Wednesday, December 04, 2013

[Festive Nails] Christmas Candy manicure

Hello everyone!

It is that time of the year again! Last weekend I pulled out the Christmas decorations, bought new candles and tried to make everything nice and cozy. We won't set up a tree this year, as we'll be away most of the Holidays visiting family and friends, so I had to compensate for the lack of a tree with other home decor ;) Of course my nails had to join the gingerbread man, gnomes and poinsettias. Ever since I got my MoYou order, I was itching to try these plates. So I picked a pattern from Princess plate 12, a white base color and my favorite red polish and stamped away. Let me warn you, I am taking baby steps at stamping and these nails are for from being perfect. Still I love the look of them so I thought I might as well share them with you.

holiday manicure red white
Christmas nails white red spiral

candy cane holiday nails red white

The white base is Wet 'n Wild French White and the shimmery red is Perceval from a-England. On my ring finger I used the Essence Happy Holiday Snow Flake topper. This is a clear base with white hex glitters and small iridescent glitters that sink to the bottom quickly, so you have to shake it well before use - like a snow globe. 
I still need to get the hang of stamping. As you can see, I had a hard time getting the image in the center of my nails. Sometimes I applied too much pressure to the squishy stamper and the image came out a bit crooked. So I went over a few areas with white to clean up the edges of the design. Being the perfectionist that I am, I am not 100% happy with this manicure, but I love the combo of the pattern and the colors. I will definitely practice more with my pretty plates now :D

What is your secret to a perfect stamping manicure? Let me know!
Have a great day!

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