12 Days of Christmas Nail Art: Frozen Snowflake Flurries

by - Monday, December 01, 2014

Frozen nail art with a gradient and snowflakes using Zoya

December brings with it a bunch of exciting things! The first is that I get to start opening my Ciaté Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar, and the second is that the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge kicks off! I haven't decided how to share the first item with you, but for the second you get to look forward to new nail art every other day until Christmas! Hooray! I'm really excited about some of the fills I have prepared/planned for this challenge.

The theme for December 1st is Snowflakes. (Those of you who follow me on instagram got a preview of this one the other day!) Let's take a better look at the gorgeous flurry of snowflakes that I created on my nails for this one. :)

Frozen nail art with a gradient and snowflakes using Zoya

This look started off with my first-ever attempt at a circle gradient. I used three shades to create my base: Zoya Sailor, Essie Avenue Maintain and Sinful Colors Snow Me White. I gave it a quick coat of OPI Pirouette My Whistle to add some basic snow and then stamped on my full flakes with Konad White Stamping Polish and plate QA19 from Born Pretty Store. Seal the whole thing with a layer of top coat and we're ready to go play in the snow!

Frozen nail art with a gradient and snowflakes using Zoya

And just for fun here's a macro look at this art. You can really see the semi-transparent white glitter from OPI Pirouette My Whistle in this one!

Frozen nail art with a gradient and snowflakes using Zoya


Here's a look at the great fills from the other lovelies at Challenge Your Nail Art for today's theme:





And here's a look at the other themes we have coming up:


Let me know what you think! (If you want you can even compare this to my snowflake fill from last years' challenge!)

Thanks for visiting!

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41 comments

  1. Your nails are gorgeous - a perfect start to December!

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    1. Thank you so much! Totally agree, perfect for winter! :)

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  2. Lovely! I love how the snowflakes are more subtle in this one.
    About the Ciaté advent calendar, maybe do a weekly post with the polishes you got that week?

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    1. Thanks lovely!

      I like the idea of a weekly post... I'm thinking I might do a weekly post with a one-finger swatch? I don't think I'd have time for much more than that!

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    2. Yeah, that or on a nail wheel. I didn't even think about swatches to be honest, just showing the polishes haha

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  3. Oh, this is lovely! The white glitter is perfect for the theme!

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  4. Very pretty! I love everything from the gradient to the glitter and stamping!

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  5. I think the prettiest snowflake mani I have ever seen!

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  6. Beautiful!! The circle gradient looks awesome and overall it's just so pretty!

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    1. I'm really happy with how the circle gradient turned out - there were a few times as I did it that I wasn't too confident in that! Thanks!

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  7. The circle gradient came out wonderful! And such lovely snowflakes ♥.

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    1. Thank you! I'm really really happy with it!

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  8. Love the addition of the glitter for added snow, and the circle gradient came out great!

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  9. This is awesome! I love it! It turned out amazing!

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  10. That's lovely! I like the colours you used and I honestly thought the snowflakes were stickers!

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    1. That's such a nice compliment! The stamp picked up really well, I'm super happy with it. :) Thanks!!

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  11. I love the wintery feels to this! Its been so cold where I live but there hasn't been much snow yet.

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    1. Thanks! Same here, cold wind but no snow. :(

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  12. I love all these holiday looks. It reminds me that I should really be doing some holiday art like NOW!! Great job!

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    1. Yes, get on the holiday looks! The season is here! Haha. Thanks so much. :)

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  13. This is so freaking awesome! You did a lovely job. :)

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  14. I love this circle gradient, I have to try this out! Did you use a sponge? What was your method, this whole thing just looks great!

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    1. I did, just a regular makeup sponge! I painted a white dot in the middle and then did rings of my two other colours and applied like a regular linear gradient. It took about three layers of gradient to build up the opacity. :)

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  15. These are so lovely! And perfect for Winter!

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  16. Such a perfect snowflake mani! <3

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  17. Love! I love the circle gradient background - I really need to try this technique!

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  18. Beautiful winter nail art! It's perfect!

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  19. This is beautiful!! I love this manicure!

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  20. I love this!!! Beautiful circular gradient, too!!

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  21. I really love this mani! The gradient looks great, everything comes together perfectly!

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  22. Wow, this is one of the prettiest snowflake manis I'v ever seen!

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  23. Absolutely beautiful! I love how your snowflakes seem to float on the nail.

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Thanks for your comments! Even if I don't get a chance to reply I read and appreciate each and every one of them!! <3