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The Digital Dozen does Decades – day 1: The Big Bang

The Dalai Lama's Nails: The Digital Dozen does Decades - the big bang!

I can’t believe it’s already been a month since the last Digital Dozen theme! This time, the Digital Dozen are all doing decades. I absolutely love this theme – and I have some really fun nail art looks planned for the rest of the week. …

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Minnie Mouse Couture Gel Nail Art

The Dalai Lama's Nails: Minnie Mouse Nail Art - Couture Gel Nail Polish

Disney World is full of magic and fun! I spent last weekend visiting with my college friends in Orlando for a mini-reunion (or should I say… MINNIE reunion?). We had such a great time, even though it rained all weekend long! I actually think that helped us, since park attendance …

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The Digital Dozen does Texture – Day 4: Fan Brush

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The Digital Dozen does Texture fan brushI’m back with day4 of my Digit-al Dozen posts for April! I can’t believe this week is almost over – I’ve had so much fun playing with texture. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have been exploring how to create the look of depth and texture without using textured polish. While …

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Sponges and Mermaids, Oh My! Under Water Nail Art part 2

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sponged mermaid under water nail art

I really had the little mermaid stuck in my head after my last under water post! So much so that I decided to just go there, girlfriend, and do some mermaid nails! Plus, I’ve been offering mermaid accent nails at events, and they seem to be a very popular …

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Updated Dotticure

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The Dalai Lama's Nails: updated dotticureI was thinking about how much I love my dotting tool (it’s true – I love it!) and I realized I hadn’t done any polka dots in quite a while. I also realized that my standard dotticure needed some sort of update. And how do we update things? Add more stuff! Sounds like a …

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The Dalai Lama's Nails: StripeyI was really loving the fan brush stripey nails from my last post, so I thought I would do another take on the fan brush technique – variations on a theme. I love the textured effect you can create with a fan brush – it’s really simple, just sloppy lines, but I think it’s …

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Punky Purples

The Dalai Lama's Nails: zoya purple punkToday’s look seemed a little punky to me. My thought process went like this: black accent, punk music, Punky Brewster. For some reason, I kept thinking of Punky Brewster shouting, “Punky Power!” but in my head I was thinking, “Punky Purple!” I wanted to use my new Zoya Carter (that’s the texture on my …

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Red and Wild

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The Dalai Lama's Nails: Red and WildGot a quick post for you all this evening! It seems that I’m in the Valentine’s Day spirit – mostly I’m enjoying the reds and pinks that accompany the holiday. I sometimes forget how much I love red; blues is definitely one of my manicure go-to colors. But you know, red is pretty great, …

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The Dalai Lama's Nails: Paint SplatterI was looking for inspiration and put the question out on Facebook last night, and I got some really good suggestions, including: the flu, Beyonce, yoga, and more! Now I’ll have to start keeping a list. Anyways, my friend Jessica suggested that I look up abstract art for …

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Lacquer Legion: Reinvention – and an announcement

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The Dalai Lama's Nails: ReinventionI’m so excited to participate in a new monthly challenge called Lacquer Legion. The theme for this month is reinvention. At first, I really struggled with the theme, but the more I thought about it, the more it struck a chord. This manicure became very symbolic for me – …

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