Dry Marble Xmas Tree Nails

For this year’s Christmas design I decided to go for a simple tree design. The trees themselves were from making a dry/drag marble effect onto a silicone mat and then cutting it into triangles after it had dried.

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So to start I made the drag marble for the trees. I painted a rectangle onto my silicone mat in a light leaf green shade. I then blobbed on drops of different green shades on top of this while it was all still wet. I used a couple of darker shades as well as a pastel green.

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I then used the smallest sized dotting tool I have to swirl around through the blobs of nail polish to make the marbled effect. I think I might have over swirled but I couldn’t help but get a bit carried away with it. I left this to dry for plenty of time due to the layer of polish being quite thick. I repeated this a couple of times onto the mat.

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Meanwhile I prepared my base colour. I simply painted all nails in 2 coats of a nude/light cream shade.

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Once everything was dry I carefully peeled the marble effect from the silicone mat and used scissors to cut out triangle shapes to make the trees. To apply them to the nails, I painted a layer of clear polish to stick them in place. Any large excess overhanging the end of the nail was trimmed down using scissors. I then used a plastic cuticle stick to fold the remaining overhang under the nail.

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To complete the design I attached a single star shaped nail sequin to the tops of the trees using clear polish. I then painted over the top of the entire nail with a clear polish in order to protect the design. I also used clear polish to stick in place any overhang of the green triangle that I had folded under the nail. I repeated this same process for each nail.

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Christmas Gingerbread Men Biscuits Recipe

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This is my take on some festive little gingerbread men. I think dressing them in Santa’s boots makes them look so cute. The biscuit isn’t has hard to the bite as traditional gingerbread men are, and the flavour is a little less overpowering. I wanted to make them a bit more like normal biscuits in texture. I did cheat a bit with the decoration though. I purchased ready made writing icing in a tube in the colours I needed, but feel free to make you own icing to pipe onto them.

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Ingredients

  • 200g unsalted butter allowed to reach room temperature
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger.
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon.
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg.
  • 3 tubes of writing/piping icing in red, black and white.

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Method

1. Start by weighing out your sugar and adding it to a bowl.

2. Then weigh out your butter. Cut it into cubes and add to the bowl.

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3. Cream the butter and sugar together fully with a fork so that no lumps of butter remain.

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4. Weigh out the flour and sieve it into the bowl. Add a pinch of salt, the ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.

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5. Then fold everything together into a dough using your hands. If you find your mixture is too dry, you can add a very small slither or 2 of butter and fold this into the dough.

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6. Put the dough into the fridge to chill for 30 mins.

7. Dust your work surface with flour and remove the dough from the fridge.

8. Start to preheat your oven on gas mark 4 and grease a baking tray with butter.

9. Take a section of the dough and roll it out to just under 1cm thick and use a man shaped cutter to cut out the biscuit shapes.

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10. Remove the excess dough and put it to one side to reuse later.

11. Carefully move the biscuits over to the baking tray, making sure that there is room for any expansion in between.

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12. I placed them in the oven near the higher side of the middle of the oven for 10 mins.

13. After I turned the tray around and left them for a further 5 mins.

14. Once cooked, I removed them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Once the tray was cool enough to be touched, I carefully removed them from the tray and left them to cool fully. Don’t worry if they seem a bit soft as they will harden as they cool.

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15. Repeat steps 9 – 14 in order to use up the remaining dough.

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16. Afterwards it is time to decorate your gingerbread men. Prepare your black icing with a small round nozzle. Use this in order to pipe 2 eyes and a mouth for the faces on each biscuit.

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17. Next get your red icing ready in the same way. Use this to cover all of the gingerbread men’s feet with red boots.

18. Lastly, do exactly the same with the white icing in order to add the fluffy white trim to the tops of each boot.

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19. Repeat steps 16 – 18 for the remainder of your biscuits. The decorating steps are optional however, or you could use your own ideas for decorating them.

