Trick or Trevor!

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Come now, do you really think Trevor the Pudgicorn would stay in on a night like Halloween?  He’s got some serious trick or treating to attend to, and you just know an adorable little unicorn like him is going to clean. up (and especially one like him, who’s wearing the heck out of that Frankencorn costume.)

Happy Halloween from Trevor and all of us here at Finger Candy HQ (“all of us” being one husband side-eyeing all the makeup I’ve got planned for our costumes later this evening, and a snoozing Torbi.)  We hope you have a great night!

Fall Fun Series: Halloween ’16

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Coming at you dark and early this Halloween morn, friends, with best wishes for a spooktacular ‘Ween ’16.  As for me, I’ll be spending the day with Mr. Finger Candy as we celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary!  Here’s a throwback to the big day.  I think we clean up pretty well. 🙂

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And while we do have some plans, we’re both big time homebodies, and neither one of us is much for the grand anniversary show (if you don’t get married so you can spend your time binge-watching TV on the couch in your jammies together, you’re doing it wrong!) We’ll probably spend the day sticking close to home, where we’ll be surrounded by the creepy-cozy Halloween decorations I finally put up this past weekend.  Better late than never!

You’ve already met my Halloween town, a rundown, way-off-the-highway amusement park mostly populated by bats and skeletons.  It takes up the entire surface of my diningroom table, and compromises the bulk of my seasonal decorating.

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Out in the kitchen we have two ceramic Jack-o-Lantern tealight “bags” that I’ve somehow managed not to destroy over 15-plus years of use, as well as a couple of lovely and thoughtful cards from sweet blogger friends.

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Down in the bathroom we have a cool wire tealight candelabra I purchased from Michael’s I-have-no-idea how long ago (if I don’t destroy them, I tend to hold on to my favourite possessions forever) and my Trick (and) Treat towels, which are actually tea towels and not hand towels – tell no one. 😉

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In the second bedroom we have my Book of Spells, a large decorative tome (from Hallmark, I think) meant for holding Halloween sweets, although given the shelf life of Halloween treats around my house (non-existent), it’s doing far greater work safely holding the broken off bits and bobs of my Halloween town.

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Out in the diningroom we have a tombstone fit for a Terminator.  I just think it’s funny. The petrified catnip mice may disagree.

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And finally, out in the diningroom (but in this picture it’s in the kitchen) we have the newest addition to my Halloween haul, a devil kitty wax warmer from Yankee Candle that my husband bought for me a couple of months ago.  Sophia is her name, and in addition to her cute little devil tail and ears, she has a row of adorable little bat markings that run down her back.  Here Sophia is diligently melting my last chunk of Rosegirls’ Boo’s Spooky Castle, a blend of Boo Berry, Vanilla Crunch Donuts and Monster Cookie, and one of only two even remotely Halloween themed waxes in my collection (the other being another cereal blend, Strawberry Frankenberry.)

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And so there we have it, the Halloween decor here at Casa Finger Candy.  And now I’m off to enjoy my anniversary!  I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween, friends – may your candy hauls be back-achingly grand!

Harley Quinn

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And here’s my pick for what’s sure to be Halloween 2016’s most popular costume for women (and some adventurous men), Harley Quinn!  Harley’s Suicide Squad costume (not to be confused with her traditional red, black and white jester’s suit) seems practically tailor made for today’s modern Halloween reveler – a slightly divisive figure from recent violent pop culture, lots of Hot Topic-type goth clown makeup and tiny little glittery underpants! I semi-joked back in the summer before the movie came out that somebody needed to figure out a way to harness the energy-producing power of teenage boners, because Margot Robbie’s performance could light the entire eastern seaboard for the next two to four years, an assessment I stand by after finally watching the flick – she was crazy hot (solid emphasis on the crazy.)  Girl’s got style, too – love her whole crash queen aesthetic.  Happy Halloween, Harley!

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Eleven

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Ha!  Okay, so this Stranger Things Eleven manicure, my predictive pick for Halloween 2016’s second most popular costume (I’ll post some nails inspired by what I think is going to be the most popular a little later on today) is proof positive that one should not mix middle-of-the-night insomnia and nail art.  Because poor Eleven looks goddamn terrifying here!  To say nothing of the odd lumps and bumps that didn’t look quite so lumpy or bumpy in the dim light of 2:30 a.m.  But mostly Eleven, who, in the worst crossover idea ever, kind of looks like Glenn on last week’s episode of The Walking Dead (speaking of, I’m calling it now – The Walking Dead gets cancelled in the midst of its (already-greenlit) eighth season.  Last week’s little stunt brought in tens of millions of viewers, but they won’t stay.  There’s only so much gratuitous torture porn people can handle on top of TWD’s unrelenting misery porn.  And the fact that it’s basically an unfunny Seinfeld. With zombies. Sorry, sorry, walkers!) Anyhow, my apologies for the accidental creeps on this one.  Maybe next time I save my detail work for the daylight hours?

