Sparkling Snow

Sparkling Snow

New glittery Sephora polish from my husband + a simple, favourite design + general fatigue with Christmas designs = these nails, and the third time this season I’ve done such a snowflake design.

Here I topped one of my Christmas presents, Sephora Formula X’s Catalyst, with my go-to white, Revlon’s Spirit, and topped the whole thing off with a coat of yet another of my Christmas presents, Seche Vite, the undisputed king of high gloss top coats.

Twinkle, Twinkle

Twinkle, Twinkle

Oh, to actually see the stars! I live in a part of the world currently under siege by Mother Nature. In the past 36 hours we’ve seen snow, sleet, slush and every holiday traveller’s favourite, freezing rain. It’s like living in the world’s most tiresome, dangerous snow globe. Blue skies have been AWOL for days, as have the stars, and I’m beginning to feel a bit penned in.

But I can imagine a time in what I hope will be the very near future when it’s not crapping icy precipitation all over the city and when the clouds part long enough to let the stars sparkle and shine. Until then, I’ll have to settle for tiny depictions of same on my nails!

Oh, Deer

Oh, Deer

It’s said necessity is the mother of invention. I like to think it’s looking down at your nails and seeing that you’ve painted a giant striped cat fur into your thumbnail AGAIN, necessitating the invention of a completely new design to accommodate the offending feline hair follicle.

Here I painted a couple of lovestruck reindeer onto my thumb. I like to think they wandered onto my nails from somebody else’s nail art, shamelessly tromping all over my freshly painted fingertips before decamping to my thumb for a smooch, upon which the reindeer on the left tried to get fresh with the one on the right, who then whalloped him on the head with one of her hooves, resulting in his wonky black-eyed look. Hey, every nail art has its story. 😉

O, Christmas Tree

O, Christmas Tree

“Post-modern trees?” my husband asked. “Nope, just the regular modern variety,” I responded. Or more accurately, these are the done-in-under-half-an-hour nails of a person who is aggravatingly succumbing to a tremendously ill-timed bout of pre-Christmas flu and can’t be bothered to hunch over her nails for an hour painting holiday-themed details in tiny, painstaking detail. In short, being sick is not particularly conducive to the practice of nail art.

Still, there’s something quite festive and a tad more “adult” about these nails than your – and particularly my – Christmas designs. That they were dead simple – grab a dotting tool and dot on your trees, then sit back to cough and sneeze a bit – is a nice little added bonus.

The Christmas Sweater

The Christmas Sweater

In my favourite Christmas movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Ellen Griswold, family matriarch and the only thing standing between her husband Clark and certain death, wears the most amazing black cashmere sweater printed with little white snowflakes and red hearts. I loved that sweater when I was a kid and I continue to love it now; it certainly feels like something ModCloth might come through for me on!

Here I took the black and white and red theme and turned it a bit on its head, adding some wintery design details to three coats of my favourite new base, OPI’s My Vampire is Buff. I then topped the whole thing off with Essie’s Matte About You, which I regrettably applied a touch too early, resulting in a bit of smudging. Or I *meant* to do that and those are tiny pulls in the “fabric” of the “sweater”…yeah, okay, we’ll go with that. 😉

Just Like a Circus

Just Like a Circus

In preparation for the holiday gift-giving season, I’ve spent the evening getting in touch with my inner Deborah Lippman, whipping up goodies like it’s Santa’s beauty workshop around here. So far I’ve conjured together two polishes that turned out so well, I now have absolutely no intention of giving them away! Sorry to say, I’m a bona fide polish grinch.

Here I’m showing three coats of a creation I’m tentatively calling Clown Car, a juicy peachy-raspberry shade speckled with green, periwinkle, marigold and coral hex glitter. I’m pleased to report that it applied fairly well (some bald patches on the first coat, but better glitter distribution on the second) and dried to a nice, glossy finish, no top coat strictly necessary (but when is anything, textured polishes excluded, better without a top coat, hmm?)

Christmas Ham

Christmas Ham

This manicure, the head-on collision of some of my favourite design elements (pigs, hams and glitter, pffft, of course), represents my third and final entry in Nail Polish Canada’s Holiday Nail Art Challenge. This week’s theme was holiday memories, and because some of my favourite holiday memories involve moments shared around the dinner table, I thought I’d highlight, well, festive food. Or, you know, a festive food, namely the ham in its pre-and-post-cooked states. Yes, I’m kind of sick that way.

Here I dressed my becoming-signature piggies in some Santa caps, laid down a bit of homemade glitter over top of a gradient on my ring finger (called Hawaiian Ham, appropriately enough) and whipped up a glazed holiday ham over on my thumb. It’s like the circle of life. Quick, someone ring up Elton John – what that Lion King song needs are more references to pigs and smoked pork products!

So if you think my swine are fine and you’d like to vote for my festive fingertip piggies, please do so! The pigs and I thank you for your support. 😉

http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/2013-holiday-nail-art-challenge-week-3-holiday-memories/

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Or more accurately, the tree lot in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie’s sad little droopy tree and something on my thumb that *could* be Snoopy. If you squint. And don’t know what Snoopy looks like. And lo, the angel of the lord came upon them…and said, “You’re kidding me if you think THAT looks like Snoopy.”

I also note that my black polish dripped a bit across Snoopy’s face, making him look less like the Red Baron and more like Snoopy Scissorhands! But, as always, a holiday classic.