Friday, September 22, 2017

Ever After Polish Polish Con Limited Editions Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
This weekend is Polish Con!  Polish Con is defined as: the gathering of hundreds of individuals who have a common love of nail polish and hand made goodies.  Ever After Polish provided me with their Limited Editions for the event.  I'm currently in Chicago for the event on Saturday!  I am so excited.  Enough babbling - here is the Polish Con Exclusive Duo!


Let's get to the swatches!  Photos shown in filtered light box and also in LED light.

Monday, September 18, 2017

MAXUS Nails Empower Collection Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I will be sharing some creamy swatches of 4 polishes that MAXUS Nails sent me.  These 4 polishes are part of the Empower Collection and are available now.  Going through their instagram feed I was blown away that their products have been used on celebrities!  I'm not one to usually fawn over celebrities, but to say "I wore the same polish as Angelina Jolie" kind of makes me feel a little special.




Now let's get to the swatches!  All photos shown in filtered light (light box) and LED light (simulated sunlight).

Friday, September 15, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: 5th Birthday Celebration

Greetings and Nailutation,

It is the last day of the Digit-al Dozen and today I have a full on party celebration on my nails for the 5th birthday of the Digit-al Dozen.  All this week we have celebrated it's Bee-Day, given it a bouquet of 5 petaled flowers, given it a high five, found a bunch of other types of 5's to share and now it's a true party!


Let's get to the details.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: 5's All Around

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is Day 4 of the Digit-al Dozen week celebrating the group's 5th birthday.  I did a "Bee-day" mani, a bouquet of 5 petaled flowers and yesterday did a high five mani!  Today I am sharing five different 5's on my nails.


Let's get to the details.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: High Five For 5th Birthday

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is Day 3 of the Digit-al Dozen prompt 5th Birthday!  I've celebrated it's "Bee-day", given it a bouquet of 5 petaled flowers and today I shall be giving the Digit-al Dozen a Birthday High Five!  That is right...a high five for turning 5!



Let's get to the details.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: 5th Birthday Bouquet

Greetings and Nailutations,

We are continuing with the week of Digit-al Dozen 5th Birthday Celebration manis.  Yesterday I had a play on words with Bee-Day (B-day) with 5 bees on my nails and today I'm sending the Digit-al Dozen a bouquet of flowers and of course each flower has 5 petals.  Why would they not?


Let's get to the details.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: 5th "Bee-Day" Celebration

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is a Digit-al Dozen week and we were challenged with the prompt "5th Birthday."  Yes, that is right - the Digit-al Dozen is turning 5 this month.  The prompt was very challenging and I tried my best to tackle manis with themes of birthday and 5.


Let's get to the details!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Color Clutch Product Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
I've had this product to review for a few weeks - it originally was delivered to my neighbors who were out of town, then when it got into my hands it got misplaced when cleaning (obviously I am NEVER cleaning again.)  :)  Today I will be sharing my thoughts on the Color Clutch - it is an adorable polish storing container.

Color Clutch

Let's get to the review.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Polish 'M Not Really Neon's Collection Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Some products in post are press samples*
Today I am sharing the Not Really Neon's Collection from Polish 'M.  I previously did a nail art post with the 6 I received from Michelle (the owner of Polish 'M).  I loved the versatility of the 6 so much that I had to get the remaining 6.  This post contains a whopping 12 cremes!  They are perfect for nail art, water marbling, stamping and they work great as undies for glitter toppers!


Now let's get to the swatches!  Photos all shown with filtered light and LED light.  All photos show 2 coats with shiny top coat.  *Picture heavy post.*

Friday, September 1, 2017

Glisten and Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I am going to share my thoughts on Glisten and Glow's Ridge Filling Base Coat.  I must make a confession - I have ridges.  Yes, vertical nail ridges (hangs head in shame).  Usually I can hide it with base coats.  I have another confession - I rarely wear nail polish full time because after 1 shower, it flakes off.  Guess what?  THIS HAS CHANGED thanks to some help from Glisten and Glow.


Let's get to the review!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Pug Posse Nail Lacquer Fall Collection Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press sample*
I am so ready for Fall - it has been around 110 the last few days here in Arizona and I'm melting.  I long for the chill in the mornings, the leaves turning, the colors in fashion and nails!!  With that said, today I am sharing the fall collection from Pug Posse Nail Lacquer.  They will be available August 31st.


Photos shown in filtered light box and in LED light to simulate sunlight.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Turtle Tootsie Polishes Grease-inspired Fall Collection Swatch and Review Part 2

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press sample*
Today I am sharing the second half of the 10 piece Turtle Tootsie Polishes Grease-inspired Fall Collection.  This collection releases August 27th at 8pm Eastern.  This collection puts to mind many iconic moments in the movie and Chrissy (the owner of Turtle Tootsie Polishes) paired those moments with perfect colors and finishes.  I'm splitting this post into 2 parts and the first part was work appropriate colors (more neutrals/softer colors) and this 2nd part will be bright fun colors.


