My mani for Christmas started out with China Glaze Glittering Garland from this year's 2011 holiday collection called Let It Snow. Originally I was going to pass on this collection, but that completely changed once I saw the colors being posted all over the blogs, especially Glittering Garland. I caved and I'm really glad I did. Glittering Garland is a stunning evergreen jelly base filled with little green glass-like shimmer running through it. It's got a lot of depth, and I love how the shimmer flashes a bit of gold. I don't own anything like this. Then, I wanted to "holiday" it up bit more and added a coat of Milani Jewel FX Gold, a chunky gold glitter with mirror-like finish. This came out winter 2010, part of the Rockstar Heavy Glitter collection.
The result reminds me of a Christmas tree decorated with gold ornaments. My pictures are really not doing the mani justice. Or maybe I should have spent more time taking better picture. The mani was really spectacular in person. At first, I was really worried that adding the gold glitter was going to be over-kill, but I think it worked out beautifully. I actually got a lot of compliments today from strangers while shopping with friends. My 69 year-old mother even liked it. Total shocker! She must have really liked it because she picked-up the gold glitter and applied it to her own nails. I never expected that to happen. Oh, I have to say, one coat looked fab on her naked nails too.