December 24, 2015

Peppermint Pinwheels: Christmas Nail Art with Lacquer Lust

Happy Christmas Eve! Here I am burning the midnight oil (it's 4AM) trying to sneak in more holiday nail art. As if Christmas came as a surprise to me again this year. LOL! But I realized earlier that I'd yet to show the traditional colors and I just had to use my new Unicorn!

Lacquer Lust I’ve Been A Good Unicorn, Lacquer Lust Meet Me Under The Disco Ball, Lacquer Lust Forbidden Fruit, Lacquer Lust Poison Ivy, Chez Delaney Noel A001, Artbeads Swarovski crystals

I created this design for the 'Candy Cane' prompt in the "12 Days Of Christmas" challenge you've been hearing about. The challenge ends today and I've only accomplished 4 out of 12 designs and I am pooped. Congratulations to those that completed all of them! It's a lot of work.

Lacquer Lust I’ve Been A Good Unicorn, Lacquer Lust Meet Me Under The Disco Ball
I think I may have perhaps mentioned before that I am in LOVE with the Unicorn series from Lacquer Lust. Did you get your LE Christmas Unicorn? I noticed it is still available! Their glitter jellies are awesome too and I was excited to add a few more to my collection for the holiday. 

Lacquer Lust I’ve Been A Good Unicorn, Lacquer Lust Meet Me Under The Disco Ball
I began by applying 2 coats of Lacquer Lust Meet Me Under The Disco Ball over my base on all of my nails. Once dry I added a coat of I've Been A Good Unicorn to my middle finger and thumb, as you'll see later. I used it as a topper to lighten it a bit. I just received my first bottle of Girly Bits Glitter Glaze Topcoat so I am trying it out with this design. It dries really fast and, if anything, it adds more sparkle to the glitter!

Lacquer Lust I’ve Been A Good Unicorn, Lacquer Lust Meet Me Under The Disco Ball, Lacquer Lust Forbidden Fruit, Lacquer Lust Poison Ivy, Chez Delaney Noel A001, Artbeads Swarovski crystals
I created the swirls on my index and pinky fingers by applying Candy Swirl Stencils from Loki's Nail Vinyls and filling them in with Lacquer Lust Forbidden Fruit and Poison Ivy. I finished with more topcoat and added a 3 and 4mm Clear Swarovski Crystal from Artbeads while it was still wet.

Chez Delaney Noel A001, M Polish I Need A Vacation, M Polish Get Lost, M Polish Snowberry, M Polish Carol, M Polish Elizabethian
Between the use of itty bitty caviar beads and creating stamping decals using designs with the smallest details I have really strained my eyes this season. But I fell in love with this design when I first saw it on Chez Delaney's website. And I was really surprised that my plates arrived before Christmas so I had to use at least one of them. This design is from their new Noel A001 plate.

Product Recap photo: M Polish I Need A Vacation, M Polish Get Lost, M Polish Snowberry, M Polish Carol, M Polish Elizabethian
This is another one of my designs that required crazy amounts of product. With their metallic sheen and single coat opacity these M Polish 5 free polishes/stamping polishes were perfect for filling in my decal. From left to ornament: I Need A Vacation, Get Lost, Snowberry, Carol and Elizabethian.

Lacquer Lust I’ve Been A Good Unicorn, Lacquer Lust Meet Me Under The Disco Ball, Lacquer Lust Forbidden Fruit, Lacquer Lust Poison Ivy, Chez Delaney Noel A001, Artbeads Swarovski crystals
I applied the stamping decal to my ring finger and stared at my Unicorn nails over a cup of coffee. My original plan was to leave them unadorned. And you can see how well that worked out for me!

Lacquer Lust I’ve Been A Good Unicorn, Lacquer Lust Meet Me Under The Disco Ball, Lacquer Lust Forbidden Fruit, Lacquer Lust Poison Ivy, Chez Delaney Noel A001, Artbeads Swarovski crystals

Lacquer Lust I’ve Been A Good Unicorn, Lacquer Lust Meet Me Under The Disco Ball, Lacquer Lust Forbidden Fruit, Lacquer Lust Poison Ivy, Chez Delaney Noel A001, Artbeads Swarovski crystals
I embellished them with Swarovski Crystals from Artbeads in sizes from 2 to 5mm in Clear, Light Siam and Dark Moss Green. And, of course, I just had to add some Silver Caviar Beads from WiiNo Shop to fill out the cluster. I planned to go easy with the crystals, but you know me when it comes to bling!

Lacquer Lust I’ve Been A Good Unicorn, Lacquer Lust Meet Me Under The Disco Ball, Lacquer Lust Forbidden Fruit, Lacquer Lust Poison Ivy, Chez Delaney Noel A001, Artbeads Swarovski crystals

Macro photo: Lacquer Lust I’ve Been A Good Unicorn, Lacquer Lust Meet Me Under The Disco Ball, Lacquer Lust Forbidden Fruit, Lacquer Lust Poison Ivy, Chez Delaney Noel A001, Artbeads Swarovski crystals
I was a little sad when I reviewed my photos and saw that my decal was consistently obstructed by glare, despite shooting in a light box. That will teach me for applying it over an off-the-hook silver glitter polish! Happily I captured a nice, clear close up shot of it for you.

Product recap photo: Lacquer Lust I’ve Been A Good Unicorn, Lacquer Lust Meet Me Under The Disco Ball, Lacquer Lust Forbidden Fruit, Lacquer Lust Poison Ivy, Chez Delaney Noel A001
Product Recap:
Basecoat and Topcoat: Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel and Girly Bits Glitter Glaze (not shown)
Base polish: Lacquer Lust Meet Me Under The Disco Ball
Accent polishes: Lacquer Lust I've Been A Good Unicorn, Forbidden Fruit and Poison Ivy
Stamping plate: Chez Delaney Noel A001

I was really happy with the way this design turned out! I started without a plan so it took many more hours than it could have, but well worth the effort I think. Next year I think I will do a pink peppermint design as a nod to the Peppermint Ice Cream that I can't get enough of right now. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this design and I would also love to see what you'll be wearing for Christmas! You can add your photo with your comment below. And don't forget to take a peek at the designs created by other group members. I may or may not be back tomorrow so I am going to wish you a Merry Christmas now. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Thanks for reading! I'll see you at the next post.






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