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My Top Picks | OPI Festive Trio

OK, not quite a ''festive'' trio but definitely three polishes suited to the impending festive season. Christmas nails for me are less about overly painted trees and spangly rhinestones and more naked nails with either a hint of polish (in green, red or gold obvs) or glitter! I love me some Christmas glitter...

I tend to choose reds and glitters because they work for me and my style. The reds (and it has to be vampy pillar box reds with no metallics or duo-chrome effects) are my top picks simply because red makes me feel confident and sexy. I feel crap some days which causes my sex appeal to completely run away, all it takes is some smoothly shaved legs, a few coats of red polish on my fingers and toes to make me feel human once again. On those days I am more than willing to take my time to apply a coloured polish. On those days I'm also more than willing to do whatever it takes to feel feminine and sexy so the time versus usage principle is absolutely worth it.

In general day-to-day living, I just don't have the time to deal with application and chipping paint to bat my eyelids at an opaque coloured polish and, that's where the glitters come into play. Glitter is like nail Polyfilla, it hides the worst nail bases while making everything look chic and sleek. If your glitter polish coat chips, just add another layer. No-one will be any wiser. It's really a lazy girl's dream [lazy beauty I mean of course].

While I adore the spangle and glitz of glitters there are so many to choose from. Hexagons, mixed sizes, mixed colours, strands, circles and rainbow effects, oh and let's not forget your holo's. Some work as stand-alone base polishes - and - some simply don't. Those latter polishes will only work over colours as a top-coat. 

I was recently asked if I wanted to choose a polish or two from Nail Polish Direct and of course, I said yes because let's face it who wouldn't? I was allowed free reign and these were my picks. It took a while to narrow down my glitter choices but I had the red in mind from the get-go as I'd already planned on purchasing this due to my Nails Inc Tate nearing its end. I've grown less fond of Nails Inc since they introduced their new bottling and price hike. This red seemed to be the closest colour to Tate and has great reviews. 

The three I chose were:  

I Snow You Love Me | This is a large circular rainbow glitter with an almost holographic quality. It's really beautiful in the bottle but you'll note it's not completely filled with glitter. Because of this, it doesn't really work as a stand-alone glitter polish without a lot of readjusting and fixing of the glitter pieces. The above swatch (left) took quite a bit of work as some coats resulted in one or two pieces, this took three coats to get this many discs. 

Minnie Style | The two central swatches are both Minnie Style. The base coat shows a good spread of glitter pieces which come in both metallic red and opaque white. As a base polish it worked really well, the only thing I found is that the clear polish turned yellow and peeled around four days in. The other swatch is Minnie Style over What's Your Point-Setta? I choose the two because I love that the red glitter isn't in your face but with certain light it really glows and looks festive. The yellowing of the base clear coat doesn't show once it's been applied over a coloured base polish. 

What's Your Point-Setta? | The most perfect red ever. I don't say that lightly because I've swatched many ''pillar box'' reds that failed to stay red-red once applied. This is a super glossy, fully opaque in one swatch firetruck or pillar box red. One. Coat! 

These only cost £6.95 each in the sale over on Nailpolishdirect.co.uk. There's so many more OPI glitters I want to add and with plenty of time to Christmas (don't burst my bubble here folks) I'm sure I can squeeze in gold and a green... I hope.

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