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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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