Thursday, May 29, 2014

Guest Post from Victoria of Vic and Her Nails

Hello, everyone! Today I've got another guest post to share with you, this time from Victoria of Vic and Her Nails! I've known about Victoria's amazing work for awhile now and was really happy when she joined the Digital Dozen a few months ago. She's insanely talented with a detail brush and I'm always impressed by what she's able to paint. Today, I'm incredibly flattered to see that she's done a mani inspired by my header image! I just absolutely love how these turned out and I can't believe the amount of detail she put into these! Thanks so much, Vic! :) 
Hello all lovely readers of Wondrously Polished!

Victoria Oen from Vic and Her Nails here. I'm very happy and honoured to do a guest post for Lindsey today! She's one of my favourite nail bloggers and her nail art designs never fail to make my jaw drop. I really love her blog so it's very exciting that I'm posting on it! Thanks a lot, Lindsey!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Guest Post from Debbie at The Crumpet

Hello, all! I'm taking a bit of time off and enjoying the peace and quite that camping provides for a bit, so I've asked a few of my favorite bloggers to help me out with some guest posts! 

First up, is Debbie from The Crumpet and I'm so incredibly honored to have her on my blog! She was one of the first bloggers that I read when I first got involved in nail art and she is such a positive light in the nail community. Not only does she run a ridiculous number of online nail groups she also provides endless inspiration to all those around her with her creative challenges and stunning nail art and swatches. Her blog was also the first guest post I had ever done, so it only seems fitting that she is the first guest post ever on my blog! Love what she's come up with and so happy to have her! 
Hi Goddesses
Lindsey is off on vaycay, so today you have me, Debbie, from The Crumpet to keep you company. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Hunt - Mani Monday: Coral Floral

Happy Monday! Time for another Mani Monday look :) This time I was inspired by this coral floral piece over on the Hunt. Be sure to check out to see my simple how-to and let me know what you think!
Happy Polishing! :)

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sticky Nails & Pretty Jelly - Sleeping Beauty Stencil & Polish Set Review

Hello, all! Hope everyone in the States is having safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. Today I have a review of some awesome nail stencils and some lovely polishes to share with you! Sticky Nails nail stencils and Pretty Jelly nail lacquer have teamed up to bring us 2 really fun sets inspired by the story of Sleeping Beauty (and the upcoming Maleficent movie)! 

I love this collaboration! Liz and iona have come up with a set inspired by Princess Aurora and a set inspired by Maleficent. One is bright and happy and the other is darker and more sinister and I think these ladies did a great job of capturing the essence of these characters with their polishes and stencils. 

The "I Know You" set is the Maleficent inspired set and is my personal favorite of these two because it feels so badass ;) The Pretty Jelly polish is a deep steely grey green holo and it is fantastic in person. The color feels so spot on to me as Maleficent! Can't you picture Angelina Jolie rocking this shade in the upcoming movie?? Shown is 2 coats and the formula was excellent. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Guest Post for The Dalai Lama's Nails

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Hello, all! One of my Digital Dozen colleagues , Hannah, from the Dalai Lama's Nails recently went on vacation to Cancun (yes, we can all be jealous!) and so I helped her out while she was away with a fun little guest post! Head to her blog to see my post with more photos and info!

Happy Polishing! :)

Renaissance Custom Lacquer - Swatches & Review + Discount Code!

Hello, all! I have some exciting new polishes to share with you today! Meghan of Renaissance Cosmetics has come out when a beautiful new collection that makes me weak in the knees. Seriously, there are some stunners in this collection. 

Wunderkrammers, or Cabinets of Curiosities, were essentially tiny museums that displayed all sorts of items - plants, minerals, art, etc - that inspired wonder in their audience. This concept inspired the Wunderkrammer collection as nail polish is often awe-inspiring and wondrous. This collection is made up of two full coverage polishes and three glitter toppers. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Hunt - Mani Monday Pineapple Nail Art Tutorial

Happy Monday, all! It's Mani Monday time over on The Hunt and I've put together another cute tutorial for you all! I was seeing tons of adorable pineapple prints popping up in Hunts and couldn't resist putting something together inspired by them. Not going to lie, kind of obsessed with these little pineapples! Head to to check out my easy how-to for this look! 
Happy Polishing :) 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

NAGG - Day 11: Wallpaper Nail Art

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Hello, all! Hope you had a great weekend :) I spent mine catching up on a few things like sleep and nail art duties and hoping to start Monday off on a good foot. Tonight I'm finally caught up on the NAGG challenge by tackling the "wallpaper" theme.

While I don't have wallpaper in my house, I'm pretty positive that I need it on every available surface in my house...that's normal, right? I just love all the beautiful prints and patterns available with wallpaper and I especially dig that there are lots of funky color palettes available.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

NAGG - Day 10: Night Sky

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Oh man, hold onto your seats, everyone! I've got another Nail-Art-A-Go-Go post to share with you today! I know, it's shocking ;) Today I'm tackling the "Night Sky" theme...which was due last Monday...but let's not talk about that! I'm almost caught up...almost!

I was a bit stumped for what to do for today. I've done a few night sky scenes (my favorite being the inspired by a song mani) and I didn't want to do something too similar to those for today. I did as I often do when I'm at a loss for inspiration, and started browsing google. And came across an image of an owl in flight and my inspiration began to flow!

Friday, May 16, 2014

NAGG - Day 9: Inner Geek

Man, if you all had a nickel for every time I've said I'm going to get caught up on something "soon", you'd have like...100 nickels...which isn't exactly rich, but you could probably buy a tasty ice cream somewhere or something ;) Anyway, I'm STILL trying to catch up on the NAGG challenge and I'm a full week behind Mireia which I'm feeling terrible over. 

