Merry Christmas to all those Christmas celebrating readers of mine!!!! Hope you all have a blessed day with your families!!!! For those of you who do not celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a happy holiday (whatever you may celebrate) or happy day (if you do not celebrate anything at all). I have to say, this post is kind of bitter sweet for me. If you read yesterdays post, you know how excited I am how the pictures turned out! The bitter part, these are my last Christmas nails =(. I've been enjoying creating different themed designs and sharing them with you all!!! Although, I kind of ran out of ideas and was pushing for new ones...so there is again another sweet part.
I saw these nails originally on pinterest. When I clicked the pin, they directed me this post on Dressed Up Nails. I fell in love not only with this blog, but also the nails. I needed to have a variation of these nails for my personal Christmas manicure. Since I did not want to waste a lot of my glitter polish for the intricate swirls, I decided to make the red nail my accent and my other nails gold. Plus, have you ever tried to nail art using a glitter polish? It's a pain in the butt....I'll get to that after the pictures.
Let's take a look!!! Yup, that's right, these are outdoor pictures, in the sun, with a snowy background! Love!
- Nicole by OPI - Keeping Up With Santa
- Sally Hansen - Golden I (base of the gold nails)
- China Glaze - I'm Not Lion (put on top of Golden I and used for accented design)
Gorgeous, right? I'm in love with these nails, and if there are no chips, I will be wearing them tomorrow also. They're so glittery and sparkly!!! I'm very happy I decided to do red as an accent nail also!
For my gold nails, I started off with a base of Sally Hansen Golden I. I did that because I did not want to waste a lot of my I'm Not Lion polish. Reason being, this polish by China Glaze is fantastic! It has to be my favorite glitter polish. Technically, I could have gotten away with one coat of this glitter on a naked nail, but I really wanted the gold of this polish to pop. I probably will be layering it on top of Golden I in the future.
For my red nails, I decided to use Nicole by OPI - Keeping Up With Santa. This was one of the polishes I received from Nicole by OPI as a prize for being a runner up in their Halloween Contest. If you want to see the whole amazing prize pack, you can read this post :). Keeping Up With Santa is a perfect holiday red polish. It completely covers the nail in one coat, but for this manicure I used two coats. I wanted the subtle shimmer in the polish to show, and with one coat, it was kind of missing. Plus on one of my nails there was a naked spot since I have never used the NOPI brush before and had to get used to it. Two coats made it even, for me, but for someone who is used to their brushes, you'll be good with one coat!
With my small nail art brush, I detailed on the swirls. I have to say, painting this design on my nail was very easy and rather relaxing. Whenever I'm bored at work, or when I used to go to school, I would doodle swirls similar to this on corners of papers or post it notes. I never though had thought about actually putting it on my nail! Once I got one line started, the rest came and I had to stop myself from adding more swirls!
What do you think? Are you in love like I am? I kind of think they look like ornaments or wrapping paper!!
I hope again that you all have a Happy and Blessed Christmas! Enjoy your day and I will see you back here in three days! <3