CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 1 – Silver and gold

And so starts another CYNA challenge!  This month it is centered around Christmas and just like the Halloween challenge back in October, I am meant to be posting a mani every other day leading up to Christmas.

The first prompt of the month is ‘Silver and Gold’.  Nothing could compare to the Yukon Cornelius nails I did for the prompt last year, so I kept it simple this year.  I chose to do a blobbicure with Celestial Cosmetics Incendiary and NailNation 3000 Light Up the Night.

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(And here’s one with more direct lighting, which shows a bit more contrast between the colors)

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This blobbicure actually worked out really well, which was a nice surprise.  Normally the technique doesn’t work quite right for me and so I get really thick nails, but the worst I had this time around was a little bit of merging of blobs.  Does anyone else see the resulting smiley clown face on my middle finger? 😀

a-england Whispering Waves and Spirit of the Moors + nail art

I’m moving ever so slowly through a chunk of my untrieds, and today’s post features two of my growing collection of a-england polishes.  This time around, I chose Whispering Waves and Spirit of the Moors.

First up is Whispering Waves, a dark turquoise holo with a lavender shimmer.  This one was good in 2 coats, but it unfortunately stained my nails.  That doesn’t change the fact that it’s a very pretty polish.

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The second one I tried is Spirit of the Moors, and is definitely my favorite of the two.  This one is a royal blue holo, also good in 2 coats, which was far brighter than I expected.  That’s a good thing, by the way.  It is honestly a gorgeous polish.  And after my experience with Whispering Waves, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this one actually did not stain my nails.

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And since I loved Spirit of the Moors so much, I decided to use the two for nail art, with added help from Sinful Colors Green Ocean.  I ended up doing the design on both my hands and actually wore it for like four days.

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Seriously, Green Ocean was much shinier than I thought it would be, and I loved it with these two a-england polishes.

ALIQUID Lacquer Hipster Doofus + spring nail art

I would love to open this post by saying that spring is in the air, but I don’t think it really is.  It’s still kind of cold here, although there has at least been more sunshine lately.  Or maybe spring really is in the air, but I can’t tell because I’m a Floridian in northern England. 😛

Either way, there was a spring mani contest going on over at the Rainbow Connection Facebook fan page (RC Junkies) a few days ago, and I thought I’d try my hand at it.  My first thought was to do something with ALIQUID Lacquer Hipster Doofus, since I’ve been wanting to use it for a while now.  I thought I’d pair it with a pink creme and a metallic silver (I even had them on my nails already), but then I read the fine print and noticed that I had to use at least one polish that I had bought from Rainbow Connection.  Unfortunately, I only had one ‘spring’ color at the time.  Fortunately, that happened to be Smitten Polish Whiskey in the Jar, which actually matched up with Hipster Doofus pretty well.

So I ended up putting Whiskey in the Jar over OPI My Signature is DC, and to make the pink holo too I put a coat of ILNP Paige over OPI Suzi Nails New Orleans.  Then I added dots over both.  And to add a bit more of a spring touch I stamped a flower from Uber Chic plate 1-02 to my middle finger.

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(Flash!)

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The overall effect is prettier than I expected.  I knew with almost certainty that I was not going to win the contest (at the very least because I only used an RC polish on my pinky), but I don’t really care because I’m really happy with how this looks.  Hipster Doofus is as gorgeous on my nails as I hoped it would be, and look at how clean that flower is!  It is easily the best stamping I have ever done (not that I’ve done a lot).  I ended up wearing this for three days before taking it off!

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 12 – Freestyle

The final prompt of the challenge!  I’m two days late posting, but I’m glad to get it done at all.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I could possibly do for this prompt.  I didn’t want to freehand anything, but I also didn’t want to do dots or stripes or anything I would typically do on my nails.

Then I spotted ellagee’s bright blue Lickety Split latex barrier sitting amongst my polishes and thought…watermarble?

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Yeah, bad idea.  Watermarbles never turn out the way they should for me.  I struggled with this for way too long for a pretty average end result.  I even tried slightly different patterns, but nothing worked well enough for my tastes.  On the plus side, the polishes I used–Peita’s Polish Triwizard, SquareHue Bird Fling, and Nvr Enuff HHC Festivus–all worked nicely and look good together.  It was just my own skills that were lacking. 😛

But for all that I don’t quite like how each individual nail looks, the overall mani looks pretty okay.  The ring and pinky nails look good at the very least.  So not a bad way to end the challenge!

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 7 – Candy cane

And here’s Day 7!  I had high hopes for this one, but unfortunately the day that these were supposed to be posted was the day that I was flying home for Christmas.  So I was sitting at my desk at 3am just not really wanting to paint anything, but wanting to get the mani done before coming home.

So, my solution was to keep it simple.  I slapped on Contrary Polish When in Rome (the first Contrary I’ve ever used!), and painted a single candy cane on an accent nail.

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Not my favorite nail art ever, but it gets the job done!  And it shows off When in Rome, which is apparently the first holo that Contrary Polish ever made and was the deciding factor in my choice to get the August A Box Indied. 🙂

And just because I love it so much…here’s a flash picture of When in Rome, showing the gorgeous pink-gold shimmer.

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And that’s that!  I ended up loving the background polish more than the nail art, but I guess that just happens sometimes.  And can you blame me?  When in Rome is so pretty!

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 5 – Inspired by wrapping paper

Well, it looks like I’m playing catch up again.  I’ve had nail art for Days 5-7 done for a while now, but just haven’t had the time to upload them.  But now I’m home for the holidays and will hopefully have time to get back on track and keep posting on time.

I kept things simple for the wrapping paper prompt, and just did stripes and dots.  And bonus, I used all LynBDesigns polishes!  Defender of the Downtrodden is the background color, and Unbroken Song and The Credible Hulk are the stripes and dots.

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And flash:

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Nice and simple!  I really like how this looks and am glad I didn’t try to get too intricate with it.  Then again, when don’t I like dots? 😛

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.

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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. 😛

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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!