Okay I am back with a real Christmas mani. This is a very easy look using two awesome Claire's foil finish polish's. Red Slippers and Emerald city are very thick and dense polish's, they dry waaaaaaay to fast ( even for me ). But they are beautiful shades packed with foil-ey goodness.
I began with 2 coats of Red Slippers and added a coat on Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat. I wore this pretty polish alone for the afternoon and got bored so I went with the super-easy diagonal mani instead. I applied straight french tip guides on the diagonal and added 2 thin coats of Claire's Emerald City, I peeled off the french tip guides and traced the diagonal line with the silver glitter striping polish. I added 2 coats of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat when it was all dry.
These 3 colours together are lovely Christmas shades. This is a super-easy look and looks great in any colour combination for any season. When I finished painting my nails the sun had gone down, so hopefully I will be able to get outside and snap some proper pic's tomorrow.
ugh! look at all that snow!
Claire's Red Slippers is a fabulous foil.
Below; outside in the shade and indoor Florescent
I applied Nailene Straight French Tip Guides and added 2 thin coats of Claire's Emerald City. When it was dry I removed the french Tip Guides and traced the diagonal line with the Art Deco Silver Glitter stripe polish...... when that was all dry I applied 2 thin coats of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat.
L-R; Claire's Red Slippers, Emerald City, Art Deco Silver Glitter, Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat
all of the foils from Claire's store's are great! They are richly pigmented, shimmery and dry very fast. I think they came out in fall-time of 2009. I haven't spotted any foil polish from Claire's in the last year or so and I am glad I spotted these when I did.
Very pretty mani, I will keep an eye for these lovely colours when I'm at a claires again.
Is the nailene acrylic strong topcoat better than Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
this is really pretty...but I liked your blue ones better..only because red and I don't get along well =)
cute mani! i was also wondering about the Nailene. is it really strong?
I don't own any Claire's polishes. I don't go to the mall. Shame they don't sell online. Love this diagonal manicure. Very cute Christmas look.
The only Claire's polish I own is a mood polish. This looks great - and it seems pretty easy so I might even be able to do it! LOL Thanks for the idea.
Just reminds me a Christmas tree! Perfet! :D
Cel - Thanks - these may be discontinued, I wish that Claire's sent out their polish's to me swatched an analized!
Kayotic - I haven't used Seche Vite for more than 3-ish years, so I cant be fair in saying which one dries faster, but Nailene Acrylic Strong TC dries solid in 25 min for me over 3 to 4 coats of my polish..... plus it is much less expensive in my town ( seche vite is 13 dollars where nailene is like 8 ) and the bottle is FROSTED which means I can take flash photos holding it. The last 2 bottles of nailene did not get stringy and gross until 1/6 of the bottle left - so thats good too!
shortwidenails - Thanks I m also not a fan of red, unless it it ridiculously shimmery or glittery or a foil.
Enamel Girl - thanks - lol - it is a great top coat, I like it becuase it does not have a strong smell, it did/does not get stringy and it is reasonably priced... among many other things. I have used several other brands, Sally Hansen, ChG fast forward etc. it is easily accessible and has a frosted bottle, which means I can hold it while I take flash photography.
Lucy - Thanks Lucy!Claire's do have some great polish's, I wish they sold online, too♥
Megan Harmeyer - Thanks - it is easy ( I hardly ever do complex nail art )
Alice - Thanks!
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