Thursday, 27 December 2012

The tale of the ever changing Christmas manicure...

Happy Christmas all! Today we'll have a traditional christmas fairytale. The hero (yours truly) will go through endless amounts of polish trouble, but trust me - it all ends well.

This year for christmas, I wanted to do something special for Christmas eve. I started out with this a few days before christmas, loving this winter theme but I wanted to do something more christmassy.

Instead I decided to go for red, a colour I never usually wear but it is just so very christmassy. I decided to wear China Glaze Ring in the Red, a polish given to me recently by the lovely Line. Now, I don't have a picture of this step, but it was pretty red. I have had to retrieve pics for this post from where I posted them to friends, because I kept deleting my own pictures in anger haha!

So being uncomfortable with just the red, I tried stamping.

Looking back at this step, it's actually quite pretty but I was being terribly difficult, so I changed it.

I once again went with China Glaze Ring in the Red, and decided to add Lynnderella Happy Holodaze. Another quite pretty step, that I did not save a picture of. But being unable to leave well enough alone I decided to add half moons to the mix. For this, I used some terrible stickers from Essence, that both tore off the polish and let the green polish seep under. *sigh*

So once again I started over, and I was determined to create that epic christmas mani! It was getting a bit late, but I decided to once again go with the China Glaze Ring in the Red (bottle level quickly dwindling) and some tape trees, topped with Lynn Happy Holodaze.

This one I actually quite liked! But as fate would have it, the snow started falling and I was stuck at home for another day before I could go to my parents' house for christmas. An extra day with no plans? You gotta change your manicure! And trying to avoid the acetone nightmare that was the night before, I went for safe and ended up with this:

Obviously inspired by the falling snow, it was still pretty much back where I started! But I do love these. Nubar Faded jeans with Girly Bits Smurf Dance and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

And christmas came and it was good :)

As a bonus picture, this is the (slightly modernised) traditional marzipan candy I made with my nephews:


(and don't forget to enter my new years give away!)

Sunday, 23 December 2012

New Years Giveaway!

I've been planning this giveaway for a while, but I have been way too busy to actually do anything about it. And by busy, I actually mean lazy. Today the snow stopped me from going to see my family for christmas, and I found myself with time to spare - so here we are!

This is what I have up for grabs - two specially made Nailant polishes:
New Years Eve (Kinky Panties) and New Years Day (Sick in Snow)

These are inspired by a similar set I made for a friend, but as I never write down recipes for my polishes, they are unique. They do however have one set of fraternal twins living with a friend of mine.

First up is New Years Eve (Kinky Panties)

It's a blackened purple jelly with fuchsia shreds. Here is three coats.

Next up is New Years Day (Sick in Snow)

It's a sheer pale shade of off white, with brown and orange glitter. Not unlike.... well you know what I mean! It's quite sheer, and can be layered. Here is three coats with no undies.

And here is how you enter:

The contest is open internationally will end at midnight CET on new years eve.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Emily de Molly: Abstract Canvas

I love all the current holiday manis, and I really wanted to do one myself today but I just had to try out this polish. It is really special and has a lot of multicoloured bright glitter and some big round black glitters that really enhance the abstract canvas look.

I layered it over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, which is a slightly dirty white. I choose this to support the look and name of the polish and give it an abstract canvas effect. 

I love the brightly coloured glitter with the black glitter, it gives a very clean look even with the messiness of multicoloured glitter:

You can follow Emily de Molly on Facebook and she has a shop on Etsy here, but any shipping outside of Australia is by ground and takes a good few months. I bought mine from Shoppe Eclecticco a great new shop run by the lovely Annette. They also have a very helpful Facebook page.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

WellNails The North Pole is a real place - The rest of 2012 challenge

The snow is falling, the wind is cold and I have been eating way to much chocolate - this can only mean one thing: winter is here! The challenge this time, is Winter Wonderland!

...and yes, I do know that I was supposed to post this before december 12th, but my christmas calender candle is only at the 10th so it totally counts!

I wanted to get that icy blue wintery feeling, so I started out with OPI What's With The Catitude? from the Shrek collection. This polish is SUCH a diva - so beautiful and yet so utterly impossible to work with. Sigh. This is 3 coats.

To light up the darkness I have this wonderful glow in the dark polish from WellNails called The North Pole is a real place. And wow does it ever glow! This is what happened when I tried putting it away in a dark drawer with a few GitD friends:

It really does glow so much, the others just can't compete. In this very unscientific experiment it is shown with a GitD pumpkin, Ninja Polish Spooky Floam, Dollish Polish Spectral Pup and China Glaze Ghoulish Glow.

Lastly, I stamped a few silver snowflakes on top with Sally Hansen Insta Dri Silver Sweep.


Go check out the lovely manicures from the other ladies in this challenge:

The challenge was created by the lovely Sonja from Sunday Manicures
Also participating is: Charlotte from Passion4Polish
Shiny Rainbow from Rainbowify Me
Anne Mette from AMNegle

You can buy WellNails here: WellNails shop

WellNails is created by the wonderfully creative Charlotte from Passion4Polish, and she also writes about her polishes here and you can follow any news from her on her Facebook.

Monday, 3 December 2012

China Glaze Glitter All The Way x3

I got this lovely polish in a secret santa swap from the lovely Sonja from Sunday Manicures. She also got me a couple of other great China Glaze glitters, because she is just THAT awesome!

For maximum bling effect, I layered it over OPI DS Radiance.

The next day also happened to be the day my order from A Englands recent sale arrived, so I just had to try adding a coat of Morgan Le Fay. 

Because matte glitter is awesome, my last go at this mani was adding a coat of Essie Matte About You

I love this polish in all versions, and it certainly won't be the last time I use it to light up a room this winter!