npc's holiday nail art competition!: nutcracker karaoke

It's been a loooooong time since I've posted anything but a book review, but it's time for Nail Polish Canada's annual holiday nail art competition! WOOT WOOT! I love participating in this fun challenge because it always gets my creative juices flowing. 

I usually lean towards humorous holiday nail art, and this year is no exception. And I don't say this lightly, but this may be my favourite mani ever, mostly because it's more than just a mani.

Confused? Intrigued? Keep reading! 😆

Over the years, I've slowly been collecting nutcrackers. So far, I have four, and I'm always on the lookout for ones that lock eyes with me and whisper, "Why hello there, Jennie. I'm pretty sure you want to bring me home." Not that intimate objects really talk to me, of course. *nervous giggle* 

In addition to my small crew, I have this shirt, which is one of my favourites to wear, this time of year (isn't ModCloth just the best?):

So the real question is how have I NOT done a nutcracker mani, yet? I mean... 

The hardest part was choosing which design to paint, because I wanted to take advantage of the open mouth element. I ended up smooshed different ideas together and came up with this:

His name is The Colonel Formerly Known As Prince and I love him. Hard. And the best part? HE CAN SPEAK! 😂😂😂

If you know me IRL, or have been reading this blog for a while, it should come to no surprise that as of this post, I've made approximately 10 videos of The Colonel, either singing or delivering messages to family and friends. Because what, like I'm not going to use my nails as a makeshift puppet? SURELY YOU JEST. Haha! Here's a compilation of the best three Christmas carols (and I only managed to giggle once, victory!!), which I've titled: Nutcracker Karaoke. 

Special shout-out to The Remix, for helping with the music!

So if you got a laugh out of The Colonel, I'd love your vote! Click here to go to the voting site. You don't have to register an account, but you will have to enter your name and email address (so that nobody can fake votes--we're watching you, fakers! 😉). I'm listed under the "Vote for you fav," tab as jennieshaw.ca. The contest closes on December 18th, which means that if you'd like to enter your own mani, there's still time! 😊 Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

For this freehand, Nut-tastic mani, I used:

piCture pOlish - salt water
ORLY - Can't Be Tamed
Color Club - Eternal Beauty
China Glaze - Dance Baby
OPI - Rollin' in Cashmere, You Don't Know Jacques!
Glisten and Glow - HK Girl Topcoat
Black, red, and white acrylic paint
Tools - trimmed striping brush, small dotting tool, small loose gold hex pieces


  1. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, man, Stace and I couldn't stop giggling! I love it! (and I voted)

  2. Just voted for you. Your nails turned out awesome.



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