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Digital Dozen does Patterns on Patterns: Valentine’s Nail Art

I was so excited about this look because it’s a little more subtle – this week’s theme has been so damn loud, it’s out of control. I mean, what do you think happens when you layer patterns on top of patterns. It’s cuh-razy, I tell you! Although I like noticeable nail art most of the …

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The Digital Dozen does Metal: Day 1 – Oxidized Copper

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I spent two years at Brandeis University, outside Boston, as a graduate student. The Brandeis campus has an interesting mix of building styles – the one that stands out the most, perhaps, is the student center. It’s very… green! It’s made of a “patinated copper,” which is basically …

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Zoya Kitchen Sponge Gradient

Zoya Kitchen Sponge Gradient

I loved The Nailasaurus’ recent water color gradient – it is such a neat idea to break away from smooth gradients and create something with a little texture. I love the idea of reinventing classic techniques!  I started to think about other ways to add some interest to …

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Simple Cancun Summer Nail Art

Couture Gel Gradient Nail Art: The Dalai Lama's Nails

I’m back from vacation! Thanks to all of the wonderful guest posters who took over while I was sipping margaritas on the beach (!). I hope everybody took a peak at their excellent and gorgeous nail art. They truly made my vacation all the more relaxing, knowing that you were …

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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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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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Welcome to the new and improved Dalai Lama’s Nails!

Detail Paisley gradient nails sunset colors I’m very excited to announce that The Dalai Lama’s Nails has a new look and feel, including a new logo and layout, improved photography, challenges and original content! In honor of the occasion, I created a nail art look inspired by my beautiful new logo! The blog is still a work in progress, so …

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Great Green Gobs Gradient

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The Dalai Lama's Nails: green gradientWhile definitely not what I intended, this nail art look really reminds me of the kids song “great green gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts!” Ew, I know! But… it’s so green, and the bar glitter looks like little bugs or something? Don’t get me wrong, I still liked this look, but I couldn’t …

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Adventures at Nail School Week 3 and Nail Talk Denver

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Nail School (1)I had a great week at nail school, so I’m back with another update. We had last week off, and it was really nice to get back into the swing of things and get my hands dirty – so to speak! I also got to attend a nail tech networking event called …

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Happiness

The Dalai Lama's Nails: Essie gradient and bow

I’ve been thinking a lot about the beginning of my journey to nail school – it’s fun, and I’m learning a lot, and at the end of the day I think, “I’m excited to go back tomorrow!” I feel so happy that I get to pursue a passion, something I genuinely enjoy. …

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