Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dance Legend 328, 402, 409 and 419 Swatches & Review

I decided to take a break from my low-buy last month and take advantage of some of the great deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I picked up a few Dance Legend polishes that I'd had my eye on. I first became of fan of Dance Legend with their gorgeous Sahara Crystal line. But I think I've fallen in love with their cream polished even more! Check out more pics and review after the jump.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Neutral Winter Nail Art

It never fails. Whenever I get my nails to exactly the length and shape that I'm happiest one of them breaks. This time I don't even know how it happened. I was at work and just happened to look down and notice that a chunk of my nail on my index finger was missing. So yeah...it was not a good day. After a day of mourning I'm back with a bit of nail that I had been planning on doing that fateful day earlier this week. 


Tools used:
Bundle Monster Plate 407
Dotting Tool


Polishes used:
Zoya Flynn (base color)
Pueen White in White
NY & Co. Millionaire

Steps:

I started with two coats of Flynn. Once fully dry, I used BM 407 and White in White for the tree branch design.  For the dots, I used Millionaire and my dual-sided dotting tool.

 


I'm not entirely happy with how these turned out. White in White is a stamping polish but I've gotten cleaner, crisper results with a lot of non-stamping whites. Other than that little hiccup I like how subtle and soft these turned out. I've really been into using non-traditional shades for winter nail art lately. I can just imagine how great this would have looked on my nails pre-break...grrr...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sparkly Snowflake Nail Art with Color Club Lady Holiday

It's December so even though there hasn't been much snow around here (knock on wood!), I have been in the mood for winter and snow-themed nail art. I picked up a few new polishes on Black Friday and one of them was Color Club Lady Holiday a soft dusky blue-gray. Something about this color just screamed snowflakes so I went with it.


Tools:
Bundle Monster Plate 323

Polish used:
Color Club Lady Holiday
Pueen White Stamping Polish
Wet N' Wild Kaleidoscope

Steps:
 I began with two coats of Lady Holiday. The formula was fantastic and applied smoothly with out any issues. Once dry, I lightly applied Kaleidoscope over my nails. I then stamped on the snowflake image and finished with KB Shimmer Clearly on Top.





I love how sparkly this design is, but it's still subtle and soft. It almost make me wish for snow. Almost.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mani Monday: Alice in Wonderland Nail Art

If you follow me on Instagram then you probably saw this mani on Saturday. I joined in on The Nail Art Guild's Saturday nail art theme, Alice in Wonderland. Doing a Wonderland- themed mani has been on my to-do list pretty much since I started doing nail art so I was super excited for this. I was so happy with how my design turned out that I decided to post it here all you lovely peeps to see.



Tools:
Striping Brush
Small detailing
Heart-shaped rhinsetones from Born Pretty Store 
(to create the bow on my ringer finger)

Polish used:
Colour Gossip Baby Bump
Zoya Willa
Sinful Colors Snow Me White
Revlon Gold Coin
All other details done with acrylic paint

From left to right:
On my index finger I created a playing card to represent the Queen of Hearts, on my middle finger the White Rabbit's watch, on my middle finger Alice's blue dress, and on my pinky the checkerboard. On my thumb I created the "Eat Me" tag.





I had so many ideas in my head for this design that I had to pare it down so that it looked somewhat cohesive. I really want to do another nail art design that incorporates other elements from the book and films. Alice in Wonderland is such a treasure trove of great visuals that are perfect for nail art!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

December Book of the Month: The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning

One day I will be really good at posting the book of the month at the actual beginning of the month, I swear! A few days late but here it is. My book of choice for December is The Glassblower by Petra Durst- Benning. 


Synopsis

In the village of Lauscha in Germany, things have been done the same way for centuries. The men blow the glass, and the women decorate and pack it. But when Joost Steinmann passes away unexpectedly one September night, his three daughters must learn to fend for themselves. While feisty Johanna takes a practical approach to looking for work, Ruth follows her heart, aiming to catch the eye of a handsome young villager. But it is dreamy, quiet Marie who has always been the most captivated by the magic - and sparkling possibilities - of the craft of glassblowing. As the spirited sisters work together to forge a brighter future for themselves on their own terms, they learn not only how to thrive in a man's world, but how to remain true to themselves - and their hearts - in the process.



As always please if the book interests you, I invite you to read along with me!