Good morning polished world! How are you all doing on this fine Thursday?! This week is going by super slow and I feel like today should be Friday. Oh well, what can you do....at least it's one more day before Friday.
Today is the last #ThemedThursdayJan prompt! I've been enjoying this challenge and I hope that the lovely ladies who created this will do a Themed Thursday February! Today's theme is winter wonderland! Back when I started my blog (a few more days until the 4 year anniversary!), I stumbled upon this winter berry manicure which was accented with a cute cardinal. I clearly remember pinning it with the hopes that my skills would improve and I would be able to re-create it. Each year since then, I have looked at it and never attempted it because I truly didn't believe I could manage the design.
When I saw the prompt for today, the manicure immediately popped into my mind. I think that it truly resembles a winter wonderland. Nine times out of ten when it's snowing outside and those large fluffy snowflakes are falling from the sky, I always happen to see the red cardinals jumping around or sitting on the bird feeder. For those little guys and me, it's a winter wonderland.
So I mustered up the courage and I attempted the manicure....and I am so HAPPY with how it turned out! Let's take a look!!
- Orly - Boho Bonnet
- INM - Northern Lights
Orly Boho Bonnet....oh how I love thee! This was one of my first ever Orly polishes and I really hope that someday in the near future Orly re-releases the shade. I was going to take a bottle shot with it, but I ended up dropping a brand new bottle of hunter green polish and it shattered and made such a mess on the carpet. So I spent most of my night scrubbing the carpet and ran out of time to take a decent bottle shot.
But anyways, Orly Boho Bonnet is a gorgeous dusty grey blue shade. You can get it to apply evenly in two coats, but I tend to use three. I ended up having a few bald spots on some nails because I was lightly applying the base. This time around I added a top coat of INM Northern Lights and holy gorgeous. It made the gorgeous shade pop.
When my base was dried, I went through with acrylics and created the designs. The branches, berries, and snow were easy. The thing I was most scared to do was that cardinal. I think that I did a pretty dang good job! He looks stinkin' cute! I started by making his body then added his little head. After he was dried, I went through with the black acrylic and started outlining different areas. Ahh, I just think he's so cute!
What do you think? Is this something you would try? Does it remind you of a winter wonderland?
I'm going to go stare at my nails for a little longer! Until next time, <3.