Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Half Moons and Reindeer

Recently lots of nail blogs were doing half moons, mostly from the 31 day nail art challenge.  Never did them on my own nails so I thought I would give it a go.

I started out with two coats of Barielle Swizzle Stix then I used some paper reinforcements to tape off the base of the nail and did one coat of Grape Escape.  The sides were kind of wonky so instead of doing the easier and less time consuming thing of just taking a nail art brush and filling in the wonks I used the mini hexagons to cover the wonks.  The tips were a bit messed up due to trying out Duri Dry and Shine Speedy Top Coat.

Didn't really like this on my nails.  Colours used, the hexagons, the moon-ness, I dunno, wasn't really a fan.


Lots of Christmas decorations and gift wrap have been put out on displays in stores now and most are soooo pretty.  I love pretty wrapping paper, but am refraining myself from buying any since I've still got wrapping paper that I bought like 10 years ago that I still haven't used.  And I bought quite a few rolls last year.  And I'm more into buying wrapping paper that I can use for all occasions now. And I like wrapping paper that's nice and thick and hard to tear.  The ones from ten years ago are superb quality, I love them and I haven't found any that has come close to the quality of those papers in years.  So I've been saving them.  Saving them for what I don't really know.  Bit of a hoarders thing going on.

One that I particularly liked that I saw at Winners, but did not buy, was a silver foil with purple reindeer pattern.  I don't have a purple that's dark enough for my liking to stamp with so I switched it up with red reindeers over a gold background.

Base was two coats American Apparel Gold Flash, stamped with Konad special polish in red and I used plate BM-214 for the reindeer image.  The gold is very bright in real life and maybe a tad too yellow for my skintone.  This is alright, but I think I'm gonna try frankening a dark purple stamping polish.  And I'm unsure about the stamped positions of the reindeer.  I kinda wish the image was smaller.  Or I guess I could paint on the reindeer instead.


  1. Love both of these manis, reindeer are so fun!

  2. I love the combination of half moon and glitter on the 1st nail art.
    The 2nd nail art has a lovely vintage christmas-gift-wrap vibe.

  3. Love the colours in the half moon mani. And I'm so so so jealous of your deer stamp working! Mine never has ;(

  4. Love this mani! I think I shall be using that reindeer stamp next month! :D

  5. I have awarded you the Versatile blogger award, and you can claim it on my blog if you like :]

  6. Those deer nails are so cute and twee. I think they look like a dress you'd see in Urban Outfitters. I'd wear it!

  7. i just saw this post on tumblr and had to come here and tell you how lovely this is!!! i love the fashion trend of animal cutouts as a fabric print and these nail are just about the coolest thing i've seen!