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Christmas Lights… That Really Work!


The fairy lights on this mani really work! The wonders of glow in the dark nail polish… Unfortunately, I thought I’d got some pictures of it, and when I came to upload the pics a few days later none of them had come out ūüė¶ So, you’ll just have to trust me that when I went to bed, I really did have fairy lights glowing back at me!

To create this look, I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for the white background. I then used a nail art brush to add the string, using Nails Inc New York Noir. For the lights, the blue and yellow ones were simply – I used BK glow in the dark polish in blue and yellow (it’s a strange Chinese brand that I found on eBay and smells like it’s full of all sorts of noxious chemicals…). For the red, I used Nails Inc King Edward Street, which isn’t glow in the dark, so I overlayed it with a bit of BYS’ Glow in the Dark top coat.

I think this is going to be my last Christmas themed mani of the year, but you can check out the rest of the collection here

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Festive French Mani


This is my festive french mani for the #NailLinkup. You can see what other people have been creating by clicking here.

My nails are horribly stained from an unfortunate encounter a few weeks ago with some blue nail polish, so I can’t do a traditional french mani. So, I’ve gone all out with the festive colours! Barry M Red Wine is the lovely blood-red shade that forms the basis of this mani (two coats). I then used a gold polish from Bourjois’ 1 Seconde range to add the tips and – with the aid of a dotting tool – added three dots off to one side near the cuticle.

Want to get involved with the NailLinkup? This is what’s planned for the rest of December – click on the image below to find out more


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Tutorial: Santa


Created using Nails Inc King Edward Street (red), OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (white), Nails Inc New York Noir (black) and Bourjois 1 Seconde Gold.



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Created using Barry M Gelly in Blueberry, and a Rio nail art pen in white, this is a deceptively simple design that’s perfect for an understated festive look.

Want to see more of my festive nail art? Click here

I added myself to a snowflake InLinkz, but I can’t for the life of me work out how to add the button (help is welcome!) so here’s the link¬†http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=345410


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Gifts II



This is a much simpler version of a previous present-themed design from a couple of days ago.

Created with Barry M in Teal – which is a lovely duochrome. I then used a Rio nail art pen in white to draw a cross on each nail, with two loops and two short lines to create the bow

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I love these little stylised penguin faces – very wintery without being specifically Christmassy.

To recreate this look, follow the diagram from left to right.
1. Paint your nail entirely in white (I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls)
2. Using a fine nail art brush, or a Rio nail art pen, draw an arch on the nail
3. Fill it in using more black nail polish
4. Using a small dotting tool, apply a triangle of orange nail polish for the beak. I used Barry M Gelly in Mango.
5. Using a large dotting tool, apply two white dots for the eyes
6. When dry, use a  small dotting tool to add a drop of black nail polish onto the eye



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Tutorial: Glittery Gifts


These sparkly little gifts make a great way to make your nails more festive.

nail art, christmas present, christmas present nail art tutorial, tutorial, To recreate this look

1. paint your nails in a base colour of your choice (I used Nails Inc King Edward Street and Soho Silver).
2. add a complementary glitter top coat – I used Miss Sporty Oh My Gem! in Gorgeous Red and an unnamed Barry M silver glitter.
3. Using a nail brush, paint a cross in a contrasting colour on your nail.
4. Using a dotting tool, add two loops and two short lines to create the bow.
5. Using a very fine brush or nail art pen, outline the ‘ribbon’ in black
6. Using the same tool, draw little ^ shapes at the edges of the bow, and then add a circle in the middle for the knot.

Finish with a clear top coat.

Want to see more Christmas themed nail art? Click here.

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Swatch: No7 Twinkle Glitter



It turns out that this is a really difficult polish to photograph! I love it in real life a lot more than I do in this picture. It’s lovely for the Christmas party season.

No7 Twinkle Glitter is a limited edition and currently sold out online at Boots, but I was able to find some in my local branch. However, if you can’t find any then don’t fret! It’s kinda similar to China Glaze Lust and Lush, and Nails Inc Burlington Arcade.

It’s an iridescent flakie that mostly flashes blue shades, but that can vary depending on what colour you layer it over. The colours I tried out were

  • Index Finger: Barry M Gelly in Blueberry
  • Ring Finger: Barry M in Red Wine
  • Middle Finger: Nails Inc in New York Noir
  • Little Finger: Rimmel Lycra Pro in Navy Seal
  • Thumb: Essie We’re In It Together

All of them made Twinkle Glitter flash predominantly blue shades, but the pink was a little different, as it turned it more of a pink shade.

You’ll need to add a couple of top coats over the top too, as otherwise it’s prone to lifting a little at the corners of the flakes, but it’s a lovely top coat.

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Tutorial: Christmas Puds

It’s Christmas party season, so I thought I’d show you the surprisingly wearable and easy-to-create design that I wore this year.


This is a graphic demonstration of how I achieved the look. Working from left to right, and with your cuticle towards the bottom of the picture –

xmaspudnail1. Start with a base coat of white nail polish – I used OPI MY Boyfriend Scales Walls
2. Use a nail brush to apply several longer stripes of varying lengths, using brown nail polish. I used Barry M in Mushroom.
3. Use the same nail brush to apply shorter lines inbetween your original lines
4. Round out the corners
5. Use a dotting tool to apply three red dots. I used Nails Inc King Edward Street.
6. Use another nail brush, or a Rio nail art pen, to apply two small holly leaves. I used a Rio nail art pen in green.
7. Once the berries have dried, add a dot of red glitter nail polish on top of the existing berries, using a dotting tool. I used Miss Sporty Oh My Gem! in Gorgeous Red, though Barry M in Red Glitter seems to be a blogger’s favourite every Christmas! Finally, finish the look with a coat of clear nail polish to seal the design

Feeling festive? See other bloggers’ Christmas food nail designs here. You can also check out my other Christmas posts here, and you can find more tutorials here.

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Christmas Variety Nails

Christmas party season is upon us once again! So, time for some seasonal freehand nail art.


So, I started all the fingernails with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales walls. Then,
– Candy cane stripes: Nails Inc King Edward Street, applied with the aid of striping tape
– Rudolph: I started with the nose, which is Nails Inc King Edward Street, overlayed with Miss Sporty Oh My Gem! Gorgeous Red, both of which were applied with a dotting tool. I then applied Barry M in Mushroom with a nail art brush. The eyes were created with Rio nail art pens in black and white
– Christmas pudding: applied a wavy line of Barry M in Mushroom, and then filled in one side all using a nail art brush. The berries were created in the same way as Rudolph’s nose, and the leaves were done with a Rio nail art pen in green. See my tutorial here.
– Snowman: all the black bits were done with a black Rio nail art pen, the carrot nose is Barry M Gelly in Mango, applied using a nail art brush. The band on the top hat is Nails Inc Soho Silver, also applied with a nail art pen.
– Christmas tree: Rio nail art pen in green, and the tinsel was a Rio nail art pen in red, topped with Miss Sporty Oh My Gem! Gorgeous Red. In retrospect, I think this would have looked better in silver, but oh well! I then applied a rhinestone using a clear top coat. What you cant see from this picture is the baubles in BYS Glow in the Dark nail polish. However, in the dark they glow wonderfully well!

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