Fall Fun Series: Halloween Town

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Not to be confused with Jack Skellington’s Halloween Town, this is MY Halloween town, a little cluster of much-loved Department 56 lighted buildings and accessories that I’ve been collecting since my mid-20s.  Last Friday’s call-to-action in the Fall Fun Series was to show off our Halloween decorations – clearly running a bit behind on that one, but my creepy little off-the-highway amusement park takes some time to set up, and pretty well encompasses the totality of my Halloween decorations – and I thought it would be fun to share my seasonal setup with you all.  So pay your admissions – the ticket-taker is dead excited to receive your business – and join me on a little jaunt through the haunts of my Halloween town, won’t you?

First stop is the Dead End Motel, which, burnt-out lights, rickety porch and general disrepair aside, is still moving ahead with its plans to host the Gravely wedding party. I hope they’re cool with accidental skylights and the very good possibility that the handsome bachelor innkeeper will creep on them through a peephole in the wall while they’re undressing.

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Swinging clear across to the other side of town, we have Gravely Manor, a once-proud, now-haunted Victorian badly in need of some tender loving care.  Actually, that could be said about everything in town (regrettably, nearly every single one of these incredibly fragile pieces is damaged in some fashion, despite my better efforts to store them soundly. I guess I’m fortunate in that burnt-out lights, snapped tree limbs and a carousel that won’t actually turn go with the general aesthetic of a creepy amusement park, but of course I’d prefer it if they weren’t damaged in the first place.)

Speaking of damaged, I don’t know WHAT this child’s damage is, but every year she takes great delight in standing outside Gravely Manor and pointing at this poor skeleton dude taking his final nature break.  Jeez, a little privacy, please!

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Once again swinging back to the other side of town, we have the Black Cat Diner, my favourite.  Actually, the diner was an anniversary gift from Mr. Finger Candy one year. And then behind the diner we have the haunted carriage house, which has been burning steadily for over 15 years.  It’s also the first building I ever bought, so I suppose we can blame it for touching off this madness!

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To the right of the diner we have the now-defunct Spinning Pumpkins ride, out of operation pretty well from the moment I took it out of the box.  So no five-star rating for that Ebay vendor.  Nor for the vendor through which we bought the Haunted Carousel, which has likewise stopped turning.  Actually, that one chaps my hide pretty badly – the carousel is the largest and most expensive item in the Halloween series, but very poorly constructed. All the same, as long as its lights are still on, it remains the creepy caramel centre – look at the gorgeous bat detailing along the roof! – of my little haunted amusement park.

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Just behind and to the right of the carousel lies the Scaredy Cat Ferris Wheel, the Haunted Fun House and – in a blur – the Swinging Ghoulies swing ride.  I love roller coasters, thrill rides and other amusement park attractions, but yikes, I can’t handle swing rides at all – it’s a one-way ticket to Nausea Town.  Even just watching these guys zip back and forth is making me feel a bit ill!

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Finally, we have the lone residence in my Halloween Town – the kind of place I’ve always figured a Halloween-loving person like myself would call home (you know, should she find herself living in a rundown, way off-the-highway haunted amusement park.  Hmm, sounds like I just wrote my first Stephen King novel.) 😉

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We’ll now conclude this tour with one final shot of the town all lit up (save and except one or two broken stalwarts) in the mid-day gloom of an unexpected October snowstorm.  Ooh pretty (and so very flashing orange!)  I hope you enjoyed this little tour through my town. I know I did – it’s been a couple of years since I last laid out the whole shebang, and I’ve really relished the opportunity to share it with you through the Fall Fun Series.

P.S. Have your hand stamped at the gate for reanimation.  I mean readmission. 😉

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Skeletons in the Closet

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Like, say, these skeleton nail strips from Incoco that have been sitting in my closet for the past three years? Pretty sure those aren’t the kind of skeletons the expression is referring to, but I’ll take potentially-useless nail strips over repressed secrets any day. 😉

But somehow, wonder of wonders, these nail strips were still in perfect condition, applying cleanly and easily, adhering well and giving off the craziest glow-in-the-dark effect I’ve ever seen in a polish product.  Praise Jack, it’s a Halloween miracle!

This design, long since out of production, is called Bone Rattling, and features cute little black skulls on a glow-in-the-dark white background.  And I needn’t have worried that these nail strips would be dried out – safely tucked away in their unopened package, they were in perfect working order, adhering to my nails neatly, with no rough or raggedy edges.  The chubby, three-toothed skull design is also so adorable – a cute alternative to the more realistic skull designs that tend to dominate at this time of year.