20. Gently move your biscuits into the fridge and leave them until the icing has hardened off before serving.

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Snowman Nails

So for this year’s Christmas nails, I decided on some snowman face nails. I decided to use a glittery white textured nail paint for the background colour, as I felt it would be a pretty way to mimic the texture of real snow. The polish I used is called ‘Lady’ from Barry M’s Royal Textured Glitter collection, which is one of my favourite nail polishes.

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I started by painting this on all nails. As I forgot to use an opaque white underneath before I started, I needed to use 3 coats to get the right amount of coverage.

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On the ring fingers I then added 2 black rhinestones to each to make eyes. On the other nails I used a medium sized dotting tool and some black acrylic paint to make the eyes.

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Then I used the same black and a small dotting tool to add dots to make the mouth for the snowman on each nail. I apologise for the uneven length of my middle finger nails in comparison to the others. I find the nails on this finger are always prone to breaking easily. The one on my right hand got torn off when I was going outside and the wind blew the door out of my hand. I made myself feel better by telling myself that snowmen come in all sizes just like people lol.

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I finished the design off by using an orange acrylic paint and a thin brush to paint a small carrot triangle nose onto each nail. I then tried to add some details to the noses with a slightly darker shade of paint.

Sparkly Star Christmas Tree Nails

I got the idea for this design by combining a few simmilar ideas I seen in images online.

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First I painted all nails in 2 coats of my base colour. I went for a light brown as I wanted a light colour so that the trees stood out.

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Next I taped off a triangle shape on each nail using 2 stips of tape. On top of this I placed 2 strips of striping tape also in a triangle shape going across this sideways.

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I then painted over the taped off area with a dark green colour and then peeled off all the tape carefully before it had chance to dry.

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To finish the trees off, I added a multi toned star gem to the top of each tree. I then added my top coat. I decided to not add any glitter or anything else to the design as it is supposed to be a simple clear design.

Christmas Water Marble Nails

This is my first time trying this method of creating nail art, and it is a lot easier to get it to look good than the last water based nail design that I tried a few weeks back. I definatley want to try and experiment a bit more with such designs.

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I wanted these nails to be Christmas themed and so I went for the colours red, green and gold. First I painted all nails in one coat of the green colour to act as a base. I went for one of the lighter shades that I was using so that it didn’t show through on the next coat.

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With a little help from my husband, we taped up the skin around my nails to help with the clean up. I then started dripping one drop of each colour into the middle of a cup of water.

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When I was happy with the amount of rings of colour, I used a toothpick to make some lines going through the nail varnish to make a bit of a pattern. I then looked for the area I liked the best and dipped my nail down into the water.

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I blew on the surface a bit to dry the top, and then skimmed the excess away from the surface. Next I removed my nail from the water and removed the tape from around the nail. I repeated this on all nails before cleaning up any leftover mess on my fingers and around the nails.

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I found that this was quite a messy design to try and it does use up more nail varnish than if you were to paint it on normally. However it’s quite a fun design and the outcomes are infinite. I also found that newer and more watery nail varnishes spreaded out on the surface of the water more efficiently than older and drier nail varnishes.

Sparkling Snowflake Nails

Here’s another Christmas/Winter design. I have done snowflakes in the past, but I wanted to try and improve upon that.

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First I painted all nails in 2 coats of a deep bright blue. This blue also has some fine shimmer inside it as well which goes well with the theme of the design.

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Next I used a white nail art pen to draw on the snowflakes. I focused mainly on the upper half of the nail. For the bigger flakes I drew a large + shape with a smaller X shape inside of it. I then added a little fork type shape to the end of each point. Each point ends up looking a bit like how you would draw a birds foot as a child.

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Then to fill up the blank space I added some smaller snowflakes by simply making asterisk * shapes. The rest of the space was filled with a few random dots to make tiny snowflakes.

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Afterwards I used Barry M’s Royal Glitter Paint in Lady. I sponged this to the tips of each nail and built it up in a few layers to make a gradient of snowy sparkle.

Christmas Holly Nails

I was a bit late with posting my Christmas designs this year. The past couple of months have been hectic for me will all the changes in my life. Anyways better late than never I guess.

