Friday, December 11, 2015

Holly Jolly Holly Nail Art


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today??  It's Friday which means tomorrow is what I have now renamed to Sleep In Day.  It's still unseasonably warm here.  It is expected to be in the upper 50s today, and then possibly in the 60s this weekend.  I cannot believe it because this time last year we had snow on the ground.  It just does not feel like December 11th.

Despite it not feeling like December 11th and that Christmas is right around the corner, I still have to be festive and create holiday manicures.  Part of me is feeling more in the Christmas spirit now that my Nine Zero Christmas polishes arrived.  They weren't used for today's manicure but my next post should.

While I was waiting for my Nine Zero Lacquers, I dug around in my Melmer and found some very Christmas-y looking polishes.  I decided to do a holly design since I never really have done one before.  My mind started thinking and I came up with this little mani.

Let's take a look!





Colors Used:
  • FingerPaints - Paper Mache
  • Salon Perfect - He's With Me
  • Zoya - Chita

I forgot what a gorgeous polish Chita is.  It's one of the original formula Pixie Dust polishes.  It has full coverage in one coat, but I decided to go for two with this manicure.  I didn't have a reason behind it other than I feel weird just having one coat of polish on my nails.

He's With Me....awful name, gorgeous polish.  It's a dupe of China Glaze Red Ruby Pumps.  I won this polish last year during a Nail It! Magazine giveaway and I'm super happy to have it as part of my collection.  It's a red jelly pack with super super tiny microglitter.  I absolutely love it, and I'm not a huge fan of red polishes.


To get the look, I started off with a base of white polish.  When that was dried, I used a dotting tool and added the little holly berries.  I then used a toothpick and drew on the leaves using Chita.  I find it's eaiser to use a toothpick instead of a nail art brush when working with the Pixie Dusts for art because they are so packed with glitter it can clump up on the brush and become unworkable.  You definitely have more control when using a toothpick.  You could also use the your smallest dotting tool.

What do you think?  Like this holly look?  Something you think you might try??

You'll have to bear with me for a little bit when it comes to my photos.  So I got this brilliant idea to start taking photos in my room using my lamp instead of using my lightbox.  I figured it would be easier, especially for bottle shots since all my polishes are right there.  Yeah, well it ends up being a nightmare for photo editing.  Then my sets of photos don't look the same.  I do like the bottle shots using the polishes I used.  I need to set up my Ottlight in my room and see if it would be any better.  Maybe the Ottlight and a black shirt for a back drop?  I don't know, I have to try.  Easiest solution would be to take the polish too my lightbox, but I would love to phase my old busted lightbox out.  It's so broken and beat up.  My dad did buy me a professional one, but I need my Ottlight and room for it.  Ugh....the problems of being a nail blogger.

I'll figure it all out.  Let me know if you're liking the new bottle shots or if I should go back to the INM bottle.

Until next time, <3.