Lullaby Blue Penguin Nails

I’ve been busy this month, but I’m really wanting to do more holiday nails! I’ve also wanted to incorporate my new Cirque Colors into my designs. These 4 Cirque indies are all glitters and they’re sitting on my desk calling to me every damn day. Jacquuiiii… Jaaaaacquuiiii…. you want to play with us. Come, twist off the cap. Our glitter is waiting for you!  Don’t worry about the gym, or sleep, or the holidays, or avon orders, or work or anything. Just paint your nails!

I haven’t been doing nail art or blogging as much this month. And it really bugs me.  I want to get back in the swing and when my little bottles of polish lay guilt trips on me like that, it really re-iterates the fact that I need to make more time for my Craftynail stuff. For my own happiness and sanity.  My vacation at work is coming up soon, and I cannot wait to re-charge my batteries, get caught up on my blog, and get back to normal.  Ya know what I’m saying?  Sometimes a girl just needs a vacation.  In my case, a staycation.

Back to the topic at hand…  these nails are for the RUDOLPH AND FRIENDS theme of the December N.A.I.L. Linkup.  Rudolph is friends with abstract penguins, right?  Okay good!

lullaby cirque penguin nailstextured blue nails ❆ Stardust Nail Enamel from AVON in Jewel Blue

light blue base color ❆ Gel Finish from AVON in Alaska

pastel glitter ❆ Cirque Colors in Lullaby

penguin silhouette ❆ hand painted with a striping brush and AVON Nailwear Pro Enamel in Licorice

penguin silhouette nailsHere’s a closeup of Cirque Colors Lullaby since it’s just so pretty.  There’s little stars in there!

Cirque Colors LullabyI hope you like my penguin nails!

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Hello Kitty Santa Nails for #NAILlinkup

holiday nails hello kitty santa

It’s Nail Art Ideas Linkup time!   I’m running behind schedule this december… but isn’t that typical for holidays?  So much to do, so little time! The month is halfway done and I’m only posting my first dec #naillinkup mani now. The first theme this month is SANTA so I painted a cute Hello Kitty with a santa claus hat.  I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a grown woman and I love Hello Kitty. ❤ Yes I do.

nail art hello kitty santa

For this holiday design I was compelled to do something nude pink and red.  That color combo kept swirling around in my head for days.  I started with two coats of my new AVON nude color called Barefoot Beige.  It dried quick, and I think I’m really gonna like it as a base for my future nail art.  Then I painted kitty, pink bows, and racing stripes with my Oumaxi acrylic nail paints. I don’t use my acrylic paints that often, mostly when I do little detailed deigns like this.

I always think of Hello Kitty as a girl, do you?  But since she’s wearing a santa hat she will be a boy today.

avon nails with satna hello kittyWe have a lot of fun and creative santa-inspired manis for the December N.A.I.L. so please check out the gallery of designs below—

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My dragon eggs!

I have been busy working on my holiday nail art.  I’m thinking snowflakes, penguins and maybe even some hello kitty!  But before I post those, I want to take a moment to show you my other favorite past time- making dragon eggs!  If you read my blog then there’s a good chance that you love nail polish and are even a little crafty too.  Well then…. dragon eggs are the perfect diy project for you!  I first heard about them through Accio Lacquer’s fantastic tutorial.  You know how many monsters she’s created with that post ?  Go ahead and try Mishka’s tutorial out… I bet you $20 you’ll become obsessed too. You’ll need some foam eggs, thumbtacks, nail polish, cardboard or something to stick your tacks in, and a love for mind-numbing repetitive motions.  My small green egg needed about 200 hand painted tacks, but my bigger ones use around 300!

Here’s a couple shots of some of my completed eggs-

Crafty Dragon Egg dragon eggs gold dragon egg

 Have you tried this out?



