Final December nails

So I did 2 other mani’s that I haven’t had a chance to post. The whole month of December is insane for me. And now because of all the work and lack of sleep I feel like I’m coming down with something. I’ll just ignore it and hopefully it will go away.

On to what you came here for… The nails!!!

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So I started with a Layla Holo polish… The silver one. Then I added my Christmas tree on my thumb. I used tape and then my dotting tool to add the star and the ornaments. I tried to do it on all of my nails but it wasn’t working out so I thought I’d try my hand at freehanding a snowflake. It is most definitely not my best work but it was ok.

This next one is what I ended up wearing for the days leading up to Christmas day. It was my second attempt at a jelly sandwich. I used 365 days of colors Mrs. Claus polish that I got in my mystery bag, I love it. Then on my accent nail I used Essie’s Sugar Daddy for my jelly and then I used a glitter polish I got from Claire’s. I think this turned out great!

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I have a stamping attempt with one of my new polishes coming up next!!! I love love love this new polish!!!

Hope everyone had a great holiday!!!

-Coral

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Christmas Tag

1) Which holiday do you celebrate?

Ashtree: Christmas

Coral: Christmas

2) What are you doing for the holidays this year?

Ashtree: My husband and I are going to Las Vegas for Christmas. We are meeting my parents and grandparents there. It’s going to be a blast! We have no ideas for New Years.

Coral: Hanging out at the house eating my Dad’s awesome cooking!! Oooo I can’t wait!!

3) What’s your favorite holiday drink?

Ashtree: Hot chocolate by far! Or a good winter lager.

Coral: I love peppermint hot chocolate!!! So good!!

4) Candy cane or Gingerbread men?

Ashtree: I love both really but cookies are way better, haha.

Coral: Candy Canes.. Not sure I like Gingerbread…

5) What’s your favorite holiday/Christmas song?

Ashtree: I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. <;3 <;3 <;3 it.

Coral: Umm… I love anything TSO does or any of them that we played in band… Carol of the bells! Hah!

6) What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever received?

Ashtree: In my family that is a tough question. Probably the family traded gag gift of a HORRIBLE faux fur coat and hat that matches.

Coral: Surprisingly, I can't think of anything weird I've gotten…

7) Have you ever made a snowman?

Ashtree: I have! Snowmen, igloos, forts.. snow is awesome.

Coral: Of course, I love snow!!!

8) What is your favorite winter fragrance?

Ashtree: I love the smell of peppermint. Makes everything smell so festive and delicious.

Coral: Christmas cookies and peppermint. I hate pine though.

9) What is at the top of your list this Christmas?

Ashtree: Cirque Du Soliel tickets.

Coral: A Franken kit for nail polish!!

10) What is most important to you about the holidays?

Ashtree: Spending time with family, and remembering the most important things in your life.

Coral: Family.

Thank you to Danette from No Bottle Left Behind for tagging us in her Christmas Tag post!

We tag any one who wants to answer these same questions. Sorry for the lame way out but I do have to work today and I wanted to post this before it's too late!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

-Coral

Liebster Awards!!!!!

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I can NOT explain how honored I am to have been nominated for not 1 but 2 Liebster awards!!! I’m sure Ashtree feels the same. Because there are 2 of us we will both post the answers to the questions the nominators left us!!! Thank you to Danette from No Bottle Left Behind and Jessica from Product Hoochie!!! I still am slightly speechless at how awesome this ride has become!!!

While we have trying to get this post together between the distance between us and me working 60 hours this week,it’s been a little rough going, we were nominated for 2 other Leibster Awards!!! Thank you to Polished0ff and nattan323

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What is the “Liebster Blog Award?”

It’s an award that was reputedly started in Germany in order to give smaller bloggers recognition for their hard work. You receive this award from a fellow blogger that feels your blog is both worthy & important to them.

The rules are:

1) Post eleven facts about yourself

2) Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated

3) Choose eleven people to give this award to (with fewer than 200 followers) and link them in your post

4) Go to their page and tell them

5) Remember, no tag backs

So we will start with the questions from No Bottle Left Behind.

From No Bottle Left Behind

1. What is the one major gift you’re hoping for this year for the holidays?

Ashtree: This is a tough question because my husband and I are going to Vegas for the holiday and not buying one another gifts. So a wonderful four days in Vegas is my hope.

