Winter nail art roundup

Happy belated New Years, everyone!

I clearly never finished posting the nail art I did for the 12 Days of Christmas challenge. So despite the fact that we’re nearly a week into the new year, I thought I would post some of those challenge manis and the one I wore for Christmas lunch at my grandparents’ house.

My ‘Christmas lights’ and ‘Glitter’ nails are pretty self-explanatory, I think.  The indie star of the Christmas lights nails is Nvr Enuff Festivus, and the glitter nails feature ALIQUID Lacquer House of Troubles and Smitten Polish The First Lobster.








My ‘Snowmen’ nails might need a little more explanation.  For anyone who has never seen the claymation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie–or who just plain can’t tell who this is–I chose to paint the narrator snowman of the film, Sam.  I wanted to paint his banjo and umbrella too, but I just didn’t have time.  So instead I used Butter London British Racing Green as my background color to pay homage to his signature waistcoat.




For the ‘Trees’ prompt I chose to do a skitlette mani, using SquareHue Olympiad, Nvr Enuff Festivus, Colors by Llarowe Love, Actually, and a few mainstreams.  My stamping on the ring finger wasn’t great but I really liked how this mani turned out, especially my two ornament nails.




Finally, the nails I wore to Christmas lunch.  I did another tape Christmas tree, but chose to go the blue-and-silver direction instead of the red-and-green.  So I used LynBDesigns Noel and Pahlish My Sister’s Shoes to make the tree and some dots (to act as abstract representations of snowflakes, of course 😛 ).  I cannot even begin to describe how sparkly Noel was.  It was absolutely gorgeous, and I was disappointed to see that my camera captured virtually none of it.




And that’s my roundup of Christmas/winter nails!  There were some I loved and some I really didn’t like–my ‘Stars’ nails were such a failure that I deleted all photos of them–and I really wish that I could have had the time and motivation to complete this challenge.  I kind of miss the week-long max of the old CYNA format.  Hopefully we’ll get some shorter challenges in 2017 that I can actually finish! 😛

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 2 – Christmas trees

And here’s my catch-up post for Day 2’s Christmas trees prompt!  Just like when it came to this prompt last year, I really wanted to do a Charlie Brown Christmas tree or even nail art inspired by the tree my mom and I made out of Mt Dew cans one year, but I just didn’t feel like it.  So I made ‘trees’ out of dots instead!

I used FingerPaints Millefio-Red as my background, then dotted with Celestial Cosmetics Veils & Mist, Colors by Llarowe Gemini Rising, Different Dimension Imperium Sine Fine, ILNP 1UP, and LynBDesigns The Credible Hulk.




And here’s one with flash.  You know how sometimes when you take pictures of lights the image will blur and created a really cool (sometimes sparkly) effect?  That’s sort of what the one on my index finger looks like in this photo, and I just really liked it. 😛


This was an easy and quick bit of nail art, but I was happy with how it turned out.  The photos don’t look as good as the mani did in person, but it still looks nice and sparkly in the pictures, and that’s good enough for me!

Getting back into the swing of things – Halloween vinyl mani

Hello all!  It’s been, what, almost three months since my last post?  I’ll admit that the OMD3 challenge sort of burnt me out, and on top of fieldwork and data collection, my move to a new house, and a visit from my sister, I haven’t had very much time to sit down and do more than paint my nails a single color.  Which I have actually done, by the way.  I’m trying to go through all of my untrieds, so I have still been painting my nails at least. 😛

But to get back into the swing of things, I’ve been trying out some of the vinyls I bought from Twinkled T a while back.  And that’s what I did for my first Halloween mani of the year using Pretty & Polished Crush (an untried) and Colors by Llarowe Black Gold, Texas Tea.






I had a bit of an issue at the tip there, but I managed to fix it well enough.  I love both of these polishes, and am glad I decided to go holo for this.  Can’t believe I almost went creme instead!

And even though you can see Crush pretty well in the photos above, here are some of it alone.






I don’t even like orange, but this is so pretty under intense light.  Definitely great for Halloween.  Speaking of…tomorrow I’m going to try my hand at freehand for the first time since the beginning of August.  Here’s hoping it turns out okay!

OMD3 Day 30-#mynailsandmybag

So…I don’t usually carry a purse unless I’m going to a formal.  My go-to bag is actually my backpack.  I carry that thing everywhere.  It made sense to use it for inspiration for this prompt.







