Mmm... I love peppermint.  Come Christmas time, Bob's Sweet Stripes soft mints are the bane of my existence.  I never buy them myself, but my mom and sister do and I simply cannot help eat them by the tons.  I was at my sister's house a few weeks ago.  She had a big container of them and I literally filled my pockets before I left.  So pathetic.  I you like peppermint candies and haven't tried these, you need to track some down.  Sooo yummy.PeppermintCandySwirl (7) WLcopyI did some peppermint nails last year and loved them.  I water marbled them.  It took me a few tries before I got it right and they were so simple that I could have easily done it by hand.  I actually wasted a lot of polish insisting that they were water marbled.  At least they looked cool.  I had seen many peppermint swirl nails going around this year and wanted to take another crack at them.
PeppermintCandySwirl (10) WLcopyI took a shot at them a day or two ago and failed miserably. I didn't even finish completely and took them off. Then I was out of time and couldn't try again. This time, I drew them out first to practice my technique. Much easier and much more successful this time around. PeppermintCandySwirl (12) WLcopyThis year they are completely freehanded, but I still feel like I cheated because I used acrylics for the red and green. I don't know why I see that as cheating. For some designs acrylics are simply the smarter way to go. The clean up is easier, they don't dry out as quickly or get all stringy and they're more opaque.

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What's your take?  Is it cheating to use acrylic paints for nail art?  Does it bother you at all?  I honestly don't think I'm bothered when others do it, but for some reason I feel like I'm doing something sneaky when I use acrylics.