06 November 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: Canadians' Choice

For today's Twinsie Tuesday theme our two resident Canadians, Ash and Anne, split the group in half, each giving her team an assignment. I actually don't know what Anne's group is doing yet (can't wait to find out, though!), but we, the proud members of Ash's cadre, were assigned some winter-themed nail art.

Winter is my favourite season for several reasons, chief among them being snow, so for today's winter-themed nails I decided to do some snowflake nail art.

snowflake nails

These nails started off with a base of China Glaze Sea Spray (one of my favourite polishes in the history of ever) because the bit of grey in this blue sort of reminds me of a winter sky. Then on top of that I added two coats of Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond for a couple of reasons. Reason one, because glitter. Which is usually reason enough for me, but I was also hoping to hint at the way that light sort of glints and gleams off of delicate frost in the wintertime. (I should probably have led with that, since it sounds like a more thoughtful reason, but honestly...glitter.)

snowflake nail art


I really wish I'd been able to do a better job of capturing Shine On Crazy Diamond's incredible, holographic sparkle on camera. In "real life" you can barely even see the tiny particles; you just get these amazing flashes of brilliant, holographic colour.

The snowflakes are done with an Orly nail art striper in Crisp White. I loved the pattern I did on my thumb first, but then I just had to go and remember that snowflakes are all different, which meant improvising other designs. Some turned out better than others, but I think they manage to play together pretty nicely.

snowflake nails

After that, time for SV and lots of it. I was careful not to brush over the same place more than once if I could help it, and hooray! No smudges!

For more winter nails--and to find out what Anne's team did this week--check out some of the other Twinsie Tuesday blogs!



Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Collegiate Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jenn at All That is Gorgeous...
Jenna at I'm Still Thinking...
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth

63 comments:

  1. Yeah, you so put my snowflake to shame. *hangs head*

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    1. Thanks, but I was so impressed with yours, Amanda--you really have come a long way!

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  2. It looks perfect Elizabeth! I thing the three colors go really well together! I didn't know Shine On Crazy Diamond, but now I do and it goes right to my wishlist! ^^

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    1. Thank you very much! And I really hope you can find Shine On Crazy Diamond. The glitter coverage isn't as dense as China Glaze Fairy Dust, but the holo sparkle is so gorgeous when you see it in person! ^_^

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  3. Aww, this is pretty :)
    I sent you an email some time ago, hope you got it?

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    1. Thanks so much, Maria! Got your email and your answer to my answer too--cheers!! (^_^)

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  4. Beautiful! How'd you get the lines so thin?

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    1. Thanks, Sharra!! My Orly striper has a thinner brush than my other white one (Sinful Colors), and then I wiped a LOT of the excess polish off inside the mouth of the bottle. It meant reloading the brush more often than you'd usually need to, but it helped keep the lines thinner than they'd normally be too. :)

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  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!!! :D I love this!!! (Eeee it is so wonderful finding more people who love winter like me!! I totally hear you about Sea Spray being the perfect winter sky shade! :D)

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Ash!! I've spent most of my life in hot & humid (blech!), but I've been so in love with winter and snow since the year we lived in Salt Lake City when I was itty bitty. Augh, I have *got* to find some snow to ski in this winter!!

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    2. Oh I miss skiing!!! I haven't gone since I was a kid (downhill, anyway). I just haven't had the opportunity. But seriously, I came back here to tell you again how gorgeous this is ahhaha. SO pretty!!!!! (I am sorry to hear that you have lived in such gross conditions for so long!! :()

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  6. Super cute Elizabeth!! Your snowflakes are perfect!

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    1. That's so sweet! Thank you very much, Marisa! ^_^

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  7. Winter is my favourite season too! Most people hate it but I love the colder weather and snow, it just means you get to be cozy and bundle up! :D This mani is flawless, I love it so much! Sea Spray is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so very much, Jenn! And yes! I am so with you on hot vs. cold! Cold, you can bundle up and snuggle in front of a fire. Hot, you're just...hot. Nothing you can do about hot. >_<

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  8. Lovely lovely lovely Elizabeth!! The snowflakes are so beautiful. I love Winter too, nothing like that first snowfall. Makes me feel like a kid again!

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    1. Thanks so much, Anne! And oh! I know just what you mean about that first snowfall of the year. I miss that so much!!

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  9. This is so delicate and beautiful! Love it!

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  10. This is fab! I am going to use Sea Spray to do my own snowflakes - that is when it cools off and finally seems like winter - I am so sick of hot weather - it keeps coming back up to the high 90's where I live and I am so done with it. I want to have my house cool off - we don't get hot here normally but a few days/yr and thus no houses have AC. It's been miserable - only place I will see snowflakes is on my nails or looking into frost burn in my freezer!

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    1. Thank you very much! Yeah, we're finally reaching open-window weather here because it's always just so hot outside. No heating here, so we freeze for the, like, 3 weeks you'd actually need it, but now that it's dipping into the mid-60's where I'm really, really comfortable, people here in HK are already pulling out their jackets and sweaters!

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  11. Very pretty! I absolutely love winter nail art

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    1. Thank you very much, Laura! I wasn't into doing much nail art yet last winter, so I'm really looking forward to trying some more, now that it's starting to get just a little bit cooler outside. :D

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  12. it's not even fair how perfect these are. stunning!

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    1. Aw, that's so sweet of you--thank you, Sarah! That's pretty much what I said when I saw Ash's snowflakes. Hers were just amazing. ^_^

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  13. This is beautiful! I might have to steal this idea come December :)

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    1. Thank you, Jamie! And please, steal away--I'd love to see yours!! :)

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  14. This is amazing!!! I wish I could freehand art!

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    1. Thank you very much, Meredith! When it comes to nail art, I can do an okay job with something if I can do it with a striper or a dotting tool, but beyond that I'm still just totally lost. Husband suggests so many awesome ideas for TT nails, but I have to keep reminding him, "I can do straight lines, and I can do dots. Period." >_<

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  15. Lovely! You did an amazing job on the snowflakes!

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  16. This is gorgeous. I love the different snowflakes! And... of course... the glitter.

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    1. Thank you, Cordia!! This was my first time using this glitter, and I just fell totally in love with it--the sparkle is just amazing. :D

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  17. I love how all of your snowflakes are different and unique, just like real ones.

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    1. I could have kicked myself when I decided to do them that way because I really liked how the thumb turned out, but I'm pretty happy with them being different. Thank you very much, Rachel!

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  18. Everything about this mani is perfect. Seriously. I'm pretty sure my jaw dropped. Sea Spray is one of my favorites too! :)

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    1. You are way too kind, Katherine, but thank you very, very much!! Sea Spray definitely makes my short list of all-time faves. ;)

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  19. I love Sea Spray..that is an awesome polish! And so are your snowflakes. And the glitter is just a perfect extra little touch..just like when the snow "sparkles" in the light. This is perfect! :)

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Elizabeth!! ^_^

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  20. omg love the snowflakes!! the glitter really added a little something too!
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    following you now!
    would love if you checked out my blog sometime and followed if you liked!
    <3
    nailvarnishvixen.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you very much, Elizabeth--both for the kind words and for following! ^_^

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  21. Soooo cute! I love how you did different styles and sizes of snowflake on each nail! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Chelsea! I really enjoyed Ash's assignment! :D

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  22. Now I wanna try doing snowflakes :D

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