Now let's get to the swatches! (Picture heavy post)
Photos shown in filtered light and LED light.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Turtle Tootsie Polishes Grease-inspired Fall Collection Swatch and Review Part 1

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press sample*
Today I am sharing the first half of the 10 piece Turtle Tootsie Polishes Grease-inspired Fall Collection.  This collection releases August 27th at 8pm Eastern.  This collection puts to mind many iconic moments in the movie and Chrissy (the owner of Turtle Tootsie Polishes) paired those moments with perfect colors and finishes.  I'm splitting this post into 2 parts and this first part will be work appropriate colors (more neutrals/softer colors) and the 2nd part will be bright fun colors.


Now let's get to the swatches! (Picture heavy post)
Photos shown in filtered light and LED light.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Story Genres - True Grit

Greetings and Nailutations,

Today is the last day of the Digit-al Dozen Week Story Genres.  The entire week I have use actual books for my inspiration which coincidentally were also movies!  Today is no different and I am using True Grit, a western for my inspiration.  There are actually 2 movies, one from 1969 and one from 2010.  I read the book first and then watched the 2010 movie and then the 1969.  I am a Jeff Bridges fan, so I really enjoyed the 2010 version and the book is great too!


Let's get to the details.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Story Genres - The Devil Wears Prada (and Polish)

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is day 4 of the Digit-al Dozen and I am continuing with Story Genres.  I realized the last 3 days I've selected books to be inspired by that are also movies...and I'm continuing the theme with that today!  I selected non-fiction fashion inspired book The Devil Wears Prada (which the movie is also fabulous).


Now let's get to the details.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Story Genres - The Blindside

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is day 3 of the Digit-al Dozen and our focus is on story genres.  I decided to interpret this as books I've read and I'm continuing with the theme of non-fiction with being inspired by a heart warming book called The Blindside.  If this sounds familiar - it is also a movie (both the book and movie are wonderful).


Let's get to the details.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Story Generes - The Female Brain

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is day 2 in the Digit-al Dozen for the prompt of Story Genres.  I selected non-fiction again and was inspired by The Female Brain.  It answered so many questions I had about girls, teens and women and how chemicals in our brand work to make us feel and interpret things differently.


Now let's get to the details.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Story Genres - Moneyball

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's a Digit-al Dozen week and this week our theme is Story Genres.  I decided to interpret this as books I have in my library that I've read.  So today we are starting with the genre of non-fiction nerdy sports statistics with hunky male leads.  Is that a genre?  Well it is for me.  If the book sounds familiar - it's because it was also a movie staring Brad Pitt.


Let's get to the details.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bluebird Lacquer Fall Rainbroversity Collection

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I have a fun collection from Bluebird Lacquer called the Rainbroversity Collection.  The Rainbroversity Collection consists of 6 buttery cremes and a flakie topper.  She also sent me her matte top coat, Nothing Else Matters and her water marbling clear polish, Spaced Out.  That's right - THIS COLLECTION WATERMARBLES!  This is one of the easiest collections I've used to water marble - they practically water marbled on their own! :)


Now let's get to the swatches.  *Picture heavy post.*

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Polish 'M Not Really Neons Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I am sharing 6 of the 12 Not Really Neons from Polish 'M.  I will preface this review by saying that I loved what I saw on the 6, so I had to purchase the remaining 6.  You'll find out why soon enough.  The Not Really Neons Collection feature 12 buttery cremes that are bright and vivid with amazing formula that work for so many uses!


Photos shown in filtered light and LED light.  Picture heavy post.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: July Birthday Mani

Greetings and Nailutations!

It is the end of July and you know what that means?  We are celebrating Digit-al Dozen birthdays through a mani!  Today we are recognizing RoseLynn of Manicured and Marvelous and Tracy of Olivia Jade Nails!  Happy Birthday!!  They selected a fun photo for our inspiration.



Thursday, July 27, 2017

3 Empties: Dream Polish Gem Glam Top Coat, Zoya Remove, Jenna Hipp

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's another installment of 3 empties, where I review 3 products I have used up and express my opinion on how well they worked, how they smelled, their packaging and if I'd make a repeat purchase.


Now let's get to the empties!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Beauty Big Bang Watermarble Tool Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press sample*
Today I am sharing a water marble tool I received from Beauty Big Bang.  Water marble tools are used in place of pins, toothpicks and other pointy objects to create a water marble design with nail polish in water.  They can be cleaned with acetone and can be used over and over (unlike a toothpick which can only be used a certain number of times before it starts falling apart on you).



