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! 😛

ALIQUID Lacquer Hipster Doofus + spring nail art

I would love to open this post by saying that spring is in the air, but I don’t think it really is.  It’s still kind of cold here, although there has at least been more sunshine lately.  Or maybe spring really is in the air, but I can’t tell because I’m a Floridian in northern England. 😛

Either way, there was a spring mani contest going on over at the Rainbow Connection Facebook fan page (RC Junkies) a few days ago, and I thought I’d try my hand at it.  My first thought was to do something with ALIQUID Lacquer Hipster Doofus, since I’ve been wanting to use it for a while now.  I thought I’d pair it with a pink creme and a metallic silver (I even had them on my nails already), but then I read the fine print and noticed that I had to use at least one polish that I had bought from Rainbow Connection.  Unfortunately, I only had one ‘spring’ color at the time.  Fortunately, that happened to be Smitten Polish Whiskey in the Jar, which actually matched up with Hipster Doofus pretty well.

So I ended up putting Whiskey in the Jar over OPI My Signature is DC, and to make the pink holo too I put a coat of ILNP Paige over OPI Suzi Nails New Orleans.  Then I added dots over both.  And to add a bit more of a spring touch I stamped a flower from Uber Chic plate 1-02 to my middle finger.

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The overall effect is prettier than I expected.  I knew with almost certainty that I was not going to win the contest (at the very least because I only used an RC polish on my pinky), but I don’t really care because I’m really happy with how this looks.  Hipster Doofus is as gorgeous on my nails as I hoped it would be, and look at how clean that flower is!  It is easily the best stamping I have ever done (not that I’ve done a lot).  I ended up wearing this for three days before taking it off!

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 5 – Inspired by wrapping paper

Well, it looks like I’m playing catch up again.  I’ve had nail art for Days 5-7 done for a while now, but just haven’t had the time to upload them.  But now I’m home for the holidays and will hopefully have time to get back on track and keep posting on time.

I kept things simple for the wrapping paper prompt, and just did stripes and dots.  And bonus, I used all LynBDesigns polishes!  Defender of the Downtrodden is the background color, and Unbroken Song and The Credible Hulk are the stripes and dots.

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And flash:

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Nice and simple!  I really like how this looks and am glad I didn’t try to get too intricate with it.  Then again, when don’t I like dots? 😛

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 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.

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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. 😛

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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!

OMD3 Day 6-Polka dots

Dots!  Anyone who’s ever glanced at this blog probably knows I love dotticures, so of course I was happy to see this prompt!  Plus, not too long ago I saw this awesome pond mani by Manicured and Marvelous, and I’ve been wanting to try it out.  So layers of white dots and jelly polish (Essie Meet Me at Sunset, in my case).

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Doesn’t it look awesome?  Not as good as the mani that inspired it, but still pretty.  Why have I never tried out this technique before?  It’s a little time consuming, but is also incredibly easy.  And hard to mess up. 😛



OMD3 Day 4-Black and gold

*Picture heavy!*

On to Day 4 of OMD3!  Black and gold.  Gold is yet another color that I don’t particularly like on myself, so my choices were limited again today.  It took a bit of trial and error before I decided on SquareHue Sampokeskus.

But I don’t even care about my gold struggles, because I love my choice of black.  A few days ago my massive ILNP order came in—I got the entire 10 piece Summer 2015 Ultra Holo collection plus 11 others—and among them was the gorgeous Missed Calls, one of those aforementioned Ultra Holos.  So much holo!  I wasn’t sure I would like it because there is microglitter in there, but it definitely wowed me.  Here, pictures:

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Now onto the actual nail art.  For some reason, whenever I wear black polishes I always want to put a chevron/triangle on top.  So I did.  But then I thought it looked a teensy bit boring, and I added dots over top.  Not sure how noticeable it is, but I switched up the dot pattern on the accent nail too, just to keep it different.

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I kind of like it, purely because it’s an interesting combination of two of my go-to nail art designs.  Plus it’s made fantastic by Missed Calls, which is nice.