I have decided to run a little series here on my blog, and that series is easy Christmas nail ideas, every year I get stuck in a rut and always paint my nails with the same sparkly polish and it got me thinking "I wonder if anyone else does that" so I am going to have a series of different ideas for you of how to have Christmassy nails without going to a lot of effort. I am also going to have some nail tutorials over on my You Tube Channel of Christmas nail art so keep an eye out for that if it's something you're interested in.
Todays post is number 1 and is a french manicure with a difference. I will first of all show you the products I have used, then the finished look and then I'll tell you a little bit about each product and where you can buy them should you wish.
I do always file my nails and use my Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover before I paint my nails but I haven't included photographs of those products.
Christmas Nail Ideas Number 1
The Finished Look ~
How to get the look ~
First of all I applied 1 coat of my Orly base coat, then I applied 2 coats of the Rimmel French Rose polish allowing each coat to dry fully in-between, I then took the Essie Beyond Cozy polish and applied 2 coats to the tips of my nail, because the brush on the Essie polishes are wide this is super easy to do. To finish the look off I used my Orly Glosser top coat to give a lovely high shine finish.
A Quick Review Of The Products & Where To Buy Them ~
Orly Bonder Base Coat ~ I have used this base coat for a years and love it, it is a rubberised base coat so it has an almost sticky feel to it and doesn't completely dry. I love Orly, their polishes are fantastic too, they come in 18ml bottles and the best thing is, all Orly polishes and nail care products are DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free.
Rimmel Pro French Rose (445) ~ I have been using this Rimmel polish for my DIY french manicures for many years, I think it gives the perfect base for a french manicure, not too pink or too peach and not too opaque either. I always use 2 coats of this for a french manicure, I feel 1 is a little streaky and doesn't look as nice.
Essie Beyond Cozy ~ I got this polish in a set of 3 last Christmas from Boots, it was part of Essie's 2012 Christmas collection and it is beautiful, it's not too gold and is a kind of silvery/gold if that makes sense? It's a lovely polish and I would definitely recommend it. You could use any gold or silver sparkly polish.
Orly Glosser Top Coat ~ Again I have used this top coats for years, I have used the Polished top coat too and like both but the Glosser just tips it for me, it leaves my nails with a high gloss finish and I am often asked what top coat I use when I post pictures of my nails on Instagram. I usually get at least 7 days wear time out of a nail polish and I do put it down to using this top coat.
I hope you enjoyed the first in my Christmas Nail Ideas posts, if you re create the look please tweet me a picture, my twitter link is HERE or tag me in an Instagram picture, I'd love to see :)
Thanks for reading, much love as always,