Coral: Really, I’m so thankful for anything I get. I would love some nail polish! Haha! Shoes, pigment eyeshadow, pens, Sharpies… I’m pretty easy! Haha!

2. If you could only have one drink forever for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ashtree: Diet Dr. Pepper

Coral: I’m, unfortunately, going to have to go with water so I live! Haha! If it wasn’t full of empty calories I would go with Coke, I can’t do diet because the aspartame gives me migraines.

3 What’s your favorite TV show?

Ashtree: Sons of Anarchy

Coral: I’m a sucker for a couple of shows. My favorite non-reality show is probably NCIS or Criminal Minds. Reality I love So You Think You Can Dance.

4. Do you want/have kids? If so, how many?

Ashtree: My husband and I do not want children but we do have 3 furgirls. Two kitties, Morticia and Wednesday, and one pup, Ophelia.

Coral: I have 1 daughter. Her name is Arabella. She’s 6 and in 1st grade this year. Eek!

5. If you had to move and choose to live somewhere else forever, where would it be? And why?

Ashtree: Well if I had to live somewhere besides “home” (Ohio) then I would definitely choose where I’m living now (temporarily Colorado). But my husband and I have a list of places we want to live during his time in the military: Alaska, Germany, and Italy are the top of the list.

Coral: I think I would go with London. From what I understand it doesn’t get super hot over there. I HATE summer/humidity. Maybe Alaska for the fun of it and lack of people.

6. What’s your favorite accessory?

Ashtree: My Dooney and Bourke purse that my husband bought me 2 years ago, I have not carried any other purse since.

Coral: I don’t think I have a favorite but I always wear my diamond earrings, amethyst earrings, and the ring my SO bought me.

7. If you won the lotto, what would be the first thing you buy?

Ashtree: A car/truck for my husband/pay off my Cube.

Coral: O man a brand new car!! I have such horrible luck with vehicles! I need one that hasn’t been touched! And a house with enough room to fit everyone in.

8. What’s the one thing in your make-up bag that you can’t live without?

Ashtree: Tarte’s Smooth Operator tinted moisturizer

Coral: All my eye stuff. I don’t really need foundation or lip stuff.

9. What made you deiced to start blogging?

Ashtree: Well Coral and I had been exchanging pictures of nails for a little while and we were getting fed up with finding blogs that had nails that looked professionally done all the time. So we decided to start a blog for our creations that did not always look perfect.

Coral: I’ve blogged before. I like getting my voice out there. I love to connect with people that like the same things I do. It helps me keep my focus and from succumbing to the black hole. Also, I was really getting into painting my nails and getting such positive responses from everyone.

10. How many kids do you have or see yourself having?

Ashtree: No human children, and no more furchildren for awhile. But I see us having 3 furbabies all the time.

Coral: The one I have is enough, thank you.

11. Sun or snow?

Ashtree: Snow!!! I’m a ginger girl, the sun and I have a hate-hate relationship.

Coral: Snow!!!! I can not stand to be sweaty!

Now the questions from Product Hoochie.

1. Why did you start blogging?

Ashtree: Well Coral and I had been exchanging pictures of nails for a little while and we were getting fed up with finding blogs that had nails that looked professionally done all the time. So we decided to start a blog for our creations that did not always look perfect.

Coral: I’ve blogged before. I like getting my voice out there. I love to connect with people that like the same things I do. It helps me keep my focus and from succumbing to the black hole. Also, I was really getting into painting my nails and getting such positive responses from everyone.

2. What is your “day job”?

Ashtree: Right now, I’m a full time student/wife. I do intend to get a job, any job, as soon as my husband and I finish our next move.

Coral: I work at a major women’s retailers call center in Customer Service. I listen to women whine about bras and panties.

3. What is your least favorite current fashion trend?

Ashtree: COLORED JEANS!

Coral: Quick note, the day Ashtree sent me her answers, I wore colored jeans!! Haha! Turquoise skinny ones with boots and a long tunic! Ummm… I’m not very trendy so I’m not sure I know. I think I read someone say leggings as pants. I saw that today at work, I could the writing on her panties! That’s pretty rough.

4. What is the one thing you do that other people think is fantastic?

Ashtree: My nails.

Coral: Usually my nails and makeup.

5. What was your biggest adventure?

Ashtree: Taking a Greyhound to Chicago to see my then fiancee while he was in college. It was something I couldn’t believe I did alone, and something that taught me a lot about myself.

