Holiday gradient with a snowy scene

Merry Christmas!

I cannot believe that I’m actually making a post right now, since I’m currently dying from eating too much food today and just want to flake out and watch Big Bang Theory on the 65″ Smart TV my sister and I bought our mom for Christmas.  But I’m powering through the pain to deliver my last holiday nail art of 2014!

The nail art I did today was not, in fact, a recreation of the wreath/holly/mistletoe nail art that I did a few days ago (as I said it would be), but was instead more winter-themed than Christmas.  I started with a silver and blue gradient with LynBDesigns I Heard the Bells and All Holo’s Eve.  Even though I Heard the Bells is technically described as a holo topper, I was able to build it up pretty well.  Here it is with 4 coats.

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And just for kicks, here’s the gradient on its own, first without flash and then with (for the last three photos).

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Now for the nail art itself.  Since the gradient looked like a snowy sky, I painted some little snow-covered trees with 17 Mini Skirt.  Then to make an accent nail, I added a snowman to my index finger with Mini Skirt, Pure Ice Black Out, and Sinful Colors Cloud 9.  Again, first picture is without flash, the other three are with.

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To be honest, I wish I had left the snowman out.  My sister liked it, but I thought it didn’t fit with the trees very well.  Still, I kind of liked this mani.  It was a nice end to holiday nails for the season.

I’ll be heading to my grandparents’ cabin in Georgia in two days, so I probably won’t be able to make any posts until I get back on the 2nd, since they don’t have internet up there.  So if I don’t post anything tomorrow or on the 27th (my birthday!), I’ll see you when I see you!

 

LynBDesigns Holiday Trio

*Just a warning, this post is kind of picture heavy!*

The Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas might be over, but there are still two more holiday posts that need to be made before I can consider the season over with.  Since today is Christmas Eve, I thought it necessary to have a holiday post that wasn’t blatantly all about Christmas nail art (that will be for tomorrow’s post).  So I have decided to show off LynBDesigns Holiday Trio.

I painted my nails with the first of the three–From Night to Day–a few days ago, and it is what prompted me to make a post about the trio.  I had seen swatches before, and heard that it was an absolutely gorgeous polish, but I’ll admit to not having fully believed those comments until I saw the polish on my own nails.  It was magnificent.  Seriously.  It’s a dark purple linear holo polish that is opaque in 3 coats.

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Now, this is a classic case of me not having proper lighting for my photos, so these shots don’t capture the beauty quite as well as they could.  But trust me, if you ever wanted to buy a wonderful purple holo, From Night to Day is the one you want.  It was so easy to apply too, which is usually the case for LynB polishes.

And is in fact the case for the next one I swatched too.  Up next is my favorite of the bunch, which surprised me because I didn’t think anything could beat out From Night to Day.  But this one, Old Familiar Carols, is a mossy green linear holo, which the LynBDesigns Etsy page says also had gold flecks.  That explains the gold sheen at certain angles then, and the extra sparkle.  Just as with the last polish, I have on 3 coats here.

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As you can tell from the sheer number of photos, Old Familiar Carols really caught my attention.  The shine was truly insane.  There was actually a little bit of sunlight today, so I was able to get some sunny shots, and they just made me fall in love with this.  I took a few pictures indoors too, just to compare.

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The gold seems very noticeable indoors and the green looks a little more olive than moss, but it’s still a very pretty polish.

The last of the trio is Unbroken Song, a red microglitter in a red jelly base, with additional red flecks.  Lots of red going on here.  It’s a very nice polish though, even if red isn’t usually my thing.  This one was also opaque in 3 coats.

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This is truly a fantastic holiday trio, in my opinion.  It’s got the traditional red and green–with a little twist–but throws in a curveball with that purple.  I don’t regret this purchase in the least.

And as a bonus, here’s a little nail art I did while wearing From Night to Day.  It’s been a while since I did a straight up dotticure, and I thought it was a good way to use all three polishes together.

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As pretty as all three were individually in photos, they just did not want to work together when I pulled my camera out.  From Night to Day is considerably lighter in these photos than it was in person, but oh well.  I sort of like how this little dotticure turned out.

 

 

 

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 12-Freestyle

Last day of the Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas!  It’s been fun, but pretty tiring.  But I think I’m ending here on a pretty good note.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do today, because even though we’ve covered quite a few Christmas and winter themes throughout the challenge, there were some classic images that just never made it onto my nails (reindeer or penguins, for example).  So I wanted to incorporate a few different things into my nail art today, without it being all over the place.  I finally settled on doing ‘Christmas greenery’–meaning wreaths, holly, and mistletoe–since they all go together well.

Today’s mani used only four polishes too!  That’s a pretty low number for me.  I used mostly LynBDesigns–Defender of the Downtrodden, The Credible Hulk, and Unbroken Song–plus Gothic Gala Lacquers Lili St. Cyr.  All beautiful polishes which were unfortunately not photographed well because of the lack of sunlight again.  Trust me though, this mani sparkles wonderfully in person because of all of the holos and glitter.

