Today I have a new to me indie, My-Stach Lacquer. Danielle sent me a couple of her Christmas polishes, which arrived in perfect time as I was completely out of ideas for Christmas manis. I also have two more polishes from My-Stash, which I will post in a couple of days.
Nog Nog is a yellow toned beige creme with small copper glitter and purple microglitter. The formula on this was smooth but a bit thick. Nog Nog is very pigmented so the glitter gets a bit lost in the base, but it creates an interesting speckled effect. I used 2 coats plus top coat.
Jolly Holly is a glitter topper packed with red and green micro bar glitter. I love the look of this, there is a ton of glitter in this one, and it goes on smoothly. My ring finger shows 2 coats of Jolly Holly over Nog Nog, and a glitter gradient on the rest of my nails, plus top coat.
You can find My-Stach Lacquer on Etsy, full size bottles retail for $6 and mini bottles for $3. These two are both still available in Danielle’s shop, and Jolly Holly is currently on sale for 40% off! You can also follow My-Stash Lacquer on Facebook.
*The products in this post were provided by the company for an honest review.
So I tried some nail art. I loved this look by The Nail Network, and although it’s more complicated than anything I’m typically willing to try, I decided I had to give it a shot. Well, it didn’t work out so hot. After a couple hours of waiting for the base color to dry, messing it up the first time I tried to put the stickers on and redoing it, I had an acceptable manicure. Then I decided to go for the gold dots. I do not own a dotting tool, but have read that a toothpick will work it it’s place. It doesn’t. I ended up completely messing it up, took the whole thing off and decided to go for something fool proof. So this is what I ended up with.
This is China Glaze Emerald Sparkled with a glitter gradient using Zoya Maria Luisa. Emerald Sparkled is one of my old favorites, and every time I use it I fall in love with it again. Maria Luisa is awesome too, its a gold flake glitter that applies smoothly and lays flat on the nail.
This morning I did my second Christmas manicure (technically my 3rd, but I didn’t get pictures of the last one.) I did a red and gold ruffian manicure for this one, something I have always wanted to do but considered a bit too far into the realm of nail art for my patience. It was actually much easier than I thought, and I think I’m going to have to get more creative with my polish more often!
I used Zoya Ziv for the gold, and this was actually a lot prettier than I expected. I just bought it because I don’t really have a good gold in my collection. Ziv is a glittery gold that ends up with a foil-like finish, I used 2 coats and the formula was perfect.
On top of that is Rekha, a deep red jelly. I used 2 coats, and could still see a bit of the gold shining through, which I liked since it gave the red a bit of a shimmer. On it’s own, I think I would have needed 3 coats for full coverage. The formula was good on this one too, just a tad thicker than Ziv.
This is my favorite holiday look so far, I can’t stop looking at my nails! Tomorrow I’m picking up some hole reinforcers to recreate a mani I saw while browsing nail blogs.
I finally got around to doing something Christmasy on my nails. I have no patience for nail art, so glitter gradients are about as far as I’ve ventured into the nail art realm. And a glitter gradient is exactly what I have today!
I used Darling Diva Black Diamond as the base, and China Glaze Party Hearty over that. Party Hearty is a glitter topper with red, green, and gold glitters in different sizes.
This was part of China Glaze’s 2010 Christmas collection, but it is still one of my favorites. However, I think it’s time for a new favorite. When I opened this up, it was pretty dried up. After 3 full droppers of Seche Restore, I finally got it back to something resembling nail polish. Unfortunately, I think it may be time to retire this one.
The awesome holo in Black Diamond was pretty much over taken by Party Hearty, but I still enjoyed this as an understated Christmas manicure.
Any recommendations for a must-have Christmas glitter?