#31 of 33DC: Artwork with 3 favorite polishes

Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend, and are ready for the week. Are you a person who jumps right into the Christmas/holiday craziness, or are you low-key? We are definitely low-key about it until Christmas actually gets here. But…my husband definitely “Griswald”s the house every year. This was how our house looked last year (he added more lights after this):

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Okay, onto the actual manicure for today. I had a really, really, really hard time narrowing my favorites down to just 3; I finally picked butter LONDON All Hail the Queen, piCture pOlish cosmos, and OPI Solitaire.

I started off with 3 thin coats of AHTQ, then taped off sections and painted on cosmos.

Inside, flash:
butter LONDON All Hail the Queen, piCture pOlish cosmos

Inside, no flash, lamplight:
butter LONDON All Hail the Queen, piCture pOlish cosmos

Finally I filled in one section with Solitaire.

Inside, flash:
butter LONDON All Hail the Queen, piCture pOlish cosmos, OPI Solitaire

Close-up:
butter LONDON All Hail the Queen, piCture pOlish cosmos, OPI Solitaire

Side-view:
butter LONDON All Hail the Queen, piCture pOlish cosmos, OPI Solitaire

This might be my most favorite manicure yet from the whole challenge! What do you think? Do you like it with Solitaire or without? Click through for more awesome manicures!

Until tomorrow,

#22 3-color gradient + pattern (Crumpet’s 33Day Challenge)

Good morning! It’s a very cold and snowy morning here in Montana. My nails are killing me because I went on an epic swatch-athon yesterday – all the Revlon Parfumerie nail polishes! I’ll be showing you them Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday – but you can catch sneak peeks on my instagram.

But for now, let’s get to today’s challenge manicure – a 3 color gradient and pattern. I started off with a base of A England Rose Bower, then created the gradient with piCture pOlish Ocean and A England Lady of the Lake.

A England Rose Bower, A England Lady of the Lake, piCture pOlish ocean

A England Rose Bower, A England Lady of the Lake, piCture pOlish ocean

I then looked around at my new favorite website for a pattern to create over the top, and settled on a chequer pattern. I used Mentality Sunny to create the chequer pattern.

A England Rose Bower, A England Lady of the Lake, piCture pOlish ocean, Mentality Sunny

Close-up:

A England Rose Bower, A England Lady of the Lake, piCture pOlish ocean, Mentality Sunny

I love how this turned out! It’s almost like an optical illusion on my nails. What do you think?

I know you want to see more manicures, so click the blue frog below:

Until the next time,
Be Happy and Buy Polish

OMD Rather Awesome Challenge: Day 11 Stripes

Good morning all! 🙂 I am hoping today will be a good day, but unfortunately I’m not hopeful; I already have a pounding headache this morning, and my two children wouldn’t let themselves go to sleep last night – so they were up until about 2:30 a.m.!! Ah well, I’ll just have to wear them out today. 😉

Onto the nails! Today is stripes, and I’m so ridiculously excited to show you what I came up with today! Here’s what I used:

OPI Alpine Snow, OPI DS Sapphire, OPI Innie Minnie Mightie Bow, picture polish cosmos

I started off with 2 coats of Alpine Snow, then a stripe of piCture pOlish cosmos:

OPI Alpine Snow and piCture pOlish cosmos

OPI Alpine Snow and piCture pOlish cosmos

Isn’t that fun? But wait, there’s more! 😛 I then added a dot of Alpine Snow on the index and pinky fingers, with a dot of OPI DS Sapphire on top of it. Then I added a “rope” of OPI Innie Minnie Mightie Bow twining around all of the nails. Lastly, I added white accents to the “rope”. Check it out:

OPI Alpine Snow, OPI DS Sapphire, OPI Innie Minnie Mightie Bow, picture polish cosmos

OPI Alpine Snow, OPI DS Sapphire, OPI Innie Minnie Mightie Bow, picture polish cosmos

I love how this came out! 🙂 What do you think of today’s nails? Don’t forget to check out the other manicures for today by clicking here. Hopefully you all will be having a kick ass day! 🙂 Until tomorrow,

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