Monday, December 17, 2012

Candy Cane Couture: Merry Mint Manis

Sing along: "Follow me in merry measure... Fa la la la la, la la la la... While I tell of yuletide treasure... Fa la la la la, la la la la."

Yuletide treasures abound during this time of the year--especially when it comes to tasty treats. Who can resist homemade holiday cupcakes, cookies, pies, truffles, tarts and cakes? Plus, we get a calorie-free pass (at least, that's what I've been told). 

It's also the perfect opportunity to enjoy stylish seasonal treats for your tips. Festive red and white manis not only spread holiday cheer, but they also put more pep in your step. We like to call them candy cane couture. 

Here's how to create your own merry mint mani: Paint each nail with a base coat and two layers of red polish (or alternate between red and white). Select one tip as an accent nail and coat it with two layers of white lacquer. Carefully use the brush to paint one wide red band and two slimmer side-by-side ones. Finish with a top coat over each nail. 

Voila! Your tips can now fa la la la la their way to the next holiday party. Special thanks to my niece Natalie J. Wilson. She served as our mani model and nail artist. Enjoy!

SHINE: Dazzle Dry Rapid Red, Linen Lace and Garnet.

BEAUTY: Spectacular sparkles. BEACON: Vegan, and contains no formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, camphor or nitrocellulose.  

SHINELCN Bowl of Cherries and Milky Way. 

BEAUTY: Peppermint paradise. BEACONContains no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate or toluene.

SHINEPure Ice Platinum and Siren.

BEAUTY: Dandy candy digits. BEACON: Contains no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate or toluene.

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