While I was out Christmas shopping over the past few days, I stopped into a Sally's and found the China Glaze Merry Mint gift set for $6.99, which seemed like a pretty decent deal, since individual polishes cost about $5.99 usually anyway.  I picked up 2, one for a friend and one to test out and perhaps give away.  I'm still undecided on the other color, Naughty and Nice, but I think I'm keeping this sparkly pink.
I've seen some debate about Mrs. Claus... The main complaint is that it's not Christmas-y enough.  I think it's wonderful, and couldn't be a more fitting color for the name.  I'm sure that Mrs. Claus, with her white curls and fur coat, would rock this color.

Cast of Characters:
  • Sinful Colors basecoat
  • China Glaze "Mrs. Claus" ($5.99 @ Sally's Beauty or $6.50 @ Ulta.  This color is a pink jelly packed with silver glitter.  The glitter settles at different depths, giving the illusion that it's made up of many different pink shades.  The color is difficult to describe.  In some lights it's sort of a pale red... not really pink, just red with some white added to it.  In other lights, especially under compact fluorescents, it looks neon pink.  Either way, it's sparkly holiday fun... and will be wearable well into spring, too!)
  • Seche Vite topcoat
  • Scrapbooking rhinestones ($2.99 for two sheets at Michael's a while ago... I can't find them on the website.  They were on a big seasonal endcap at the store when I got them.)


Method:
  • Start with clean, dry nails & a well-ventilated space.
  • Put on your basecoat, let dry.
  • Paint all nails with Mrs. Claus.  I used 3 coats for a more dimensional look, but you could get away with just two.
  • Paint all nails with Seche Vite.
  • Dab an extra bit of SV where you want to put your rhinestones and place them there.  Press down firmly to secure.
  • Top all nails with another coat or two of SV, flooding around the rhinestones rather than painting over them.  Don't worry if you get polish on your skin, you can clean it up later with a little acetone and a paintbrush.  I ended up with 3 coats of Seche Vite total, and my nails still feel ever so slightly textured.  You'll probably want at least two... since this is glittery, it really eats topcoat.


One more picture, to give you a better idea of how far the rhinestones stick out.  Today is day 4 for this manicure, and it's still going strong.  I have a little tip wear on my right index finger and my right thumb, but given all the baking, cleaning, and gift wrapping I've been doing, it's excusable.  I'll probably take this off tomorrow to put on something fresh for Christmas eve & Christmas day.  I added the rhinestones later, as if this polish wasn't sparkly enough already, and so far they've been holding on for an entire day, which I think is pretty neat.
Try adding some bling to your holiday look by putting rhinestones on your tips.  And let me know how it turns out.