Hello Lovely Ladies,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, with Santa’s bag heavy with awesome gifts, and your table surrounded by loved ones.

I had one of the most memorable, relaxing and pleasant Christmases in a LOOONG time.Β  The kids each sampled Holiday food (which is a big bonus, as they are all picky eaters), they were little angles awaiting their gifts and really enjoyed each one of their new toys/treats (and there was an abundance of new toys).Β  I myself was spoiled by Santa!!! I got a few great novels to read, a hand knit infinity scarf from my younger sister AND that Tiffany bracelet that I had been dreaming of. πŸ˜€

I took a few days off from blogging, which seemed like a good idea to give you and me a break πŸ˜‰ (lol) but now I have an abundance of things to say … lol.

This is the manicure I would like to share with you today…

… but, in addition to it being a GREAT Christmas,… I also won the Nail Polish Canada Christmas Challenge.Β  As the winner I will be receiving more nailpolish that I can even wrap my head around!!!! Over $450.00 dollars worth!!!!Β  I owe this win to all of you, for your daily encouragement and sweet comments that give me the courage to enter challenges πŸ˜‰ .Β  A special thanks to Nail Polish Canada for hosting such a fun and witty contest, and for all of you who participated in it (and had a chance to vote for me in the final round).

Okay, now onto today’s manicure which has satisfied my recent craving for the PERFECT CHEVRON solution πŸ˜‰

When I hosted the recent Skittlette Manicure contest, the first entry was from Rebecca from Polish Etc.Β  Her entry featured this very chevron design and, when authorizing her entry, I asked her how she created this look.Β  Rebecca referred me to the Make It Stick Etsy shop.

This large pattern chevron retails for $5.00 US dollars for 20 decals (large enough to fit both long and wide nails).Β  I purchased the white Chevron design (seen in this post, layered over black polish) as well as a sheet of black chevron decals (not featured in this post… but I will show them soon).

The decal will come in 3 layers – The backing, the decal, and transfer tape on top

Easy to apply directions:

(I have found it most helpful to pre-cut the decal on the sides to fit your nail, before adhering it to the nail.Β  This helped with both the overall crisp appearance of the decal AND the longevity of wear).

1. Peel the blue transfer tape off the backing and and the decal will be attached to the CLEAR transfer tape.
2. Place the decal with transfer tape attached where desired.
3. Rub well on your nail and peel off the clear transfer tape.
4. Apply a layers of clear coat to cover and protect the decal.

Durability:Β  These are stickers… so they lasted about two days (of regular wear with some abuse from dishes, showers, chores etc), before the edges started to lift just a little.

Look and Feel: these stickers do stick up from the surface of your nail but not enough to be a bother (I personally like my nails smooth to the touch, and this did not bother me the slightest).Β  To the naked eye, it is hard/almost impossible to see where the sticker starts and where the base shows through.

Pinky: two coats of HOT Ticket Coral Reef-ined, one coat of Ozotic 901 Sugar, and a Born Pretty Store black rhinestone.

Pointer Finger: two coats of Cult Nails Blackout.

Accent Nails: one coat of Cult Nails Nevermore, and WHITE Make it Stick Large Pattern Chevron Decals

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I have been searching for the perfect Chevron pattern and my search has finally come to an end.

I absolutely love these and would recommend you give them a whirl!Β  Did I mention they come in a LARGE variety of colors and each can be layered over ANY polish from your collection! πŸ˜‰

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What do you think of these?

Have you tried any fun nail art items from Etsy before? I’d love to hear about it.

Did YOU have a good Christmas?

I know Christmas is not all about gifts, but did Santa bring you anything special that you would like to tell me about?


  • coraline humbert

    that’s so pretty ! i’d like to find these kind of chevrons, maybe I’ll check the Etsy page to see if they deliver to France ! Ohhh I want to see THIS Tiffany jewel ! have a nice day !

    • coraline humbert

      oh and I forgot to congratulate u for the contest… ! you deserve it, and that’s another awesome christmas present ! πŸ™‚ I too won the Essie collection, the one u voted for me, so thanks ! and i’m really glad you won this contest, honestly !

      • CONGRATULATIONS!!! I voted a few times and am very happy to hear that you won! πŸ˜€
        Big or small, each win is always a treat πŸ˜€ *high five*

    • I think that she would deliver to France… they arrived in an envelope and I do not foresee them to be a delivery problem πŸ˜‰ I contacted the seller and got a prompt reply back- worth looking into πŸ˜‰

  • Absolutely gorgeous manicure, as always…:)

    • Thank you VERY much

  • Congratulations Marta for winning! =))) In a way we get a treat off of this as well since new polishes for you mean more lovely posts by you for us ;))) Hope you spend the rest of these holidays nicely! =)

    • My gosh, your comment touched me and I’m still grinning ear to ear thanks to it. Truly, THANK YOU!

      I am still blown away by the win, and I question whether the package will fit through my door πŸ˜‰

      I did have a great holiday break, and even today we went sledding with the kids (had a few feet of snow the other day). How about YOU?

      • I had a nice break as well, a whole week off work, I let it all out and did my manicures a few times a day ;D got teased by family members for it ;)) no snow in Slovenia, I quite like it like this =) Happy new year Marta! =)

  • Stacy Plowman-Pennock

    Yay!! Congrats on you (MUCH DESERVED!!) win, Merry Christmas indeed! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you SO much. I really appreciate all of your support. Truly, it is thanks to sweet comments like yours, and the feedback and friendships that I receive on a daily basis that I dared to enter this challenge πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

  • cute πŸ™‚

    • Thank you πŸ˜€

  • Raquel Mason

    Congrats on your win, your nails are SO pretty. I strive to duplicate your patterns/designs. My Christmas was no so memorable, but there’s always next year. Thanks for your posts, I do look forward to them.

