Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Fave Manis of 2013

As the year comes to a close, it's fun to go back and see all the manis that have been created. Here's a list of my favorite designs that have been featured on the blog over the course of 2013. Have a safe and Happy New Year!

A Valentine's Ode
I LOVE China Glaze Running in Circles
 This "Pin"spiration had me staring at my nails for days
 My First Patch work mani!
My Birthday nails with Orly Sparkling Garbage
My Lil' Pony Galaxy Nails

The colors, the stamping and that bow!
My first waterfall mani!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Be Merry, Be Bright

I knew if I was to only purchase one polish from the 2013 China Glaze holiday collection, it was Be Merry, Be Bright. That fuchsia and indigo hex glitter - yes please! I started with two coats of China Glaze Fancy Pants, which oddly left me with some random bald patches. I then used one coat of Be Merry, Be Bright.
I then stamped the present image as well as the hanging ornaments from Bunny Nails HD-F with Color Club Fashion Addict and Worth the Risque.
I tried to alternate the stamping colors with the ornaments but you can't see a contrast on the dark base. Not sure if the glitters were rough or this was just a topcoat devourer but I had immediate tip wear and shrinkage which makes for a grumpy me - especially after taking all that time to do a mani.
Great colors, but I just couldn't hang with them not looking perfect.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Sweater Mani

I was so excited after ordering my first Bunny Nails plate I checked the mail every day! It was a bit delayed in arriving so I was ready to rock those holiday days. As fate would have it, even with four days off before Christmas and plenty of time to create magical stories on my tips, I got a gnarly case of the flu :*(. I guess flu shots are a really good idea this time of year and I'll be sure to remember that in the future.

I was able to do this mani, and due to the constant fever and sweating these are now resting on my nails as of day 9. I hope to squeeze a few in now that I'm feeling more lively. Hope you all had an awesome holiday and got lots of nail goodies!
This is one coat of Cover Girl 110 white sponged with China Glaze Gaga for Green and Revlon Watermelon Fizz. I then stamped the tree sweater image from Bunny Nails plate HD-F with Sation Fade Out.
There's been a lot of snow, sadly, it didn't fall on Christmas but here's a pretty shot of the tree in our backyard from when it did!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sweet Saran Wrap

The saran wrap manicure is such a simple way to do something a little different. This is my second saran wrap mani. Two coats of Zoya Alegra started the party followed by one coat of Snow Me White on my middle fingers and two coats of China Glaze Dance Baby on the accent nails.
I did one coat of Dance Baby on top of Alegra and Snow Me White then the saran wrap followed by Snow Me White on top of Dance Baby.
Stamping was done with Alegra from Bundle Monster 306 and the tree and reindeer from HBNails012.  Are you a fan of the saran wrap technique?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Let it Snowmen

Brr it has been so ridiculously cold in Colorado. I don't think I've ever felt these way below freezing temps for so long in the entire time I've lived here (my whole life to be exact). We're usually very fortunate to have fairly mild winters and snow melts quickly.
To go along with all the snow and chilly weather, I thought this snowflake/snowman nail stamping was fitting. I started with three coats of Nicole by OPI Nothing Kim-pares to Blue and whipped out an oldie (and and a goodie) in an original holo - Sally Hansen Magical Makeup nail polish in Blue Aura.

I stamped the snowflake images with Bundle Monster plate 319 and HBNails 011. On top of that I stamped the smaller snowflake images from DM 323 and the snowmen from 011 with Zoya Ibiza. Some of my nails were shorter than others so I only ended up with 3/4 of snowmen rather than the full image. These are cute and I'm still wearing it!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Waterfall

I hope everyone had a great and relaxing Thanksgiving (for those who celebrate). It was a good time with family and of course the always expected random jabs here and there from the family member you know is going to hurl it at you ;) - but that's what WINE IS FOR!
 Indoor flash

So the waterfall style mani has been floating around since this summer thanks to The Nailasaurus  and I decided it was time for my first. Golds and peaches were perfect for the fall holiday.
Direct Sunlight

My canvas is two coats of Sinful Skylark and then alternating stripes with a nail art brush and Sinful Bad Chick, Maybelline Bold Gold, China Glaze Harvest Moon and Pure Ice Bare it All. Then I stamped the leaf image from MM07 using Bold Gold.
Champ wanted to see what I was taking photos of :0).