New Year 2013 mani in luxe Black & Gold
The days following Christmas and right before New Year’s Eve found me in a bit of a dilemma; what to wear on my nails to usher in 2013. First World Problems, I know.
I wanted something unique, but not outrageous. Age appropriate, but not ageing. Sophisticated, sexy, unique & fun – all at the same time. My last criteria, was that it had to be easy to execute, as I had a family lunch planned for New Year’s day to still prepare for, and my time was rather limited. Oh yeah … I wanted to post something I hadn’t shown yet on the blog. When I factored in that I would be wearing black & gold, the solution hit me immediately:
OPI’s ‘Black Spotted’ layered over ‘Goldeneye’ from the Skyfall Collection (previously reviewed here) with Cirque Colors ‘Au’ (previously reviewed here) layered over a-england’s ‘Camelot’ (previously reviewed here) on the accent fingers. Black & Gold, but done in non-traditional manner with an edgy twist for interest and exactly the statement I was searching for to represent the gilded promise of the New Year. Plus, it looked really cool.
*Please note that OPI’s ‘Black Spotted’ was a limited edition France exclusive released last summer – I’m so grateful to my Fairy Lélie of The Purple Fairy Book for snagging this original beauty for me! ♥
All swatches are with a-england’s The Knight Base Coat and The Shield Top Coat.
For all fingers except the ring finger: I applied 3 thin coats of ‘Goldeneye’ followed by an really thin layer of ‘Black Spotted’. It should be noted that you need to play with ‘Black Spotted’ in order to get the proportions right; too thick a coat and the effect is almost non-existent, too scant and the look becomes runny & diluted. I found the best way was to wipe the brush against the neck of the bottle until it seemed just this side of dry – you could always apply a touch more if needed.
The ring finger: 2 coats of ‘Camelot’ followed by 1 coat of ‘Au’
OPI’s Black Spotted (France exclusive) & Goldeneye (Skyfall Collection)
a-england ‘Camelot’ & Cirque Colors ‘Au’
New Year 2013 mani
New Year 2013 mani
New Year 2013 mani – macro
Final thoughts: I really wish my photos could show you what I saw; how ‘Goldeneye’s’ luxe hue totally gleamed under the undulating waves of ‘Black Spotted’, and looked almost multi-dimensional. The infinite blackness of ‘Camelot’ – and if you don’t own this already, you absolutely should as it’s the most incredible black shade available: creamy, glossy, a possible 1-coater & completely non-staining – enhancing each & every single 23k gold flake of ‘Au’ … absolutely stunning, but in a totally understated way. Yes, everything about my New Year mani is what I’m hoping 2013 will be: brilliant but with a touch of mystery, unique different from what came before, and filled with the promise of prosperity!
*Disclaimer: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration