I’m thrilled to be posting nail art again. My nails have been nubs for the past month. They’re at a decent length again and I was able to do some nail art to start off the holiday season. I settled on some ugly christmas sweater nail art, although it isn’t really that ugly. Red and white was a no brainer and I think it looks so cool. Find out how I got this down below!
Happy Black Friday everyone! Today is the day where most people do their Christmas and holiday shopping and I’m one of them. I love scouring through multiple websites trying to find the best deal and challenging myself to get all my gifts within a budget. But you don’t have to do your Christmas shopping alone! Today I’m sharing my list of gifts that will make your beauty and planner obsessed person in your life utterly happy. Check out my holiday gift guide below!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and holiday season. I spent my Christmas with my family and it was great to have my whole family together. I didn’t have enough time (or money) to buy a Christmas spread kit, so I used a bunch of different stickers to create a Christmas-themed spread. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!
I also picked up some shifts at the store I worked at over the summer. I forgot how hectic it was working there! But all of my co-workers from the summer were worried that I was gone for so long and were glad to see me back. I was so happy to see them too!
I used a Christmas sticker sampler from Sweet Kawaii Design to add some Christmas flair. The sticker sheet came exclusive in a Black Friday order (you can check that out here!) and I used most of the sheet in this spread. The hanging Christmas lights are my favorites. I hope that she makes more of those for other holidays. Garland for Valentine’s Day would be adorable!
The Santa, Christmas tree and present stickers are from those $1 sticker books from Michael’s. I usually don’t like big decorative stickers, but for Christmas I’ll make an exception.
The weekend banner, checklists and dividers are from the monthly kits from Ladybugzdesignz. The Christmas countdown stickers are from Have a Parade. The laptop stickers are from Planner Kate.
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Today marks the day that the Christmas nail art begins! I started off easy with a dotticure, or a manicure that is created out of dots. I chose to do one that looks like a gradient. It’s super easy for beginners but looks really elegant. Check out a step-by-step guide below!
What you’ll need:
Gold nail polish (I used Orly Luxe.)
Red nail polish (I used Zoya Dakota.)
Green nail polish (I used OPI Jade is the New Black.)
White nail polish (I used OPI Alpine Snow.)
Dotting tools of different sizes
Tray for nail polish – yogurt lids, plastic plate, etc.
Cleanup brush and cotton pads
- Paint on the gold nail polish. Let it dry for 10 minutes.
- On the tray, put a generous amount of white, red and green nail polish.
- With the bigger dotting tool, start dotting white dots along the tip of your nail. Work your way up about 1/3 of the nail. You want the most concentration of dots around the tips of your nails and the least towards the cuticle. This is how you’ll achieve the gradient effect.
- Repeat with red then green nail polish. Try not to think of where the dots are going and don’t be afraid to have the dots overlap. The nails that are more random turn out to be the best!
- With the smaller dotting tool, start adding dots of all three colors to fill in any gaps around the tip of the nail. Leave a few single dots about half way up the nail. The different sized dots will make the gradient more interesting and complex.
- Clean up around the cuticle with a cleanup brush and acetone.
- Apply top coat and you’re done!
The cool thing about this nail art is that when it starts to chip at the edge, just add more dots. It doesn’t mess up the overall look but saves the manicure.
This nail art can be done year round with a ton of different colors. What color combination do you want to try? Let me know down below!