Winter Solstice Nails

Week 3 of December’s Nail Art Ideas Linkup is WINTER SOLSTICE.  December 21st is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere (that date is also the summer solstice for the southern hemisphere).  The sun is the lowest in the sky during the winter solstice and it’s also the one day of the year with the least sunlight.  I was googling images for the solstice for some nailspiration and most of the images had the moon in them.  Which is kind of weird considering the solstice is all about the sun’s position, but hey, I’m a cancer moonchild so I’m happy to do another lunar design.  I wanted to incorporate the moon and some blue wintery colors.  Here’s what I came up with…

blue winter solstice nails

I used Nailuminium’s tutorial for inspiration.  Check it out here: CANDY TRIP TUTORIAL by NAILUMINIUM.  Her candy trip swirl nails are amazing!!!!  I’ve been wanting to try them out for a while now!  I should’ve stuck to her tutorial and made all my nails swirly, but I got a little too creative and made some different patterns.  Like my weird ring finger which does not look as cool as my swirly pointer finger!  Oh well!

winter solstice nailsI like this kinda nail art since it doesn’t require any special planning or concentration.  Sure, it took a long time, but I didn’t burn through any brain cells in the process…. I just kept painting swirl upon swirl until the nails were filled with designs! Lookit, even my right hand came out great!! ↓

right hand winter nails

I used nail polish for this design.  I never really use acrylics, but they would work fine too (Nailuminium used acrylics in her tutorial).  I started with a good base coat and two coats of OPI Alpine Snow.  Then I painted my swirls with a nail art brush and a few different colors.  I used a silver, a dark blue, a light blue and a mint green.

As for my moons, the craters look cool I think! The moons was painted with Zoya Dove and I made craters by making a big dark dot, then a smaller lighter dot inside.  They’re kinda cute- I might have to try some more moon nails!

Winter NailsSo what do you think?  Did this spark your creativity to come up with a WINTER SOLSTICE design too???  Here’s the inlink for our #NAILLINKUP if you’d like to join!

N.A.I.L. December Theme 3 – Winter Solstice

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Shopping Nails for #NAILLINKUP

It’s week two of the December N.A.I.L. Linkup and the theme is shopping.  If you’re like me, the word shopping in December means a mad scramble to finish your holiday shopping list!  Luckily, I got most of my shopping done on friday.  The only time I ever really visit Kohl’s is Christmastime… and what amazing deals they have!  Then they give you Kohls CASH which is icing on the cake!  I got gifts for everyone on my list and now I’ve even got gifts on my nails! Let’s take a look at my shopping nails for #NAILLINKUP…..

Christmas Gifts nails

The wrapping paper and bows came out great!  They’re actually decals that I made.  I’ve shown you how to make decals here, but I’ve never tried it with stamping before.  So basically, I stamped the gifts onto a plastic baggie using my MoYou Festive 03 plate.  Then I painted on top of the gift stamps with green/gold/blue and then I topcoated it.  Once it was dry (overnight) I peeled it off the baggie, flipped it over, et voila!  A pretty little painted present!  I got the idea from Indian Ocean Polish’s blog.  Everytime I login to pinterest I go ga-ga over her decals so I just had to try them out!  Here’s her tutorial- you should check it out!

I’m also happy to wear red again.  I’m loving red more and more lately!  Shown here is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Cherry Red.  I’m really impressed with it’s formula!

holiday shopping nails

Be sure to check out the other girls’ designs for the Linkup- see the blue guy below!  If you’d like to join in, here’s more info on the linkup

N.A.I.L. December Theme 2 – Shopping

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Candy swirls for my friends

Hey all!  I haven’t posted in a few days but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been doin lotsa nail designs!   I’ve been busy making some festive diy nail decals using some of my moyou plates…and I also did some holiday candy swirl manicures for my friends.  Let’s check them out….

