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? 😀

OMD3 Day 3-Silver

Ugh, silver.  I don’t generally like silver polishes–at least on me–unless I’m really in the mood for them.  So I was a little disappointed to see that this prompt appeared on the OMD3 list, especially so early in the challenge.  And since I’m still a little scarred by my clean-up experience on Day 1, glitter was out for today.  This left me with maybe 5 polishes to choose from.  I picked a-england Excalibur, simply because I hadn’t yet tried it and because the name itself gave me something to work with in terms of nail art.

So, Excalibur nail art.  Sword in the stone.  Almost did a Lady of the Lake nail too, but decided not to bother.

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(Flash)

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Not too shabby, right?  I’m actually really okay with this, considering I had some color issues while painting.  I’m more happy about the stone turning out well than anything else.  But I have to say Excalibur was not the polish to choose if I wanted an easy clean-up.  It got everywhere.  It was worth it though, because it is a pretty nice silver polish.  I think it’s the flecks of gold that give it a little extra oomph.