Thursday, December 22, 2011

Zoya Christmas Matte French Twist

I love Zoya's matte polishes.  I think I own almost every color they've made in the matte finish because they are just so freaking gorgeous!  Today's manicure was a no brainer.  I loved the trend that Zoya promoted earlier this year called the French Twist, so I decided to create a Christmas one using their matte colors: Verushka (green) and Posh(red).  You may remember the french twist look I did with Dove and Portia from August or the very summery citrus french twist I did in July with Pippa and Jancyn.  As you can tell, I'm a big fan of the look.  But now looking back I wish I would've added a little more design to this manicure.  Oh well!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pretty Christmas Party Nails

I had my company Christmas party last week, and I wanted a really classy ornate Christmas design on my nails for the event.  Here is what I came up with:

Check this out ^ I even managed to do the design on my left hand! 

Here are the steps I took:
  1. Drew a diagonal french on each nail with Sally Hansen Insta Dri Silver Sweep.
  2. Using a detailing brush, I created the cute little swirls in Zoya Verushka.  I followed this tutorial on Youtube to teach me how to draw the swirls.
  3. After a coat of Seche Clear I added three little red rhinestones to represent some Holly Berries.
I love all the cute Christmas looks, but I think sometimes its nice to have a break and do something ~*fancy*~

Funny Story: I actually went and got a professional pedicure the day of my company Christmas party, and the ladies at the nail salon were studying my manicure HARDCORE!  They all couldn't believe I did it myself, and wanted to know how I did it of course!  ;) 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gingerbread Men Nail Art Stamping Manicure

Two nail looks in one day, you guys are so lucky! For this look I wanted to play with some of the many Christmas designs on my nail plates. This little gingerbread man comes from BM222 (I just cleaned off the excess design that surrounds him to just get the gingerbread man, and then stamped him twice. The color I used is the Sonia Kashuk brown from my earlier manicure. The candy cane in the middle of the two gingerbread men are from a set of plates I got from Born Pretty Store. This stamp was also used on my Candy Cane Nails from a couple of weeks ago.  I used the Konad Red stamping polish for them.

I think this is a really cute design, and is a great example of how to use multiple images and changing the images that come with the plates can be used to compose a "scene"  Hope you are liking this huge influx of Christmas designs this week!

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer Nails

Aren't these little guys cute?  I got the idea for them from IHaveACupcake on YoutubeWatch her video for a tutorial on how to do some of Santa's other little friends.  For my reindeer, I used a brown from Sonia Kashuk for the base color, Zoya Amanda for the snout, the Milani Red Sparkle for the nose.  This whole design was created using a dotting tool

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Sweater Nails

When I saw this pin on Pinterest, I fell in love!  What an awesome Christmas look!  Extra bonus: it came with a tutorial!  I'll be honest, this look was a challenge!  Mine definitely doesn't look as good as Never Too Much Glitter's I'm going to blame it on using nail polish instead of acrylic paint.  Here's hoping Santa brings me some for Christmas!

My base color for this manicure is Rimmel Gray Matter.  I used a white striper for the white parts, and a konad red stamping color for the red parts.  The deer and the snowflakes were stamped, not hand-done because I wanted them to look nice and so I could save some time. 

I know I'm the most inconsistent blogger out there, but I"m hoping to make that up to you with a TON of Holiday looks this week!  I've got a huge backlog of manicures, so I may be posting multiple times a day to give you some last minute nail art ideas!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Snowman Nails

Happy Friday!  Anyone have snow where they live?  If so, you might enjoy these cute snowman nails!
This look started with a couple of coats of OPI's Road House Blues.  Then I stamped the cute little snowmen from a stamp I got from Born Pretty Store.  The snowman on his own was cute, but didn't feel like enough, so I pulled out my dotting tool and dotted in some snow falling and some snow on the ground.  Then the look seemed a little too white, so I dotted in some Zoya Ivanka for the scarf to add a little color.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Candy Cane Nails

This cute stamp is from my favorite Nail Art Store, Born Pretty Store.  The red base color is Milani Red Sparkle.  This color reminds me of Dorothy's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz!  Such a great Christmas color!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Snowflake Tips

Here is a swatch of my base coat, Revlon Blue Lagoon.  I achieved this look with two coats of Blue Lagoon, stamping from Konad plate m59 across the tips, and a coat of China Glaze Snow Cap to give the look even more shimmer.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas over here!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Let It Snow Winner

Congratulations Francesca ()!  Your package is going in the mail this week!


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