CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 8-Christmas decorations

Well, I am definitely not late with today’s prompt!  I am posting this at 5 in the morning because I’m going to be travelling all day and wouldn’t get a chance to post otherwise.  But I’ll be back in Florida before midnight, and that makes being up this early totally worth it!  Plus, ya know, I’ve got a massive amount of nail mail waiting for me at home, which I’m looking forward to almost as much as seeing my family and pets. 😛

Since today’s prompt is Christmas decorations, I had meant to try and paint one of those completely overdecorated homes, with lights everywhere.  But 3am is not a good time for trying intricate nail art, so I dialed it back a bit.  I used ALIQUID Lacquer Nightingale’s Song as my background color, then used FingerPaints Paper Mache, OPI A-Piers to be Tan, Maybelline Color Show Electric Yellow, Kleancolor Red, and Essie Luxeffects Pure Pearlfection to make my little cabin with Christmas lights.

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Things didn’t work out right though, and because my strings of lights are a little too thick, this looks more like a gingerbread house than a house with lights.  But that’s still okay because gingerbread houses definitely count as Christmas decorations.  If I had been more awake I might have cared to try a bit harder, but I’m happy with how this turned out considering my lack of sleep.

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 7-Red and green

Huh. Late again.  I don’t even have a good reason this time.  I just sorta…feel asleep after I ate supper.  That sentence makes me feel like the laziest person in the world, but there ya go.

Anyway, today is Day 7 of the Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas challenge, and that means the classic combo of red and green!  I was originally going to do some wreaths, but then realized it might be a good idea to keep those in reserve for tomorrow.  So instead, I kept things relatively simple and did a plaid accent nail.

My colors were Kleancolor Red, Kleancolor Silver Spark, and my unnamed green.

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I really liked how this turned out!  Some of my lines were a bit thick, but you don’t really notice unless you’re really staring at it.  My green does look a bit dark though, and I worried that there was just too much red and not enough green.  So I also added Kleancolor Holiday Jingle on top of my red nails.

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So what do you think?  Glitter or no glitter?  I think I still prefer it without, but it does look nice with it too.

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 6-any line from the ’12 Days’ song

Well, I’m late with this one (in my current time zone at least).  But I knew even before the challenge started that there would be a massive pileup of stuff today, so I am not surprised or disappointed by being a few hours past the deadline.  And I think finishing some writing to turn into my supervisor and helping to host a pub quiz are perfectly good excuses. 😉

Knowing ahead of time that I was going to be late meant that I wanted to do something very simple today, but still have a bit of a unique interpretation of the day’s prompt.  So in true central Floridian style, I chose to use Jeff Foxworthy’s  Redneck 12 Days of Christmas.  After quite a bit of debate with myself, I chose day 3’s gift: 3 shotgun shells.

I used ALIQUID Lacquer Petoskey Stone as my background color, with Kleancolor Red and Pure Ice Jaguar for the shells and my poor unnamed green for the letters.  (I really wish I knew the name and brand of that green.  For being a cheap little thing from Walmart, it sure is pretty and easy to work with.)

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Uh, wow, I am so glad I went simple today.  Not only was this this fastest nail art I’ve done in a while, it actually looks pretty good.  I wish the gold would have leveled out a bit more, but it honestly doesn’t bother me that much.  There’s so little going on here that there’s not really anything I can nitpick about.  So thank you, Jeff Foxworthy, for giving me something simple to paint on my nails. 😛

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 5-Ice blue and white

Day 5 of the Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas nail art challenge!  I said on Day 4 that I was going to let myself have another go at Rise of the Guardians for this prompt, and I followed through on that.  The thing is, I didn’t go into this nail art with as much enthusiasm today and so skimped on details when there kind of should have been details.  I’m not saying today’s mani is bad, I’m just saying that I personally don’t like it as much as my elves.

Anyway, here are the colors used: Kleancolor Pastel Blue, Model’s Own Blueberry Muffin, FingerPaints Paper Mache, Kleancolor Concrete Gray, Essie Luxeffects Pure Pearlfection, Essie Avenue Maintain, OPI OPI…Eurso Euro, OPI A-Piers to Be Tan, Barry M Lychee, Essie Limo-scene, No7 Beanie

Okay, so a little explanation about what I was going for here…for anyone who has seen the movie, I hope it at least comes across that these were inspired by Jack Frost.  The index didn’t show up well in the photos, but it’s supposed to be Jack’s staff creating ice on a pond.  The middle finger shows Jack with his staff and the ring finger was my first attempt at creating a snow flurry.  That monstrosity on my pinky is supposed to be that ice/black sand sculpture that Jack and Pitch create while fighting in the arctic(?).

