Post-Thanksgiving, it was time to break out the Christmas collection polish. I started with Orly Candy Cane Lane, admittedly not the most Christmas-y choice since it's really just a classic red creme with a holiday themed name. I am a bit chagrined to admit I bought this a few weeks ago since I do have so many red cremes already, but I just needed this one and Glitz & Glamour to complete my 'Tis the Season set, and I had a Sally's coupon, and it's Orly, one of my favorite brands, so I caved and got it. At least I wore it almost right away, unlike some of my purchases.
After wearing it on its own for a couple days, I decided to plus it by trying a patchwork mani for the first time. I'm a quilter; it was inevitable that I try patchwork nails at some point. To complement Candy Cane Lane, I chose Milani My Network, a gold foil, and Finger Paints Evergreen Dream, a dark green shimmer.
I used Chloe's tutorial as my guide and found it very easy to follow. I will need more practice before my patchwork is as neat as hers, but for my first effort I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.
I used some really old tape, thinking it would be less sticky than new tape and so less likely to pull off polish, but it turned out to be not sticky enough. I got some seepage underneath the tape, which I tried to clean up with my trusty paint brush but was only partly successful. Next time, new tape. I also had some trouble with My Network, as it didn't quite cover the red in one coat and I ended up messing up my lines when I was trying to touch it up afterward. (It was also annoying to clean up; I gave up on getting all the bits of gold off and just let them wear off my skin.) Next time, I'll consider testing on a nail wheel first. And there will be a next time, for sure; it was fun to do and interesting to look at. Just when I'll find the time, I'm not so sure.
Reminder: there's still time to enter my holiday giveaway.