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Monday, December 1, 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge Day 1: Snowflakes

      
     Welcome to December! It's that time of year again, the time for Christmas Manicures. I am participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art challenge again, hosted by the group Challenge Your Nail Art on Facebook.

   
     Today's theme is Snowflakes. I knew I didn't want to use traditional colors but still wanted something with a winter/Christmas feeling to it. Last year I used a lot of traditional colors and my manicures looked a lot like everyone else's. A great example would be last years snow theme.
      While trying to come up with ideas I came across a manicure in  my newsfeed from Beginnails that was perfect. So this manicure is dedicated to her and the inspiration she gave me.

Snow-Flake-Manicure-with-glitter

     I started with 2 coats of KBShimmer Hexy Bikini for my base. After it was dry I dabbed on the OPI sheer tints to random spots on my nails and added a layer of top coat. I really liked how it looked and really didn't want to mess it up so I waited a full hour before moving on to the next step.

Snowflake-nail-art-with-Glitter

     For my snowflakes, I used Finger Paints Black Expressionism and image plates from Bundle Monster and Shandy. ( BM-319, BM-323 and SH-202.) I have realized that in addition to needing better image plates for Halloween I also need ones for Christmas. Although I did like the variety I had with snowflake images to choose from.

     I liked the look of this glossy but it was hard to photograph. I kept getting glare and losing the detail in the snowflakes. So I did what every polish loving person would do, I mattified it!

Matte-Snowflake-Nail-Art

     I'm having a hard time deciding if I like it glossy or matte better. The Glossy version had much more sparkle, but the matte version shows much more detail. Which way do you like better?

    Before you go, make sure you check out the other participants manicures. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


23 comments :

  1. This is gorgeous! I think I liked the glossy version better :)

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  2. Beautiful! I like the glossy version better!

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  3. Thank you. I fell in love with the original picture and knew that's what I wanted to do for todays prompt.

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  4. Thank you very much! I'm proud of how my recreation came out.

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  5. It does help with all the sparkle, and who doesn't love a sparkly manicure!

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  6. I love that sparkly texture you have on as the base. These nails are fun too.

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  7. Thank you Lisa. I love manicures like this and have wanted to recreate one for a while now.

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  8. Love the sparkly base, and wow, multicolor snowflakes look sooo great!

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  9. Thanks. The snowflakes are actually just black but the sheet tints underneath give it the illusion of being colored. I love how it turned out!

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  10. I can't make up my mind either, I love it both ways. Great job!!

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  11. Thank you! I really enjoyed the manicure you did for todays prompt. =)

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  12. Love both ways! These are so stunning!!!

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  13. Awe thank you! I loved the idea the minute I saw it.

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  14. How cute! Can anyone join in on these challenges? I need to do it.

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  15. Absolutely! The group does monthly challenges. Usually 3-4 day ones. You can do as many or as few as you want. The group is Challenge Your Nail Art on facebook.

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  16. Awe thank you. I really liked this look!

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  17. What a great way to get a multi-colored glitter base! Beautiful!

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  18. Thank you. I love the way the sheet tints look over glitters. It creates such a fun look.

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