Holiday Manicures

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If the Christmas songs on the radio, the holiday decor in department stores, and the relentless advertising on television have not clued you in, allow me…IT’S THE HOLIDAYS. Yes, we look forward to this time of year for merriment and giving thanks, but it can also be a stressful time, as you are no doubt aware. One of my favorite ways to relax is painting my nails. To follow, several manicures that are perfect for the season!


Winter Affair by Color Club

This tidy boxed set from Color Club includes two polishes:  Berry and Bright, and Snowflake. I believe only Sally Beauty Supply is offering this as a set, and it’s available for $7.99

Snowflake is a “topper” polish which means it’s meant to be applied over other more substantial nail polishes. Snowflake is a clear polish with iridescent flakes in it. Really hard to see in the photos, but it actually looked quite beautiful over a basic white polish.

Forgive my dry cuticles and Flinstone toes, but I have only so many digits available for painting so I had to use my feet for this swatch. This is the Berry and Bright. It’s a really beautiful ruby red shimmer. This, incredibly, is a single coat. I’d recommend two for perfect coverage, but one would work in a pinch. I did try applying the Snowflake over the top of this polish, but I couldn’t tell the difference.


Illamasqua Nail Varnish Duo


On the other side of the price point scale, this set of polishes from Illamasqua is available online at Sephora, and in some Sephora stores, for $25. A bit of a discount, since these polishes individually cost $14, so you’re saving a couple bucks on two.

Here I did a manicure with two accent nails, using both Illamasqua polishes. The bluish green tone is Viridian, which has a shimmer finish, while the burgundy tone is Glitterati, which has both large and small chunks of glitter. I loved how this combo looked together, and it was nice not to have to make the decision about what to pair each polish with–they do it for you. Some of the reviewers mentioned layering the Glitterati over the Viridian, but the Glitterati was pretty dense, so I’d be surprised if that looked good.


Nailtini and China Glaze

Andddd, the wild card. Sarah generously sent me the bottle of nail polish she got in her first Ipsy/Glambag shipment. It’s from Nailtini, in the shade Millionaire ($13), which features bar glitter in gold and teal tones. The gimmick behind the Nailtini brand is that you can create unique looks by layering their polishes, the same way you’d mix a cocktail. Certainly not any different from what you can do with regular nail polishes, but it’s a clever marketing tool. They also sell lip products and eye makeup.

I wanted to layer the Nailtini Millionaire over a contrasting color. There is SO much bling in this polish, it’s just chock full of bar glitter. So I applied two coats of China Glaze Man Hunt first, then layered a single coat of Nailtini Millionaire on top. Full disclosure: I hated how it looked at first. But it’s been growing on me and I’ve gotten many compliments in the first day of wearing this combo. Next time I’d layer it over a white or gold polish instead. But this is a fun look especially for New Year’s Eve–a bit wintry with some sparkle on top.


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