Happy Christmas Eve!
I'm off work at last hooray! This morning was my last shift until the New Year, so I'm very happy about that!
I dodged the elves challenge. I was completely uninspired by it, and I didn't want to sell my blog short by just bodging something in order to have something to post, so I just didn't do it. It's a shame to not have done them all, but there you go, that's life sometimes. There are some manis from this challenge I've been really pleased with, and others I wouldn't have ordinarily put on my blog in a million years, but it's definitely been an experience, and I'm glad I've taken part. After this one there's only Santas left for tomorrow. Hopefully I can get that painted up and prepared today, because I'll be out most of the day tomorrow doing my own Santa duties. Ho Ho Ho!
Tinsel as a challenge can only really mean one thing - bar glitter. Luckily for me that means not much decision making because I've only got one bar glitter, a £2.50 silver holo one from Claires Accessories. I've found Claires polishes to be a bit hit and miss, so I thought I would double up this nail art post with a review of this polish.
Firstly I thought I would try it over a range of colours, so I used 2 coats of each:
White - OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls reviewed here
Black - L'Oreal Color Riche in Black Swan
Red - Maybelline Express Finish Cherry Red shown here
Silver - Jessica Hologram Chic Disco Diva reviewed here
Here's how it looks in all its Christmassy glory:
This is two coats of the bar glitter with a color club top coat. Dry time was medium. I found that I only got a decent amount of glitter onto my nail if I put the brush back in the bottle and gave it a good shake for each nail. Just dipping the brush back in the bottle without shaking it meant I just seemed to get clearcoat and not glitter. I also moved it around a bit on my nail as just brushing it on made all the bars face one way and that made my nails look hairy, which is the bar glitter look I hate.
The holo isn't as wow in ordinary indoor light, but it is still there:
But outdoors in daylight it really comes into its own:
If you want a really smooth finish to this you will need at least two coats of top coat, or perhaps one thick coat of Seche. With one coat of normal top coat I could still feel texture there.
I'm quite surprised because I thought I would like this best over black, but in fact it looks best over the most similar colour, the silver. I think this is probably because I'm not that mad on the bar glitter look anyway, and to just get that bling of mad holo is much more 'me'.
I also liked it over the white, it was quite a futuristic look. Am considering the silver for New Years Eve, I think it would be quite fitting and fun.
And there we have it, I hope it was tinselly enough for you!
Until next time...
MASPOOASE x x x