Well, my nails are. Or more accurately, they’re wearing an entirely un-wintery combination of two of my favourite polishes, KB Shimmer’s navy blue Soul Deep and Candy Lacquer’s Melting Popsicles. And while we might be a long ways off from either melt or popsicle season, this perfectly purple glitter topper (with hints of hot pink, neon orange, turquoise and lime green) is too pretty to hide away until the snow is gone. Besides, based on the absolutely bonkers storm that bore down on the east coast of the United States this weekend, that could be a very long time. As the Canadian who’s usually on the flip side of the crap weather equation, I sympathize, American friends. Stay warm, and may your nails stay pretty.
…not one iota like Christmas, because around my neck of the global woods at least, the snow has held off…thus far (so many ominous ellipses in this post!) I, of course, have now damned my city to an immediate ice storm (which is no joke; the last one we had, in 1996, knocked out half the city’s power for a week. It was actually sort of frightening.)
But snow or no snow (honestly, the snow can remain a no-go; I ain’t afraid of no green Christmas) it would seem the holiday season is now well and truly upon us, and as always, I need a matching manicure. Here I layered what I think is my favourite polish, period, Candy Lacquer’s Candy Cane Fiesta, over what’s actually an Easter polish, Smitten Polish’s Not Your Mama’s Easter Grass, for a fun and festive look that saw me through two-thirds of the decoration of my tree, before I ran out of lights. And patience. And bourbon.
I’d also like to apologize for the crappy and chappy state of my mitts. I am most allergic to my dusty, 12-year-old tree; I combat the itch only through repeated hand-washings. Really, I think I went through about half a bottle of hand soap today alone.
Kicking off the beginning of another week with this pretty, colourful manicure that, if I’m not mistaken, doesn’t quite match! I don’t often pair this fun glitter topper, Candy Lacquer’s Butterfly Candy, with anything other than pastels – polishes that are any darker than a mid-tone tend to obscure the tinier bits of glitter. But I was looking for a different kind of effect with this manicure – more saturated, and a little more in keeping with the upcoming holiday season. I’m just not sure a rich, raspberry-tinged cerise (Essie’s Plumberry) was the answer (although I apparently very much have fruit on the mind.) This manicure feels, for lack of a better term, clashy. 😉 Perfect for those Monday, Monday blues (or reds), though, I suppose.
Licorice Allsorts, that is! So I’m not really sure how attractive these licorice-inspired nails are. Cute though they may be, they’re not exactly cohesive, are they? I do love the two textured polishes I used on my middle and pinkie fingers to mimic the look of those bumpy-looking pink and blue guys. I, of course, can’t speak to the taste of licorice at all, because I hate the stuff, but from a design perspective, it’s pretty sweet! 😉
And on my thumb I’ve got two coats of the first indie polish I ever bought – and the perfect addition to this sweet manicure – Candy Lacquer’s Licorice Allsorts.
Despite embarking on a real tear of original nail art designs over the past month, my best-liked manicures, both by you, my friends, and indeed everyone who saw them, were the four swatches I did of my recently acquired Candy Lacquer glitter polishes. I understand why everyone loves these polishes – they’re super cheery, always contain an absolutely bonkers mix of every-shape-under-the-sun glitter and come in a gorgeous assortment of vibrant, unusual colour combinations. I feel quite strongly about these polishes, and so I hold them no ill will for coming in and throwing distracting fairy dust all over my hard work. 😉 Going clockwise from the upper left we have Butterfly Candy, Ring Pops, Melting Popsicles and Beach Blanket. So much fun!
As always, if you dig Candy Lacquer’s sweet pretties – and based on the response to the manis I do using their polishes, I think you do! – you can find their polishes here. They just released some fun, Halloween-themed glitters for a more bootiful you. 🙂
Saving the best for last, this gorgeous, super cheery polish, Candy Lacquer’s Melting Popsicles, is the final polish from this summer’s small haul that saw me add all four picks to my “best of” list. I already adored Candy Lacquer’s mega glitter bombs, and the four I picked up this summer, Ring Pops, Butterfly Candy, Beach Blanket and this lovely, Melting Popsicles, just confirmed what I already knew – Candy Lacquer’s products are outstandingly creative, beautifully made and always make your nails look like they survived an explosion at the candy, sprinkle and confetti factory. Don’t know about you, but that’s good in my books. 😉
If these super vibrant nails weren’t enough of an indication, it would seem I’m not quite ready to let go of the summer just yet. Which is sort of odd for me – I’m very much a Fall person. But my nails are rebelling against the darker hues that dominate the lacquered landscape at this time of year, and have been calling out for bigger, bolder, brighter (quite the active life my nails have, what with all the rebelling and demanding.) So I thought I’d appease them with another Candy Lacquer glitter bomb, this time a lush, neon-hued beauty by the name of Ring Pops. Ring Pops is a super cool mix of neon rainbow glitter in a variety of shapes, sizes and textures – there’s some satin matte glitter in here, as well as traditional matte and a smattering of see-through glass glitter. The various shapes of glitter are likewise awesome – bars, hexes, circles, squares, diamonds, stars, rings and – a Finger Candy first – little gems! It’s adorable.
