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Happy Monday guys! It’s the start of a new week, and another chance to make this whole crazy life thing happen. Christmas is only a week away. This week’s manicure is inspired by visions of sugar plums. When you were a kid did you wonder what the heck sugar plums were? I did. I Google’d images of sugar plums and it seems like they are candies shaped like plums and then dipped in sugar. They are very pretty, but they don’t look very much like something I’d actually want to eat.

When I saw the promo images for Zoya’s Ornate holiday collection, I was definitely intrigued by Aurora. I wanted to wait until bloggers started doing swatches to see if  it was as amazing as the pictures. Well I wasn’t disappointed because all I could think was “Ahhh! Sugarplums.” Honestly! hTe Zoya website even describes it as a medium sugarplum purple with holographic micro diamond glitter. I mean holographic micro diamond glitter. That doesn’t sound like anything I could pass up, even if I tried.

Aurora- Isn’t she a beauty? look at all that sparkle!

This polish is a beauty all on its own, but I wanted to try using it in an ombre. I tried a few different colors, but finally settled on Essie Nice is Nice to use as the base. Then I thought I would add a little bit of a different texture with a larger less saturated glitter. I used Essie Luxe Effects  A Cut Above. I think the pretty rose gold hex glitter adds a touch of warmth and a more subtle sparkle to the look.

Aurora, A Cut Above, Nice is Nice

I started off with two coats of Nice is Nice, which is a fairly sheer cream. Then I added one coat of A cut Above to about 3/4 of the length of my nail. Then I dipped the edge of a cosmetic sponge into a little bit of Aurora and dabbed it onto the top half of the nail. I did a second sponging of Aurora to the last quarter of the nail, and then one last go just at the tip. I think it is interesting to note that with each coat of Aurora, less of the purple base was deposited, and more of the micro glitter was left behind. You may not be able to tell in the photos, but the very tips of my nails look like they are coated in little bits of holographic diamond dust.

As you can see I did one nail all in Aurora, because it’s just such a gorgeous polish. Just take a look at this close up of the sparkle!

I really like this combo. I think it’s pretty and feminine. And it also speaks to an element of the holidays that isn’t really overdone.

I’m going over to Mimi’s blog to link up with the MANICure Monday ladies. Why don’t you come too? It’s a fun group to be a part of. Who doesn’t love a party every week. And you don’t even have to get dressed up. Only your nails do!


Have a wonderful safe week everybody. I’ll see you back here on Wednesday with a Merry Mouthful.


  9 Responses to “Mistletoe Mani Monday #3”

  1. Hey Bran! Your nails look awesome. How do you keep them looking nice even after Ezra’s nightly baths, cooking, doing dishes, etc.? Do you change your polish every couple of days?
    MylahSai recently posted..At the Halfway MarkMy Profile

    • Thanks! I have a couple of secrets. First I do my nails on Saturday or Sunday and take pics quick LOL. I don’t re-polish during the week, but I use a nice sticky base coat (Nail Life Gripper you can get it at Sally’s). I also use a nice thick quick dry top coat. Quick dry is a must. I like Seche Vite best, because it is more like the clear coat on your car than a normal top coat. It’s pretty pricey though, so I also use Out The Door topcoat which dries really and keeps things on lock down. Also make sure that when you polish you run the brush across the free edge of your nail. That way if the polish does start to wear away it has to come off of that edge first, and it doesn’t wear away at the tip or chip as easily. If I do all of those thing, my polish usually lasts for the whole week without any problems. Hope that helps! :)

  2. So pretty! Will definitely try this :)
    Tia recently posted..MANICure MondayMy Profile

  3. This is so pretty. I used purple, too. But, mine doesn’t look this awesome!

  4. I swear you must be a nail tech… You nails are ALWAYS on point weekly!!!!! Lovvvve it!!!!
    Lynn recently posted..MANICure Monday on Wednesday!My Profile

    • Thanks Lynn! I’m definitely no nail tech LOL just spent a lot of time watching when I used to go to the salon to get my nails done. Picked up a couple of tips and tricks along the way :)

  5. I finally bought myself some of those sponges so I am going to try the ombré. I don’t normally care for purple but this is pretty
    Mimi recently posted..You Have What it TakesMy Profile

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