Hello hello, welcome December, my favorite month of the year. Last weekend I put up my Christmas decorations and candles and I am looking forward to cozy weekends with a cup of tea and a good book. Also I cannot wait to play with nail polish and come up with some Holiday nail designs. I admit I have been neglecting my nails and this blog since I started my new job in September. To get back on the nail art train I thought I'd do my own "24 days of Christmas" challenge this year. I have done such a Holiday nail art challange waaaay back in 2011. This time I won't follow certain prompts but simply come up with (hopefully) 24 Christmas-y nail designs myself - so stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed I can keep this promise. If you'd love to see a certain design/polish/color combo let me know, I have not prescheduled anything.
Today we kick off this challenge with this Christmas stamping manicure in red, gold and green.
The base color is Pinot Noir from the French indie nail polish brand Il était un vernis (There was a polish). This brand has been THE indie discovery of the year for me. I have ordered their whole Summer collection called Sweet Bliss, which was love at first sight. Their fall collection Grand Crus is all sorts of amazing, too. Pinot Noir is a deep shimmery ruby red with holographic shimmer. The formula is fantastic. It covers perfectly with only one coat that glides on like hot butter. I am obsessed with this color and I have a feeling it will make another appearance during this challenge.
For the stamping I used the green metallic Mundo de Unas #36 and a gold stamping polish from Born Pretty Store. The stripes are from Moyou London Festive plate 03, the candy canes can be found on this Born Pretty stamping plate. Since I was quite impressed with the last silver stamping polish from Born Pretty Store (see this double stamping mani to see it in action), this gold one was a let down. It's too sheer and not pigmented enough to show up over the red base. It gives a nice subtle look, but combined with the very pigmented MdU green it doesn't look quite right. I will try to use it solo over lighter colors or over black and see how it performs.
I hope you liked this first Christmas manicure and that you'll come back tomorrow for more ;)