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!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Digit-al Dozen:Paper Love Letters

Greetings and Nailutations,

We are on Day 3 of the Digit-al Dozen paper prompt!  I decided on love letters (and a few other gals below did too - great minds think alike!).


Now let's get to the details!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Paper Boat Sailing

Greetings and Nailutations,

We are now on day 2 of the Digit-al Dozen week of paper related manis.  Yesterday I was inspired by tissue paper and today I am drawing inspiration sailing paper boats.


Now let's get to the details!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Inspired by Tissue Paper

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is a Digit-al Dozen week!  Our prompt this week is paper - so you will see 5 manis from me all related to paper!  Today I decided to use tissue paper as my inspiration.  I have kept this piece of tissue paper for quite a while.  Drip Drop Nail Paint would pack her products in adorable prints of tissue paper and I knew I wanted to re-create this pattern.  This paper prompt was the perfect excuse!


Let's get to the details!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Neon + Orange = Bassackwards?

Greetings and Nailutation,

It's been too many days away from my blog - this last week at work has been rough and I also started trying to eat better this week too, so meal prep/planning takes time away from blogging.  But the good news is the work craziness should get better after next week AND I've lost almost 4 pounds!

Today I will be sharing a mani for the groups 30 Days of Colour and Nail Challenge Collaborative.  I am combining 2 prompts: orange and neon.  Funny story - I grabbed this orange, threw it on & was confused.  It looked pink on me.  Then a quick google search told me that it was a THERMAL!  SURPRISE!


Let's get to the details!

Monday, June 5, 2017

3 Empties: Ole Henriksen Cleansing Clothes, Clear Jelly Stamper Cuticle Protect and Fortune Cookie Soap Perfume Oil

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, May 31, 2017

Ever After Polish Indie Expo VIP and more!

Greetings and Nailutations!

*Press Sample*
This weekend is the first ever Indie Expo Canada!  It's being held in Toronto Canada and Ever After Polish will be in attendance.  Ever After Polish has a full plate with a James Bond inspired VIP polish, a duo paying respects to 007 (double oh-7) and a duo with Tonic Polish inspired by the other secret agent...Austin Powers!  The best thing is that I got to be there in person while the creative juices were flowing and Rachel (co-creator of Ever After Polish) was mixing.  She put me to work and under Tiana's tutelage I was balling bottles, brushing bottles and capping bottles and then playing bottle Tetris in a box to ship to Miranda (co-creator of Ever After Polish) for labeling.


Let's get to the swatches!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: May Birthday Mani - Digital Neon Flowers

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is the end of May, which means time to celebrate with a mani inspired by a photo selected by the Digit-al Dozen member with a May birthday.  Cheyenne of CDB Nails selected this amazing digital image of neon flowers below.  At first I was really intimidated by this photo (Cheyenne sure knows how to challenge us!).  :)


More details below!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Polish Pick Up: My Stunning Nails Conch Shell Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
There is a new collaboration box on the block and it is called the Polish Pick Up Box.  Think of it as a polish buffet and you select what you want for your personalized box.  You can select as many polishes as you want and each month there is a new theme.  Customers are part of the entire process from suggesting themes to voting on the theme.  Lisa from My Stunning Nails asked me to swatch and review her contribution to the Under The Sea box which will be available to purchase June 2nd through June 5th.


Let's get to the swatches!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: Green Florals

Greetings and Nailutations,

Today I'm sharing some nail art (that I also have up on my YouTube channel too!).  This mani is for the Nail Challenge Collaborative and this month the theme is green.  When I was swatching the Drip Drop Nail Paint Swing Into Spring Collection - I found the perfect base!



Let's get to the details!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

3 Empties: American Classic Yellow Stopper, Fortune Cookie Soap Foaming Hand Wash and Heahther's Hues Cutie-cle Oil

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, May 19, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Rainforessssst Sssssnake

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is the last day of the Rainforest prompt for the Digit-al Dozen.  I wanted something edgy, something sssssnake like, a ssssserpentine mani!  I really loved how this turned out and I can honestly say I am hooked on multi chromes now.


Let's get to the details.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Rainforest Flutterbies

Greetings and Nailutations,

We are now on Day 4 and I had to do a mani with butterflies.  The images I see of the butterflies in the rainforest are exotic, colorful and vibrant (even if they are little "flying worms.")  (Sorry, I had to quote Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory.)  I wanted to go bold, so I went down the neon road and I think I will go down that road more often!


Now let's get to the details!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Rainforest Florals

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is the 3rd day of the Digit-al Dozen week with the theme of Rainforests.  Besides greenery, when I think of Rainforests, I think of exotic colorful flowers - so today's mani is all about the florals.


Let's get to the details!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: The Lady of the Rainforest

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is Day 2 of the Digit-al Dozen theme: Rainforest.  I decided to do a Ladybug (or Ladybird or Ladybird Beetles or Lady Beetles) mani.  Ladybugs are not just rainforest critters - they are everywhere (for the most part) but they are still adorable, so hence this mani.


Now let's get to the details.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Rainforest Greenery

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is a Digit-al Dozen week!  This means all week I will be doing nail art posts inspired by Rainforests.  The first thing I thought of was greenery - layers of green, glistening leaves.  Are you picturing it now too?  OK!


