Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Up in lights - holiday tree nail art

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My last post before the holidays is some fun and bright holiday tree nail art. I love nail art and I recently purchased the Esmaltes Da Kelly Soap Bubbles collection. This collection has fun, bright, sheer jelly polishes. They are so much fun to use in nail art.

I started off with a base color of Colors by Llarowe Vincent. A deep and pure black polish that applies creamy and dries to a high gloss shine. I seriously need a gallon of this polish.

Christmas tree and lights nail art

Then I used white polish to create the tree and lights. Once it was fully dry I applied the Soap Bubbles polishes over the white. You don't have to be exact when you use these polishes. The black polish hides any imperfections. I added a gold glitter for the base of the light bulbs.

After my nails were fully dry, I applied a top coat of HK Girl and I had instant and festive nail art.

Christmas tree and lights nail art
 
Have  you used sheer polishes for nail art? How did you use them?

The Esmaltes Da Kelly polishes were purchased by me. CbL Vincent was previously sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors can display colors differently.

Ho Ho Ho - Santa nail art

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today's post features some fun festive nail art. Santa's red suit provides some wonderful inspiration for manicures. 

Ho Ho Ho - Santa Nail Art

This nail art was easy to create. I started off with a coat of Zoya Elisa. This perfect shimmery red is perfect for the base color. Then on my ring finger I used Zoya Purity for the white fur, Zoya Willa for the black belt and Zoya Ziv for the gold belt buckle. 

Ho Ho Ho - Santa Nail Art

Then using craft punches (I found the set on a local garage sale website) I created the Hs and Os for the Ho Ho Ho. I used Zoya Trixie for this. It is easy to use punches for DIY decals. I applied a thin coat of clear coat to a plastic lid and waited for it to dry. Then I applied a thin coat of Trixie. Once it was completely dry, I peeled it off and punched out the letters. The letters are applied to the nail over a still wet clear coat and then pressed down. I used two coats of HK Girl to protect the design and smooth out the decals.

Ho Ho Ho - Santa Nail Art

 Have you tried making your own decals? Share your tips!

These polishes were previously sent to me for review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.

On a Winter's night - jelly nail art

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Today's post is some fun magical nail art. There's something awe inspiring about seeing trees on a mountainside with the night's glow illuminating them. So that's the illusion I tried to create.

Winter/holiday scene nail art

I started with two coats of Elevation Polish "Pic de Sotllo." This deep, royal blue polish was perfect for the base color. 

Then I added some "snow banks" by sponging on white and gray acrylic paint. I also sponged on some black to give it a bit of depth. I sponged on white trees and then added some details with black acrylic paint. I painted over the trees with Dance Legend 605 top coat. It was just the right amount of sparkle. Then I added a few dots with white paint to add some snowy illusions. I topped it all off with a coat of Esmaltes da Kelly sheer blue jelly polish.

I added a top coat of HK Girl and I had the look I was going for. 

Have you added sheer jelly polish over nail art? It gives it a completely different look.

Some of these polishes were provided for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.

Branch out with easy holiday nail art

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's been a week of holiday nail art so far. Why am I posting it so early? Basically to give you ideas for quick and easy nail art.

If you're like me, you see something and want to recreate it... but with your own twist. So for today's holiday nail art I created a easy, yet almost three-dimensional Christmas tree on an almost starlit base.

Let's take a look. 

I started out with two coats of Fancy Gloss My Sailor. This shade has become my "go to blue"polish.

Christmas tree on a starry night nail art

Then I added a coat of Dance Legend 607 top coat to add a sparkle that would appear as a quiet, starry night. 

I used a acrylic paints to add the base of snow and the tree. Gray paint was added first. Then, using varying shades of greens I created the tree. I added some white paint for the flocking effect and different colors of paint for the decorations. I had some metal star-shaped studs so they were perfect for the topper on the tree and as an accent on the other nails. I topped it off with a coat of HK Girl to seal in the design and add lots of glossy shine. 

Christmas tree on a starry night nail art

Who knows what I will come up with for the next holiday nail art. Sometimes it is hard to come up with something that I a.) actually think I can pull off and b.) is remotely creative.

In the meantime, feel free to post your holiday inspired nails on the Set in Lacquer Facebook page.

These polishes were previously sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.

Foiled by a tree: Holiday nail art

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I have a love/hate relationship with nail art foil. I love it, and it usually hates me. However, I had an idea and I just had to try it.

I decided to create a simple, abstract gold Christmas tree over a deep red polish. I am oh-so-pleased with the results!