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I also used that very yellow lightbulb to take a couple of indoor shots, which looks better in my opinion.  The colors are closer to what they are in person (after a little correction), and you can even see a tiny bit of the holo effect.

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This turned out to be a pretty classy look and I really like it.  I might even recreate this for Christmas lunch at my grandma’s.  Although next time around I know to just freehand everything, because using those little circular paper hole reinforcer things was sort of just a waste of time.

And that’s the end of the challenge.  Don’t forget to go check out everyone else’s freestyle manis too!

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 11-Presents!

Okay, who doesn’t like Christmas presents?!  I know I do!  Even though I turn 25 in 6 days, I still get an obscene amount of Christmas presents from my parents and I can’t say that I don’t enjoy it.  So yeah, I was a bit fond of today’s prompt.

I wavered between doing the simple, classic present mani (with solid colors and taped ‘ribbon’) and doing intricate stacks of wrapped packages, but in the end settled somewhere in the middle.  I couldn’t do the taped ribbon look since all of my striping tape is in England, but that worked in my favor anyway because I wanted to try my hand at patterned wrapping paper.  My family has never been one for solid-colored wrapping paper and instead we go for Santas, snowmen, and penguins.  Especially penguins.

So, I started off with SquareHue Revontuli and SquareHue Joulupukin Pajakyla as my base colors.  I wasn’t in the mood to properly swatch Joulupukin Pajakyla, but did feel that it deserved to be seen at least once without the nail art hiding it.  See that pretty little shine from the microglitter?  Gorgeous!

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After I finished ogling the pretty colors on my nails, I painted snowmen, trees, snowflakes, stripes, and ribbons/bows using those two polishes plus LynBDesigns Defender of the Downtrodden, Pure Ice Black Out, Sinful Colors Cloud 9, SquareHue Sampokeskus, and a teensy touch of LynBDesigns Tasting the Stars.

I apologize for the quality of these photos, the sun was out when I started painting, but was gone by the time I finished.  So that photo of the SquareHue colors was with sunlight, but everything else was with a very yellow lightbulb.  My attempt at color-correcting just sort of made everything too bright. :/  But, at least the photos being this bright lets the details be seen, so I decided to leave them like this.  Sorry!

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Quality of the photos aside, I am so happy with these!  Okay, maybe there’s a little too much going on in the background of at least one of them, but I have no problem with that whatsoever.  I especially liked the little snowmen, and the tree nail was actually really pretty before I covered it up with the ribbon.

And that’s Day 11 done.  I can’t believe there’s only one day of the challenge left!  What in the world am I going to do for freestyle nails?

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 10-Ugly sweater nails

Today was not fun.  Although, I can say that I succeeded in creating ugly sweater nails.  Well, okay, they’re not that bad, they’re just not what I wanted to accomplish.  I thought about doing Doctor Who nails again because it’s such an easy fandom to use for Christmas nails, but since someone else had already done them by the time I sat down to do these, I decided to do something else.  And instead of searching for a relatively easy sweater design, I used one that my aunt posted to my Facebook wall (timeline?) a while back.

I started by using one of my new polishes–SquareHue Revontuli–for my background green.  It’s a beautiful dark green suede polish with just a touch of shimmer in it and is almost perfect for a Christmas green (just a little too dark, in my opinion).

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I then did the sweater design using Sinful Colors Happy Ending, 17 Mini Skirt, and SquareHue Joulupukin Pajakyla.

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To be honest, I just didn’t put enough effort into details.  I meant to carry the more traditional ‘ugly sweater’ elements over onto my other nails, but after being told that my dachshund looks like a Scotty dog, I just lost steam and didn’t care to finish the nails I had already started, much less the other two.  Does anyone else miss the days when your parents were obligated to lie and say your work is great just because you’re their kid?

I personally think my weiner dog looks like it’s supposed to.  It’s actually my favorite part of this nail art.  Maybe because I actually did try to do it well. 😛  In retrospect though, I do wish I had just gone with Doctor Who.  My sister even has a sweater I could have used for inspiration.  And at least I know Doctor Who nails art is usually successful.

Anyway, I’ll hopefully have my head back in the game for the next prompt.  The penultimate theme for this challenge is ‘presents’ and I haven’t decided yet if I want to do something intricate or if I want to keep it really simple.

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 9-Glitter

Glitter!!!  I love glitter, but it tends to not be my first choice whenever I reach for a polish just because it’s so difficult to remove.  I usually use Elmers glue as a base coat if I wear a lot of glitter, but that’s hit and miss because some glitters will crinkle up if you use it (China Glaze Ruby Pumps, for example).  So glitter is just a pretty pain in my rear, but today’s prompt gave me an excuse to have to deal with it and for that I am glad.