What I’m wearing- ILNP Very Ornamental

Here’s the festive polish I’m wearing right now – Very Ornamental by ILNP.  It’s a pretty red holographic indie that looks great for the season.  Sometimes I think Very Ornamental looks magenta or dark pink.  Other times it looks more orange like a ruby red or a blood orange.  IDK, maybe all the rainbows are throwing me off.  I’m not sure how to describe it really, other than it’s very pretty !

ILNP Ornamentalornamental holo swatchWhat are you wearing right now?

Rite Aid Nail Haul

My local Rite Aid totally re-designed the layout in their store and I’m really happy about it.  It’s the only real large-scale pharmacy in my little town… but I’ve been hating that place lately!  Mostly because I feel like their prices are too high.  I can get Cutex and Kotex much cheaper at the supermarket.  But now that they’ve remodeled (and put a beautifully illuminated NAIL BAR right inside the main entrance) I’m hoping I might enjoy shopping there more often!

While checking out my new and improved Rite Aid my eyes spied a sale rack with discounted nail polishes. I only intended to buy 2 cheap NYC polishes for my dragons egg crafts.  Yet somehow I walked away with 11 polishes.  But in my defense, I only spent $11.92!  Want to see what I got?

rite aid haul collageNYC French White Tip- $0.49

NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat- $0.49

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Shattered Stars- $1.89

Maybelline Color Show Jewels Precious Pearl- $1.99

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Glitter Effect Court Jest- $0.74

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Glitter Effect Rogue Red- $0.74

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Glitter Effect Mind Your Manors- $0.74

Julie G Bourbon Street- $0.99

Julie G King Creole- $0.99

Julie G Jamboree- $0.99

Julie G Trinket- $0.99

I really splurged on that white Maybelline glitter- it was almost $2! LOL. Can you believe that this is my first ever bottle of Maybelline nail polish?  I love Maybelline lip products, but I’ve never tried their nail polishes until now.  Precious Pearl is such a cute white matte glitter, perfect for wintertime.  My mom agreed, and she never even wears glitter.  Shortly after we finished shopping we reconvened and came up with this cute winter mani using that white glitter! Shown here on my mother is one coat of OPI Nail Envy, two coats of SinfulColors Pine Away and one coat of Maybelline Precious Pearl glitter.  Cute combo, right?

holiday nails on mom



SinfulColors Holiday Review

sinfulcolors holiday 2014

Hey lovely readers!  I’m back!  I was out of town for work and my blog was on auto-pilot with some terrific guest posts.  I hope you enjoyed them!  Now that I’m back and in the swing of things I’m excited to share a few swatches from the SinfulColors Holiday 2014 collection.  They have this winter release divvied up into two collections- HOLI-DAZZLED! (stellar shades and cosmic colors) and HOLIDAY WISHES (decked in blue and gold). There’s only a few newbies in these two sets, the other colors are either re-releases or are in their permanent line.  I was provided four polishes for review so let’s check them out…



sinfulcolors ice blue ice blue swatchIce Blue is a sheer light blue with micro fleck silvery shimmer.  It’s really beautiful but kind of sheer.  Shown here is three coats and it looks a bit transparent still. If you’re not into sheer polishes you can also wear it over a dark color for a different look.  Here’s another photo for you- it’s one coat of Ice Blue over top of a dark navy creme….

ice blue over navy


sinfulcolors sugar sugar sugar sugar swatchSugar Sugar is a stunning red that leans toward pink.  In these photos I’m wearing two coats.  Surprisingly, I don’t have a red like this in my stash.  It’s shimmery, but not too shimmery. And it also has tiny flecks that glow through like little diamonds.  Out of these four polishes, this is the one I want to reach for again ASAP.



sinfulcolors pine away pine away swatchPine Away is one of those metallic green shades you know you’ll use a lot during the holidays.  Here I’m wearing two coats. The vivid green shimmer really catches your eye!