For Vanessa’s nails we didn’t really have a plan, but we wanted to go with glittery red and gold.  I started with two coats of Butter London Chancer, a red glitter that glows just like Dorothy’s shoes!  Then we dotted her ring fingers to created some triangular christmas tree shapes.  Accent nails are always fun!  Then for the other fingers we sponged some gold glitter on the tips.  It looked so festive and glimmery, but we didn’t stop there… we were on a roll.  Vanessa wanted some stamping on top for extra pizazz so we decided on MoYou Festive 03 plate which has a cute peppermint candy swirl design.  We used a silver polish for stamping, but then I free-hand outlined the stamp with some dark green polish to make the swirl stand out.  I really like the effect that the outline created.  We also added some rhinestone bling to the center of each nail and on top of our accent nail xmas trees!  Here they are ↓red and gold candy swirl nails

Vanessa’s nail are usually much longer but she had to cut them recently for her piano class.  She also has an upcoming piano recital for her final grade.  Pianists nails should be short and simple so I hope these nails don’t get in the way during her recital.  However, I think she should get extra credit for nails like these.  Don’t you agree?  😉

Ored and gold candy swirl nails 2

Now let’s take a look at the nails I did for Sue!  The candy swirl design was a winner in my mind, so I tried it again on Sue’s nails, but using a different color combo.  Check them out↓

peppermint candy nails

I used a cream white OPI called Alpine Snow as a base color and then stamped on top using a red holo called Sparkle Ruby by L.A. Girl.  It’s funny how the photos look like we used pink instead of red. We decided to use a photo editing filter to fancy up the pics- but they still look pink.  Oh well!

We hope that Sue’s candy swirl manicure lasts a while since she has some MBA graduation festivities coming up.  I used Orly Bonder as a basecoat so hopefully they will withstand the test of time.  🙂  And congrats to Sue on her MBA- all her hard work has paid off and I’m so proud of her!

peppermint candy nails 2

If anyone wants to drive themselves over to my house- I’ll gladly paint your nails too!  But we just got slammed with a massive snowfall in NY so I assume most of my friends will be hibernating this weekend. 🙂

See you tomorrow for my next holiday manicure!  The theme for our December NAIL LINKUP this week is SHOPPING and I have some fun homemade nail decals to show you.  Cheers!

Holiday Memories Nails

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It’s the third and final week of Nail Polish Canada’s 2nd Annual Holiday Nail Art Challenge!  What a bunch of fun this challenge has been!

minnewaska painting by justin reedThe theme for this week’s nail art is HOLIDAY MEMORIES so I tried to think back to one moment that stood out to me.  It winds up being Christmas 2010 and it was my first holiday with my boyfriend Justin.  He’s an amazing artist (he paints mostly movie paintings and posters) but he worked on something different that season- an awesome landscape painting that he created just for me.  He painted Lake Minnewaska since we went there on one of our first dates.   He even had the painting professionally framed.  I cried when I unwrapped it- it was a complete surprise and so thoughtful.  I thought, “wow, this guy’s a keeper”!  I’ve included a photo of the painting so you can see too.  This is what I based today’s nail art on!

I painted a few nails with trees, lake and clouds to simulate the landscape.  Ok, I don’t have Justin’s painting skills, but not many people do ! lol!  I tried my best.  Then I painted my other nails with X’s and O’s to give the feeling of love and romance since it was our very first Christmas together.  I dunno why my green O’s look so bright in the pics though…they weren’t quite so bright in real life.  But I like the green and red combo- it gives it more of a festive feel.  I really like the x’s and o’s pattern too- I will have to try this again sometime!  Maybe for valentines day if I change up the colors.

christmas love nails

Anyway, I hope you like my nails! If you’d like to vote for me or any other mani here’s the link: HOLIDAY MEMORIES CONTEST.  There’s been a ton of talent so far on the Nail Polish Canada page, it will be hard to pick a favorite!

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

Fireplace on Netflix!

Ok, I found the cutest thing ever on Netflix streaming!

fireplace for your home

It’s a phony fireplace!  You can search for it under the title “Fireplace for your Home”.  Netflix has two different episodes for it- one is a crackling fire and the other is a crackling yule log that plays Christmas music in the background.  Cute, right?  I can’t wait to stream this when we’re opening presents later this month.

Feel free to re-blog….and enjoy!

How to apply water slide decals to your nails- a quick tutorial!

There are mainly two types of nail decals: 1-STICKERS which are traditional sticky-type decals with adhesive backing and 2-WATER SLIDE DECALS which must be dipped in water to become adhesive.  I have only recently tried water slide decals and they’re so much easier to use than I expected!  When compared to traditional stickers, water slide decals are much more forgiving, especially for beginners.  They’re not very sticky which means you can move them around as much as you want to get them positioned just right.  On the other hand, traditional adhesive stickers are very sticky so you better place them carefully- you only get one shot at it!  Most of us know how to use sticky stickers….but in case you’ve never used water slide decals before- I’d like to show you how!

moon sugar roses

I was recently sent some rose Moon Sugar Decals to test out.  I’ve only tried water slide decals once before, but these Moon Sugars applied very similarly to the others- so here’s how I did it….

