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The One With the Glittery Tipped Snowflake Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Hey polished world and Happy Sunday to you all!  I meant to have a post up yesterday but my Friday was crazy as crazy can be.  I worked an eleven hour day, which didn't stop when I got home.  So really, you could say I worked 12 hours.  Which let's face it, no one wants to do that on a Friday.  Although, I will say I didn't mind being indoors for all those hours because it was only about 19 degrees outside on Friday.

So, remember last post how I said I'm feeling all things snowflake since it finally feels like winter?  Well, today I'm bringing you another snowflake manicure!  This one is inspired by one NailStorming did and I fell in love with.  A gorgeous silver sponged glittery tip with snowflakes drawn over the top.  While I like the manicure, I still think her's is better.

We will let you be the judge though. Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • INM - Northern Lights
  • OPI - This Crown Needs a Gown
  • China Glaze - Disco Ball Drop
Alright, it's kind of grown on me since I did it the other night.  I did love the gradient I did using This Crown Needs a Gown and Disco Ball Drop.  This Crown Needs a Gown is one of my all time favorite silver polishes and I really wish OPI would re-release it.  It's such a shimmery metallic silver polish that has the most gorgeous satin finish.  If anyone has any idea where I can grab more bottles, let me know!

Once I had the sponged silver on the nail, I then went through and added Disco Ball Drop.  The pictures didn't capture this gorgeous glitter, but in real life my nails are sparkling thanks to this holographic silver glitter!  I'm not going to lie, I completely forgot I owned this polish.  I'm going to have to put it on top of everything so I never forget about it again.



After the gradient was just how I liked it, I went through with acrylics and added the snowflakes.  I love the white flakes, but I feel like the blue is a little out of place.  NailStorming did pink snowflakes on hers, and I'm not a huge pink fan, so that's why I opted for blue.  Also, I felt that blue was more winter-like.  I think if I were to re-create this design, I would only do white snowflakes or an even lighter blue.

What do you think?  Should I have not gone with blue?

Until next time, you know....when I probably have another snowflake manicure to share with you. <3.


Orly

The One With the First Snowflake Manicure of the Year

9:00:00 AM


Hey everyone!!!  How are you all doing today?  It's Thursday and boy is this week dragging!!  It was about 11am yesterday and I thought that it was 5pm.  Alas, it was 11am and I had a day full still of work, meetings, and more work.  I feel life gets like that right before the weather changes, and that's exactly what it's doing here!  The other day it was in the high 40s, now it's in the 20s and we have snow. 

I'm not going to lie, we haven't had a lot of snow yet this winter season and it's been kind of sad to me.  I love at least one good snow storm.  A foot or two of white, sparkly snow covering the ground, all the branches outlined in white.....it's just so gorgeous.

The other thing I love about snow is snowflake nail art!!  I feel weird painting snowflakes on my nails when it's gloomy with no snow.  So be prepared, I have a feeling that I'm going to be doing a few snowflake designs until this accumulation melts.  Now knowing where I live and how the weather goes, that will be by the weekend.  Sigh.

Until then, let's take a look at today's snowflake design!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
Not going to lie, I'm kind of obsessing over black, white, and holographic silver nails lately.  Right before the New Year I posted a black, white, and silver holo heart design, then I ended up painting this one right after it, and then after this one I painted yet another silver, black, and white design which is probably my favorite manicure EVER.   But, you'll have to wait to see that one.....



I really loved this manicure, especially the dots on the index and pinkie finger.  I feel that it really felt like falling snow, and it tied in the white ring finger so well.  I also loved how the silver accent was just that, a silver accent.  It wasn't at all on the other nails, but tied the manicure together so well.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Anyone else like the black, white, and silver nails?

Until next time, <3.

China Glaze

The One With China Glaze 2Nite and Roses

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  We are yet again to another Monday and a full work week.  I'm actually happy that we are back to the normal schedule again.  The past two weeks have been a complete cluster and I feel like I'm so behind.  I did stay late on Friday and get some work done and made myself some lovely to-do lists for the week.  Now hopefully I can get the work done with little to no interruptions.  Who am I kidding, it's a Monday, everything crazy happens on a Monday.

