Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Santa Hats

A friend tagged me on Facebook with the tutorial done by @Keshialilly for Santa hats.  I have seen multiple versions of this but decided to do a blingy version.  I used OPI My Vampire Is Buff for the base and the hats are using OPI Magazine Mouse Cover and Solitaire which are both liquid sands.  I fished out a few holographic glitters for the bells from OPI I Snow You Love Me.  Came out very cute.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Caribbean Christmas

My friend and trainer Amanda is going to be headed to the Caribbean on vacation over the holidays.  I jokingly told her that she should do Caribbean Christmas nails but when I got home I figured I would give it a try myself.  The Gradient is done using Illamasqua Cameo, Harem and Jo'Mina.  I didn't use a white base because I wanted it to look more sheer and I am happy with how it came out. In person, it almost looks like mist floating across the water.  I used acrylic paint in black to paint on Santa's sleigh and reindeer along with some palm trees adorned with a Christmas stocking. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

DD Does Red Gold and Green-No Idea What to Call This

Great title right?  I thought about it for a good five minutes and then gave up.  I just didn't know what to call this.  It started out with an inspiration that I found searching Christmas wallpaper and ended up looking nothing like the inspiration but it still looks pretty darned cool.  This is China Glaze Def Defying and Red Satin.  I added a little depth with some stamping using China Glaze Budding Romance and Purr-fect Plum.  Also added a little touch of gold in the form of some dots.  It's a little loud but I really loved it.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

DD Does Red, Gold and Green-Christmas Wreaths

It wouldn't be red gold and green without an attempt at Christmas Wreaths.  This is Cult Nails Blaze as the base and I used acrylics to paint on the wreaths.  Added some beads for mini ornaments.  This did not stay on long.  I can't stand beads on my nails.  Even with top coat, it still bugs the heck out of me.  Blaze was an untried for me and I really loved it.  it took three coats to be opaque enough to wear on it's own.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DD Does Red, Gold and Green Christmas Sweater

You know if I have to use green, I'm grabbing the ManGlaze.  I called this "Christmas Sweater" because it is what this particular stamp reminds me of.  This is ManGlaze Nawsome Sauce stamped with Essie As Gold As It Gets and I added some dots with A England.  It really looked so much better in real life than in photographs and I got quite a few compliments while Christmas shopping.  As always, ManGlaze wears like iron.  I had this manicure on for five days.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

DD Does Red, Gold and Green With Red French

I know, I know, I have already done something similar but I will tell you honestly, I could wear this style manicure every day for the rest of my life.  I love the textured polishes and the colorful thin tips just add a little something special.  This is OPI Honey Ryder with Magazine Cover Mouse on the tips.

Monday, December 9, 2013

DD Red, Gold and Green-Christmas Ribbon and Ornaments

Five days of Red, Gold and Green Manicures????  I had to space these suckers out a bit.  I am not really a fan of gold.  Amazingly I have quite a bit of it in my collection.  I guess with that many polishes its inevitable.  I got this inspiration by searching for Christmas wallpaper.  I needed to break away from using solely the three colors for at least one manicure.  This is a double stamp for the background using three different colors.  I used 10 polishes in all to create this so I will not bore you with all the details.  Ask if you have a question about a particular color.