I had planned on sharing this yesterday, but Christmas stuff got in the way. I still wanted to show you the polish I wore on Christmas because it’s awesome and it’s currently available (so you can snatch it up for next year). I’ve actually collected quite a few Christmas polishes, but this one is my favorite! It’s called Holidays in Hogsmeade and it’s from Lac Attack’s Magical Musings Collection. Yes, they are Harry Potter themed. And yes, I bought all of them. I literally cannot resist the combination of Harry Potter and nail polish. No joke.
Holidays in Hogsmeade (side note: wouldn’t that be the BEST Christmas ever???) is a glitter topcoat made up of different sizes of red and green glitter and some white glitter. All the glitters are matte, which makes it even more awesome. I could not decide what color to put under it, and Anastasia, from Lac Attack, suggested silver or gold. I chose OPI Glitzerland, and I ended up absolutely loving this! So festive and I got lots of compliments!
Here’s a bottle shot so you can see the glitters:
Lac Attack polishes are available for purchase here. Holidays in Hogsmeade is available in a full sized bottle for $8 or a mini bottle for $4.25. You can also purchase full or mini sizes of the entire Magical Musings collection as a set. Most of them are currently sold out, but according to Anastasia, these shades aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so keep your eyes peeled for a restock!
Hopefully I will get swatches of the rest of the collection up soon!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I wish all my readers a (slightly belated) Merry Christmas! Let me know what your favorite gift was (and what nail polishes you got) or how you celebrated – I always love hearing from you 🙂
I’m not all that great at painting faces on my nails, so this was a bit of a challenge for me. I ended up finding this tutorial and just going with that. Other than taking kind of a long time, these nails were pretty easy.
The base on all my nails is Zoya Harley, which I just discovered and now love! For me, silver polish can be a bit too flashy, so this is definitely perfect for those days that call for silver nails. For Rudolph, I used Sinful Colors Black on Black, Sally Hansen Slick Slate, Essie Beyond Cozy, and China Glaze Ruby Pumps.
Isn’t he cute?
I can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of the challenge, and Christmas eve! I still haven’t decided which mani I’m recreating for tomorrow, so if you have any suggestions, let me know!
Ok, I have to admit, today’s theme totally stumped me. How is one supposed to make their nails look like fruitcake? Christmas pudding nails, I’ve seen, but fruitcake? Plus, it’s not really something my family is into, so I think the last time I’ve actually seen a fruitcake outside of a box, I was like eight at the oldest. I actually had to look up pictures.
These were inspired by a picture of a bundt-shaped fruitcake decorated with red and green maraschino cherries (at least that’s what I think they are). It was kind of pretty with the shiny cherries against the dark brown cake, and I thought it would make for a relatively easy mani.
I started with two coats of OPI Get in the Espresso Lane (it’s seriously the only true brown polish I own), and then made even numbers of small dots in a circle with OPI Alpine Snow, so that the cherries would be shiny in the middle. For the red and green, I used OPI Vodka & Caviar and Essie Pretty Edgy. For the most part, I like how it turned out, though I would probably do a few things differently next time.
The last day of the challenge (Monday) is “recreate your favorite Christmas mani” day, so I’m asking all of you: which mani would you like to see recreated?
I hate water marbling. It looks amazing when other people do it, but it’s just really not something I enjoy doing, especially when the payoff looks like this. I was thisclose to skipping today’s challenge post, but I was in a good mood, which meant that I had a picture of this gorgeous water marble in my head that was going to magically appear on my nails. Needless to say, I don’t think Christmas magic applies to nail art. I don’t really think it’s all that bad, though. I actually kind of like the messed up ones best – they look like real marble.
If you want to know how to do water marbles, I’m not the one to teach you, so go look up some youtube videos.
I really wanted to do a Christmassy one, so I used OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Jade is the New Black, and China Glaze Adventure Red-y. I kind of wish I had thrown in some gold, but I wasn’t going to redo these no matter what they looked like (plus, I was out of tape, which makes clean up way easier).
Ok, I don’t want to have to look at these anymore. But, good news is, there will be another post in a bit for you to enjoy, and some more Christmas manis for the next few days!
The last day of the challenge is “recreate your favorite holiday mani” day. I’m having trouble deciding, so I need your help: which mani do you think I should recreate (excluding this one, obviously)?
These are kind of “meh.” I don’t hate them, but I don’t really like them all that much, either. But I wanted to do peppermint candy swirl nails, so here they are. I wish I had spaced them better to get five swirls on each nail, but oh, well.
I used OPI Alpine Snow and Essie Headmistress. I started with a white base and then painted on the red swirls with a medium-length striping brush.
I probably should have gone more simple and just done a candy cane design, but I’m glad I attempted this. Tomorrow’s Advent Calendar post is an even more epic fail – water marbles are not my thing.
I don’t know if this is really an “ugly sweater,” because I think it’s kind of pretty. But it works. I have been obsessed with fair isle patterns since I learned how to knit them (yay me!) so I wanted something reminiscent of that, but still simple. I actually started with a little more detail on these, but covered it up because it was too much.
I used Essie Size matters, which is a gorgeous berry red from last year’s winter collection, for the base. I wanted something a bit different than the usual red and white color combo that is used for patterns like these, so I went with Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet. This year, I’ve been loving the mint and red combo (with bits of pink) as a twist on the classic red and green Christmas colors.
I think these turned out pretty well. I really like the star/snowflake/flower on my index finger. I used a trick I found on Pintrest of making a square first, dividing it into eight sections, and then adding the points, which made it super easy.
I had a lot of ideas for today, but I ultimately decided to take my inspiration from Victorian Christmas, and this is what I ended up with. For those of you who don’t know, Christmas as we know it (big and commercial) began during Queen Victoria’s reign. It was very traditional and elaborate. So I went with muted colors and a somewhat simple design.
The polishes I used are Orly Decades of Dysfunction, OPI Thanks a Windmillion, Essie Size Matters, and Finger Paints Tough Art to Follow, with some Sally Hansen White On and Orly Mirror Mirror mixed in to help mute or lighten some of the colors.
I really love how these turned out! I might just be doing these again before Christmas.