All That GlittersFriday, January 25, 2013
I tend to go through stages where I'll do my nails all the time, at least two or three times a week. They just tend to chip so bad! Both the polish and the nails themselves. Then inevitably, I get tired of wasting so much time and energy on something that only lasts a couple of days! So I will go weeks without doing anything to them and they get all kinds of gross looking (sorry no pictures to prove that). Right now I'm coming off of one of those "no polish" stages, and I'm pretty sick of them. Plus I've been seeing a lot of cute nails online lately, and that's been pretty inspiring. I figured since I had the day off work, and I was being lazy anyway, I would bust out the stash! My mom bought me some loose nail glitter for Christmas, and I absolutely love it! There are all different brands, but mine is Sally Girl from Sally Beauty Supply, and you can get it here. Oh and it is cheap! Like only .99 cents cheap! Yeah, that's how I roll. Plus, it seems to last a really long time.
Sorry that the picture isn't super clear, I'm not known for my photography skills. But here I used the gold and the silver glitter, mixed about half and half, over a clear base coat. Then I topped with a high shine top coat to seal it all in. The trick to using the loose glitter, instead of a glittery polish, is using an eye shadow brush. Not like the little triangle shaped ones that come in the compacts, but an actual brush. I use one from e.l.f. (again, super cheap) but any small brush you have around would work. You just polish, wait until it's slightly tacky, then use your brush to put on the glitter. You may need to play with it a little bit, but it's really not all that hard. Plus, if you go with clear polish it's almost impossible to mess up! One way I like to wear it is gradient, but coming from the bottom up. As you can see though, I went from the tip down this time. I realize my nails were probably too short for this, and that's where starting at the bottom works better, but I thought I would change it up a bit and I'm pretty happy with it.
I think this is a really fun way to glam up your nails, and the color combos are almost endless! One of my favorites is a dark, shimmery pink topped with the silver glitter. Do any of you ever spend too much time on your nails? What are some of your favorite ways to do them? Let me know in the comments below!