Merry (Belated) Christmas!

What’s the saying? – “A day late and a dollar short.” That adage is true here at the Polish Addict, especially the part about being a dollar short. *ba-dum-chish – Thanks, Folks. I’m here all week. Make sure to tip your waitress.*

This post would have been only a day late when I started writing it but I was overcome with exhaustion and decided to go to bed early. I’ve been buried at work; between that and holiday stuff, it’s been tough to find any extra time. The blog languished a bit. The good news is I’m finally over the hump and work will be less stressful for the next few weeks. This means I can get back to blogging and other nail polish related endeavors (like…updating my collection spreadsheet, hello?) Sadly though, for the past few weeks, I didn’t get to do anything exciting nail-wise. Oh, did I have big plans – we’re talking candy canes, snowman, googly-eyed reindeer, the works. Despite my best intentions, I only had time for the standard glitter fare. So, here it is, my abstract work of art entitled: Christmas NOTD for the Lazy Procrastinating Busy Nail Enthusiast.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Bella

I started off with Rescue Beauty Lounge Bella as an undie. Bella is a beige toned non-stark white crelly. By comparison OPI Don’t Touch My Tutu! is a more translucent/jelly-like, pure white. This is a finicky polish – not exactly hard to apply but required roughly 4 coats to even out. When Bella was sent to me for review, Ji told me that this polish is self-leveling, consequently fewer strokes would be key to flawless application. I’m sure that’s true, but I’m a habitual multiple-stroker. I basically use additional strokes to smooth everything out. If you watch a nail tech, usually they do one stroke down the middle, then one on either side of the nail bed. Three strokes tops, that’s it. I usually do about 5. It’s a bad habit, I know, but I can’t help it after all this time.

Sephora by OPI Good Tidings We Bling!

I topped Bella with Sephora by OPI Good Tidings We Bling! which consists of small green and red glitter, large green and red hex glitter, and smaller, darker green hex glitter suspended in clear polish. I definitely over-blinged this mani. It was really pretty at one coat so I thought, “Well, gee, if I love one coat so much, two coats will be amazing.” Nope, two coats just looked clutter-y. I topped it off with two coats of Gelous and one coat of Seche Vite. I bought Good Tidings We Bling! on sale at Sephora for 7 bucks a few weeks ago (only after a good bit of encouragement from my husband who thought it would be fun for Christmas. Really, what more can I ask for?) If you love it, check your local Sephora – it’s surely a lot cheaper now.

With all that said, even with the soul crushing work stress, I had a really great holiday. We did a lot of eating and a lot of laughing. And gift-wise, totally made out like a bandit. *puts on green & red Zorro mask : P* I hope everyone had a really wonderful holiday season, filled with joy, family, friends, laughter, delicious food and thoughtful gifts. <3

How were your holidays? Did you do a festive mani? Did you get any nail polish from Santa? : )


Disclosure: Bella was sent for review by Rescue Beauty Lounge. Good Tidings We Bling was purchased by me.


9 Responses to “Merry (Belated) Christmas!”

  1. Jess Says:

    I’ve done that before. I think to myself, “the only thing that could make this glitter look better is more glitter!” Turns out, not so much.:)

  2. Angie Says:

    I will have to stop off at Sephora to see if I can pick up this glitter, I need a good red and green glitter for next year! Like you, I didn’t do anything fancy for Christmas, just glitter.

    That RBL is stunning! Right up my alley!

  3. Barb Says:

    I too overindulge with the glitter. Although, I think yours looks good! I had great visions for Christmas manis too but they never happened. I did a standard green with a glittery golden accent nail. I do like the Sephora glitter in this post. I’ll have to check it out :)

  4. Victoria S Says:

    My daughter-in-law sent me polish and one of my clients gave me polish also! Got to love a gift polish!

  5. SwatchedNails Says:

    Happy Holidays :) Christmas was simple for me, too – grey with OPI Pirouette My Whistle to mock snow falling. Have a happy new year!

  6. Elizabeth Says:

    Glad you had such an awesome Christmas! That’s such an interesting point about the number of strokes–I don’t doubt I do far more than I should too, but I can’t seem to help myself either. Bella is so pretty, though! I love the soft shade and the crelly finish, but I just know my photobomber nail whites would demand some insane number of coats to be opaque. ;p

  7. Emely Says:

    I see a lot of “indie” polishes now what is the difference when they say jelly, milky, sheer, pearl or opaque?? I have a collection of like 45 and love buying nail polish but have no idea what all of these ways of describing them are. Help please sometimes I see polishes I want to buy but bloggers use all these words and I still don’t understand.

  8. Mari B Says:

    OMG!!! This mani is so pretty. Love the color combos and the design. I really liked what you did here. Extraordinary indeed. Great job!

  9. Steph Says:

    Jess – LOL Right? I feel like that happens to me every time I wear glitter.

    Angie – Oooh, I know. I think I’m going to try to use the RBL for a layering experiment.

    Barb – lol sounds like glitter overindulgence is a pretty common affliction. Green and gold glitter – awesome combo. I’m sure it was beautiful.

    Victoria – Wooo hooo! I was thinking about getting nail polish for my MIL and SILs but then decided against it at the last minute.

    SN – That sounds gorgeous!! : )

    Elizabeth – LOL!!!! @ photobombing nail whites!!

    Emely – Did you get my email? Hope it helped

    Mari B – Thanks!

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