Monday, January 9, 2012

(Polish) Change is Good

It took me about five minutes to get tired of the blue nails.  I'm not really sure that periwinkle shade works for me.  So last night I took it off and tried out something that's been in my mind for a little while.  I started out with two coats of Zoya Christina, a sheer frosty white, and then topped that with two coats of Essie Luxeffects As Gold as it Gets:


LOVE!!  In addition to loving how it looks, I love that I've found a way to wear Christina that I like.  It was one of the first Zoya polishes I ever got, and I was pretty disappointed with it when I put it on.  It's supposed to have some silver shimmer, but it really just comes across as frosty white - very '70s.  It doesn't apply evenly either.  But I'm absolutely loving it with the gold on top.

This morning I decided to up the ante and add on some gold chrome tips:


Double love!  This is my favorite mani of 2012 (hahaha)!  On my right hand, I made some tip guides with tape and craft scissors (the "cloud" shape from Fiskars), but on my left hand (shown) I just did the tips freehand, and they actually look better than the ones I did with tape.  I'm pretty proud of myself to tell the truth - these are the first freehand tips I've done in at least 10 years.  I used to give myself French manis all the time back in the '90s when I had long nails, but it does take some practice.  Not sure I could do it on my right hand though!

One of the things I love about this is that the texture of the glitter shows through the gold tips on close inspection, so it almost gives it a hammered metal look:


Triple love!  Now I feel like I don't want to do anything because I don't want to mess up my pretty, pretty nails!  But I think I'll see if I can get Hubby's shirt finished, so I can clean up my dining room!

11 comments:

  1. The gold tips really make the look--great idea to add them!

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  2. Thanks, girls! I can't stop looking at them!

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  3. It looks really great! So, of your gold glitter/flakes, which is your fav? I saw something on Pinterest about holding a rubber band across the nail to provide a guide for the French tips. I freehanded tips for my daughter but don't think I can do it on my own for my right hand.

    Looking forward to seeing DH's finished shirt!

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  4. I saw that rubber band thing too, but I don't trust myself not to mess up the polish when removing the rubber band!

    My fave is CND 24K Sheer Sparkle; this one is almost exactly the same, but the pieces are a little smaller, I think. And my CND has gotten really thick. I added many drops of thinner, and it just won't thin. I'm afraid to add too much.

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  5. So fancy! I'm having a moment of nail envy :)

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  6. Beginning the year with Gail-Style !.hugs

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  7. Thanks, ladies! I kind of messed it up finishing Hubby's shirt, but it was worth it!

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  8. I love that!!! I am not a fan of plain white (on me) at all, but layering this one seems to take the "white-out" out of it. I just may copy this one... :) I wonder how white would look with flakies over the top. Hmm...

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  9. Please do copy! It's always cool to see how the same mani looks on different people!

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