Simple Foil Christmas Tree Nail Art

Simple Foil Christmas Tree Nail Art

I started out with two coats of Sheswai Honeyfox. It is the perfect shade of red - at least I think so. Then I used a nail foil glue and painted a swishy line back and forth. (Yes, that's a technical term.) The glue I used is the kind that dries clear and stays tacky. I let it dry until completely clear and pressed a small piece of Salon Perfect Nail Foils to the nail. I rubbed my finger over the top to make sure it was adhered to the nail well. I peeled off the foil and peeked (I was afraid to look.) But it worked well! 


Then I decided I couldn't leave well enough alone and tried to add "icicles." I like it much better without the icicles.


What do you think? This was so easy and the end result is simple and elegant.

These items were previously sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors can display colors differently.

Lovebirds in the snow

It's a week of holiday nail art. Well, at least it seems that way. I love this time of year. The crisp winter air and the seasonal lights and decorations always seem to revitalize me. Although - ask me in January how I feel about the "crisp winter air" and you will likely get a different answer.

snowflake wintery holiday scene with lovebirds nail art

I love creating nail art and the winter weather and holiday season provide a lot of inspiration. So today I have two adorable little lovebirds in a wintery setting. 

I used Zoya Rocky for the base color. It's the perfect base color for this nail art. Then I used acrylic paint and added the tree branches and birds. I also added a few snowflakes afterward because it just seemed to need something. I love the end result. I added a top coat of HK Girl to seal in the design.

This Zoya nail polish was previously sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.



North Pole Holiday Nail art

Monday, December 1, 2014

Well, for those of us that celebrate Thanksgiving, it's over for another year. So of course I had to create some holiday nail art. I had a concept in my mind and went for it. It worked out for the most part... My reindeer looks a little silly. But hey, aren't all reindeer silly?

North Pole Christmas nail art

I used Zoya Purity and Blu for the base colors. The light blue and white worked well for the sky and snow. The design was created using acrylic paints. I love using acrylic paints for nail art. If you use a good top coat before you use the paint it is easy to "erase" mistakes with a wet cotton ball or Qtip.

North Pole Christmas nail art

North Pole Christmas nail art

Are you going to be creating any holiday nail art?

Christmas tree nail art - a close up

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I was browsing on Pinterest the other day and saw a mani that I just had to try. It was a close up view of a Christmas Tree. 

Nails in Nippon did a wonderful job on these and I just had to try her technique. So I gathered my polishes and tools and set to work. 

I started off with a base color of A England - Saint George. It's a gorgeous shimmery pine green shade with a touch of holographics thrown in.

Then I added the garland with the Silver from Colors by Llarowe Silver and Gold duo.

For the hangers on the ornaments and the bows I used the Gold from Colors by Llarowe Silver and Gold duo.

The rest of the colors were all from acrylic paint.

It has such amazing detail. I love it.

Christmas Tree nail art
Christmas Tree nail art

Christmas Tree nail art
Christmas Tree nail art

Christmas Tree nail art
Christmas Tree nail art

Christmas Tree nail art
Christmas Tree nail art
My nails are slowly but surely starting to grow back after the deep breaks I had a couple of weeks ago.

What are you going to have on your nails to show the holiday spirit?

Some of these polishes were previously sent to me for an honest review. and some were purchased by me.  All opinions are my own. Due to differences in computer monitors the colors you see may be slightly different from the actual color.

Glitzy snowflake nail art for the holiday season

Friday, December 13, 2013

Time's been flying and around here in Wyoming the snowflakes have been flying too!

So I decided I just needed to accept those little unique miracles of nature and deal with it. So I created some glitzy snowflake nail art.

I started off with a base color of Barielle Lyndsay's Dancin', which is a gorgeous shimmery true red. It's definitely a great color for the holidays.

Then I added Barielle Gold Digger in a gradient on the tips. I used a cosmetic sponge to dab and blend the colors.

I used a thin striping brush to create the snowflakes with Barielle Young 'N in Love. Its a perfect white which dries fast and makes wispy snowflakes.

I topped it off with a top coat of Seche Vite to protect the nail art and provide some serious shine.

Snowflake nail art
Snowflake nail art
Snowflake nail art
Snowflake nail art
What's on your nails for the holidays?

These polishes were previously sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Due to differences in computer monitors the colors you see may be slightly different from the actual color.

Holiday nail art - Cardinal on a snow covered bough

Monday, December 9, 2013

Did you know if you aren't in the holiday spirit that creating some holiday nail art can help? That a little bit of festive polish and paint can prime you right into singing carols. It's a good thing no one can hear me right now! Fa la la la la la la la la.

I was visiting a friend and saw a wooden plaque hanging on her wall. The Cardinal practically jumped off its snowy perch and screamed at me to try and recreate him. So I did! Here's the wall hanging that gave me my inspiration.


And here's the attempt at recreating it.

Holiday nail art - Cardinal winter scene
Holiday nail art - Cardinal winter scene
I started off with a base coat of Zoya Natty. There is just something about that deep dusty blue that I just love.

