2011 on my nails

I've planned on making a recap like this but never got to it before. Now seeing so many other bloggers do it inspired me to glance back and dig up some looks. Interesting to see some patterns in my actions - one of which is that I bought lots of new lacquers this year and the old ones were left to sit in their storage box. Others being: blue, holographic,

I didn't plan to concentrate on new nail polishes in this entry - but most of these colors were purchased in 2011. I've included links to the original posts.

In 2011 I reached for blue colors more than ever. Starting from Bluebelle by Models Own at the very beginning of the year and going to holo layering experiments with O.P.I. Last Friday Night (Katy Perry).

Then on to true blue holos with 2Nite by CG and also Tristam by A-england which was a bit of a dissapointment for me (see it here). Holographic polishes were always on my mind...

...So I got more holos. Here are Fashion Addict by Color Club and Green by Glitter Gal. Both going straight to my favorites!

I had so many new colors to try and get familiar with, I didn´t do nail art so often as I´ve used to in the past. There were two definite trends on my looks, first one involving french tips. I've always loved my dots and held dear toothpicks that give me just the right-sized round marks. Somewhere along the way I really fell for pearl look on the smile line.

My two favorites with a "string of pearls" were Willow Nails for Easter and Cherry Blossom Nails.

The second trend for me on 2011 was dark base with some definition:

Clover nails matte was my favorite dark look. A simple proof of how you can be inspired by something/someone and give it your own twist to accomplish something quite different. I also found that this Matte Finish by Rimmel performs far better on me than any other matte top coat I've tried.

This is my favorite look this year I think. It's effortless to make and to wear, and to pair with any outfit. Most of you seem to like it too, for this black french manicure quickly became my most popular post this year :)

This year has also brought many new readers through Google Friend Connect and Bloglovin' and through some sweet bloggers' blog rolls . As I'm typing this I just noticed there are 800 of you via GFC, wow! I want to thank you all, old and new friends, for keeping this blog as a friendly place with your sweet and uplifting comments. Thank you for being a positive inspiration!

Did you have other favorites from my nail looks this year?

Any special wishes for 2012?


Happy Holidays!

I wish you all Happy Holidays!

Iloista Joulunaikaa kaikille!


Another Set of Winter Nails

I know almost everyone is anxiously waiting for Christmas but for me this month seems to fly by too fast. Just ten days left! There's so much to do before Christmas Eve: cooking, baking, cleaning, decorating, wrapping... We haven't even made the greeting cards yet. And I'd really like to do more nail looks for the season. This year the snow came so late it really was hard to tune in to the spirit. But now the snow is here, to stay I hope. I wore these on Independence Day (6th of Dec.)

The colors of our flag and of our winter with blue and white. Basic french tip with white, then wide side swipe with Metallic Blue by GOSH filled with white glitter flakes. First time I used this metallic and it applied really smoothly! It was opaque and streak-free in just one coat. White line following the shape of the side swipe and row of dots lining the tip are with pearl white nail art pen by Migi.

The sun is up just a few hours a day and the days are cloudy so the pictures don't talk so loud, sorry. I wish you could see the pretty light blue rhinestones  - they are like shining ice on snow.

This is a "pair" to my latest Holly manicure with similar funky french shape. I sent them together to the nail art contest, this one representing winter.

I just realized the Christmas Tree day of the 24 Days of Christamas challenge was yesterday but I really want to do that mani, so on to that next. Taking a break from blue manicures and turning to green and red  :)

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Day 12: Holly

I jump in the 24 Day Challenge with Holly theme. I sent this one over at Pastelliunelmia. for a nail art competition (Finnish only). Wish me luck :) I would've loved to do day 8 with candy canes but will have to come back to that later. Here's how I pictured the theme: french with a twist, Emerald Sparkle by China Glaze and red bright rhinestones.

Please don't freak out my white-appearing fingers, not frozen - just the indoor lighting.

I painted classic french tip with Black Passion by GOSH and made a side swipe with Emerald Sparkle across it. Black Passion seemed like a good pair for it doesn't steal too much attention but neither dulls it down for it has it's own charismatic shimmer (see it plain here). With black nail art liner I sketched the edge like pointy leaf. Rhinestones are glued with long lasting clear polish by Rimmel.

Usually I´m a bit shy pairing up say rhinestones and sport jacket... But this time the combo didn´t bother me at all. French tip with some bare nail is somehow so classic it doesn't argue with normal wear. Though I know some may not agree. I remember a time when I felt too dressed up when I was going to sauna with red nails. Now I feel too naked if I don't have some paint on :D

Have a happy week. Don't stress too much over Christmas :)


24 Days of Christmas

Wanted to let you know about a challenge at Paint that Nail : 24 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge. Join the fun! The more inspiration for the season the merrier.

1. Snowfall (lumisade)
2. Snowflakes (lumihiutaleet)
3. Icicles (jääpuikot)
4. Snowman (lumiukko)
5. Snowman face (lumiukon pää)
6. Penguins (pingviinit)
7. Gingerbread Man (piparkakku-ukko)
8. Candy Canes (karkkikepit)
9. Red/green (punavihreä)
10. Poinsettias (joulutähdet)
11. Wreathes (seppele)
12. Holly (orjanlaakeri-koriste)
13. Christmas tree (joulukuusi)
14. Ornaments (koristeet)
15. Presents (lahjapaketit)
16. Lights (jouluvalot)
17. Tinsel/garland (joulunauha)
18. Stockings (joulusukat)
19. Santa hats (tonttulakit)
20. Sleigh or sled (pukin reki)
21. Reindeer (Rudolf) (porot)
22. Elf (tonttu)
23. Santa (pukki)
24. Favorite manicure (oma suosikki)

I did a similar theme-month back in 2009 (some of the looks I'm not so proud of but live and learn :D). It´s really fun and I wish to do it again when I have more time on my hands (literally). Maybe next year?

The list serves as a great inspiration in its own right. I think I'll make at least candy canes and holly out of this list. Here are my recent snowflake nails shot outside, call it day 2 now :)

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