Tuesday, December 25, 2012

HOLIDAY MANI: My "Snowflake" Polish + Gradient + Stamping =


Here is the festive mani I'm sporting for the holiday. 

I started with two coats of my "Snowflake" polish. I've really been loving on this color the past few days. It goes well with all the freshly fallen snow we have here in Ohio. 

I added some Red Dog Designs "Temptress" for a green glitter gradient. I then added a simple holly stamp accent, and dotted the berries in red. This manicure was really quick. I'm getting faster at doing gradients gradients, since I've been wearing them a lot this season. 

Here is a photo of ALMOST everything I used for this mani. Left out of the photo, are my basecoats and topcoats. 

My dotting tool, stamping tools, a holiday plate from my friend Jin, and a makeup sponge. 

I have had a few people ask about clean up brushes lately. Here's what I use. It's a small slanted paintbrush from the craft store. It was $2 and I've been using it for more than a year. The bristles aren't frayed, or broken, and none of the bristles have fallen out. Even the handle has held up perfectly against my mini-vat of acetone. 

I use 100% Acetone for my clean up. It's just quicker, easier and cheaper for me. I don't use anything else. 

Quite a combo of polishes! 

So what do you think of this holiday mani? Do you have any special holiday plans?


  1. Love it! The Snowflake is the only polish I still haven't had a chance to wear but it looks so perfect!!! I will wear it over the coming weekend!!! And the red dots add so much to this mani!! It's elegant and fun and so so so pretty!!!

    As for cleaning - have you ever tried a polish thinner? I found out that it works faster and easier then acetone and I don't know how it is for you but for me it costs less then the acetone. It's only down side is that it dries my skin a lot more then the acetone. But hey, I have lot's of Cutie Balm ;-)

    1. Thank you Jin! And no, I haven't tried thinner. But I would!

  2. I love the gradient, i wouldnt have thought of doing white and green but it looks lovely - it reminds me of spring and st paddys day x

    1. Oooh...that will be perfect! I will keep this in mind in the holidays to come!

  3. Wow!!! This mani is so pretty. Love the colors used and the Christmas theme design. Love it! Great job!