Then I used Zoya Breezi and Blu in a gradient that faded out from the center. For the actual tree branches, snow and the Cardinal I used acrylic paint.

I love this mani. I haven't had much time to do nail art lately and it is something I simply love to do. 

These polishes were previously sent to me for review. All opinions are my own. Please note computer monitors may vary in color display. 

Let it snow! Snowflake nail art

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I watched millions of fluffy white snowflakes swirl their way down to the ground last night. They formed about a nine inch soft thick blanket across the ground.

From my view inside a nice warm house they looked gorgeous so I decided to recreate a snowflake inspired manicure. I saw this lovely nail art that Pinked Polish sported on her nails and I decided I had to do the same concept.

Snowflake Nail Art
Snowflake Nail Art


I used a coat of Zoya Purity for the base color and then topped it off with Essie Tennis Corset. That created the soft, glistening canvas I wanted to capture.

Then I used Color Club Halo Hues "Blue Angel" and a nail art brush to create different size snowflakes on my nails. I was amazed how well the blue holographic polish showed against the white background.

I have to say I love the final look of this nail art. What I didn't love was that white fluffy stuff creating a three-foot drift in my driveway. I also don't love how the cold dry weather is making my hands dry and chapped. But I have an amazing hand cream to share with you soon. I can't wait to try it.

Santa Claus scene nail art

Friday, December 14, 2012

Santa Claus is coming to town! He knows when you've been sleeping... He knows when you're awake...

And I was awake last night and unable to sleep. So I decided to try some nail art.

I am pretty pleased that I was able to create this Santa scene. I really didn't think I would be able to do it. But with plenty of time and determination I actually think I pulled it off.

I didn't make a tutorial for this nail art. But I am am sure you can recreate this with a nail art brush and plenty of patience.

Santa Claus - Christmas snail art
Santa Claus - Christmas snail art
The base color is Zoya Skylar. I used a variety of other brands and colors for the art.

I actually think the Santa art came out pretty well. And the rest was easy in comparison - diagonal lines for the trees; squares for the presents; and a curved line for the candy cane.


Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Wednesday, December 12, 2012



There are only a few shopping days left. If you still have gifts to purchase you may be at a loss for ideas. Here are a few great ideas for you to consider. There are also some options for gift certificates. If you can't ship it - email it! The first part of this post has some ideas that are readily available. Check out the second half of this post to find unique gifts!

Sally Hansen has the at-home alternative to a salon mainstay: the gel manicure.
With Sally Hansen, you can effortlessly get the salon manicure you covet without leaving home—or breaking the bank.


Salon InstaGel Strips™ - Starter Kit $29.99

Salon Insta-Gel Strips Starter Kit
The Starter Kit features everything you need for a complete Salon InstaGel Strips™ manicure, including:• 16 V-cured real nail polish appliqués (8 size choices for the perfect fit)
• Quick-Cure gel top coat
• Mini LED Light
• Application Accessories: Cuticle stick, buffer and alcohol cleaning pad










Salon GelPolish™ - Starter Kit $69.99
<p>Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit</p>
The Starter Kit features everything you need for up to 10 manicures, from prep to application to removal:
• Cleanser Pads
• Base Coat
• Color (choice of three shades)
• Top Coat
• Remover
• LED Light
• Application Accessories: Cuticle stick, buffer and alcohol cleaning pad




Zoya Dream Boxes - $24

Three amazing polishes in an attractive box. Build your own or pick one of the pre made Dream Boxes. Quality polish for any of the ladies in your life. Find it at Zoya.com



Dream Box Make Your Own Banner

Don't have time for the shipping? Not exactly sure what they want? Send a gift certificate!
Want something a little more unique? Check out the sites below!

There are many options for you to look at when you want to let them pick their perfect gift.

Ninjapolish.com has many unique polishes. You can even find their own brand of Ninja Polish on their site. You are certain to find the unique gift or choose a handy gift certificate.






LlaroweAnother handy online shop to visit is Llarowe.com. Llarowe is home to over 26 international and independent brands. Choose from polishes from around the world. Not sure what to buy? Grab a gift certificate.




Beautypopshop.com strives to create effective, attractive makeup and nail polish storage and displays unlike anything else out there! Inspired by a serious lack of options for makeup lovers looking for stylish storage, they like to live by the mantra--if you can't find it, design it! There isn't time to get one made in time for the holiday. But you can give a gift certificate! Let her pick the best option for makeup and polish storage.






Click here to start your amazing beauty shopping delightful time!OverallBeauty.com offers Overall Beauty Minerals, Magic Lash, plus more than six nail polish brands, organic/natural skincare, bath & body products, hair care. Again, gift certificate options are available!


I hope you find the perfect gift for that special person. Even if that person is you!

