All Gummed Up

Turn it Up Bottle

I predict that this adorable polish, Turn it Up from Orly’s recently released In the Mix Collection, will become to the fall of 2015 what Orly’s holographic Mirrorball was to the winter of 2014 – everyone’s most wanted, most unfindable, nail polish. Turn it Up, which looks like Cirque’s much coveted Kaleidoscope glitter topper, only much more readily available – I got mine at my local Sally Beauty Supply – and for a little less money, reminds me of gumballs, and pairs beautifully with an ultra sugary pink like this one, Serum No. 5’s Awesome Blossom.

Turn it Up Fingers

Turn it Up applies really nicely too, and is the rare kind of glitter-stuffed lacquer that is neither too dry, nor too lumpy. My one beef with Orly polishes, and indeed this one, is that their brushes are a shade too thin and long. I prefer brushes on the flatter, wider side. But that’s a minor quibble with an otherwise super cute polish that I think everyone’s going to be coveting pretty soon. Get yours while you can!

Turn it Up Hand

Pink Bubbles

Pink Bubbles HandA beautiful Saturday like the one I’m enjoying demands a favourite manicure, a simple but eye-catching combination of a fun, (glow-in-the-dark!) base polish and a cute matte glitter topper. No fuss, no muss, and we’re all out the door in a flash and on our way to better weekend things.

For these nails, I topped three coats of Serum No. 5’s glow-in-the-dark Awesome Blossom with one coat of Polish Me Silly’s pink, blue and white glitter topper, Mr. Bubble. I’ve used Awesome Blossom as a base in more manicures than I can count, although when it comes to its glow-in-the-darkiness, it has never thrown off more light than a watery, pastel violet. A bit of a disappointment there. But separate and apart from the glow-in-the-dark gimmick, Awesome Blossom really lives up to its name, providing a beautiful background for a wide variety of glitter polishes and more intricate nail art. Colour-wise, these photos actually do not show Awesome Blossom in its full, in-real-life, ELECTRIC NEON PINK glory. I mean, it’s super, super bright – a true pastel neon pink. It’ll burn the eyeballs straight out your skull if you stare at it too long. Although probably not. ūüėČPink Bubbles Bottle

Here’s what I was talking about with that glow-in-the-dark thing. These photos show the glow as a dark blue, but I assure you, in real life it’s lilac. Colour-matching blues/purples/greens in photography, how you vex me so!Pink Bubbles Glow Hand

Strawberry Fruitcake

Strawberry FruitcakeMy favourite everything-AND-the-kitchen-sink glitter, Candy Lacquer’s Candy Cane Fiesta, meets my bestest background polish, Serum No. 5’s Awesome Blossom, in this super fruity manicure that – Christmas-themed polish notwithstanding – totally reminds me of Strawberry Shortcake. Miss Shortcake’s cousin from Christmastown, perhaps, Strawberry Fruitcake? So gimme a call, Tim Burton, if you’d like to collaborate on a foodie-themed sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas, because I’ve got at least a jumping-off point here. ūüôā

Punky Pink

Awesome Blossom 1

I’ve been playing major favourites with my nail polishes this week, choosing a couple of glitter toppers I’ve turned to time and time (and time) again to set against some recent not-so-basic polish purchases.¬† Here I’ve shown one of the first indies I ever bought, Candy Lacquer’s matte glitter topper, Licorice Allsorts.¬† It’s fabulous stuff, and more than meets my personal criteria for a favourite polish with its unique colour mix¬†and abundance of random matte shapes.¬†¬†In a jelly sandwich, it takes on an almost¬†glazed and sprinkled effect, but over just about every other colour, its geometric black¬†and hot pink (and yellow and green and white) glitter gives every mani it touches a¬†girly punk¬†look that’s hard to resist,¬†no matter your age or the last time you stepped on a skateboard (1997) or attended¬†the Warp Tour (never, although I very much wanted to, long past the point of it being an okay thing to do for an old broad such as myself.)

I layered Licorice Allsorts over a new polish, Serum No. 5’s glow in the dark Awesome Blossom.¬† It’s an eye-searingly bright Barbie pink that glows purpley-pink in the dark (which I could not capture in any form with my rapidly-becoming-an-issue photography setup) and dries to a¬†lightly textured finish.¬†¬†In the bottle, Awesome Blossom displays the faintest hint of pink shimmer, but on my nails it was totally undetectable, even before dousing them in two coats of Licorice Allsorts.Awesome Blossom 2