The One With the Christmas Light Manicure

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this cold, chilly Sunday?  I've had quite the relaxing weekend filled with sleeping, baking, and just a little bit of errand running.  Most of my errands consist of me returning all the clothes I ordered which didn't fit.  I much rather buy and return than go spend time in the stores.  Yes, I'm single handedly the reason why retail stores are caving in on themselves, but online shopping is so much easier and you don't have to deal with crowds.

One fun thing I was able to do this weekend was go around and look at all the Christmas lights!  If you follow me on Instagram, I posted a photo of one of the bushes out front of my house with some snow and twinkle lights on it.  It of course inspired me for today's nail art which is a re-creation of one I did yeaaaaars ago.

If you've been following me for a long time, then you know each year I have painted the Christmas light design.  When I first started the blog, I did the sponge french tip design which gave the illusion of snow.  The year after that I did a plain glittery white base, then the last two years after purchase Nine Zero Lacquer Twinkle Lights, I created the design on top of that.  Even though that polish is gorgeous, I didn't want to do that again this year.

Therefore, it was back to the sponged tips!  Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • Morgan Taylor - I'm Drawing a Blanco
  • Acrylics

Absolutely obsessed with this manicure!  The reason I'm posting it a few days late to the blog is because I wore it for four days and it delayed my painting of a new manicure to post later this week.  How could I take it off though when it was so perfect?  Seriously, I think this is my favorite recreation ever!

To get the look, I started off with a plain base coat.  I then sponged on some ORLY White Tips.  Once I had the white how I wanted it, I took Morgan Taylor I'm Drawing a Blanco and sponged some more on.  This gave the white a frosty, glittery fresh snow look.  I tried using a plain glitter and it looked horrible, so when I looked and found this polish it all came together wonderfully.

Once that was all dry, I went through with my acrylics and small paint brushes and got to work on my little twinkle lights.  A little bit of tooth pick details and outlining, and I was done.

What do you think?  Love this look?  Think you'd try it?

Until next time, <3.


The One With the Christmas-y Looking Roses

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world! How are you all doing today?  It's cold here....yes, cold.  Winter has hit early, and honestly I'm not going to lie, I'm okay with it.  I love nothing more than being inside in the warmth baking all of the things.  On Sunday I was hoping to bake cookies upon cookies, but alas my day kind of got away from me, so I'm going to try tonight!

Even though my day got away from me, I still am managing to get my nails done and photos edited.  Only issue always ends up being is the whole writing of the blog post.  Since I've promised to bring Christmas designs all December, I had to get my booty in gear and get a kick start.  It's also motivating me to actually blog because I do not want to disappoint.

Today's designs isn't a traditional Christmas manicure, but it has the Christmas colors.  It's my kick off to Christmas.  I saw a cute rose design on Instagram and decided to put my twist on it.  Got to work, and I'm pretty sure the end result is my favorite rose manicure to date.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - Peace, Love, and Sandy Feet
  • Serendipity Polish - Sunshine Rainbow
  • Acrylics/various polishes
Isn't this the best rose manicure ever???  I am so proud of my skills and how I've come along as a nail artist.  I don't like to toot my own horn, but I'm so pleased with my details in the mini roses, even right down on the little leaves.  They were tedious but so worth it in the end!

I love the color pallete as well!  The colors just go so well together, and really give it a Christmas-y feel.   That gold glitter accent nail really set it off and I'm so happy I did it.  I debated on doing all my nails with roses, but last second switched it to the gold.  So, so, so happy I did!

What do you think?  Like this look?

Until next time, <3.

Monthly Mani Favs

The One With November's #MonthlyManiFavs

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's the first post of December, therefore it's time to share my #MonthlyManiFavs from the month prior.  I meant to have this post up on the 2nd, but I thought today was the 2nd and not yesterday.  Fail on me for not looking at a calendar properly.

Well, anyways, it's time to share those monthly mani favs so I can get my butt onto posting Christmas manicures!  Cannot believe it's December and Christmas is just a few weeks away.  I have spent my whole weekend watching Netflix Christmas movies.  Top picks: Christmas Chronicles, Christmas Inheritance, and Spirit of Christmas.  All of you need to go watch those now, or after you read this post....

Let's take a look!

  1. The One With the Re-Creation of the Fall Dot Manicure - Absolutely have loved this one each year that I've done it.  It's been about three years in a row and it just never gets old.
  2. The One With the Pure Ice Floral Manicure - Guys, do you see that blue?  Okay, it's called Teal Appeal, but it looks more blue to me.  Regardless, one of my favorite manicures ever.  I need to use that polish a lot more.
  3. The One With the Pumpkin Mani I Meant to Post a Week Ago - This is the manicure I meant to post a lot earlier in the month but totally forgot about.  I did this in the beginning of November to match a cute leaf swing dress I bought for the Harvest Dinner at work.  Not only did the dress receive a lot of compliments, but so did this manicure.
  4. The One With the Fall Floral Manicure That I Forgot to Post for Thanksgiving - Do you notice a theme with the last two posts?  LOL . I loved this one though none-the-less.  I actually wore it for about 5 days which is abnormal for me.  Loved my glitter gradient.
Which do you like?  Ready for some Christmas/winter manicures?  I best get to work!

Until next time, <3.


The One With the Pumpkin Mani I Meant to Post a Week Ago

9:00:00 AM

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing this week?  I did some MAJOR Christmas decorating this weekend.  Not only did I decorate four 7 foot trees at work, I came home and put a crud ton of lights on my house.  I'm not going to lie, I'm still quite exhausted from it.  Since I knew I was going to be doing all this decorating, I had swatch on my nails so I wouldn't be upset if they chipped.

With all this decorating, I literally forgot to post today's pumpkin manicure.  Yup, that's right, this post was supposed to go up around Thanksgiving and I completely forgot.  Of course I didn't realize this until I came to the blog last evening to post a different manicure and saw the pumpkin draft just sitting there.

Since November isn't over, then it's still perfect timing for me to post this!  Fall is just ending, and winter is coming.  That means Christmas and snow manicures are coming soon!!!

Let's take a look at the pumpkins first.

Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Alma
  • Sally Hansen - Champagne Supernova
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Isn't it cute?  I actually did this manicure to match a dress I wore to the Harvest Dinner at work.  I was so fall festive that evening.  The orange was a perfect Fall orange where I didn't feel like the manicure had a Halloween vibe.  Seriously, Zoya Alma is gorgeous.  Two coats and full coverage, and I was scared it was going to take more because of the jelly formula.  It built up quite nicely.

Really was thrilled with this design. First time I attempted this design of a pumpkin and was pleased with the final look.

What do you think?  Like this design?  Fan of Alma by Zoya?

Until next time, <3.