Coral: 1 of 2 things. Having my daughter and deciding to raise her by myself or the trip I took to see Ashtree in CO all by myself, on my first plane ride! I was so scared!!!

6. What is your favorite cosmetic product?

Ashtree: Smooth Operator tinted moisturizer.

Coral I’m not sure I have a favorite but I really only do my eye makeup…

7. What perfume do you like most?

Ashtree: Lady Gaga’s Fame is my current favorite. Smells amazing on me and last a long time (unusual for me).

Coral: I have THE WORST time finding a scent that works for me. Everything turns stinky!!! Like real stinky. The only one I’ve found to work on me is Dolce&Gabana Light Blue. I love it and get tons of compliments when I wear it. It’s just so expensive. It’s hard to buy it for myself.

8. Who is your favorite person?

Ashtree: My husband.

Coral: Logically, my child and SO.

9. What is your favorite book?

Ashtree: Oh geezz…. I’m a nonfiction junkie so I will say Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson.

Coral: I can’t answer this. I love reading. I’m the biggest book worm ever!!! I absolutely love The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. All Ann Rule books. I recently read The Fault in our Stars. Incredible. Sad and incredible. Also, I recently read all of the Stephanie Plum books, all 22 (I think) of them in about 2 1/2 weeks. I’m ridiculous.

10. What product would you love to try but you think it is too expensive?

Ashtree: I tend to try things at least once or find myself a sample… but there are a lot of mascara’s and eyeliners I would love to try but can’t bring myself to buy them to try once and realize I don’t like it.

Coral: Any of the dark circle reducers I’ve seen lately. Working this late shift is killing my bright eyes.

11. What beauty product do you think would change the world?

Ashtree: I think any beauty product can change the world for a single person. Tarte Smooth Operator and Curly Sexy Hair liquid gel are my life changers, but each person has their own.

Coral: I have to agree with Ashtree on this one. Any beauty product that makes a woman feel better about herself is world changing in my eyes… So all of them!

Questions from Polished0ff.

1. If you could only wear one colour polish, which would it be and why?

Ashtree: Black. It goes with everything I wear and is very.. me.

Coral: Uhhhh…. I have no idea. I guess whichever color looks best on my hands… Red?

2. What’s your favourite book?

Ashtree: Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule among a million others. 😀

Coral: Probably By the River Piedra I say down and Wept by Paulo Coehlo. I love reading!

3. What first got you interested in nail polish/art?

Ashtree: Coral, really. I had always thought it was cool but I couldn’t do it. Welp she showed me I could and together we have done all kinds of cool stuff.

Coral: I’m not very good at just painting my nails. I get bored easily, with my nail color my makeup my hair color. This makes things fun.

4. I am always on the look out for new holiday destinations; where was your most recent holiday?

Ashtree: My husband and I are leaving TODAY for Vegas. Spending the holiday around LOTS of bright lights and fun.

Coral: Home. We don’t travel for the holidays.

5. Popcorn: sweet or salt?

Ashtree: Salt… preferably ranchy deliciousness.

Coral: Salt and Tabasco!! Yummmm!!! Now I want some popcorn!!

6. What’s in your handbag?

Ashtree: Wallet, Carmex, tissues, Leatherman, various lip glosses, lighters, keys, birth control pills, cough drops, lotion, body spray, and anything husbands asks me to put in there on any given day. (usually a ton of receipts)

Coral: What isn’t in there maybe a better answer!! I put everything in there. Polish even!

7. If a famous person could play you in a film; who would it be?

Ashtree: Christina Hendricks.

Coral: No clue… P!nk? I was told I looked a little like her in the past.

8. What did you want to be when you grew up?

Ashtree: Well first I wanted to be a dentist, then a CEO, then a secretary.. now I’m aiming for Social Psychologist.

Coral: I believe a teacher. Then an accountant. Now, I want to be my own boss doing something creative.

9. What’s your worst habit?

Ashtree: Smoking.. by far.

Coral: Mmm I have no clue.

10. Do you have a favourite flower?

Ashtree: Red roses or Peruvian lilies.

Coral: Orchids… Any that are given to me! Ha!

11. Who is your favourite Bond?

Ashtree: I loved Sean Connery but I do love me some Daniel Craig.

Coral: I’ll be honest. I don’t watch the Bond movies. I’m not even sure who has played him… I’m lame.

