Let the festivities commence!

It is finally that time of the year!  The festivities has started and I can hardly contain my excitement.  The hubby went on a boys weekend and my friend (perhaps in hindsight she regrets it now…) came over for an impromptu visit, bringing with her a scrumptious pumpkin pie.  As we reminisced over the crumbs I decided that it was time for the festive nails to make their appearance.  As we chatted over a cup of tea, drinking in the choking fumes of nail polish remover and nail varnish I transformed my very plain nails into a Winter Wonderland.

I saw this stunning design on Instagram from a very talented lady called Hanninator.  I couldn’t wait for my Uber Chic Holiday Jingle plate to arrive so I could recreate her mani.  I sponged on the gradient, followed by some stamping & glitter and the end result?  Magical!


It truly is a shame that some of the images left streaks as I really did try to ‘float’ my Seche Vite top coat.  Nevertheless, from afar it looks stunning!


As my Winter Wonderland became less wonderful, I started thinking about the next mani.  For weeks now I can’t shake the sweet taste of candy canes that is hovering in my imagination.  So it has been decided; Jolly Candy Canes it is.  But here is the problem: both my mother and mother-in-law are nurses and to them red and white together is a big no-no. Reminds them of blood and bandages, you see.  So I had to come up with a design that will please them also!  I therefore decided that I shall give the design a slightly minty illusion by adding a spot (or stripe) of silver and an accent nail in green.


I don’t have a proper brown colour that I can stamp with and so I mixed blue and orange into a beautiful ginger brown that was perfect for my little gingerbread men.  The first gingerbread man I stamped came out very dark, so I stamped him in white first on my second try before stamping the brown over the top.  That really made him pop.

I was really worried that my images will bleed (as red tend to do) so I had this bright spark idea to douse my dried nails (before top coat) with a mist of hairspray.  THE BEST IDEA I HAD IN A LONG TIME!!!  It worked BEAUTIFULLY!!  But at a price…  After two days the top coat started to peel like a fresh satsuma.  Despite the peeling top coat, the mani still stayed pretty for a week so I am pretty pleased to say the least!


For my next mani, I bought some Christmassy Born Pretty plates in August.  I have been dreaming about a Santa egging on his reindeer across my nails towards the North Pole…  To my shock and horror I found out I only bought bauble images!!  No Santa and no sleigh with reindeer…  It’ll have to wait for next year now.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. hanninator says:

    Beautiful festive nails! 😍 I’m so happy I was able to inspire you! ⛄️🎄❄️

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    1. ☺️ Thank you! And thank you for sharing all your gorgeous mani’s – they truly inspire! x


  2. Oh my god!!!! Such nail-biting pictures…..you really nailed it….!

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