down to write a blog post and you have no clue how to start.  Yep, that is me today.  The same thing use to happen to me when writing uni assignments too.  Does that happen to anyone else or is it just me?  Anyway, today I have my swatches and review of Pretty Serious Cosmetics Anti-Valentine's Trio.  Yes, I know Valentine's was quite awhile ago now, but if my memory serves me correctly, this trio was released after Valentine's Day so really I am not that late.  At least I am swatching them in the same year I purchased them.  That is another New Years Resolution of mine (although I am not sure if I actually said that in my original post - maybe I need to go back and look at it again?).  I'm digressing here.  Let's take a look at these polishes shall we?  Before I begin though, I am going to apologize for my pictures.  These polishes really need some sunshine so you can see the shimmers in them.  Sadly Melbourne has no sunshine at the moment.


Cherry Bomb is a pink creme with golden shimmer.  I think this is such a nice colour, especially with the shimmer.  The formula is great and applies evenly.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box with flash
Heartbreaker is a purple creme with a colour shifting shimmer.  This one is definitely my favourite of the trio.  The formula is amazing (you could get away with one coat) and the colour is gorgeous.  My swatch shows two coats.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box with flash
Stupid Cupid is a mint shimmer.  This is a really nice colour.  The formula is easy to work with, however it does apply unevenly.  I used two coats for my swatch, however I am questioning whether I should have done a third coat.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box with flash
I quite like this trio.  I think the colours are really nice and the formulas are good.  As I mentioned, Heartbreaker is definitely my favourite from this trio.

The Anti-Valentine's Trio is available from Pretty Serious Cosmetics.

China Glaze Shades Of Nude Collection - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 25 April 2017


I finally got around to editing my pictures for today's post!  Yay me!  Mind you I still have about another 30 pictures to edit, but that is a job for tomorrow I think.  Anyway, I was scrolling through Pinterest a few weeks back when I stumbled across a picture of a new China Glaze collection.  I hadn't heard a single thing about this collection at all, but I was intrigued.  I searched high and low to see if I could get my hands on it and low and behold there it was on eBay so I grabbed it.  This probably seems like an odd collection for me to want, but I am a big fan of nude nail polishes, and there are some gorgeous ones in this collection.


A Whole Latte Fun is described as a soft caramel.  This one is a little on the sheer side, and seems more like a crelly than a straight up creme.  The colour is quite nice and the formula is easy to work with.  I used three coats for my swatch.


Bare Attack is described as a smoky chestnut.  This one is easy to use and is a nice colour but it's definitely not a favourite of mine.  I used two coats for my swatch.


Bourgeois Beige is described as a cool almond.  Now this one I am a fan off.  The formula is quite runny so you do need to be careful as it flies off the brush quite quickly.  It is easy to work with (once you get the excess off the brush) and applies relatively easy.  My swatch shows two coats.


Don't Make Me Blush is described as a sweet blush.  I'm not a fan of this colour on my nails.  The formula is easy to work with.  I used three coats for my swatch, however you can get away with two coats (there is a very slight visible nail line though).


Fresher Than My Clique is described as a light mushroom.  This is a great colour with a good formula.  My swatch shows two coats.


Give Me S'More is decadent chocolate.  I really don't have much to say about this one, as I am not really a fan of browns.  It's not a bad polish or colour but it's just not my cup of tea.  It could come in handy for nail art for me though.  The formula is good and opaque in two coats.


Head To Taupe is described as rich mulberry.  The formula of this one is awesome.  It's super close to being a one coater, and the colour is stunning.  I used two coats for my swatch.


It's A Match is described as a peachy nude.  This one applies unevenly but is easy to work with.  I am a fan of this colour too.  It's quite fresh looking.  My swatch shows three coats.


Kill The Lights is described as a deep mauve.  I quite like this colour and think that this would look great matte.  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.


Minimalist Momma is described as a classic sandy tan. Gorgeous colour, however it is a little sheer and does apply unevenly on the first coat.  I used three coats for my swatch.


Note To Selfie is described as a dusty rose.  Another nice colour with a great formula.  My swatch shows two coats.


Pixilated is described as a barely there beige.  I'm also a fan of this one too.  The colour is nice and the formula is good.  I used two coats for my swatch.


I am a fan of this collection overall.  I did find it a little "boring" to swatch the polishes back to back but then twelve nudes is a lot.  I do love my colours!  My personal favourites are Head To Taupe, Bourgeois Beige, Fresher Than My Clique, Minimalist Momma and Kill The Lights.  I seriously think that a lot of these polishes would look amazing matte! 

What do you think of this China Glaze Collection?  Are you a fan of a collection of nudes?

Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 07 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 24 April 2017


Today I had planned to share with you China Glaze's Shades Of Nudes Collection, however I haven't actually finished editing all the pictures yet.  I mean I could edit them, but I really can't be bothered.  Editing is definitely one of my least favourite parts of blogging.  Anyway, I have finished editing all of my pictures for Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 07 Stamping Plate so let's talk about this plate instead today.

