Snow Sports Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

Last day of the January Glam Nails Challenge! I know it’s now February 1st, but that’s almost on time. Anyway, I really enjoyed this prompt because it’s so different from anything I’ve done. I chose to portray skiing and sledding, neither of which I’ve personally done, but maybe one day!

I began by applying two coats of Diamond Lacquer Blue Cotton, then with Hurricane Nail Art Silver drew in the background trees. After adding the snow slopes with Pure Ice Super Star, I added the pine trees with Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven. Finally, I drew the people using Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art pens.

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Winter Berries Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

I’m so proud of this nail art! Even though I’ve been trying to get the challenges done as fast as possible, I don’t want to post anything I’m completely unhappy with so I’ve had to redo a few of the designs this month. This is my second try at these nails and I’m so glad I didn’t stick with the first version. I looked at several winter photos online to get inspiration and one in particular had a blue jay, and I love birds so I had to add it!

Originally I used a white glitter background, but decided to tone it down for the second version and just applied three coats of Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl. I dotted in the berries using Revlon Ravishing, a bright tomato red. I freehanded the blue jay using nail art liner polishes in a couple different shades of blue, black, and white.

Polar Bear Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

Here are some polar bears for the Glam Nails Challenge! I wasn’t sure how to go about this prompt at first since polar bears are kind of tricky to draw, but focusing on the silhouettes made it much easier. I used Kleancolor Metallic Aqua for the background. This is one of my favorite metallic polishes, and the Kleancolor Metallic line in general is very good. I added patches of white in the background to represent ice and an igloo in between the bears for fun!

Pink Winter Wonderland Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

This is my third try with this prompt! I knew what I wanted the design to look like, but I kept over-complicating it by adding too many details. Finally, I decided to keep it simple, using just white for the foreground, and only Fresh Paint Passion Fruit (pink) and OPI Color Paints Primarily Yellow for the sky (originally I had done a gradient with multiple colors). I then used Julep Arelene, a pink shimmery polish, to go over the pink and yellow. I think this looks much better matte and in person the snow almost has a 3D effect. Instead of using a regular matte top coat, I used Revlon Matte Pearl Glaze, which is a matte with pink shimmer. I really love these nails!

Click here if you want to see last year’s Winter Wonderland nails!

Snowman Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

Another year, another challenge! I wasn’t planning on doing one this month, but I looked at the prompts and realized snowman nail art was the first — and wouldn’t you know it, I had these ready to go! I was going to post them last week when I remembered I hadn’t done New Year’s nails and put them off.

I like how the snowman turned out, but I’m not loving the rest of the nails. A bit too plain for my liking and the dotting turned out messy. The light blue is Diamond Cosmetics Blue Cotton, a shade I bought recently that I really like. For the silvery accents in the snow I used BNC 717.

Chimney Santa Nails

Merry Christmas! These nails are inspired by a sweater I have that shows Santa going down the chimney. It’s so funny to me, so I tried my best to recreate it on my nails. Let’s assume Santa puts out the fire before he reaches the bottom! ;)

I got a professional manicure the other day, so the red base polish on the index and little nails (Tammy Taylor Sea of Roses – regular version, not gel) isn’t my own, but the rest of the polishes I used for the actual design are below:

Ciaté Chinchilla
Sinful Colors Nirvana, Pull Over
Kleancolor Blood
Fresh Paint Steampunk
Sparitual Kindness

For the lettering and smaller details I used various colors from Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens.

Stamped Kwanzaa Nails

I really love how these festive Kwanzaa nails look! The only thing I would change would be to use a greener green – the one I used for the stripes, Revlon Wild, looks more like gold. For the red stripes I used Revlon Ravishing, a bright tomato red. I really like how the accent nail turned out, considering I’m not a huge fan of bar glitter. It took about 4-5 coats of Revlon Golden Confetti for almost full coverage without a base color.

Stamped Snowflakes on Glitter Nail Art

For these snowflake nails I used stamping plate BP-L056. I first applied two coats of a lavender polish by Academy of Colour. Over that I used Julep Ani, a purple and pink glitter, which doesn’t show up too much in the photo, but in person looks nice. I hadn’t realized until I looked back on my old winter designs that I did similar nails last year, but on a red background. These are more on the simple end, but I do still like how they turned out.

Stamped Hanukkah Nails

I meant to post these a couple days ago, but I wasn’t happy with how the photos were turning out. Originally, I had done a different background for the stamping. Instead of a gradient, I used a dry brush technique to create lines on half the nail. I thought it would be too harsh once I stamped over it, however, so I softened it by sponging a gradient of Revlon Dreamer and Fresh Paint Blanche on top.

For these nails I used a pattern from stamping plate BP-L056 and a silver nail art polish to stamp with. I only have white and black stamping polishes currently, so I had my doubts about whether the silver would work, especially with my jelly stamper, but it did a pretty good job.

Check out my previous Hanukkah inspired nail art from 2016 and 2015!

Abstract Christmas Nails

I’m really loving these nails, I think they look so festive! They were quick to do and I didn’t use any special tools. On Cyber Monday I purchased this year’s Julep #Coveted set of mini nail polishes (I’ll have swatches and a review of that up soon), so I used several of those in this design.

For the pink glitter nails I used Julep Azalea, a pink holographic glitter with a yellow/gold sheen. I didn’t use sponging for the glitter since it was pretty dense, but I did apply three coats which made it nearly opaque.

For the striped nails I used Julep Fran, a bright red, and a rose gold nameless polish from Academy of Colour. I like the red, but it takes several coats to achieve full opacity. I did two coats on these nails and there were some areas that still looked semi-sheer. What I should have done was use the red as a base, then paint the stripes with the rose gold, but instead I did all the stripes separately which ended up being more work.

Finally, for the Christmas tree nail (my favorite), I began by applying two coats of Julep Yixi, a pretty mint shimmer for the background. Using Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil I then painted a curvy line down the nail to resemble the tree shape. To give it more dimension, I painted a thinner line over it with Julep Jolene, a greenish-gold metallic. I added the star by dabbing Julep Marisol, an orange shimmer, on the top of the tree.