Back Splash

1970s Backsplash

So this is totally the tile backsplash in the Golden Girls’ Miami kitchen, right? ¬†We just need an always-at-the-ready and ever-so artfully displayed cherry cheesecake parked in the foreground and we’ll be all set!

For these free-handed geometric nails (striping tape makes me itchy) I used four Essie polishes from last year’s summer collection, white Private Weekend, pale lemon Chillato, coral Peach Side Babe and baby blue Salt Water Happy, outlining the design in a favourite Pure Ice polish, lime green Wild Thing.

Beach Blanket Beauty

Beach Blanket Hand

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.

Beach Blanket Fingers

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.

Beach Blanket Bottle