Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Eve Nails

While I am always excited for a new year to begin there is also a slight bit of remorse, sadness even as the past is the past and can't be repeated. Mainly I am thinking of the good times but there are pivotal moments, key decisions which have brought me this far and made me the person I am today. 2010 will be full of wonderful moments too I am sure but like an old familiar friend 2009 will not be easily forgotten.

That being said, and what you are probably most interested in is: What nail design will I ring in the New Year with? Well, here it is! A sparkling, bedazzled, jeweled number with enough glitter to ring in the next few years--let me tell you, I am not looking forward to removing this--but for now, it is a gem to look at.

Please have a safe and Happy New Year!

The whole design was inspired by Katy Perry and one of her amazing rhinestone encrusted designs.

Above: Artificial Light

Above: Sunlight

Above: Sunlight, shown blurry to see some of the sparkle

Monday, December 21, 2009

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

While I don't love cold weather I do love snow. There is something about the way it looks, feels and smells--that is of course until it turns dirty and brown...oh well! Snowflakes are one of my favorite holiday symbols--they are universal! So choosing snowflakes as my next nail design was obvious. My only issue is that Julieg713 did a snowflake design last year that I absolutely loved but didn't want to copy, so what did I do? I used my wrapping paper as inspiration! All of my wrapping paper is either snowman themed or snowflake themed so here's what I came up with! Hope you enjoy!

First the paper:

And here's the design:

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Peppermint Swirl Nails!

I've been asked numerous times for some holiday designs and I am honestly stumped. First, I am not as enthusiastic about this holiday as I am most mainly because I have no family close by and my lovely boyfriend always works on holidays (which was okay when we worked together but now it's just sad). Second, I don't have loads of money which makes gift giving more of a balancing act than anything fun; and finally, it's cold. I know that may sounds silly or contrary to what most people would want, but since we moved into this new house it is just so cold! I can't very well leave the heat on 70 all winter either so instead I walk around in sweats and blankets and big fluffy slippers--I look insane. Back to my main point--I couldn't think of any nail designs! I've got favorites that I do like candy canes, snowflakes, ornaments, etc. but there is always another, more popular beauty "guru" getting the video up before me or I just plain and simple love their design so why tamper with it. Instead, I went back to my roots for this one.

I decided to do peppermint swirls. Growing up my grandparents  alway had a jar full of Starlight Mints (just the brand Brach's I think). These mints made up a big portion of my childhood and were a remedy for everything from a tummy ache to bad breathe. I figured the design was more appropriate for the holidays solely based on the color scheme but, as was pointed out to me it is appropriate for anytime.

I will full out admit this wasn't my best effort but now that I have a few suggestions via Youtube I should be able to get a few more designs together! Feel free to leave me some of yours in the comments section!

Without further ado: