How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Fah who for-aze! Dah who dor-aze! Welcome Christmas, Come this way!

Hey guys! Here we are at week three. For those of you that do not know, I know that I posted on Facebook and sent some emails out… I came in 2nd place for week one!!! woohoo I cannot believe it. I didn’t win anything, but it was still cool to know that I came in second in my first nail art challenge ever. The voting for the second week (“A Christmas Story” – theme gifts) ends the end of the day Wednesday December 5th so be sure to get your votes in!(link at bottom of page)

This weeks theme is, “Trim the tree, Holiday decorations” I chose How the Grinch stole Christmas. see below for inspiration pics and polishes used etc. Voting for week 3 ends Wednesday, Dec 12th, click here to vote please!! I came in 2nd on the first week and 4th on the second week.

I did the Whoville tree with them singing around the tree on my thumb and pointer finger, inspired by this picture:

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Here is my nail art inspired by the picture, I drew the top of the tree with the star on my index finger into my thumb which was the bottom, some snow and some of the who’s around the tree holding hands

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Next was Cindy Lou Who

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Inspired by this picture:

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Lastly, on my ring and pinky I drew this, on the very left of the picture you have the fireplace and the grinch shoving it up the tree, I drew his back at the top of the tree as he is bending over shoving it up fireplace. I drew his hat as he is bent over, his feets under the tree on pinky and one hand gripping it on the ring finger. I already had so much detail and its very hard, (not being a real artist) drawing so small on fingernails with nail polish!

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Inspired by this pic:

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This weeks challenge for sure took the longest! but I had so much fun doing it! I used a variety of very small brushes, and the following polishes:

“Milani – white”, “China Glaze – Adventure Red-y” , “Sally Hanson – Ruby Sequin”, “Revlon – Coastal Surf”, “OPI – Pompeii Purple”, “Julep – Oscar”, “Urban Decay – Mars”, “Spoiled by Wet N’ Wild – Designated Driver”, “Essie – Aruba Blue”, “Julep – Sophia”, “China Glaze – Liquid Leather”, “Ulta – Cream of the crop” , “Barry M- Bright Red”, “OPI – I think in Pink”, “Ulta – Sweet Nothing”, “OPI -Deutsche you want me baby”, “Julep – Kelly”, “Ulta – Celebutante”, “Color Club – pucci licious”.

Be sure to check out everyones and vote! (hopefully for me)

Don’t forget you still have until the end of the day Wednesday the 5th to vote for my “A Christmas Story nails” for Week 2. click here to vote.

A Christmas Story – Bunny Suit

The second weeks challenge was “gifts”.

The first thing gift giving makes me think of is those horrible gifts you would occasionally get as a kid (Bad Christmas sweaters etc.), which reminded me of one of my favorite holiday movies “A Christmas Story” and the terrible christmas gift that Ralphie got from his Aunt Clara, the infamous “Bunny Suit”. So I ran with it and decided to go with a ‘Christmas Story’ theme for my nails, including some of the gifts therein.

I first painted two coats of “Sally Hansen – Platinum Frost” on all of my nails, then the inspiration for each nail is as follows:

Thumb: Christmas tree to put presents under in their living room on Christmas day, Painted by hand with a brush using “Urban Decay – Mars” then did some random sized Christmas balls using “Barry M – Red” and “Milani – white”

Pointer: Ralphie’s stocking where Santa leaves him stocking stuffers, using “Barry M – Red” and “Milani – white” I painted the stocking with a brush and used a toothpick and “China Glaze – liquid leather” to write Ralph.

Middle: Ralphie in his bunny suit was all hand painted with a tiny brush using “Julep – Kelly” for his face, “Milani – white” eyes, toothpicked “China Glaze – Liquid leather” and made it look like his eyes were rolling, mouth and nose using “Sally Hansen – Ruby Sequin”. The bunny suit was painted using “OPI – Think in Pink” for the light pink part of the suit, and the under the ears the brighter pink is the Ruby Sequin. I then painted his hair using “OPI – DS Classic”, and his glasses using “Sally Hansen – Forbidden Fugde”

Ring: Red Ryder BB Gun, painted with a tiny brush “China Glaze – liquid leather” and “Revlon – Stone” I then with the same brush wrote out Red Ryder using “Barry M – Red”

Pinky: Ralphie’s dad had won a Leg lamp which was his gift, I used “Julep – Kelly” for the leg shape, and “China Glaze – liquid leather” for the shoe and the fringe on the lamp shade. I then lastly manipulated my “KandNails CK-02” fish net stamp to just go over the leg with liquid leather.

