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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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!

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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!

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Holiday Nails – A Bit of Holly

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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!

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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)

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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