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Christmas with FLP: Christmas in your country

Happy Christmas Eve to everyone all over the world! Today marks the end of the Xmas with FLP challenge. It’s been a pleasure doing this challenge with Polished Tickles and Beauty, For the Love of Nail Art and Bubbly Brunette.

When Voni from Polished Tickles and Beauty and Tyler from For the Love of Nail Art and I were chatting about making a challenge, we wanted to make sure that there was a day when we could express our experience of Christmas in South Africa. Whenever we see Christmas manicures online, they are always blue and silver with snowmen and snowflakes. But growing up in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is very different. Usually Christmas day is about 30 degrees Celsius (or often raining), but we never, ever have snow. Christmas day is usually a beautiful summer’s day around the pool with family. What is it like where you live?

The final day of the challenge has been described as “Christmas in your country” so that everyone all over the world can portray their own country.

I’ve done a bit of an African take on the traditional Christmas tree, with a nice South African sunset in the background. I hope you like πŸ™‚
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I originally just did a tree with a sunset, but then I decided to bling it up a bit. Here is the original:
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You can look at all of the manis that have been done for this challenge by clicking on this InLinkz group below:


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Christmas with FLP: Christmas Movie

I absolutely love this movie and Tim Burton. I did this movie last year as well (you can look at it here) but I just couldn’t resist.

Here’s the Nightmare Before Christmas Jack and Sally mani (it has a nice ring to it, hey?):
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You want to know how I did it??? Here’s a photo tutorial of the steps.
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Remember, today is the last day of the challenge. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go look at what all the girls have done so far. Check out the other bloggers (Polished Tickles and Beauty, For the Love of Nail Art and Bubbly Brunette).

You can look at all of the manis that have been done for this challenge by clicking on this InLinkz group below:


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Christmas with FLP: Inspired by Christmas colours

Hello all you lovely people!

I hope that everyone has had a fantastic weekend! It’s only a few weeks until Christmas and I’m beginning to get very excited for the break!

Today’s challenge was: Inspired by Christmas colours. I must say, mine aren’t the traditional Christmas colours, but I really love how it turned out. I created some thick stripes with normal scotch tape that I cut in half. Then I hand painted some green holly leaves and used a dotting tool to create the berries (with a smaller white accent).

I hope you like it as much as I do:

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Here’s the list of prompts to come in our challenge.

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Check out the posts from the other bloggers also participating in this challenge: For the Love of Nail Art, Polished Tickles and Beauty and the Bubbly Brunette.

 

Or check out all the posts in out InLinkz group:


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Day 24 – Re-create a holiday mani

Wow! 24 manicures in 24 days.. and now it’s Christmas πŸ™‚ What a wonderful end to a fun and entertaining challenge.

I wanted to do something simple and elegant for Christmas, so I re-created the simple Christmas tree manicure. Here is a link to a picture tutorial from Girls Hue. But this mani has been really popular this year so I’m sure you’ve seen it.

Here it is πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas everyone!

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This last picture is my mani out and about πŸ™‚ It has a pretty sparkle in the light πŸ™‚

 


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Day 23 – Rudolph

Second last post, which also means 2 days to Christmas! πŸ™‚

I Googled Rudolph nails and did something similar to the cutest ones I found.. Here are some sites that I used: Follow the Yellow Polish Road and Top Coat It. They were super cute, I tried to make mine cute too πŸ™‚ A whole bunch of litte Rudolphs.

So here they are πŸ™‚ Photo 2012-12-22 9 56 30 PM Photo 2012-12-22 9 53 09 PM Photo 2012-12-22 9 49 42 PM Photo 2012-12-22 9 45 45 PM


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Day 22 – Fruit Cake

I decided to use fruit cake colours and do a more abstract manicure πŸ™‚

I always remember having fruit cake on Christmas. It was a big deal in my family, my grandma used to make tons of Christmas puddings (that have all the fruit, cherries, raisins, etc in). The recipe was passed down from my great-grandmother who apparently stole a recipe for fruit cake from the nuns. I’m not sure how true this whole story is, but it was always a big part of our Christmas.

I did a very simple, abstract design πŸ™‚ I hope you like it!

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Day 21 – Water Marble

The day that I’ve been most nervous about – Water Marble. It didn’t turn out TOO bad.. let’s put it this way, there is one nail that I really like. The rest are… meh.

I used a glitter (Skin Food) and a Face Shop dark purple. Nothing much else to say. I’m not a pro and it’s not that great, but it’s done πŸ™‚ I do want to practice this technique and learn how to do it nicely πŸ™‚

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