Questions from nattan323

1. If you could have ANY super power what would you have?

Ashtree: Flying. Would make my life SO much easier

Coral: I’d want to be invisible. Obvious reasons… I want to be nosey!

2. What is your favourite movie?

Ashtree: Pulp Fiction. <;;3 it!

Coral: Argh… So hard. I think I'll go with Boondock Saints.

3. Would you get plastic surgery?

Ashtree: To reduce my breasts, I would. For cosmetic reasons I wouldn't.

Coral: Nah

4. What is your favourite season?

Ashtree: Fall/Winter. I love cold and snow.

Coral: Fall

5. What country would you like to visit the most?

Ashtree: I think Germany is my top right now, but really I think I would just love to get out of the country again.

Coral: I believe I would go with Germany too… Or Australia… It's the accent!!

6. Do you prefer long or short hair?

Ashtree: On me? Longer for sure.. short doesn't work well with my hair.

Coral: Short. I can not stand for my hair to touch my neck! I've only had long hair twice. Once when I was little and about 4 years ago. Can't stand it.

7. What band do you like the least?

Ashtree: Oh so many… I'm not a fan of country music so just about anything country, but within my own preferred genre I would have to say Creed or Nickleback.

Coral: Right now I can't stand Rhinnana… I hate that diamonds song.

8. If you could change/fix one thing in the world what would you choose?

Ashtree: Stop wars. So cheesy and in the box but my husband just returned from war and I have friends still there so it's my #1 preference right now.

Coral: I'll agree with Ashtree on this one.

9. Do you think an engagement ring should be a suprise or should the woman pick it herself?

Ashtree: Both… I think that marriage should be a long discussion and the guy should know the style of ring the lady wants. My husband knew almost exactly what I liked, but him giving it to me was a total surprise and I liked that.

Coral: I feel like the man should know the woman enough to pick something she would love out on his own. If not, it's not marriage time.

10. What is your favourite childhood memory?

Ashtree: Playing sports and being in band. Those are memories that include some of the best friends I ever had and my family.

Coral: Hanging with all my cousins and then later band memories. Tons of fun with Big Red and the river boat!

11. What makes you really happy?

Ashtree: My furgirls and my husband. They are all I need in the world to smile.

Coral: My daughter. Most of my family and my friends.

Ashtree's 11 Facts!

1. I’m a ginger… and proud of it.

2. I’ve been with my husband for 10 years (married 6)

3.I love my furgirls like they are my children.

4. I have an incurable addiction to bubble shooter games.

5. I love food… specifically what I call “fat kid” food. My weight has more highs and lows than the stock market.

6. I paint my dogs nails.

7. Growing up my favorite past time was digging holes in the dirt with spoons… now I prefer spades and my hands.

8. I love reading nonfiction.

9. I have worn a spot in my couch where I sit everyday doing hours and hours of school work… and FaceBook, blogging, nails, bubble shooters, CoD, and various other epitome of procrastination type things.

10. I’m really proud of my husband for the things he has done for our family, our lives, and our country.

11. I wear toe socks. ONLY TOE SOCKS. It’s been 4-5 years since I regularly wore regular socks, however before then I was a toe sock junkie, and since then I have found athletic toe socks that have made me an exclusively toe sock girl.

Coral's 11 Facts!

1. I played the baritone in concert and marching band. It's where I met Ashtree. Low Brass Kicks A…

2. I've colored my hair every color imaginable: red, blonde, brown, black, bright red, pink, purple…

3. When I get interested in something I throw myself into it 193838392%. I research the interwebs, buy everything that I need or don't need, find blogs about it, etc.

4. I can't stand for my hair to touch my neck, it's why I keep it short. I've had it long once and the SO didn't like it at all and neither did I! I only wore it up!

5. I didn't own a gaming console until I was 19. I love gaming!

6. I love to color color-by-numbers. Also, I love what I call extreme coloring.

7. I collect Sharpies! I have like 80 of them. I use them in my extreme coloring.

8. I don't actually sleep. I take 2 2-hour naps. It's horrible.

9. When my SO got me my Nook Tablet for my birthday I went crazy and read darn near a book a day for a full month!

10. I recently had surgery on my foot now I only have a 4 toe foot print.

11. I have an addiction to collecting travel cups, pens, lip balms (even though I've made my own and it's better), and now nail polish. Also, my SO thinks I collect drinks. I usually have no less than 2 or 3 with me at a time. I'm weird.

