Santa Baby Nails

I knew when I watched QTplace’s Santa nail art video I had to try it. So much cuteness and it looked so doable. Here is her step by step video:

I was so excited when I sat down with my nail polish to work on this nail art. For polish I used:

* Sally Hansen Insta-Dry 280 Rapid Red
* Julep Zora for skin tone
* L.A. Colors white
* And Julep’s Joelle for the sparkling accent nail.

When I got started I quickly realized how much I loved the Rapid Red and Joelle polishes (they are both new) that I had to make a quick Instagram about them:

The video and even this close up do not show how pretty this holographic polish is. It’s like trying to catch pretty snow on film. It never works.

I have two coats of Julep's sparkly top coat called Joelle.

At this point I thought things were progressing ravishingly. Can I say that? Too late, all ready did it. Anyway. I fiddled with Santa’s cuffs and face and thought it was pretty cute. Before the top coat I thought, “Well maybe I will make the eyes a wee bit bigger. Big mistake! As I was doing that my hand had a spastic reflex and smoosh, black all over the face. I tried too clean it up but just made it worse. I let it dry and tried doctoring over it with more flesh polish and redoing the eyes. I ended up with this, a smooshy lumpy Santa face:

My attempt at Santa nail art.

My Instagram friends were sweet saying it was still “cute” but… I know they were just being nice because I was freaking out. Anyway, this mani lasted for about two hours before I rubbed it off. So the moral of this story when you are doing nail art is, “Don’t fudge with it!” — and practice your design on something else first. Normally I do but for some reason I was overly confident.

A day or so later, I was really yearning for some more of the Sally Hansen Rapid Red (so pretty) that I just did a simple manicure with it. The red is almost completely opaque with one coat but is totally opaque with two coats. This brand has an extra wide brush so I find it easy to polish each nail in two to three strokes. I love the consistency of this one which makes me love the color even more (but it does tend to thicken quickly if open for long periods). It’s super shiny too, no top coat in this photo.

My nails were very happy with Sally Hansen's Rapid Red.

And followed it with the holographic sparkle. How beautiful! Am I right, or am I right? The holographic sparkle is so pretty. By itself in the Santa photos I used two coats, over top of the red I used one. I think they are a perfect holiday combination.

I topped my red nails with the Joelle sparkle.

You’ll notice too that my nails were starting to get a pretty good squared edge in the Santa photo. There were a couple days in between where we removed some cupboards in the kitchen so I had some damage and spliting (I had no polish on to protect them). But I didn’t want to trim them until I had to chance to see this polish combination at this length. I guess I could have buffed them a bit to reduce the chip appearance but I really hate to do that to my nails unless absolutely necessary. I am not going to give up on the square nails yet — I almost had it this time.

Here is my new manicure in motion:

What are you painting on your nails for the holidays?

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Topic Links
* Visit QTplace for more nail art inspiration
* Get the holographic Joelle nail polish from Julep

Candy Cane Nail Tips

I was hoping to try at least three Christmas nail art designs by now but I have only had the opportunity for one but it was a pretty cute one too — Candy Cane nail tips! IndigoNoval1 has this easy to do how-to which is pretty self explanatory on its own. I watched it a few times before I attempted it on mine.

Instead of professional nail strips like the artist I used some double sided strip tape from the dollar store. At least I did on my right hand. On my left hand I decided to go free style. It took a little longer but wasn’t bad so if you don’t have the strips it still doesn’t mean you can’t give it a try.

My nails and my messy workstation.

The polishes I used were:

  • Julep Bunny for the white
  • Julep Evie for the red
  • Cover Girl Constant Carribean for the green
  • L’Oreal Because Your Worth It for the gold

My awesome candy cane nail tips.

I have some nails brushes from eBay that I used to paint on the red and green strips. I find thicker strips of red looks more cane like than if they are all too thin. So instead of going for three or for red strips per nail go for two.

My first attempt at candy cane tips went well.

Overall this was a fun one that produced some really cute results. I would definitely do this one again for Christmas holidays and I might even try playing with a few other colors — I really like tip nail art.

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Topic Links
* Visit IndigoNova1’s YouTube channel