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So…it’s pretty clear by now that I am not happy with this mani.  The pinky is the worst, but nothing else really turned out right either.  And I know I’m being hard on myself here, but it is my personal opinion that this one just doesn’t look good enough to wear in public, so I’m counting it as a failure.  It was a nice try though.  Still got in done in time for Day 5, which is all that counts!  And I will admit that Jack doesn’t look so bad if you ignore his slightly round head.

Of course, this is in no way discouraging me from trying out unique or difficult designs.  Actually…Is it weird that I’m excited that this is my first ‘failed’ mani for this challenge?  It’s been a while since I did nail art that I outright disliked, so it’s about time it happened again!  But, uh, crossing my fingers that tomorrow’s turns out a little better. 😛

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 4-Santa and elves

I went through a couple of different ideas for today’s ‘Santa and/or elves’ prompt, but finally decided on one that frankly had the potential to be magnificent.  Because what could beat out the most badass Santa ever, especially when he’s accompanied by his completely moronic elves?  That’s right, I wanted to paint North and the elves from the Rise of the Guardians movie.

I made a valiant effort.  The reason I’m late in posting this is because I spent so much time trying to get details right.  I gave up.  If I had my acrylic paints with me I definitely would have tried using those instead, because painting with polish was a real problem tonight.  For once, I don’t even feel like listing all the ones I used.  They were all mainstream/drugstore brands though.  (No indies were harmed in the making of this mani!)

So, North is pretty obvious, but the elves I did were also based on particular ones in the movie.  On the index is the grumpy little elf who kept having his trumpet performance interrupted, on the ring finger is the elf who got electrocuted when he was decorated like a Christmas tree, and on the pinky is one of the elves who likes to eat North’s cookies.

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My griping about the details aside, I do really like where I was going with this.  If I ignore my perfectionist tendencies, I can even say I think it looks cute.  The cookie-loving elf is my favorite.  Of course, I’m going to let myself have another go at Rise of the Guardians nail art on the next prompt, time permitting.

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 3-Snowmen!

Whoo!  Yay for another last minute challenge mani!  I didn’t get started on this until pretty late in the evening, but here are the Doctor Who snowmen nails that I alluded to on the first day of the 12 Days of Christmas challenge!

I used OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam as my base color, but then also sponged FingerPaints Paper Mache, Essie Luxeffects Pure Pearlfection, and Rotterdam to lighten the color up a bit (and make it shiny!).  The black facial details were made with Sally Hansen Black Out.

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Most of these snowmen didn’t turn out quite right, but I really like how the one on my index finger looks.  Not that the others are bad, except the background one on my ring finger…it looks like he’s really happy instead of really creepy.  The thing on my pinky is a creepy snowflake btw.  It’s supposed to look something like this:

As much as I like these, I almost wish I had gone for a more traditional snowman character, like Frosty or that snowman from the Rudolph movie (you know, the narrator one with the green waistcoat that sort of scooted everywhere?).  But oh well!  I might go less geeky on another day’s challenge (but no promises).

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 2-Christmas trees!

Today is Day 2 of the Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas challenge, and that means Christmas trees!  I’ll be honest, I wasn’t feeling especially creative today.  I thought briefly about doing a Charlie Brown tree or maybe trying to recreate the tree made of Mt Dew cans that I made a few years ago, but I just didn’t feel like it.

That being said, I went for the classic chevron-inspired Christmas tree nail art.  I used China Glaze Ruby Pumps and Kleancolor Silver Spark as my background colors, then taped off the tree and garland and used Zoya Chita (a PixieDust) for the tree itself.

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I was going to stop here because I thought it looked pretty, but it seemed a little incomplete.  So using Ruby Pumps and some rhinestones, I added ornaments!

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Look a bit more like Christmas trees this way, don’t they?  I sort of forgot to add a star on top, but oh well. I still like them without it. 😛

Don’t forget to go check out the trees that everyone else did too!