Odds and Ends

Hi.  I hope you’re having a nice New Year’s Eve.  Today I’m posting some odds and ends of holiday polishes I bought this season.

The first batch is from head2toebeauty.com.

These are two holiday mini sets from China Glaze.

1 - Opal's Gems - China Glaze Cheers set

Above includes Angel’s Wings and Glistening Snow from the Holiday Joy collection.

2 - Opal's Gems - China Glaze Stocking Stuffers set

Above includes Pure Joy and Champagne Kisses  from the Holiday Joy collection.

In a previous haul, I bought three of the Color Club Halo Hues: Cherubic, Blue Heaven, and Halo-graphic.  I loved them so much, I bought the other three of the set.  They are so gorgeous!  How could I resist?

3 - Opal's Gems - CC Halo Hues

4 - Opal's Gems - CC Halo Hues

Next are four polishes from the Color Club Winter Affair collection: Winter Affair, Ho-Ho-Holly, and Gift of Sparkle.  I’ve already used Ho-Ho-Holly in a previous post.

5 - Opal's Gems - CC Holiday Polishes

6 - Opal's Gems - CC Holiday Polishes

Below I have China Glaze Winter Holly (Holiday Joy collection) and Color Club Snow Flakes (Winter Affair collection).

I’ve already shown Winter Holly being used in a couple of my blog posts.  Here and here.

This season, I’ve bought several of the polishes from the China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, including the mini sets above.  I showed Pizzaz and Glitter All the Way in this post.

 7 - Opal's Gems - Winter Holly & CC Snow Flakes

8 - Opal's Gems - CG Winter Holly & CC Snow Flakes

You might remember back around Halloween I had some nail polishes in round bottles with Jack’o’lantern faces.  These are put out by Blue Cross Beauty.  Well, they also have cute little snowmen bottles.

They are so adorable!  And so far the ones I’ve tried are really nice.

I bought these ones directly from their website, but you have to buy a whole display.  (I did that because I want to use the extras as gifts.)

9 - Opal's Gems - Blue Cross Snomen

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I also got a set of nail polish pens from them.  They act as both a striping brush and a pen.  I bought the holiday set, which should have been red, green, gold, silver, black and white.  Unfortunately, instead of green they sent hot pink!  I asked them to send me green to replace the missing ones and when I received them, they were neon green.  Not too Christmasy!

12 - Opal's Gems - Art Pens from Blue Cross

Here are the ones that should have been a nice glittery Christmas green!

13 - Opal's Gems - Art Pens from Blue Cross

The green one doesn’t even have the printing on the bottle!

Now I can update my stash count.  I only update it when I update a haul and I’m way behind!

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Holiday Nails – Two Final Christmas Manis

Hi.  I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!  I have two final Christmas manis to show you.

In this first one I used Zoya Aurora for the base to look like the evening sky with stars.  I used China Glaze Winter Holly for the Christmas tree, and China Glaze Pizzaz painted over the tree for the ornatments.  Finally, I used a star from Hollywood Walk of Fame from the Wet’n’Wild Fergie collection.

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3 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Tree nails

4 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Tree nails

The second one was straight Christmas glitz that I wore for Christmas day.  I used China Glaze Poinsettia as the base with a coat of fine red glitter from the Blue Cross snowmen colours.  (These polishes don’t have colour names.)  Next, I taped off the tip at an anlge and applied glitter: first some China Glaze Twinkle Lights, which is a fine gold, green and red glitter, then coated that with another of the Blue Cross snowmen colours, this time in a coarse red and green glitter.  Finally, I used a green foil striping tape between the red and glitter, and topped the whole thing off with my usual clear top coat, Seche Vite.

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The snowmen nail plish bottles are so cute!

6 - Opal's Gems - Christmas nails

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This second one is fun and glitzy, but I was disappointed with how the striping tape lost some of it’s colour (mostly noticable on the middle finger) when I applied the clear topcoat.

I received loads of new polishes for Christmas, so I’ll be posting those soon.  I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!

Holiday Nails – A Bit of Holly

1-Opal's Gems - Christmas French

Hi.  I know I already posted today, but I had time to do one more!  Again, a very simple mani–just Zoya Blaze with China Glaze Winter Holly on the tips.

2-Opal's Gems - Christmas French

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I think it looks a little bit like glittery watermelon, but I like it!

4-Opal's Gems - Christmas French

5-Opal's Gems - Christmas French

I wanted to post pictures of the haul that included Winter Holly, and Snow Flakes from the earlier post, but I haven’t had time to take them yet.  Maybe in a few days.

