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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Pretty & Polished Happy Holodays

Good morning all.  Today I have a lovely holiday mani to share with you.  The polishes I used were from the fabulous Chelsea at Pretty & Polished, specifically her Happy Holodays Duo from the 2012 holiday collection.

The Happy Holodays Duo consists of two festive polishes.  Ruby is a base colour and is a deep cranberry jelly packed with fine holographic glitter.  This polish is completely opaque in one to two coats.  The glitter topper is chalk-full green and red hex glitters, some are holographic.  The glitter topper can be used over another base polish (like Ruby) or used on its own in several coats for a blingy glitter mani.

So first we have the manicure I did with just Ruby.  This is two coats with one coat of Essie To Dry For as the topcoat.

I did not use the glitter topper right away as I thought this polish was so gorgeous on its own I wanted to enjoy it by itself for a while.  It's the perfect fall/winter/holiday colour and the holo glitter gives it a nice touch and depth.  The formula was perfection, went on super smooth and easy and for a jelly polish I thought the consistency was amazing.  It was not too thin nor was it too thick but yet you could easily create an opaque look in two coats.  You could actually get a completely opaque look in just one thicker coat but I always like to do 2 just to make sure.  And with a jelly polish the extra coat adds that extra depth that makes jellies that much more spectacular.  

A few days later I decided it was finally time to add the glitter topper.  I didn't want to put it over the whole nails as I loved Ruby so much and still wanted it to shine through in all its glory.  So I decided to use the glitter topper just as a glitter gradient tip over Ruby.  And I'm so pleased with the results.  This glitter topper is so fun and blingy and it's shimmers like Christmas lights on my nails!  Again the formula was perfection.  There were tons of glitters and no need to fish or place glitters.  They went on smooth and easy and even in just normal brushstrokes.  Again, I topped it all off with a coat of Essie To Dry For to smooth things out and add some extra shine.

I'm so happy I got this holiday duo and I'll definitely be rocking this look several times over the holidays.  This is my first true holiday polish I've ever bought and I'm glad I chose this duo as my first!

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  1. You have such lovely, long nails! Gorgeous polishes too! :)

  2. Ruby is such a beautiful colour. I love the gradient glitter you did over this. Great combo.