Merry Christmas Nails

Merry Christmas to all of my gentle readers who celebrate. :D

Today's nail look is simple and Christmas-y. A nail art look even I can't mess up, thanks to water decals. These were sent to me by Born Pretty Store back before last Christmas. I started this mani off with China Glaze Emerald Sparkle and Ruby Pumps. This is the first time I have ever worn Emerald Sparkle in a full nail look and I must say... I love it. It is a sister polish to Ruby Pumps; that same clear, intensely pigmented jelly packed with fine square glitter that glows and dances with joy all over the nails. I applied Ruby Pumps to my accent nails, Emerald Sparkle to the rest. Then I applied a coat of Gelous, topped with Seche Vite.

May I just say, really quick,  that whoever came up with with the idea to use Gelous over glitter under Seche Vite (or whatever top coat you love and use) is a frakking genius and deserves a Nobel Prize. Seriously. It works so fabulously. And is one of the best hints I have learned on these here nail blogs.

Photos taken outdoors in late afternoon sun.

This is three coats of both Emerald Sparkle and Ruby Pumps. I wish that my camera could capture the amazing that these two classic China Glaze glitters are.

After I applied my polish, I kind of went back and forth over whether or not I was going to attempt nail art. I considered stamping but wasn't really in the mood for it. I thought about freehand. Yeah... No. Then I remembered that I had some Christmas water decals. I really like these water decals. They are easy to use and the film on which they are printed is super thin and doesn't cause me trouble like decals or stickers on thicker plastic film. I cut out the decals I wanted to use and grabbed my gold striper and a few clear crystals and set to work. The water decals went on, then I applied a clear crystal to the tops of the Christmas trees on my ring finger nails and the end of Santa Moon's cap on my thumb nails. I tipped all of my nails with my gold striper then topped the whole works with more Seche Vite.

I think that overall, it is pretty successful. I had a blonde moment (not trashing blondes, I am a natural blonde who darkened over time and am planning to go light again, soon) and put a decal with a lot of red on red nails, (oopsie!) and the decals, themselves are a little washed out against such dark polish. I think it works, tho. And looks a hell of a lot better than my earlier efforts. :D

These photographs were shot in setting sun, sorry about the really yellow light. Probably should have used my OttLight. Boosting the saturation a little to really show the polish and decals in true colour gave me carrot fingers in that light. *hangs head*

Okay yes, I know that I trimmed away some of the white accent snowflakes on the bells decals. I couldn't see them against the white background and didn't realize it had happened until they were already on my nails. *sigh* Stoopid white background, anyway. 

Okay, this was long. If you read all the way through, I salute you and you deserve fudge. Too bad I didn't make any. :P

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas or Happy Holiday of your heart. Stay warm and may your polish never bubble.

The water decals used in this post were sent to me for consideration and review by the company/PR. 


  1. Aww and I was all excited about getting fudge! Hahah I always read what you write! You ramble like I do! I am loving this mani! Merry Christmas!

  2. Oooh, fudge! Aw.  I like reading what you write.  Merry Christmas!

  3. I love the decals, they're so cute! Well it's ok that you didn't make fudge, because I did! I'll treat myself to some in your name, haha.

  4. NailsandStuffShannaraDecember 25, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    looks so pretty

     Merry Christmas!!

  5. Very, very festive! I'm wearing Emerald Sparkle straight up today, it's by far my favorite holiday polish. It's so gorgeous! I think the water decals are so adorable here!
    Merry Christmas, Erika!

  6. Pretty!! Merry Christmas ;0)

  7. Thank you. I hope that you had a merry one, too. :)

  8. Why, thank you. :)

  9. Great minds. :) I saw your Emerald Sparkle post and it was smashing on you. :D

    I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas, Nicole. :D

  10. Thank you and thank you! :)

  11. I really like these decals. And I have a ton of them for next Christmas, too. :) 

    I hope that your fudge was fab. 

  12. You are so sweet. Thank you. :)

  13. Sorry I didn't make any. I am not doing fudge, right now. lol I am always afraid that my nattering will annoy my readers. lol 


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