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12 Days of Christmas -Nails – Day 12 – Frosty Christmas Lights December 23, 2011

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“On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Twelve Drummers Drumming” My husband already plays drums, I really don’t need more drumming in the house, but I suppose if its like “Bring in da noise, bring in da funk” it’d be ok.

Today’s nails look like the drum shattered the ice.  I painted each of my nails the color of one of the lights on my christmas decorations.  After they were each dry I coated them with some Seche Vite.  Then I added a coat of Sally Hansen’s white crackle coat.  The interesting thing here is that I used Kleencolor red holo for the red nails and it seems to have seeped through the Seche Vite and then even more it seeped into the crackle coat. It made the white look pink. None of the rest of the colors bled into the coat.  Here they are!

 

And now I have a very special treat for you.  I’ve been in contact with a very special organization (http://www.adoptapolish.org/) which helps lonely polishes find new homes.  Their adoption process for the first group of polishes ends on New Years Eve (December 31st).  These polishes come from all different backgrounds and have a different story to tell. You can see their pictures and read their stories. If one sounds like it will be a good fit for you then you can write up an adoption application and maybe if the polish chooses your application  then it will go home to you.  See more details below the break.  I’ve put in my application, have you?

*I have received nothing in exchange for this promotion of the program – I just think it is super neat and hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!

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12 Days of Christmas -Nails – Day 11 – Stamps (not for the mail) December 22, 2011

Before I get on with my post I want to say hi to all of you! I have gotten quite a few new followers over the last two weeks and I want to say hi. I’m so glad you are finding my posts interesting enough that you want to read more!  I’m always open to comments, so if there is something you’d like to see or a product you’d like me to review, just let me know :)

“On the Eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Eleven Pipers Piping” I like music – I wonder what type of music they are playing? Perhaps “The Twelve days of Christmas”

I’ve got some super fun nails today – though they have nothing to do with pipers piping.  I used my stamps from the Born Pretty store and there were some super cute christmas stamps!  I have Christmas trees, snowmen, candy canes, Christmas bells, and rudolph the red nosed reindeer.  Check ‘em out.

   

What is your favorite Christmas or winter symbol?

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12 Days of Christmas -Nails – Day 10 – Snow on the ground December 21, 2011

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“On the Tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Ten Lords a-Leaping” Maybe they could dance with the the nine-ladies dancing, but one poor guy will be left out.

My nails certainly haven’t felt left out this holiday season. I’ll change it up from the traditional Christmas hues to a nice winter snowy color. When I was applying my white Zoya followed by Cosmetics Arts Fairy Dust, the song “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” kept going through my head.  My nails remind me of that fake snow that people use on their miniature towns. It’s all glittery and white.

What do you like to do when it snows out?

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12 Days of Christmas -Nails – Day 9 – Glittery Christmas December 20, 2011

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“On the Ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Nine Ladies Dancing” That sounds pretty – but not terribly useful.

Something else that isn’t useful – but is pretty is a set of painted nails.  Today I bring you a glitter and accent nail style. On the 4 green fingers is Wet n’ Wild’s SaGreena the Teenage Witch and the accent nail is Zoya Kristi. SaGreena is – in my opinion a perfect clone of Holly. Some people have said Sagreena is much darker – but when I swatched both under all lighting in my house the two colors were identical and the amount of shimmer was the same too! (but you get what you pay for – I like the zoya formula better – it seems to peel off less.)  Then on top of all nails I added a medium thickness coat of Wet n’ Wild’s The Gold and The Beautiful.  It is super sheer (up to ~7 layers) so it just added a subtle gold shimmer to the top of the nails – to me this is a great holiday combination. As always Seche Vite finishes up the nails.

What is your favorite color combination for Christmas-time?

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12 Days of Christmas -Nails – Day 8 – Snow falling December 19, 2011

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“On the Eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Eight Maids a-milking” Hmmm, what are the eight maids milking? I haven’t gotten any cows, just lots of birds.

