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.








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.




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.




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.




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 9 – Penguins

Well, I’m disappointed that I failed to complete this challenge on time.  I did complete all the prompts, but just didn’t have time in the days since I’ve been home to actually post them.  It’s just been a whirlwind of shopping and spending time with my family.  Now that Christmas has passed, I am still going to make the posts just to show what I came up with.  So on to Day 9’s Penguin prompt!

When I Googled ideas for Christmas penguins, I found a few images of penguins standing on each other to make a tree, so that’s what I wanted to try.  I didn’t like the end result so much though, so I also added a Santa penguin on my index too.

And in case you’re wondering, that gorgeous background is Smitten Polish Shoe Polish, one of the recent group customs for the Smitten Polish Lovers Facebook group.  I am sooo glad I managed to get a bottle, because it is a stunning polish with a heck of a lot going on!





Like I said, the penguin tree didn’t turn out quite as well as I hoped it would, but it still looks pretty good.  And I love how my Santa penguin came out.  He’s so cute!  I almost wish I had given him some reindeer penguins to pull his sleigh!  Maybe next year, huh?

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 2 – Christmas trees

And here’s my catch-up post for Day 2’s Christmas trees prompt!  Just like when it came to this prompt last year, I really wanted to do a Charlie Brown Christmas tree or even nail art inspired by the tree my mom and I made out of Mt Dew cans one year, but I just didn’t feel like it.  So I made ‘trees’ out of dots instead!

I used FingerPaints Millefio-Red as my background, then dotted with Celestial Cosmetics Veils & Mist, Colors by Llarowe Gemini Rising, Different Dimension Imperium Sine Fine, ILNP 1UP, and LynBDesigns The Credible Hulk.




And here’s one with flash.  You know how sometimes when you take pictures of lights the image will blur and created a really cool (sometimes sparkly) effect?  That’s sort of what the one on my index finger looks like in this photo, and I just really liked it. 😛


This was an easy and quick bit of nail art, but I was happy with how it turned out.  The photos don’t look as good as the mani did in person, but it still looks nice and sparkly in the pictures, and that’s good enough for me!

Holiday gradient with a snowy scene

Merry Christmas!

I cannot believe that I’m actually making a post right now, since I’m currently dying from eating too much food today and just want to flake out and watch Big Bang Theory on the 65″ Smart TV my sister and I bought our mom for Christmas.  But I’m powering through the pain to deliver my last holiday nail art of 2014!

The nail art I did today was not, in fact, a recreation of the wreath/holly/mistletoe nail art that I did a few days ago (as I said it would be), but was instead more winter-themed than Christmas.  I started with a silver and blue gradient with LynBDesigns I Heard the Bells and All Holo’s Eve.  Even though I Heard the Bells is technically described as a holo topper, I was able to build it up pretty well.  Here it is with 4 coats.




And just for kicks, here’s the gradient on its own, first without flash and then with (for the last three photos).





Now for the nail art itself.  Since the gradient looked like a snowy sky, I painted some little snow-covered trees with 17 Mini Skirt.  Then to make an accent nail, I added a snowman to my index finger with Mini Skirt, Pure Ice Black Out, and Sinful Colors Cloud 9.  Again, first picture is without flash, the other three are with.





To be honest, I wish I had left the snowman out.  My sister liked it, but I thought it didn’t fit with the trees very well.  Still, I kind of liked this mani.  It was a nice end to holiday nails for the season.

I’ll be heading to my grandparents’ cabin in Georgia in two days, so I probably won’t be able to make any posts until I get back on the 2nd, since they don’t have internet up there.  So if I don’t post anything tomorrow or on the 27th (my birthday!), I’ll see you when I see you!


LynBDesigns Holiday Trio

*Just a warning, this post is kind of picture heavy!*

The Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas might be over, but there are still two more holiday posts that need to be made before I can consider the season over with.  Since today is Christmas Eve, I thought it necessary to have a holiday post that wasn’t blatantly all about Christmas nail art (that will be for tomorrow’s post).  So I have decided to show off LynBDesigns Holiday Trio.

I painted my nails with the first of the three–From Night to Day–a few days ago, and it is what prompted me to make a post about the trio.  I had seen swatches before, and heard that it was an absolutely gorgeous polish, but I’ll admit to not having fully believed those comments until I saw the polish on my own nails.  It was magnificent.  Seriously.  It’s a dark purple linear holo polish that is opaque in 3 coats.




Now, this is a classic case of me not having proper lighting for my photos, so these shots don’t capture the beauty quite as well as they could.  But trust me, if you ever wanted to buy a wonderful purple holo, From Night to Day is the one you want.  It was so easy to apply too, which is usually the case for LynB polishes.

And is in fact the case for the next one I swatched too.  Up next is my favorite of the bunch, which surprised me because I didn’t think anything could beat out From Night to Day.  But this one, Old Familiar Carols, is a mossy green linear holo, which the LynBDesigns Etsy page says also had gold flecks.  That explains the gold sheen at certain angles then, and the extra sparkle.  Just as with the last polish, I have on 3 coats here.






