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 4 – Ornaments

Little late with this one (local time anyway), but I haven’t really been around the house today to paint my nails.  It also took a little while to figure out what to do, but I ended up being inspired by these ornament nails by Nail Nerd.

The ever lovely LynBDesigns Eloquent Dust is my background color.  I seriously love this polish and wish I had another bottle of it.  It’s perfect both as a base for nail art and on its own, with that subtle little shimmer.  The ornaments were made with SquareHue Leblon, Joulupukin Pajakyla and Sampokeskus, and OPI My Signature is “DC” and OPI With a Nice Finnish.

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And here’s one with flash, just to try and show off the shimmer of Eloquent Dust!

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I wish I had gone with bigger dots, but I think this is a nice mani even with the smaller ornaments.  Opposite of how my nail art normally turns out, this one actually looks even better in the photos than it does in real life.

This was really easy to do too, since it’s just dots.  I might recreate this for my nails on Christmas Day, actually.  With different polishes of course, since I’ll be going home in less than a week! 😀

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 9-Glitter

Glitter!!!  I love glitter, but it tends to not be my first choice whenever I reach for a polish just because it’s so difficult to remove.  I usually use Elmers glue as a base coat if I wear a lot of glitter, but that’s hit and miss because some glitters will crinkle up if you use it (China Glaze Ruby Pumps, for example).  So glitter is just a pretty pain in my rear, but today’s prompt gave me an excuse to have to deal with it and for that I am glad.

Even so, I decided not to go overboard today.  I knew for a fact that I wanted to use CrowsToes Making Christmas, I just didn’t know what I wanted to do with it.  After reviewing the next few prompts to make sure I didn’t do anything that could be used for those days, I realized that I hadn’t yet done Christmas ornaments, and probably wouldn’t if I didn’t do them today.  So using China Glaze Gaga for Green, Sinful Colors Pistache, and my unnamed green, I made a ‘tree’ background.  Making Christmas and Kleancolor Silver Spark were used for the ornaments themselves.

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I realized after the fact that I should have put a white coat down as a base for the glitter, but oh well.  I still love how these nails turned out.  And they were so dang easy to paint!  Definitely happy with today’s mani.  Making Christmas is such a pretty glitter too.  It’s a shame that I’ve only used it twice.  Maybe I’ll try to use it again before the Christmas season is over.

Not tomorrow though.  Because tomorrow is ugly sweater nails.  I have no clue what I’m going to do.  It’s kind of a tough prompt!