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Beauty Big Bang Nail Art Dotting Pen Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I am sharing a dotting tool that is like none I have ever seen or used before.  This baby is from Beauty Big Bang and is under $5!  The Professional Nail Art Tool Nail Art Drawing Pen Brush Nail Dotting Tool is a tool that has a pen and 5 dotting sizes all in 1!  I was a little intimidated by it and was at a loss as to how to use the pen.  I've since decided I need to do some more intricate work to show the pen in all it's glory.



Beauty Big Bang Mixed Round Glitter Art

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I am sharing a product I received from Beauty Big Bang, an online store that provides nail art items as well as a ton of other beauty products.  One of my favorite shapes of glitter is circles, so I was drawn to the Mixed Round Nail Art Glitter.


Now let's get to the review.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

3 Empties: Fortune Cookie Soap Foaming Hand Soap, Suave Shampoo and Ole Henriksen Power Bright

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's another installment of 3 empties, where I review 3 products I have used up and express my opinion on how well they worked, how they smelled, their packaging and if I'd make a repeat purchase.


Now let's get to the empties!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Edge Perfection Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I will be sharing my thoughts on Edge Perfection.  It is a latex barrier product that assists in applying polish, and you can also use it for protecting your skin when doing nail art.  It is available online as well as in your local CVS in the nail/beauty section.


First impression:  The first thing I noticed is that it had a steel ball in the packaging to ensure smooth product and application.  I also noticed little to no scent, which is a major plus for those with scent sensitivities.  Application brush was short, sturdy and easy to use.  Formula was thin to allow the product to get into all the nooks and crannies to make clean up quick and easy.

I initially started using it for it's intended purpose - to help while applying polish.  I soon realized that the polish I chose had a really great brush - so I really didn't need any assistance in protecting my cuticle area.  Polish used is Nvr Enuff Polish Prototype topped with Glisten and Glow HK Girl Top Coat.



Next I wanted to test it out with nail art.  It applied nicely and dried quickly.  I like that it wasn't completely clear when dry (I like to know where I applied it).  I typically apply 2 coats to ensure a clean peel in 1 pull and Edge Perfection hit the mark with the formula to provide a clean peel.






Mani details: Big Bling Stamper from Clear Jelly Stamper, Tighty Whities from Drip Drop Nail Paint, It Girl Nail Art IG103 Plate.

Final thoughts: I love a good latex barrier and use them with nail art regularly.  Anything to make clean up faster is an A+ in my eyes.  While I typically tend to support indie brands, if I'm in a bind, I love the option to head to my local CVS to pick this product up.  I do recommend if you have have an allergy to latex to steer away from this product.

Happy Polishing,
Kristi aka BeginNails

Sunday, July 16, 2017

3 Empties: Clinique Toner, Fortune Cookie Soap Conditioner, Bubble Shack Lotion

Greetings and Nailutations,

It's another installment of 3 empties, where I review 3 products I have used up and express my opinion on how well they worked, how they smelled, their packaging and if I'd make a repeat purchase.


Now let's get to the empties!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: 5 Days, 5 Continents African Maasai Art

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is the last day of our trip around the world visiting different continents for the Digit-al Dozen.  I decided on a theme of artwork and challenged myself to freehand everything and I succeeded.  Today is last stop on the tour through 5 continents and I was inspired by The Maasia by David Ndambuki.


Let's get to the details.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: 5 Days, 5 Continents Asian Wallpaper

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is Day 4 of the Digit-al Dozen, where I am charged with hitting 5 continents and doing manis inspired by them.  I've been to North America, South America and Australia using art work to inspire my nail art.  Today I'm heading to Asia!  I was inspired by a photo of Asian wallpaper and had to recreate it.



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: 5 Days, 5 Continents Australian Aboriginal Artwork

Greetings and Nailutations,

I am continuing with my 5 Continent tour re-creating artwork onto my tiny canvases.  Today I am inspired by artwork from Australia.  I saw a lot amazing images created with dots and I was drawn to the sea life - turtle.


Now let's get to the details.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: 5 Days, 5 Continents South American Artist

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is Day 2 of the Digit-al Dozen and from yesterday we are traveling south to South America!  I was taken with some art work by Colombian born artist Omar Chacon.  He has artwork where we drips acrylic paint on wax paper, allows it to dry and then pulls it up and places the circles and ovals over each other to create a colorful, neat layered look.  My mani is inspired by Coachi (also if you click on the link you will not only see the art work but see how much it costs to own one of these bad boys).


Now let's get to the details!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: 5 Days, 5 Continents North American Artist

Greetings and Nailutations!