As you can tell from the sheer number of photos, Old Familiar Carols really caught my attention.  The shine was truly insane.  There was actually a little bit of sunlight today, so I was able to get some sunny shots, and they just made me fall in love with this.  I took a few pictures indoors too, just to compare.




The gold seems very noticeable indoors and the green looks a little more olive than moss, but it’s still a very pretty polish.

The last of the trio is Unbroken Song, a red microglitter in a red jelly base, with additional red flecks.  Lots of red going on here.  It’s a very nice polish though, even if red isn’t usually my thing.  This one was also opaque in 3 coats.




This is truly a fantastic holiday trio, in my opinion.  It’s got the traditional red and green–with a little twist–but throws in a curveball with that purple.  I don’t regret this purchase in the least.

And as a bonus, here’s a little nail art I did while wearing From Night to Day.  It’s been a while since I did a straight up dotticure, and I thought it was a good way to use all three polishes together.




As pretty as all three were individually in photos, they just did not want to work together when I pulled my camera out.  From Night to Day is considerably lighter in these photos than it was in person, but oh well.  I sort of like how this little dotticure turned out.




CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 11-Presents!

Okay, who doesn’t like Christmas presents?!  I know I do!  Even though I turn 25 in 6 days, I still get an obscene amount of Christmas presents from my parents and I can’t say that I don’t enjoy it.  So yeah, I was a bit fond of today’s prompt.

I wavered between doing the simple, classic present mani (with solid colors and taped ‘ribbon’) and doing intricate stacks of wrapped packages, but in the end settled somewhere in the middle.  I couldn’t do the taped ribbon look since all of my striping tape is in England, but that worked in my favor anyway because I wanted to try my hand at patterned wrapping paper.  My family has never been one for solid-colored wrapping paper and instead we go for Santas, snowmen, and penguins.  Especially penguins.

So, I started off with SquareHue Revontuli and SquareHue Joulupukin Pajakyla as my base colors.  I wasn’t in the mood to properly swatch Joulupukin Pajakyla, but did feel that it deserved to be seen at least once without the nail art hiding it.  See that pretty little shine from the microglitter?  Gorgeous!


After I finished ogling the pretty colors on my nails, I painted snowmen, trees, snowflakes, stripes, and ribbons/bows using those two polishes plus LynBDesigns Defender of the Downtrodden, Pure Ice Black Out, Sinful Colors Cloud 9, SquareHue Sampokeskus, and a teensy touch of LynBDesigns Tasting the Stars.

I apologize for the quality of these photos, the sun was out when I started painting, but was gone by the time I finished.  So that photo of the SquareHue colors was with sunlight, but everything else was with a very yellow lightbulb.  My attempt at color-correcting just sort of made everything too bright. :/  But, at least the photos being this bright lets the details be seen, so I decided to leave them like this.  Sorry!





Quality of the photos aside, I am so happy with these!  Okay, maybe there’s a little too much going on in the background of at least one of them, but I have no problem with that whatsoever.  I especially liked the little snowmen, and the tree nail was actually really pretty before I covered it up with the ribbon.

And that’s Day 11 done.  I can’t believe there’s only one day of the challenge left!  What in the world am I going to do for freestyle nails?

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 10-Ugly sweater nails

Today was not fun.  Although, I can say that I succeeded in creating ugly sweater nails.  Well, okay, they’re not that bad, they’re just not what I wanted to accomplish.  I thought about doing Doctor Who nails again because it’s such an easy fandom to use for Christmas nails, but since someone else had already done them by the time I sat down to do these, I decided to do something else.  And instead of searching for a relatively easy sweater design, I used one that my aunt posted to my Facebook wall (timeline?) a while back.

I started by using one of my new polishes–SquareHue Revontuli–for my background green.  It’s a beautiful dark green suede polish with just a touch of shimmer in it and is almost perfect for a Christmas green (just a little too dark, in my opinion).




I then did the sweater design using Sinful Colors Happy Ending, 17 Mini Skirt, and SquareHue Joulupukin Pajakyla.




To be honest, I just didn’t put enough effort into details.  I meant to carry the more traditional ‘ugly sweater’ elements over onto my other nails, but after being told that my dachshund looks like a Scotty dog, I just lost steam and didn’t care to finish the nails I had already started, much less the other two.  Does anyone else miss the days when your parents were obligated to lie and say your work is great just because you’re their kid?

I personally think my weiner dog looks like it’s supposed to.  It’s actually my favorite part of this nail art.  Maybe because I actually did try to do it well. 😛  In retrospect though, I do wish I had just gone with Doctor Who.  My sister even has a sweater I could have used for inspiration.  And at least I know Doctor Who nails art is usually successful.

Anyway, I’ll hopefully have my head back in the game for the next prompt.  The penultimate theme for this challenge is ‘presents’ and I haven’t decided yet if I want to do something intricate or if I want to keep it really simple.