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Ombre Christmas Nails!

I finally removed my candy cane nail polish and needed a new project. I saw some pretty gold and red ombre nails while surfing the web. My friend (Joan) had posted a similar nail project of her own on Facebook and I decided to put my own spin on it. Note: I painted them quickly as the smell bothers my husband. So, I got a little messy.

First, I did two coats of red. The polish I used here was L.A. Colors: Festive. I had yet to clean around my nails in this photo.Image

Then I used L.A. Colors: Deluxe which has fine gold glitter in a clear polish. In order to fade it down my nail I used a Q-tip to dab it onto my nails. Once I had covered the base well, there was less glitter on the Q-tip, and I finished down toward the tips of my nails. This created a fading effect. (I hope that makes sense.)

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I did this pretty quick, but it seemed to turn out pretty well! I like it much better than just plain old red!

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Candy Cane Nails

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I found this image floating around and decided to give it a try. It took FOREVER to do. After many disasters I had something… I was certainly lacking the correct tools to do this properly. I decided to give it a whirl and put my own spin on it.

First I painted my nails with Pure Ice nail polish. I had to do two coats. I have not been a fan of this nail polish because it is runny and very messy. I think it might be time to just toss it.

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Bad, bad watery nailpolish. So after that disaster…I tried to cut strips of painters tape to keep clean edges but look what happened…

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It sooo did not work. My red nail polish was goopy. (It was brand new mind you.) I tried sticking the bottle in hot water to fix it….helped very little. I tried adding a few drops of nail polish remover and that helped a little better. Finally I just drew the lines on by hand. The polish was so goopy I had to clean my polish off and do it again. UGH. I don’t know. I couldn’t win. My white was too runny and my red was too sticky. Do you think it was worth the time?

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Maybe I will have to get new red and white polish and try, try again.

DIY Hair Comb

Here is a fun and really cheap way to jazz up a hair style. I found this pin and decided to give it a shot. I purchased some $.30 embroidery floss and $3 combs at Walmart. Since Christmas is in less than a month I decided to make my comb Christmas themed. Since, I have never been a fan of red and green, I went for a candy cane look. 

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First I started with red. I cut of a long piece of the floss and looped it through the center of the first pick and tied a knot on the back. As I continued to loop, I found that the floss was a huge pain because it continually wanted to separate into many strands, so I wrapped some tape around the end of it. After that, threading it through was a cinch. Word of advice, keep your excess string over the top of the comb when you are threading it through. Otherwise, your string will get caught up in the teeth of the comb and make your life a nightmare. Below are photos of the front and the back after the red.

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So, next I cut a long strand of white and tied it to the end of the red. Lather, rinse, repeat, only backwards! 

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So here is the final product after the white was finished! Front and back…Image

And I thought I would throw in a few where I just stuck it in my hair. Kinda cute huh?

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If you try this, I would love to see your photos! 

Winter Nails

Needing a break from writing papers, I stared at my ugly nails. The winter weather had made them brittle and my skin dry.

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I decided to jazz them up a bit after seeing some fun designs on pinterest. This pin, specifically, was my inspiration for what I did.

Because I have limited nail polish colors, I decided to go a little more subtle which is more my style. First I used two coats of Sally Hansen: Pedal to the Metal nail polish.

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After my nails had fully dried, I used a toothpick and put a dab of white nail polish on a piece of paper. I dipped the tip in and slowly drew the shape of the snowflake on my nails. To avoid having the same snowflake on every nail, I rotated the snowflake on each nail. Pretty simple? Yep, until you start drawing snowflakes with the hand you don’t write with! Those snowflakes were a little more wiggly. They still look nice though. 🙂

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Finally, I sealed my nails with Sally Hanson: Disco Ball nail polish which is clear with subtle glitter for a nice sparkle. Here are the results!

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For a clearer look at my thumb:

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Lots of fun! Just be aware that your snowflakes will take longer to dry since the nail polish ends up a little thicker when applying with a toothpick. Good luck!