Monday, 9 December 2013

Festive Christmas Nails

It's only at Christmas that I'm allowed to go full Liberace and apply sequins, sparkles and glitter liberally across my clothes and body. It's now fully acceptable - nay, borderline obligatory - to bedeck yourself with shiny things. When it comes to finger nails, it's time to up your game from delicate nudes and office-appropriate reds to FULL ON FESTIVE. I've rounded up some of the best ways to Christmassify your nails.


Got your Christmas jumper this year? If, for some reason, you don't want a singing kitty on your torso, these Nail Rock Xmas jumper press-on nails could be just the thing. Sure, you could follow a YouTube tutorial on how to use a teeny brush to create delicate snowflake designs, or you could simply pay £7.99 at Firebox to get festive fingernails.



Thought you'd run out of surfaces to apply glitter to once you'd scattered it over your eyelids, hair and body? Think again, my friend: you've dismissed the globular keratin proteins at the ends of your fingers. Decorate your nails with this Halo Futuristic Nail Glitter, available from ASOS at £4.50. Either place it carefully onto wet nail polish with a tweezers, or shake each tube over your nails like a happy toddler.


Models Own is an enormously underrated brand who make my all-time favourite nail polishes. They come out with glorious colours that apply beautifully and don't chip, and produce collections called things like Fireworks, Mirrorball and Wonderland. Velvet Goth, pictured above, is perfect for Christmas. The five intensely dark colours apply matte yet sparkly, and look even better with a glossy topcoat. AND they have fuzzy lids! What more could you want for £5? Even better, add the £20 box set to your Christmas list.



Look at all the shininess! All of this is from Essie, a happy, creative nail polish brand that's stupidly hard to find in shops - so thank goodness for Nail Polish Direct. The gold top coat, As Gold As It Gets (top right), leaves golden flakes over your nails. Stroke it lovingly over a dark colour for regal nails that will distract you while you're typing. Jazzy Jubilant top coat (bottom right) provides a glitter effect that's either "a perfect counterpoint to pared-down minimalism or the finishing touch on over-the-top embellishment", i.e. perfect whether you're after something quite subtle or full-on HALLO BLING BLING LET'S GET THE PARTY STARTED WHOOP WHOOP.

After something even simpler to jazz up your manicure? Then Essie Oh My Gold! (they're terrible at puns. These are like dad jokes) nail stickers can be layered over nail polish or plain nails to add a golden geometric pattern.

13 comments:

  1. Love this! I currently have mini gingerbread people and wreaths painted on my nails!

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    1. Ooh, excellent! Did you paint them yourself?

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    2. No I'm terrible at painting my nails, also I bite my cuticles something awful so I always get embarrassed presenting my horrific nails to the poor manicurist, couldn't resist the little gingerbread people though!

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  2. I love Essie polishes and I think they have (well-hidden) stands in most biggish Boots' now.

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    1. You're right - same with Models Own and Sally Hansen, which is very exciting and very bad for my bank balance.

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  3. I just discovered Essie last week in the Oxford Street Boots, I'm currently rocking Bordeaux, when I went in last week they were doing a promotion where if you bought two Essie products you got free nail wraps worth at least £10. I've never tried nail wraps but got a silvery set so might give them a go for my work Christmas do!

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    1. That's a great offer! I've never tried nail wraps before but will be trying some sparkly red ones for my work Christmas do as well. I have faith in us.

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  4. I'm such a nail polish geek that I have planned out the next few weeks' worth of shades! Next week (work's Christmas lunch) will be China Glaze Ruby Pumps - a super-glittery red, because wearing red glittery nail polish at some point in December is practically a law - and Christmas itself will be Topshop Gypsy Night (black with multi-coloured glitter). I'm not quite sure about New Year's Eve yet but I think they'll be neon purple.

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    1. I am exactly the same! I have a nail wheel with all my polishes painted on, and regularly plan which shades I'll be applying when. I've got a great Illamasqua Christmassy red called Glitterati that I'll be rocking for Christmas Day. You know the trick to removing glitter polish with foil, right?

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    2. I don't! Please enlighten me hate taking glitter polish off.

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    3. Cut up a cotton wool pad into small pieces. Soak each in nail polish remover, then place on each nail and cover with a strip of foil to hold each one in place. Leave for five minutes, then twist off - your glitter nail polish will come off in a swoop.

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  5. I stopped biting my nails for three months this year, but then I lost my Stop 'n' Grow stuff when I moved house. *buys more, this excuse is pathetic, my nails look shit*

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    1. Buy more! Think of the fun to be had with the nail polish we got at Kat's house!

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