Why hello there!  It is a Digit-al Dozen week and our theme this week is 5 Continents.  This theme threw me for a loop and I kept trying to think of I wanted to do for each continent.  I finally decided on artists and my husband selected the North American artist Georgia O'Keefe - my husband loves Sante Fe style art.  She did some amazing macros of flowers, adobe homes, mountains and skylines.  I was drawn to one of her skyline images called Sky Above The Flat White Cloud II (mostly because I knew I could do the look with my simple nail art skills).



Now let's get to the details!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Lantern and Wren: Marianne Nails No. 77 Plate Review (Continued)

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press sample*
I'm back with some more manis continuing my review of Marianne Nails No. 77 Plate, from stockist  Lantern and Wren!  I started my review yesterday with 3 fun manis and will continue with another 4 here!  As a reminder, Marianne Plates are stocked at Lantern and Wren and are manufactured in France.


Now let's get to the manis!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lantern and Wren: Mani Defender and Marianne Nails No. 77 Plate Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press sample*
I'm back with some more Lantern and Wren goodies!  Today I'm sharing a latex barrier called Mani Defender and a few manis from Marianne Nails No. 77 Plate, which can be found at Lantern and Wren.  Marianne Nails plates are from France - this is a new-to-me brand, so I really excited to try it out.


Now let's get to the manis!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Lantern and Wren Assorted Matte Polishes Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press sample*
Today I have the first post in a 3 part series!  I was sent some products from Lantern and Wren, which is an online stockist carrying polishes, stamping plates, vinyls, latex barrier and nail art supplies.  The owner of Lantern and Wren originally started as Ellison's Organics.  This first post will review the polishes and the next 2 will be of the stamping plate and mani defender latex barrier!



Now let's get to the swatches! Note: I did had a matte top coat over the matte finish to aid in smoothing.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Digit-al Dozen June Birthday Mani

Greetings and Nailutations,

Today in the Digit-al Dozen, we are celebrating a member's birthday month: Amy of Fancy Side Nails!  The birthday gal gets her choice of inspiration photos or themes and she selected any mani with pink!  I was up for the challenge as were some others!



Now let's get to the details!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Literary Lacquers June New Releases Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Literary Lacquers is releasing a bunch of new and returning stock in the store Friday June 23rd.  This is my first time reviewing for Literary Lacquers and I was impressed with all the detail that was provided (inspirations, price, release date, description of lacquers).  Just reading about the inspirations and all the other returning stock, I was so excited - you will be too!


Let's get into the swatches and details!  *Picture heavy post with lots of pretties!*

Pug Posse Nail Lacquer - Pug Love Collection Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
I'm back with the second Pug Posse Nail Lacquer debut collection releasing today!  This collection contains 5 polishes of different finishes - there are 2 satin shimmers, 2 flaky metallics and a flaky glitter bomb/topper.


Now let's get to the swatches!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pug Posse Nail Lacquer - Take Us To Mars Collection Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations!

*Press Sample*
Today I am sharing a new indie on the block - Pug Posse Nail Lacquer!  As you can tell by the name, she is a mother of pugs.  :)  She is coming out with 2 debut collections (and I will add that she was already selling wax melts - so you can grab both melts AND nail polish at the same time!!!) and this first one I will be sharing is the Take Us To Mars Collection, which contains 4 neon crellies.


Now let's get to the photos!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

It Girl Nail Art IG118 Stamping Plate Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I am sharing my review and thoughts on It Girl Nail Art IG118 Plate.  Every so often a stamping plate is created that says so much, that makes a statement and that resonates with me.  It Girl's IG118 plate did that for me.  Coinciding with LGBTQ Pride month (June), Nicole of IGNA has created a Pride LGBTQ, BLM, peace, safety pin, ally, equality plate.  So much is expressed in this plate, it made my heart warm.  There are so many images that I was familiar with but also some that I had to use the power of the internet to get information on (like all the different striped images).


Now let's get to the nail art!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Fashion Magazine Paper

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is our final day for the Digit-al Dozen paper prompt and I wanted to go through the magazine clippings I had in my mani-cave for mani inspirations.  I also wanted something that combined the prompt paper for the Digit-al Dozen and fruit for Nail Crazies Unite.  I happened up on a dress that said "MAKE A MANI OF ME!!!"


Let's get to the details!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Paper Sunset Puzzle

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is Day 4 of the Digit-al Dozen and we are continuing with the paper prompt.  I was trying to think what is made of paper products that I could do a pretty scene on...and then it hit me = PUZZLES!  I am such a lover of puzzles.  I use apps now on my iPad now, but there is something so soothing about putting chaos into beautiful order to me.



Now let's get to the details!