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 10 – Christmas cookies

You know, I’m sure a lot of families bake and decorate Christmas cookies together, but it’s not something my family ever really did.  When I saw the Christmas cookie prompt for Day 10 of the challenge, all I could really think of are those Pillsbury sugar cookies with the Christmas trees in the center.  So that’s what I went with.  Then I remembered that gingerbread men are sort of a standard for Christmas and added one of them as well.

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This was actually much more difficult than I was anticipating, especially the gingerbread man.  I don’t have my full range of polishes right now, and nothing here at my parents’ house was a good color for gingerbread.  I think I spent more time mixing polishes for that brown color than I did on painting all of the cookies.  But things turned out pretty well and I’m happy with the final result.

Oh, and I got to use my first ever NailNation 3000 polish!  The background color is #captaincamo, which is described as a grassy green with gold flecks.  It was darker than that on my nails, but was still beautiful.  It dries to a suede finish, and is good to go in two coats.  Honestly, it was probably good in one coat, but I did two anyway.

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Isn’t that the perfect background for my Christmas cookie nail art?  I think it was a great choice, and was a fantastic introduction to NailNation 3000 as a brand.  I can’t wait to try out the others that I bought!

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!

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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 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! 😀

OMD3 Day 29-#mynailsandmydrink

This one should have been a pretty straightforward one for me.  I only have two types of cups in my kitchen—melamine red Solo cups and a plastic mason jar glass—so I thought for sure one of those would be the inspiration for this mani.  But…I just so happened to be drinking a beer with a label that lent itself to nail art.  So this fantastic chocolatey stout was the basis for my mani for the Day 29 prompt.

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I love this mani!  Especially that donut.  I really wanted some Krispy Kreme donuts after painting it.   Actually…the only thing that I can think of that I don’t like about this mani is the fact that I don’t own a proper magenta polish and so my color is a little off.  But honestly, who cares?



OMD3 Day 26-Peace

I think pretty much everyone thought of peace signs for this prompt, right?  I mean, what else are you gonna do?  A dove?  Well, I guess that’s an option, but I took the easier route and went with the peace sign.  And of course I tried to make tie-dye nails to go along with it.  I failed.  But I compromised by blobbing on colors on thinning them out with acetone.

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I think I would have liked the colorful nails better if I actually had enough neon polishes on hand, but unfortunately I only have a handful of bright polishes with me right now.  I did buy a neon collection (Mod Lacquer’s Electrified collection) earlier this summer when so many brands were releasing them, but they were sent to my US address so I won’t have them until December. :/  My peace sign is also very crooked, which was disappointing since it’s otherwise really good.  Oh well.



OMD3 Day 11-Leaves

Cutting it a little close tonight!  I really wanted to post on time (for my time zone), so I kept today’s nail art extraordinarily simple: a leafy vine crawling across my nails.  My background is LynBDesigns Fishing With No Bait, and my vine and leaves were made with OPI A-Piers to be Tan, China Glaze Gaga for Green, and SquareHue Leblon.

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I don’t really have much to say about this one.  I like it, but there’s not a lot to it 😛