Mint Teal be Gold for New Year’s Eve

OK. Seriously, where did this past year go? For me the second half has been a blur, that’s for sure. But, I managed to not only get something on my nails, but to share it with you here today too! Hooray!

I do hope you’ll continue to read the post and see all the pictures – but if not, you have my sincerest wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year!!!

What’s a New Year’s nail design without a little bling, right? I contemplated going very sparkly at first, but ultimately landed on doing a glitter gradient with a glitter accent nail. Not too little, not too much, just the right Goldilocks amount of sparkle. Lastly, the glitter gradient is a popular nod to champagne bubbles for this holiday.

I do have thumbs, honest…. Most of the time, I only get photos of my left hand so that I don’t have to contort myself with the camera. Often, I use my right hand as the “tester” and it’s not always photo-proof. But, today I got decent shot of both hands (sans thumbs). And, yup, I chose a different accent nail for each hand.

Design Details

All three polishes I chose may be bit older, but they are all special and seemed to satisfy my desire for a little extra for the holiday. The gorgeous inky blue turquoise creme is from NARS, called Superstar. It was a splurge purchase a while back during a trip to Sephora. I’ve even kept the shiny silver box it came in as it was a Limited Edition. And, the gold accent nail is the infamous Ziv by Zoya (still a current polish). I’m really glad I got this polish – it’s not your average gold metal or gold glitter – it’s a super shiny combo of both.

Note: I actually started this design yesterday…but couldn’t finish it. I had just enough oomph in me to top-coat them and shoot the photo above before I had to go crash. Thinking I was being full of foresight at the time, I used a peel-off base coat since I’d be adding glitter. It’s the first time I’ve used this one (Yellow Stopper). And, by the time I woke up this morning, the edges were starting to come up. Long story short, if you happen to notice the funky edges in the other photos – it is not a defect or bad polishing on my part.

Finally, the third special polish – representing my champagne bubbles – is Cynical Cephalopod by Lucky 13. Mint and gold are always a wonderful combination and I love the different sized glitters in this topper. Oh and, did you get the play on words – inky teal polish with a cephalopod topper?) Lucky 13 was one of the first Indie polish brands that I purchased, and it’s still a favorite today.

To do these nails, I simply sponged a small amount of Ziv on the tips of my nails and then slowly sponged Cynical Cephalopod gradually up the nail. This took just the right amount of time (a.k.a., not much time, as I’m still not 100%), but a great design nonetheless. What do you think? Would you wear this amount of glitter? Or is it not enough for you?

Happy New Year!

How about some champagne with your nail art?

Well, my dear readers, I need to wrap this up and rest; however, I really want to let you know how much I appreciate your interest and support in my little nail art blog. Every page visit, comment, like on social media, etc. gives me so much encouragement – I am sending each one of you a big hug!!

Till next time,
Kimett

  • TKny

    The teal and gold combo looks so pretty, maybe oriental in which case it needs some branches and gold flowers – since you are doing the work, I can fantasize, right?
    And I like the little ornaments you have hanging above!
    I join in the wishes for a happy year ahead. The whole world needs it!!!

    • Thanks! What a great idea for a design…I will remember it for future ones. And, thanks for the lovely comment! Glad you stopped by. 🙂

  • Deb

    Happy New Year!!!!

  • Questions

    Happy New Year! May many wonderful polishes continue to come into our lives!

  • This is beautiful!! Happy new year!

  • Cool! I especially love how the glitter is concentrated on the tips!

    • Thanks so much, Monica! Combining the two glitters at the tips made a nice dimension…I’ve seen it so many times on others and I finally gave it a go. So glad you said hello!! 🙂

  • OMG, I didn’t comment on this yet??? So sorry my friend! It is lovely! The colors work so well together and are very flattering on you. I especially love how you dabbed on just a touch of glitter! That is a skill you need to teach me! You know how heavy handed I can be with the sparkly stuff!! 🙂 <3

    • Hey there!! My little notebook is back from the computer hospital, so what a nice surprise to see your comment today!

      Thank you so much for your praise, I do love a dark teal and gold combo! I’m sorry that I wasn’t able show/write about my method – it was easy, as long as I kept my cool (I too get excited and can be heavy handed). I mostly followed an older you tube video by Meghan of http://www.WillPaintNailsForFood.com which was very helpful. I used a makeup sponge and applied the glitter polish to it, but before I sponged it on my nails I first dabbed it a few times on some parchment paper (shiny side) to remove excess polish base and soften the amount of glitter. And then…following her advice went very slowly and did just a small amount at a time. If I had to guess, I’d say I sponged Ziv 3 passes and CC 5 passes on each nail (going from one finger to next on each hand before returning back to the same finger so that it would be dry before the next pass).

      It was a fun design and I’m looking forward to doing more! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!! <3