Even so, I decided not to go overboard today.  I knew for a fact that I wanted to use CrowsToes Making Christmas, I just didn’t know what I wanted to do with it.  After reviewing the next few prompts to make sure I didn’t do anything that could be used for those days, I realized that I hadn’t yet done Christmas ornaments, and probably wouldn’t if I didn’t do them today.  So using China Glaze Gaga for Green, Sinful Colors Pistache, and my unnamed green, I made a ‘tree’ background.  Making Christmas and Kleancolor Silver Spark were used for the ornaments themselves.

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I realized after the fact that I should have put a white coat down as a base for the glitter, but oh well.  I still love how these nails turned out.  And they were so dang easy to paint!  Definitely happy with today’s mani.  Making Christmas is such a pretty glitter too.  It’s a shame that I’ve only used it twice.  Maybe I’ll try to use it again before the Christmas season is over.

Not tomorrow though.  Because tomorrow is ugly sweater nails.  I have no clue what I’m going to do.  It’s kind of a tough prompt!

Nail mail!!

I posted my CYNA Day 8 mani very early on the 15th because I thought I’d be travelling on that day, but it turns out that I had the day of my flight wrong, and so I didn’t get back home to the US until last night instead.  I had been awake for somewhere in the neighborhood of 36 hours and really should have just immediately crashed, but when I walked into my bedroom I saw this:

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Aside from the big Amazon box in the back, all of those packages were full of nail polish.  And I knew that.  I got very excited.  Instead of going to sleep, I spent an hour unpacking everything and admiring all of my purchases.  So many pretties!  I don’t know how to choose which one to use first.

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I’ve got representatives from Pahlish, Colors by Llarowe, ALIQUID Lacquer, NerdLacquer, Gothic Gala Lacquers, Sweet Heart Polish, Paint Box Polish, SquareHue, and LynBDesigns and ended up with 62 bottles of polish (plus a cuticle oil).  And out of all of those polishes I only had one casualty!  It was Why Meddle? by LynBDesigns.  It tried to take down a few others with it, but they only obtained mild injuries.  So really, I have 61 bottles instead of 62.

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So…any advice on how to choose which one to use first?

 

EDIT 12/18/14:

As per Millie’s request in the comments, here’s a complete list of everything in the picture.

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Colors By Llarowe Penny for Your Thoughts ; Black Gold, Texas Tea

ALIQUID Lacquer ? (a mystery polish) ; Puppy Love ; Forever and a Day

NerdLacquer Exterminate ; TDBSLWCHSHITD ; Crunchy Frog

Gothic Gala Lacquers Lili St. Cyr ; Vallis Sanguine ; Patina ; S. F. Take 2

Sweet Heart Polish Hyacinth ; Ameniphus ; Oasis of Ahm-Shere ; Turkey Day 2014 ; Scarab Shells

Paint Box Polish A Dragon Is Not A Slave ; Northern Lights ; Pygmy Puffs ; Acid Pops ; Sugar Spun Quills ; I Am Fire

SquareHue Cañon Drive ; Wilshire Boulevard ; Na Prikope ; Vaclavske Namesti ; Sampokeskus : Parizska ; Revontuli ; Joulupukin Pajakyla ; Rodeo Drive

LynBDesigns Absolutely Absolem ; Okay? Okay ; Whimsically Inventive ; Ragdoll ; Fishing With No Bait ; All Holo’s Eve ; I’m Not Myself, You See ; Meretricious ; Double Bluff ; Defender of the Downtrodden ; Black Friday Blues ; Phenomenal Cosmic Powers ; Wild and Sweet ; Nightmare Revisited ; Seize the Day, Boys ; I Heard the Bells ; This Is Halloween ; M’Lady’s Prerogative ; Fun With Flags ; From Night to Day ; Old Familiar Carols ; Dinah ; Unbroken Song ; England Would Fall ; I Am Beyond Impropriety ; However, Whatever, Whenever ; The Credible Hulk ; Tasting the Stars; (plus the cuticle oil B-Moisturized in Peach, and the broken Why Meddle?)

And that’s everything!  A few of those were LE that I got with Black Friday orders, and I honestly was surprised by two of them.  I’m not sure if I knew I’d be getting a LE from Sweet Heart and then forgot about it, but seeing five polishes when I opened that package confused me before I saw the name ‘Turkey Day 2014’.  And I knew I’d be getting two extra LynB polishes (Wild and Sweet ; I Heard the Bells), but that third (Black Friday Blues)…well, I somehow crossed the $75 mark without realizing it.  That’s right, I honestly did not know that I spent over $75 because I stopped paying attention after I reached the $50 mark.  How careless is that?!  Still, it all turned out for the best, I guess.  I can add another LE to my collection thanks to that carelessness. 😛