Chinese New Year Year of the Rooster Nail Art

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Rooster. I am a huge astrology buff. I've studied Astrology, Numerology and Chinese Astrology since I was a teenager. It's one of the first things I became "self-taught" about. 2016 was the Year of the Monkey, which is also my Chinese astrological sign. It is considered "bad luck" to be in the year of your own sign and while I don't believe in luck, I can't disagree with that. 2016 was a dumpster fire and I think we can probably all agree with that lol. So I am extra excited to usher in this new year and leave the Year of the Monkey in the rear view mirror!

Tools used:

MoYou Zodiac Plate 22

Bundle Monster Plates BMS228 & BMS229

Ellager Lickety Split Liquid Latex

Polishes used:

Sinful Colors Go Go Girl

Zoya Ziv

Hit the Bottle Black as Knight

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps:

I started with two coats of Go Go Girl. I then dry-brushed on Ziv for a subtle gold shimmer effect. I applied by liquid latex around my cuticles and then stamped on my images using Black as Knight. I finished with a coat of Clearly on Top.

 

I stuck with the traditional colors for Chinese New Year which are red and gold. Red is considered good luck. I am obsessed with the Rooster image on my thumb! I really wanted to stamp it on one of my other fingers as week but my thumb was the only nail big enough for it!

Do any of you celebrate Chinese New Year and if so what are your plans?

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20 Winter Nail Art Prompts - with Printable!

Hello all and happy Friday! Winter is a funny time. From November to December we have the holidays to look forward to. Everything is fun and festive and pleasing to the eye. And then New Year's goes by and all we are left with is cold weather and the winter doldrums. It can be hard to come up with fun nail art during this time since most winter nail art centers around Christmas. Today's post is a list of 25 prompts to get your imagination churning. You can use these prompts as they are or use them as a jumping off point for your own idea. The point is to inspire! Check out the bottom of this post for a printable PDF of the prompts for you to easily refer to later!

 

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Golden Presents Holiday Nail Art

Whoa! Two posts in row! I know - it's cray right? I have so many great ideas that I wanted to try and not posting last week has made me even more excited to post this week. Today I have for you more Holiday-inspired nail art. Like I said yesterday, I love non-traditional holiday color combos. Gold is of course a classic but I love the look of gold with softer colors like pink and white. 

Tools used:

Winstonia Berry Wine Nail Art Brush

Winstonia Fine Line Striping Brush

Polishes used:

CbL Hot Buttered Rum

Hit the Bottle Snowed In

Sinful Colors Glazy Sunday

CbL PDQ Top Coat

Steps:

I painted my nails with two coats of Hot Buttered Rum. Then using my small Fine Line brush, I applied Glazy Sunday down the middle of each nail, creating a T-shape. I then drew a thin line with Snowed In. I finished with a coat of PDQ.

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I briefly thought about adding a bow to make the ribbons look more "ribbon-y" but I decided against it since it would have covered up a lot of the gold base color which I really wanted to shine through. As a result I'm not quite sure how "present" or "gift" like these look. But I love them anyway! 

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Holiday Nail Art

Hello everyone! I took last week off because I had my company's holiday party which I am in charge of planning and running. It's always a busy and stressful time and I decided to give myself a break from the blog so I could concentrate on that. I also had a nasty nail break early last week which has led to my new rounded nail shape. Winter is always so hard on my nails. It seems like no matter how much I moisturize my cuticles and hands my nails still break. I decided a more rounded shape would be easier on my nails. I don't know how long it will last though since I love my squares! Today's nail art is a nod to the classic holiday colors of Green, Red and Gold. Even though I don't celebrate Christmas I do enjoy festive nail art. 

Tools used:

Clear Stamper

Bundle Monster Plate BM S219

Ellagee Lickety Split Liquid Latex

Polishes used:

ILNP Ski Lodge

Zoya Blaze and Levi

Hit the Bottle Spun Gold

CbL PDQ Top Coat

Steps:

I started with two coats of each polish with a coat of PDQ to speed up drying. I then applied Lickety Split around my nails and cuticles and stamped my images with Spun Gold. I finished with another coat of PDQ. 

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I'm not generally into the traditional holiday colors- I like the more modern colors combos, but I really love how festive this nail art turned out. And the textured gold accent nail really makes everything pop.

 

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Neutral Fair Isle Winter Nail Art

Happy Friday everyone! I have more winter inspired nail art for you today because it's 20 degrees and snowing outside! I - like a lot of people - love fair isle print but I wanted to do something a bit softer and understated than the usual colors. 

Neutral Fair Isle Winter Nail Art

Tools used:

*Clear Stamper

*Bundle Monster Plate BM-S215

Ellagee Lickety Split Liquid Latex

Polishes used:

Zoya Farah

Hit the Bottle Snowed In

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

OPI Matte Top Coat

Steps:

I started with two coats of Farah. Once dry I applied Lickety Split to my cuticles and stamped on my fair isle images with Snowed In. I then applied a coat of Clearly on Top to speed up drying and finished with my matte top coat.

Neutral Fair Isle Winter Nail Art

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Neutral Fair Isle Winter Nail Art

Fair Isle is one of my favorite patterns to wear during the winter months. And the color combo possibilities are endless.

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