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!
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.
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).
As I sit here sipping on my peppermint mocha and enjoying the fact that I took the entire Thanksgiving week off, I realize that there is no denying the holidays are in full swing. While lights, music and all the rest of the hullabaloo makes me feel festive, I just wish we could get through freakin' Halloween before all the retailers start shoving this stuff down our throats.
I'd really like to take the week to do some crafting and get the house in order plus some awesome nail goodness! I will begin with my latest mani, and while I agree bird cages aren't festive, the Lights of Emerald City makes my holiday heart swoon.
They are like square-ly wonderful snowflakes and remind me of the sparkle once they have fallen and I may just have to use this lady again before the season comes to a close.
This is three coats of OPI Don't Burst my Bubble with one coat of Lights of Emerald City stamped with sinful Snow me White and Messy Mansion 14.
Here's some puppy paws in the snow just to make you smile ~
It is seriously 14 damn degrees in Colorado tonight agh!! I can't handle it. Considering the temps have dropped and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I figured I better start matching the manis. I have to say this is one of my favorites. So many of you all are so creative and talented I get jealous sometimes because every creation is just stellar.
I on the other hand, am in love with a mani about every other month - glad to add this one to that short list. This is two coats of Color Club Wild Cactus. A really wonderful dark teal cream to add to the stash. I then used Sally Hansen nail guides to create the chevron design followed by a quick coat of China Glaze I'm Not Lion.
I've let her sit for far too long as well. A bit gritty but the gold glitter with holo is a winner. I used two coats of I'm Not Lion for the accent nails as well.
So, how is the winter where you are? Any tips for coping besides my fave solution of liquid warmth?
I barely own any Barielle polishes. In fact the only reason I do is because I had a Birthday swap group months ago (I am still a bit disgruntled as it was cancelled without notice, of course after we had sent a package or two) and winning a great Facebook giveaway. Sweetly enough, the one lovely lady who I had sent a B-Day package to insisted on reciprocating (thanks Anja!).
In this superb nail mail came Barielle Falling Star. I used two coats and tried to match a stamp color to that great copper glitter suspended in the dark indigo. The winner was China Glaze Emotion and the roses from MM07.
For the accent nails I used two coats of China Glaze First Mate followed by one coat of China Glaze Scattered and Tattered. I think it's a fun little combo!
I know we're way into November, turkeys, cornucopias etc. I've been very behind. When it's dark out at night all I want to do is grab a glass of wine and snuggle with all my boys in front of the boob tube after work. I'm really trying to get motivated to do more nail art!
This was my real Halloween mani. Since I picked up China Glaze Howl You Doin'? it needed to be used in the appropriate manner. This is two coats of that gorgeous dark jelly. While I heart the concept of a dark purple jelly, the formula itself was a nightmare! It was like sludge. Not sure if thinner would help this little ghoul out.
Still, the orange flakie and vampy color payoff was worth the pain in applying. I then ATTEMPTED the face brush nail art technique. You know the one where you wet your brush and draw it across your nails? This was supposed to look liked candy corn. Um not. It was one coat of Cover Girl unnamed followed by Essence Be Your Sunshine followed by China Glaze Life Preserver.
Why yes, I am watching the greatest Halloween movie of All. Time. Hocus Pocus! It never gets old, it always make me feel festive and it's definitely a tradition for me. My Dad took me to see the flick back when it was in theaters so it's always had a special place in my heart. So funny at the time we were the only ones in the theater and now it's a total cult classic.
To round out all Hallow's Eve, I have this mani to share. I thought that Hard Candy Jubilee was pretty much the quintessential Halloween polish. With it's murky green, black hex glitter and orange bar glitter it made the cut.
This was two coats with the accent nails stamping from BM-305 and Sinful Snow Me White.
Have a safe and awesome evening, and of course, don't light any black flame candles!
Don't you just hate when you stare at all your polish, then your bare nails, back at your polish? Sometimes I just go into a daze trying to think of what color and art concoction I'd like to try. This is how this "holo"ween mani came about. I decided well why not use all holographic nail polish.
with flash at night
with flash at night
I started with a free-hand glob of that gorgeous Glitter Gal not another red on my accent fingers. Once dry I then did the top half with China Glaze Virtual Violet. I then used three coats of China Glaze Gamer Glam on the rest of my nails.
Black on Black is seriously my go-to black polish. It's cheap and gets the job done. I used the castle from Bundle Monster plate 305. I used the bat image from BM 301 on my middle finger and Viva La Nails Halloween stickers (it now appears they only make these in water decals which are actually much easier for me to work with) for my pointer and pinkie - set 535.
I'm very happy with these and could live with holo-ween :).
The beginning of the Halloween manis! Mwahahahhahah ~ While I'm not that great at free-hand nailart I try to interpret themes, holidays etc. as best I can. I saw a few killer Hocus Pocus manis and about shed a tear because they were so beautiful :p.
This the first of a few of October's manis. Of course green and purple are in the mix for Halloween. I started with two coats of Revlon french tip duos in Moonstruck. This is a soft purple with silver shimmer. I then stamped with Ulta 3 Frog Prince and konad plate m63.
I then topped it off with a coat of NYX Super Funk. The purple dots for some reason reminded me of Sully from Monsters Inc. Although I now realized it I would have done blue and purple I would have been "spot" on. Do you give free-hand a whirl or stick to stamping and other techniques?
Between going on vacay, catching up with work, playing softball and catching a cold I haven't felt like doing much else lately. My nails have definitely been neglected but hopefully no more! This is the first mani I've done in a minute. I wasn't overwhelmed but I'll get have to get more creative next time.
This is three coats of Sinful Neon Melon, I thought a white coat underneath would make stamping a challenge and the polish would roll so didn't use one. I then stamped the fan-like image from Messy Mansion plate 07 with Color Club Wild Orchid
Lastly, I used one thick coat of Hard Candy Celebrate Sequins. For some reason when I picked up this polish I thought all the glitter was square but it's just sort of mingled in with regular and mini hex glitters. Have a great weekend!