I tried to resist. I really did. But eventually the Christmas spirit or, rather, atmosphere sneaked in and I found myself craving for snowflakes and ugly sweaters on my nails. So here’s a couple of wintery/Christmas-y/festive manicures I was able to make in the small amount of spare time I’ve had lately.
Scintillating Scintillant Scintilla
For this mani I used a GORGEOUS polish as a base: Cadillacquer Scintilla, an exclusive shade for Hypnotic Polish (my favourite online store for indies), is described as a “dark purple-leaning burgundy crelly with copper shimmer”. It’s dainty and rich at the same time: I’m so in love with it!
Let me include a pic with the polish on its own:
The starry pattern comes from one of my few Christmas-themed plates, Born Pretty’s BP-L029. As a stamping polish I used a metallic gold by Yves Rocher, appropriately named Or Scintillant (see what I did there? XD ). My stamper of choice was, as usual, Essence’s Stamp it! clear stamper.
Another mani I did was a classic snowflake design. This time I picked a very dark, pratically black, blue nail polish by OPI: it’s called Holidazed Over You and it’s one of my favourites from last year’s Holiday collection.
For the snowflakes I used my nemesis: a layering stamping plate! Argh!
The plate itself (Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-03, purchased from Guerrilla Nails) is good and not hard to use, but the hand maneuvering the stamper is a hopeless one, so it was only after several attempts (and quite a bit of nasty talking and swearing) that I managed to put together something acceptable.
Stamping polishes were my go-to silver metallic, Essence’s City Girls Rule!, and Snowed In by Hit The Bottle.
The following sections include disturbing content: proceed with caution!
I’m kidding…!!! But if you decide to scroll down, be prepared to see some epic nail fails! XD
The ugliest ugly sweater
The image below shows why I should always steer clear from designs that require to be centered and aligned. I can’t do that. I just can’t, even with a clear stamper. Oh, well. It is supposed to look like an ugly sweater, isn’t it? Nailed it! You can’t go any uglier than this! XD
Anyway, I used a metallic cherry tomato red from the Miracle Gel line by Sally Hansen (the miracle being that it eventually becomes opaque, after three generous coats, and dry, after a few hours). Again the pattern comes from Born Pretty BP-L029 and the white stamping polish is Snowed In by Hit The Bottle.
IN CAUDA VENENUM: I’ve saved the scariest – and most ridiculous – for last.
Truth be told: it is a dogsled.
A few years ago, I was browsing on YouTube, when I came across a tutorial for a reindeer mani. I can’t remember who the nail artist was, but she made it look so easy and effortless that I decided to give it a try. How naive of me!
The reind… creature was so unspeakably ugly that I didn’t even bother giving it its antlers. Not that there was any room left anyway… -_-
I was going to euthanize it with acetone, but its alarmed, incredulous look stopped me. It stayed.
That’s how Rocky The Red-nosed Doberman was born.
Further research on my side showed that now and then Santa does in fact use a dogsled instead of his traditional reindeer sleigh, and Rocky is the leading pup.
Photographic evidence is provided below.
Ok, guys, I hope you had a good laugh.
See you soon! Ho Ho Woof!
All photos are my own, except for the banners (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/49/AT_YOUR_OWN_RISK.svg/2000px-AT_YOUR_OWN_RISK.svg.png and https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/pictures/160000/nahled/skull-hazard-sign.jpg), the dogsled (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/74/Dog_Sled_Rides_%286982734689%29.jpg), Santa Claus (https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ0TlBcUEWHXdRuJBrEjK2bxKtKM9gCe5cfPu-LpcKHNpselBSa).