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Thermal Christmas Tree Nails

27/12/2016

I hope you had a great Christmas surrounded by loved ones. I am really ill due to Christmas, but I wanted to show you my cute thermal Christmas tree nails as they are really easy to recreate if you choose to do so next year. I used two Australian indie brands in this mani that are both cruelty free and some christmas tree vinyls.

Thermal christmas tree nails using Femme Fatale Cosmetics Clever Girl
Thermal christmas tree nails using Femme Fatale Cosmetics Clever Girl
Clever Girl pink toned red when cool and clear when warm with golden shimmers and glitters
Clever Girl pink toned red when cool and clear when warm with golden shimmers and glitters

For the base of this mani I used a thermal polish from Femme Fatale Cosmetics called Clever Girl. Clever Girl is a bright red leaning pink when cool and clear when warm (over 30°C.) It is packed full of golden shimmers and holographic glitters that compliment both states nicely. I used four coats, but it can look as if there is tip wear in the clear state as the opacity comes from the glitters and they don’t sit well on the tip of the nail. Even with four coats, there is slight VNL (visible nail line) in the clear state – this didn’t bother me much in this polish though. The polish has a very slight texture from the glitters but it’s easily smoothed out with a coat of top coat. Clever Girl is a very sensitive thermal so it changes with only slight temperature differences, which I really like as some thermals only change if you put your hands in really warm or cool water. Because of the warm weather in Melbourne at the moment, the polish tended to stay in an in-between stage where it was a light peach colour, I didn’t like this colour as much as the clear or red/pink colours but it was still nice. As with all thermal polishes, the thermal pigment degrades over time which means the shift in colour will stop after 6-12 months. This polish will probably settle as the red colour but I have seen thermals like this settle in the middle colour (peach) too.

Femme Fatale Clever Girl thermal polish
Femme Fatale Clever Girl thermal polish
Femme Fatale Cosmetics Clever Girl thermal
Femme Fatale Cosmetics Clever Girl

For the nail art I used a holographic green polish from Powder Perfect called Osiris and a squiggly christmas tree nail vinyl/stencil from What’s Up Nails. What’s Up Nails have redesigned their vinyls so that there is a lot less solid vinyl around the design making it much easier to see where the vinyl is being placed. I always struggle to place vinyls upright and in the middle of the nail, so this new design is much easier for me to use.

Thermal christmas tree nails using Femme Fatale Cosmetics Clever Girl - Polish and Paws Blog
Thermal christmas tree nails using Femme Fatale Cosmetics Clever Girl
Clever Girl pink toned red when cool and clear when warm with golden shimmers and holographic glitters
Clever Girl pink toned red when cool and clear when warm with golden shimmers and holographic glitters

These nails didn’t take me long despite my bad shakes and blurry vision, so anyone of any skill level should be able to recreate this or do something similar. Everyone who saw my nails loved them and all said they looked very festive. I don’t tend to like reds but this is just pink enough for me to really enjoy wearing it, my camera picked up a lot or red in the light box, but in real life there is a little bit more pink to Clever Girl in cold state.  Did you do any sort of mani for the holidays? Will you recreate these christmas tree nails next year? Hopefully my health will allow me to post some New Years Eve nails as I love to make them nice and sparkly.

Love, Alinta

2 Comments

  • jacquelinefcolman 01/01/2017 at 10:50 am

    OMG I love these so much! Perfect for xmas!

    • Alinta McMurdo 05/01/2017 at 12:21 am

      Aw thank you 🙂 nice and simple but very festive x

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#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. #pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
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    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? 
#trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? #trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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