There’s always at least one ugly sweater prompt floating around Instagram for December. It’s tradition and it’s fun if you’ve embraced the truth that ugly really means tacky. And I love tacky. The more I look at these nails, the more I love them. I’m always one for rainbows, but I tend to use them in an organized fashion (as you’ll see later today). With this one I just slapped colors on the nails and stamped chaotic nail patterns on top. It went surprisingly fast once I got started.
For an extra treat, we added yum to the belly of the beasts. I probably should have been pickier about the stamps I applied to my clear falsies before I painted the rest of this nail art design, but even meh pickups look stunning. Flipside is so addicting. I’ve had to convince myself several times that I don’t need more because only two kinds of clear falsies feels so limiting. I should probably finish one of my other “kinds” first though. 😂
Nail art products used
- Flipside Polishes:
- Nail stamping poinsettias with Maniology’s “Wolfish“ with a background of Essie’s “No Place Like Chrome“
- Base Polish:
- Zoya’s “Seraphina“
- Nail Foil:
- Used most of the colors from Maniology’s ManixMe box special item of metallic nail foils with their foil glue.
- Stamping Polish:
- UberChic Beauty’s “Pure Black“
- Reverse Stamping Polish:
- Essie’s “No Place Like Chrome” for the flowers
- Stamping Plates:
- “Major Dijit-08“ (flipside poinsettia pattern)
- Maniology “M167“ (crazy patterns in: poinsettia, Christmas tree, Christmas tree forest)
Items in italics are debuting on the blog for the first time.
It has been a long time since I used nail foils. They just sit quietly in the drawers behind me; out of sight and out of mind. The last time I tried ended up being a fail. Maniology included some sort of soft blue-green patterned nail foil with their literary ManixMe box and I tried using them as a background and couldn’t get them to apply very well so I gave up and painted a completely different design (Anne of Green Gables if you’re wondering).
This time I succeeded. It probably helped that the foils are solid colors and I was going for chaos so it didn’t matter how they applied. I used Maniology’s nail foil glue and possibly didn’t do the best application? It left brush strokes that made the foils apply in streaks. Luckily that smoothed out with the water-based top coat (a must with foils or they dissolve and break up). I don’t know if the problem is me, the product or the age of the product. (Nail foil glue can’t take the cold. Never order it in winter.) Thusly, I currently I can’t recommend Maniology’s glue, but that doesn’t mean it’s actually bad. Fun!
I really want to play with the nail foils again. Hopefully I will have more answers for you then.
Final holiday nail art photos
Extra fun nail art deserves extra photos so have a giant macro of my favorite nail before we head to our usual ending…
Until next time, friends! 🙋♀️