We will post questions and nominations later. It's taken me weeks to get this together. Thanks to all that nominated us!! We really appreciate the nod!!

-Coral

Lights, such pretty, shiny lights!

Last time I posted I claimed that I was going to attempt the strand of lights some of you awesome ladies had posted.

I’ll admit it was easier than I thought it was going to be but my left hand still has such trouble working correctly.

I started of with China Glaze White on White. I have figured out that I do NOT like white on my nails. It’s really difficult for me to work with and I don’t really like how it looks. I used a Sinful Colors black striping polish for my strands. Then I use a dotting tool to add my lights. I used Pure Ice Siren for the red, Sinful Colors San Francisco for the green, and I used Avon for the blue and yellow and I can not, unfortunately, remember either of their names off the top of my head.

Here’s what I got..

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A little more cleaned up… White, as I said, was just not my friend.

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So, I still have my Rudolph nails to post. I did some on my daughter too! Yay! I love them but for some reason the Elf polish I used has cracked… Like a big ole crack right down my Rudolph and on another finger. Also a random chip came off the middle of my thumb nail. Real odd. Real frustrating! So I have to attempt ANOTHER Christmas mani today… We’ll see how that goes. I’m out of ideas!

-Coral

Month of Nails

It has been a mad house around here the past month or so.  While I did keep my nails painted, I didn’t ever get the chance (or lets face it.. motivation) to blog them.  So I decided I would just throw a picture of each mani up with little to no explanation. HA so here we go…

Tape Mani

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This was from a night that my husband and I went Cosmic Bowling.  While the glowing nails was a bit of a distraction, I thought it was really cool. 🙂

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Happy Holidays to All!! ❤ Ashtree ❤

Santa Claus!!!!

I did a super easy, super cute mani for the holiday. I’m real proud of these! I feel like both my right and my left hand came out fantastic!

I did have to redo the accent nail on my left hand (non-dominate hand) because I didn’t top coat over my red the first time. I made sure I was more patient the second time and only got a tiny bit of streaking of the black onto my beard!

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These are all prior to clean up. I did this mani Saturday evening. I have a chip on my left hand Santa Claus. Lame! I swear it’s because I’m not using Seche Vite! But I’m over the shrinkage with that top coat. Just need to find another just as shiny and protectant to make me happy.

I used my China Glaze White on White, Sinful Colors San Francisco is my beautiful green on the rest of my nails, I used an ELF nude color that I got in a set from Target, Pure Ice Siren for the red, and my Sinful Colors black striping polish.

Here’s a picture of it cleaned up before I take it off to attempt a Christmas lights mani!!

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I love that I’m getting use out of my dotting tools and that I’m able to create some pretty awesome artwork! Proud nail moment!! 🙂

-Coral

Here I am… Still alive, I think

Ok, so I’ll start with an apology. Work is insane. I’ve been working 12 hours days. Which is really like 14 hour days because I have a 45 minute drive to work. I quite literally come home around 4am, check out the blogs I love, fall asleep around 5am, am back up at 7am to get my daughter on the bus, head back to sleep until 11am, and am leaving for work by 130pm. It’s insane. That’s what I get for working in online retail. Horrible!!!! So I sincerely apologize for my absence and lack of posting.

Ashtree and I are working on our Liebster Award stuff. Just waiting on the last couple sets of questions and we should be able to get it posted! It’s so exciting being nominated for something so awesome!!! Really inspiring.

On to what you all came here for… My next adventure in stamping. I must say this time worked out much better than the first attempt. I’ve actually worn this since Saturday!

I started with my new polish from my Julep box! It’s a dark red, reminds me of ruby, with a silver shimmer, called Petra. I love this color! It’s gorgeous! Then I had my daughter search through my stamping plates for snowflakes. We found the closest thing and I stamped with an Avon light blue, I’m in bed and can’t remember the name but if you want it ask and I’ll hunt it down! This polish worked better than my special stamping polish… What a waste!

Here it is!

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And a cleaned up version, technically 6 days later… A little tip wear but other than that it still looks good!

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I hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far! It feels really weird to not have snow on the ground in Ohio. I mean it has hit close to 70 lately. The weather is not allowing me to get into the right Christmas mood… I’m lost. And haven’t done shopping! Ack!

-Coral