Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It Girl Nail Art IG121 Plate Review Part 2

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I will be sharing the 2nd half of my review of  It Girl Nail Art IG121 plate.  This plate contains everything you need for a good Hallow's Eve - skulls, jack-o-lanterns, spiders, webs, grave stone, grim reaper, a witch and much more!  Yesterday I shared 5 manis and today will be another 5!


Now let's get to the manis!

Monday, October 16, 2017

It Girl Nail Art IG121 Plate Review Part 1

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
I have a confession.  I love love love holiday or theme stamping plates.  Today I have one to share and it's HALLOWEEN themed!!!  It Girl Nail Art has released IG121 and you don't want to miss it!  This plates contains everything you need for a good Hallow's Eve - skulls, jack-o-lanterns, spiders, webs, grave stone, grim reaper, a witch and much more!  I'm going to be sharing 5 manis today I created with the plate and the next blog post will cover another 5.


Now let' get to the manis!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Throwback to Luciferia

Greetings and Nailutations,

It has been an amazing Digit-al Dozen Week using the prompt Throwback.  I had my tribute to Sally, Bumble, Clown and yesterday a Butterfly.  Today we are going old school, as in college days, back in the late 90's-early 2000's (yes I'm dating myself).


Let's get to the details.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Throwback to Flutterby

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is now Day 4 of the Digit-al Dozen Throwback week.  I'm revisiting times I have dressed up - I'm getting in the Halloween spirit!  I first showed you my Sally mani, then buzzed over to my Bumble costume and yesterday I shared my Clown work uniform.  Today is not necessarily a costume nor a uniform, but just as fun!


Now let's get to the details!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Throwback to Clowning

Greetings and Nailutations!

We are now onto Day 3 for the Digit-al Dozen using the prompt Throwback.  I'm revisiting old costumes I have worn.  I shared my Sally and my Bumble costumes and today is going to make you laugh.


Let's get to the details.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Digit-al Dozen: Throwback to Bumble

Greetings and Nailutations!

We are on day 2 of the Digit-al Dozen Throwback week and I chose to be inspired by old Halloween costumes.  Yesterday I shared my Sally inspired mani and today I will share one of my favorite costumes EVAH!!!!


Let's get to the details!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Digit-tal Dozen: Throwback to Sally

Greetings and Nailutations,

It is a Digit-al Dozen Week and our prompt for this week is Throwback.  What does "throwback" mean, should I do old manis I've done before or re-create other people's manis were the first things that popped into my mind.  But because it's October and I wanted to try to fit in some theme costume manis, I decided to take a trip down memory lane in my Facebook account to look at times I "dressed up" and create manis inspired by those costumes.


Now let's get to the details!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Geekish Glitter Lacquer Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I am going to be sharing a brand new indie brand called Geekish Glitter Lacquer that is launching Friday the 13th!  (oooooh....creepy!)  Geeks Glitter Lacquer will be based on everything fandom and everything geeky!  (A brand after my own heart - I mean, I am an engi-nerd after all.)  I'll be sharing 3 of Geekish Glitter Lacuqer's initial release.


Now let's get to the swatches!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

K Squared Nail Paint Swatch and Review

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
It is still 100 degrees here in Arizona, so neons and summer colors can really be worn (if you follow season dress code) up into the end of October.  So I'm going to share 3 polishes I received from K Squared Nail Paint.


Let's get to the swatches!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ever After Polish New Stamping Polishes

Greetings and Nailutations,

*Press Sample*
Today I am sharing 2 new stamping polishes from Ever After Polish that debuted at Polish Con and be available on their online store.  I am a stamping fanatic, so I'm always looking for great polishes that stamp well or create neat effects.


Let's get to the review!

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!