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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.

12 comments:

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

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

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

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  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! :)

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  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. :)

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  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!

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  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?

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  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

    http://www.konadusa.com/

    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! :)

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