Friday, December 19, 2014

Reindeer Sweater Nails

There are several stores in my general area that sell random polishes.  I might stop by 2-3 times a year to see what they have.  One of these such stops happened last weekend as I was out Christmas shopping and remembered that one of the places also sells discounted body washes, perfume and cologne, makeup; perfect items for stocking stuffers for my teens!  I stopped by and picked up a few stocking stuffers, then checked out the random polishes and found a bunch of old Cutex polishes in the polish bin.  I can't remember if I paid 3/$1 or 6/$1 but know about 12 came home with me; even if they are close to polishes I already have, the sale shopper in me can't pass up the bargain!  When I sat down a couple nights ago to do my nails, I was a little tired of doing Christmas nails but wanted somewhat in the holiday spirit; so decided to use one of the bargain bin polishes I picked up; this is what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Cutex Velvet Velour; this has no top coat.

Added a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. Not a whole lot difference but wanted top coat in case I messed up stamping.

Using Mundo de Unas #1, stamped using Bunny Nails HD-E.  This is one of those tricky images to line up but I was pretty happy with the placement on these fingers at least!  Didn't do too good of a job on the thumb but left it anyway.

Top coated to finish.

I was pretty happy with my bargain bin find and how this turned out!  I've been wearing this for a few days now as too tired from doing errands and shopping after work to do my nails but got a lot of compliments every where I went.  It's also holding out really, really well!  A good thing as I think I'm going to be out and about shopping tonight too!  But this is what I heard the most:  "Are those stickers?"  Urggggg!

Have a great weekend; thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ho Ho Ho!

When I was looking through my holiday plate images over the weekend, I came across a string of Ho Ho Ho's and thought they might be cute for a funky french; this is what I came up with!

Decided I wanted to go with a natural nail look; started with two coats of  L'Oreal Wishful Pinking.  While I topped with top coat, I can't recall if this pix is with it or without.

Using a new glitter application method discovered recently thanks to Simply Nailogical, which is putting the glitter on a latex free sponge and then applying it so the glitter gets absorbed into the sponge and glitter only goes on the nail versus the clear base, applied NYX Silver glitter at tips.  

Using same sponge method, applied Elevation Polish SBP: Flurries.  In hindsight, I should have went with less is more as this is a little chunkier than I would have liked.

Top coated with KBShimmer Clearly on Top. Really loving the look of this, with and without the added Elevation Polish glitter.  It would be a great base for so many mani's...or even just like this!

Stamped using BFF Natal using red Konad special polish.

BFF Natal

Top coated again.

Unfortunately, I couldn't get a great pix of the Ho Ho Ho part really well; it is one of those mani's that looks so much better in real life.  I tried a pix with flash but it still wasn't the best.

None the less, I liked how this turned out! 

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Have You Been Naughty or Nice?

With Christmas just 10 short days away, Santa's is making his list, and checking it twice, to see if you have been naughty or nice!  

Started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (no pix as have shown before; in fact, I didn't take as many progress pix as I went along as I typically do).

Using black Konad special polish and Mundo de Unas stamping polishes in blue (#4), red (#9), yellow (#11),  brown (#22) and green (#48), stamped using various image plates; MoYou Fairytale Collection-10 (bear and ball on ring, blocks and rocking horse on pinky), BM-SE1 (present on ring), Chez Noel 003 (tree on middle), Chez Noel 002 (holly on index, stars), Poupee (words on middle), Big SdP P (thumb) and BP-01 (Santa on index).

Filled in the background words on the thumb and stamped holly from Chez Noel 02, then added red dots on index, a few stars here and there for filler. (Really botched the holly on the index finger; pretend you don't see it!)

MoYou Fairytale Collection-10


Top coated to finish.

Are you on the nice list or the naughty list? 

Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Digit-al Dozen Does Winter Wonderland; Day 5

It's Day 5 of Digit-al Dozen Winter Wonderland challenge!  I know I already said this before, but the ladies have been nailing this weeks theme; truly some amazing mani's been shared this week!  Hopefully you've had a chance to check them out!

This is my Day 5 mani; a vintage winter evening ride home to the homestead! (Not sure if this is how is looks but that was the intention!)

Started with a base of two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, topped with one coat of Contrary Polish Frozen.

Taking a cue from my fellow Digit-al Dozen member Sassy Shelly, who did a gray gradient here that I absolutely adored, decided to sponge on Glam Polish Lisbeth.

I have no idea what that dot was on my finger (probably in the sponge) but it annoyed me greatly, so picked it out as best as I could, then top coated with KBShimmer Clearly on top to finish.  This is yet another base that I would see so much use for stamping on top; I'm sure it will make an appearance at some point over the winter!

For the scenery, I first added the horse and carriage from WM59 using Konad black special polish and Mundo de Unas 23.  Then added the house from Infinity 13 using black Konad special polish.  Next, stamped the trees on the ring and pinky using Infinity 75 using black Konad special polish and Mundo de Unas 7.  Some of the path on the ring finger, I brushed in to make solid.  Lastly, using MoYou Mother Nature Collection-09, stamped in the barn and weather vane using black Konad special polish and Mundo de Unas 09.  I did the image shrinking technique and even then, barely got them to fit.  And yes, the sideway stamping was intentional; when I planned this in my head, the look was suppose to be as if the carriage was going along the path, heading home and the barn in farms is usually behing the house (if only my thumb could turn sideways and be higher up like I've seen other bloggers do!) but it was the best I could do.  Added the moon on middle finger using Infinity 75 using CND Silver Chrome, then high lighted with brush and white Konad special polish.


MoYou Mother Nature Collection-09

Added a wreath over the front door, hand painted in more path on the middle finger and dabbed Mundo de Unas 48 here and here on trees for interest. Touched up the barn better, etc.

Top coated to finish.

Like so many other mani's this week, decided to matte it, mainly so imagery could be seen better.

In hindsight to make this a little bit more wintery, I should have added in some falling snow and maybe put some snow on the trees, etc. and maybe could have down with a darker backdrop, but none the less, I was pleased how this turned out! I particularly like the snowy look on the roof of the house.

Hopefully you have enjoyed this weeks challenge mani's!  I had a lot of fun doing them!

Here's the other ladies Day 5 mani's!

Thanks for looking!  Now onto more seasonal and holiday themed mani's..............they will be coming!