Monday, December 10, 2012

The Digit-al Dozen Does Festiveness day 1 - glittery poinsettia nail art!

Hey lovers, happy Monday! Recently Victoria from Manicurator invited me to be part of a small group called The Digit-al Dozen that posts nails relating to a specific theme for a week each month. I of course immediately said yes because I have a giant nail crush on Victoria and the group sounded really fun. The theme for my first week participating is festiveness, so I hope y'all are ready for five sets of GLITTERY holiday nails this week!

I'm super excited today to show you guys my first holiday mani!

Dressed Up Nails - glittery poinsettia nail art with China Glaze Glistening Snow

I've had a lot of ideas for holiday nails but most of them are inside the same vein as lots of other holiday nails I've seen. I was trying to think of something I hadn't seen yet and all of a sudden I had an idea... poinsettias! And not just any pointsettias, of course. GLITTERY poinsettias with RHINESTONES!

Poinsettias are such a quintessential holiday thing to me and they remind me of my mom because she always had a poinsettia around when I was little. I got excited as soon as I thought of the idea and I got EXTRA excited when I decided to execute it in glitter (of course).

Dressed Up Nails - glittery poinsettia nail art with China Glaze Glistening Snow

I started by painting my nails with China Glaze Glistening Snow, a gorgeous fine silver holographic glitter polish that is part of the Holiday Joy collection for this year. Pictures don't do this polish justice - its sparkliness is unreal. It's pretty much exactly like what you'd get if you could get China Glaze Fairy Dust opaque. I love it a whole lot.

Dressed Up Nails - glittery poinsettia nail art with China Glaze Glistening Snow

When my glitter base was dry, I began the flowers by freehanding the dark red petals with my mid-length striper brush using China Glaze Merry Berry, which is also from the Holiday Joy collection. This color is a gorrrgeous deep berry red that I fell in love with as soon as I saw swatches. I'm not really a red kinda girl but this one was just calling my name for some reason. I'm wearing it on my toes right now, too!

After I had the deep red petals painted, I went over the deep red petals with a deep red glitter - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Red Carpet. AW YEAH GLITTER!

Dressed Up Nails - glittery poinsettia nail art with China Glaze Glistening Snow

The next step was to paint lighter red petals on top of the deep red ones to add some depth and contrast. I started out with a true red, but it wasn't light enough to contrast with the darker red, so I ended up painting the light red petals using OPI Red Lights Ahead, Where? Then I went over those petals with an unnamed red Color Club glitter I picked up as part of an awesome glitter set at Ross recently. While that layer was still wet, I licked the flat end of an orange stick and used it to pick up a Swarovski crystal and press it gently into the wet polish. Ughhh soooo sparklyyyy.

Dressed Up Nails - glittery poinsettia nail art with China Glaze Glistening Snow

The final step was to paint the green petals, which I did with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Emerald City (I believe that's the name haha... I'm not at home so I can't check). I went over the petals with China Glaze Winter Holly, the awesome green glitter from the Holiday Joy collection. I did a couple coats of topcoat to seal in the rhinestones and make the glitter extra-shiny and I was done!

Dressed Up Nails - glittery poinsettia nail art with China Glaze Glistening Snow

These ended up being pretty time-consuming only because I had to be careful when forming all my petal shapes and because I painted everything twice (once with a color and then once with glitter). I really love the way they turned out, though... the sparkle in person was pretty amazing. What do you guys think?

Also, don't forget to check out the rest of the ladies in the Digit-al Dozen doing festive manicures this week!


32 comments:

  1. Okay, this is hands down my favorite holiday design ever!

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  2. OMG this is absolutely stunning! You are so talented this is amazing!

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  3. These pretty much take the cake. Lover it!

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  4. This is GORGEOUS. And you've officially convinced me I need Glistening Snow. I was resisting it because I thought it was too similar to Fairy Dust, but I see now I was wrong. So very, very wrong. <3

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    1. i am so glad you have seen the error of your ways. i will forever more buy every fine glitter china glaze makes because i love them all SO MUCH. this is definitely not too similar to fairy dust... it's the same idea for sure but IT CAN BE OPAQUE AAAHHHH! also, thank you! :)

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  5. This is beautiful, I am putting this in my "To do" file!!!

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  6. So pretty. I'm definately going to have to do these tomorrow.

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  7. new follower because of these nails.. so pretty! I absolutely love these :)

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  8. These are so pretty!!!!! Love the gemstones!!!

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  9. So pretty! I love the accent nail with the two flowers!

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  10. These are jaw-droping gorgeous! :)

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  11. This is so awesome Whitney! Extra awesome over the glitter. I really want glistening snow! I may do something like this for my mother. It's about time she had christmas nails!

    I feel so out of touch. We've had no internet at home for the past few days. I have some serious catching up to do.

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  12. You really amaze me with your manis. This is stunning

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  13. I love theses nails! Your nail art definitely inspires me. I love your attention to detail, I'm the same way! I need to find more nail art brushes and new colors soon!

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  14. The sparkle... I can't... These are too gorgeous. *drool*

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  15. Hey there,
    I've been periodically stalking you since late December because of these nails; I've left your site open in a window since then for the express purpose of posting here, but because of school and general laziness, I never got around to figuring out how to post.

    I actually found your page because I was unhappy with a poinsettia-mani of my own (for which, I had used a silver background, something which I found funny when the similarity occurred to me on my second time looking at this posting while doing an actual read-through). I was doing a Google Image search for poinsettias to see where I had gone wrong, when one of the pictures about half-way down the page caught my eye. The only nails on the 20-some pages of images I'd loaded and I was like "omg, what is this?!? :D", so I clicked into a new and magical land of nail polish blogging, full of pretty pictures and words which admittedly I don't always read (but when I do, zomg so funny) and then proceeded to look at every post and at one point, even your instagram.

    So, yeah. I'm stalking you.

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Reading comments from you guys is one of my favorite things ever! I love them all and it makes me super happy when you take time to read and comment on my posts. I do want to ask you to refrain from link dropping in your comments.If you want me to check out your blog, send me an email with the link and I'll definitely take a look!