1) Paint your nails whatever base color you’d like.  Wait for your nails to dry a bit.  They don’t have to be totally dry, but you don’t want them wet and tacky either.

2) Cut out your nail decals with scissors so all you have is the design without much clear border around them.

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3)  Do your decals have a clear plastic protective coating?  If so, you’ll want to peel it off after you cut your decal to size.  Moon Sugar Decals do not have a protective layer, but some do.

3) Grab your decal with tweezers and submerge it in water.  Hold the decal under the surface of the water for about 15-20 seconds.  See photo below.

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4) Remove your decal from the water and it should easily slide off of the paper backing.  I like to grip the decal between my pointer and thumb fingers and it should slide right off the backing.  If the decal does not slip off when you do this then that means you didn’t submerge it long enough.  Simply dunk the decal for a few more seconds and try again.  When it’s ready it will slide right off the paper with barely any pressure as seen below….

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5)  Then place the decal on your nail.  You’ll see that it’s not too sticky so you’ll have the opportunity to slide it around on your nail ’til you find the right spot.

6) After placing your decal then apply some pressure to help squeeze out any water that may be under the decal.  The pressure caused by pushing down on it will also help it stick to your nail better.

7) Wait a couple minutes til you know any droplets of water have dried up and then apply topcoat to get the decal to really stick!  That’s it.  Here’s my finished product….

moon sugar rose decals

This brand seemed easy to apply.  They are also pretty tough so you don’t have to worry about tearing them if you rough ’em up or re-position them on your nail a bunch of times.  My only problem was that I got some bubbling around the corners of my decals after applying my topcoat.  I used seche vite topcoat for this mani.  I’m not sure how other topcoats would work.  One of my decals also lifted up a bit on the edge of my nail since I didn’t trim it enough.  So if you are using large decals make sure to snip them a bit so they fit your nails well (you don’t want any overhang).

What do you think of this rose design?  Because my nails are pointy I didn’t quite know how to position them.  I think they were designed to be worn on the tips of square nails, but they still look really cool.  Moon Sugar has a bunch of other awesome decals to choose from too.  Here’s a few of my faves– Rainbow Nature Girl and Dream Catcher.  Since they’re only a few bucks each I’m tempted to try them both!

→If you’re interested in purchasing some Moon Sugars I have a wicked discount code for you- use code 25CRAFTYNAIL ’til December 31st, 2013 to save 25% at moonsugardecals.com.  It’s also good to know that they offer everyday free shipping in the US.

So what do you think?  Do you wear water slide decals?  Do you apply them the same way?  These are kinda new for me, but I like them!

Zoya Chita

I don’t do too many swatches on my blog, as I focus more on nail art.  But textured polishes are so complex, they are almost like nail art, don’t ya think?  They’re a quick and easy way to get nails with WOW FACTOR! 🙂

Zoya Chita

Shown here is two coats of Zoya Pixie Dust called Chita.  One coat of this green could almost do the trick.  But I went with two since I was planning on wearing it all week for my work trip to Las Vegas.  I wore it for 6 days and it held up well, but my dominant right hand got some chips towards the end of the week. I like this stuff since it’s opaque, dries fast, doesn’t need topcoat, and looks pretty darn cool!  I got some compliments on it from random people.  That’s always nice.

Zoya Chita Swatch

It snowed in Vegas by the way!  ‘For real’ snow, like for several hours!  Sorry to everyone else who was in Vegas then.  I’m pretty sure I brought the bad weather with me from New York LOL.  It was freezing there all week.  But that just meant I had to stay inside more during my down-time… which means: SHOPPING!  Check out my new ring.  It was only $6!

vegas ring

Every ring I tried on looked great next to my Zoya Chita nails.  I think it was a good polish choice for my trip.  Festive, hardy and fun!  *And yes, my fingers look freakishly long in this pic, but I’m almost 6 feet tall, so I guess that’s expected! Hahaha!

Speaking of shopping– that’s the theme for this week’s NAIL ART IDEAS LINKUP challenge.  I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet, so hopefully our Linkup will inspire me!!!  There’s so many options for SHOPPING-themed nails.  Your favorite gift, something on your wishlist, coupon codes, money flushing down the toilet, presents under the tree…. and I think I might even have some Cheeky stamps with shopping images on them.   I hope you join the LINKUP too- click the graphic below for more info!

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See you next time! Talk soon.  🙂