I have A LOT of red polishes! Well, not a lot a lot, but out of all the colors in my collection I have more reds than anything else. Not only is it one of my favorite colors, but I think red nails are so classic and sexy. China Glaze's Phat Santa is my new favorite red. Before it was OPI's Malaga Wine, which is very similar, just a tad bit darker. Hmm, idea! I just may swatch all of my reds for a blog entry one of these days *wheels turning* anyway, the consistency was great (fluid with a lovely glossy shine), much better than Jolly Holly (the green) which came along in the set and needed some nail polish thinner.
No Flash // With Flash
(I was a bit sloppy with the application)
Lately, I've been rocking very plain one color manicures, which is very unlike me. Usually if I do one color manicures, I do a different color on my ring finger, but when I've attempted that recently, I end up taking it off and keeping it all one color. Gosh! I hope this doesn't mean I'm getting old and my tastes are getting old along wit me! Yikes! Anyway, I wanted something different, but nothing too out of the ordinary, so I decided to attempt a Half-Moon Manicure.
I attempted to freehand it first, which wasn't too working out. I dug up in my nail draw and found some French Manicure Template's to use to get a sharper line. I think they were too old (no stick) and not round enough, because they didn't help.. AT ALL! I ended up free handing it anyway, not once realizing maybe I should use a detailing brush to make my life easier. By the time I was done, there was silver polish (this is my favorite silver btw) all over my cuticles and fingers, which drives me crazy. After I removed the excess polish, it looked pretty good, but I need to invest in some more templates to help me next time.
This 1950's vintage style manicure was resurrected and popularized a couple of seasons ago by Dita Von Teese. It's usually done with leaving a space, so essentially the half-moon is bare nail and the rest is polish. But of course, you can use two colors as I and others have done.
Next, I'm attempting a Ruffian Manicure, which looks MUCH EASIER, but again, I need French Manicure Templates to get that clean line.
I'm also thinking about converting my square tips to stiletto tips, which seems to be in right now...
F.Y.I. I'm very pleased with both the holiday sets I bought from China Glaze. Great must-have colors that I will use over and over again! No bad money spent!