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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge Day 2 : Christmas Trees

     It's the Second day of the Christmas Nail Art Challenge and today's theme is Christmas trees. I had a heck of a time trying to come up with an idea for today's theme.  I wanted to go for something different again and attempted a few different ideas. But fancy nail art was just not in the cards for me today. After 4 failed manicures I finally settled on a French twist with stamping.

     I'm actually pretty proud of how this turned out considering how frustrated I was when I started it. And for some reason, I can free hand a French tip in my sleep, but I can't paint lines to make a tree to save my life. Funny how that works.

     Enough of my nail art skill ponderings, back to the manicure. I started off with a layer of Simply Smooth. I wanted even color for the "nude" part of the nail along with a smooth surface to work with. The French tips are Ho Ho Holly from Color Club and a sparkly red striping polish I picked up at Sally's. I stamped with Finger Paints Paper Mache and Konad plate M12. Add in some gold accents with Orly Luxe and viola my manicure is completed!


     I wish the Merry Christmas was a little easier to read, but I still think it looks cute. Festive but not over the top  I guess. The next prompt is snowmen and I hope I don't have as many issues coming up with a manicure for that one. While I'm off thinking up ideas why don't you check out the other  manicures in the challenge.  Or check out what I did for last years Christmas Tree prompt. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!



36 comments :

  1. I love that you did this over a colored french tip! Your tree is precious!

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  2. I love this colored french tip! I can't do french tips to save *my* life! haha!

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  3. Simple, but refined, I really love this!

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  4. Lovely! Your so lucky to be able to do french tips, I couldn't if my life depended on it lol!

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  5. Red and green combined always give the perfect Christmas vibe!

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  6. I really love this! Very unique twist on a french!

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  7. Love the unique french tip! Adorable.

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  8. Fun french tips using such festive holiday colors.

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  9. I love Christmas nail art! Beautiful work!

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  10. Thanks and yeah its a skill that comes in handy!

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  11. I agree. I was hoping to try and think outside the box for this challenge and use non traditional colors, but after my failed attempts I changed my thinking. And Im glad I did, I like the way this turned out.

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  12. Doing the nail art really helps get me into the Christmas spirit. After working retail for so long and setting Christmas displays in September I'd lost some of it.

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  13. I like this nail art and the colours you picked totally scream Christmas to me!

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  14. Thank you. I had forgotten I had that stamp in my collection and when I saw it I knew I had to use it. My Konad plates don't get much love now that I've discovered MoYou and others.

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  15. These are perfect. Just as you said, simple but cute.

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  16. I love that green Color Club polish! So pretty and festive :)

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  17. Thank you. I wanted to try something a little more out of the box for me but it just wasn't happening. I'm happy with my finished result though.

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  18. It actually looked a little blue with the first coat and I was a tad worried. But the green really popped after 2.

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  19. Definitely cute! I LOVE that green CC polish!

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  20. These are adorable! I love your Funky French!

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  21. Thanks. I picked it up at Sally's last year after Christmas, I think it is was a little gift set with another polish but I cant really remember right now.

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  22. I love the subtle stamping there! I would never show that much nude area, my nails are too stained for that! Jealous your nail beds look so clean, lol!

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  23. I really love funky french manis! This is perfect for the season :)

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  24. Thank you. I might wear just the French part on Christmas. I haven't decided yet though.

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  25. Awe thanks. I think the tips are my favorite part of this manicure.

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  26. For some reason that has always come easy for me. Now painting a straight line on the other hand is a completely different story. I don't know if I think the French tip will be harder so I automatically slow down without realizing it or if I'm just lucky.

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  27. This is amazing!! So unique, I just love it!!

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  28. Thanks. My natural nails don't actually look that good. That's why I used the Simply smooth base coat. It sort of evens everything out, the color and the surface.

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