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12 Manicures of Christmas 09 // KBShimmer Fleece Navidad & Whole Lava Lovin'

In retrospect, 2015 has been quite a year. Lots of growth and changes, both personally and on the Blog! Growth is something that I actively strive for, and in April of this year, I finally joined a Facebook group for nail bloggers, Hobby Polish Bloggers. It's a great group of women who genuinely support each other and I'm really proud to be a member. 

So, when it was time to sign up for the HPB Secret Santa, of course I wanted to participate! Melissa turned out to be my Secret Santa, and when my package arrived on Friday, I couldn't wait to tear into it!!! Fleece Navidad made it onto my nails first, then last night, I added accents of Whole Lava Lovin' for a look that reminds me of candy canes... 

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin' & Fleeve Navidad

KBShimmer Fleeve Navidad & Whole Lava Lovin'

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin' & Fleeve Navidad

KBShimmer Fleeve Navidad & Whole Lava Lovin'

KBShimmer Fleeve Navidad & Whole Lava Lovin'

Polishes Used: 

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
4 Coats KBShimmer Fleece Navidad
4 Coats KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin'
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Now, I know that candy canes are white and not holographic, shimmery silver, but I just couldn't resist pairing these two up! Plus, I normally use a metallic or texture polish as an accent, so it was fun to switch it up a little. 

Out of all the items on my polish wishlist, Fleece Navidad was by far the most coveted. I knew it was gorgeous in other photos I had seen, but when I saw it in person? Swoon! First of all, there's the really soft shade of gray that forms the base coat. Then there's the subtle holographic shimmer. But on top of that, Fleece Navidad also has what KBShimmer calls "blue microflakes." I see not just blue, but green to blue and blue to purple microflake shimmer. 

Which. I. Love

The formula on Fleece Navidad is great, really easy to work with. Because of the shade and finish, it is a bit sheer. But it builds nicely, and I really love how it looks on my nails. Like I said, I wore it all weekend and really loved it. If you need a pallet cleanser, which I definitely did at the time, Fleece Navidad is an excellent choice! 

On to Whole Lava Lovin'! 

I've been dipping my toes into the world of holographic polish, and this pinkish-red stood out because it was so incredibly pigmented. And the fact that it's one of my favorite shades of berry pink/red doesn't really hurt either. Whole Lava Lovin' has a more noticeable holographic shimmer than Fleece Navidad. In the shade, it reads as a warm red/gold shimmer that makes this polish just glow. 

Whole Lava Lovin' is insanely pigmented, so I'm sure most people could get away with 2 coats and be done. I probably could've been done at two or three, but I decided to match Fleece Navidad coat for coat, shimmer for shimmer. 

I really love this manicure, and I'm a little sad that I'll be taking it off tonight to paint something else. But the show must go on, and there are still more manicures to be painted! 

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