New Feature: Nail Your Books

Nail Your Books at Books, Biscuits, and Tea

Hello and welcome back! Nail Your Books is a feature at The Princess of Storyland blog that Cristina created in order to show off some great book related nail ideas. They can be anything from a book inspired design to a matching nail varnish. Since I love nail varnishes and – as my Twitter followers know – I often create book cover inspired nail designs for myself, I decided to join this feature and bring them here to the blog to show you.

Due to popular demand I will also try to include a short tutorial with my photos so that if you like a certain design, you can try it for yourself. This week’s nails have already been done on Twitter back in October but I wanted to show them to you here on the blog since I know lots of people don’t have Twitter or just simply missed my post. The holidays are upon us and what better way to get into the festive spirit than by curling up with a nice Christmasy book, a warm blanket and a mug of hot chocolate. And what better way to make the holidays even more fun is by creating some cute nail designs!

This week’s nails are not your usual snowflake or snowman sort of design – the good news is, however, that they can be worn at any time of the year. People won’t look at you strangely if you try them in October, February or even in summer. Today’s nails were inspired by Abby Clements’s Christmas novel called Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, a book that I reviewed last month. Its cover looks very sparkly and it has all these shiny gems on it which made me want to do a similar nail design. Well, here’s the result.

Nail Design for Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

I’ve a bit of an obsession with gradient nails and this was one of my first attempts at making it. If you’d like to recreate this look for the holidays, this is what you will need:

  • Base coat (Nail Experts Gold Strengthby Avon)
  • Two other colours (Heavy Metallilac by Catrice and Blue Escape by Avon)
  • Top coat (Ultra Gloss Nail Shine by Essence)
  • A cosmetic sponge
  • Silver nail art pen
  • A toothpick
  • 10 silver rhinestones

After starting off with a base coat to protect your nails, apply one coat of blue and let it dry. And here comes the tricky bit – the gradient. It’s not as difficult as it looks like, trust me. I will refer you to a tutorial on Youtube which might be helpful and it basically explains how I did my nails as well. There’s a few other methods but for me this one was the easiest so far. So, to do the purple gradient, check out this video and follow the instructions. (obviously, you will only need two colours for this one)  When you’re done, apply a top coat to blend the colours together and to give your nails a lovely shine.

Important! Before the top coat would dry, you’ll need to apply the silver rhinestones. Here’s how to do it: pick up a toothpick and dip it into water. By using the toothpick, pick up a rhinestone, place it onto your nail and press it gently. And that’s it. When you’re done, take the silver nail art pen (or a dotting tool dipped into silver nail varnish, if you don’t have one) and make a dotted line above the rhinestone. When you’re done and it’s completely dry, you can apply another top coat to prevent the stones from falling off, but this is entirely up to you. And that’s it! Believe me, it’s a lot easier than it looks and the result is gorgeous.

Just a tip: your fingers will look super messy after the sponge method for the gradient effect. You’ll probably have paint all over your fingertips (or maybe I’m the one who’s terribly clumsy) – but don’t worry. Just get a few cotton buds, dip them into nail varnish remover and clean the extra paint off your fingers.

Will you give it a go? Do you have any other holiday themed nail design ideas you’ll try? :)


    • says

      Thank you! So do I!!! I’ll definitely continue it. I won’t make it a weekly feature because I know I don’t have much time these days but I’ll post as often as I can :)

    • says

      Aw, thanks Nikki! Hmm, maybe you could start with just the gradient nails and a rhinestone? You really can’t go wrong with those two and I think it would still look nice :)

    • says

      It is! But I usually just get a cotton bud and dip it into some nail varnish remover and try to clean it off after painting my nails. My nails look super messy after the sponge bit but hey, you can always get rid of that by using the buds. :)

    • says

      Ooooo! *chants* Nail salons don’t count! 😉 That would be great! Will you let me know if you give it a try? I’d love to see it!

      Misty from Bookaholics Book Club has just tried it with a dark/light blue combo and it looks pretty good, apparently. x

    • says

      Thank you so much! :) I knoooow! I love gradient nails. Seriously, I’ve a bit of an obsession with them… I thought they’d be very difficult but they’re not, really. Cleaning the extra nail varnish off your fingers takes a bit of time but that’s about it. And it looks so nice!

  1. says

    OH MY GOODNESS. Nail art! BOOKS!! This is like the best invention…EVER! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! New follower!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog for Top Ten Tuesday. I hope you have a fantabulous week!!
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    • says

      I know, right? I’m SO happy I found this feature on Cristina’s blog :) I love the idea.

      And thank you so much for following! It’s lovely to meet you x

  2. says

    Oooh, pretty! I am DREADFUL with nail varnish – I never leave it long enough to dry so I end up smudging it all within the first hour – but I do like oohing and aahing over other people’s nail-art genius! You’ve matched the cover beautifully, it’s inspired!

    P.S. Your ‘welcome’ photo, of you and the bookshelves – are they yours? I was just looking at the stepped shelving and thinking how clever it was. I constantly double-stack my shelves but when they’re all the same height it’s a pain the neck trying to find anything!
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    • says

      Thank you! Yeah I know! I’m TERRIBLE at waiting for my nail varnish to dry. I usually try to do them before I start writing a review or something like that so that while I’m working they have plenty of time to dry 😀

      And yes, they are! They were actually a MESS a while ago. I started running out of space so I decided to reorganise the whole thing and voilà. I’ve wanted to do a blog post about it for AGES but I haven’t had time yet. Should I schedule a post for next week? I know I already have some photos for the post and everything, I just completely forgot to actually write it. 😀 It’s such a great way of double stacking books, though. It makes it so much easier to find books!

    • says

      Thanks Mel! Ah, you’ll love gradient nails. Seriously. I tried them a few months ago and I’m totally obsessed now. If you give it a try, feel free to post a photo here – I’d love to see it! 😀

      • says

        Wow! Wouldn’t that be great! And I can be friends with your cat (Is he/she friendly?) and I am just drooling thinking about your book shelf (all the books I would borrow) and maybe help you out with your reducing bookshelf space and…. *dreams away*
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        • says

          It’d be amazing! :) She’s friendly once she gets to know you, otherwise she’s very shy and tends to run away from strangers. I’ve a friend who came to visit a few times and after about the third visit my cat started to get used to her and not hiding/running away, so… yeah. 😀


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