@LacqueredAffair

Inspired by my new twitter friend @LacqueredAffair . . . who has a most wonderful manicure avi….

Though I don’t really do gems on my nails because of my (self-diagnosed) tactile OCD, I loved the design.  So, I had to do my own take on the manicure that involved nothing I could easily yank off my nail.  LOL.

China Glaze – “White on White”

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Butterflies

The Butterfly and I hung out. Smile Of COURSE we did our nails…and practiced more stamping! And this stamping thing definitely takes practice.

She chose a really pretty blue: OPI – “What’s With The Cattitude”

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I finally settled on a color to match my dress for the party I attended later that evening. (The Butterfly picked out my shoes).

OPI – “Black Onyx”
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And we didn’t even use the butterfly stamps at all?!?!?

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SNOW!!!! ……finally

I couldn’t wait to get snow again…. like REAL snow…. so-I-can’t-drive-to-work snow; need snowplows and boots snow; may have to leave work early snow!!!

And even though they aren’t forecasting a blizzard or a very large accumulation…. I’m still crossing my freshly manicured fingers – well, nails – in the hopes of the forecast just being WRONG, and flakes blanketing this place into halting.

Snow is so calming to me.  And at the same time, excites me.  I might even like it more than sunny days…. but that race is definitely neck & neck.

There was obviously no question about what theme would cover my nails…. it was more a query of how the interpretation would play out….

I went with the typical, and with shimmery silver….. but I tried my first “gradient” and “sponging” manicure.  There. will. be. repeats.  TRUST. ME.

It turned out to be much easier than I expected and I love the look.

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Then sponged on:

Color Club “Sheer Disguise”
OPI “What’s With The Cattitude”
Essie “Coat Azure”
China Glaze “Sky High-Top”
Sinful Colors “Midnight Blue”

I used a white nail art striper (and a silver glitter one to add to one snowflake on my ring fingernail) to create my snowflakes.  White polish with a tiny dotting tool for random dots of snow falling, and  Sinful Colors “Queen of Beauty” for some shimmer over the snowflakes.

Sounds like a lot, and I definitely didn’t need to use that many blues…but it was still faster than some of my “regular” manicures!!

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Sally Hansen–“Gray by Gray”

Blue.  I thought it was blue.  But the name is “Gray”.  so, ok:  Blue-Gray.  Or maybe Dark Gray with a very blue base?

Very creamy.  Opacity on “10”.  The formulation and applicator brush (wide and flat) is similar to the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri colors.  And it dried fairly quickly, so that’s a #win.

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I added a few light blue dots just to set off the color.  I think the light blue dots made the gray look even more blue.  lol.  I just can’t give up on the idea that this is blue  – not gray!