For all my talk of my favourite movies (and boy, do I talk of them often), I don’t actually have one single favourite sitting atop the heap like a glorious, shining beacon of cinematic nostalgia. In fact, if you were to ask me to pick which of The Lost Boys, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Bowfinger, The Goonies, Detroit Rock City or The Birdcage was my one and only love…we’d be here for a really long time, and at the end of it all I still wouldn’t have an answer for you. You can’t make me choose!
But I suppose if I were well and truly forced to make a decision under threat, say, of never being able to watch any of my favourites ever again, I’d pick Beetlejuice – it is the chosen one! I have spoken in the past (perhaps at length) about how very much I love that movie, and all of the associated licensed properties that went along with it – the off-the-wall cartoon, the infuriatingly difficult NES video game, the neon green lunch box I had in the 10th grade that some meanie threw into the middle of the street, where it (and my heart) shattered into about a million tiny pieces (I’m generally not one to hold grudges – if I don’t like you, I just don’t think about you; simple as that – but 20 years later I still remember that guy and occasionally even wish him ill. I hope he morphed into a completely different person after high school, because Version 1.0 was a rotten jerk.)
All that to say hey look, guys, Beetlejuice nail polish! Or at least nail polish named after a character in Beetlejuice, Winter River, Connecticut’s annual pick for Little Miss Gloom, Lydia Deetz. This is Lydia by Glam Polish, a new-to-me polish manufacturer with its finger on the pulse of what makes this polish maven tick, at the very least! Based on some of the swatches I had seen, I thought Lydia was a purple foil-type polish, but it’s actually a very, very fine mix of mega micro glitter in varying shades of purple, plum and royal blue. In lower lighting the mix of colours creates a cool duochrome effect, flashing back and forth between purple and an almost gold-tinged plum. Formula-wise, Lydia’s a beaut, and I can only hope all of Glam Polish’s offerings are of the same quality – a not-too-thick two-coater that applies smoothly and wears beautifully with no fuss, no muss. Just lovely.
French nail tips, you perverts. Get your minds out of the gutter, please.
This manicure, featuring a colour palette inspired by one of my all time favourite movies, the immensely twisted and delightful Beetlejuice, was prompted by day 14’s theme of funky French in the Oh Mon Dieu nail art challenge. French manicures are one of the basics in nail art, and involve painting just the tips of your nails an alternating colour from the base. White tips on a nude base is the standard, and the type of French mani you’ll see most often, so it’s nice to have a chance to colour outside the (nail)lines with this theme.
Here I laid down a base of two polishes from OPI’s recently released Coca Cola collection, Green on the Runway, a greeny-pink duochrome, and A Grape Affair, a dark purple cream, polishes which don’t particularly remind me of their inspirations, Sprite and Grape Fanta, but do apparently remind me of Beetlejuice (this is actually not so surprising; most things in this world remind me of Beetlejuice. It’s the movie that taught me that life (and death) is an insane goat rodeo, and you either adapt with grace or perish. And also that black and white striped anything is AWESOME.) Then, using striping tape for a nice, crisp edge, I taped off the bottom quarter of my nails, painting out just the tips in white before adding those Beetlejuiceian black stripes. Once dry, I removed the tape and smoothed everything out with a high gloss topcoat. And just like that, one fun-kay French mani for folks not totally enamoured of the all nude-and-white thing.
“Sandworms, right? I hate ’em myself!”
These are nails inspired by my favourite movie of all time, Beetlejuice. It’s weird and demented, has a score that sometimes makes your brain hurt and looks so bad in Blu-Ray, you’ll wish Blu-Ray had never been invented so it could ruin your favourite movie. But it’s also THE BEST, and there’s truly no arguing with me on that point. It’s a fact. Just ask my husband, who has probably had to suffer through, oh, I don’t know, maybe 100 viewings in our nearly nine years of marriage? If that sounds excessive, that’s because it both is and isn’t. Is in the sense that that’s a lot of hours devoted to a single movie. But isn’t in the sense that to me, it’s the ultimate background noise. Gardening on the balcony? Cooking up a storm? Doing the dishes, folding the laundry, tending my fun new blog? The answer is ALWAYS background Beetlejuice.
So here’s my ode to Beetlejuice’s uber serpent baddie, the majestic stop motion Sandworm. Love the sunset-on-Saturn gradient, very fond of the black and white striped body, not so sure about the two headed thing on my thumb which looks more like a Venus Flytrap devouring an adorable spotted gecko. Something I can aim to improve upon next time. 🙂