And here’s my last Christmassy manicure. If you’ll excuse the chips and wear, I’d be grateful - didn’t get to take a picture till 10 days in!
This was China Glaze Glittering Garland with Andrea Fulerton striping polish in white stamped over with a Bundle monster plate snowflake. This needed more glitter.
The title is nerd for gradient. I really liked the idea of yesterday’s mani, but not necessarily the application. So today I decided on a glitter gradient. I didn’t use a sponge for this one because it didn’t transfer the glitter very well, just brushed it on in layers. This means that the ends of my nails are extremely thick but I think I can stand it, because I love this! I took a long time picking the colours, as I’ve amassed quite a lot of glitter polishes now… The base colour is China Glaze For Audrey and the glitter is one of my £1 polishes, LA Colors in Treasure Island. Next time I go to Westfield (the only place I know that stocks them) I think I will buy them all. It’d be the price of maybe 10 OPI polishes, maximum but I would have ALL THE COLOURS. Then maybe I could have a really long shelf and put them in rainbow order!? That appeals, but what doesn’t is that you just know my mum would come along and put a few out of order to annoy me.
As per usual, this is topped with a coat of Seche Vite. I’ll definitely be doing these again in future.
I wish we were getting lovely sunrises here at the moment, or sunsets. I wish we were getting any sun at all. Anyway I tried a sponge gradient and made sunsets on my fingers. Or flames. Whatever. It reminds me of tequila sunrise cocktails, which is one of only a few tequila drinks my stomach can stand.
It was pretty easy to do, and the gradient looks more blended on my actual nail – I think the photo has highlighted the lines. Anyway it was some cheapo yellow which was horrible to work with (any recommendations of good yellows?), the free Mavala polish with Elle magazine this month, and Zoya Sooki. I sponged them on with a makeup sponge (although, do it the opposite way up to me – sponge at the tip – you can see the redness of my cuticles – that’s nail varnish) and then I topped with China Glaze Golden Enchantment, which is the gold version of Fairy Dust and equally awesome. One coat of Seche Vite (from a brand new bottle – heaven) and I was done. Certainly a lot quicker than the cupcake nail art! I used a youtube tutorial for how to do it, a good one is here.
Plain colours get boring, dontcha think? I’ve just done a really quick and easy nail art look today inspired by the musical Wicked that I saw at the weekend. I’ve used China Glaze Jolly Holly, a dark emerald colour which I found in Sally’s for £1.50 – it has a silver cap instead of a black one which is a bit odd, a white striper by Andrea Fulerton I bought from superdrug and then the same striper brush dipped in OPI DS Coronation, which is an awesomely dense holographic glitter. I’ve not got anything bad to say about anry of them, really, and I was quite impressed with my dexterity, especially considering I’d not had a cup of tea yet when I did my nails. Google tells me the OPI polish is relatively hard to find but I wasn’t exactly looking for it, just happened to find it at the OPI nail bar in Selfridges.
And I have a little confession, I snapped one of my nails trying to turn off my alarm yesterday so now one has a false tip and gel overlay, courtesy of moi and also Tesco for supplying the goods. But I’m so proud – I bet you can’t guess which one it is!! Ok, must get back to singing (badly) along with the Wicked soundtrack and lesson planning. I’m such a multitasker.
Sparkly polish today! I found out that Deborah Lippmann polishes are stocked at my local department store and now I’m sunk – there are awesome sparklepolishes and lots of pretty colours. I bought three, and the one I tried first is Happy Birthday. All I did was put three coats on and this is what I got! (Please ignore where I smudged it, I was in a rush to go out and get back before the rumoured riots in my town – all hype BTW)
It’s so sparkly, I’m gonna dieeeee! I LOVE this. Everytime the sun caught my fingers, I couldn’t help looking. Which may or may not have been an issue while I was driving – I forgot to indicate at a roundabout and then wondered why everyone else looked so confused! Oops! I also bought Bad Romance, which is fuschia glitter in a black jelly, and Today Was a Fairytale which apparently has diamond powder in it. Whatever, it sparkles. I love me some sparkles.