Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The Holly and the Glitter!

So December has arrived and I couldn't resist going full Christmas for my first blog post of the month, after all we've only got a few weeks to cram in all our festive fun! Like usual Christmas has snuck up on me this year, although 'Black Friday' really kick started my present purchasing (thank you ASOS for 20% off all weekend woo!) A couple of visits to Christmas markets, a bit of Christmas shopping, topped off with the excitement of an advent calendar and that's me hooked! Having said that, I still grumble every year when I see Christmas decorations in October and start hearing festive songs in shops in November seriously people, contain yourselves until December at least - then it's time to go all out! 

So now I've had my little ramble about Christmas I should probably tell you a bit about this design! I won't say too much about the glitter topper, Rimmel - Midnight Mistletoe* as you'll see more of this in some upcoming swatches. Although I will tell you that it is Christmas in a polish bottle, if you're doing festive nails this year you need this glitter! 

The red polish is Mars*, also by Rimmel but from their Salon Pro range by Kate Moss, I just used one coat as it's got a good formula and the glitter covers any patchy bits. When I add glitter I always try to use as little polish underneath as possible because glitters can be thick and gloopy and you don't want an inch of polish on your nail!

I drew the holly leaves onto a white base coat using a small brush, they are surprisingly easy to do as they're just a line with a series of triangles round it. I finished them off with teeny dots of Mars* red polish using the smallest dotting tool I have. For a intricate-looking design these are really easy (if you've got some patience) I can try to do a holly tutorial at some point it anyone's interested? 

Are you as excited about Christmas as us?! What's the one thing that really sets you off each year?


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