Hi everyone! July was an exciting month for the Nail Anarchy group. We decided last year already that we wanted to do Christmas in July and set up a Secret Santa gift exchange within the group. We used Elfster to set up the exchange and add items to our wishlists. We started it all up in January and had to wait an agonizing 6 months before we got to give and receive our gifts. Elfster allowed us to keep everything a secret. It’s a very cool site. It allows you to send anonymous messages to and from your elf…create wishlists of things you want, mark items as purchased, marks gifts as sent, acknowledge your gift, etc. You should really check it out if you need something like this. Eventually it was time to send off our gifts! I drew Thea from Madness Nails to purchase for. I was an eager beaver and ended up getting everything for her package way in advance. I just couldn’t wait! Some of the polishes she wanted were in store at the time and since they brand announced they are closing down I wasn’t sure if they would be around for the foreseeable future, so I snapped them up as soon as I could. She also wished for the stamper that changed my life and I HAD to get it for her. Anyhow, my package came from Briget of Because I Can fame (you should really subscribe to her YouTube channel – her vlogs are hilarious!). Let me show you all the goodies she got me!
How utterly spoiled was I? Thank you SO much for all my goodies B! The first chance I got to sit down and play with my goodies I used no less than 4 of them in one mani! Speaking of manis…of course we all had to do a Christmas themed Mani for Christmas in July 😀 This is what I came up with 🙂
I started with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as a base coat to protect my nails. On my thumb, index and pinkie I painted 2 coats of Maskscara Gold Finger. Gold Finger is a lovely gold foil and is generally my go to gold in my collection. I used Barry M Christmas Tree as a topper over the gold nails. Christmas Tree contains small green hex and bar glitters, red snippet glitters and silver holographic stars suspended in a clear base. The base is not thick at all and the glitter pay off is awesome. I left the bottle upside down while I was at work so that any sunken glitter could become easily accessible, but it wasn’t necessary. I didn’t have to fish for stars either which is a huge plus. The glitter is really dense and sparkly so the stars kind of get lost on the nail if you don’t seek them out which is a pity. On my ring and middle nails I painted 1 coat of Revlon Gel Envy Sure Thing. This is my first time using this crisp white creme and I was suitably impressed. Finding a white polish that gives amazing coverage in 1 coat is not very common for me. I didn’t feel I needed an extra coat of white because I knew I was doing to do some art on them. Once the white was dry I used the straight handmade vinyls Briget made for me to tape off sections of my nails and I filled them in with China Glaze Just Be-Claws which is my favourite Christmassy red in my collection. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
Briget! Thank you millions for my gorgeous box! *throws confetti*
Uncanny! It is definitely not the same, but they DO look similar. Two separate polishes isn’t a bad thing, because they are more versatile and you can mix and match them to create different looks. I just found this quite an interesting coincidence. What do you guys think of this mani? Don’t forget to check out what the other ladies did below! Have you ever done a nail related gift exchange? Tell me about it!