Neon Rainbow Dots

I few months back I purchased some polishes from Pipe Dream Polish. She’s absolutely famous across the indie nail polish world for her spectacular neons line. They’re spectacular for water marbling, and are bright and beautiful WITHOUT a white base coat, which is absolutely unheard of in the world of neons. Every time she does a restock of the A Night in Vegas Cremes, they sell out in less than 4 minutes. It took me weeks and weeks to get my hands on a set, and by the time I did, it was November and I wasn’t feeling too inspired by neons anymore and was much more jazzed about fall colors.

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They were soooo pretty though, and I felt very guilty and ungrateful for having not used them yet, since so many other people were (and are) still trying to get their hands on them. I kept trying to work them into various manicures and I kept being dissatisfied with the results. I even tried water marbling with them, and I can confirm that they are fantastic at that! And water marbling is not my strong point, so I was extra impressed.

However, this week’s theme is dots in my 52 week Pick n Mix challenge, so I made rainbow dots! I pinned a manicure just like this a few years back, however she doesn’t have a blog or anything I can actually credit. But it is one of my most re-pinned pins!

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Trying to photograph this manicure taught me that my indoor lighting set-up leaves much to be desired when it comes to correct color balance. In good news, there was just enough light outdoors for me to capture these before it was too late.
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I can’t wait to do a water marble with these polishes. 

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Enjoy the rest of the polishes in the pick n mix challenge this week!

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Mistletoe

When it comes to Christmas, I have a huge pet peeve–people referring to holly as mistletoe. They are not the same thing. I found this drawing to highlight the difference. 

It’s a little sassier than I was going for, but it gets the point across succinctly.

I really like mistletoe. It’s a little silly, but I like the tradition! Anything that promotes kissing is good in my book. Apparently it’s been a symbol of love since at least Ancient Greece, which is pretty cool. It’s basically a parasitic plant though, so it’s a little concerning what that implies about love… (It’s not technically a parasite, since it can, in fact, exist on its own, but when attached to a host tree, it will suck the nutrients and kill off branches and possibly the entire tree. According to wikipedia, this is referred to as a hemiparasite). I also learned that part of the tradition is to remove a berry from the sprig of mistletoe with each kiss, and once the berries are gone, no more kisses!

You’ll notice that if you currently google “mistletoe nails”, the images that come up are primarily holly. Incorrect. However, I recently saw these nails by Nails Down South on one of the nail groups I follow and I was very inspired by the muted green mistletoe on a white background, so I decided to do my own.

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Love love love love these! Artistic, but not overwhelming, and the muted tones are beautiful, but with just enough glitter. I used my watercolor acetone technique that I discovered when I came up with my watercolor roses art that I did a while back.

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I also love the graduated spacing of the stripes, and I’m crazy-proud of those bows. This was just an all-around awesome manicure for me, one that made me happy whenever I looked at it. Actually, the best part of these nails was when the lady working at the post office told me I should use them to “get a cute boy to kiss me.” Seems like a solid plan.
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Green and Gold Christmas

A few weeks back I was feeling a little sad, because it had been weeks since I had done any free-handed nail art on my nails. Between moving and slowly unpacking and painting furniture, I just hadn’t felt it was worth it. But they were feeling a little plain, and I knew a stamp just wouldn’t cut it.

I could have sworn I took more photos of these, but apparently not! Originally I only planned to do the dark green with the gold swirls, but I decided they needed a little more.

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It was decided that red rhinestones would really make the design, and I LOVED the results.  christmas gold swirls

They looked even better in person than they do in photographs, although they look pretty darn good in photographs too!
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A very Lemur Christmas

A few weeks ago my company had their holiday party. Company-hosted parties are always great, but they’re extra fun at a small casual company like mine. As previously mentioned, my company’s mascot is a Ringtail Lemur, so as is my tradition, I of course had to include a lemur in my manicure for the holiday party! Plus more sparkles than usual–it is a celebration after all.

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I’m really proud of the detail on my lemur. He’s even got some fur texture going on! The details are much more visible in the second picture. I really like this animals wearing Santa hats design, I may bring it back for another manicure. I’m also quite pleased with how sparkly the rhinestones remained, even under topcoat. I started using Glisten & Glow’s HK Girl topcoat, instead of my usual Seche Vite and I’ve been happy with the change. They both have pluses and minuses, but a big plus of the HK Girl is that it doesn’t ruin rhinestones like Seche Vite does! Overall I think I like the HK Girl better, but Seche Vite would be better in situations that require a heavy, thick topcoat, like over a glitter that won’t stay down.

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Funny story about this manicure: I completely forgot the tail originally! admittedly that’s a pretty important part of a RingTAIL lemur, but I was so focused on my execution of the face that I completely forgot until one of my coworkers pointed it out when I was showing them off at work. I wasn’t going to be able to go home before the holiday party, so I had to get creative! So I drew on a tail with white-out and sharpie and covered it with Seche Vite! (I try to have Seche Vite on hand for emergencies, particularly for more formal events) It turned out great, because it made for some cool texture on the tail that I probably would not have been able to achieve with nail polish.

I learned that giant rhinestones stay on your nails even less than the regular-sized ones! By the end of the night I had lost all the rhinestones on my right hand, although miraculously the only one I lost on my left was the one on my thumb!