It’s the season to be festive!

Christmas is almost here! So as the street décor, presents buying, tree decorations and parties gain momentum, so should you.  Dressing up is an important part of the celebrations, and nails are an important part of dressing up.  It’s the season to be festive, and social media has plenty of ideas to dress up your nails for the Christmas spirit.  Here are some cool nail designs to cheer you up this season:

  • Cable Knit Nails

Pastels go well with winter, and cable knit nails are the way to go!  You need a dotting tool to carefully layer gel lacquer in cable-knit patterns.  And if you are feeling more festive than that, use glitter, pearls, or jewels to complete the look.

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Source: fashionisers.com

  • Snow Globe Nails

Haven’t we always seen snow globes around Christmas time?  Time to flaunt them on your nails.  Create snowballs with gel nail polish and glue them to the surface of your nail.  Use water or oil to avoid cloudiness and give the embellishments a buoyancy feel.

Source: Rae From Wonderland

Source: Rae From Wonderland

  • Ugly Jumper Nails

If you are on instagram or pinterest, it is hard to miss this trend! This art gives the Colin Firth in Bridget Jones’s Diary ugly jumper touch to your attire.  Paint your favorite pattern – reindeers, snowflakes, etc – or use nail stickers.  You can also use nail-art stamps; they should be easier to find during the season.

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Source: fabnailartdesigns.com

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Heard of Live Succulent Nail Art yet?

Succulent nail art is the coolest thing on social media nowadays.  It has been trending on Instagram since come weeks now, so as a nail enthusiast you must have come across it.  But have you also heard of live succulent nail art?

Australian artist and succulent enthusiast, Roz Borg, takes succulent art to the next level by creating distinct and creative nails from live succulents.  She takes real plants and glues them onto her fingernails, creating colorful nail art.

To achieve the perfect effect, Borg glues succulents onto a false nail using Oasis floral adhesive.  Once the nail is dry, the artist attaches the nail onto her own with nail glue.

Borg is very enthusiastic about horticulture and has taken her love for plants to jewelry, terrariums and now nails.  She has created a perfect “mani”, a living one, many claim. She told Huffington Post that she wanted to take her succulent jewelry making process to nails, but couldn’t find any help on the internet, and so decided to do some experiments herself.

The results: people seem to love it.  Some also find it gross, but the majority is delighted to see something new and creative.  “People are stunned when they realize it’s real live plants, not 3D sculpting”.

Fortunately, the plants don’t go to a waste.  When nails start to chip, the succulents can safely be plated, the artist affirms.

The technique may require extra time and effort, but is totally worth the time for a creative and unique look.  Moreover, everyone may not be able to do it, but some appreciation is definitely in order!

Sources: Mashable.com

 

 

Colorful Nails

10 Easy Steps for a Perfect Home-made Manicure Recipe!

  • Get your supplies together 
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Image Source: Wikihow.com

You will need the following:

  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls/swabs
  • Cuticle trimmer
  • Nail buffer
  • Nail trimmers
  • Nail file
  • Cuticle/hand cream/lotion
  • Nail polish
  • Base coat
  • Top coat
    • Clean, cut and file your nails  
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Image source: Glamour.com

Use a nail polish remover and clean your nails with a cotton ball or swab.  Try to use one without acetone – it can damage your nails.  Cut them to the desired length and file them neatly.

    • Buff your nails
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Source: TopelectricNailfiles.com

Use a white block of stick-type nail buffer, or a pad-type nail buffer and buffing powder.  Don’t buff too much; perfect edge-to-edge flatness is not necessary.

  • Soak!
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Fill a bowl with warm water and a few drops of soap.  Soak your hands in it for a few minutes.  Use a nailbrush to softly clean the nails to clean them of any dirt and soften the cuticles.  Do not go overboard with the brushing.

    • Prepare your cuticles 
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Dry your nails and apply a cuticle cream.  Using a cuticle pusher, gently push back the cuticle.  Never push too hard, or cut your cuticles.  Remove the extra remove when done.

    • Apply hand cream or lotion
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Source: Glamour.com

With a hand cream or lotion massage your hands.  Let your hands absorb the cream.  You can do this for about half an hour.

  • Apply a base coat 
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You can use a clear base coat or a nail hardener for this.  Let it completely dry.

  • Apply nail polish 
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Image source: makeupfornoobs.com

Roll the nail polish bottle between your hands for about 10 seconds.  Begin painting using a thin coat.  Try to paint the entire nail striping down from the center towards either side.

  • Let dry! 
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Image: britcdn.com

Let your nails dry for 10 to 15 minutes.  Do not apply a second coat (if you need one) before this time.

  • Apply a top coat 
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Image: blogspot.com

Apply a clear topcoat for a hard, smooth, and scratch-free finish.  Let it dry completely. Enjoy!

Sources: Glamour.com & Wikihow.com 

 

 

Summer nail art

Celebrating Summer while it goes!

Summer nail art designs are my favorite. They work with bright and sunny colors as well as with darker shades. While we bid goodbye to the Summer of 2016, here is an easy style from Polish and Pearls for you to try on:

Courtesy: Polish and Pearls

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