Hi guys, Rathy and I are taking over Julep’s instagram account!
This look features Hello Kitty in various Christmas outfits! I wanted to paint Christmas themed nail art without it being too generic like Christmas trees, or snowflakes, etc. In general, I like to add a little something special and put an extra spin on holiday themed nails. They are quite fun for me. Of course, I do enjoy the simple looks as well, but I find painting small details rather therapeutic. Honestly I struggle a bit with taping as I get impatient waiting for my layers to dry.
That said, yes, this is entirely hand painted! I’ve had several people at work asking me if these were stickers, but nope. I painted every stroke, that’s why the lines are so imperfect. I do think it’s a huge improvement already from last year, but there’s always more room for growth!
On my ring finger, I’m using Julep January. This is one of my all time favorite reds. It’s a lovely true red, and the formula is excellent. I would have to say this is a must have for any nail polish addict’s collection. It is beautiful on its own and super easy to work with in nail art as well. Often times I struggle with polishes getting to thick or clumpy as I’m layering them, but Julep January is just magic. *_* I use it in so many looks.
The formula for Beverly is pretty awesome. I have to say, in general, the formula in the more recent boxes have been a huge improvement in comparison to some of the boxes I received last year. This was fully opaque after 2 thin-medium coats and worked well as a base for my tape mani. The glitter I layered on top was from a sample I received in a purchase from Rainbow Honey in December, I haven’t seen it officially released on Rainbow Honey yet but I hope she does soon because it’s quite pretty.
I teamed up with the wonderful Maja of MllrDesign (Check out her nail art, she is crazy good!) to create twin nails featuring Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto album cover. This one has been sitting in the inspiration folder for awhile and I’ve been intimidated by the complexity to try it out. Thanks to Maja, I’ve finally overcome my fears!
Here is a solo shot of mine.
I started with a black base (China Glaze Liquid Leather + piCture pOlish Starry Night). Then I used a combination of sponging paint and painting the color directly on to create the graffiti effect. I have a full list of colors in the full post (click read more ). (I’m a little embarrassed to admit that after all the ones listed, it has barely made a dent in my polish collection. )
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This is my first time attempting glitter placement. I think I did ok, but I could definitely use some practice.