Candy Stripes Christmas Gel Polish Manicure

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I have another Christmas gel polish manicure to show you today. Unfortunately I don’t have any good pictures of it, I just have the one picture. But, it was too good not to share so please just bear with me on the bad quality. Here it is.

Candy Cane stripe Christmas gel polish manicure.

I was going for an abstract candy cane design. I started with a base of Sally Hansen Wine Not. Then, I used a nail art brush to brush on the white lines. I used IBD Whipped Cream for the white lines. Then I finished with 2 coats of IBD Fireworks. It was pretty thick when I was all finished with the base coat, 2 coats of color, the white lines, 2 coats of fireworks, then a top coat. But, it was super cute anyway.

Usually I will wear a color for one week, then add some nail art after a week. I did that on this manicure, so technically it has 2 top coats. One before the white lines and one at the very top. It does get a bit thick when I add the nail art, but I really like this system.

When I first considered gel polish, there were 2 things that really convinced me to get into it. One: It’s completely dry as soon as you wipe off the tacky layer. This was a huge selling point for me because I have 3 kids and I don’t have time to paint my nails AND wait for them to dry. Now, I just have to paint my nails and when I am done, they are dry. Two: The nail polish looks gorgeous and chip free for 2 weeks or more. This was another huge selling point because, again, I have 3 boys and I don’t necessarily have time to do my nails every single week.

So, with my current system, I really only do my nails twice a month. When I add nail art, it goes much more quickly. I add the nail art mostly because I get bored of the same color after a week and I want something new on my nails. I personally think it’s a great system and it really takes advantage of the long lasting wear of gel polish.

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Hi, I'm Kirstylee. I'm a wife, mom, and lover of all things gel polish. I started this blog to share my knowledge and make new friends. :)