Tonight's theme is "Inner Geek" and to me, my inner geekiness is my absolute love of fantasy novels. It's an absurd love but I will read anything fantasy. My love for the genre started back when my mom took me to get my first library card and I somehow ended up with the book The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley as one of my first checked out items. I was immediately hooked and I've looked back. To this day, when I see the cover of that book, I get excited and the thrill I felt when reading it the first time comes back to me. I'd definitely recommend it for any fantasy lover! 

To commemorate the start of my fantasy love, I decided to attempt the cover of The Blue Sword. The book is set in a desert landscape and I love the artists take on the rocks and mountains but making them choppy and somewhat abstract.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Hunt Mani Monday - Gem Nail Art Tutorial

Hi all! Happy Monday! I'm very excited to share that I'm going to be partnering with the lovely folks over at The Hunt for the next few months do do a Mani Monday tutorial each week! They have recently done a soft launch of their blog, with a full launch coming next week, and you can see all my future looks over there soon :) You can also easily browse their iPhone app to post and find hunts, as well as just browse for general inspiration. 

To get things started with them, I decided to do a tutorial inspired by The Hunt logo! It's a really cool looking gem in varying shades of reds and I thought it would look fantastic translated into nail art form. This is definitely a trickier mani, but if you've got the patience and the tools, it's definitely doable for anyone. If painting this on all your nails seems daunting, try doing an accent nail instead - and don't be afraid to mix up the color scheme :) 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

NAGG - Day 8: Still Life

Ahh, you guys! I've been so busy! I'm sorry I've been so sporadic in my posting and that I always seem to be behind. Sometimes I like to take on too many things and then wonder why I'm so tired and don't have time ;) I'm slowly catching up with the NAGG challenge (Mireia has been kicking some booty with her looks!) and today is all about Still Life! 

One of the first images that pops up when you type "Still Life" into google is this FANTASTIC painting by Paul Cezanne and I just love it. So much. That page has been sitting open on my computer for a week and every day I've been wanting to do it. So, I finally made it happen tonight! 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Winstonia Summer Grab Bag - Nail Art, Nail Wraps & Discount Code

Hi, everyone! I've had a weird and tiring week outside of nail art, but I'm back with some photos of items from Winstonia's latest grab bag! They've put together a fun mix of items for summer, all at a very reasonable price. In this summer's grab bag, they've included the following: 

Carrying Bag

All said and done, if you were to purchase these products individually, it'd cost you almost $31...and the summer grab bag is just $10 ($9 if you use my code at the bottom!).

First up, let's look at the two-way detailing brush & dotter.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Tutorial: Underwater City Nail Art - Inspired by the Novel DEEP BLUE

As an avid reader, I always love seeing a new fantasy novel make its way to the shelves. One of my favorite authors, Jennifer Donnelly, has recently come out with a new novel in a genre that has yet to be tapped...and I'm pretty excited about it!

DEEP BLUE is the first novel in a series of epic tales set in the depths of the ocean, where six mermaids seek to protect and save their hidden world. Yes, mermaids! I love it! While reading the book, I became enthralled by the world that was being woven and couldn't resist creating my own "under the sea" look (and tutorial!) inspired by the mermaid city created in DEEP BLUE. Read on to see my how-to for creating your own underwater world!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Beauty Buffs - Radiant Orchid Trend: Nail Art & Tutorial

Hello, all! It's time for another theme from the ladies of The Beauty Buffs! This week we're taking on "Radiant Orchid" and I'm so excited about it! I've been looking forward to this theme for awhile, but I've been so busy this week that I wasn't sure I'd be able to get something done for today - I'm so glad I squeezed it in :) 

As many of you already know, this year's color of the year is Radiant Orchid so it's only fitting that our group gave it a shot. I decided to take a very literal approach to this theme and went with painting an orchid instead of doing something more abstract with the color. And because I've never painted orchids before, it was a fun challenge for me.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May the Fourth be with You - Star Wars Nail Art

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Happy May the 4th, everyone! For those Star Wars buffs out there, today has a special place in our hearts as "May the Fourth" sounds very similar to "May the Force..." so naturally we must all paint our nails with Star Wars characters and rewatch every movie made ;)

I did a May the Fourth mani last year and had so much fun with it, that I figured I'd give it a go again this year.

Unfortunately, I'm not as big a fan of what I created this year as what I did last year. I think I was a bit overzealous with my characters and failed to actually recreate them on my nails. So, instead of Star Wars, it looks like I painted random cartoon characters on my nails...but since I spend so long on these, I figured I'd share anyway! I suppose this is a reminder that not all nail looks are a success?

The Glitter Box Polish - Swatches & Review

Hello, all! Happy Sunday :) Today I have some swatches of this month's The Glitter Box, a monthly indie polish box! I really love what these indie makers come up with each month (and that they include a guest indie each month to add even more variety) so I always love seeing each of their takes on the theme. This month was a theme of "Rainbows"...and really, who doesn't love rainbows?? 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

NAGG - Day 7: Primary Colors, Rose Nail Art

Hi, all! I've got my latest Nail-Art-A-Go-Go mani to share today! The theme this time around was "Primary Colors" meaning red, yellow and blue. Primary colors are rough to work with in my opinion. Outside of baby products, they just don't really do it for me so I wasn't really looking forward to this prompt. I browsed online for awhile but found nothing particularly exciting related to primary colors. 

As I've mentioned before, I love being inspired by patterns and prints and my favorite go-to resources are catalogues. I especially love Sundance and decided to flip through one of the recent catalogues sent to me and I came across a PRIMARY COLORED ROSE shirt! It was basically fate. The polish gods opened up the heavens and combined floral (my favorite!) and this theme.