Christmas Nail Art: Santa Claws

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The countdown is officially on… Only 5 more sleeps (as Em’s constantly reminds me) til the man in the big red suit & fluffy white beard makes an appearance at the Confetti & Curves HQ.

Surprisingly enough, this year’s taken me longer than anticipated to find my Christmas sparkle. Maybe it’s the queues of stressed out shoppers, my lack of patience when it comes to waiting for parcels or perhaps (and most likely) it’s down to the fact I haven’t had my Christmas tipple to officially declare the festivities open. Hopefully, all that will change this evening as schools are now off for the jolly hols which means it’s ‘okay’ to pour an extra large glass of something fruity and whilst flicking trough the channels to find a cheesy Christmas film.

However, to feed my obsession with all things sparkly, I took to giving my nails a bit of a seasonal makeover. Now although I’m not usually a fan of ‘themed’ nails, I’d be a bit of a nail grinch if I didn’t at least do a little something to get my fingers feeling a little more festive… it also gave me an opportunity to test out a few of my newly acquired goodies from my Secret Santa Swap Box – if you haven’t already seen it yet then *click here* to take a peek at what was inside!

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The nails are actually a very short acrylic sculpt, as this year I’ll be hosting dins for all the family so I needed a length that won’t cause any mishaps with the turkey *rolls eyes* The gel polish colour I opted for is a vivid red by Saint Nails. Their range is fantastic for longevity when painting over acrylic, it’s also a great price point for nails techs looking to build their range of gel colours without breaking the bank!

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For a fun, but simple Christmas inspired design I couldn’t wait to test drive my fancy schmancy Born Pretty BP01 plate. I just love the cute little snowflakes, that look really eye catching against the bright red gel!

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For a fun feature nail I opted for a simple little Santa hat! The red and white go perfectly with the above snowflake design, not to mention the fact it’s fun and super easy to do! I opted for Saint Nails gel polish over my acrylic overlays, however, this would be easily achievable with standard polish – just be sure to allow the layers drying time before top coating to help avoid any smudging!

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So there we have it gals, I’m all ready for Christmas with my festive themed nails… I’m pretty sure they’d get Mrs Claus seal of approval too!

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Are you a fan of themed nails? Have you treated your tips to a seasonal makeover? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Sparkling Ruby Red Nails…

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As most of you know I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to nail polish. For me there is nothing more eye catching than a sprinkle of sparkle to dress up those digits. So seeing as the festive party season is upon is I couldn’t resist the thought of opting for a sparkly red nail to compliment my seasonal mood…

The Base

Max Factor Nailfinity Red Passion

My first choice is this glorious ‘Red Passion’ by Max Factor Nailfinity collection. Considering that I don’t usually wear red regularly this baby bottle is the ideal size. It may be compact but what it lacks in volume it surely makes up for in colour oomf. A glossy ruby red That’s incredibly eye catching!

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Unlike a few other red shades I’ve tried in the past it’s not too watery or streaky to apply, and although the brush is small in comparison to others it’s actually a blessing for those with more petite nail beds… I often find the larger applicator brushes quite clumsy when it comes to painting the pinkies. At £5.99 it may not be the best value for money in terms of size but it’s certainly a great formula that holds a glossy shine considerably longer than many of it’s rivals.

The Top Coat

NYC Crystal Couture Ruby Queen
To give my nails the ultimate Christmassy feel I finished off the look by adding a gorgeous sparkly top coat of NYC Crystal Couture Ruby Queen. This immediately caught my eye on the shelf as firstly it’s more of a micro glitter as opposed to huge sparkly chunks – which I personally find a nightmare to remove! Just a few strokes of this and it totally transforms a classic red into a dazzling party look. At £2 it’s a steal, and although it’s the perfect fashion accessory for Christmas I’m pretty certain it will continue to get plenty of use well into the new year!

The finished look

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Think Wizard of Oz/Dorothy/Ruby Slippers *swoon* Isn’t it gorgeous? If a fierce glamorous red makes your heart pitter-patter then I guarantee you’ll love this dazzling duo just as much as I do!

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What’s your favourite nail colour for Christmas? Are you a lover or loather of glitter polishes? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by & say a quick hello! Wishing y’all a fabulous weekend ahead 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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