Tuesday, December 25, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge ~ Santa

Merry Christmas Dahlings!
This is it...the last 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge! While I'm glad to be getting back to 'regular' manis, I think I'm going to miss this challenge a lil bit. When Kristine & Lorene proposed it, some of us jumped on board with loud glee...others quietly signed up, while a few weren't sure they were up to the challenge & may have been dragged into it kicking & whimpering. I've VERY proud of us!!! Most who signed up in the beginning have stuck with it all the way thru. The nail art has been inspiring & the growth of skill & confidence phenomenal to watch!  OK...enuf of da mushy stuff...on to da nails!
Here's da line up: Orly Sheer Nude, Essie Pure Pearlfection, Orly Glitz,
Color Club Berry & Bright, Orly Day Glow & Ruby Kisses Steel Magnolia.
This is 2 coats of Sheer Nude. A 3rd coat would have made it opaque. I didn't have a nude polish in my stash (Orly Decades of Disfunction doesn't count unless you're a corpse), so this was bought on Saturday as Sally's thru their 'buy 2 get one free' Orly sale.
Ta Da! I did Mrs. Claus nails very much inspired by Robin Moses' (the Patron Goddess of Nail Art) Naughty Or Nice Juicy Nails. You can see her video on how to do this design HERE. I changed the fish net color & added a belt, but the core of the idea totally came from Robin. I used a very thin striper brush to do the fish net, belt & buckle. I used a dotting tool to make the white fluff trim & add Pure Pearlfection over the white for sparkle. The Berry & Bright is part of Color Club's scented holiday collection & I was pleasantly surprised at how the berry scent wasn't over powering while I applied it, yet has gently lingered after applying Seche Vite. I did these nails Saturday night & now it's Christmas Day & I can still smell berries if I put my nails right under my nose. Yes, I bought more Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat while at Sally's even tho' I had ordered the Pro Refill kit on line. It hadn' arrived yet & I wasn't going to do another manicure without it! All of my nail mail arrived on Monday & a haul post will be going out later this week.
Thanks for stopping by & please visit the other challengers!
Thank You Kristine & Lorene for hosting this most AWESOME of challenges!
~ Inky


  1. OMG!!! Love these nail designs!!! Great job on this mani for it really looks festive. Perfect Christmas mani.

  2. Brilliant job! Well done for getting all the way to the end x x x

  3. Inky - Love these! Would have never thought to do the Mrs.

    1. Thanks, Tina! Yeah, I don't do the expected very well. lol


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