Tuesday, 23 December 2014

One Very Merry Christmas Tree

For the last day of the challenge, I did this simple mani with white, red and green Christmas colours. Red and green dots on all of the nails, except the accent which has the little tree with gem ornaments, a white star on top of the tree and little red balls to pull the whole look together.

The gems came from Cheeky. The polishes were Avon's French White Tip, Garden Green and Real Red.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Two Glitterbomb

Today's challenge was perfect to do glitter ornaments using glitter polish for the main colour and glitter powder for the decorations. I made a snowflake, star, wreath, stocking and bell using glitter powder and a bow gem for the wreath. Unluckily, it is another dark, cloudy, snowy, rainy day here so no sunshine to really show the sparkle.

The glitter polishes are China Glaze's Water You Waiting For, Avon's Sparkling Red, Nail Treats Purple Glitter, Color Club's Turn the Other Chic and Holiday Splendor. The glitter powders are from Cheeky and Avon. The wreath bows are from Essence.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Three French Tip

This is the only nail that turned out the way I had pictured this design in my head. haha I really need art lessons or something. For today's challenge I did holly and berries over a silver french tip.

So you can see how these didn't turn out exactly perfect, but hey, they are alright and I am actually happy with them. I got a surprise when the red colour came off the caviar beads I used on my pinky fingers when I applied the top coat. They started off as little red berries.

The french tips were created using Sally Hansen's Celeb City. The main colour is Avon's Sheer Pink Flash, which has a gorgeous pink-blue pearl finish that doesn't show up in the photos. :-( The holly leaves were painted with Avon's Garden Green. The berries were done with gems and caviar beads from Cheeky.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Four Candy Canes

As you can see, I broke a nail and then cut back all the others to the same length. (I try my best to keep my nails the same length, as I tend to cringe when I see nail art pictures and the nails are different lengths.) My middle nail is the one that broke and it is a little uneven, but hopefully I will be able to fix that soon when it grows in a bit more.

For today's challenge I went with silver, as we did gold last time. (I prefer silver to gold actually.) I threw on some candy cane decals that I made last year as that was easier than making new candy canes. (lazy, okay busy, well a bit of both actually)

I don't remember the polishes I used to make the candy canes, although I could take a guess, but there is a chance I may have posted it in an early blog post. The silver background is Sally Hansen's Celeb City.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Five Gold Bling

Again, I did simple nails for the challenge. All painted gold except for the accent nail which has a white background and a little gingerbread man surrounded by half gold beads as a frame. I tried to make it bling with a Christmas theme.

Sorry for the different lighting in the photos, but it is a dark, grey, rainy day here today. I used Sally Hansen's Golden I on all the nails and Avon's French White Tip on the accent. I used gingerbread decals I made last year because I'm not having a great day and my attempts at painting failed greatly. I think the polish to make the little men was Forbidden Fudge by Avon, but I'm not 100% sure. The gold beads were from a small kit by Essence.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Six Frosty Snowmen

For today's challenge, I did snowflake nails with the snowman accent face. I used flocking powder with black coal gems and an orange carrot gems.

I have been doing all of my nails on both hands for all the challenges, I just haven't been photographing or showing both hands. I decided to today though. ;-)

The polishes that were used were Avon's French White Tip and Blue Water Lilies. The white flocking powder and the little black gems for the mouths were from Cheeky and the other gems from a couple of packs from Avon.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Seven Super Sweaters

Well, I put this one down as a fail. Only a couple of nails turned out nicely the rest are rather messy and uneven and looked worse after I tried to fix them I think. haha Oh well, you can't win them all.

The polishes I used to try to create this look were Avon's Garden Green and French White Tip.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Eight Mistletoe

That's mistletoe, not holly, as the challenge asked for. :-) Many people confuse holly with mistletoe. I was going to do I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus -underneath the mistletoe last night, but that was just too much work for me to tackle today! haha

I had to use a toothpick to create the mistletoe, as my nail art brushes just weren't small enough to use. It looked terrible until I added the red ribbon and then I was finally happy with it. What a difference the ribbon made. Anyway, I kept this plain and simple, as I said, I wasn't up to doing anything too fancy today. ;-)

The polishes used were Barelements' Grey, Avon's Green Goddess, French White Tip and Real Red, as pictured above.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Nine Jolly Santas

For today's challenge I did Santa hats with flocking powder trim on 8 nails and 2 accent nails with Santa stuck in the chimney. I would have done Santa's boots in black, but I didn't think they would show up against the Midnight Blue background.

I used Real Red and Midnight Blue by Avon for the nail colours. Then used French White Tip and Bare Necessity by Avon and Grey by Barelements for the painting. The white flocking powder is from Cheeky.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Ten Rudolph Reindeers

I re-used the last mani, by removing the striping tape and then painting over the silver and gold nails to create little Rudolph faces. The Rudolph's have glittery red noses and googly eyes among Christmas coloured nails.

I got the bags of googly eyes from the craft section at the dollar store, for just such an occasion. I am planning to use them again. The brown polish for Rudolph is Vintage Boutique and the red glitter for his nose is Sparkling Red both by Avon.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Eleven Pretty Presents

With the last nail art challenge I did back in April, I learned to keep the art simple as it is very time consuming to paint your nails everyday. This time around, it is every other day, but I still want to do simple ideas, as quite often they are the best and definitely the easiest to do. ;-)

For Eleven Pretty Presents, I just did simple Christmas coloured nails with striping tape ribbon as decoration.

I will list the polishes in the order they are lined up in the picture for a change. Starting from the left, Sally Hansen's Golden-I, Avon's French White Tip, Real Red, Noir Emerald and Sally Hansen's Celeb City. Some striping tape from Cheeky is at the bottom.

Monday, 1 December 2014

12 Days of Christmas Challenge - Twelve Twinkling Tree Lights

The lovely ladies at the Nail Polish Queen's community have devised a challenge list for the season to be jolly. Here is the link if you want to check out the awesome nail art that gets displayed: Nail Polish Queens

We are starting at Day 12 and every other day doing a new challenge. This way we can wear our art a little longer and give us some extra time to work on our nails. With our last day, Day 1 falling on Christmas Day to complete the countdown challenge. I decided to join, as I have taken quite a bit of time off from doing my nails, and haven't felt overly inspired to do anything. This will give me the opportunity to get back into the swing of things and have a little fun.

I used teardrop shaped coloured gems for the accent nail. I tried to paint teardrop shaped bulbs, but alas my artistic skills are lacking. lol  Luckily, I managed to get the last rays of sunlight that shone in my home today to capture these photos.

I used Avon's Noir Emerald for the background tree colour. Sally Hansen's Celeb City for the wire. Avon's Viva Pink, Garden Green, Lagoon and China Glaze's Solar Power for the bulbs.