Thursday, January 28, 2016

The One With the #ThemedThursdayJan Winter Wonderland Theme

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 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!!

Colors Used:
  • Orly - Boho Bonnet
  • INM - Northern Lights
  • Acrylics
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.