So new year, same nail art.  Maybe?  Actually, new year, new nail polish.  It's not new polish for other bloggers, but for me it is.  A few months ago I purchased the China Glaze OMGFlashback Holo collection and never got around to using it.  I used one polish then the others went on my untried shelf and never were touched.  I'm kicking myself that it has taken so long, because now I've used two, and they both are equally amazing!!!!

Let's take a look at today's manicure!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - 2Nite
  • Assorted Polishes
Look.how.gorgeous.this.polish.is.  Guys, if you don't have this collection, I strongly urge you to go online and find it ASAP.  2Nite is a gorgeous two coater linear holographic polish.  The effect of the holo is so strong in all types of settings.  I'm just still in shock by it.



Do you see that holo???  Ahhhh!  I almost didn't want to cover it up but I was feeling some roses so I decided to throw a few on there, while not completely covering up the holo.

What do you think? Fan of this manicure?? Love this holo??

Until next time, <3.

Year in Review

The One With the Favorites of 2018!

9:00:00 AM

Hey polished world!!!  As promised, here is the 2018 year in review!!  As I said in my last post, I'm shocked that we are in 2019.  I feel that it was just yesterday that I was posting the 2017 favorites!  So here I am, starting 2019 off right, one manicure post, and now my two review posts.  Maybe this means this year I'll post on time and have a more consistent schedule.

I went through all my Monthly Mani Fav posts to figure out which were my favorite for the year, and I'm not going to lie, it was rather tough decision to make.  It came down to two each month, and I ended up sending those posts to my friend who made the final selection.  Each time she picked the one I was leaning towards to be my favorite.

Without further ado, let's take a look at my favorite manicures of 2018!!  Starting with the top left and going around clockwise.


  • The One With ORLY Bling - I love ORLY Bling, but I hate the removal process, so we will never see a re-creation of this design using this base.  This look is amazing because of the 90s/Saved By The Bell vibe it has.
  • The One With the Valentine's Day Nail Art - I remember when I did this manicure on my nails and I wasn't too fond of it because it took forever to do.  It's weird that I feel like it was just yesterday.  Regardless, after photographing the design, I loved the cartoon look it had to it.
  • The One With the Interlocking Dot Manicure - I think I had an interlocking design on my 2017 favorites.  How can you go wrong with mint and black?  I guess it's that time of the year for me to re-create an interlocking design!
  • The One With the Pastel Paint Drip Manicure - A fun pastel sponge design with the black paint drip design!  I love paint drip manicures and I don't do them nearly enough.
  • The One With the Abstract Dry Brush Manicure - This color combination is one of my favorites from the year.  Of course I was inspired by another blogger because I'm not that creative to come up with fun color combinations.
  • The One With the Daisies and ORLY Blue Suede - This is one of my favorite ORLY polishes, and that says a lot seeing as I love all my ORLY's.  Of course, daisies made the list....I only did about 10 daisy designs this year.
  • The One With the Dainty Dot Flower - If I had to pick my favorite from the year, it would be this manicure.  I love the vintage floral design.  It reminds me of an old tea cup my great grandmother would have.
  • The One With the China Glaze Palm Trees - ahhhh Summer.  I have a love hate relationship with summer.  I love the sunshine and warmth, but hate the humidity and long days.  Yes, I'm weird, get over it.  But I do love this palm tree design.
  • The One With the Last Summer-y Palm Tree Manicure - Yes, two palm tree designs in a row, but I loved this one so much.  It's the design I wore to the Brett Eldredge concert which was my end of summer show.  Can I just go back to that day, please?
  • The One With the Spooky Spider Web Manicure - My favorite Halloween design.  The sponged white over the top of the holographic grey....ahhhh loved it.
  • The One With the Pure Ice Floral Manicure - Love this Pure Ice polish and the dainty floral nail art.  Weird how I can remember the manicure I did in February, but not the one in November.  I totally forgot about this beauty.
  • The One With the Christmas-y Looking Roses - My favorite rose manicure that I've ever created.  This manicure to me shows me how much I've grown as a nail artist just by looking at the detail in my itty bitty roses.
What do you think?  Any of these your favorite???

I cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store for me and this blog!!!!

Until next time, <3.