CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 2 – Snowflakes

Hello all!

Today brings the second prompt for the 12 Days of Christmas challenge, which is ‘snowflakes’.  This is another where I couldn’t even hope to top a past design—my Doctor Who snowflake nails are still kind of awesome in my opinion—so I stuck to stamping for this one.  I did decide to challenge myself a bit more by doing a pond mani though.  I unfortunately didn’t have a plain blue jelly that was a light enough color to use, so I had to improvise.

I ended up using Pretty Jelly Curiouser and Curiouser, Sassy Pants Polish Saber the Moment, and a white stamping polish for the snowflakes accent nail and used Saber the Moment and the white for the pond technique on the other snow nails.

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It actually turned out pretty well.  I like it.  I was worried that the shimmer of Saber the Moment wouldn’t really work well for a pond mani but it actually made it look more shiny like snow, as I had hoped.  The pictures don’t look quite as nice as it did in person, but you can still see the layers pretty easily.

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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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!

OMD3 Day 31-#mynailsandmyperfume

I really wish that this had not been the last prompt for the challenge.  I own all of two perfumes and rarely use either, so this wasn’t an especially fun one for me to end on.  I did make it more fun for myself by using an untried though—Girly Bits Get Weaponized.  It’s so pretty and goes really well with the perfume bottle I chose!

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Not a fantastic mani, but it’s good enough.  I almost wish I hadn’t painted over the stamp, because the white stamping polish had been nice and crisp and you could see the flowers better.  Live and learn, right?  (Although I never seem to learn! :P)

And did you happen to notice anything missing from my photos?  Yeah, that’s right.  I was so out of it by the time I got around to taking pictures for this mani that I forgot to actually take a photo of my nails with my perfume. -_-  So here’s a stock photo of the perfume.



OMD3 Day 19-Lipstick

I knew the moment that I saw this prompt that I would be stamping.  I have a stamping plate with a tube of lipstick and one with lips, so it was sort of a no-brainer.  The only creative spin I put on this was by adding a range of different colors to the lips, since lipstick comes in so many shades nowadays.

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I’m getting better at stamping, but there were still some problems when I was transferring the lips.  I kind of like the variety of shapes that were made though.  Lips come in all different shapes and sizes in real life, right?  The lipstick itself looks awesome though, despite the simplicity. 🙂



OMD3 Day 10-Floral

Goof afternoon!  I’ve got my Day 10 mani for OMD3 here today, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I’ve made it pretty obvious in past posts that I do not like flowers on my nails, so I really didn’t want to try hard today.  Practicing stamping again seemed the way to go.  FingerPaints Paper Mache, Sally Hansen Black Out, and Salon Perfect Gone Sailing were the three polishes I used for this.

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The image didn’t transfer perfectly, but I’m pretty pleased because this was my one and only try today.  I thought it looked close enough to leave alone, and I just did a little cleanup for smudged areas and added some lines in blank spots.  Despite my dislike of flowers, I really don’t think this looks bad at all!  I really like how Gone Sailing looks with the white and black.



OMD3 Day 9-Pattern

I’m feeling much better about today’s OMD3 mani!  I was frustrated as heck while working on it because stamping is one of the most difficult things I have ever tried to do, but I finally managed to get it to (mostly) cooperate.  Seriously, no matter how many times I try out stamping, it just doesn’t seem to turn out right.  But I am pretty happy I got mostly complete images on my nails today though!

More importantly, I chose a fantastic base color.  ALIQUID Lacquer Puppy Love was a LE sold back in October last year, and is a fantastically gorgeous teal polish with pink/purple and gold flecks and a bit of scattered holo.

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Puppy Love was the perfect background for stamping, and totally makes up for the stamping mistakes!

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Not too bad!  It took waaay too many tries to finally get the images to transfer well enough to use, but it was worth it in the end.  Maybe I need to try this stamping thing more often!



OMD2 challenge-Feathers

I was not feeling this challenge.  Coming off of two successful manis, I was hoping to feel some real motivation for the feather challenge, but it just didn’t happen.  I thought about going out into the backyard and grabbing a turkey feather–a bunch of wild ones were wandering around out there the other day–but a storm was rolling in and I just plain didn’t want to.  Stamping was my last option.  So I used Kleancolor Black to stamp a few feather and a peacock over Covergirl Constant Caribbean.

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I still just cannot get the hang of stamping.  Two of the three feathers on the index finger didn’t fully transfer, and although both stamps transferred on the ring finger, the feather wasn’t positioned correctly and so is just sort of sitting parallel to the peacock.  Ugh, maybe I should have just skipped this challenge…

Next one has the potential to be better though!  It’s negative space, and that can sometimes look really interesting.