CHRISTMAS NAIL ART: Icy Golden Lavender Snowflake Nails

by - December 04, 2020


When I first saw the Essie Winter Trend 2020 Collection, there were definitely a few shades that I really, really wanted to get my hands on - and ultimately they didn't end up being the shades I picked up when I saw them in store because something about this one just absolutely grabbed me and I had to have it. (And I was trying really hard to be responsible and not just buy the whole collection, but now I'm sort of regretting that....) Anyway, I knew I had to use it in an actual holiday mani (and in this case, holiday definitely just means generically wintery) so... I did!

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All of the shades in this collection include this really strong gold shimmer that gives a really strong flash on the nails and for me really makes this collection a stand out at the drugstore, but the combination of this really pretty lavender with the gold sheen just absolutely grabbed me. For this mani, I started with two coats - though I will say that if you're going to wear this without nail art, I would go for three coats of full, full opacity. I really wanted to lean into that sheen, so once I had the base on, I went in with a gold glitter on a ripped bit of makeup sponge and just added a random sort of vein of glitter to each nail. 

I wanted to keep the stamping simple but distinctly icy and wintery, so I grabbed for the Nicole Diary L13 Stamping Plate. I paired two different images from the plate to create this snowy and icy look. For my middle two fingers I used this one image that has the sort of icy shards at the top and a few scattered snowflakes that spread over the nails - this is seriously a great image. For the pinkie and ring finger, I started with the scattered snowfall image (which is just dots, but stamping is just so much easier...) and then I added some snowflakes from that same image I used for the middle two nails just sort of randomly over the nails.

Once I was happy with the stamping, I sealed it in with a water based top coat and the finished with a generous coat of glossy quick dry top coat and voila!

All Products Used
Essie - Love At Frost Sight
OPI - Glitter All The Way*
Clear Jelly Stamper - Jenny's Gonna Love This
Suncoat Water Based Top Coat
QUO Flash Dry Top Coat
Pueen Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard
Nicole Diary L13 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

For me, this mani is really all about that base shade. (And did I mention I'm kicking myself for not picking up the whole collection? Might have to pick it up online....) My mind doesn't really go to golden lavender when I think about winter/holiday shades, but this is why I'm not a nail polish collection curator - although that would be a bit of a dream job. There's something about this that just absolutely feels really festive to me and adding the white iciness with the stamping really drives home the winteriness of it all. I love this polish so much, you guys. If you see it, definitely grab it!

Now that I'm done gushing... Be sure to keep checking back every day leading up to Christmas Eve for more holiday and winter nail art and head over to @pblnails and follow me there to see all of my nail tutorial videos!

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