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.
One of my Black Friday purchases was from Pahlish, a brand that I’ve been admiring for a while now but had never tried. I picked up 2 polishes from the winter collection, plus Ghost of Christmas Present. I didn’t realize it at the time, but after doing some research, it looks like this one was a Black Friday exclusive, and it is not currently available on the website.
Ghost of Christmas Present is a beautiful plum red jelly with gold and purple/blue flecks. This is exactly what I would think of as “sugar plum.” The formula was good and I used 2 coats here plus HK Girl top coat.
You can find Pahlish polish here, a 15 mL bottle is $9. You can also follow Pahlish on Facebook for updates.
I recently came across the Essie Winter 2013 collection, but only one of the polishes caught my eye. All of the other colors were too similar to polishes I already have, but Toggle to the Top is pretty unique.
Toggle to the Top is a beautiful cranberry jelly (no pun intended!) with red glitter throughout. This was 2 thin coats, the first coat was a bit streaky but the second smoothed everything out. I used 2 coats of Out the Door for a smooth finish.
Depending on the lighting, this polish can lean more red or more purple.
I am loving this color, it is the perfect color for Thanksgiving, and it also makes a great Christmas red.