It makes me really happy to put this post on the blog today. I have bitten my nails all of my life and have always been ashamed of how they looked, hiding them away should anyone happen to glance.
A few months ago I decided that enough was enough, if I had the willpower to stop smoking I certainly had enough to stop biting my nails. I have had a few false starts and many breakages, but after using the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails polish, Almond Nail Oil from The Body Shop and Bettyhula hand moisturiser to make sure that they look the best that they can; I finally have a set of nails worthy of being painted.
I was recently contacted by Marisota and asked to take part in their 12 Nails of Christmas Campaign. They kindly provided me with various paints, pens and accessories; everything I needed to create a festive nail look.
What I really wanted to showcase was a beautiful red varnish, inspired by old Hollywood glamour. I have a love affair with the colour red and have always wanted to have perfectly manicured red nails.
When I think of the festive season I think of sparkle, glamour and elegance. That is what I wanted to create with my nails, something understated but with a touch of sparkle, classic but not boring and above all, a theme that could be carried forward through various celebrations. After all, you don’t want to spend the entire festivities just painting your nails!
After applying the Aperetif Essie Nail Polish I applied some star tattoo strips from Andrea Fullerton and and then to add a little glitz, some crystals to the thumbs and middle fingers. This is a look that I would happily wear for any of the upcoming festivities over Christmas.
To go with my newly decorated nails, here is a look that I have pulled together from Marisota for the upcoming festive season.
What will you be wearing this season?
* The nail products were gifted to me as part of the Marisota 12 Nails of Christmas, but all opinions and nail images are my own