Let's get to the details!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Drip Drop Nail Paint Swing Into Spring Collection Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Hello dear readers, my apologies for not posting in a week.  After returning from Polish Con, it has taken some time to adjust back to a scheduled agenda of blogs.  I will start off with a 6 piece collection from Drip Drop Nail Paint!  This collection consists of cremes with a touch of scattered holo and they are all named for dances - Swing Into Spring Collection!


Now let's get to the photos!
Warning: Picture heavy post!  Photos shown in both filtered light and simulated sunlight.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Digit-al Dozen April Birthday Mani

Greetings and Nailutations,

Today I will be sharing a mani for the April Digit-al Dozen Birthday!  We have 2 members who are celebrating their special day this month: Katherine Marie from Procrastinails and Uma from Uma's Nail Art.  They selected a fun bubble image that was a bit intimidating.  (Photo at the end of the post.)


Let's get to the details.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

30 Days of Colour: Birds

Greetings and Nailutations,

Another post for 30 Days of Colour, where we try to tackle the untried polishes sitting in our cabinets/drawers/helmers waiting to be used.  I also wanted to combine this with Spring for Nail Challenge Collaborative.  I wanted something bright (and I was in a rush) - so, the stickers from a stencil were used.  :)


Let's get to the details!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: Pastel Floral

Greetings and Nailutation,

Today my blog post is for the Nail Crazies Unite group.  The theme is floral pastels and I had to bring in the Pastelly Jellies from Drip Drop Nail Paint - which were just re-released!  One of great things about the Pastelly Jellies is that you can create not only jelly sandwiches (glitter between layers of jelly) but you can create stamping sandwiches!  :)


Let's get to the details!

Friday, April 21, 2017

30 Days of Colour Challenge: Earth Day

Greetings and Nailutations,

For the 30 Days of Colour Challenge (where you attempt to utilize those polishes that sit untried in your drawer) the prompt is Earth Day!  Did you know Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970?  I decided on a minimalism mani and selected a green pastel with blue micro-flecks to symbolize Earth.


Let's get to the details.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: Spring Daisies

Greetings and Nailutations,

This month I'm a little behind on some nail art challenges and I know I won't get caught up.  Having a nasty cold for week and sounding like a trucker who smokes kind of changed my schedule.  :)  Today I'm sharing a mani for the Nail Challenge Collaborative group with the prompt "Spring."  The goal is to do 1-4 manis with the same prompt.  What do I think of with spring?  Flowers blooming of course!


Now let's get to the details!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Drip Drop Nail Paint Oz Collection Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I will be sharing a glittery 6 piece collection from Drip Drop Nail Paint inspired by the movie Wizard of Oz.  It is one of my favorite movies of all time - a true classic.  Each polish provides imagery of a scene in the movie and the sparkle creates a dazzling show on your nails.  There are 3 different ways to wear/apply these glitters.

1. Apply 2 coats (maybe 3) for a glittering spectacular nail
2. Apply 1 coat over an undie to create a fun glitter topper feel
2a. Glitter between jelly finish polish for a a fun jelly sandwich
3. Apply 1 coat and then sponge glitter on to make a completely opaque glitter nail

I demonstrate the first and 3rd applications on my YouTube channel in the swatch video - be sure to check it out!


Now let's get to the swatches!
Warning: Picture heavy post with photos in filtered light as well as simulated sunlight to give the full holo effect.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Get To Know My Passion

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is the last day of Digit-al Dozen Get To Know Me prompt.  I've been enjoying learning about my fellow DD sisters.  Today I will be sharing my passion, my love - theater.  I absolutely LOVE going to the theater - to be transported through imagination and art to another time or place with live acting is amazing to me.  The first play I saw live (other than high school plays which I watched as well as participated in) was Phantom of the Opera - the classic.  My husband and I donate to our local Broadway venue every year so that we can get some extra benefits (meeting actors, better parking, tickets dead center in the first 20 rows and of course tax write off! haha).  I decided to do a mani inspired by the only play that I have seen 3 times: RENT!  I also have a playbill that is signed by some of the cast that was in the movie!



Let's get to the details!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Get To Know My Cats!

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is Day 4 of the Digit-al Dozen Get To Know Me prompt and today I was inspired by my furry children!  My husband and I have 2 orange ginger tabbies Henry (Hen) and Buzz (Buzzy).  They both have completely different personalities and meows.

Henry - easy going, calm, patient and his meow is very high pitched
Buzzy - anxious, pestering little brother (picture...I'm not touching you...I'm not touching you), goofy and his meow is more of a chirp.

Both were rescues, where Henry was retrieved from a hoarder and Buzz was a previous feral cat that was young enough to be introduced to humans as potential pet material.


I'll have photos of the boys at the bottom, but first the mani!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Get To Know Honey Honey

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is Day 3 of Get To Know Me for the Digit-al Dozen and I figured I would post about something that I collect, love and respect.  BEES!!!  It all started when I was a child - my grandfather nick named me "Honey Honey" and from there, I seemed to be attracted to bees.  I got my first sting because as a toddler, I wanted to pet the furry insects.  OOPS!  (Lesson learned.)  My attraction continue through grade school and when I reached high school I had to do a "senior project" which entailed a paper, poster and presentation.  I decided to jump into beekeeping.  It was one of the coolest experiences I have ever done working with a local beekeeper in Washington state.  I even continued the obsession into my wedding and it was bee themed.


Now let's get to the mani!