Black and White Landscape Nails

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I’ll be totally honest with you, when I picked these out, I hadn’t read the name and description closely enough, and in the product pictures the images looked so smooth that I thought these were water decals.

Unfortunately, when they showed up, they turned out to be stickers, which I have not had the best experiences with before (here, here or here).

Sigh.. I really wish they were water decals so I could get some wear out of them, because how beautiful is this landscape/waterside scenery? I fell in love when I saw them, but when they start to peel around the edges within the hour, it’s not so much fun anymore..

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I mean, I press them on flat, I put a layer of top coat on top – sometimes two. Is it the curve of my nails that does it? Have any of you guys tried something like this?

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Candy Cane Nails

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Last Christmas (har har), I also did candy cane nails, so I’m sensing a recurring theme here…

This year (har har), I did them on a larger scale with this awesome red glitter tape from Born Pretty Store.

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Be warned, though, that while the awesomeness of the glitter tape is through the roof, it bleeds when you apply the top coat which is why I have red smudges in places.

 

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It helped a little when I applied the top coat in the same direction as the stripes, because tape peels quickly enough with top coat so I wouldn’t leave that step out.

With top coat I got a couple of hours wear out of these before they started peeling which is always such a bummer, so it’s more or less only for picture purposes.

Maybe they’ll work better with gel polish?

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Red and Polka Dot Nails

These aren’t necessarily christmas nails, but I really felt like wearing red which I almost only do around christmas. Instead of doing the all red, I paired it with black and white polka dots.

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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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