Friday, December 23, 2011

A bit of a holiday tradition...with extra gold!


For the past three years, I have worn OPI Smitten with Mittens for Christmas (see my holiday mani last year here). This year, I'm continuing the tradition, but adding a little twist - gold glitter! Piff would be proud! It's restrained, finely milled, Essie gold glitter, but still.


Excuse the close-up...my fingers are really gross and dry, it being winter and all. But the polish is gorgeous!


On the nail, Smitten with Mittens looks like red glitter in a deep red jelly polish. If you've seen the bottle, you know that the glitter in SwM is actually gold - it's simply hidden by red jelly! I thought the red/gold combo was gorgeous and I wanted to bring it out a little more. I know other ladies have accomplished this by swiping their polish with acetone after it's dry so the top jelly layer is stripped off and you see the colour of the glitter. It works, but I've never liked this method. So instead I added a layer of Essie Golden Nuggets! (The black label one. The newer blue label version has chunkier glitter.) The effect is supremely Christmas-y!

What mani are you rocking for the holidays?

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12 comments:

Lindsay said...

Long time reader, first time commenter.

I love the glitter on this! I always tend to shy away from glitter because of how much effort seems to go into removing it, but I've been inspired to give it a try lately.

I'm wearing Don't Mess With OPI. It's festive, but not predictable.

Frosso said...

Pretty! Just the right amount of festivity without going overboard. :)

Faith J. said...

I agree, that is a great Christmas mani!

As for me, I am wearing something similar, vampy Zoya Casey under 1 coat of OPI Bring on the Bling glitter, which is much denser.

eleni said...

amazing nail polish! ideal for x-mas :) xx

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Ashesela said...

This looks so gorgeous!! :D

Polish and Charms said...

Smitten with mittens was one of my first OPI's and I love it!!! Looks great with the gold!

Lucy said...

Wish I had this. I love the combination. I have on a polish from OPI whose name escapes me, damn. It's a reddish pink with pink glass flecks. Pretty but it wasn't red enough for me. I have a Carolyn of New York polish called Christmas in New York. I layered that & it looks like a red jelly with the pink glass flecks. Just gorgeous. I just want to nibble my nails like candy. Have a very Merry Christmas sweetie. Your nails look gorgeous. I have to get that Essie polish.

EVERYTHINGSDIAMOND said...

I traded smitten with mittens away! I can get another, but it looks lovely on you!

Sminkan said...

This looks absolutely gorgeous!!

Katherine said...

This is gorgeous, can't wait to try it!

~ kittycooper

MissDoll said...

This is my favorite shade from this brand

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