November Nails

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I'm a little late with this one, but you know, once Thanksgiving passes and it's all Christmas all the time, the end of November has a little way of getting away with me.

As I left work for the last time before the holiday break, my friend pointed out, "you know, after this weekend, that it's, we're in the holiday season." I was struck, because although it happens the same way every year, it seems like it gets a little faster and I'm always stunned -- is it that time already?

Well, yeah, it is. And you should have been prepared. The mall tried to get you ready back in October.

Anyway, November nails:

I managed to sneak in five completely different manicures, which I'm particularly proud of, and found a perfect, quick dry topcoat. Which completes my Christmas wishlist.

 (Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Navy Baby, Sinful Colors in Fire Red, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Time to Shine.) 

For this manicure, I painted the entire nail red,  let it dry, and then taped a triangle over the cuticle. Painted the bottom half in navy blue and pulled off the tape right away. Once everything was dry, I free-handed the gold to clean up any mistakes between the red and blue and covered it with a clear top coat. I like Maybelline Wet  Shine in Clearly Wet. 

 (Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Crinoline, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Lacey Lilac,  Maybelline Express Finish in Pink Pixie, and Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Blew Away.)

I tried an alternative to water marbling for this manicure. I found it here. I painted all of my nails white and let it dry. Then I put tiny dots of color on, one nail at a time, and rubbed it around with a piece of wax paper. I didn't like that it picked up some of the white polish and left me with a few bare spots, but was overall pleased. It was much easier than water marbling, which I've never had luck with, and still had a fun effect. One thing, I would consider using vaseline on the cuticles and around the nail bed to make clean up easier. There was a lot of polish on my fingers after this.

 (Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Navy Baby and Urban Outfitters Nail Laquer in Smokin')

Pretty simple ombre nail -- I painted each but my ring finger in navy blue. Once it was dry, I painted a stripe of gold at the bottom and then painted a triangle shape with the point going towards the cuticle. It was a fun and simple manicure, although not really super special.

(Maybelline Color Show in Wine and Dine, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Fedora and for the leopard print, the black end of Revlon Expressionist Nail Art in Night and Degas.)

Here's another fun, albeit not particularly show stopping manicure. I painted all but my ring finger in burgundy and then used a tan on my accent nail. I'm not really picky about my leopard print, so I use a tooth pic to create assymetrical circles and a few dots, here and there. 

(Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic Brown,  Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Crinoline, Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Orange Impulse, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Mellow Yellow,  Maybelline Express Finish in Pink Pixie, and  NYC Long Wearing Nail Enamel in Broadway Burgundy Flash.

For the highlight of my November nails, I had this -- a turkey. I found inspiration here. I began by painting all of my nails a basic brown color. For the turkey's face, I used to quick dabs of white and made an orange triangle for the beak. I waited for the white to dry before adding little black dots for the pupils. For the feathers, I simply painted a stripe of each of my chosen colors and finished with a top coat.  On Thanksgiving, I put my hands up, just the way they are in the pictures, and fluttered my fingers up and down while shouting "gobble gobble!"


November was a good month for manicures! Such a festive month and a nice way to pull together all of my favorite fall colors. I'm already planning December, full of reds and silvers and glitter!

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