Gold Star Garland Nails

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Do anyone else feel like december has just flown by? There are so many last minute things to busy yourself with, so I’m doing the whole ‘less is more’-thing and sticking to simplistic nail art.

Gold Star Garland

Oh boy, this was a tricky one, because I REALLY wanted the stars to be gold, but I don’t have a gold stamping polish, so I had to try several polishes out before I found one that transfered okay-ish to my nails.

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Wreath Nails

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As you may have guessed from my last couple of posts, I’ve been waiting all year to pull out all of my christmas themed nail art items; stamping plates, foils, and water decals.

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In that bunch are these black wreath water decals that I unfortunately applied a tiny bit crooked, but I still really like it over the gold polish.

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The gold glitter really threw my camera for a loop when I tried to take a closeup shot, but it still shows the intricate details of the wreath just fine.

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Gradient French Tip Snowflakes

Gradient french tips are a classic for me every year for christmas. Usually I do the snow falling with a white hex glitter polish, but this time I’ve done really big snowflakes with water decals.

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I LOVE how this looks! I’ll have to stock up on these water decals so I can use them every year.

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Black and Gold Bells

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Today’s mani seems really far away from what I normally do, with the big gold studs, but they were sitting in my drawer, and they really spoke out to me today, so I had to include them.

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I normally only do a design once per season (or ever), but I’m feeling that I’ll be using the bells image from the stamping plate again this season…

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Holographic Snowflakes

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December is upon us. I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here it has gotten COLD! It hasn’t snowed yet, but it feels like it could start any minute now.

I’m trying to turn any negativity towards to cold in to something positive, so I’m ‘celebrating’ the cold with some holo snowflakes.

These snowflakes come from a roll of nail foil, and it took some improvisation to get it to look like this, because the snowflakes are placed on a black background, and I just wanted the green glitter underneath, so I had to fill in the black parts by hand afterwards, but the result is pretty amazing!

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Matte Owl Nails

For today’s mani, I figured it was time for something cute and different than my usual style – matte nudes and a tiny owl. I used the very last of my matte top coat for this, so now I really have to get a new one!

Polishes used:

  • OPI – OPI Scores a Goal
  • Color Club – Blushing Rose
  • OPI – Alpine Snow
  • Yellow Striper
  • H&M – Black
  • OPI – Matte Top Coat

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Gold French Tip Nails

Simple, french tip manicures are what I like to call palate cleansers. They are such a great stop between two bold manicures where you want to relax your eyes a little bit while not leaving them completely bare.

I don’t wear gel polishes often because of the removal process (yikes!), but sometimes I don’t want to deal with chipped manis.

I’ve had the Le Mini Macaron system for a while now, and while I’ve tried other brands, this is the best system I’ve tried. I especially like how the lamp only fits one finger at a time. When I paint my nails, I do the thumb first and then I do them from the pinky to my pointer, so I can cure one nail while painting the next so I don’t feel like I have any waiting time while all my nails cure. (Which order do you guys paint your nails in?) Also, with this system, you have base coat, color, and top coat all in one polish, so it is super quick. The removal is also easier when you don’t have as many layers on the nail.

Anyway, rant over – these are the nails.

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Polishes used:

  • Le Mini Macaron – Meringue
  • Le Mini Macaron – Gold Glitter

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