Bowverkill!

Bowverkill

Too much?¬† Or bowhere near enough? ūüėȬ† The start of 2018 seemed to call for a whole lot of mani, and what’s more than glittery gold and giant, rhinestone-studded nail charms?¬† Happiest – and glitteriest – of starts to the new year, friends.

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The Long Weekend

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Gotta give it up for you Americans, you really know how to stretch a long weekend. ¬†I appreciate the whole “Well, the holiday falls on a weekday; looks like the rest of the week is a wash!” approach to civic holidays. These red, white and blue nails (really pink, white and blue on account of the colour-bleed that occurred with my red glitter polish) are for those lucky Yanks celebrating their¬†second weekend of the 4th.

The nit-picky details, for the curious, are a basic white creme topped with two festive glitters, Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Over the Rainblue and Strawberry Shields (the bleedy one that regrettably stained my pristine white creme polish a watery, red-shirt-in-a-load-of-whites pink. ¬†Not an issue, though – I think nearly everything benefits from a touch of pink, including the old red, white and blue.) ¬†I then added a couple of white bow charms from I truly can’t remember as the final finishing touch (helpful, I know, sorry!) Happy continued 4th, friends!

Long Weekend Nails 1

Metallic Wreaths

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Glitter placement takes centre stage in this pretty pastel manicure. ¬†For the blissfully unaware, glitter placement is a fancy nail art term for fishing around in a bottle of polish until you find THE perfect assortment of glitter, which you then painstakingly apply to your nails in a manner not intended for anyone with places to go or things to do – you’ll never get there and you’ll never do them, because you’ll still be at home fighting to get one tiny speck of holographic glitter off the end of a tacky, lacquer-covered toothpick and onto your nails. ¬†Frustrating! ¬†But sometimes you’ve got plans in mind for that megawatt glitter bomb – here KB Shimmer’s Toast-ess With the Mostest – that don’t involve just brushing it onto your nails, like arranging all of those lovely rose-gold circles into a charming metallic wreath, perfect for adding a bit of sparkle and shine to your beauty-ful holiday decorating.

Pastel Holidays

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Who needs traditional red, green and white decorations when you can have their far superior pastel cousins in unexpectedly seasonal shades of pink, turquoise and cream? Pink and pale, bluey-green is my very favourite colour combination, so it’s not surprising that I’d be attracted to holiday decorations that lie outside the Christmastime usual, but on a jaunt to the craft store today, I did notice tons of decorations in the most stunning assortment of hot pinks, jade greens, peacock blues and golds – simply gorgeous. ¬†Looks like I’m far from the only one decorating her home with some slightly unexpected hues this holiday season – or her nails!

My Little Pony Butts!

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I was a huge My Little Pony fan when I was a kid. ¬†I can still remember the Christmas my parents bought me the Pony Palace, an ENORMOUS equine playhouse that folded out into three separate wings, including an indoor pool and an atrium. ¬†That was the year my best friend got Castle Grayskull from his parents, and we spent our holidays gleefully imprisoning the baby ponies in the Castle’s trapdoor prison (when Skeletor wasn’t taking a dip in the pool, that was.)

So I was of course predictably horrified when, while researching these nails (I couldn’t for the life of me remember half of the OG ponies’ names) I ran across the new generation of My Little Pony figurines, half-horse, half-human abominations that stand on two feet, hands – HANDS!!! – perched on saucily cocked hips, giant, multi-coloured manes piled high. ¬†Looking at them, I felt positively ragey, and brokenhearted for all that kids are barely allowed to be today – just kids. ¬†Kids with plastic horse toys with huge butts and stubby legs and sweet, baleful eyes, not these sexy, anthropomorphized nightmares desperately trying to eye-bang me through the protective plastic on their boxes.

Tangent! ¬†But a valid one. ¬†Been to a toy store lately? ¬†Your favourites – if they’re still in production – are not as you remember them! ¬†So I thought I’d honour what used to be, the markings on the chubby haunches of the original ponies, from left to right, Bow-Tie, Applejack, Minty and Snuzzle.