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
Now I want to say that this is the first mani that I did using this plate, but honestly I can't remember if it was.  I actually did these first two manis awhile ago now and for whatever reason forgot to do a blog post for them.  For this mani I used Emily de Molly's Animated Hearts and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


For this next mani I used Sally Hansen's Teal Good (from their Color Therapy range) and stamped using Powder Perfect's Teal Stamping Polish.


For this last mani I went with another really simple mani (sometimes really simple manis are just the best way to go).  I used Orly's Summer Fling for my base and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


I know I have mentioned this before with most of my Feeling Shapely stamping plates but I am a big fan of this collection of plates and Feeling Shapely 07 is no exception.  I think there are some fantastic designs on this plate which you can do some really simple and striking manis!  Or you can go crazy and do some more "fancy" manis with gradients etc.  There really are no limits.  I had no issues with this plate what so ever.

Feeling Shapely 07 stamping plate is available from Lina Nail Art Supplies.

Orly Coastal Crush Collection - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 23 April 2017


When I first say the promo pictures for Orly's Coastal Crush Collection I wasn't too excited by them at all.  In fact, I was actually going to skip over the collection.  Anyway, fast foward a few weeks and I saw that this collection was available at the same time I purchased the China Glaze Summer Reign Collection (you can find my swatches and review here if you are interested) so I thought why not not grab it.  Well I am so happy that I did.  The polishes are gorgeous and definitely make for a great Summer Collection.


For The First Time is a bright purple creme.  These is such a gorgeous colour and the formula is great.   My swatch shows two coats.


No Regrets is a fuchsia creme.  Another great colour with a good formula.  This one has a slight visible nail line on two coats so I used three coats for my swatch.


Sea You Soon is a bright blue shimmer.  I found this one to be quite slow drying, and a little on the sheer side.  I think next time I would use it over a base colour.  This one also applied unevenly on the first coat but evened out on the second.  My swatch shows three coats.


Summer Fling is a bright peach creme.  I could definitely have a summer fling with this polish.  Such a gorgeous colour with an easy to use formula.  I used three coats for my swatch.


Surfer Dude is a bright orange creme.  This one is quite bright but a little sheer.  I think it would look awesome over a white base.  My swatch shows three coats.


Under The Stars is a dark blue shimmer.  Now this one seems a little odd in this collection if you ask me.  The other polishes are all bright and scream summer to me.  This one just seems to dark, but that being said it's a gorgeous colour.  It seems to have a glow about it or something.  I can see myself wearing this in winter.  The formula is easy to use and you can get away with two coats, however it was a bit too see through at the tips for my liking.  I used three coats.


Overall I am a big fan of this collection and I am so glad that I ended up grabbing it.  The polishes are so bright and vibrant and the formulas are good across the collection.  My personal favourites (which are quite hard to pick) are For The First Time, No Regrets, Summer Fling and Under The Stars.

Lina Nail Art Supplies All About Love 01 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 22 April 2017


I am still sloooowly working my way through swatching the stamping plates that I have purchased.  I currently only have eight plates in that pile (with another three on the way) but woohoo!  I'm happy that I am so far staying on top of all my purchases.  I seriously hope that I have no untrieds from this year going into next year.  Anyway, today I have Lina Nail Art Supplies All About Love 01 stamping plate to share with you.

Image from Lina Nail Art Supplies
This is the very first mani I did using this plate (and you may have already seen on my blog last week for Day 1 of the Get To Know Me week for the Digit-al Dozen).  For my gradient I used China Glaze Feel The Breeze, Bottoms Up and Purple Panic and stamped using Mundo de Una's White Stamping Polish.  I really like how this mani turned out.  It is a very 'me' type of mani.


This next mani I did is something that I wouldn't normally go for but I really wanted to use a negative space image and thought it would be fun to have the little hearts with the mustaches.  For my base I used China Glaze Rose My Name and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.


I really like the images on this plate.  I believe it was released around Valentine's Day (although don't quote me on that - my memory isn't the greatest for release dates) but it's definitely one you can use all year round.  I had no issues picking up and transferring any of the images.

The All About Love 01 stamping plate is available now from Lina Nail Art Supplies.

Nail Crazies Unite: Pastel Floral

Friday, 21 April 2017


I'm back with another Nail Crazies Unite mani.  The theme for this fortnight is Pastel Floral.  Two of my favorite things and I love how this mani turned it.  My camera and lights kinda washed the colours are a little but I still think it looks really pretty.

For this mani I used Powder Perfect's Legend Says, Library Dust, Once Glorious, Search The Kingdom and their White Stamping Polish.  Stamping design is from Lina Nail Art Supplies 4 Seasons - Spring 01 stamping plate.




And because I like to keep track of what themes are still coming up for this challenge (and maybe some of you may be interested in joining in?)