The holidays may have passed, but it’s never too late for holiday nails!
I didn’t do too many different nails this year – I was traveling a bit, and I wasn’t very inspired much by the nail designs I was seeing. I knew I wanted to do lots of sparkle and some Christmas trees.
Here are the videos that inspired my holiday manicures:
I got a great gift from a friend – the 2016 Ciate London Advent Calendar.
It came with 22 mini polishes, an emery board, and one full size polish. The colors are very pretty -lots of shimmer and sparkle. A few glitter top coats were included, as well as a couple of top and base coats.
I played around with some colors on the paper plate below:
For my first Christmas manicure, I went with candy cane stripes. I used striping and scotch tape for this one. I started with a white base – after I applied my base coat, I went in with Orchid’s Love at First White (a simple white creme). I then added a coat of Klean Color Metallic White – it gave it a bit of shimmer.
After applying a quick dry top coat and letting it dry for 20 minutes, I went in with scotch tape, striping tape, and Essie’s A List to get the candy cane going. However 20 minutes was not enough time, as I pulled up the white polish on three of my nails. I didn’t have time to redo it all, so I wound up with three red nails, and two accent nails on one hand. So chic.
I went to bed leaving my right hand totally white, thoroughly disgusted. However, the next day I went in and tried the striping tape again on my right hand, and this time all my base polish stayed in place. I then added a couple coats of Out The Door Northern Lights Holographic Top Coat to get more sparkle in there. I really love this holographic top coat – I’m using it on many of my manicures lately.
See that blurry holographic goodness?
My next mani wasn’t so Christmasy – but I wore it for a Christmas party (sort of), so it counts. My derby league was having their End of Year Party (on my birthday, no less), and I wanted derby specific nails. I went with a blue base coat to represent my team colors, and used some nail vinyls created by my buddy Shiner Knock. They didn’t come out perfectly, but they still sparkled for the occasion.
I used Ciate London’s Pool Party as my base.
The nail vinyls were stars and roller skates, which I sponged on Ciate London’s Fortune Teller over.
I spent a few days wearing just one color (gasp!). Ciate London’s Chain Reaction:
Before we left for Louisiana, I decided it was time to get serious and do a real Christmas manicure. I think I used 13 different polishes (and a bunch of tools) to do what wound up being a pretty mediocre mani.
Here is the finished product:
Not even pretty rainbows could save this one.
For my right pinkie, I started with Essie’s No Place Like Chrome, and then topped it with Ciate London’s Risky Business.
The fiery orange Christmas tree was Orchid’s Love at First White with Sinful Colors On Fyre. The tree was topped with a little rhinestone (my first time ever using one!).
The tree that I attempted to freehand used Ciate London’s Pretty In Putty as the background, and Ciate London’s La Dolce Vita for the tree. I used a dotting tool with silver and gold to do the ornaments/topper.
Gorgeous, ain’t it?
For the solid red and gold nails, I used Ciate London’s Boudoir and ORLY’s Don’t Lasso Me Around.
I topped it all with the Northern Light’s holographic top coat. It wasn’t too bad for a first attempt, but it wasn’t what I wanted. I brought some polishes with me to Louisiana (of course). Our first night there, I sat down at my mother-in-law’s kitchen table with a slice of her butter pecan cake, and redid the entire thing.
I was MUCH happier with the end result:
My freehanded tree came out so much better! I took a picture as soon as I did it because I knew I’d fuck it up:
Here it is with ornaments:
I was also SO happy with the purple tree. I also took a picture of this one as soon as it was done, and I’m glad because I immediately smudged it.
That’s it for my Christmas nails! I hope your holidays were awesome!