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China Glaze Electric Nights: Review, Swatches, and Nail Art!

Hi polish friends! Today I have the China Glaze Electric Nights collection for your viewing pleasure. A little nail art, a lot of swatches — and we’ll have a good time! The collection was inspired by electronic dance music, which I know nothing about, but the colors are SO bright and awesome and I love it (spoilers). This collection is made up of three neon glitter toppers and nine neon cremes. For the swatches, I wore the cremes and glitters over white polish, because I’ve found that white + neon = super bright neon. I did see some swatches without the white that also look really bright, too (see The PolishAholic!).

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Digital Dozen does Childhood: Strawberry Patch

I grew up in an old house in the suburbs — the house was actually an historic building. It was built in that late 1600s or early 1700s, and was a part of the underground railroad, with hiding spaces to bring people out of slavery. In the yard, we had a little strawberry patch, and my sister and I used to pick them and add them right into our cereal bowls! We also had some wildberry patches at the edge of our property. I liked to pick them and mash them up with some sugar and call it jam. The strawberry patch really reminds me of my childhood — mmmm, fresh berries!

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Digital Dozen does Childhood: Bubbles

When I was little, my mom used to make this homemade bubble solution — I think it had detergent in it? Anyways, it made the BIGGEST bubbles. We would make bubbles so big! It was really fun. Except one time, we were blowing bubbles and some bees were attracted to the solution. I got stung on my eye and my sister got stung on the butt! Anyways, I still loved bubbles. I always used to try to make shampoo bubbles, too. I think it’s just a fun kid thing!

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Digital Dozen does Childhood: Rocket Ship Nail Art

When you were a little kid, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up? My friend Jenny told me she wanted to be a hamster! My point being, kids dream the wildest dreams. When you’re a kid, anything is in reach, anything seems possible if you just put your mind to it. I never wanted to be an astronaut, exactly — but I wanted to do some space nails to represent the fun kid dreams of possibility! All you have to do is get in your rocket ship and blast off. The stars are in reach, if you dream enough. In adult reality, there are many more factors that go into success, which is why children’s dreams seem all the more sweet. I’m excited about this rocket ship nail art!

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#SaveTheUndies and be an #UnderWarrior this spring!

Here’s a first (well, a second actually, if you count this post from my early blogging days!) for The Dalai Lama’s Nails: I’m talking fashion today. Something I’ve always loved about nail polish is how intricately related it is to the fashion industry. I take all sorts of inspiration from fashion — texture, color, and style. I’m pretty sure that’s where my love of negative space nail art came from! Here’s the thing, though: I wear what I want, and I don’t let anybody tell me “that’s not flattering” or “that’s out of season.” That’s why I love nail polish — neon in winter, sure! I tend to feel that way about clothing, too. And I certainly don’t let my cycle tell me what to wear. White dress? Yes ma’am! Especially thanks to U by Kotex 3D Capture Core, I know my pretty spring dresses will stay safe. #SaveTheUndies and wear whatever fashion you want.

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Digital Dozen does Childhood: China Glaze Electric Nights

I can’t believe it’s time for another Digital Dozen week! I haven’t been terribly active since the last challenge week (bad blogger! bad, bad, bad!), and I’m hoping this challenge will help get my butt in gear. I have a lot of exciting polishes to show you, coming up soon. Plus, the theme for this week is childhood, which just sounds fun! I get all nostalgic thinking about my childhood, so expect lots of silly memories this week. Today, I’ve used polishes from the new China Glaze Electric Nights collection — which are so wonderfully neon and bright! They really just make me think of the 80s, all the way, when I was a little kid and wore obnoxiously bright colors with geometric prints. I’ll have a full review of the China Glaze Electric Nights collection coming up soon, with swatches and everything! But for now, enjoy my Digital Dozen geometric 1980s nail art.

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Spring Nail Art Tutorial at Denver Style Magazine

Hi lovelies! I did a guest post over at the Denver Style Magazine’s blog, featuring a tutorial for this fun, squishy spring nail art with JulieG Candy Shoppe colors. I will be showing you swatches of the shades soon, but I couldn’t resist playing with them a little bit. It’s *finally* spring, and I just couldn’t resist a super spring nail art look — before I jump into summer, wheeeeeee!

Pastel Jelly Nail Art with JulieG Candy Shoppe Shades | The Dalai Lama's NailsIf you want to see the step by step, be sure to visit Denver Style Magazine. But, as a little treat, I also filmed a tutorial (who, me! I know, goodness). Hope you enjoy!

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Daisy Duo Swatches and Review

I’ve really started falling in love with gel polish in the past year – for its wear, shine, and durability. At Cosmoprof last July, I noticed how many companies are offering gel products that don’t require as many steps, which is really exciting, since fewer steps means a faster mani from start to finish. Daisy offers a gel that doesn’t require a base coat (!). Plus, these polishes come in a Daisy Duo set, which matches regular nail polish to the gel shade. I think this is pretty handy, since you may not want gel polish on your toes, for example! I swatched 3 gels that I received from Esther’s Nail Center, plus my results from a wear test. Keep in mind that these shades have matching regular polish, so if gel isn’t your thing you can always pick up the lacquer versions.

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Lauren B Beauty Spring Floral – Nail Art and Review

I know that weather talk is small talk – but I just wanted to let you all know that my tulips are peaking out from the ground. I think that means it’s spring! Which means I can now, worry-free, paint as many floral nail art designs as I want, right? I mean, it’s not like I was really holding back all that much. I just love flowers and floral doodles! It’s actually part of what I loved about Lauren B Beauty packaging! I took my inspiration for this spring time floral nail art right from the Lauren B Beauty bottle, which has these cute gold floral boughs in the logo.

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Digital Dozen does Nature: Kiara Sky Marble Nail Art

Nature rocks, you guys! I guess I’m just really into rocks, considering that today’s post is about marble and yesterday was about striated rocks in Arizona! To tell you the truth, I was short on time today, and trying to figure out a way to squeeze another nature nail art look in, when I remembered that I had a gorgeous Kiara Sky polish (I used it in the 31 Day Challenge for black and white day). It really looks like marble or granite on its own, I think – I figured I could add in some marble lines and really amp up the rock-ness of the polish! So, here we are with Kiara Sky marble nail art. 

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