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12 MoC: Sugar Pine

Merry December! It's that time of year where everything red, gold, green, and glittery comes out to play, and I love it!!! Today, I'm kicking off my Holiday Series... the 12 Manicures of Christmas!!! I had a lot of fun creating different Holiday looks last year, so I figured I'd give it another go around this year. For the First Manicure of Christmas, I've got a Holiday Ruffian...

Pine Away and Sugar Sugar by SinfulColors

Holiday Ruffian Manicure

SinfulColors Sugar Sugar and Pine Away

Christmas Ruffian Manicure

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Sugar Sugar
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

2 Days of Wear

3 Coats SinfulColors Pine Away
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Red and Green are the colors of the season, and these two shades were definitely meant to be worn together. After reviewing some of the other shades in SinfulColors Holi-Dazzled Collection, I knew I had to have Sugar Sugar and Pine Away... and Super Star... and Ice Dream... and 3 bottles of Clear Coat, because it's turning into my fave. Sigh. (Epic No Buy Holiday 2014 FAIL over here!)

Let's start with Sugar Sugar, shall we? It's a really interesting shade. Part jelly, part metallic, and part shimmer all add up to a gorgeous cranberry red that just glows. Seriously. There is so much going on in this polish, but each element compliments the others and adds to the overall shine. Definitely a must-have red for the season.

Then, there's Pine Away... a warm metallic green packed with gold and green shimmer. Metallic polishes can easily become dusty and cold, but this one is all kinds of warm, thanks largely to those golden undertones. It's a great Holiday/Christmas Tree green.

This is the 2nd time I've tried a Ruffian mani, and this time, I used French manicure tip guides rather than binder reinforcement stickers. I'm happy to report that the guides worked waaaaaay better for me. Until I can try and prove otherwise, I'd have to say that using the guides is the best way to go if you'd like to duplicate this look.

I really like the way this manicure turned out. I didn't realize it before I painted, but when I was putting away my polishes last night, I noticed that my nails look a lot like Christmas stockings! Honestly, that only makes me love 'em that much more!!!


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