My Villa | Freehand horse nail art

Hello everyone!

At this point I’m pretty much inactive on this blog, but I felt the need to dust it off for at least this one post.

This one is a little emotional for me because my horse of 16 years died earlier this week, at the age of 41.  She was absolutely ancient for a horse and I’ve been expecting this for years now, but I was devastated when I got the news from home.  I spent an hour straight just crying and not being able to focus on anything, and then I was hit with the desire to do some nail art.

So here is my freehand attempt at my Seville (‘Villa’).  The neon green background on the horse nail is Mod Lacquer Stunned and the others are Stunned with a few layers of Smitten Polish Terra Opal on top.  I chose neon green because of that bridle she’s wearing in the picture above.  It was basically the only bridle that was ever used on her back when she was still able to be ridden.  It’s obviously not color accurate in the pictures, but in real life the greens match really well.

And one more close up matte!  In case you can’t tell with the above pictures, there are three each with a shiny top coat and a matte.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 😛

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 9 – Penguins

Well, I’m disappointed that I failed to complete this challenge on time.  I did complete all the prompts, but just didn’t have time in the days since I’ve been home to actually post them.  It’s just been a whirlwind of shopping and spending time with my family.  Now that Christmas has passed, I am still going to make the posts just to show what I came up with.  So on to Day 9’s Penguin prompt!

When I Googled ideas for Christmas penguins, I found a few images of penguins standing on each other to make a tree, so that’s what I wanted to try.  I didn’t like the end result so much though, so I also added a Santa penguin on my index too.

And in case you’re wondering, that gorgeous background is Smitten Polish Shoe Polish, one of the recent group customs for the Smitten Polish Lovers Facebook group.  I am sooo glad I managed to get a bottle, because it is a stunning polish with a heck of a lot going on!

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Like I said, the penguin tree didn’t turn out quite as well as I hoped it would, but it still looks pretty good.  And I love how my Santa penguin came out.  He’s so cute!  I almost wish I had given him some reindeer penguins to pull his sleigh!  Maybe next year, huh?

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!

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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.

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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. 🙂