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Winter N.A.C. – Christmas Candies (Sparkly Sugarplums, and Marbling Tries)


A long, long time ago, there was a girl.

And that girl loved Christmas.

Her awesome friends, when she moved far away where there was no Christmas, sent Christmas candies to her.

She sent back word that she loved it all, but she especially loved the Sugar Plums.  In iconic “her-fashion”, she would eat these really slow, because they were her favorite, and she would always have some then for herself, and to share.

To save her from needing to do that, her friends sent her even more sugar plums!

But instead she saved those new ones, to break out every Christmas and spread cheer to her family.

So every Christmas, and sometimes in between Christmases, she’ll find the special sugar plums and pull them out. Then she’ll put them back to be discovered another time to bring surprise and  delight once again.

True story.Barney-HIMYM-true-story

My nails are inspired by this. And…

I had a set of friends who always had ribbon candy every Christmas. I had never heard of it, so they shared some with me. It was special for them and it became special to me because of that.

I wanted to do “ribbon candy” for my Christmas Candy challenge, since that was the rarest candy I could think of, and I could try marbling with it. (When I bought the nail polish, the people helping highly recommended it, so I wanted to do it as soon as I could. 🙂 )

….The tape (that keeps my fingers supposebly clean) came out well, my nails didn’t look so good.

ONE nail survived from my marbling, so I enhanced it and tried to keep it so that I could show that I did indeed try it!! It’s a really cool thing, and I think I will keep trying it. And the results are really beautiful, but I couldn’t get it to stick.

And – side note – for some reason, no matter how long I wait or how many top coats I apply, my nail polish is always moveable! Just now, I dried my hands an hour after painting my nails, and the towel smeared my polish. Hmmm.

Another proof positive, that the finer life never seems like it’s for me.

But I keep trying! 🙂

but when 1. the marbling didn’t work, 2. I saw the sugar-plum color and remembered “Oh, yeah, of course! sugar plums!”, I couldn’t resist doing that too!

(Quick marbling how to:

  • Throw-away container
  • Toothpicks
  • Nail polish
  • Water
  • Tape
  • Nails
  1. Fill container with water
  2. Tape around nails completely
  3. Drop one drop of each color you want into the water – it will thin out, sometimes a bizarre amount, but that is cool
  4. Dunk nail into polish, and down into the water
  5. Use toothpick, and with other hand drag toothpick around in water “gathering” up all loose, floating polish
  6. Remove finger and let stuff dry
  7. Remove tape
  8. Repeat! )

Here is what I ended up with!

Hope you enjoy!

The first try:


This is some of the beautiful tape left after my marbling attempts! 😀

Paint and marbling

My hands are a mess, and my nail polish won’t stay put, but it isn’t half bad – exactly. 🙂 And look! I tried the marbling, really!


I’m sorry, but I wanted to show the marbling again. Just because I didn’t have a tremendous success, I don’t want to turn anyone off it, because it is fun, and unique to see.


Final - Green back

Spiffied up final cut.

Final Sugar Plum And Ribbon Nails

Final glam shot! I am happy with the final! 😀

The “Sugarplum” coat is actually Peel Me a Gobi Grape by O.P.I.

Then I made “descending sparkles” by using Colorama Ice Princess, and painting on a thick “cap” and let it dry.

Then I started at the sparkle “cap” and pulled Savvy Touch of Glitter down the nail and stopped about 3/4 of the way “down” (or up, depending on how you look at it) — Towards the finger. 😀

Other entries! (As before I cannot use inLinkz, yet. I think it may be because of how my blog is set up/hosted. Still looking into it. 🙂 )

To see pictures of the other designs, all in one spot: Winter Nail Art Challenge Submissions

Vampy Candy Cane Stripe Nails – The Polish Plebe

Peppermint Christmas Candies – Lacky Corner

Gingerbread Cookie Nail Art – May Contain Traces of Polish

Sparkly Peppermint – Nails by Mamma Bisson

Peppermint Sticks – Nerd Colours

Peppermint with Sparkle Stripes – Nail Lacquer Love

Ginger Cookie Cartoon Nail Art – Gelic’ Nail Art

Crustoli Nail Art – The Happy Beauty Case

Sparkly Candy Canes – Best of Angelica

Striped and Sparkled (and Scented) Candy Canes – Kelsie’s Nail Files

Marble Candy Cane Tips and Patterned Nails – PhD Nails

Candy Cane Nail Art Pee Before Polish

Candy Cane Inspiration – Pemmz


What is your favorite Christmas candy?

What candy or dessert means Christmas for you?

What was your favorite thing to receive in a care package, if you have ever received one?

Comment if you got the Joey (from Friends) reference 😉


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6 thoughts on “Winter N.A.C. – Christmas Candies (Sparkly Sugarplums, and Marbling Tries)

  1. Thanks for sharing your story and nail art. I don’t think I know what sugar plums is. Water marble is tricky too, with practice it will become perfect! Have you tried Seche Vite or Poshé or something like that? They’re all fast drying top coats which I apply on top of my manicures, I use SV. It get surface dry within minutes and all-through dry quicker than without. That’s like the best thing ever since I start doing my nails 😀


    • You’re welcome! And thank you. 🙂
      Sugar plums are delicious; purple, sugar-covered gummy candies that have a hint of sourness on top of the sweetness. Although, I think maybe original sugar plums might have been more plum and less sugar 😉
      I hadn’t tried Seche Vite or Poshé, but I will look into it. Thanks for the tips!!
      I’ve had trouble commenting on the nail art challenge submitter’s blogs… I wanted to let you know that I thought your nail art was clever – it definitely reminded me of gingerbread! I love having gingerbread around the holidays, and I love making it with my family, too 🙂


  2. Glitter everywhere!
    My favorite Christmas candies are crustoli, a typical cookies from souther Italy. I have to say just one thing: SLURP!


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