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China Glaze Christmas Manicures

Here is my attempt at holiday spirit.  Things have been so busy and stressful that I just haven’t been feeling it this year.  My hope was that some holiday cheer on my nails would transfer to my general outlook.  The colors I used for this are China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps (a deep ruby red with a ton of red microglitter) , Glittering Garland (a beautiful Eagle, or forest, green packed with green shimmer) and eventually some Fairy Dust.

China Glaze Christmas Mani Colors

China Glaze Ruby Pumps, Champagne Bubbles and Cult Nails Wicked Fast Topcoat (not pictured)

I wanted something simple to start, so I alternated the two colors on my nails.  My quick-dry top coat du jour is Cult Nails’ Wicked Fast.

China Glaze Christmas Mani

China Glaze Ruby Pumps and Glittering Garland

A few days later and I wanted a new manicure, but was far too lazy to do a WHOLE NEW one, so I sprinkled some Fairy Dust on top and it was even more sparkly!  I really do love that polish.  If you’re not familiar with it it’s a clear base loaded with holographic microglitter.  I could just stare at it for hours, like a little Christmas tree on each nail.

Christmas Mani with Fairy Dust

China Glaze Christmas Mani with some Fairy Dust sprinkled on it

My final Christmas Manicure ended up involving Ruby Pumps and Champagne Bubbles.   

China Glaze Champagne Bubbles and Ruby Pumps

China Glaze Champagne and Ruby Christmas

My inspiration for this manicure was Lydia’s Nails Easy Peasy Christmas Trees.  I have had this tape that I have been meaning to work into a manicure, but between school, work and life I just hadn’t been able to.  With the holiday break from school upon me, I finally decided to work it in easily.  I am really loving the results, and will be doing this more frequently, I’m sure! Here’s lefty .  Pardon my nubby nails, they don’t seem to want to stay at a decent length, but I vowed to not let that stop me from making them pretty!!

Here's Lefty

China Glaze Ruby Pumps Champagne Bubbles Christmas – Righty

and Righty who hardly ever gets any ‘face time’.  Let her bask in the glory that is hers, she deserves it.  If it wasn’t for her, lefty would look like a steaming pile of dog crap!  But I digress…

Good ol' Righty

China Glaze Ruby Pumps Champagne Bubbles Christmas

So those are my holiday manicures thus far.  Thanks to Lydia for her inspiration, without which this manicure may never have been.  As always, thanks for reading!! In case I don’t get another post in before Tuesday, Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate!  Those who don’t, have a great Tuesday!


Green Halloween

This manicure started with me wanting to use a color I haven’t recently: green.  To that end, I selected Finger Paint’s Sketch N Etch.  It’s a nice bright green shimmer, with some small green glitter here and there.  It’s basically a green version of Champagne Bubbles from China Glaze.  It really is a pick-me-up to see this bright color on my fingernails!  🙂

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch Label

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch Label

Then I decided to dress it up a bit for Halloween so I pulled out my Bundle Monster plates, BM-305 specifically, since this one has several great Halloween images.  Once again I couldn’t decide on which to use, so I used all of them!  At first I tried to stamp with a black polish (Sally Hansen Salon in Black Patent), but that wasn’t showing very well.  Then I tried to use a white color instead (Wet & Wild French White Creme), but to my shock an dismay that was as weak as the last color!  Then I decided to try a metallic polish and I grabbed my Harley by Julep, a silver chrome polish.  This one had much better results and I stuck with it.

Bundle Monster 2012 BM-305

Bundle Monster 2012 BM-305


Finger Paints Sketch N Etch and Julep Harley

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch and Julep Harley

The left hand was a series of do-overs with multiple color stamps, so that one will stay hidden this time.  Here’s a shot of what I managed to get done on my right hand.  I figured it was about time ol’ righty got some blog love for a change!  She works so hard to keep lefty looking her best, after all.

Green Halloween Stamp Manicure

Green Halloween Stamp Manicure

Here’s the only finger on the left that was worthy of posting.  I did a stamp with multiple silver arrows (or are those devil tails? hmm).  It didn’t come out as the beautiful fan I was hoping for, but I am glad I at least got them to line up in some semblance of order.  What do you think?

Green Halloween Thumb

Green Halloween Thumb

OK, time for me to pick my classes for Fall semester.  I have had the last couple months off school to help hubby through some neck surgeries, but it’s time to get my butt back in gear!  Between work, school and life in general, the blog posts may be fewer, but I will not let the blog to completely stagnant. 

As always, thanks for reading!  Hope you all have a great day!

Leslie  (*^_^*)