08 December 2013

Christmas Nails

I have two Christmas manis to share today. Both manis feature snowflakes. I think I have a slight (and weird) obsession with snowflakes. Perhaps it's because it never snows in Sydney and I've never seen snow in real life before... ok I lie. I saw snow twice on a mountain from a gazillion km away, once in Tasmania and another in Jindabyne NSW.

Because I absolutely suck at drawing free-hand, I cheated and used a stamping plate from Born Pretty Store that was sent to me (purchase here for USD$0.99).

This is the first manicure I created.
 
I made a boo-boo and applied a top coat a tat too early on my pointer, resulting in a smudgy snowflake near the tip of my nail. I actually really like how this mani turned out. If you're wondering what I used to achieve this mani, read on!

 For the base, I used SHE Nail Varnish in Galaxy. It's a black polish with silver shimmer. I then applied a coat of Out the Door Northern Lights top coat over the top to enhance the shimmery finish. I then used the Konad polish in white, and the other white polish (which was also sent to me from Born Pretty Store - purchase here for USD$2.05) to stamp the snowflakes (picture of the stamping plate further down). The Konad one created really crisp-paper-white snowflakes, and the Born Pretty Store white stamping polish created more of a silvery-off-white snowflakes. I think the two polishes gave my mani a more dimensional look. 

I then used the Butter London Matte Finish topcoat to create the matte look.

I wondered what this polish would look like with a shiny finish instead of a matte one, so I applied a coat of Seche Vite over the top.

 
I can't decide which I like better. What do you think?
For my second mani, instead of using a black polish, I decided to experiment with a blue and white ombre background. Here is what I came up with...
Please excuse the mess around my cuticles!  I also stamped a reindeer on my ring finger for something different, and used a dotting pen (sent to me by Born Pretty Store - purchase here for USD$3.96).

 I applied a coat of Color Club OOOOOO La La (the white polish in the picture above) as a base coat. And then using a sponge, I applied a line of Color Club Pure Energy (the blue polish) and then a line of OOOOOO La La directly underneath and sponged the colour onto my nails, creating the ombre effect. Once dry, I stamped the snowflakes on using the Konad white polish, and stamping tools.

 This is the plate I used for both manicures. I wanted to add the house and/or Christmas tree, but I ran out of room. I think this is a brilliant stamping plate that is perfect for creating Christmas manis. It's also super affordable!

 I've had the Konad Stamping Kit for YEARS. I'm talking at least 8 years. They last forever if you treat them right. Be sure to wipe off excess nail polish after each use.

 The last tool I'd like to share is the dotting pen mentioned earlier. I love how fine the tip is because you can create the tiniest dots like in my mani. It's got a thin stripping brush on the other end, and is so affordable!

I'm going to insert another picture of my mani here, because I'm random like that.

If you'd like to purchase the stamping plate, stamping polish, dotting pen or anything else from the Born Pretty Store, be sure to use the "SRKW10" to get 10% off. Shipping is free worldwide!

Some of these products were kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

18 comments:

  1. WOW, both manis looks amazing and so festive! I definitely need a stamping tool in my life seeing as I'm terrible at nail art.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, you should get one, it's great for fancy looking nail art without the effort!

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  2. Both looking amazing! I don't have the patience to do nail art but these manis are so cute.


    Sarah | More Than Adored

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    1. the stamping kit is so effortless though! But thank you :)

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  3. I'm so bad at stamping for some reason, I need you to teach me haha! These look amazing! xx

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    1. haha it takes a bit of practice but you'll get it!

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  4. These are gorgeous, I can't pick which is my favourite!

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  5. Both are so pretty! I really love the first manicure, if only it snowed here at Christmas!

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    1. Thank you! I wish it snowed here too... just once!

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  6. These look amazing, I never have the patience or time to do nail art but this is so pretty x
    Prettylittlefashionista 

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    1. Thanks Kirsty! It's so easy with the stamping kit though :)

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  7. I love the top mani in matte. Nail Stamping is SOOO ADDICTIVE :)

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    1. Thanks Loz! The matte one is quite unique, if I do say so myself! :P

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  8. Oh I love love love this! They both look stunning! I think I need to buy some Christmas related nail templates, I need to stop reading blogs, they enable me too much.

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    1. Thanks Hailey! you should get some templates! Would love to see what you come up with :)

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  9. Both are stunning but my fave is the black + snowflake manicure. Great job with your manicures! xoxo

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