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!

My current count is

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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 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

Skull-icious Glitter!

1- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

Hi.  I know it’s closer to Christmas than Halloween, but I got these really cute polishes with skull shaped bottles and really gorgeous nail polish, and they arrived in an on-line order after Halloween.

Cute, right?

2- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

The polishes are from Blackheart Beauty, and I got them at Hot Topic.

3- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

I had some fun using some plastic skull shot glasses I found at Rite-Aid before Halloween, with a tea light candle in the top, for the pictures.

This first one is a bright pink jelly with flakies.  The name is Deceit.  All the polishes were $5 each, but this beauty was on for 50% off!

The flakies are different that others I have—the first with pink flakes!  I had to try it right away, so I put it over the mani I had on at the time, which was the one with my Sephora birthday nail polishes.  (Pictures near the end of the post.)

4- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

Look at the gorgeous, glittery flakes!

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The next one is Royally Screwed, a rich royal blue glitter.

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This last one is called Violet Tendencies, a purple with a beautiful  iridescent sheen.

9- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

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In this close-up, you can see it seems to have a golden flash.  I can hardly wait to try this on my nails!

11- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

I wanted to try Deceit right away, anxious to see those pink flakies in action, so I put it on my current mani, which was the Sephora trio I got from my birthday.

On my thumb and ring finger I had Tornado, and Shale on the others.  Here are the results.

12- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

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I couldn’t resist taking a picture against my deck tin with the angel picture.  I thought the colours worked so well together.

Darn, now that I’ve looked at the Hot Topic website again (to provide the link at the beginning of the post), I have another batch I want to buy.  They have a gorgeous oil slick colour, an iridescent glitter, a killer copper… I could go on and on.  Also, right now, everything is BOGO 50% off!

My next post will probably be the fabulous Pure Ice haul I got.  All glitter and incredibly gorgeous!

And so this adds three to my stash count!

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Halloween 2012 – Spider Webs

Hi.  I’m hoping to get a few Halloween manis posted before the big day.  With only a few days left, I’m not sure what I can accomplish, but I’ll give it a try.  I also want to put up my Halloween haul.

First up, I was inspired by a great spider web design by PixiePolish.  I hate spiders, but I loved her beautiful orange and black design.  When it came time to do it, though, I found the prospect of hand painting all those webs daunting, especially using my non-dominant hand.  (Maybe I’ll try it with an accent nail later.)  Then I realized that one of my Bundle Monster stamping plates has a spider web design!  Yay!

Here’s the result.  Do you like the eerie prop? It reminds me of The Blob from the old horror movie!

To do this mani, I used Bizarre Blurple from the China Glaze Wicked collection for the base coat.  It’s such a rich, dark purple-blue, I thought the webs would contrast well.  I used Konad white for the webs to ensure I got good coverage.  The plate is BM13.

If I’d hand painted the webs, I would have overlaid them with Fairy Dust from China Glaze, a lovely sheer holo, to give a glistening effect.  I also considered using a silver for the stamping.  Maybe next time.

My son found a really weird black and orange gourd when he bought our Halloween pumpkin, so I took some shots with that.

Doesn’t it look delightfully creepy?  I think it looks like it’s about to devour my hand. lol

I think the only thing scarier than the gourd in these pictures is the state of my cuticles, but they don’t look that bad when they’re not magnified about 600 percent!

Have you figured out what mani you’re going to do for Halloween?  Please share!

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