First off, let me wish all of you a Merry Christmas! I'm going to keep today's post relatively faff-free, but picture-heavy, because I kind of love this manicure for the Llama Nails challenge: Christmas.
I started with a base of Maybelline Black Out on all of my nails, because I wanted to save a couple of coats of polish to get good even coveragage. Next I went in with ILNP Mutagen on my index, ring, and pinky, and then created a gradient using Essie Good as Gold. Add a gold rhinestone and topcoat, and three nails done. BOOM. I knew when I swatched Mutagen the first time that it was going to come out at Christmastime. It's such a gorgeous deep green with blue and red and orange shifts, but I get a distinctly rose gold shift in certain lights and I knew that would play well with the gradient.
|Closeup: middle finger|
Seriously, look at the glitter party going on underneath the tree pattern. Love it!
|Closeup and slightly blurred thumb: look at the shinies, capt!|
Also of note, I opened my Christmas present a little early and took some of these pics using my new camera. Unfortunately I still haven't got the settings on it quite right because it needs a lot more light than my camera phone, which has done most of the work for me up til this point. I had huge problems getting macro shots to focus, so I went back and took some with the phone to cover my bases. I think at this point I probably need to change my backdrop in my light tent to white instead of black to help spread the light around better, although I think the black looks very classy.
I said earlier I wasn't going to faff a lot. Obviously I lied. Oh well.
Update on Chibi: Got an email from Mom yesterday morning saying that he's starting to make some progress, and is eating and a lot perkier than he was over the weekend. This is a huge relief to me, but I know we're not out of the woods yet. My Christmas wish is that he live happily and healthily for a very long time to come.
I hope that all of your Christmas wishes are coming true.