The Digit-al Dozen Does Birthdays - July 2017

Saturday, 29 July 2017

It's birthday time for the Digit-al Dozen again.  This month we are celebrating two members birthdays - RoseLynn (Manicured & Marvelous) and me!  My birthday was last week.  Woohoo!  It was definitely an uneventful and low key day.  Really it was just like any other day, but with rainbow flowers and Nutella donuts.  Yum!  

Image by Micklyn
For my base I sponged on China Glaze Spring In My Step, X-ta-sea, Don't Mesa With My Heart, My Way Or The Highway and All Glammed Up (using this technique here) and stamped using Hit The Bottle Snowed In!.  Stamping design is from Bundle Monster BM-XL205.

I hope you had a great birthday RoseLynn and thank you again for finding this gorgeous design.  I really love it!

Nail Crazies Unite: Beach

Friday, 28 July 2017

It's time for another Nail Crazies Unite mani.  This week we are doing another summer related theme - beach.  I definitely wasn't excited going into this theme especially seems we only just did ocean life for the last mani.  I'm sure it doesn't help that I am stuck in winter.  Anyway, enough complaining about the cold Tracy, talk about today's mani.

When I was younger I grew up living really close to the beach so we did spend a fair bit of time there.  One of my favourite things to do when going to the beach was finding shells.  At our beach, there was two main sorts of shells that I would find.  Little mini white shells and then there were these bigger shells that were brown toned on one side and had a beautiful pearl look on the opposite side.  They were definitely my favourite to find.  So today I have done a mani inspired by those shells.

For my base I used OPI Pearl Of Wisdom (over white) and stamped using Colour Alike B An Ice Coffee.  Stamping image is Lina Nail Art Supplies Born To Sail 01.

This mani definitely looks much prettier in person than in my pictures.

Celestial Cosmetics Aussie Indie Con 2017 Purchases - Swatches & Review

Thursday, 27 July 2017

I am so excited that I finally had a chance to play with the new Celestial Cosmetics polishes that I grabbed at Aussie Indie Con.  These are some seriously gorgeous polishes and I couldn't be more excited to add them to my ever growing polish collection.  Well actually, I am currently in the process of destashing a little.  I am running out of space in my drawers and I am not really wanting to buy yet another set of drawers, so it's destash time again.  Eek!  

Cockle Bay is blue with a really strong green shimmer, golden-green flakes and some holo glitter.  This was one of the Aussie Indie Con exclusive polishes.  I think it is so pretty and the formula is good.  I used two coats for my swatch.

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Sample 20 is a lucky dip polish that I picked up.  I am not a huge fan of this one so it has been put into my destash pile already.  The formula is good and it's easy to use.  My swatch shows three coats.

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The Hungry Mile has a purple base with a blue-purple shimmer and is filled with flakes.  This is another Aussie Indie Con exclusive.  I love this polish.  It's absolutely stunning.  It is a little on the sheer side and does apply unevenly.  I used three coats for my swatch.

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There's A Party In My Polish & You're Invited is a dark teal based linear holo packed full of colour shifting flakes.  No surprise that I absolutely love this one!  I really wish that there was some sunshine around when I wore this.  The formula is great and it applies evenly.  I used three coats for my swatch.

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Twisted Selection has a purple base and blue shimmers.  I am a huge fan of these types of polishes.  I actually own a few variations of polish like this one.  The formula is easy to use, however it is on the sheer side.  I used three coats for my swatch.

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Overall, I am so happy with my purchases that I made from Celestial Cosmetics.  They definitely have some great polishes.  The only on that I don't love is Sample 20.  It's not one that I would have purchased if I had seen it.

Multicoloured Sponged Nail Art Tutorial

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

I'm not one to do tutorials very often (in fact I believe this is the third or maybe forth tutorial I have done on my blog).  Tutorials are one of those things that I am not really set up to do (I don't have the equipment for video or knowledge on how to edit video tutorials - or the time!) and then I honestly don't feel like I do anything special or different to the tutorials that are already available. So why am I doing a tutorial today you ask? Well that's simple. I have been asked quite a lot on various social media accounts of mine how I do my multicoloured sponged backgrounds that you have been seeing a lot of recently. I am a little obsessed with them. They are quick, easy to do (which you will see) and the colour combinations are endless.

 Things you will need:
  •  A base colour - I usually use a white base.
  • Some form of clean up product. I use Emily de Molly Clean Up Crew. 
  • A sponge I use a make up sponge.
  • Polish colours of your choice.  I usually use a minimum of three polishes.  For this tutorial I will be using Color Club East Austin, Diggin' The Dancing Queen and Modern Pink.

Step by step instructions:

1.  Paint your base colour.  For this tutorial I have used Pretty Serious Cosmetic Presence.  Allow base to dry completely.  I usually add Seche Vite to ensure my base is dry before moving on.

