Ho Ho Ho - Santa nail art

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today's post features some fun festive nail art. Santa's red suit provides some wonderful inspiration for manicures. 

Ho Ho Ho - Santa Nail Art

This nail art was easy to create. I started off with a coat of Zoya Elisa. This perfect shimmery red is perfect for the base color. Then on my ring finger I used Zoya Purity for the white fur, Zoya Willa for the black belt and Zoya Ziv for the gold belt buckle. 

Ho Ho Ho - Santa Nail Art

Then using craft punches (I found the set on a local garage sale website) I created the Hs and Os for the Ho Ho Ho. I used Zoya Trixie for this. It is easy to use punches for DIY decals. I applied a thin coat of clear coat to a plastic lid and waited for it to dry. Then I applied a thin coat of Trixie. Once it was completely dry, I peeled it off and punched out the letters. The letters are applied to the nail over a still wet clear coat and then pressed down. I used two coats of HK Girl to protect the design and smooth out the decals.

Ho Ho Ho - Santa Nail Art

 Have you tried making your own decals? Share your tips!

These polishes were previously sent to me for review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.

My top polish for 2014 is... (and a giveaway)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I have lots of polishes cross my desk and there are some amazing ones. But one polish stands out for me. When I was camping this summer, a friend and cohort in the polish world showed up for a few days. She had a polish on her toes that made me stand up and pay attention. I knew this polish must be mine and that I would need backups... and several backups at that.

She told me the name of the polish... Are you ready for my favorite polish of 2014?

It is...

Darling Diva Nightbird

Darling Diva - Nightbird

This deep blue indigo polish is full of linear holographic goodness. It is simply happiness in a bottle. It applies like a dream and just makes me giddy. I adore it. I ordered this polish as soon as I got back to an area that had internet access. And I am so glad I did. Nightbird was released in January or February of 2014 and is still available on the Darling Diva online store.

Darling Diva - Nightbird

Darling Diva - Nightbird

Darling Diva - Nightbird

But wait, I want to share this polish. So five lucky people will receive their own bottle of this amazing polish.

The giveaway is open to international entries and will end at Midnight, MST, Dec. 30, 2014. You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

Watch for more of my favorites from 2014. This year was an amazing year for polish and believe me, it is difficult to narrow it down to a few.

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SpaRitual's version of Marsala - Fall in Love

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pantone has predicted that Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, will be the must-have color for 2015 in fashion, beauty, interior design, and more. 

So SpaRitual pays homage to this vintage '70s shade with "Fall in Love" nail lacquer. Fall in Love is a warm elegant and earthy color that will complement most skin tones.

This full-bodied reddish-brown shade is full of shimmer and applies well. I used two coats with a top coat for these swatches. I am drawn to earthy shades and this one is no exception. It is a classic shade that is updated with a subtle shimmer.

SpaRitual - Fall in Love

SpaRitual - Fall in Love

SpaRitual - Fall in Love

SpaRitual - Fall in Love

SpaRitual - Fall in Love

SpaRitual’s vegan nail lacquers are 5-free and formulated without DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin. Fall in Love and other shades can be purchased at SpaRitual.com

This polish was sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently. 

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