Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My New Year's Eve nails! Wavy blue & silver glitter on glitter!

What's up, friends! I was going to post these yesterday but spent my day alternately in bursts of cleaning frenzies and sitting like a lump on the couch not wanting to move or do anything. So here's my first blog post of 2013 - the nails I wore for New Year's Eve!

New Year's Eve nails - wavy blue & silver with China Glaze Glistening Snow and Water You Waiting For

I wish I had taken a picture of my desk area as I was trying to decide what to do for my NYE nails because it was littered with glitter and rhinestones and sparkly polish. I knew I wanted to do something super-sparkly but for some reason it took me so long to decide what that super-sparkly thing should be. I use glitter all the time anyway so I wanted to add something even MORE sparkly for my NYE nails. At first I was leaning toward rhinestones but I recently received this set of 12 colors of loose hex glitter from Born Pretty Store to review and once I thought about using those I couldn't get it out of my head. I HAD to use them.

New Year's Eve nails - wavy blue & silver with China Glaze Glistening Snow and Water You Waiting For

After a little while of thinking about it and staring hard at all my polishes some more I finally got the idea to do a 2-color base with loose glitter placed in opposite colors over the base colors. Initially I thought of doing a more straight-line-based geometric pattern but I ended up doing something more organic and wavy, which I think worked pretty nicely with the color palette.

New Year's Eve nails - wavy blue & silver with China Glaze Glistening Snow and Water You Waiting For

I started these nails with 2 coats of China Glaze Glistening Snow. Then I used my mid-length striper to trace the edges of the blue shapes in China Glaze Water You Waiting For, and I used a small flat brush to fill the shapes in. I LOVE these two glitter colors together so much.

New Year's Eve nails - wavy blue & silver with China Glaze Glistening Snow and Water You Waiting For

After my base polish was dry it was time to place the glitter. I've never done this before so I was a little nervous of the tedious-ness of it, but it actually ended up being super easy! One nail at a time, I put on a coat of Gelous (a nice thick slow-drying topcoat). Then I took an orange stick, licked the pointy end of it, and used it to pick up and place the loose glitter one at a time. I just made the wavy lines up as I went along, placing the loose silver glitter on top of the blue base glitter and vice versa.

The loose glitter came in individual little plastic screw-top containers so to make it easier to pick up I poured each color on a small piece of bristol canvas but regular paper or even a Post-It would also work just fine. The glitter set came with sooo much of each color - I don't think I'll ever run out, which is awesome because now I want to use it ALL THE TIME. I have literally no complaints about this set of glitter except that during shipping somehow some of the glitters escaped from some of the pots so I had to clean them up a little bit when I unwrapped them... but that really wasn't a big deal at all. I seriously love the way these glitters look and I can't believe it's taken me so long to get some!

New Year's Eve nails - wavy blue & silver with China Glaze Glistening Snow and Water You Waiting For

The glitter placement was so easy that I was able to replicate my right hand just as neatly as my left, which is always nice. Lately even if a design takes me a long time on my left hand I still try to replicate it on my right because I realized I'm always just so much happier when my hands match! And the more I use my left hand for this the easier it gets.

My last step was to seal these with two generous coats of Seche Vite - even with a coat of Gelous on top already the glitter was still gritty and I like my nails to be as shiny and smooth as possible.

New Year's Eve nails - wavy blue & silver with China Glaze Glistening Snow and Water You Waiting For

What do y'all think of these? The design is definitely something different for me but I absolutely loved how sparkly they were and I really love the color combo. They were so fun to wear on NYE and the idea of the contrasting colors of loose glitter on a base pattern is something I definitely want to try again! Because GLITTER!

Also - don't forget you can use my code (CLJ61) to get 10% off your order at Born Pretty!

12 comments:

  1. Love! I can't get over that blue glitter, it's so vibrant and beautiful *o* I like the alternating hex glitter thing and the organic design is just as wonderful as your amazing geometrics :D Hope you had a very happy (and sparkly) new year!

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  2. Very pretty! perfect for New Year's!

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  3. It took me a moment to realize you weren't trying to write out anything on your nails. I was tilting my head trying to figure out what letters the glitter was suppose to be.

    Cute design though!

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  4. Love all the glitter! You have so much patience!

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  5. Hey Whitney :) I just found you blog and your nail designs are amazing!! This one is so gorgeous and soo sparkly :) Love it!

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  6. Something I've noticed in all your pictures (FB ones too) is the impressive way you have cleaned up around your cuticle...THAT is subtle but makes it all look so professional. I've seen many professionals that don't take the time like you do and it is beautiful. Any hints on what you use for the clean up? and in what kind of brush if you use one and what type of remover? Excellent!

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    1. Thank you! I use an eyeliner brush from E.L.F. or a small angled brush from my brush set (it's by MASH and you can find it on Amazon) and pure acetone for cuticle cleanup. Hope this helps!

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