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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
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The Digital Dozen does Summer: Day 4 – Beach Balls
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The Digital Dozen does Summer: Day 3 – Lemon
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The Digital Dozen does Summer: Day 2 – Temporary Tattoos
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The Digital Dozen does Summer: Day 1 – Popsicles
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Nailed Kit Review
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Funky Modern Tribal Tutorial for Nail It!
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ALIQUID Lacquer Swatches and Review: The Two Pleasant Peninsulas Collection

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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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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The Digital Dozen does Summer: Day 4 – Beach Balls

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What are some of your favorite summer activities? When my husband and I were in Mexico this spring, we had an absolute BALL (har…) playing our version of water polo. It mainly involved playing catch over  a net. I’m not really good at anything that requires catching! Anyways, beach balls are classic and iconic summer items, straight from my childhood! I love how fun and bright they are, and so easily recognizable as a symbol of summer. Today’s Digital Dozen nail art is a simple take on such a classic item.

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The Digital Dozen does Summer: Day 3 – Lemon

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Oops! I had a major nail break yesterday – goodbye long, rounded nails. It’s back to the classic, short squarish nails for me. That’s ok, I think I prefer them this length, though it was fun to experiment with the long ones. Today’s Digital Dozen does summer nails are based on an abstract citrus print by Elizabeth Olwen I found while perusing Pinterest. I love looking through Pinterest for prints and patterns. They often inspire my nail art! I thought the citrus print was light and summery without being too in your face. It kind of looks like blueberry lemonade, or something refreshing to drink!

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The Digital Dozen does Summer: Day 2 – Temporary Tattoos

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The Dalai Lama's Nails: Digital Dozen Summer Temporary Tattoos

Today’s nail art might be a bit of a stretch, but hear me out! One of my absolute favorite things to do as a kid was to get temporary tattoos and henna in the summer. I almost always got a temporary tattoo whenever we went to an art festival, the state fair, or had a birthday party in the backyard! My whole family was into them – I think my dad had a temporary tattoo phase just a few years ago! For the design for this specific temporary tattoo, I thought about summer things – how the sun seems brighter during the day (hello sunburn!) and the moon seems bigger at night.

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The Digital Dozen does Summer: Day 1 – Popsicles

Press Sample Purchased by Me The Digital Dozen does Summer: Day 1 - popsicles | The Dalai Lama's Nails I can’t believe we’re in August already! I feel like I was just posting the Digital Dozen July challenge – but that was somehow a month ago. The Digital Dozen theme for this month is summer. It’s so funny, I tend to think of August as the end of the summer, but it’s really the height of the summer! August is when my family goes on vacation each year, and it’s a time I really look forward to. There’s just such a wonderful feeling of this time of year – the weather and sunshine, the juicy summer fruit, the outdoor fun! Today’s look is based on a juicy, drippy, deliciously cold popsicle!

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Nailed Kit Review

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I have admired Nailed Kit’s fabulous Instagram feed for such a long time – imagine my excitement when I got to meet the founder, Rachel, at Cosmoprof in Vegas! When I met Rachel, she told me about the inspiration behind Nailed Kit. She loved scrolling through Pinterest, browsing tons of amazing nail art. But when she tried her hand at freehand art herself, it didn’t look like the pins she saw! So she decided to start Nailed Kit, a company that makes nail art so much more accessible to the everyday lady. Based in San Francisco, Nailed Kit offers stylish decals which you can buy on their own or in a nail art kit, complete with nail polish strips, decals, and rhinestones. Read on for my Nailed Kit Review of the new August collection of donut and sprinkles water decals.

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ALIQUID Lacquer Swatches and Review: The Two Pleasant Peninsulas Collection

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ALIQUID Lacquer polishes really tell a story. Today, I have a few polishes from Alison’s upcoming collection, along with one of her gorgeous creme shades. The new collection is called The Two Pleasant Peninsulas Collection, and it’s inspired by her home state of Michigan. Each detail has been so carefully thought out, and I love how her inspiration shines through. Since I couldn’t imagine seeing these polishes without her inspiration, I’m going to include some of the text from ALIQUID, so you can see what I mean!

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