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This was a very simple Holly design. Although I only did it on the ring finger, you could easily do it across all nails if you have more time.

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I painted all nails in 2 coats of nail paint. The thumb and middle finger in a racing green colour, the ring finger in silver, and the remaining nails in a bright red.

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On each ring finger, using a very small dotting tool and the same green colour, I made the holly leaves out of 6 tiny dots. Imagine the dots were placed similarly to the following string of characters: o88o

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Afterwards I used a slightly bigger dotting tool and the red nail paint to add 3 dots for the holly berries. I made sure to overlap the leaves slightly to make everything look connected together properly before finishing with a top coat.

Christmas Trees 2012 Nails

I did these nails last night and I have to say they are a lot better than my Christmas nails from last year.

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I first painted the background colour to all my nails using Barry M’s Nude. I decided to do 3 coats of this in the end as I wanted to see the light pinkness of the shade more than the nudeness if that makes sense. I went for this colour to stop me using something too bright for the background which would have only resulted in overpowering the design instead.

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After this had had a decent amount of time to dry, I took a nail art brush and used this to paint a green triangle on each nail to represent the tree. For the green I used Electric Green Arabian Glow Nailwear Pro by Avon.

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I had considered using some striping tape to mask out the area where I would paint the tree. But this would have been more fiddly and would have taken more time than painting it freehand. Also real trees are not perfectly straight anyways so I figured it did not really matter if the line was slightly wobbly.

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Next I added a star to the top of each tree. To do this I basically used the smallest dotting tool I have and dotted in the same shape as you would to make a flower. I used the Christmas Gold limited edition nail paint from Barry M to do this.

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The last thing I did was to add baubles to my trees. I did this with a slightly bigger sized dotting tool and used both the Christmas Pink and Blue limited edition colours from Barry M. Then all that was left was to add my top coat. Hope you like them!

Berry Xmas Nails

The title of this one is named based on the two colours used for this design. Raspberry and the Superdrug Christmas limited edition glitter by Barry M. Like the post I did on the Boots limited edition Barry M nail paints for this year, there are also two for Superdrug. The other one is a Blue shimmery one like the Boots gold and pink ones which I plan to use soon.

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For this design I first used the Raspberry colour to paint all of my nails. I applied two coats of this and let them have plenty of time to dry. I really love this shade its such a deep colour. It looks great on toes.

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As I wanted to not do all nails identical, I next used a little bit of bright pink striping tape on two nails per hand only in a diagonal line across the nail.

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I then used the Christmas glitter on the entire ring fingers and the bottom halves of the nails that had the striping tape on them. This glitter is mainly a mixture of bright pink, blue and green hexagons and smaller flecks of blue and green glitter. It is quite festive and matched with the raspberry shade and striping tape colour quite well in my opinion.

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However, like with other glitter nail varnishes that have larger glitter pieces it can be hard to get the glitter to distribute well so I had to blob it on quite a bit. However this means that you end up with quite a thick layer of the clear base that the glitter was in. To get the amount of glitter that I wanted on the nail I had to do this three times which meant it took a lot longer to dry. I think having a stronger concentration of glitter in the bottle would have been better. But despite this I am very pleased with how the design turned out.

Christmas Pressie Nails

This weeks nails are meant to represent wrapped up Christmas presents. I think it turned out as quite a simple yet effective design in my opinion.

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To do this I painted all my nails red for the wrapping paper. I used the Barry M retro red nail paint. I love the amount of shimmer in this shade as it really helped to add to the festiveness of the design.

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Once the base colour had been left to dry well, I then added gold striping tape in a cross pattern to each nail to look as if it was ribbon tied around the present.

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I finished off by adding a flower shaped nail art gem in the same colour over the place where the striping tape overlapped. This was to act as the bow on the present. I felt this would be neater and easier than trying to make a bow in any other way.

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The whole thing was finished off with 2 coats of topcoat to help hold everything in place for as long as possible. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. What do you think?