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.