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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.

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!