    • Thank you SO very much.
      Each Christmas is different and I hope that they continue to be better and better for you πŸ˜‰ For us, last year was a bit busy still with a just-over-one-year old little toddler… this year things were much easier and we are looking forward to see what next year brings- I wish the same improvements for you, in ease, atmosphere and memorable moments πŸ˜‰

  • PolishMad

    So happy that you won!!!!!!!!!! Jeeeeeeee πŸ™‚

    • lol πŸ˜€ Thank you for your sweet comment πŸ˜€

      I am still blown away by the win, and I question whether the package will fit through my door πŸ˜‰

  • GosiaB

    Wow, this designer has her shop only 30 min from me!!!!! I will have to visit her!!!
    Martus, CONGRATS on your huge win, if anybody deserved it it was you!!! I know I want to make all my manis look like yours and my MSMD folder is 75% your images… I just don’t want to look like a real monkey so I don’t feature them too often :))

    • Really! How cool that you are so close to her (geography wise).
      Awh, thank you!!!!
      Your MSDS manicures with that super cute monkey in the middle always put a smile on your face. It is an honor to inspire (even in part) so I take this as a huge compliment πŸ˜€

  • PolishMadness

    Congrats on your win!

    • Thank you sooo much!
      I am still blown away by the win, and I question whether the package will fit through my door πŸ˜‰

  • Gorgeous combo of nails again Marta!

    • Thank you MUCHLY πŸ˜‰

  • Stunning Mani! I love your blog. It was the first nailart blog I started following and still is my abso fave! I have created some nifty mani’s thanks to you! Congrats on winning the challenge! how wonderful! Thank you for sharing the Etsy shop you got your decals from! I have a soap shop on Etsy and love to get products from others that make their own items there. I have never attempted a skittlette but I’m excited to do one. Santa brought me a Mash brush and dotting set, and a Shany nail art embellishment and decoration kit. I’m so excited to get painting. Thanks for everything you do for all of us!

    • Wow, it is comments like yours that can brighten up my whole day and remind me of why I really really love to blog πŸ˜€
      I think that while painting your nails, can sound vain sometimes, it is a great way to express yourself and a fun way to accessorize – even in a busy lifestyle πŸ˜€ I’m always very honored to inspired (even in the simplest of ways).
      I am very excited about that win and might just hug the box when it arrives πŸ˜‰

      What is the url for your soap etsy store? I would love to check it out- as all of the etsy items have a charm to them for sure.

      I know you will create some lovely looks πŸ˜€ don’t overthink it- just go for it and have fun πŸ˜‰ *hugs*

  • Lauren

    Congrats Marta!!!! I entered in only one of the weeks so I was able to vote for the overall winner and I have to admit I voted for you!!! I’m so glad you won!!!

    • Thank you so much for your vote!

      I am still blown away by the win, and I question whether the package will fit through my door πŸ˜‰ I am very excited and tracking the parcel like a hawk πŸ˜‰

  • Brookee

    Question…you’ve done some chevron designs in the past that were just plain perfect to my eye. Why the hunt for a new method here? How are these decals better in your opinion?

    • Awh, you are very sweet. I think it depends on personal taste and this nagging vision that I had for this VERY chevron pattern… the spaces in between the ‘waves’ and the thickness of the
      ‘waves’ is what I was seeking and no stamping plate had this VERY design. My ‘hunt’ is finally over πŸ˜‰ I know that the second set of BM plates has a thin and ‘busier’ chevron pattern… but this is what I was after.

      I wish there was a STAMP of this VERY pattern because that would be my preferred choice… for now, these easy to apply stickers will do just fine. I also like them because the white can be layered over ANY color πŸ˜‰ (wide range of options).
      I might still be a little too excited to form cohesive sentences πŸ˜‰ I hope this answers your question? πŸ˜€

  • Christine Steiner

    How wonderful that you enjoyed such a beuatiful Christmas and got those wonderful gifts :-)!!! I (as usual) am awed by your beautiful skittlette!!! It’s utter perfection. And congratulations to winning the contest!!! Well deserved!!! My boyfriend and I don’t do gifts to each other but go for a wonderful gourmet dinner every Christmas. Still he was spoiling me with two super luxurious polishes <3

    • Thank you for your sweet comment.
      I am still blown away by the win, and I question whether the package will fit through my door πŸ˜‰
      I see great value in the going out for a lovely dinner… Peter and I got restaurant gift certificates WITH guaranteed babysitting which is a treasure we are holding on to and plan to enjoy to the fullest.
      What two shades did you get!? Now I’m very curious πŸ˜‰

  • I adore your blog so much. SO MUCH! Great attitude and writing, and photography that just blows my mind. I just wish that you would return to doing some full-blown photo shoots like you did with some Cult Nails polishes!! They were GORGEOUS pictures AND showed off the polish more perfectly than anything I’ve ever seen.

    • Wow! Thank you SO much for your super sweet comment. I value your tuning in to Chit Chat Nails and taking the time to write this comment.
      I really enjoy doing the full photo spreads (but they are quite time consuming, and in the Winter I’m limited to indoor shoots as it is dark by the time my husband gets home from work)… BUUUUT, your wish is my command and next week there will be a full photo spread of Cult Nails “Flushed” πŸ˜‰ I hope you stay tuned πŸ˜‰

  • Kayla Angus

    Love this!! going to have to visit her etsy shop very soon!

    • Yaay! I hope you do. I really like the options available with layering on these (any base shade would create a different look πŸ˜€ )