2.  Apply clean up aid.  This will just save you time later.

 3.  Apply your choice of polishes randomly to the sponge.  I used the orange first, followed by pink and then purple.  There really is no method to what I put where or the order of the colours.  It really is just random.  Normally the polish doesn't run like it has in my picture but it was the only way I could show you what the sponge looks like.

4.  Sponge polish onto you nails.  Depending on how much you want the colours to blend (or if you have left gaps on your sponge) you may need to move the sponge around on your nails slightly.  If not, a simple up and down motion is all you need.  You may need to build up the colour (similar to when you are doing a gradient) so you make need to repeat steps 3-4 a couple of times.  Really this depends on what look you are wanting.  My picture shows one coat/layer on each nail.

5.  Once you have achieved your desired look remove clean up aid, clean up any mess and add top coat.

That's it!  Really simple isn't it?  Hopefully you have found this tutorial helpful.  If you give it a go make sure you tag me so I can see it.

Uberchic Beauty Collection Nineteen Stamping Plates - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The collection before the big 2-0!  Eek.  I seriously can't get over how many stamping plate collections Uberchic have done already.  It honestly feels like last year when they burst onto the scene, but I am going to say that is has been at least a couple of years now and what a great few years it has been.  Uberchic really have some fantastic images among all of their plates (I know I definitely get a lot of use out of them) and the quality is really good.  Anyway, today I have Collection Nineteen to share with you guys.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
The first plate of this collection definitely has a lot of summer related images and some great layering manis that you can do.  How cool are the strawberries and ice-creams?  I definitely will have to use those at some point.
Image from Uberchic
If you follow my blog then you will know that I recently swatched the Color Club Coated Collection.  As soon as I put on Yellin' Yellow I knew that I needed to stamp the cute little smiley faces over the top.  Neons certainly make me happy.  I think this image would also be really cute with different coloured neon faces.

I feel like it's been ages since I have done gradient stamping and I absolutely love how this turned out.  Polishes used are Pretty Serious Cosmetics Presence, Bundle Monster Monarch Dream and Mercury Bassline.

I quite like the images on this plate.  I am not sure I like that large circle image at the bottom of the plate though.  I think I would need to see some use it because I am really not sure how I could get it to look decent.
Image from Uberchic
Another really simple look but I think there is enough going on with this image that it doesn't really need anything too fancy to go with it.  For my base I used Celestial Cosmetics Twisted Selection and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.

I am sure you have seen me do this type of background a lot lately simply because I am currently obsessed with this 'technique' (I'm going to use that term loosely there).  I have had quite a few people ask me how I achieve this look so I have put together a tutorial which I will be posting tomorrow.  For my base I used Color Club East Austin, Modern Pink and Diggin' The Dancing Queen.  Stamping is down using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.

I think this may be my favourite plate from this collection.  I think there are some really cool designs on this plate.  Definitely calls for lots of neon....or maybe I am just loving neons so much at the moment that I want to use them constantly lol.
Image from Uberchic
For this first mani using this plate I used Emily de Molly State Of Mind for my base and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.

There is something about this next image that just screams to be layered.  I am sure that I have seen similar images to this (I have a lot of plates and have a lot of images so things all start looking so similar after a while).  Anyway for my base I used Color Club East Austin and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black and White Stamping Polishes.

Overall I think this is a great collection.   There are some really cool images among these plates which I am sure I will get a lot of use out of.

Collection Nineteen is available now from Uberchic Beauty.

Color Club Coated Collection - Stamping Test

Monday, 24 July 2017

The number one question that I have been asked recently (well aside from how I do my backgrounds for stamping lately - I will have that post up in a couple of days) is do the Color Club Coated polishes stamp?  I figure rather than me answering this question over and over I would do a blog post so that you can see for yourself and come back to this post if you need it for reference later.  I have cheated with this post though and have tested all the polishes on swatch sticks (simply because I didn't have the time to do swatches for all of these again) but you can still see how each looks over black and white bases.

Age Of Aquarius 

Bright Nights

Diggin' The Dancing Queen

Disco Dress

East Austin

French Tips

Jackie Oh!

Modern Pink

Psychedelic Scene

Take Me To Your Chateau

We Liming

Yellin' Yellow

As you can see some of these stamp pretty well over both black and white, and others struggle particularly over the black.  I did need to put polish over the entire image to get them to pick up properly.  Would I use these to stamp?  Sure, sometimes.  Would I recommend buying these to use just as stamping polishes?  Probably not, unless you wanted to wear them as a full mani as well.  If you are after just polishes to stamp with I would recommend investing in actual stamping polishes.  You will use less product and there are a low of colours available that stamp beautifully over both black and white.

I hope you found this post helpful.