Themed Thursday December – New Year’s Fireworks Nail Art

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The last nail art of the challenge, and I’m actually on time with this one! Today’s prompt is New Year’s Day. And what better symbolizes New Year celebrations than fireworks? Continue reading

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Themed Thursday December – Champagne Nail Art

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I’m really loving the glitter in this nail art! I wasn’t sure what to do at first and thought of just doing a shimmery design. Then I remembered Sparitual Cha Cha Cha, a glittery metallic purple, and knew it would be the perfect backdrop for a champagne look. It looks even more amazing with the gold glitter flecks from Sinful Colors Twilight Twinkles. I thought the flecks would be difficult to pick up, but I had no trouble.

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For the glitter nails, I painted the tips with Color Club Apollo Star, a shimmery champagne polish, then used Sinful Colors Smoking Hot to extend it into a gradient. For the champagne inside the glasses, I used one of my favorite polishes for the holidays, Finger Paints Key To My Art. Only one more design left in 2015!

If you’re interested in seeing some of my other favorite holiday polishes, I wrote a post on the subject last year, here!

Themed Thursday December – Christmas Trees Nail Art

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I don’t know about this nail art, it looked way better in my head. I thought making different Christmas trees would be a good idea if I gave them all the same color scheme, but it’s just a mess. The middle nail was supposed to be a rhinestone tree not an explosion, by the way. I do kind of like the ring finger nail. I used tape to make a triangle, then sponged a blue to green gradient over it. After removing the tape, I applied striping tape around the edges and to make the trunk. The gradient is not very obvious in the photo, but it looks better in person.

Ciaté Knee Highs
Sinful Colors Pearl Harbor
Maybelline Color Show Blue Blowout
Sparitual Crystal Eyes
Sparitual Blue Lagoon
Kleancolor Bikini Green

Themed Thursday December – Candy Cane Nail Art

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The “candy cane” prompt took me so long to get done. I started off making a pattern of mini candy canes, but it looked terrible. Then I did something abstract that just ended up looking like DNA. I think it finally looks good like this.

Kleancolor Sheer Red
Sinful Colors Nail Art My  Day
Pure Ice Super Star

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Themed Thursday December – Santa Claus Nail Art

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My Santa looks so cute! I considered painting reindeer or elves, but didn’t really want to, so even though the theme is “Santa and Friends” it’s just Santa and rhinestones for now!

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Today I was so excited to finally receive the metal ring nail deco I had ordered in gold and silver. I kept seeing these on nail art all over, but had no idea where to get them. I found mine on ebay and I’m really liking them so far, though they’re a bit tricky to pick up. I ordered 4mm and my standard size rhinestones fit perfectly in the center. They look amazing on the accent nail.

For the colors, the red is a combination of two polishes: Sparitual Aroused, a dark brick red, and Sparitual Improvisation, a red tint with blue and pink shimmer. On its own it would have been too sheer for what I was going for (though the tint is well pigmented), so that’s why I applied it over a red base.

Sinful Colors Espionage (skin)
Ciaté Snow Virgin (beard)
Kiss Nail Art Soft Pink (cheeks)

Themed Thursday December – Gingerbread Nail Art

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I love gingerbread cookies and making gingerbread houses. (A couple years ago I also did a gingerbread and peppermint candy design if you want to check it out here!) So I definitely had to incorporate both into my design!

I’m really happy with how the gingerbread man pattern turned out on my thumb, and I think a design using just that pattern would be so cute. I don’t have many brown polishes so I chose the dark brown I usually do, Sinful Colors Nirvana. The beige is Sinful Colors Espionage, a polish that applies well and is opaque in two coats. For the outlines of the houses and decor I used acrylic paints. Originally I was going to use a regular shiny top coat, but I decided to go for matte since it reminded me more of cookies.

Themed Thursday December – Christmas Lights Nail Art

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This was a quick design to do and I think it turned out pretty well apart from a few messy spots here and there. I didn’t want to go too colorful with this one, and instead opted for an icy color scheme. The background polish is Ciaté Chinchilla, a blue-gray. I really like the look of the white lights, but it would be so easy to add color if you wanted to.

Themed Thursday December – Hanukkah Nail Art

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The second theme of the challenge is Chanukah. This is actually my third design that I did. In my previous two I used a lighter blue and drew a pattern of Stars of David, but it looked too messy and the lighter blue wasn’t creating as much of a contrast as I wanted. So instead I used a dark blue that I love, China Glaze Eyes Like Sapphires. I think the slight shimmer in the polish goes well with the rest of the silver glitter in the design.

Revlon Parfumerie Spun Sugar
Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty
Hurricane Nail Art Silver

Themed Thursday December – Ornaments Nail Art

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This month I’m doing another Themed Thursday Challenge. I’m way late on this one as I was wrapping up the 31DC2015, but I do have several designs ready. The theme for December is ‘Holidays’ and it’s a special edition, so there’s a prompt both on Thursdays and Sundays. Because I’m so behind I’ll post these much quicker.

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The first prompt is “presents/ornaments.” I liked both options but decided to go with ornaments since I had a clearer idea of what I was going to do. I love how my nails turned out! Sadly the camera didn’t pick up on the holo, but in person it’s amazing. The polish is Funky Fingers Sand & Stilettos and it’s one of my favorites. It’s not really meant to be opaque so I had to build it up with several coats. I’d suggest using a silvery polish as a background to fill in the empty spaces. The red ornaments are Revlon Parfumerie China Flower, and the bronze, Color Club Pearl District.
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I’ll probably upload all the ones I’ve already done right away on Instagram if you want to check them out @cmyknails.