sinfulcolors holiday rebel holiday rebel swatchHoliday Rebel is one of those red and green glitter toppers that’s a must-have for your winter nail art.  Can’t get much more Christmasy than this!  The glitters are suspended in a clear base so you can wear this one over a lot of different base colors.  In my pics I’m wearing two thin coats over top of a light green called Honeydew from Fresh Paint.  I’ve included a bottle shot so you can see what the glitter looks like up close..

holiday rebel glitter

You can find the SinfulColors Holiday collection exclusively at Walgreens for $1.99 a piece.  I also spotted a Holi-Dazzled display at my local Rite Aid so they shouldn’t be too hard to track down. You can always follow SinfulColors on twitter or facebook for updates on their new lines.

Which one of these four do you like the best?  I’m favoring the red called Sugar Sugar.  I don’t wear red a lot, but there’s something about this one that’s got me excited.  Thanks for reading!

Guest Post from Nails of Aquarius

Today’s guest post features Karolyn from Nails of Aquarius.  I can’t help but hum The Age of Aquarius tune in my head when I peruse her instagram haha!  When I found her blog a few months ago I was blown away like “where has this blog been my whole life?”  Karolyn has a knack for creating complex manis that are perfectly mismatched and cohesive all at the same time. I love her style! Read more about Nails of Aquarius and you’ll see what I mean…
Hey everyone! I’m Karolyn from Nails Of Aquarius. I was completely flattered and so excited when Jacqui asked if I would be interested in doing a guest post. Is that a trick question??? Of course I said “YES” immediately because I love Jacqui’s blog and the New York flair she brings to it that reminds me of home. My mind was suddenly flooded with nail art design ideas. But before we get to that, let me share a little about me.


I started my blog on a whim one morning in April after receiving a few suggestions to do so.

I didn’t know if anyone would actually read it and it is still so exciting when someone chooses to follow me or leaves a comment! I’ve already been through the miserable name change process and I am so much happier with my new name. My tagline “Zealous Creations of a Zany Sign” describes exactly what you’ll find on my blog! My posts are primarily about nail
art and presented instructionally, often featuring new or “new to me” nail polishes from some of my favorite
indie brands. I love mismatched nails and lots of sparkle and bling! Speaking
of which, let me show you “It’s Frosty”!

KBShimmer Too Cold To Hold, KBShimmer Snow Way!, KBShimmer Flake Dance

Jacqui and I had the same plan when it came to KBShimmer’s Holiday Collection. We were both on the site the morning of the release filling our carts with their gorgeous creations. She’s already posted a great review for her picks and, surprisingly, we only had one polish in common. So I have 2 others to share with you today.

KBShimmer Too Cold To Hold

Too Cold To Hold is a my first textured polish from KBShimmer and I want to be clear that this is NOT your mainstream textured polish! I’m not knocking them and have a healthy collection of Liquid Sand and Pixie Dust, this is just, well, more intense. Oh my!! It is sapphire blue and loaded with micro to medium sized silver, blue and green holographic glitters and even some small red glitters that weren’t mentioned in their description. This is some thick polish, but it goes on really easy and I could have stopped after just 1 coat. I think I applied 2 just because I am so accustomed to doing so.

KBShimmer Too Cold To Hold close up

Here’s a close up shot so you can get a better look at all of the magical glitter I was telling you about! I love the look of textured polish so I went without topcoat. But you could always add a coat or 2 of good topcoat to smooth it out while retaining all the great sparkle.

