01 January 2013

All That Glitters: A Spotlight on Sparkles

First of all, Happy New Year everyone! Let's all start this year off ambitious, productive, and positive... and then inevitably forget about all that and get back to your typical mood and routine a week from now. #realitycheck

Kidding, kidding! But hey, when we're all still in the holiday and celebration mood why not rock some glitter bomb polish? I know it's one of my favorite types of polish to wear around the holiday season and I'm always looking for new sparkly manicures to inspire me. So I've compiled a listing of glitter manicures I've done in the past, along with a couple new-to-my-blog glitter swatches. So pop some bubbly and get ready for the glitz!

First up is a tribute manicure I did to a glitter gradient that was done by A Polish Addict. I really loved her mani and I still think it's lightyears ahead of mine because of the glitters she used. I started with a base of OPI's Metallic 4 Life and added Pure Ice Strapless and Essie's Stroke of Brilliance. This is new to my blog, but I posted it on MUA when I first did it a couple months ago!

This next one is a very happy glitter.. Rainbow Honey's Koi Pond. Filled with multi colored and various shapes of glitter, it definitely qualifies as a true glitter bomb. I have it over a navy blue in this swatch but I'd like to try it over a purple creme or in an orange jelly sandwich! You can read my original post on this one here.

Now as we venture into the next two glitters, we also come upon some older swatches. I know a lot of bloggers apologize for older swatches, but with every new year comes improvement and it's nice to see how far I've come since I first started blogging. Anyway, the next two swatches are of two China Glaze glitters; Ruby Pumps and Dorothy Who. Sometimes a glitter doesn't have to be over the top to be completely stunning! You can read my original post on Ruby Pumps here.

I meant to post this next swatch on my 2nd Blogiversary but it didn't end up happening. But you get to see it now, and it's Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday! This very popular glitter polish is happy, fun, and full of colorful multi-shaped glitters that will make your nails party ready in just a few strokes.

And to round off this post, yet another glitter gradient! I did this one a while back for my mom after she fell in love with the blue gradient I was wearing (yep, the first one in this post!). She prefers to wear pinks and reds so I pushed her a little to accept a dark purple-pink and some seriously shiny glitter on her tips. I used OPI DS Extravagance as a base, and various pink glitters for the gradient- sorry, I don't remember the exact ones I used because I mixed quite a few!

Well lovely readers I hope you enjoyed this little feature and I hope you're prepared for all the things ahead in this new year! Enjoy your last few days off of work with family and get inspired to make your nails dazzle all through the winter months with glitter! Thanks for reading!

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