Although it might seem that way, this mani was not inspired by Ferrero Rocher. Ok, maybe a little, but moreso by Christmas!
After using my gold texture in my first Christmas mani, I knew I wanted to use it for another one really soon, I also wanted it to be the main colour for the mani with an accent. While I was plotting this I came up with the studded Christmas tree idea. I bounced a few ideas off Ordinary Mifit. I struggled to decide whether to use round or square studs to make my tree. Even after I placed the stud design using both shapes it was hard to choose. I settled on the round 3mm Born Pretty Store studs though and I think the use of the round studs also makes the tree resemble the Ferrero Rocher pyramid from their ads.
I started with my usual base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of L.A. Colors Sands of Time on all my nails except my ring fingers. I used two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White to paint my ring fingers to serve as the background for my tree. I painted a coat of clear top coat over the Snow Me White to “stick” the studs and some clear polish and a dotting tool to pick up the studs and place them. I put a smaller (2mm) stud right at the top of my tree to elevate it a bit and to try and differentiate it from a regular triangle. I sealed in my studs with two coats of Seche Vite. The result:
I love this mani. Two people have commented that I should have made the background for the tree green. Do you agree? I like the gold and white. I think it looks clean and elegant. My only complaint about doing this mani was waiting for the texture to dry. It took FOREVER. Seche Vite has both saved and ruined my life. I have zero time to wait for my nails to dry anymore! I used essence quick dry drops to try and speed up the drying time, but even after doing this an hour after I did my nails I knocked the crap out of more than one. I assumed that they would be dry already. WRONG. This texture is really, really beautiful though so if you have the time and patience, the pay off is totally worth it!
What do you think of this mani? Is it obvious enough that the tree is a tree? Or does it just look like a triangle. I was worried about that.