KBShimmer Snow Way!
Snow Way! is a sky blue crelly polish with a medium amount of white glitter in various sizes and a touch of micro silver sparkle. Originally released in 2012, it has been so popular that they keep bringing it back. I can’t say I am surprised! This one was a little tricky to apply compared to my other crelly glitters, so I reached out to owner Christy Rose for tips. I know I can be a bit heavy handed, often getting away with 2 coats when 3 are recommended, and I learned that you can’t do that with this beauty. Thin coats are essential and I’ll define thin as picking up such a small amount of polish on the brush that I needed to dip again for each stroke. She also recommended letting the polish dry completely between each coat, which thankfully happens pretty quickly. By following her tips I was very happy with my results from 3 THIN coats plus topcoat. Thanks Christy!
KBShimmer Too Cold To Hold, KBShimmer Snow Way!
 I started with a base of 2 coats of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel. Once dry, I applied Too Cold to Hold on my thumb, index and pinky fingers. Followed by Snow Way! on my middle and ring fingers and a coat of HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat.
While that was drying I got to work making the stamping decal, also called the advanced stamping technique, for my ring finger using a snowman design from MoYou London’s Festive 01 plate. Here’s a quick overview of my steps:
1. Stamp the design with Mundo de Unas Black stamping polish
2. Use a small nail art brush to fill in the body with China Glaze Fairy Dust and the hat with a bit of jelly from Too Cold To Hold
3. Top the Fairy Dust with Rica Whiteout and coat the stamper head with OPI Topcoat
4. Allow to dry completely and carefully remove it with tweezers when you’re ready to apply it
Want to learn more about making or applying stamping decals? Check out my video tutorial on YouTube.
KBShimmer Too Cold To Hold, KBShimmer Snow Way!
Do you recall making paper dolls or snowflakes as a kid? You would fold up a piece of paper just so, cut a design into it and open the paper to see it repeated over and over? That was what I had in mind when I decorated my middle finger with 4 of the white snowmen I received from KBShimmer as a gift with purchase.
KBShimmer Too Cold To Hold, KBShimmer Snow Way!, KBShimmer Flake Dance
I already told you I love sparkle and bling, so I began embellishing by adding 5mm Clear Swarovski Elements Rivoli Snowflakes to my index and pinky fingers with a dab of nail glue.
KBShimmer Flake Dance close up
Here’s a close up of Flake Dance, a gorgeous topper full of mixed sized silver holographic glitters and large snowflakes. If it looks this magical under a daylight bulb, just imagine it on your nails! Not surprisingly, this is the polish Jacqui and I had in common. I fished out a few snowflakes and larger holographic glitters and applied them around the Swarovski crystals on my index and pinky fingers, as you can see in the photo above.
KBShimmer Too Cold To Hold, KBShimmer Snow Way!, KBShimmer Flake Dance
To complete the look I applied my stamping decal to my ring finger and used a dab of glue to apply a Snowflake Stud from Bundle Monster to my thumb. Sorry you didn’t get a better look at it!
KBShimmer Too Cold To Hold, KBShimmer Snow Way!, KBShimmer Flake Dance
 As I was going through all of the photos I took trying to choose the best of the bunch an idea smacked me in the head. Make Snow Way! matte! I liked it shiny, but I LOVE it matte! How about you? Which finish do you prefer?
KBShimmer Too Cold To Hold, KBShimmer Snow Way!, KBShimmer Flake Dance
 One last look at the completed design! Sorry, I couldn’t stop myself. :)
Product Recap:
Basecoat and Topcoat: Nail Pattern Boldness and HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat, Julep Matte Topcoat (not shown)
Base polishes: KBShimmer Snow Way! and Too Cold To Hold
Accent polishes: KBShimmer Flake Dance, China Glaze Fairy Dust, Rica Whiteout
Stamping plate: MoYou London Festive 01
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas Black #2
Embellishments: Snowmen glitter from KBShimmer, Swarovski Elements Rivoli Snowflakes, snowflake stud from Bundle Monster
I had the best time working on this guest post for Jacqui and I was happy to be able to give her a blogging break! I hope you enjoyed the nail art design I created with these gorgeous KBShimmer polishes. Jacqui and I would love to hear your thoughts! If you would like to see more of my work you can find me on my blog, Nails Of Aquarius, Facebook, Instagram or as NailsOfAquarius on most of the other social media venues.
Thank you for reading and big hugs to Jacqui for this opportunity!

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