I used Gilded Mosaic - a very pretty gold and silver mosaic pattern.
Last time I tried the appliques, they only lasted a day before peeling up, and I kinda got frustrated with them. I had used a basecoat, which I think was part of the problem.
This time I followed a how-to blog post from someone else (I forgot to save the link, and now I can't find it), and didn't use a basecoat.
The how-to said to use a "feather touch" when filing off the excess sticker, and ... yeah, these are so thick that you need a little pressure. I was still being gentle though. Some of the ends were still ragged - though I think that's a product of the design on these ones and my nail length - some of the jewels popped off at the ends of my nails.
I touched up the ends and wrapped the tips with some gold polish, and because the ragged edges were still bugging me, I went over it with a topcoat (it had to last a couple of days, because I was working the day of the party).
On my ring finger, I used Avon Matte Concrete, Essence Black is Back and Bundle Monster stamping plate 323 to create a nail that matched my party dress.
Now, the nail sitckers actually lasted several days this time before the design started to wear off, revealing the white base.
I followed the directions, and peeled them up from the cuticle edge. Every finger except my thumbs (both hands), went well.
Here is what happened on my thumbs:
It peeled off a layer of my nail in some places - this was the better of the two. My other thumb had much larger sections peel off.
So, next time - basecoat for SURE.
After letting my nails rest for a few days, I decided that I needed to do something Christmas-y
I used Color Club Red De Rio, then applied Claire's Cranberry scented polish from last year's scented holiday collection (it didn't really smell ... I think it's faded now). It's a fine red glitter with slightly larger gold glitter strewn throughout.
On my ring finger, I used a tutorial from Nailside to make a Christmas tree. I used China Glaze Winter Holly for the tree, and applied a gem to the top.
Winter Holly is a fun colour - packed with fine dark green glitter, and I think I spotted some gold and silver in there too.
My only complaint is the base of the glitter somehow caused the red to soak through my basecoat and stain my nail.