Without further adieu, here is the look!

What do you think of my week 2 submission? Please visit the link here, and if you like mine, click the drop down and vote. Please remember that this is, week two’s round, you can vote once per round, per email address.

Thank you so much for everyone’s support thus far, I absolutely do not think of myself as an artist, and I am completely honored to be participating with some great artists.

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HMOTD 4 – Witch booties

Today is the fourth Halloween Mani of the Day and it’s witches feets 😀 I used “Ulta – Celebutante” on all nails, topped all but ring finger with “Sinful Colors – Call ya later”. The ring finger accent nail art was done with “China Glaze – Liquid leather”, “OPI – Did it on em'” and “Milani – white”

The second picture of my other hand is kind of blurry but it unfortunately was the best shot I got of that hand… lol plus it’s pretty with the shining of the light on the glitter 🙂

So what do you think of my with booties mani? What do you currently have on your nails?

 

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HMOTD 3 – Werewolves

For this mani, I did werewolf eyes and bloody fangs, and attempted some fur texture.

Colors used were (L-R) “Spoiled by Wet N’ Wild – Designated Driver”, “Avon – Mink Vision”, “China Glaze – Adventure Red-y”, “e.l.f – medium brown”, “Milani – white”, “China Glaze – Liquid Leather”, “Nailtek base coat”, “Seche Vite top coat”

To create this look, after base coat, I did two coats of “Avon Mink Vision” on all nails but middle finger, which was two coats of “Liquid Leather”. On the brown based nails I took a few style brushes and dipped it in the white and the medium brown and just did different brush strokes to make the appearance of fur. The middle finger, I hand painted his mouth using  the white and the blood was the “Adventure Red-y”. My pointer and ring fingers, I made the base of the eye with “Liquid Leather” then made the center with “Designated Driver” and the black overtop again. All fingers topped with Seche Vite.

This last picture was with a flame overlay thought it made it look kind of cool

So what do you think of my werewolf nails?

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NOTD 74 – Slumber Party

Last night as I am doing my nails, my husband informed me, or reminded me that I haven’t done any nail art lately, whether it be free hand or stamps. During the 31 day challenge I did a lot more art than I have lately and I think it’s just that I have been on such an effect kick. An effect kick as in, glitters and color changing nail polish; Nail polish that has an effect that doesn’t need nail art. For those of you that are fans of my art, whether it be my free hand (which is not that great, lol) or my stamping, I promise that for the Halloween Mani month I will be bringing back some more nail art.

With that being said, I painted my nails last night with “Zoya – Charisma” 2C, and “Milani – White” 2C as an accent and topped it off with “Lush Lacquer’s – Slumber Party” 1C. This is a gorgeous multi shaped glitter topper in black, white, pink, purple, and blue. Just as “Salt n Pepa” the formula was amazing and so easy to work with and just simply fabulous!

And lastly, here is a close up of the white and purple so you can really see how different the topper looks on different colors. Obviously with the white you lose the white flicks but still looks really pretty.

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NOTD 66 – Teal Ribbon Month

Cynthia and Tara inspired me to do these Teal Ribbon nails and of course Nicole as they are seran wrap nails. The month of September I knew already as Ovarian Cancer but it was only recently that I learned that the Teal Ribbon along with the month of September is PCOS and Gynecological Cancer Awareness month. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2003, my mother, sister and grandmother also were diagnosed soon after. My mother has had gynecological Cancers so the Teal Ribbon is very important to me, now that I know they have designated Teal as all gynecological and PCOS Ribbon color as well.

My nails are made with the seran wrap effect with”OPI – Did it on em”, “OPI – Fly” and “Milani White”.  I don’t know how I feel about this effect just yet, think it needs some practice for sure. Then I did by hand some teal ribbons using “Fly”

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NOTD 46 – Independence Day

This weeks mani’s theme is in honor of Wednesdays Holiday, Independence Day. I used “Julep – Glenn”for my red,  “Milani – White”, “Essie – Aruba Blue”. I did a needle dragging technique that I first saw on Nicole’s website “Polish me, Please” If you have never heard of it or want some instructions, (either way) you should check out her site because it’s pretty Awesome! She had mentioned that if you do not chose the right polishes, it tends to look a little more like marbling, which my right hand does. 😦 I still love the way it came out though, I think it makes it more fun that some look like needle dragging and others kind of like marbling.

Here is my right hand, all but the pinky came out more like the needle dragging. the pinky and my whole right hand look like a cross between needle dragging and marbling.

And here is the right:

Well there you have it, my Patriotic Mani for the 4th. What are you wearing on your nails today?

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