Sunday, December 16, 2012
Christmas Color Block
Hi guys. Here are the Christmas nails I wore today when I went shopping with my new friends here in Stockholm! These were a design inspired by the little gold beads, which came from a holiday Dial-a-Gem set by Cina. (You can buy these at Sally Beauty.) My mom sent me the set as a surprise in a package she mailed me, and I love them... they are something that I wouldn't buy myself but I was excited to use.
I decided to do some color blocking with the gold accent. I started off with one coat of OPI Smitten with Mittens as my base color. This is one of a few HTF colors I have in my stash, and I can see why everyone is so obsessed with it! It is the most gorgeous shimmering red, perfect for the holidays. The shimmer is something like a combo of a small flakie and a glass fleck. So lovely. If you see this in a blog sale or anywhere, don't hesitate to snatch it up!!
I painted the green, which is OPI Live and Let Die, on half of my nail on the diagonal. I didn't use any tape to do this, because I wasn't too worried about my line being 100% perfect since I would be covering it with the gems anyway. Next, I dabbed one coat of China Glaze Party Hearty (the quintessential Christmas glitter!) over OPI LaLD.
After that was all finished I put a coat of non quick dry top coat over everything and set the gems onto that while it was still wet. I did not seal them with more top coat after applying. I will say that they didn't wear for very long this way... by the end of the day all my gems had fallen off. I wasn't too worried about longevity though. If you are, I would definitely recommend using nail glue to attach things like this.
Thanks for reading!