Inspirationail: The 12 Nails Of Christmas – Day 12

The 12 Nails of Christmas

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).

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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!

Asha xx

Inspirationail: The 12 Nails of Christmas – Day 10

The 12 Nails of Christmas

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.

Christmas tree and holly nails

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!

Asha xx

 

Inspirationail: The 12 Nails of Christmas – Day 9

The 12 Nails of Christmas

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.

Present nails

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!

Enjoy x

Inspirationail: The 12 Nails Of Christmas – Day 7

The 12 Nails of Christmas

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.

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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!

Chloe xx

Inspirationail: The 12 Nails of Christmas – Day 5

The 12 Nails of Christmas

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.

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Asha xx

Inspirationail: The 12 Nails of Christmas – Day 4

The 12 Nails of Christmas

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.

Candy cane nails

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.

Asha x

*These look delicious Asha, now I want some candy canes!*

Inspirationail: The 12 Nails of Christmas – Day 3

The 12 Nails of Christmas

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!

Santa nails

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!!!

Asha x

*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!*

Inspirationail: The 12 Nails Of Christmas – Day 1

The 12 Nails of Christmas*Over the next 12 days my lovely sister Asha will be blogging with me – she’s got some pretty fun posts lined up which are sure to get you excited for the festive season! Enjoy!*

Hey everyone, it’s Asha! Given that it’s now officially summer and December is finally here I am getting more and more excited about Christmas each day. I decided to do a 12 nails of Christmas challenge with Chloe’s Inspirationail feature. The rules: show off 12 Christmas inspired nail designs all before Santa comes a-ho-ing.

I do my nails often but not that often hence why it is a challenge, but I am determined to see this through.

Here goes…

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On the first day of christmas my nail design is inspired by the green christmas tree and gold tinsel. I put a mish-mash of gold stripes in all directions. I did this by taping off little stripes with scotch tape and painting gold into the lines.

For this design I used China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald and Butter London West End Wonderland.

*Thanks Ash, you always amaze and inspire me with your crafty nail skills. I can’t wait to try this one!*

Inspirationail: Green Machine

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Seeing as Chloe has her feature “Inspirationail” and I feel like I’m a bit of a nail polish/nail art guru, I figured this is the obvious choice of subject for one of my first blog entries.

I saw this design while perusing my favourite iPad app, PopSugar, but those without it can check out the link and website here (I highly recommend it, who doesn’t love a gossip/beauty/fashion magazine that’s rolled into one and free!?).

I love the ombre look in many different forms, the 70’s feel of it seems so carefree but at the same time ultra chic. I’ve had the ombre look in my hair for over two years and love it in clothing too. For this nail design you could use any dark colour combination but I opted for black and green (OPI’s Jade is the new black) seeing as all things green are my new faves after going to see Wicked with an ever adoring Chloe a few weekends ago.

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Black nails
first, i started with a black base – for this i used China Glaze Liquid Leather. i put on two coats as it new and so quite a thin liquid.

Patting out nail polishnext place a drop of nail polish onto the plate and with the make up sponge pat it into the plate to thin out the amount on the sponge.

The ombre effecttake the sponge and gently pat onto the end of your nail, being sure to cover right across to the edges and down to about halfway. to get more coverage on the ends repeat this process moving a little further to the end each time. the good this about this technique is that it doesn’t take very long to dry so you can go over it without waiting too long.

Apply the top coat
lastly, put a top coat over it to set the colour, and smooth out the dimples from the sponge. you might need to clean up the edges with a cotton bud.

Ombre nails
viola! black/green ombre nails!

All Loved Up

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I love love, so when I discovered these love-heart nail apps by OPI I had to have them! I have heard so many reports of various nail apps bubbling or tearing but these were so much fun to put on and really easy. Because of the hefty price tag ($20 – that’s $1.25 a nail!) I decided to use them for feature nails rather than the whole set. I applied OPI’s Red Hot Ayers Rock to the other nails. My number one tip is to not wash your hands in hot water on the day they are applied as heat will encourage peeling.

I loved (can I say love any more in one post?) how every time I looked down at my nails I felt all lovey-dovey, I think these will be making an appearance at my brother’s engagement party!

App-licationFile to fit nailfirst trim the nail app and then file it down

Red and hearts
that’s it – as easy as 1-2-3!