Glitter placement takes centre stage in this pretty pastel manicure. For the blissfully unaware, glitter placement is a fancy nail art term for fishing around in a bottle of polish until you find THE perfect assortment of glitter, which you then painstakingly apply to your nails in a manner not intended for anyone with places to go or things to do – you’ll never get there and you’ll never do them, because you’ll still be at home fighting to get one tiny speck of holographic glitter off the end of a tacky, lacquer-covered toothpick and onto your nails. Frustrating! But sometimes you’ve got plans in mind for that megawatt glitter bomb – here KB Shimmer’s Toast-ess With the Mostest – that don’t involve just brushing it onto your nails, like arranging all of those lovely rose-gold circles into a charming metallic wreath, perfect for adding a bit of sparkle and shine to your beauty-ful holiday decorating.
Well, lock and key. These very Tiffany-esque nails, which are my belated entry towards day eight’s theme of metallics in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge, are a great example of the products used influencing the final manicured result. I had initially just thought to lay the little lock and key charms, which I purchased from Daily Charme, over a simple glitter. I then thought how much they looked like Tiffany’s Return to Tiffany lockets and keys (available in an assortment of necklaces, bracelets and earrings.) That then made me think that maybe I should be laying my charms down on a Tiffany blue background, which in my polish collection is Nails Inc.’s little blue box-hued Royal Botanical Gardens. Finally, I decided to add a nice little hit of metallic glitter to my index finger, pinkie and thumb in the form of KB Shimmer’s Toast-ess with the Mostest, a silver, gold and rose gold glitter bomb that I think looks like a smashed jewelry counter in a bottle. And just like that, another challenge mani locked down. 😉
The last time I used this glitter polish, KB Shimmer’s Toast-ess With the Mostest, I paired it with an ultra pale pink in a just-the-tips-of-my-nails gradient. This time I’m going for a top-down approach that sees Toast-ess teamed up with Dollish Polish’s Pulp Fiction-themed rose shimmer, English Motherf*cker, Do You Speak It? Pushing Toast-ess’s gold, silver and rose-hued glitter – including gigantic, rainbow-throwing holographic circles – up towards my cuticles in a kind of half moon sort of makes it look like my fingernails are sporting little crowns or really bizarrely-placed rings. Plus I just love pairing such a ladylike look with a base polish with “motherf*cker” in its title.
This beautiful, sparkly polish, KB Shimmer’s Toast-ess With the Mostest, has been on my hit list for the better part of a year, and I kept passing it over in favour of something else, anything else, for absolutely no good reason whatsoever. So with a recent influx of holiday funds, I rectified that “problem” (gave it a good home, I did!) and now I have access to champagne-hued holographic glitter nails whenever I darn well please. I love how the varied mix of glitters – small, medium and large circles, holographic micro glitter and a smattering of hexes – look like tiny bubbles rising to the surface of a glass of champagne (on that related note, if you have the means, I’d highly recommend picking one up. A bottle of champagne, that is. Real champagne – the super expensive stuff that can legitimately call itself champagne, not Baby Duck! – is an effervescent, alcoholic delight of the purest ray serene, and all other bubbly drinkstuffs will thereafter be ruined for you forever. A friend of mine with impeccable taste in pretty well everything once brought a bottle of something very fine and very delicate to dinner at my parents’, and it was game over – Champagnale just will not do any more, I’m afraid!)
The ice cold is in reference to the fact that to take these photos, I had to jump out onto my very windy balcony in -20 degree weather while my hands and partially bare legs (I know, I KNOW) first went tingly, and then kind of numb. Suffering for my art – how Method.