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Digital Dozen does Thankfulness: Ocean and Mountains


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I think Digital Dozen weeks are some of my favorite – I always push myself to do my best nail art. The theme for this week’s challenge is thankfulness, which is really broad and very open to creative responses. I’m excited to see what the …

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31DC2014 Day 15: Skeleton Keys

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The Dalai Lama's Nails | 31DC2014 Delicate Skeleton Keys

I mentioned yesterday that I’m buying a house – our closing is this afternoon, so I hope you’ll wish me luck! I thought the fact that I’m buying a house was perfect for today’s 31 Day Challenge prompt. The prompt is delicate print, and …

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31DC2014 and Digital Dozen Anniversary: Star Sapphires

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The Dalai Lama's Nails | 31DC2014 Digital Dozen Star Sapphire

I love gems. All kinds, really – sparkly! I was excited for today’s prompts: gradient for the 31 Day Challenge and sapphires for the Digital Dozen. Sapphires are the birthstone for September, and the Digital Dozen was born in September …

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31DC2014 Day 5: Blue Mermaid Foils

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The Dalai Lama's Nails | 31DC2014 Blue Foil Scales Nail Art

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you probably know that I’m a huge fan of mermaid, or generally fish, scales. Love em! Don’t know why, but it just seems …

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Ride the Wave: Summer Nail Art with Essie

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Essie Summer Waves Nail ArtAs much as I love complex nail art, sometimes a simple color blocked look just really knocks my socks off. It’s simple and elegant, and still interesting to look at. I love clean lines and clean, cool colors, too. Plus, I think I have jumped right into summer nail art. Summer really …

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I Love Gradients: cool toned gradient nail art

The Dalai Lama's Nails: cool toned gradient with glitter topper

I just can’t hide it (not that I really have… at all… even a little bit): I really love gradient nail art. So much. Gradients are quite simple to create, but the affect is just stunning. I really dislike going out in public with a one-color mani – or worse, …

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April Twin Blog Post: Cool Colors

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The Dalai Lama's Nails: April Twin Post - cool colors

I can’t believe April is almost over! Where has the time gone? Well, all I can say is that it is time for another installment of Twin Blog Post… that sounds kind of weird. I’ll try again. Another installment of… TWIN BLOG POST. That made it seem much more important, …

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The Digital Dozen does Texture – Day 3: Gems

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Digital Dozen does texture Essie gems and rhinestonesToday is day 3 of my Digit-al Dozen posts for April! I’ve been really interested in how to create the look of depth and texture without using textured polish – in fact, I often think about the texture of a nail art look, even if I’m using solely traditional polish. I’ve also …

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The Digital Dozen does Texture – Day 2: Gradient

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The Digital Dozen does Texture: Zoya GradientI’m so glad I have the Digital Dozen to push me to try new things. I have tried to do textured gradients a brazillion times, at least. But each time, the texture never really sets up, and it just looks gloopy and sloppy. But I didn’t give up, and like the little …

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Sponges Live in the Ocean: Under Water Nail Art

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Under water nail art sponged Essie Zoya seashells rhinestonesI use a lot of makeup sponges for nail art. More often than not, I use them to create gradients (that’s my standard method – paint polish directly onto the sponge and then dab it onto the nail). I have also used a kitchen sponge to create a cool

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