Thursday, January 27, 2011

Roses in the snow: Nubar Pekin and Pixie Dust

Hello ladies,

Last night, I had my first experience with thundersnow. It was strange hearing the sky boom and crackle while the snow descended. I think the air made me crave a soft glitter topcoat and silver roses. This look would make a pretty Valentine, no matter what the weather.

From Born Pretty plate M11, I stamped the roses with a franken I made from Konad silver special polish and China Glaze Millennium. I detailed the leaves and stems with the striper from the Nubar two way nail art pen in Emeralds.

Pekin is a dark cherry red. This morning I slipped my hand into a bag of cherries and my nails were instantly camouflaged. I am wearing three coats of Pekin. The formula, somewhere between a jelly and a creme, has a quick dry time. This vampy red is tremendously glossy.

I added a layer of Pixie Dust to create a soft sparkle. Pixie Dust is one of those layering notes that can instantly beautify just about any manicure.

I hope you enjoyed the rose bouquet for snowy weather.

Nubar Pekin and Pixie Dust were sent to me for review. Pekin is part of the Finest Silks Collection while Pixie Dust can be found in the Holiday Jewel Basket. Both shades are available for purchase at

Image plate M11 was provided for consideration. It is part of the nail art stamping plate set #518 from The code DIANAK31 will entitle you to 10% your purchase through March 31, 2011.

Happy painting, ladies!


  1. Ohhh so pretty! I love the details you've put on the leaves, you must be seriously patient :)

  2. thegirlwiththebow: Thanks so much! The stripers in the Nubar two in nail art pens are very fine. I love them for detail work.

  3. I love all the details! A mani with love...

  4. Wow, thundersnow? That sounds super duper awesome. Haha. I like your manicure too, especially the dusting of shimmer

  5. Angeles: Thanks so much! Adding little touches is my favorite part of creating a manicure.

    Kara: It seemed like weather out of a fantasy land rather than Philadelphia! Pixie Dust is so delicate. I love that the effect is gentle enough to stamp over.

  6. This is so pretty. Thundersnow is pretty cool too :) i also love that you frankened your own stamping polish!

  7. Judy: Thanks! I hope I get to experience thundersnow again.

    My Konad silver was about 30% empty so I filled the rest with Millennium. The true proportion may be more like 60/40 since I didn't have mixing balls. Millennium distributed through the majority of the bottle. I may need to add a bit more later when I am closer to the end. I find the franken adheres better and is crisper than Millennium alone.

  8. Pretty! I like that shade!

  9. That's so pretty. Would be perfect for Valentine's Day. That thunder was bizarre. Looking forward to the Spring.


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