The Layered Red and Gold Christmas Manicure

Red and gold manicure

When I was in college, one of my favorite bi-monthly activities was going to get my nails and toes done with Jonathan and Lo at Elegant Nail Spa Waco! I got my first gel manicure ever with Lo who introduced me to the wonders of gel and dip polish and constantly bullied me into having well-kept, colorful nails so she wouldn’t have to look at my horrid natural nails. Jonathan only joined us for the pedicure part, but I still always associate mani/pedis with the two of them. I don’t get mani/pedis anymore aside from the odd times when I’ll go with my mom and/or sister (this was my last salon manicure and it’s my favorite one ever for my sister’s wedding last month!) and since it’s expensive to have them professionally done, I’m making DIY attempts of my own. I hate painting my nails because I tend to smudge them even though they’ve been drying for hours and they chip fairly quickly. As part of last year’s Olive & June manicure system purchase, I chose the above featured sparkly gold ‘Obvi’, and a new Sally Hansen Insta-Dri varnish in ‘ASAP Apple,’ which I combined for my perfect holiday manicure! I love wearing lots of bold colors from my wardrobe during this time of year, so my holiday manicure has to be versatile as possible to match all of my clothes. I’ve resolved that Olive & June’s nail polishes are tied with Sally Hansen’s as the best of the best because they each last well over one week and don’t chip even when I’m cooking, cleaning dishes, washing my hair, changing my outfit for the 10th time, etc. I love the combination of ‘Obvi’ and ‘ASAP Apple’ for a festive and bold look that will combine well for my Christmas Eve and Christmas looks! I painted my fingers with ‘ASAP Apple’ and layered a thin coat of gold ‘Obvi’ on top of each nailbed for a varied version of my earlier pre-holiday manicure using the same two polishes! The polish combination has lasted for one week without any chipping, which I credit to the lasting power of Sally Hansen’s formulas! I’ll change my manicure for the New Year, but I’m satisfied with the opacity, texture, and durability of this look!