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!
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).
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!