Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Mani #2: Frosty Tips

Good Morning Lovelies!

Today I have a mani that I just couldn't wait to do!  This idea popped in my head and waiting until after thanksgiving to do it was like torture! 

I was very pleased with how this came out! 

I started with 1 coat of a blush polish I frankened using KonADDICT's Recipe.
For mine I used 1/3 bottle of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in "Beige Blast" and added enough clear to make it 2/3 full.  I then added approx 8 drops of China Glaze "Vertical Rush".

Then I slapped on some French guides and painted 1 coat of Sally Hansen "Whirlwind White" to the tips. 

Once that was dry I topped it with 2 coats of China Glaze "Glacier".  MAN. is that polish GORGEOUS!

That Achieved the frosty tips look I was going for!  But what's frost without snow???

Next I broke out plate M59, and using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in "Blazing Blue Frost", I stamped the 2 snow flake patterns randomly on each tip.

Now, I realized after removing the guide from my thumb, that this was going to require some help, as I did not get a clean line due to so much polish.  So, before I removed the rest of the guides, I very carefully, took an exacto knife and scored the polish, using the edge of the guide.  Those of you with natural nails, may want to take the guide off after the white base coat, then free hand the glitter over it.  Then once that has dried, just reapply the guides so you can do the snowflakes.

This next step is the only part that didn't come out exactly as planned.  I used the snow flake on plate M20, and placed it at the cuticle, for a sort of moon mani-esque design.  Sadly I placed the stamp a bit high, but I think it still looked good.

I tried doing this stamp differently on my thumbs just to see what it would look like placed differently.  I also tried to cover the flaw that came from removing the guide without scoring, by using my Stripe Rite brush dipped in China Glaze "Millennium" then topped it with a line of Stripe Rite Silver Glitter.  I didn't care for it, but left it to show you guys an option!


It always amazes me to see these pictures after the fact.  The nails look so good in person, then I see the pics, and they look kinda not so good. LOL

I also want to draw your attention to a blog I was made aware of yesterday! 
Danielle of Project Danielle is having a Giveaway!  And guess what it is....The Palette I have from Coastal Scents!!!  Well not exactly, the one in the giveaway is the same colors, except it's the matte and satin finish palette!!!!  How awesome is that???    Click HERE to go and enter!!!

Also, for those asking, I actually don't think I have false lashes on in those pics from yesterday.  I did the look so long ago(a few months), I can't remember for sure.  But I opened them up huge and can't see a band, so I guess not.  I just have good eyelash genes, THANKS MOM!!!   I will say this though.  I go through spells where they are super thick and long, and then times when they are more sparse.  I am a very bad girl, and sometimes when we are busy, I will go upwards of a week without totally taking off my mascara.  I know, it's terrible!  It's after times like this that I notice them starting to fall out!  So I get freaked out and regardless of how tired I am, I take the time to take it all off, and I notice within a week, that they begin to thicken up and grow back well.  I also use Lipocils by Talika, occasionally to help them grow back faster when I've had too many fall outs. You guys should see my sisters lashes!!  Oh My Gosh, they are GORGEOUS!  Twice as thick and long as mine!
The mascara I use is Lash Blast by CoverGirl, for those that asked.
And thank you all for all the sweet comments, you guys just made my whole day!  I still struggle with self esteem issues, and hearing all your sweet compliments really means alot.

Well, that's all I have for you today my wonderful readers!
I gotta head over to Polishing Off and post a great Scalloped Potato recipe!

Have a FANTASTIC day!!!



Polish Hoarder said...

Ohhhh the blue and white reminds me of those Willow pattern plates! I love it! And the glitter on the tips is so pretty!

ainos2 said...

This is so pretty! I think I like the snowflake placement in the middle.

"The nails look so good in person, then I see the pics, and they look kinda not so good."

I know what you mean. There must be a technical explanation as to why the camera wants to magnify minuscule flaws yet never fully picks-up on all that's good.

Unknown said...

Very pretty! I like how you did a blue snowflake on your ring finger!

Brooke said...

Very wintery! Something about blue and white just screams cold winter. I liked the silver stripe.

Mama Jen said...

the tips are to cute

MightyLambchop said...

This is a great mani. I love the snowflakes stamped at the moon of the nail.

I know how you feel about the pics. I often have that feeling. I chalk it up to using the macro function on my camera. I know my nails are awesome and I know that yours are STUNNING!
So, yeah.

Anonymous said...

Looooooooooooooooooove this one. I don't have the konad skills to do all these pretty things yet.

L said...

Very pretty!

ThRiSzHa said...

w0w! I love this really feeling the cold winter in ur pretty mani..

Paige said...

That mani is so cute, I really love it!

Perles & Paillettes said...

It's very cute and well done, I love the colors you've chosen to make think of winter ^^

Lucy said...

How pretty this manicure is. It alo reminds me of Frosty the Snowman Christmas show. During the snowstorms the snow looks like your nails. I hope that made sense. They are so adorable like you. You have self-esteem issues? You are gorgeous and man those eyes and lashes are lovely. Your amazing sweetie. Love ya & (((hugs)))

booksnchocolate said...

So pretty! I love the colors and the pattern.

I received my very first Konad plates and polishes today. Why am I telling you that? Because even if I had been toying with the idea of buying myself a Konad kit, I had never taken the leap. Until I started reading your blog and looking at your wonderful manis. (So I hope you're feeling guilty! ;-PP) I've already had fun with it and I'm pretty pleased with what I ended up on my nails. So thank you!


Arie said...

So pretty! :)

Mae Espiritu Makeup Obra said...

yay perfect! very nice...

Unknown said...

Very pretty and winter-y! Thanks for posting about my contest too!

Mary Ann said...

so pretty. I love your designs.

Unknown said...

That is stunning! The blue and white is one of my favorite winter combo's!

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