Candy Lacquer is one of those indies that, for reasons that totally baffle me, fly nearly completely under the radar. I’m always amazed that they don’t get the mega attention they deserve. Their products are lovingly made and gorgeously unique, and every lacquerista should be singing their praises from the rooftops. But for now, I’d settle for you simply popping by and checking out some of Candy Lacquer’s awesome polishes, like this one, here. You never know what fingernail fun you’ll find.
Here’s another super colourful and unique pick from Candy Lacquer, purveyor of fine, glittery nailstuffs, and my favourite maker of indie nail polish. This is Beach Blanket, and it is a perfect example of what Candy Lacquer does so very well – vibrant colour combinations and an awesome, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to glitter mix; basically, more is more is more, and that’s a beauty sentiment I can totally get behind! Beach Blanket is an especially fun polish, a predominantly lime-hued, mega-super-multi glitter studded with a neon rainbow’s worth of hearts, stars, hexes, circles, flowers, bars and probably a bunch of other shapes I’m missing on a first pass.
You’d think a polish as busy as this one, both in terms of aesthetics and actual glitter volume, wouldn’t be much in terms of formulation – some types of glitter seemingly “eat” the base they’re suspended in, making for a dry, lumpy mess. Beach Blanket – indeed, all Candy Lacquer polishes I’ve purchased over the past two years, which would be (oh, my) about 15 – does not suffer from that problem, applying smoothly, with no weird bald spots and a nice mix of glitter with each and every brushstroke. All the same, I always top my mega glitter bomb polishes with a nice, thick coat of Seche Vite to smooth out any rough edges. Here I’ve shown Beach Blanket over three coats of Essie’s Chillato, a nearly-neon, pistachio green creme, for a fun, vibrant look that’s actually more spring than the summer this Beach Blanket contemplates. Still, who’s splitting hairs when the final result is this cute?
If you dig Candy Lacquer’s polishes as much as I do, you can check out their superb wares here.
Not to be confused with candied butterflies, which I think would be pretty gross and needlessly labour-intensive. Then again, I’ve never dined on a dragonfly or noshed on a nit, so what do I know about it? My dad, who for a period of time was travelling to some very remote places in China and Africa, where they do not have the same hang-ups that we do about our protein sources, has eaten more than his fair share of insects. The verdict? Pain in the ass. Crunchy. Garlic. Ah, yes, garlic – the great culinary equalizer (this is true; a few years ago I happily scarfed down a plate of duck testicles at a weird, hipster foodie event because they tasted like delicious garlic meat nuggets. Which they were. I’d never eat them again, but when in Rome and all that. Sorry, nut-less ducks.)
Anyhow, tangents aside, I do not believe that candied butterflies would taste very good. And they certainly wouldn’t look as good as these glitter bomb nails, which I did using Butterfly Candy, a new-to-me glitter topper from Candy Lacquer. I initially tried Butterfly Candy over a medium-toned, grape soda-hued creme, but it really masked and dulled the effect of the multi-multi-multi-coloured glitter. So I swapped out the base for a simple pastel purple, and the resulting mani is rainbow-sprinkled perfection…with lots of bitty butterflies. 🙂
When my husband and I were first engaged, his family invited my family to a Thanksgiving church supper in their hometown that they attended every year. His family is moderately religious, mine even less so, yet we all agreed that church suppers always do a feast up right, and so we were going to go hardcore. Which we did. No turkeys were spared.
What was spared at our table, however, were about three half-finished bowls of jellied salad, all of it unnaturally hued and studded with unidentifiable bits of plant life. A gaggle of old ladies at our table were downright morose about the remaining salads, so much so that Mr. Finger Candy took it upon himself to eat the remaining salads. All three of them. Even the one that looked like it might have had a ribbon of mayonnaise suspended in its blue jellied depths. It was an odd ride home.
These nails remind me of those salads. Here I topped four coats of a lemon-hued jelly with two coats of Candy Lacquer’s Citrus Smoothie glitter topper, before adding a little lemon-lime garnish to my ring finger. And while it’s cute and all, AND it adheres to day three’s theme of yellow in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge, I think the thing I like about this manicure the best is that it is literally the polish version of a jellied salad – bits of Citrus (Smoothie) suspended in jelly. Meta and delicious…but only if you’re my husband!