Unfortunately…my backpack is black.  It didn’t give much leeway for creativity, but oh well.  The red accents on the backpack at least allowed me to do a simple little stripe mani.  And it turned out well too, so I’m perfectly happy with it.

Nail mail!!

I got nail mail today!  I was extremely excited about opening this package too.  Not just because it was the cutest packaging I’ve ever gotten polish in, but because I got a couple of new-to-me brands!



Left to right, I’ve got the Dollish Polish/Jindie Nails Bonnie and Clyde duo, Pahlish Grave Robber, Indigo Bananas Alcatraz, Too Fancy Lacquer Lake Como and Velvet Nights, ILNP Fleet Week, Smitten Polish Bifrost and I Never Drink…Wine, Philly Loves Lacquer Oh, the Places You’ll Go, and LynBDesigns Little Foot.

These are my first polishes from Jindie Nails, Indigo Bananas, Too Fancy Lacquer, ILNP, and Philly Loves Lacquer.  And I’m really excited about Little Foot.  LynBDesigns was my first indie brand and Little Foot was the first polish I put on a wish list, but by the time I actually went to place my very first order, it was gone.  So I’m glad to finally have it.

This was truly an amazing haul.  But it’s not my only recent purchase.  I also got some nail mail last month that I thought I’d share too.  I placed an order with Rainbow Connection and picked up some very pretty polishes, and one new-to-me brand.


I’ve already posted swatches of Glam Polish Zap! and Colors by Llarowe Gemini Rising, but I also bought Dollish Polish Serendipity, F.U.N. Lacquer Secret, and Smitten Polish Whiskey in the Jar.  I was apparently feeling the color green when I was placing that order.

I’m really looking forward to using all of these polishes.  Not sure when I’ll get around to it though.  The rest of June is pretty busy, and the Oh Mon Dieu challenge is making a comeback in July.  I’ll be insanely busy, but I’m gonna try to do it in place of the 31 Day Challenge this year. 🙂

Hey! Listen! *Legend of Zelda nail art!*

Yeah, not even bothering to make excuses this time.  I’m tired and just plain haven’t wanted to do my nails.  I was really excited for this month’s CYNA theme too (Space!), but when it came time to sit down and do the nail art…I just didn’t feel like it.  So I skipped this month’s challenge, and made myself feel better about it by doing Legend of Zelda nails instead.

These were a complete fluke, by the way.  I had finally broken down and worn my new Colors by Llarowe Gemini Rising–which I got in a recent order from Rainbow Connection–and was perfectly content to wear it on its own.  But as I was admiring my left hand, my eyes strayed from the perfect Kokiri tunic green down to the triforce tattoo on my wrist.  I kid you not, I heard Navi yell ‘Hey!’ in my head.  I don’t know if that was inspiration knocking, or just insanity.

So, I broke out a whole bunch of polishes and got to work.  I used Essie Bikini So Teeny, SquareHue Wilshire Boulevard, and Zoya Carey to make the Ocarina of Time. Carey, OPI OPI…Eurso Euro, Kleancolor Red, Maybelline Color Show Electric Yellow, and OPI Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm? for the Hylian Shield and Master Sword, and Electric Yellow again for the triforce.  Navi was made with Kleancolor Pastel Blue and Essie Blanc.




I am so happy with how these turned out.  I’ve really liked the past few manis that I’ve done, but this one truly blows them out of the water, in my opinion.  The pictures just don’t quite do it justice since they’re sort of blurry.  My triforce is almost perfect–quite a feat since I can never draw that thing right–and my shield has so much more detail than I thought I would be able to squeeze onto such a small canvas.  I’m even happy with Navi, although I can assure you I was never happy with her in the game itself. 😛

And, of course, here’s Gemini Rising on its own:




This is a magnificent linear holo that for me falls somewhere between emerald and kelly green.  The green is so vivid, I was mesmerized.  It went on in 2 coats too, which is always nice.  But major downside, Gemini Rising is a horrific stainer.  Greens scare me because they have stained my nails in the past, so I made sure to put on two coats of my base coat.  Uh, yeah, didn’t work, obviously.


That’s gonna take some time to get rid of.  Will that stop me from wearing this polish again?  Well, I really don’t think I need to answer that question.


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.

Pahlish Mad Man With a Box

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. 😛