Saturday, December 24, 2011

Winter Wonderland

I feel like Santa bringing a present on Christmas Eve.  Just in time!  to show off my holiday manicure.  I wanted to do a mixed medium manicure and think I got to incorporate several of my manicure techniques to pull off this look.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

Left Hand:

 Right Hand:

I painted a base polish on all nails but ring, three coats, of OrlyAu Champagne.  On those fingers I marbled with the same and China Glaze White On White and Zoya Dove.  Evergreen trees were hand painted with a blend of Zoya Edyta and China Glaze Holly-Day and trunks with China Glaze Midtown Magic.  Deciduous tree was a base of China Glaze Liquid Leather and an overlay of China Glaze Midtown MagicI added snow using a mix of Orly Au Champagne and China Glaze White On White.  Sleigh on my thumbs were first stamped with Bundle Monster plate BM213, using Konad Special Polish in Black (skate), Apple Green and Coral Blue (presents), China Glaze Crimson (sled) with China Glaze City Siren overlay painted afterward; I also added China Glaze Midtown Magic to the skate and China Glaze Icicle as silver ribbon and China Glaze Holly-Day for green ribbon.  All of these nails were completed with a sponging of Orly Winter Wonderland to mimic a snow-globe quality.  My glitter ring fingers were done by using tape.  First painting three coats of China Glaze Holly-Day on bottom, waiting for it to completely dry and then painting three coats of China Glaze City Siren and adding a glitter concoction of MAC pigment glitter in Red, LA Splash Cosmetic glitter in Silver Torpedo and Red and Silver hexagonal glitter for Esther's Nail Center.  Seche Vite was used to complete the entire manicure.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Candy Stripes

I needed a passing, holiday manicure to tide me over until Friday until I paint my "official" Christmas manicure, and holiday stripes seemed the best way to do that.  I like the final look, but I wish I would have thought about the fact that white stripes on red and red stripes on white are the exact same thing, but I guess since they are actually different colors, you can see that slightly, but it was kind of a fail in the color scheme of the final look.  Oh well!  

Left Hand:

Right Hand:

For base colors I used three coats of each of the following: China Glaze Ruby Pumps, Mistletoe Me!, Icicle, Orly Au Champagne, Orly Meet Me Under The Mistletoe,  . Stripes were painted with Konad Special Polish in Apple Green, Psyche Pink, WhiteChina Glaze Icicle and Zoya Isla, using Bundle Monster Plate bm20.  Seche Vite, one coat, was used to finish the manicure.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Golden Gild

I made a few sparkle concoctions to mimic current nail polish trends in glitter polishes.  This is a second example (Red + Green = Awesome, being the first).  I like the result, but I'm not sure how festive it is.  I don't know why silver and blue is considered festive, but when I did gold and blue, not really so much.  Either way, the fingers shine and I like the touch of a holo water marble.


I painted three coats on all nails of China Glaze Peace On Earth (forgot how much I love this color, very ugly/pretty) and added a mix of LA Splash Cosmetic Glitter in Golden Seahorse, Silver Torpedo and Yofi Cosmetics Skinny Dippin' to all fingers but ring.  My ring fingers were marbled with China Glaze L8R G8R and DV8.  One coat Seche Vite to shine 'em up!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


At first, I wasn't sure I really liked this manicure, but the more I had it on, the more I appreciated it and ultimately was happy with the result.  We barely have any snow here in MN, in fact, you can see more grass than snow at this point.  This makes my snowflakes wistful rather than obnoxious.

Right Hand:

Left Hand:

Trying to capture Shine Of The Times multidimensionality:

I painted three coats of Ulta Alter Ego on all fingers but my ring, and on my ring painted three coats of Orly Au Champagne.  I used the Alter Ego for blue snowflakes and China Glaze White On White for the white snowflakes.  Atop the entire manicure, I painted a coat of Essie Shine Of The Times and finished with one coat of Seche Vite.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Red + Green = Awesome

I am LOVING this manicure.  I was noticing the trend this year is both multi-sized glitters as well base glitter color with a single or dual glitter accent (think the holiday line Eye Candy, by China Glaze).  I figured I could do something as good, if not better, and I think I accomplished that.  I think this manicure is better in person to pick up on the red shimmer, but I'm happy with my pictures because the green really does pop IRL.


Natural Light:

I painted three coats of China Glaze City Siren and then added Green hexagonal glitter (from  Esther's Nail Center) and filled in the gaps with MAC Pigment Glitter in Red.  I painted one coat of Seche Vite to compliment the shine.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Trimming The Tree

I originally took out all my darker, holiday-themed, green polishes and layered them three colors to a nail.  But the look didn't seem quite right.  I added the silver tinsel trimming and then they were true perfection.
Left Hand:

 Right Hand:

With my tree!:

I used the following colors for the green: Orly Meet Me Under The MistletoeOrly It's Not Rocket Science, OPI Glow Up AlreadyUlta EnvyZoya AppleZoya SuviZoya YaraZoya EdytaChina Glaze Emerald SparkleChina Glaze Paper ChasingChina Glaze Holly-Day.  The silver detail was hand painted on with China Glaze Icicle.  Manicure was finished with one coat Seche Vite.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Deck The Halls

Ok.  So I have gotten some new polishes for the holiday season (loving) and more importantly, after being sick (and tired), I decorated my house for Christmas and am finally feeling in the holiday spirit.  So I'm ready for the holiday themed nails to begin!

I painted three coats of China Glaze Holly-Day and added glitter from LA Splash Cosmetics in Midnight Flash.  I then added with China Glaze Passion and Bundle Monster Plate BM225 the Christmas Ball.  I finished the manicure with one coat Seche Vite.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


I needed a manicure that was quick and I would be ok if it chipped in a day since I knew it would after swimming.  This was it.

I swiped on my naked nail with Zoya Neeka and painted one coat of China Glaze Snowglobe atop with two coats Seche Vite to finish.

Polka Dot Road

Highlighting another new polish from China Glaze's Haunting Collection.  It was on sale, so it went in my cart.

I painted three coats China Glaze Crimson.  I added, freehand, two coats China Glaze Cheers To You with dotting tool adding back the base color as well as China Glaze Flyin' High.  Finished with one coat Seche Vite.


I went on a polish hunt and was surprised to find seasonal Color Club products at a local Sally's.  I stopped immediately for this multi sized hexagonal glitter (and another one) and an added bonus is that it's scented!  This one is berry flavored.

I hand painted three coats of Orly Stone Cold and added two coats of Color Club Very Merry Berry.  Finished with one coat Seche Vite.

Pearl Drop

I haven't used these half pearls in a long while, I thought they deserved another go.

Three coats of Zoya Valerie and added these nail pearls from Esther's Nail Center.  I painted two coats of Seche Vite for top coat.


I don't know where time goes, but I do know that I have been severely lacking in motivation lately.  But I feel guilty for not posting my recent manicures and am going to give you a quick update on the manicures I had on vacation.

Metal Magnets with Zoya Richelle and Layla Magneffects in Blue Gray Flow 03:

Holo Eyes with Zoya Isla, Bundle Monster plate BM207 with China Glaze OMG.


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