Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas nails: Fairy Dust and Xmas tree

Hi everyone! I've got more Christmas nail art for you. I'm really big on the red-and-white theme this year. And minimalism is another main theme for my Christmas nails. No idea why but I think it's fun to switch things up. Last year I was all for fun prints and complex designs and multiple colors.

You could do this nail design if you don't have much time to spend on drawing details or if you just want a simple accent nail.

Taken with flash

Taken with flash
Here are the polishes I used:
China Glaze - Salsa
China Glaze - Fairy Dust
A white nail art pen

Easy enough, right? First I used two coats of China Glaze - Salsa for the base. I'm sure you'll agree with me that China Glaze - Salsa is such a pretty red. Every time I reach for a red polish, I end up picking China Glaze - Salsa. I might have to get myself a spare bottle at the rate I'm using it.

Next I used one coat of China Glaze - Fairy Dust. Fairy Dust adds such a magical glow. It sparkles and I swear you can almost picture Tinkerbell from Peter Pan showering all her pixie dust onto your nails. ;)

For the accent nail, I just used my white nail art pen to draw the tree. I didn't spend much time perfecting it which is why it turned out a bit wonky but hey, snow on trees aren't perfectly balanced, are they?

What do you think of this easy Christmas nail art design? What part of Christmas inspires your nail art? What color theme are you loving for Christmas this year? Tell me all about it in the comments section. Run out and get a glitter polish now. ;)

Thanks for reading! <3

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas nails: Santa's helpers

Hey, hey, what do you know? 5 more days till Christmas and I've got the perfect holiday nail art to show you. Today's nail art is a recreation of the Christmas nails that IHaveACupcake did. Here's the link to her video.

I did these nails last year and I really wanted to do them again this year just to see if there's any improvement. Please excuse the bad angling of my hand, the poor lighting and smearing of polish (yeah, I had a horrible top coat that really didn't do much).

Taken indoors

Taken in indirect sunlight

Taken with flash
As you can see, I used 7 colors but I can't remember exactly which polishes I used. I do know that I used China Glaze - Turned Up Turquoise, The Face Shop - BR602 (brown), a black nail art pen and a white nail art pen.

I did this design using the tips and ends of skewer sticks only. Not too shabby, if I may say so myself. How hard was it to complete a design using only skewers? Not too difficult.. just that it requires a lot of patience. I believe I once said that nail art has helped increase my patience level. It's true, haha. I used to devote a lot of time and hard work - still do but less since I have a couple of proper tools these days.

Don't give up on your nail art no matter what level you're at. You can do this and learn to embrace the imperfections of your nail art. I would say it's worth it. Don't forget to take breaks in between though. I think it's important to let your nails breathe and grow out once in a while.

I hope you like my recreation of this nail art. Tell me which design is your favorite and if you've ever done Christmas nail art recreations by other nail art bloggers.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas nails: a string of lights

Hey everyone. I've got more Christmas nail art for you today.

Lately I've been feeling uninspired to do my nails. I've got quite a bit going on in my life at the moment so it's been busy and I haven't felt like sitting down to do my nails even though at one point it was the thing that helped me relax. I hope to get back into the swing of things soon but we'll see, right?

Anyway, in the meantime, don't worry, I still have nail art to show you. Today's design is one that has been on my nail art wishlist - a string of Christmas lights! I LOVE seeing Christmas lights - it gives everything a magical look and reminds me of Disneyland during the holiday season.

Taken with flash
Hmm... how I got white polish onto my skin is a good question... Haha, let's just say I really lacked control when I was painting them.

Taken in indirect sunlight

Taken in indirect sunlight

Taken in indirect sunlight

I used a black nail art pen to draw the wire first then I blobbed on the lights using a nail art brush.

The nail polish I used:
China Glaze - Salsa
China Glaze - Frostbite
Sally Hansen -  Emerald City
Orly - Charged Up
Orly - Glowstick
China Glaze - White on White (base color)

This design, as with the most of the other designs I've done, was really easy and I believe anyone can do it too. If you're looking for a cute Christmas design to wear this holiday season, I hope you'll give this a try. I love when I find easy designs that turn out well. That's the fun in nail art for me - simple but beautiful creations that anyone else can do.

What do you think of Christmas lights? Are they a must-have in your house for Christmas? What kind of Christmas lights do you hang? Ever tried Christmas lights nail art? I'd love to see them!

Thank you for reading!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas nails: white winter wonderland

Hi everyone! Today I have a pretty winter wonderland themed nail design to show you. This is my recreation of the Christmas nails Alice from One Nail To Rule Them All did. I fell in love with the simple intricacy of the design and had to recreate it. I hope you like how mine turned out:

Taken with flash

Taken in indirect sunlight

Taken with flash

Taken in indirect sunlight

Taken indoors
I LOVE it! I recently watched Frozen (you should too) and this reminds me a bit of the snowy mountains.

I actually did this design last year so I can't really remember what the blue base polish is but the rest of the design was made using my black and white nail art pens. I also added a layer of micro glitter polish to add a bit of holiday sparkle.

I think this Christmas design is one of my favorite recreations yet! Just looking at these nails makes me want to belt out Christmas tunes.

What's your favorite kind of Christmas nail art?

Thanks for reading and here's to walking in a winter wonderland! ;)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas nails: waterfall nail art

Hi friends! It's December so that can only mean Christmas nail art! Yup, that's right. I'm kickstarting my Christmas nail art posts starting from today.

Today I bring you some super fun Christmas nail art. I first saw the phrase 'waterfall nail art' on The Nailasaurus's nail art blog and love it. It's such a simple design.. but to be honest, I was intimidated. I wanted so badly to try it but my fear of messing it up kept me from trying until only very recently.

I picked up my thin striper brush the other day and plunged right in without giving myself time to think, what if my waterfall nails turn out to be an unrecognizable splotch of polish? Haha, yes, building my confidence, one nail design at a time.

Here's how my waterfall nail art turned out:

Taken with flash

Taken with flash

Taken in indirect sunlight

Taken under sunlight
Pretty, right? They weren't as hard as I thought! I really enjoyed flicking my brush downward. I'm usually quite 'heavy-handed' so I was afraid I might not be able to drag the polish as far as I wanted but I did it. :D

Well, yeah, some lines are slightly bent but I blame it on my brush that's getting stiff and out of shape.

The colors I picked are definitely Christmas-y! I love it. The polishes I used are China Glaze - Ruby Pumps, a green glitter polish and Sally Hansen - Silver Sweep.

Does this design remind you of a waterfall? Would you try this design for Christmas? What colors are you loving for Christmas this year?

Thank you for reading. :)