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Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide for the Nail Artist

Happy Holidays! It’s almost Christmas and I’m so excited to spend it with my family! I love spoiling all my loved ones, therefore, I’ve been doing a lot of last minute shopping. Finding the perfect gift can be stressful and I tend to ask my friends for gift ideas.
My friends always ask me what my favorite nail products are and I send them a list of all my must have items. So, I decided share my list with you and create a christmas gift guide including my favorite products!
The products below are not only on my christmas wish list but I love them all year round!
If you have a friend, sister, mom, girlfriend or family member that loves nails…the following products will be the perfect addition to their nail kit. I swear by these products and I wouldn’t be able to do my nails or client nails without them.
I hope this christmas gift guide helps anyone doing last minute shopping for the nail lover or nail artist in your life…or yourself 🙂

Christmas Gift Guide

1. OPI DripDry
Lacquer drying drops that dries nails to the touch in one minute and completely in five minutes. $5.75

2. Zoya Remove Plus
Big Flipper Polish Remover is a 3-in1 nail polish remover, nail prep, and nail conditioner. $9.99

3. Essie Million Nails
For visibly stronger nails with iron and amino acids that helps resist peeling and splitting nails. $10

4. H. Gillerman Remedy Pack
Organic essential oil remedies designed to address and provide therapeutic relief. Includes Sinus Remedy, Stress Remedy, Sleep Remedy, and Tension Remedy. $160 a $220 value

5. Formula X Bottle Service Set
Limited-edition 10-piece mini nail polish set with the best selling bold and neutral shades packaged in a cute champagne bottle. $36.50

6. Sephora Crystal Nail File
Long-lasting crystal nail file that perfectly sculpts your nails and easily fits in your purse for on-the-go filing. $10

7. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
This top coat dries fast and protects your nail color from chipping or peeling. $4.91

8. Henri Bendel Brown & White Nail Polish Pouch
Perfect organizer pouch for your favorite polishes and nail accessories. $38

9. Chanel Le Top Coat Velvet
Limited-edition top coat that transforms any nail polish color into a matte finish. $27

10. Sally Hansen Clip ’N Catch
Perfect nail clippers featuring a wider blade and contoured handle for a controlled grip. Plus no more mess with their built in clippings catcher. $2.29

11. Tweezerman Ultra Precision Cuticle Nipper
Features sharp, long-lasting snipping tips for smooth cutting. $35

12. Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter
Cuticle cream thick enough to soften dry, cracked cuticles and rough skin.$17.95

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Christmas Red Stocking Nails

Christmas Stocking Nails

I love christmas stockings! I especially love surprising all my loved ones with red stockings filled with their favorite items. Stocking stuffers are my favorite items to shop for and I always make sure to include an item they can use either on their hands or feet 🙂 For example, some of my favorite stocking stuffers include nail polish, crystal nail files, cuticle oil, nail clippers and fast-drying top coat. I was inspired by all of my christmas stockings to create red stocking nails. Below is a quick and simple nail tutorial to add just a tiny bit of holiday cheer to your nails this season!
Red Christmas Stocking Nail Art

L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 – Red-y to Shine?
OPI Infinite Shine – Non-Stop White
Striping Tape
Seche Vite – Top Coat

Step 1
Use a white and red nail polish to create your red stocking nails.

Step 2
Apply two coats of OPI Infinite Shine ‘Non-Stop White’ allow time to completely dry.

Step 3
Apply a piece of striping tape 1/4 away from the base of the nail to create the perfect horizontal line .

Step 4
Fill in the portion above the striping tape with L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque ‘Red-y to Shine?’

Step 5
Carefully remove the striping tape while polish is still wet.

Step 6
Finally, lock in your red stocking nails by applying one coat of Seche Vite fast drying top coat.

Red Christmas Stocking Nails

I hope you enjoy hanging your stockings and all your sweet stocking stuffers this Christmas!

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’Tis the season for Glitter!

marc jacobs glinda silver glitter

Marc Jacobs – Glinda 

’Tis the season for Glitter!
The Holidays are here and what’s more appropriate than glitter for this season.
Glitter is perfect for all the holiday parties and puts you right in the mood for New Years!
I love the sparkle, shine, and shimmer…it’s like a mini celebration right at your fingertips!
I take full advantage of the Holiday season by wearing all my favorite glitter nail polishes.

marc jacobs glinda glitter nails

My pick of the glitter was…Marc Jacobs nail lacquer in Glinda!
Glinda has definitely made my list of favorite silver glitter nail polishes. I was able to achieve full coverage with only two coats of polish…amazing!
Skip the jewelry and deck out your fingernails with a little bit of glitter and let your fingernails be your best accessory this season.

Bring on the GLITTER…

marc jacobs glinda glitter nail look

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JINsoon Chinoiserie Collection

JINsoon Chinoiserie Holiday 2015 Collection

JINsoon Chinoiserie Collection

JINsoon Chinoiserie Holiday Collection

Just in time for the holidays Jin Soon creates the JINsoon Chinoiserie Collection. The Holiday 2015 collection was inspired by the 17th century French design style chinoiserie. Jin Soon Choi says, she was drawn to the elegant hues and design used in Chinoiserie décor and jewelry.

This elegant collection features three gorgeous nail polishes that capture the “Chinese-esque” elements in its holiday collection.JINsoon Chinoiserie CollectionGlacé – Glitter polish with a mix of gold, silver and blue glitters.JINsoon Glace part of the Holiday 2015 Chinoiserie Collection
Cachet – Light Gold shimmer polish.

JINsoon Holiday 2015 Chinoiserie Collection in Cachet
Opulence – Red polish with a hint of metallic dust.JINsoon Opulence part of the Holiday 2015 Chinoiserie Collection

I was immediately drawn to the shade of Opulence and just like it’s been described this red is truly striking and romantic, its the perfect red for a Holiday collection.

JINsoon Chinoiserie Opulence Nail Polish

A Holiday collection is not complete without some glitter! I was thrilled to see a gold glitter polish in this collection. I was surprised when I noticed that Glacé polish had a mix of gold and blue glitter.

JINsoon 2015 holiday nail look using chinoiserie collection

I wanted to create a holiday nail look using both lacquers Glacé and Opulence from JINsoon Chinoiserie collection by doing a glitter ombre. I noticed Glacé had a good amount of coverage with only one coat of polish. The mix of different sized gold and blue round glitters gave this holiday nail look that extra sparkle.

JINsoon Chinoiserie Holiday Nail Look 2015

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