Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Minty Christmas

In my last post, I mentioned how lucky I am to have the entire week off - when I get back to work and the water cooler chatter begins, it's difficult to recall all the things I enjoyed with that much time off so I decided to chronicle it!

Friday - Christmas movies w/the hubs and pups
Saturday - Facial and spa treatment, shopping, celebrate Grandma's b-day with a fat pizza dinner
Sunday - Denver BRONCOS game, we won, there was sun, it was awesome ~
Monday - Grabbed a Downtown lunch, finished shopping, went to the family's for Christmas Eve
Tuesday - Woke up, baked cinnamon rolls , watched the pups annihilate presents, did our little family celebration, went to my Parents ate more :) came home watched Christmas movies, made our own feast and ate more (sensing a theme?)
Wednesday - Slept in, jammie and laundry day-then we went to my SIL's house for our little holiday that didn't happen on Tuesday
Thursday - Lots of random errands, insurance claim, credit card etc. then we watched The Dark Knight Rises since we skipped the theaters after the theater tragedy here in CO
Sorry if I'm giving a play-by-play but it helps me remember all that I accomplished =D. My Christmas mani was two coats of Sephora Hello Kitty Minty polish, a bit streaky but worked out with two coats. I then used the Christmas decals from Viva la Nails most recent blogger pack. They are super cute and even on the large side fit on my nails. I then sparkle-fied it with one coat of CND gold holo TC Gold Sparkling. Yes I'm a doof and put the pointer decal on upside down not once, but twice =(.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Santa Pants

Merry Christmas! If you celebrate that is, otherwise happy holidays or regular days! I freakin' love Christmas time - just the feel, the food, parties, decorations (on and on). We had a lovely, but busy, couple of days. I'm so fortunate to have a kick ass job and boss. Not only did we get a paid week off for the holiday and bonuses but I got a promotion weeeeee!
Hubby requested a Santa suit mani, whenever he has an idea for my blog or nails I definitely oblige because I love that he has an interest. I started with two coats of China Glaze Cranberry Splash ~ what a glowing shimmery stunner! It went on smooth with two nice coats. I then free-handed the belts with stripe rite black and the buckle with Sally Hansen City Lights.
Index  and thumb were two coats of Claire's unnamed Anna Sui copy polish in white shimmer then using striping tape and painting with one thick coat of Cranberry splash. Even with wrapping the tips, they were showing the next day =(. Did you get some nail goodies for the holidays? Honey got me the newest set of Bundle Monster plates, can't wait to play with them! Lastly, here's a shot of my little elves!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Fair Isle Mani ~ Part Deux

As I'm sure all of you are aware, if something isn't in style - wait longer. All things make their way back around. It may not be in our lifetime but it will happen. Last year this time, fair isle and Nordic print were all the rage and they've only gotten more popular. My original fair isle mani got a little love so I thought I would try one again with an array of colors.
I started with two coats of Icing's Mint Icing, a pale green metallic polish with a slight smattering of silver glitter. It looked so much more silver on the nail. Then I used the lace with bows accent stamp from plate m71 with special white konad on my pointer, Orly Fancy Fuchsia on my middle and Sinful Black on Black for my ring finger. I then used these same polishes on the opposite nails for the reindeer and snowflake from hbnails plate 012.
Lastly, I used striping tape to create the pink diamonds on my pinkie and thumb nail adding the white with a stripping polish. Do you ever finish a mani and say YES - this is what I was going for!? =D

Thursday, December 13, 2012

3D Tree

Happy almost Friday! I've had a lot of vacation Mondays to use up before the end of the year and now this full week has felt especially long. I'm riding the Christmas parade float and am not seeing any exit signs soon. I thought I would do something gaudy and ended up with a 3D Tree mani.

I started with two coats of Icing Glimmer, a wonderful warm champagne cream with large gold shimmer. A tad of texture eck but worth it on the nail. I stamped the tree image from hbnails 012 plate and China Glaze Adore.
I was going to use a dotting tool for the ornaments but hello, big and bold is usually where I end up so why not slather this baby with jewels? I didn't use any glue, just topcoat so once I woke up we already had some casualties. While fun, it's nice to be back to a flat surface on my nails.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Circular Circus Giveaway Winner ~

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Quilted Glitter

Oh glitter manicure - how I love thee! This is one of my proud creations of late. I did not own any striping tape, but after seeing Mommy Does Her Nails Crosshatch mani I promptly made an order off eBay. Once my affordable 10-pack arrived I went to work.

I first used two coats of China Glaze Urban Night followed by Fast Forward top coat. I then created my striping pattern one painstakingly strip at a time (hubby helped too :) ) and topped with two coats of China Glaze Glitter All the Way. It was a tad course but well worth it.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sugar Spin Me Right Round

Seeing all these colorful and creative sugar spun manis made me want to give it a spin. I started with two coats of Color Club De-Luxe-Cious, an untried for awhile. Very pretty gray glitter with a tint of blue. I had to thin it down since I'd never used it and it has sat so long. Since I'm the proud owner of some of the China Glaze Cirque du Soleil Collection I "spun" with Surreal Appeal, a vibrant neon pink.

A little tip, do not use a Styrofoam base for getting your accent polish thick, it ate right through the plate yikes! I think this is a win for my first attempt, I did use a topcoat so it would have some staying  power. My accent finger is two coats of Surreal Appeal with a cupcake sticker.