Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Neutral & Festive!


I was trying to get myself into the holiday spirit - but not in a red/green/bells/holly/snow kind of way just quite yet - when I came up with this manicure! Not totally my idea mind you...I have a sweater from Kohl's that looks like this! (See it here.)

The nude base is Essie Brooch the Subject (which I showed you before here), and the gold dots are OPI Glitzerland. (See my full Glitzerland mani here, on Piff here, and on flinty here! We all have different skin tones and I think it looks fab on each and every one of us!)


I thought the effect was really cute and I got lots of compliments on it! It kind of reminded me of Kate Spade, but I'm not honestly sure why. And it did give me the beginnings of holiday cheer...(without being OTT).

(Bonus: It lasted FOREVER. I still have it on and its been...5 days?)

Are your nails festive yet or are you waiting until the holidays are closer? Are you planning any special manicures? I'd love to hear!

kittytokaren


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19 comments:

KimsKie's Nails said...

Sweet! ♥

Jamie said...

This manicure is fantastic!

ilexica said...

I LOVE this - might try it next week!

Mrs. WASP said...

That is so gorgeous! How do you make the dots so neat?

elbee said...

Subtle, yet pretty! I like holiday manicures like this that aren't in your face.

Kimi said...

I love these. It is so simple, but so beautiful. Definitely trying this soon!

Rach said...

That is an adorable manicure! That sweater would tempt me if I wasn't so blasted allergic to it. :(

Ashesela said...

This is very lovely!! Festive, but not over the top (although I love over the top! XD). Gorgeous!

Grace said...

We were almost nail twins! I had Brooch the Subject on earlier this week and, when it needed freshening up, I put a coat of the gold Essie luxe effects polish over it. Yours is much more festive looking, though

BTW, have you tried any of the luxe effects? I got the flakie and the gold one and I like them very much.

s. said...

awesome! I love how it really is so festive yet still subtle. this month I'm doing all holiday-themed manis :D

Lucy said...

Love the manicure. Looks like you don't have to have an in your face Christmas manicure.

Georgina said...

so cute yet sophisticated! love it! :)

Elsa P. said...

Great combo! Looks lovely :)

The Postcolonial Rabbit said...

So pretty! I've never thought to do a nude/glitter combo like this. I want to try it with a silvery polish on Tickle My Francey I think... x

MissDoll said...

So nice and a little different

26321cf6-220d-11e1-9eab-000bcdcb8a73 said...

So pretty! Love the subtlety! I am so curious though, how did you do the dots?? Do tell (:

kittytokaren said...

@KimsKie's - Thank you!

@Jamie - That is so nice of you to say!

@ilexica - If you do, I can't wait to see it!! <3

@Mrs. WASP - I don't know if they are all that neat, but I used a bobby pin that I stretched open, dipped one of the ends in Glitzerland and dotted it on my mani.

@elbee- Me too :) I love the holidays but I'm not quite ready for the inyourface thing yet!

@Kimi - I'd love to see your version!

@Rach - Oh no :( What are you allergic to?

@Ashesela - Hehe I will probably get a little more OTT as the holiday approaches...

@Grace - Haha we are so nail twins! I have totally tried the Luxeffects (I had As Gold As It Gets over Power Clutch the other day...posting that next) and I got the same ones as you initially - then picked up the pink glitter because I was feeling bad. :( Its good to hear from you buddy :)

@s - Nice! I am looking forward to your holiday manis!

@Lucy - I think I will have to bust out Smitten with Mittens for Christmas though, as has become tradition :)

@Georgina - Glad you like it!

@Elsa P - Thank you@

@The Postcolonial Rabbit - I think that would look amazing! Especially on someone with a cooler skin tone. I'm so horrifically yellow I can't always pull off silver. I would really like to see pics of your take on this!

@ Miss Doll - Thank you :) Exactly what I was going for!

@bunchofnumbers - I used one head of a bobby pin dipped in Glitzerland! Works like a charm :)

yummy411 said...

omg i just did the same thing! i used moon over mumbai (opi) as a base and some deep gold opi gold for the dots. i really wanted green (orly mistletoe) but i didn't have an opaque enough gold and i've been stuck on neutral for a while now. :/ i love your version though!

Danni said...

I love this! I was inspired by your mani, so I did one similar with Essie Jazz and China Glaze Swing Baby. I posted a picture of it on my sister's and my blog. :)

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