Winter nail art roundup

Happy belated New Years, everyone!

I clearly never finished posting the nail art I did for the 12 Days of Christmas challenge. So despite the fact that we’re nearly a week into the new year, I thought I would post some of those challenge manis and the one I wore for Christmas lunch at my grandparents’ house.

My ‘Christmas lights’ and ‘Glitter’ nails are pretty self-explanatory, I think.  The indie star of the Christmas lights nails is Nvr Enuff Festivus, and the glitter nails feature ALIQUID Lacquer House of Troubles and Smitten Polish The First Lobster.

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My ‘Snowmen’ nails might need a little more explanation.  For anyone who has never seen the claymation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie–or who just plain can’t tell who this is–I chose to paint the narrator snowman of the film, Sam.  I wanted to paint his banjo and umbrella too, but I just didn’t have time.  So instead I used Butter London British Racing Green as my background color to pay homage to his signature waistcoat.

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For the ‘Trees’ prompt I chose to do a skitlette mani, using SquareHue Olympiad, Nvr Enuff Festivus, Colors by Llarowe Love, Actually, and a few mainstreams.  My stamping on the ring finger wasn’t great but I really liked how this mani turned out, especially my two ornament nails.

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Finally, the nails I wore to Christmas lunch.  I did another tape Christmas tree, but chose to go the blue-and-silver direction instead of the red-and-green.  So I used LynBDesigns Noel and Pahlish My Sister’s Shoes to make the tree and some dots (to act as abstract representations of snowflakes, of course 😛 ).  I cannot even begin to describe how sparkly Noel was.  It was absolutely gorgeous, and I was disappointed to see that my camera captured virtually none of it.

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And that’s my roundup of Christmas/winter nails!  There were some I loved and some I really didn’t like–my ‘Stars’ nails were such a failure that I deleted all photos of them–and I really wish that I could have had the time and motivation to complete this challenge.  I kind of miss the week-long max of the old CYNA format.  Hopefully we’ll get some shorter challenges in 2017 that I can actually finish! 😛

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 2 – Snowflakes

Hello all!

Today brings the second prompt for the 12 Days of Christmas challenge, which is ‘snowflakes’.  This is another where I couldn’t even hope to top a past design—my Doctor Who snowflake nails are still kind of awesome in my opinion—so I stuck to stamping for this one.  I did decide to challenge myself a bit more by doing a pond mani though.  I unfortunately didn’t have a plain blue jelly that was a light enough color to use, so I had to improvise.

I ended up using Pretty Jelly Curiouser and Curiouser, Sassy Pants Polish Saber the Moment, and a white stamping polish for the snowflakes accent nail and used Saber the Moment and the white for the pond technique on the other snow nails.

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It actually turned out pretty well.  I like it.  I was worried that the shimmer of Saber the Moment wouldn’t really work well for a pond mani but it actually made it look more shiny like snow, as I had hoped.  The pictures don’t look quite as nice as it did in person, but you can still see the layers pretty easily.

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 1 – Silver and gold

And so starts another CYNA challenge!  This month it is centered around Christmas and just like the Halloween challenge back in October, I am meant to be posting a mani every other day leading up to Christmas.

The first prompt of the month is ‘Silver and Gold’.  Nothing could compare to the Yukon Cornelius nails I did for the prompt last year, so I kept it simple this year.  I chose to do a blobbicure with Celestial Cosmetics Incendiary and NailNation 3000 Light Up the Night.

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(And here’s one with more direct lighting, which shows a bit more contrast between the colors)

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This blobbicure actually worked out really well, which was a nice surprise.  Normally the technique doesn’t work quite right for me and so I get really thick nails, but the worst I had this time around was a little bit of merging of blobs.  Does anyone else see the resulting smiley clown face on my middle finger? 😀

Fall in Florida-autumn leaves nail art

Since fall is coming to a close–and has most definitely given way to winter here in northern England–I thought that I would post one more autumn look.  An extremely simple stamping job, originally done for the CYNA Halloween challenge but never posted.  The theme was leaves and missing home as I am, I decided to put a Florida spin on it.

Back where I live in Florida, we don’t get much of a fall.  The leaves tend to go straight from green to brown to gone, with only the occasional red or yellow making an appearance.  So I used a green holo base color and stamped some brown leaves on top.  But I apparently forgot to take note of what polishes I used, so I’m not quite sure what I’ve got here.  I am almost positive that the green holo is Different Dimension Imperium Sine Fine and the brown is Zoya Louise, but who knows?

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It’s kind of boring but, well, so is fall in central Florida.  So it’s fitting, right? 🙂

Challenge Your Nail Art Halloween challenge catch up!

Hello all!  As expected, I fell behind on the Challenge Your Nail Art Halloween challenge, and never really made an attempt to make up that lost ground.  But before completely falling behind I did have a few designs I just never posted, and so I thought I’d just throw them all together in one massive post!

For Day 3’s gradient prompt I did a subtle fall gradient with Colors by Llarowe Love, Actually, Indigo Bananas Synonym Bun, and Colors By Llarowe Mocha Grande.  I thought that was a bit simple though, so I added a design with Lucky 13 Lacquer Accio Lacquer and Bear Pawlish Hot Cider.  You can’t really see the gradient anymore because of the design, but I really liked how this one turned out!

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The prompt for Day 4 was ‘Spider Webs’ and my response was pretty straightforward.  I just did some webs and a spider over Chaos & Crocodiles Cheshire Rose.

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Day 5’s ‘Moon’ prompt was another one with not much to it.  It was inspired by Oogie Boogie’s ‘I am the shadow on the moon at night’ in the song ‘This is Halloween.’  He’s a little messy, but I think it’s still pretty clear who it is, right?

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The prompt for Day 6 was ‘Pumpkins’ and I chose to do a mashup of designs I’ve seen floating around on the internet.  This was definitely my favorite of the bunch.  A handful of mainstream polishes were used for the actual designs, but since I’m only really mentioning the pretty indies I use…the base color for the index and pinky is Darling Diva BB-8.

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And those are the designs I have for the challenge!  I clearly fell waaay far behind, but I do like the ones that I managed to do.  There is a very slight chance that I might do some more in the last few days of the month, but it isn’t very likely. 😛

CYNA Halloween challenge, Day 2 – Owls

Day 2 of the Challenge Your Nail Art Halloween challenge!  The prompt today is owls, which I’ve never done before.  So I did have fun trying that out, even if he turned out a tiny bit derpy. 😛

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Not too bad for a first attempt at an owl, especially considering how awful I am at animals.  I do have to admit I find his ‘unibrow’ hilarious though.  It was a completely unintended connection of lines but after I saw it I just had to leave it.  It gives him a little character, I think.

CYNA Halloween challenge, Day 1 – Black

I am so excited!  The Challenge Your Nail Art Facebook group is up and running again, and is kicking things off with a fall/Halloween challenge.  And it’s even a month long challenge, which usually only happens with the Christmas challenge!  So ideally I’ll be posting every other day this month (although realistically this probably won’t happen since I’m travelling quite a bit this month).

The prompt for Day 1 is ‘black’ and I’m starting off this challenge with a simple ‘slime’ design using Love, Angeline Bourbon, Sally Hansen Black Out, and some nail vinyls.

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(And matte)

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I really am excited to be doing a nail art challenge again after so long, and I hope that I’m able to do at least a few more of the challenges this month.