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31DC2014 Day 2: Fanta
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31DC2014 Day 1: Red Brocade
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The 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2014
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Nail Art Gallery App Inspiration
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Girly Bits: Limited Edition and Blogger Collaborations
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Pretty Woman: Polish, Kits, and Back to School Event
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Guest Post from Pointless Cafe
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Guest Post by The Crumpet
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Guest Post from FingerFood
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The Digital Dozen does Summer: Day 5 – Water

31DC2014 Day 2: Fanta

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The Dalai Lama's Nails | 31DC2014 Orange Soda Fanta Nail Art

I’d like to start this post with a very serious question.

“Who loooooooves orange soda?” You may have to be a child of the 90s to get this reference… but suffice it to say, I love orange soda! Specifically, I love Fanta! I was browsing through all of my 31 Day Challenge nails from last year as I thought about my plans for this year’s challenge. I thought it would be good fun to do a comical take on the orange nails I did for day two last year  I realized I had the perfect polishes to match the Fanta logo, and the rest was history. This look makes me feel so happy! Who says nail art needs to be so serious all the time?

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31DC2014 Day 1: Red Brocade

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The Dalai Lama's Nails | 31DC2014 Red Brocade Nail Art

Welcome to the first day of the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge! I am feeling good – invigorated and ready to tackle this challenge. This would be the perfect time for a training montage, so cue Eye of the Tiger and let’s get pumped up! I’m saying that now, on day 1, but who knows how I’ll feel by the end of the month. For the start of the challenge, my look for the red nails prompt is a luxurious red brocade.

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The 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2014

31 Day Challenge prompts

Last year, I did the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge for the first time! For years I had stalked other bloggers who participate, but I never had the guts to try it myself!  Last year, though, I had just moved to Denver – and with a fresh start in a new city, I thought it would be the perfect time to try my hand. We were on the road in September, and so I missed the flood of other bloggers who participate in that month. Instead, I completed the challenge mid-November. This year, though, I want to be a part of the nail art blogging community! So I’m diving in and I’m going to do the challenge beginning on September 1.

I won’t lie – the challenge is really… well… challenging! But last year I produced some of my favorite nail art, and I really improved my freehand skills. I am so proud of the work I accomplished, and it seems like such a great way to kickstart my year.

Since I am also a member of the Digital Dozen, this year will be that much more challenging for me, since I’ll have to make each mani for 5 days hit two different challenge targets! But I think I can do it – wish me luck!

Chalkboard Nails has an amazing post that neatly sums up all you need to know about the 31 Day Challenge. I’ve downloaded some of her graphics, which I’ll be using to keep track of the daily challenge prompts (including the image at the top of this post). You can find more on her site!

I’ll be tagging my work with #31DC2014 – be sure to check it out however you follow. One of the best things about doing a challenge like this at the same time as other folks is finding new artists through the tag. I’m excited to see what gorgeous art everybody comes up with!

Are you in?

Nail Art Gallery App Inspiration

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Nail art gallery app

Writer’s block is a real thing – sometimes I have a problem with nail art block, too! Have you ever sat down to polish your nails, and spent hours looking through your nail polish, charms, and other supplies and thought to yourself, “now what?” That happens to me from time to time, when it can be tricky to find inspiration without being derivative. Pinterest helps a lot, and I have an entire board of nailspiration ideas. Sometimes, though, I find that the most popular pins can be kind of boring – been there, done that. Know what I mean? That’s where the Nail Art Gallery app comes in handy! I’ve found tons of inspiration there; plus, since it’s nail specific, it’s different from other social media where you have to dig deep to find what you’re looking for.

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Girly Bits: Limited Edition and Blogger Collaborations

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Girly Bits limited edition and blogger polish swatch and review

One highlight of my trip to Vegas for Cosmoprof was the opportunity to meet Pam of Girly Bits at two Indie polish events. I’ve been a long time admirer of Girly Bits – I mean, what’s not to love? The polishes are absolutely stunning. Plus, Pam is really really great – she’s thoughtful about her company, social media savvy, and fun (and funny!). Today I’m showing you 3 Girly Bits shades: What Happens in Vegas… Ends up on Instagram, Get Weaponized, and Mint-al Precision. What Happens in Vegas is limited edition, though, so be sure to check it out soon!

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Pretty Woman: Polish, Kits, and Back to School Event

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The Dalai Lama's Nails | Pretty Woman Back to School polishes and nail art kits
In Colorado, some kids have been back at school for weeks already! Generally, though, the end of August means it’s the end of summer vacation – time to pack it in and head back to school. Pretty Woman has a fun take on back to school, and I’ll be sharing those polishes with you today. They also have some other beautiful polishes, along with nail art kits that would be perfect to pack up for college! I’m really excited that later this morning I’ll be taking over their Twitter feed, where I’ll be sharing pics, chatting about Pretty Woman products, and giving away some super fun goodie bags! I’ll be in charge of the party from 2 – 4 pm EST today, but if you miss that window be sure to stop by any time from 12 – 6pm! There will also be chances to win goodie bags on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube!

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Guest Post from Pointless Cafe

Hi polish friends. I will be back on Monday with some fun things – thanks for understanding my absence! It’s been a tough week, but I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. In the mean time, we have Sheila from Pointless Cafe. Sheila is so nice and really talented – she’s one of the few bloggers I’ve had the pleasure to meet in real life! I hope you enjoy her post, and check her out. 

Hello, it’s Sheila from Pointless Cafe. I’ve taken over the Dalai Lamas Nails – just for today! (Wait until I hack her Facebook and post embarrassing pics!)

But really, she was called away so I’m just filling in for one post. So I thought I’d show you my latest…


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Toothpick Marble Nail Art

For this mani I used Nails Inc. Lexington Gardens and Zoya Tilda…and a toothpick. Surprise surprise. I’ve been doing toothpick marbles for a few years now and I’ve attempted this design several times without success. But the other day I saw Sveta (@sveta_sanders on IG) do one and I thought I’d give it another shot!

Hope you enjoyed - Dalai Lamas Nails will be back soon!

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Guest Post by The Crumpet

I’m still away with my family, mourning the death of my cousin. I’m so lucky to have such amazing and talented friends to come to my side when I need help. Included among those is Debbie, whom you may also know as The Crumpet. I hope you enjoy her post, and of course click through to visit her blog. 

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Guest Post from FingerFood

Some unexpected news has brought me away from home to be with my family. While I’m away, I have a few guest posts from the lovely ladies of the Digital Dozen to keep you entertained. I’ll be back to my normal posting next week! Today we have the lovely Sam from FingerFood, who is so kind and awesome, and really really talented! I hope you’ll check out her work. 

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The Digital Dozen does Summer: Day 5 – Water

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The Digital Dozen does Summer: Day 3 - water | The Dalai Lama's Nails

I may be living in a landlocked state, but I will always be a water girl! I grew up going to the ocean, but I will gladly swim in any lake or pool. Anything that’s water, and I am guaranteed to like it. I could spend hours and hours swimming, drying off in the sun, and then diving back in for some more swimming. Plus, under water tea parties are my jam. Not to mention somersault contests, dolphin rides, and hand stand fanciness. I tried to make today’s Digital Dozen Summer nails look like the depths of the ocean, with some mermaid bubbles coming up to the surface!

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