We finally got here: day 12! So impressed that I finally made it through the challenge, I certainly wouldn’t have if it weren’t for Chloe’s help when things got busy over the last 12 days!
Today’s inspiration is a little more unique than the rest: a Christmas song! Rocking Around the Christmas Tree to be exact, so I added black studs onto my deep red “I’m Not Really A Waitress” by OPI. The rock star in me was thrilled when I came up with this idea, given that she lives so close to my surface (I have previously been known to dye sections of my hair bright red or blue and love anything with studs or shiny metal detailing).
I picked up the studs from Spotlight and dotted them randomly over the still wet second coat before I put a top coat over the whole lot.
Have a wonderfully merry Christmas everyone!
We have reached day nine and I thought I’d do little Christmas designs on two of the nails, I like that they are the middle two fingers as they are kind of framed by the surrounding fingers.
I think that the holly is my favourite one that I’ve done so far! The detail looks so fun and intricate but it was actually really easy with my little paintbrush and a steady hand. I used OPI’s A Oui Bit of Red and China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald for this design.
I can’t believe I have almost reached the end of my challenge! Two to go and Chloe is up next with her Christmas ombré… Stay tuned!
Aah so we are nearly there, day 9 – this one was so much fun! Chloe showed you how to cover your nails in wrapping paper and I show you how to make five little presents on them! Five presents are much better than one and I loved the idea of having different coloured ribbon on each nail.
For this design I used OPI’s Moon Over Mumbai for the base and the ribbons were OPI Glitzerland and a Oui Bit of Red, China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald and Coconut Kiss, the silver was once again the Orly mini that I seem to be getting a lot of use out of these days!
Chloe here again! I enjoyed doing the last post so much that I wanted to give another one a go! While this nail design may be a little impractical, it is so much fun and would last long enough to wow everyone at a Christmas party!
For this design all you need is clear nail polish (I used OPI’s Nail Envy) and some leftover foil wrapping paper in a fun and colorful design.
First you will need to cut the wrapping paper to size so it fits around your nail, forming a curved edge which will sit against your cuticles. I found that it was easier to cut the bits of wrapping paper a bit longer than the length of your nail so you have more control when applying them to your nails. Once all the bits of wrapping paper are cut to size paint your nails with the clear polish and carefully stick the wrapping paper to your nail, gently pressing down to eliminate bubbles. Repeat this step until each nail is covered.
Once the polish has dried, gently cut off the excess paper with small scissors. If you wanted to seal the paper down even more you could carefully paint clear nail polish on top. Enjoy!
Today’s inspiration comes from the northern hemisphere Christmas, snowflakes! I’m lucky enough to have seen snow (living in Perth it’s not an easy feat) however would love to one day experience a white Christmas.
I stumbled upon an easy tutorial on refinery 29 that showed how to paint snow flakes on your nails, for this design I used OPI’s Yoga to Get This Blue for the base and Orly mini silver.
Today’s inspiration comes from something I must have on my Christmas tree each year, candy canes!! (Lucky I use traditional Christmas colours on my tree, it’s hard to find other colours of these yummy sticky treats!)
I always forget to get them as soon as I put up my tree but there are never any left by Christmas time, and I love that they bring some brightness to the tree.
This design was messier than I expected but the end result is worth the hard work and the mess because they are so bold and stand out really well. I used OPI’s Alpine Snow for the white, which I painted over the whole nail. After this I cut small strips of scotch tape and taped off the stripes which I painted in A Oui Bit of Red (OPI).
TIP: be sure to carefully pull the strips off quite quickly before the paint dries and it chips the whole thing.
*These look delicious Asha, now I want some candy canes!*
So we’ve reached day three and perhaps I am jumping the gun just a little bit but today’s inspiration is none other than the big guy himself, Santa! This design was easier than I thought it’d be and I think they look really cute!
For this design I used OPI Stranger Tides from the Pirates of the Caribbean range as the base, this is a really good base colour because it makes all the other colours stand out really well without being as plain as beige or nude. Then for Santa’s suit I used a thin paintbrush from spotlight and OPI’s A Oui Bit of Red. China Glaze Liquid Leather made up the boots and for all the fur trimming I used a white nail art pen that I picked up from a chemist for about $10. Oh and his face was OPI Malaysian Mist!
Ho ho ho!!!
*These are so cute Ash! I can’t believe you actually painted Santa on your nails – if I tried this it would probably look like a red, black and white blob!*