I’ll definitely need to update my stash counter! (Of course,  I have the feeling I’ll have several more to add after Christmas!)

Holiday Nails – Shiny and Bright

1 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

Hi.  Time is flying by and I’ve been busy getting gifts wrapped and doing last minute holiday shopping.  I hope your preparations for the holidays are coming along well.

I needed a quick mani, but wanted to stay with the Christmas theme, so I decided to put on a quick coat of gold, then top it with some glitter.  I used my Zoya Ziv, then added a coat of Kleancolor Holiday Jingle.  I got my first bottles of Kleancolor on a trip to Toronto in the summer and have been looking forward to Christmas to use this lovely green glitter, and their red, too.

The Holiday Jingle is green glitter in a transluctent green base, so it gave the gold a lovely green glow!  I also added a coat of Color Club Snow Flakes, which is a red flakey, but it is so sublte  you can barely see it.  (I look forward to trying it over a different colour to see the effect.)

Here’s the result.

2 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

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The next day, I decided I’d like to enhance it, so I pulled out Kleancolor Red Sparkle.  When I painted it over Ziv on my thumb, I found it was a stronger base than the green, so rather than a hint of red, it went bright red, but oh, so lovely because over the gold it has a foil look!  As pretty as that was, though, I wanted something more glitzy, so I added the Kleancolor Holiday Jingle and I decided to add some gold glitter, too, so I used Glamorous from the Wet’n’Wild Fergie collection.

6 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

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8 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

Next, I decided that the current colour on my other nails would look fabulous peeking out from the red, so I grabbed my striping take and here’s what I came up with.  (The green glitter is showing through the coat of red.)

9 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

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And I left the thumb as is.

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I was very happy with the result and wound up wearing this for almost two weeks.  I was amazed at how well it  held up!

12 - Opal's Gems - Christmas Wrap nails

Here’s a closeup of all that lovely glitter on my thumbnail.

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I took some photos in the late afternoon with my poinsettias and the lighting was a bit dark, but I liked the result so I thought I’d share them.

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I still have a couple of Christmas manis to share, so I’ll try to get them up before Christmas.  (We’ll see if that works out!  lol)

Holiday Nails – A Bit of Glitter

Hi.  This is a really quick post because I should be wrapping gifts!  This is another simple holiday mani.

1-Opal's Gems - CC Ho-Ho-Holly & CG Glitter All the Way

I used Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly, which is a lovely foil-like green with a gold shimmer.  Next, I used China Glaze Glitter All the Way lightly scattered on the tips.  This glitter is a lovely combination of purple, green, red, blue, and gold.

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It was a beautiful combination with a lot of sparkle.  Here’s a slightly out of focus shot to show it off better.

5-Opal's Gems - CC Ho-Ho-Holly & CG Glitter All the Way

Holiday Nails – A Bit of Sparkle

Hi.  The holidays are fast approaching and I have a few Christmas manicures to share.  This first one doesn’t even use any of my new holiday polishes.

I wanted to do something quick and simple, so I pulled out China Glaze Ruby Pumps.  I love the glitter in this.  I then used China Glace Snow Globe overtop to give a bit of sparkle.

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Opal's Gems - CG Red Pumps & CG Snow Globe - 1

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Here are some more pictures.  You can only see a bit of the sparkle of Ruby Slippers.  It’s so much prettier in real life!

Opal's Gems - A Bit of Sparkle

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7 - Opal's Gems - A Bit of Spa

More to come over the next couple of days!

Ornate and Glamourous!

Hi.  I got some lovely nail polishes for my birthday from my husband.   These gave me a great start for the holiday season!

There are lots of pictures so I’ll keep the words to a minimum!  First up is the Zoya holiday collection, called Ornate.

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Next were some fabulous glitters from Orly.  These are from the Flash Glam collection, which I absolutely adore!

I already have the five that Sally’s carried in the fall (Spazmatic, Sasay My Way, Can’t be Tamed, Mermaid’s Tale, Be Brave), but when I looked on the Orly website (http://www.orlybeauty.com/flash-glam-fx.php) and found out they had 22 in all, I fell in love with these ones  Now their mine!

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These are so beautiful, I wanted to include some close-ups of each bottle.

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I’m going to have fun trying these out and finding basecoats to match, but that will wait until after Christmas.  (Maybe I’ll try one for New Year’s Eve!)  Until then, I’m going to concentrate on some holiday manicures.

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