12 Days of Christmas Nail Art: Ugly Sweater Nail Art

Good afternoon, beautiful reader! I’m so excited about today’s prompt for the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge, so let’s jump right in.

The prompt for today is “Ugly Sweater Nail Art”. I have to admit, I’m not “hipster” enough to really get why ugly sweaters are cool now. BUT, I really had fun searching for a design for today! I saw several sweaters where Rudolph was vomiting up Christmas bows, so I decided to go for that. (Check out more sweaters here, you’ll see my inspiration there!)

I started off with 2 coats of Sinful Colors My Turn, which I had forgotten was a matte nail polish. This is 2 coats:

Sinful Colors My Turn | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I then placed striping tape on each nail and painted Sephora by OPI Frankly I Don’t Give A-dam over My Turn.

Ugly Christmas Sweater nail art | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Then using admittedly a lot of other Sinful Colors nail polishes that I didn’t bother to write down, I created Rudolph, and some bows.

Ugly Christmas Sweater nail art | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I’m cracking myself up over here, because looking at this makes me giggle. Let’s check out some more awesomely “ugly” nail art for today:

I’m also participating in the annual holiday nails blog hop hosted by The Sparkle Queen:

I can’t wait for you to tell me what you think of this, so holler at me in the comments below!

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Fall-ing For Nail Art Challenge: Traditional Thanksgiving

Good morning my lovelies! If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, I wish you a happy and fun dayā€¦if you’re not, well, have a happy and fun day anyway! šŸ˜‰

Today’s prompt is “traditional Thanksgiving” and I started to think about what that means to me, personally. There’s nothing that says the holidays more to me than going up to my parents house and pulling out “the good dishes” and loading them up with yummy foods. So I’ve decided to do a take-off of the china pattern for my nails today:

China Plate pattern nail art | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I’ll be honest, I used so many polishes, I can’t name them all. When I stopped up at my parents’ house to take a picture of the pattern, I’ll admit that even just seeing the pattern brings back so many memories.

Let’s check out these awesome manicures:

Don’t forget our next challenge, the 12 Days of Christmas challenge is starting on December 1!

Holidays can be a hard time for many, myself included. I miss my mom so much, and every holiday that passes is another special day thatĀ her presence and her laughter is missed. For all of us who have a loved one gone around our tables, may there be peace within our soulsĀ as we continue to mourn them.

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Military Plaid Nail Art

Good morning, how are you this morning? It is freezing here! Our high today is going to be 12. TWELVE! haha! I guess winter decided to come with a vengeance to make up for a snow-free October (a rarity in this part of Montana).

Anyway, I thought today would be a good day to show youĀ this military look inspired by an outfit of the day from Glamour-Zine.

SOPI Caught With My Khakis Down, OPI Tickets to Paradise, essie no more film | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On all nails (except accent) I started off with 2 coats of Sephora by OPI Caught with My Khakis Down, then placed these flat studs in a row on each nail. On my accent nail (and thumb) I started with 3 coats of OPI Tickets to Paradise before using a striping brush with essie no more film. Then I topped it all off with a coat of ellagee glass top coat.

TodayĀ is Remembrance Day (in the Commonwealth of Nations) to recall the end of World War I on this day in 1918. It is also Veterans Day in the USA, to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. I’d like to leave you with the poem “In Flanders Fields,” a poem written by a WWI soldier after presiding at the funeral of his friend and fellow soldier.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Mani Swap with Manic Talons

2014 favorite button | Be Happy And Buy PolishGood morning everyone! I hope you are ready for the day, and ready for another week. šŸ™‚ Last week sometime, Michelle from ManicTalons asked me if I wanted to do a mani swap with her. At first, I was like o.O because I’d never done a mani swap. Then she explained to me what it was (which, duh Jessica!) and I set myself loose upon her nail art category on her website.

I finally settled upon her manicure with Messy Mansion Easter plates. I just loved the image of a basket next to roses (or they kind of look like roses growing next to a white picket fence!).

Basket and Rose Nail Art | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with three coats of OPI Alpine Snow, then I used striping tape in a criss-cross pattern and layered SOPI Frankly I Don’t Give A-dam, quickly pulling off the striping tape. (Uhhhh, don’t ask me how long it took to do the basket weave. Justā€¦.don’t.) I then used OPI Mod About You (light pink), Flamingo Tini-Pink (mid-toned pink), and You’re a Pisa Work (darker pink) to create the roses; OPI Green Gargantuan Grape and Green-wich Village were used for the leaves. Lastly, I topped it off with Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That.

Mani Swap with ManicTalons.com | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Here is all four of our manicures together! As you can see, Michelle decided to re-create my nautical mani from the OMD2 Challenge.

So what do you think? It’s not exactly like Michelle’s mani, but pretty darn close I think! Have you ever done a mani swap? Don’t forget to go over to ManicTalonsĀ to get the full details on her mani.

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Embrace Your Geekness Nail Art Challenge: Fandoms

2014 favorite button | Be Happy And Buy PolishGood morning everyone! It’s been so hectic around here, I hadn’t had a chance to tell you about the nail art challenge that’s starting today: Embrace Your Geekness. See, July 13 is Embrace Your Geekness Day and I thought, well, why not have a nail art challenge around that? So the first prompt is “fandoms” and I’ve chosenā€¦.Doctor Who!

Though I love all the Doctors I’ve met, my first love is Number 9. He’s just so dark, and almost grim, but then he laughs and says “Fantastic” and you’re just off and away with him! Obviously, I had to narrow down what I would do for nail art (yikes, how hard is that with all the Doctor Who stuff?!) and finally settled on my favorite episode (err, episodes since it’s a two-parter): The Empty Child, and the Doctor Dances.

I’ll be honest, when I first watched this episode, it freaked me out. Creepy children, talking dolls, and clowns will scareĀ me, every flipping time (please use this information for good, and not evil, kthnxbai). So the fact that this episode had a creepy childĀ that looked/talked like a doll? Yeah, I’ll just be over here having a nightmare, thanks. LOL. Okay, onto the nail art!
Doctor Who Nail Art | Be Happy And Buy Polish

So I’ve done a representation of Number 9 on my pointer finger, a TARDIS (naturally), a gas mask, and a banana (because they’re a good source of potassium šŸ˜‰ ).
Doctor Who Nail Art | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I hope you enjoyed my rendition for fandoms, so let’s take a look at everyone else’s:

Tomorrow’s prompt for this challenge is video games and I’ll still have the OMD2 Nail Art prompt for you later today, so until then…

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For the Doctor, I was inspired by this poster. For the banana, I used a still photo from elleandish. For the TARDIS, I did use this post by Polish Art Addict to help me out.

5 Easy Manicures for July 4th

2014 favorite button | Be Happy And Buy PolishGood morning everyone! It’s going to be a great week, I hope. At least this week will end on a holiday for those of us in the U.S.A. Don’t you just love when that happens? šŸ™‚

Today I have 5 fairly easy manicures for July 4th. I hope this gives you some inspiration! Click through after the graphic for all 5Ā manicures and a short explanation of how I created them! Don’t forget to pin them if you like them!
July 4th Manicures | Be Happy And Buy Polish
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