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Hello lovelies,

 

Merry Christmas!!! Yes, for me it's Christmas today as us, Czechs celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. We have a Christmas dinner (carp and potato salad is traditional food but I cook schnitzels and potatoes) and after dinner we go hide and wait for the presents to appear under the tree (mum & dad always sneakily put them there). You wait till you hear a bell and once you hear it that's a permission to rush to the Christmas tree and open the presents. Of course now I'm grown up & living with my OH so we don't do all this but we will when we have some little ones :) That's all the Christmas talk sorted, now back to the nails...

 

Today's manicure is based around the newest addition to my nail polish collection - Nails Inc Whitechapel which I got in a goodie bag from Nails Inc who sponsored the Nailartists UK meet up (read about it here). We weren't obligated to blog about the Nails Inc products but we agreed we would do a glitter gradient nails with a Christmassy accent nails. Here is my take on this:

 

Festive White and Gold Glitter Gradient & Snowflake Nails
Festive White and Gold Glitter Gradient & Snowflake Nails
Festive White and Gold Glitter Gradient & Snowflake Nails
Festive White and Gold Glitter Gradient & Snowflake Nails
Festive White and Gold Glitter Gradient & Snowflake Nails

 

 

I have started with a coat of the Nails Inc Superfood NailKale Base Coat. Then I applied two coats of Zoya Purity (white creme) and let them dry for a bit. Then I started applying the Whitechapel glitter from tips towards the middle of the nail, creating gradient effect. I have a video tutorial here. The accent finger is stamped with China Glaze passion and MoYou London Festive 03 plate. The last step, well at least I thought it would be, was to apply the Nails Inc 45 second Top Coat with Kensington Caviar. Here's where it all went wrong - first coat of the topcoat was quite ok although it smeared the white polish a bit and tinted it lightly. But because it is not very thick it didn't give that smooth finish over the glitter gradient so I decided to do second coat of topcoat. For some reason unknown to me, the tips of my manicure went matte! So now I had more tinted white which wasn't white anymore and half of the nails matte and half glossy! Could this get any worse? Oh yeah! I thought I would cover this all up if I make the whole manicure matte. I found SpaRitual Matte Effect topcoat in my collection decided to use it. If you don't know it, it has yellowish tint to it so now I have tinted my beautiful, pure white nails with pink and yellow! Lovely! I didn't have time to re-do the manicure so it has to do :D

 

Looks like I just wrote a mini novel..

 

Have yourself a very merry Christmas or any other holiday you celebrate and I'll be back in two days! Lucie x

 

Hello lovelies,

Yes it's true, Winter is almost here and it looks like it's going to be a cold one here in UK. I'm already 'armed' with lots of warm jumpers and chic red winter coat and I have quite a few Wintery manicures coming. I'm not really feeling Christmas this year and I really lack some inspiration and unique ideas so I don't think there will be any Christmas designs, sorry. I just really like to do something new rather than repeat somebody else's ideas.

The manicure I'll show you today is very cute one and I created it specifically to go with my pink jumper I wore for Nailartists UK meet up. I met so many lovely ladies that day in London and each one of them had super cute manicure on! But about it later on...

I'm ready for you, Winter! + a mini report from a blogger meet up in London
I'm ready for you, Winter! + a mini report from a blogger meet up in London
I'm ready for you, Winter! + a mini report from a blogger meet up in London
I'm ready for you, Winter! + a mini report from a blogger meet up in London
I'm ready for you, Winter! + a mini report from a blogger meet up in London
I'm ready for you, Winter! + a mini report from a blogger meet up in London
I'm ready for you, Winter! + a mini report from a blogger meet up in London

 

 

So I started this manicure with three coats of Zoya Dot on all fingers but my ring fingers. Three coats because the polish was quite sheer and patchy :( I prepped the ring finger nails with OPI Peel Off Base coat because later on I painted them with the mind-blowing Cirque Mirror Mirror (back in stock early January).

 

On some nails I combined Dot and Mirror Mirror into shiny metallic gradient which I absolutely loved! I stamped the remaining nails with a subtle pattern from the MoYou London Festive 03 plate. I think those are like simple poinsettia flowers but I'm not sure. I've seen this pattern on jumpers and it just works so well and evokes Winter to me.

 

And then there was the meet up...

 

I'm ready for you, Winter! + a mini report from a blogger meet up in London
I'm ready for you, Winter! + a mini report from a blogger meet up in London
I'm ready for you, Winter! + a mini report from a blogger meet up in London

 

There were 10 of us at the meet up with couple of ladies coming later. It was so great to meet other bloggers and to get to know them a bit - who am I talking about? Well you'll probably know them by their IG usernames, they were @nailsbynemo, @nailsbydaniellet, @tillynailart, @falguni_nails, @enamelled, @charsnails, @lacqueredlondon, @cassgooner, @polishedbymaria. These are great and talented ladies so check them out!

 

We've been lucky to have Nailc Inc sponsoring our meet up so we've had little goodie bags waiting for us with a glitter polish in Snowflake and the new Kale base and top coats. Thank you Nails Inc ;)

 

That's all from me today, don't forget to check out my past posts if you haven't already and have a good day!

Lucie x