Friday Night Floral (OMD3)

Friday Night Flowers HandWith these shimmery floral nails satisfying day nine’s theme in the Oh Mon Dieu Nail Art Challenge, I’m all caught up but for one prompt, yesterday’s call for patterns. I wanted to keep these nails simple, so I went with a tiny, dotted floral design and let the polishes I used here, Mentality’s blue shimmer-infused pink, Bash, and Smitten Polish’s purple (and blue and green and sometimes red) colour-shifter, You Saucy Minx, do all the heavy lifting. I love how the shimmer in both these polishes makes them look as though they glow from within, and depending on the angle of your hand and the quality of the light, like four different polishes at once. Cheers to keeping the rest of your Friday night fun and flowery, fingernail friends. 🙂Friday Night Floral Fingers

Mystery Mint

March 2015 Shade BottleContinuing with the previous months’ heavenly holos, but this time adding a touch of iridescent shimmer, Enchanted Polish’s mystery lacquer for March 2015 is an icy pastel beauty perfect for bridging that weird seasonal gap we’re in right now between Spring and Summer and – if you’re living on the east coast of Canada – the tail end of Winter. Lousy Smarch weather.

I was quite pleased with the mystery polishes Enchanted released for January and February 2015, and March’s pick is proving to be no exception. The fine iridescent shimmer that lends this polish a purple-tinged, duochrome effect in lower lighting is very of-the-moment (an extreme(ley) beautiful example is Mentality Polish’s matte Bash) and my nail polish stash at least is quite bereft of pastel holos. I also love the fresh, minty colour, an almost frosted green hue particularly flattering to us pale skinned ladies. Another solid pick that makes me want to unravel all the other mysteries Enchanted has planned for 2015.March 2015 CollageNo Label March 2015 Bottle

Fairy Fire

089So I just looked up exactly what Fairy Fire is, and quite contrary to my belief that it’s just a cutesy name for the sparkly chemtrails flying fairies leave in their wake (as well as the inspiration for these glittery nails, which use Candy Lacquer’s holographic Fairyland glitter topper), it’s actually a type of bioluminescence emitted by certain species of fungi found in decaying wood. Sexy! Which I think we can all agree is significantly less attractive (and inspiring) than twinkling Tink dust! Still, there must be a touch of fairy dust in the air for a creation technically named after off-gassing mushrooms to be so beautiful. 🙂

Here I layered one dabbed-on coat of Fairyland over two coats of Mentality’s Barbie pink Bash.Tinkered With Tink

Just Straight Up Nail Porn

Bash CollageThis might be Finger Candy, home of the candy-coated nails, but let’s not sugar coat this particular post too much – like the title says, this one’s just straight up nail porn! Here’s Bash, another colour-shifting jellychrome from Mentality Nail Polish, sister to Gala, a lacquer I featured last week to great reception. And little wonder; these polishes are DOPE.

Here I’ve shown Bash, a matte, rosy pink polish shot through with blue shimmer, in five different types of light, from sunny and direct to shaded and diffuse. Most polishes show their visual weaknesses when you attempt to photograph them in the shade (many ONLY look good whilst sparkling under the sun), but these jellychromes are quite the opposite, coming positively alive in lower lighting, the shimmer and slightly matte base provoking all sorts of cool visual effects from the same bottle of polish. Bash is thankfully no exception to this wonderful little discovery, morphing from a clear, coral pink one moment to an almost frosted-looking purple the next, with stops at traditional Barbie pink and soft rose in between. Like its sister, Gala (and maybe the other three I bought as well…) Bash applies beautifully in two coats and wears abnormally well. You actually have to work to remove it, perhaps because its gorgeous shimmer seems to be of the glass-type variety, which really bonds to nails and invariably requires extra elbow grease come removal time.

You can purchase Mentality’s beautiful products through their site here, although I’ve had great luck with Harlow & Co. here in Canada, whose shipping practices (buy on Monday, here on Wednesday) are absolutely second to none.

And now, as the Simpsons would say, on to the thing we really all came here to see: Hardcore nudity! Or, sorry, really beautiful nail polish. 😉Bash HandBash Fingers