I wish there were time to list all of my favorite places to shop. Unfortunately I think I would run out of time and room. Happy shopping!


Not even a mouse - Mouse nail art

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Not a creature was stirring - not even a mouse...

I have some cute little critters to share with you today. These little Christmas mice are popping up everywhere. I intentionally made them facing different directions so it would look like they were peeking.

I used Zoya nail polishes for these little guys. I like Zoya for nail art - and it helps that I have plenty of them so I usually have all the colors I need.

If I had to change one thing about these mice it would be to make their eyes a little lower on their face. But I am still pretty pleased with how they came out.


Christmas mice nail art
Christmas mice nail art

Christmas mice nail art
Christmas mice nail art
Step one - Apply your base color. I used Zoya Richelle. Then I used a nail art brush and applied the gray polish for the outline. (I used a mixture of Zoya Purity and Kelly.)


Step two - fill in the outline with the gray.


Step three, four and five - I used a dotting tool and Zoya Raven for the eyes. Then I dotted Zoya Shelby for the nose and the pink in the ear. I also used a nail art brush and applied the whiskers.


Step six - I used Zoya Eliza and a nail art brush to make the red in the hat.


Step 7 - I dotted on the pom pom with Zoya Purity and striped on the fur line of the hat.

A nice top coat seals the design and smooths it out. There you have it... Cute little critters!

Holiday gift nail art

I love nail art of all kinds. It's fun, festive and different. So I decided to do a tape mani and make a holiday gift.

I started with a base coat. Then I applied Nicole OPI OMB to all my nails except my ring finger nail. On my ring finger I applied Nicole OPI Make a Comet-ment. I positively love that shade. It is a silver holographic polish that applies opaque in two coats.

Then I used two strips of nail striping tape on my ring finger nail. I applied NOPI OMB over the tape and removed the tape quickly. Now there is a perfect cross "ribbon" on my nail. Then I used a dotting tool and a nail art brush to complete the bow. It's a pretty simple mani that looks like you spent a lot of time on it.



Holiday gift nail art
Holiday gift nail art



Holiday gift nail art
Holiday gift nail art

Happy "Hollydays" with Zoya

Friday, December 7, 2012

Silver and gold - with holly on top.

The holidays mean glittery, shimmery, festive colors. So I couldn't resist trying a "hollyday" manicure.

Holly berries holiday nail art
Holly berries holiday nail art

Holly berries holiday nail art
Holly berries holiday nail art


I started with a base coat and then used Zoya Trixie as a base color. Then I used a cosmetic sponge and applied a gradient with Zoya Ziv.

I used a dotting tool and applied three dots of Zoya Elisa for the holly berries. Then I used a nail art brush and added simple strokes for the holly leaves.

Very simple - yet classy and elegant.

Holiday penguins - fun little characters

Monday, December 3, 2012

Here's another fun step-by-step guide. Penguin steps that is...

I love the holidays and making holiday nail art makes it that much more fun for me. These festive little guys were easy but time consuming.

Holiday penguin nail art
Holiday penguin nail art
I smeared the eye on the pointer nail. I fixed it with a little bit of white polish and a top coat.

Holiday penguin nail art
Holiday penguin nail art
Step one. I used a good base coat to protect my nails and painted them with Zoya Breezi.


Step two - I put a stripe of Zoya Breezi and Purity on a piece of paper next to each other. I used a cosmetic sponge to mix to colors a bit and then daubed that on the tip of my nails. Using a stripe of both and daubing a couple of times lets the colors mix a little and makes more of a gradient.






Step three -  I used a Zoya Purity and a dotting tool and made four connecting dots. You can skip this step if you want. But I did it to help make sure I got the body of the penguins in the same general area on my nails.


Step four -  I used a nail art brush to make the dots into a circle.


Step five -  I used a nail art brush and Zoya Raven to draw the top of the penguin. It looks sort of like a pirate hat. Ahoy Penguins! Sorry, I couldn't help my self.


Step six and seven-  I used a dotting tool and applied the whites of the eyes. Then I applied Zoya Raven with a dotting tool for the black parts of the eyes. I have them looking all different directions. (Thanks for that tip Jessica!)


Step eight -  I used a nail art brush and Zoya Elisa to paint the red Santa hats.


Step nine -  I used a nail art brush and Zoya Purity to draw the fur on the hat. I also used a dotting tool for the pom pom. 


Step ten -  I used a dotting tool and Zoya Arizona for the feet. Then I used a nail art brush to draw the triangle for the beak.


Step eleven-  I used Zoya Purity and a dotting tool to add snowflakes.


Add a top coat and you are finished!

Nail art doesn't have to be hard. I just broke this little guy into shapes and I think it came out okay.

Some of these polishes were provided to me for an honest review and some were purchased by me.



 

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