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 1 – Snow day

Hi everybody!  Despite my best intentions, it has been a pretty good while since I last posted anything.  I’ve been very busy preparing for a review panel and marking papers, so busy that I missed the first few days of this year’s Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas.  It was really fun last year and I’m sort of sad that I’m late posting for the first few days.  Oh well, story of my life.  I’m going to play catch-up though, and hopefully keep on top of the rest of the prompts!

Anyway, the prompt for Day 1 was Snow Day, so I combined a little snowball fight and snowman scene with some stamped snowflakes.  That pretty holo blue in the background is ILNP Peri Me, and it looks especially great with those snowflakes.



CYNA-12-Days-of-Christmas-2015-Day-1-Snow-Day-3I actually really like how this turned out.  Not a bad start to this year’s challenge, even if I am three days late!

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!


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 3-Snowmen!

Whoo!  Yay for another last minute challenge mani!  I didn’t get started on this until pretty late in the evening, but here are the Doctor Who snowmen nails that I alluded to on the first day of the 12 Days of Christmas challenge!

I used OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam as my base color, but then also sponged FingerPaints Paper Mache, Essie Luxeffects Pure Pearlfection, and Rotterdam to lighten the color up a bit (and make it shiny!).  The black facial details were made with Sally Hansen Black Out.





Most of these snowmen didn’t turn out quite right, but I really like how the one on my index finger looks.  Not that the others are bad, except the background one on my ring finger…it looks like he’s really happy instead of really creepy.  The thing on my pinky is a creepy snowflake btw.  It’s supposed to look something like this:

As much as I like these, I almost wish I had gone for a more traditional snowman character, like Frosty or that snowman from the Rudolph movie (you know, the narrator one with the green waistcoat that sort of scooted everywhere?).  But oh well!  I might go less geeky on another day’s challenge (but no promises).