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And how about that super cool glow-in-the-dark effect?  It’s bananas!  So bananas, my camera could hardly capture it.  Or maybe it captured…something else?  Those little streaks sure do look like ghosties, do they not? Although, actually, that would mean my hand is haunted, and that never works out well for anyone – just ask Ash (or Anton of Idle Hands, my favourite possessed-limb flick.)

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Flowers at Halloween

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Hmm, maybe should have added a few snowflakes to this manicure, because guess what just started?!  A legit snowstorm.  And no, I’m not posting any pictures, because snow before Halloween is the worst.

But these nails are kind of the best, a retread of a similar design I did some months ago, only this time in a vibrant, seasonal palette, perfect for the happy haunting season.  You know, assuming you can find the Jack-o-Lantern under all the drifts. 😦

Halloween Polish Picks

Halloween is the time of year when even the makeup-phobic (or simply makeup-hesitant) start rifling through their stashes looking for that ancient black lipstick or that perfect glow-in-the-dark nail polish to put the final finishing touch on their costume (although last time I did that, I discovered that somehow, my rarely-used glow-in-the-dark polish had completely dried up.) Those are the all-in kind of looks (you’ll figure that out the first time you wear black lipstick) but Halloween is also a fantastic opportunity to try out some mild-wild looks that you might otherwise pass up the other 364 days of the year, because who wants to wear zombie green nail polish to the office (lots of people, actually; it’s more that the offices don’t want THEM to wear zombie green nail polish.)

And so here are some fun polish picks for the Halloween season for those people who either can’t or don’t wish to go The Full Costume.  Sure, it’s no Sexy Freddy Krueger (hands down my favourite “sexy” costume of all time, it’s so inappropriate) but sometimes just a little flash and sparkle – and some very odd colour combinations – are all you need.

Look at the Flowers, Lizzie – Dollish Polish

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Blood Hound – Cupcake Polish

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Fantasia – Whimsical Ideas by Pam

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Entwined – Enchanted Polish

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Rust No One – KB Shimmer

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Dead Man’s Toe – Girly Bits Cosmetics

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Not Your Mama’s Easter Grass – Smitten Polish

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Ghostess With the Mostess – China Glaze

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Such a Vlad-Ass – KB Shimmer

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Fall Fun Series: The Blair Witch Project

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Today’s prompt in the Fall Fun Series called for a Halloween movie review, but do you suppose it’d be okay to submit these Blair Witch nails instead?  Because my favourite Halloweentime movie is actually Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows (“WHHHHHHhhhhhhyyyyy?!? said everyone ever) and nobody needs a review of that (another bunch of young people head out to the Burkittsville Woods to investigate the legend of the Blair Witch, with fairly predictable results, if by predictable you mean completely incomprehensible, totally devoid of story and only watchable because Jeffrey Donovan (Michael Westen of Burn Notice!) is the hotness in thermal underwear.)

But the little wicker people the Witch widgets together out of twigs and other bits of trees appear in both movies (and I’m guessing also the upcoming sequel (?) Blair Witch.)  So even though this is technically a Book of Shadows manicure, I thought I’d stick with the traditional Blair Witch symbol.  And trees – always gotta have LOTS of bare-limbed trees in your lost-in-the-woods movie.  And Jeffrey Donovan looking like a drunken, dirty farm rat.  Yup, more of that, please. 😉

Shake Ya Tailfeather

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Inspiration for this manicure originated with a beautiful raven I saw preening in the sun the other morning, her glossy feathers throwing off gorgeous, oil slick rainbows.  Then I got my hands on my Polish Me Silly multi-chromes (colour-shifting metallic polishes that look like the coolest paint job on a car you’ve ever seen) and suddenly these nails were less raven and more parrot, but still one of the more beautiful manicures I’ve done this year. So pretty.

I haven’t purchased many nail polishes this year, and those that I have bought have primarily been replacements (on my fourth bottle of OPI’s My Vampire is Buff, for instance.)  But early this year I splashed out on a whole pile of Polish Me Silly multi-chromes, and they’ve since proven themselves, in manicure after manicure, to be some of the greatest polishes I’ve ever owned.  A very good nail art investment.

For these feathered nails, I used three of Polish Me Silly’s multi-chromes over a black creme base, purple-to-turquoise Paradise, jade green-to-indigo Dreamer and golden green-to-plum Mystery.  Multi-chromes tend to look like about four different polishes at once, an effect that’s really amplified by pairing them with a simple black polish.  Then all you have to do is learn to stop staring at your pretty, pretty hands!

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