So the weather has returned to its previous state of icy terribleness and I needed some pretty nails to remind me that one day this will all end. I mean, not ALL of it in that sense – too bleak! Just the weather. The crap weather can totally end, right now. Bring on the spring. Until then, nail polish that looks like bubblegum ice cream, Delush Polish’s 50 Shades of Yay. Or just bubblegum straight up trapped in ice. Hey, welcome to the club, bubblegum – we’ve got (warm) jackets.
Being of a slightly superstitious mindset, I believe that Mr. Finger Candy and I may have inadvertently cursed us all to this extended bout of wintertime crappiness – we were JUST remarking the other day (a bit smugly, I might add) that the handful of days we spent down in balmy Florida over the Christmas holidays seemed to make all the difference in our tolerance of the rest of the winter. The whole snowbird thing has been making a lot of sense lately.
But then winter had to come roaring back for a completely unappreciated second act, and it’s definitely not all our fault, but maybe we jinxed ourselves a little? Can’t ever get too cocky about the weather when you’re a Canadian. Or a climate change denier. And good heavens, what if you’re BOTH?! No amount of pretty nail polish in the world is gonna fix that. Anyhow, hunker down, friends, this too shall end.
Alright, now this is a bit more like it. Last post I was attempting some floral nails that reminded me of Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, only they wound up looking more like the ultra shiny wallpaper your mom papered the rumpus room with in 1983. I think it was the pastel hue I chose as the base polish – a lovely colour to be sure, but it really obscured some of the free-handed and glittery details, all whilst making everything extra super SHINY.
So I said at the time – you know, two whole days ago – that I’d try this design once again, only this time over a dark base. And here we have her, this time over top of another sparkly holographic, Lilypad Lacquer’s charcoal grey Rainbows in Space. I don’t think the design is any more clear this time – if anything, all those rainbows in Rainbows in Space are covering up some of the details – and it might be even shinier than its predecessor, but it definitely looks more like Pandora, or at least one of the rides in Pandora, Na’vi River Journey. It’s an awesome, awesome attraction – a tranquil dark boat ride through a neon alien jungle. And it all culminates with one of the most spectacular – and nightmare-inducing – animatronics you’ve ever seen, one of those 11-foot tall blue kitty people who bids you adieu with a weird, warbling tune that you won’t be able to get out of your head for the next week and a half. Disney’s a weird place, man.
And why are those robin’s eggs – or this nail polish, which reminds me of actual speckled robin’s eggs – feeling bluer than usual? Because it’s April 4th and it’s bloody snowing AGAIN! Seriously, Mother Nature has until my birthday next week to cut this crap out before I start getting ragey (snowfall after my mid-April birthday always makes me apocalyptically furious; I almost take it as a personal affront.)
Anyhow, I hope any robins who have already returned to my city have dug their toques and mitts back out of storage and re-winterized their nests, because it’s also a chilly one out there. So lame.
Less lame is this beautiful lacquer, Enchanted Polish’s March 2017 mystery release. I think robin’s eggs are some of the most beautiful things on earth – the matte texture, the pastel hue, the tiny brown speckles. What wonderously lovely little treasures, and darn useful in creating other tiny robins as well. 😉 I suppose the one thing this polish has up on actual robin’s eggs is that nifty purple micro-shimmer that adds so much depth and dimension to your manicures. A gorgeous one to wear simply on its own, no add-ons or adornments needed.
She says as she’s stuffing her face with a lunch full of tacos. 🙂 Happiest of Sundays, friends; hope your Sunday suppers – even if they’re of the pizza-type variety – are dee-licious.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! To those celebrating this afternoon, tonight and early tomorrow morning, I hope you have a wonderful time, but please remember to do so responsibly. Hail a cab, call a ride-sharing service, buddy up and walk your drunk butts home (the exercise and fresh air would do you some good!) – anything but behind the wheel of a car, okay? This has been my yearly St. Patrick’s Day PSA; thank you for listening.
Really, though, a weekend St. Patrick’s Day in my any-excuse-to-tie-one-on hometown is cause for alarm. I actually don’t plan on even leaving the house today – I’ll just binge drink at home like a proper Irish Canadian woman (joke, joke!)
No matter my plans, however, my nails will be looking festive and fly in this old school KB Shimmer polish, Get Clover It. I’ve had this polish forever, and it’s a favourite – I love its clear, dark green jelly base, lit from within with micro-glitter like the world’s most beautiful pickle, and its lush mix of metallic circle glitter. Heh, pickle. Anyways, stay safe, party peeps.
Yup, it looks like the sun is rallying to make an appearance today, for the first time in about a week. I mean, it’s still minus 8, but hey, we just might see a sunshiny day! Yay, Vitamin D.
I dig this polish, KB Shimmer’s Make My Gray, out of storage every year around this time. There’s just something optimistic about the bright turquoise and flamingo pink glitters bursting through the pale grey base and gunmetal-hued accents. But oof, she’s a temperamental one in terms of consistency. I think if I’m really looking for a reason why I only use this polish once a year, it’s probably because using it is a lot like trying to paint your nails with lumpy pudding. Mmm, lumpy pudding! It’s a pretty jerk, that’s for sure. All the same, it’s nice to see it show its face at least once a year – hey, just like the sun!
As in Polish Me Silly’s fun Mr. Bubble glitter bomb over top of my frozen, lacquered fingertips. ‘Cause it never stops snowing. As I may have mentioned once or twice or 20 times over the past two days. Fur real, though, it’s the middle of MARCH. Time to wrap this up for the year, Earth! Besides, there’s only so much time left before we all switch over to griping about the heat and humidity (also a thing in my in-a-valley city.)
Heh, that reminds me of a cute interaction I had with a reader years ago. I had mentioned in a post at the time that my city sits in a valley, as in the Ottawa Valley. If you’ve been to Ottawa, you know it has its lovely qualities, but it’s also a major (bureaucratic) city, with all the attendant ugliness that goes along with that descriptor – old, crap, perpetually breaking infrastructure (sinkholes!), sprawling, high density suburbs (vinyl!) and a death trap of a 400 series highway that cuts through the entire city like a gaping, infected wound (but tell us how you really feel, Sandra.) Anyhow, this reader, who I believe hailed from the Philippines, left a sweet comment on my post to the effect of “You live in a valley?! How wonderful, it must be so beautiful and magical!” It was adorable, and I laughed for about five solid minutes afterwards at the thought of this girl thinking that I lived in freakin’ Fern Gully. I tried to be as gentle as possible as I explained that no, Ottawa was your pretty typical metropolitan mess, and how its valley-ness manifested itself was mostly in poor weather conditions that would settle into the divot and then not move off for the next 10 days. That’s kind of what we’re in right now – a snow cycle that’s trapped down here “in the Valley.” No place like home, eh? 😉