Something else we haven’t got is snow – at least here in Seattle. It’s been a fairly warm winter so far (*knock on wood), but though I love snow I do not love driving to work in snow. So instead I decided to re-create snow on my fingers! This is Sally Hansen’s All Wined Up with Cosmetics Arts Fairy Dust white glitter. I put on 1 coat (that’s all it takes to be opaque) of the All Wined up and then once it was dry I put a super light coat of the Fairy Dust on starting half way up the nail, then half way up that I put a medium coat of more Fairy Dust. Then finally I put a nice thick bit closer to the tip – it gives a similar effect to sponge painting I’ve seen some bloggers do – but this was much quicker with less cleanup. As usual the nails are covered with my standard Seche Vite

What is your favorite thing to do in the snow?

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12 Days of Christmas -Nails – Day 7 – Christmas Lights December 18, 2011

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“On the Seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Seven Swans a-swimming” Okay, enough with the birds. Oh, hey, did you know that swans can fly up to 60 miles an hour? Thats speedy.

Know what else is speedy? The speed of light of course.  Well, though my nails are not covered with light itself, they are covered with freehand christmas lights! I love driving around at christmas looking at christmas lights and my nails remind me of this tradition.  The base is a white Zoya and the rest are random colors from my collection. As usual the nails are covered with my standard Seche Vite

One more thing – Its my birthday  – Yay! I feel old :(

What is your favorite tradition during this season?

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12 Days of Christmas -Nails – Day 6 – Holly December 17, 2011

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“On the Sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Six Geese a-laying.” Just when I thought these Christmas gifts were getting good I learn that I get 6 MORE birds – and not just regular birds but birds that are currently laying eggs for NEW birds.

Tired of birds like me? Well nothing says Christmas like Holly, and Zoya brings you a lovely sparkly green with that name.  It looks great alone or when paired with a lovely red sweater. Trust me, this color is not just for the holidays – but it is indeed perfect anyway.  Holly is covered with my standard Seche Vite

What is your favorite color for Christmas?

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12 Days of Christmas -Nails – Day 5 – Good tidings we bling December 16, 2011

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“On the Fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Five Golden Rings.” Phew – finally something pretty to wear- one for each finger on one hand! I hope they are real gold though!

If that Bling isn’t enough for you – I know what is – Iin fact it is in the title of this Sephora by Opi polish “Good Tidings We Bling”. This is a glitter polish that has different sized hexagional red and green glitters suspended in a clear base.  It goes opaque in about six coats – so instead I put 3 coats over Sally’s All Wined up just so I didn’t have soooo much polish on my fingers.

The photo came out horrible, I know. I tried many times, but I just could not pick up all the glittery goodness – sorry! I promise it is way better in real life.

What is your favorite holiday bling?

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12 Days of Christmas -Nails – Day 4 – Kristi AND Holly December 15, 2011

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“On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…four calling birds.” Ok I get that they like birds – but we are up to 10 birds – that is a lot of bird droppings to clean up!

Something easier to clean up is nail polish :) My buddy Mr. Acetone works great for that.

I know guys love women getting it on with each other – and well, so do I, at least when it is Kristi and Holly!  That’s right the two Zoya’s look fabulous together. Kristi’s creamy red with Holly’s sparkely vibrant green makes quite the duo, and with using the new “half moon” style it is a really contemporary style that makes me think of those round glass orniments.

I applied Holly just over yesterday’s Kristi using the handy dandy 3 hole punch re-inforcers.

This is much more vibrant than yesterday’s but it is still really nice and not too out there. 

What colors do you like to put in a half moon design together?

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12 Days of Christmas -Nails – Day 3 – Kristi December 14, 2011

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“On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me…three french hens.” Seriously? The person who is the gift recipient must have an aviary or something…Me? I just own way too many nail polishes…

So today I bring you Zoya Kristi. To me this is the perfect RED. It’s not cool toned, it’s not warm toned – it’s just Red.  It is a cream that could probably be opaque in just one coat – but I’m light handed with my coats so I needed a second.  Kristi also was a little chilly so I covered her with some more Seche Vite – if you need to figure out what to get me for Christmas, another bottle of Seche Vite would rock!

So this is a totally normal look – but it’s still really pretty and given all the other Christmassy  things around, the red feels Christmassy too.

Are there any non-holiday things you have that you think translate great into holiday wear?

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