Nail Polish Canada’s Holiday Nail Art Challenge is happening right now!! I did Snowbunny Nails for WEEK 1 and I got a lot of votes… so THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me!!!!! Although I didn’t secure 1st place I received a lot of sweet comments on my skiing bunnies, so it was still a WIN. 🙂
I just finished my second design for the holiday challenge since it’s week 2 right now. The theme for this week is DECORATIONS. Since I love DECORATING the underside of my nails- I went with a holiday UNDERSIDE MANI, as I like to call them! 🙂
Underside manis are easy to do as long as your nails have some length to them. Just use a polish that has a skinny or small brush so you don’t bump your skin too much. I like to wipe most of the paint off my brush so it doesn’t drip all over. A few thin coats underneath are better than thick ones. I painted it carefully and I didn’t need to do any cleanup at all. I used a gold foil polish called Golden-I by Sally Hansen. Then I placed some tiny blue rhinestones for extra appeal.
To keep in line with the DECORATIONS theme- I naturally wanted to add designs to the top of my nails too. I pulled inspiration from some traditional-type holiday decor; snow flakes, candy canes, a trimmed Christmas tree and a string of holiday lights. The snowflakes and candy cane designs were stamped using MoYou London Festive 03 stamping plate. Then I hand-painted the Christmas tree and lights.
Because it’s half stamped and half-hand painted it has a very mix-matched feel… but I think the studded undersides bring it all together! I hope you like them!
Here’s the URL if you’d like to vote for me or your other favorite nails: NAIL POLISH CANADA WEEK 2 DECORATIONS. Votes can be placed on the bottom of that page…just pick me (CRAFTYNAIL) from the list of bloggers. You have to enter your name and email to vote, but don’t worry- they will not spam you. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!
Hi to all the nail fans out there! I’m excited for day 24 of our challenge because the theme is INSPIRED BY A TUTORIAL! I follow a lot of blogs and I’ve see so many great nail art tutorials- there’s no lack of inspiration for today’s theme! Do you follow the Polish Alcoholic? I always think of her as the ‘Queen Bee’ of WordPress nail blogs! She was also the VERY FIRST blogger to follow my blog when I started blogging 9 months ago. So naturally, today’s design was inspired by the sweet and sassy Polish Alcoholic. Check out her tutorial that inspired my mani: Blue Manicure for Autism
I chose 6 rich colors for this mani:
Blue ♥ Sweet Peacock by Orly
Green ♥ Garden Green by AVON
Silver ♥ Bring on the Snowflakes by Sephora by OPI
Black ♥ Smoke and Ashes by China Glaze
Gold ♥ Golden-I by Sally Hansen
Purple ♥ Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI by OPI
I’ll have to ask the Polish Alcoholic what the name is for this technique. I just love it and I think it needs to be a real official ‘thing’. Everyone needs to try this one out! You don’t need special tools to create these scales- this one is considered a ‘bottle brush’ design! What do you think? Are you tempted to try it?
24. Inspired by a Tutorial :
I don’t know about you but I’ve been having a blast doing the Oh Mon Dieu Challenge! I’m so happy to see so many fresh designs each day and that they span across different platforms like wordpress, blogger, IG and FB! It’s so fun doing this challenge with all you girls! Just had to say that!
Moving on to the theme for day 11- STRIPES. I’ve never really done a straight up striped mani before so I went with a simple design. I started with 2 coats of mint green polish and then painted on some beige and purple stripes using the bottle brushes right from the nail polish bottles. Then I made some thin stripes using gold nail polish and a skinny striper brush. This mani was relatively quick to put together. And I like the soft vintage neutral tones… it’s almost like a palette cleanser since I’ve been using a lot of crazy bright colors during the challenge! Here’s the polishes I used….
Mint Green ♥ Orly Jealous, Much?
Purple ♥ Butter London Scoundrel
Neutral Beige ♥ Butter London Yummy Mummy
Gold ♥ Sally Hansen Golden-I
Check out the other striped manis here↓ and I’ll see you tomorrow for dots, dots, and more dots!
11. Stripes :