the nail files: snowy tips

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So despite my countless prayers, winter has arrived early.

To make myself feel better about it, I decided to do a pretty, winter-y mani.

(Side Note: It didn't really work, but I totally get bonus points for trying. Haha!)

For the base, I did two coats of Man Hunt on all fingers, and let it dry completely. Then, it was gradient time. I used my standard technique of brushing the polish right onto a triangular makeup sponge, starting with a stripe of Black Expressionism at the bottom of the sponge, followed by a stripe of Man Hunt and then Paper Mache on top. The coverage was pretty good after one coat, but I did a second because I'm obsessive about blending. Haha!

When that was dry, I got a flat nail art brush and added a half-ish coat of The Outer Edge and then topped it all off with two coats of There's Snow One Like You, which I put on with a dotting tool because it's all chunky. Ha!

While outside freezing my face off to take a natural light picture, I was suddenly inspired by Lulubelle's nature-y nail pictures and...well...next thing I knew, I had taken about fifty outdoor pics in various spots around the yard. Haha!

These two are my faves from the bunch:

What did your nails look like this week? Link up to show them off! I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!


  1. Gah, LOVE LOVE LOVE this! We also had winter (ie: snow) hit early. Snow is rare here as it is, but when I woke to snow at the beginning of November, I was like wtf? haha It wasn't much and was melted by the end of the day, but I was slightly devastated. haha I love these nails though, that texture - omg!! perfection!! And the photos are superb!!

  2. Oh. My. Gods. You've seriously outdone yourself with this one. It's amazing! I have no idea what you mean by using a flat nail brush to put on a half coat of The Outer Edge (is that a silver sparkle polish?) but I might have to buy There's Snow One Like You just to replicate this mani. Because GORGEOUS. Damn, girl, you've outdone yourself with this one!

  3. These are SO SO cool! Love them friend! Sorry winter is upon you--I know it's only because we don't get much snow, but I could totally go for a snow day or two here!

  4. Ohhh, my gosh. Your nails are incredible. I like to think of myself as a nail girl but I don't have anything close to your skillset. {Or patience, apparently!} I found you through Joey's linkup and I'm going to follow you for nailspiration!


    PS - someone told me that they couldn't reply back to my comments. But IDK how to fix it since I'm a wordpress blogger. Any ideas?

  5. Look at your snooooow!! It's beautiful! And it looks like the white glittery polish you used is quite similar to the one I used today myself! TWINZOS!

  6. Those came out so cool. That reminds me of that fake snow stuff that you spray on X-mas trees. My parents had it when I was a kid & I had fun spraying it on the tree. We don't have snow yet. We just had some flurries a few times & a dusting.

  7. I LOVE IT!!! Now when you see my attempt at a turkey you will much better about your winter nail art...LOL!!!

  8. Wow, this manicure is simply amazing! Will be linking up a couple of manicures with The Nail Files. Found you via Instagram and I am so glad that I did!

    I would love for you to link up this manicure at this week's Beauty Frenzy Friday blog link party! Every post that links up will get pinned and have the chance to be featured the following week.


  9. Thank you so much for linking this post up at Beauty Frenzy Friday last week! I wanted to let you know it has been chosen as a feature (as my favorite!) and will be promoted across Simple Nails and Beauty social media! Hope to see you link back up with your latest beauty and fashion posts at this week's party, which is now live:



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