What is the Christmas Pickle?
Seriously! I have no idea what this is about! Maybe it’s because I live in the UK that I haven’t heard of this vinegary tradition, here we just bake lucky silver coins into our puddings, well you get luck or a broken tooth…
Is it a lucky pickle? If you are lucky enough to find this mystical vegetable are you blessed with a year of produce in jars? Or even a deluge of vinegar based condiments! Ugh I have so many questions.
For my pickle nails I used
- Hits Speciallita – Samba
- Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
- China Glaze – Tip Your Hat
- Zoya – Logan
- Revlon – Rain Forest
- Barry M – Red Glitter
- Illamasqua – Omen
- Indigo Bananas – Chill Out
- Seche Vite
- A Tiny Brush
- And the smallest dotting tool I own.
I started with three coats of Samba for the base and Snow Me White for the french tip, when this had dried I applied a little Chill Out over the tips. It really does look like sparkly snow, it really is a very pretty polish.
The branches are a mixture of Omen, Rain Forest and Logan applied with a thin brush.
The little berries are a mixture of Barry M Red Glitter and Tip Your Hat, I had to mix the glitter in with another red as it’s getting old and stringy and I’ve run out of polish thinner (bad times!).
The pickle is Omen from Illamasqua with a couple of stripes of Rain Forest!
I used a lot of glitter polishes in this mani and it needed a couple of coats of Seche Vite to give it a glassy smooth finish!
I think that this is actually the most festive mani I have created this holiday season!
If you would like to see some more amazing Holiday nail art be sure to have a look at the HPB link up below!
Grüß Vom Krampus or Greetings from Krampus!
Here are my nails form the weekend. As Krampusnacht is on the 5th of December I just had to wear some Krampus inspired nail art! 🙂
If you’re not familiar with the legend of the Krampus, he is the devilish companion of St. Nicholas.
St. Nicholas brings gifts and rewards to good children each year on December the 6th and leaves punishing the bad children to The Krampus! The wicked child would be beaten with a bundle of birch sticks, whipped with horsehair, then thrown into a wicker basket and taken down to Hell for a year.
If nothing else it’s definitely a terrifying way to get your kids to behave! Lol!
I spent ages trying to draw a tiny Krampus on my nail, but it really didn’t go well I decided to see if I had any stamping plates with suitable images, and I did! 🙂
The goat skull is from Plate MM11 from Messy Mansion and the tree branches are from plate 14 from Moyou mother nature collection.
I used Lots of Red Polishes for the base of this Manicure
- Barry M Red Glitter
- Chanel Dragon
- Chanel Rouge Noir
- Color Club Rad-icle Gypsy
- Illamasqua Scarab
I smooshed them all together on the back of a stamping plate then used a stamper to splat it onto my nails! It’s a really fun technique, but it is incredibly messy 🙂
for the stamping I used Hit The Bottle Black and Seche Vite to finish it all off
Have you been good this year or did the Krampus Come to get you?
Today I have this rather gruesome and glittery gradient to share with you!
For this I used
- Barry M Red Glitter
- Estee Lauder Red Hot
- Revlon Stiletto
- Seche Vite
- A Thin Nail Art Brush
- and a Sponge
I started off with the red and black gradient, which I really think is a classic vampy nail art look. Then to add some Halloween joy I added the glittery blood lol. 🙂
I like this bit I think it would look a bit more interesting if the two red polishes had contrasting shades, on the nail they are surprisingly similar.
I ended up with so many bubbles in my topcoat, it’s probably because the glitter polish, is getting really thick, and trapping air in all the lumps and bumps.
This mani is definitely going to go on the list of ones to recreate 🙂
I got a bit carried away with the filing and now I have rather stubby nails! But I have to say it is great to be able to type, use my phone properly and do everything else! 😀
For the Background colour I used a gradient of Sally Hansen – Dive Deeper, Nina Ultra Pro – French White and Revlon – Calla lily.
For the winter trees I used Revlon – Black Magic and a thin nail art brush.
I used Revlon Matte Suede – Emerald City For the Christmas tree with a little bit of the french white for the snow, the little ornaments I used Barry M – Red Glitter and China Glaze – Glitter Goblin, along with my smallest dotting tool.
The snowflakes are a small dotting tool and some more french white.
For the reindeer I used stamping plate HD05 and Konad SP In Black, with a tiny bit of red glitter for his nose, I finished it off with a coat of Seche Vite.
Christmas Tree Close up
I don’t do much free hand nail art, I should probably practice a bit 🙂
I’m not feeling very festive at the moment so I decided that trying a candy cane mani might be a good way to get into the Christmas spirit!
First I tried the traditional red and white candy cane but it looked dreadful I think it’s to do with my skin tone or maybe the white polish had chosen gah!
The Red Glitter polish from Barry M is a fantastic varnish, but it’s a monster to remove. Even with the foil method! But not to be disheartened, even after chasing the glitter around my fingers for what seemed like hours. I started again.
This time with the Black Magic from Revlon as the base colour. To cover the textured-ness of the red glitter I used a thick coat of Seche Vite.
It’s really quite vampy but still a tiny bit festive! Or maybe a bit Dennis the Menace Lol!