Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

  Finally, a week and a half before Christmas, I have a festive mani for you.  With trying to baby these nails, the busy schedule of work/school, and being sick, I feel like I haven't had time to do half of the holiday nails I wanted to have done by now.  There is still time though!  I would prepare for quite a lot of holiday manicures in the upcoming week and a half.  :)

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  For these nails, I started off with OPI DS Bold, followed by a heavy sponging of the tips with Zoya Ivanka.  Finally, I topped it off with silver swirls using Zoya Trixie and Konad plate m64.  The overall effect was very sparkly and festive.  I took this manicure off on Friday... and I haven't painted my nails again yet.  :(  Still sick, but I will paint my nails today - sometime in between studying for my final and sleeping on the couch.


  1. you're right, it's beginning to look a lot like christmas!

  2. This mani is amazing!!
    I really love it!

  3. Can't believe Christmas is that close! Feeling ya on the no time thing. So Metallicy and appropriate for the season

  4. I've decided I'll be trying this for my xmas mani before going to family. Going to give this red w/ white swirls do a little while before I take on a sponge again.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Lacquered Lady: I can't vouch for anyone else, but from youtube videos / asking around, I've gotten that cosmetic sponges are the way to go. I found a big bag of them for a few dollars at walgreens. :)

  6. Really great job! I have a work Christmas party next week and was thinking of doing something similar with red and green. :) The stamping really ties it all together!

  7. Hi! Discovered you from a post on pinterest. My daughter loves to do her nails so I know she will love your blog. Question I have (b/c I know she will ask!)-what are the "plates" that you talk about? I assume they are mini-stencils of some sort, but where do you get them?

  8. Thanks so much for all of the fabulous comments! I am so glad you guys like this one and that some of you are planning on using similar ideas! :)

    Lacquered Lady - For sponging, honestly right now I am just using little pieces from a basic household sponge that I cut off. I really want to get some cosmetic sponges next time I am at the store (and remember...) though, been meaning to try that.

    Redeeming the Time - "Plates" are Konad or other stamping plates. It is a system with small images imbedded in a metal disc, that you paint over, remove the excess polish, use a stamper to pick up and transfer to your nails. Here is the site for Konad


    You can also get plates (Konad and other brands) from many online sites. I have been planning on posting a basic tutorial on stamping soon, so look for that and let me know if you have any other questions! :)