Lit from Within: Painted Polish Poinsettias

Friday, December 28, 2012

Painted Polish Poinsettias

I love to see the Poinsettias around the holidays.  We used to get one every year at the university holiday party, and I even got to plant it and have it grow for a while, though I didn't go through the rigamarole you need to do to have it bloom again.  I have a fake white one that I always forget to get out of the garage, though.  

Mani poinsettias are much easier, and you don't have to water them.  I saw this nail art on Dressed Up Nails, and decided to do my version of them.

I started with Rainbow Honey Annual Emotion.

I was totally suckered into buying this one by a blog post.  They played up all the other colors in the silver, and how wonderful it was.  Ok, I will say that in the photo (and even in mine) you can see tinges of other colors.  It is NOT holo, like I thought it was going to be.  In Real Life, you couldn't even see those colors.  It applies like a silver glitter, and it takes two coats to be opaque, because the glitter needs to 'fill in' the spaces, not because it's thin like a polish.  It actually applies like a microglitter, not as a polish, if you can understand my gibberish.

I used Misa Bourbon on the Rocks for the first layer of petals.  It was more brown than I thought it would be, but I loved this color.  The more coats you use, the more red it becomes.

I had received Dazzle Dry Rapid Red in a grab bag.  It's okay - it wouldn't be my goto red polish.  It's a little thin and required 2-3 coats to be opaque, even over the silver.  It also leans a little too cherry-pink for me. 

The leaves are China Glaze Running in Circles from their Cirque du Soleil collection.  Love this bright green, with a nice shimmer.  I added a little bit more of Misa Bourbon on the Rocks for details., and finished off each flower with a rhinestone in the center, topped off with lots of Seche Vite to lock it in.

Are you decorating the house or your nails with poinsettias this holiday? 


  1. Rainbow Honey Annual Emotion is sooo awesome.

    1. You drink the kool-aid, too, Phyrra? lol. I love some RH, but this one was just okay.


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