December 22, 2014

O Christmas Tree Nail Art Design featuring KBShimmer

I am excited to share my first Christmas design with you today as part of the third monthly link-up of my Hobby Polish Bloggers Group (HPB) on Facebook. Our theme this month was holiday, festive or winter. YAY! I love doing seasonal and holiday focused nail art designs!!

KBShimmer Turnip The Beet, KBShimmer Sugar Plum Faerie

Hobby Polish Bloggers is best for the more casual polish blogger and the wonderful ladies are extremely friendly and helpful. They have been an excellent resource for me with all types of questions about nail blogging. It is a Closed group, but you simply need to send a request to join.

KBShimmer Turnip The Beet, KBShimmer Sugar Plum Faerie, MoYou London Festive 03
I started with 2 coats of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel, then applied 2 coats of KBShimmer Turnip The Beet to my thumb, index and pinky fingers and 3 coats of KBShimmer Sugar Plum Faerie to my middle and ring fingers. See my post "KBShimmer Winter 2014 Collection Swatches & Review: Part 2" for more information on these polishes. I am trying out Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food and used 1 coat over the textured polish, then finished with 1 coats of HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat over all nails.

KBShimmer Turnip The Beet, KBShimmer Sugar Plum Faerie
I learned from my lovely nail artist friend Cassis (IG: cassis_p)  that you can do amazing things with French Tip guides and tape and I owe my custom Christmas tree shape to her! Thanks sweetie! I cut up pieces of French Tips from NailVinyls and placed them on so very anally to get the shape I wanted.

KBShimmer Turnip The Beet, KBShimmer Sugar Plum Faerie, MoYou London Festive 03
I carefully polished outside of the guides with Rica Whiteout and then quickly removed them before the polish could dry. Then I used a nail art brush to go over the Whiteout with China Glaze Fairy Dust for a sparkling snow look. AND because Fairy Dust just seems to make everything better!

KBShimmer Turnip The Beet, KBShimmer Sugar Plum Faerie, MoYou London Festive 03
Next I stamped over Turnip The Beet with the holiday lights design from MoYou London Festive 03 using Mundo de Unas White. Then I used a small detail brush to color the lights pink and lime green using Mundo de Unas Mexican Pink and Avocado to accentuate the glitters in Sugar Plum Faerie.

KBShimmer Turnip The Beet, KBShimmer Sugar Plum Faerie, MoYou London Festive 03
I embellished my Christmas Tree with "garland" by cutting small sections of Silver Bead Chain from Born Pretty Store and attaching them with a bit of glue. They simply wouldn't stay put with topcoat. And I completed the design by placing a Silver Star from a Sally Beauty Supply Stud Set at the top.

KBShimmer Turnip The Beet, KBShimmer Sugar Plum Faerie, MoYou London Festive 03
I initially had 3 strands of "garland" on my tree. While I liked the symmetry the odd number provided, I felt it was too much and overpowered the polish. What do you think? Did I make the right choice by removing a strand?

KBShimmer Turnip The Beet, KBShimmer Sugar Plum Faerie, MoYou London Festive 03
Product Recap:
Basecoat and Topcoat: Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel and Glitter Food, HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat
Base polishes: KBShimmer Turnip The Beet and Sugar Plum Faerie
Accent polishes: Mundo de Unas Mexican Pink and Avocado
Stamping plate: MoYou London Festive 03
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas White
Embellishments: Born Pretty Store silver bead chain, silver star stud from Sally Beauty

I couldn't have been happier with the way this design turned out! It was so fun and colorful, just like a real Christmas Tree! I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Be sure to scroll down to view the gorgeous creations of other group members.

Happy Holidays! I will see you at the next post.





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20 comments

  1. The Nail Smith (Millie)December 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    So pretty! I personally like the 3 strands of garland better, I don't think it overpowers the polish too much :-) I do also like the 2 strand version, though.

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  2. What a great way to make a tree! That Cassis is a wealth of inspiration! Such a fun holiday design, love the colors, and silver accents! So glad you got to share this in all it's steps and glory.

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  3. Eeek, you're killing me here! Just kidding...I'm just forwarding all of your swatch posts to Santa, he's rich, right?!! Of these, Sugar Plum and White Here are the ones that tug on me the most. Again, love your beautiful swatches and helpful review!!

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  4. I seriously have no words for how much I love this! So gorgeous!

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  5. You're making me regret not getting "Turnip the Beet"! Beautiful manicure! <3

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  6. Oooohhh! This is really pretty and so different from other Christmasy manicures I've seen. Nice!

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  7. These are so fun!

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  8. Thanks so much Mille! I appreciate your honesty too. In hindsight it's funny how much stress 3 strand or 2 caused! Happy Holidays! <3

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  9. Thanks so much Kim sweetie! Cassis surely is! I never would have thought to do the things I see her do with tape and guides! So glad you enjoyed the design. Happy Holidays! <3

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  10. I'm sorry and I hope Santa hooked you up! I can completely relate to the tug from those 2 polishes! They are really amazing! Happy Holidays Kim! <2

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  11. Thank you very much Sarah! So glad you enjoyed it. Happy Holidays! <3

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  12. Thank you very much Shipra! I'm glad you enjoyed my design. Enabler Alert! "Turnip The Beet" is still available! Happy Holidays! <3

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  13. Thank you very much Erin! I love that purple & pink are Christmas chic these days! Happy Holidays! <3

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  14. Gorgeous swatches!! I'm especially interested in the red one!

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  15. This is beautiful!!! I love the technique you did for the tree. That is brilliant!

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  16. So sorry for my slow reply Anne! Thank you! I'm so glad you liked them. Turnip The Beet is awesome! Looks great without topcoat as you see here, or with 2 coats in O Christmas Tree. Have you tried a KBShimmer texture yet?

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  17. Thanks so much Anne sweetie! I am so thankful my friend helped me step out of the box to try things like this with vinyls. Happy New Year! <3

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