*1 coat Hard As Nails Hardener
*2 coats China Glaze Champagne Kisses
*OPI Danke-shiny Red
*Sinful Colors Skip the Gift Wrap
*Sinful Colors Snow Me White
*Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Green With Envy
*2 coats Hoof Lacquer
*1 coat Out the Door
I wanted to try the candy canes my mom found, but also the adorable tree Melissa did, so I used it as an accent. I had intended to place it on my ring finger (my accent of choice) but was not very...alert. After I dotted red on, I decided to accent my thumb instead! I used two different sized dotting tools and Skip the Gift Wrap and Green With Envy, in that order. I added a little red topper, like she did, and really like these little trees!
I used Danke-Shiny Red and Snow Me White for my candy canes. Now, I was grading papers and working in very poor light (because I have not been motivated enough to change a blown out bulb...) so a couple are a little...unique. But I love the idea of dotted candy canes! Overall they are super cute and a great take on the design that I never would have thought of--my mind automatically goes to stripes. Brilliant!
And the star of the show: Champagne Kisses! Look at that shimmer and those little holo pieces! Ahh! This golden beauty leans rosy, very warm and sweet. I almost left this alone and it was a tough choice to add art on top. The ONLY downside to this glitter is that it dries really gritty. I used 2 thick coats of Hoof Lacquer, one before and one after the dots, and then Out the Door to dry, and they are still a little bumpy. The top coats make the gorgeous color even better, though. This dries so fast that I probably should have done 3 coats, but really I can't complain because it is such an awesome color. It's really interesting how the light can make it look more golden or rosy. If you didn't grab this one, I highly recommend it!
So clearly I've gotten a little obsessed with dots. Have you seen any cool holiday dot manis I need to try when I get home? Any other amazing uses for Champagne Kisses?