Purple People Eater

Purple People EaterPolished hands down, my favourite go-to mani is a simple gradient topped with a fun, blinged-out glitter topper. Assuming you’ve got a handle on the gradient technique, it’s quick and easy work for maximum results (and if you don’t have a handle on your gradients, that’s when you lean on your glitter topper – nearly all nail sins can be eradicated by the judicious application of MOAR GLITTAH.)

For these nails that remind me of the pelt of the mythical and fictional (let’s hope) Purple People Eater, I topped an orchid-on-charcoal gradient with one coat of Cinapro’s Nail Sugar in Rock Candy, a purpley-pink and silver glitter polish studded with black hex glitter. I love that despite being quite eye-catching and spackled in a coat and a half of shiny stuff, these nails are actually quite posh. I occasionally paint my nails in ways I wouldn’t care to bring out into the “real world” (hi there, fimo cane decals), but this manicure is a touch more subdued, dare I even say adult? Or as adult as you can get when your nails remind you of a fictitious, human-snacking oogie boogie!

By the by, speaking of serious, adult things, I should note that all of Cinapro’s polishes in the Sugar Rush line house a cool, colour co-ordinated LED light in the cap for the glitterista on the go, although I’ve never used them in any way other than lining them all up on my diningroom table with their lights on and going “Ooooh!” and then “Ahhhhh!” But to each their own!Purple People Eater Hand


Cinnaburst BottleOkay, who remembers Cinnaburst gum? Wait, is Cinnaburst even something we should be talking about in the past tense, or is it still in production today? I can’t remember having seen it at a store in ages. Right, you wait here and I’ll be back in a jiff. *scampers off to consult Google*

All right, here’s what I’ve gleaned about Cinnaburst chewing gum via the almighty interwebs. Firstly, I’m spelling it wrong. Its official spelling is Cinn*A*Burst, which puts it in contention for the award for dumbest use of a symbol within a proper noun (see also Ke$ha and, of course, Prince, whose name for a while there was nothing but a symbol.) Secondly, it seems as though it *might* still be in production and *may* still be available at certain specialty and/or out-of-the-way shops, although there’s precious little information about it online (the most common Google search amongst only 11,000 entries was asking where on earth one might procure a pack of the stuff.) Thirdly, and finally, the last nail in the Cinna-coffin seems to be an overwhelmingly large number of “Does anyone remember Cinnaburst gum?” posts with links to tragic fads and fashions of the ’90s. To answer the question, no, it appears as though no one does remember Cinnaburst gum.

Except me! Because I loved the CRAP out of that stuff. It was a stick gum that was studded with these weirdly delicious and gritty little flavour crystals that would snap when you chewed, sending little bursts of cinnamon-flavoured food additives shooting into the back of your throat like super low grade Pop Rocks. It ran out of flavour in about five minutes flat (but really, what gum doesn’t?) and only came in packs of five or six sticks, so you were forever running out, but damn, that gum was great.

And so like I always do when I determine that something is great, I paint it on my nails! Here I tried a smoothed-out textured jelly sandwich (if that’s not a new nail art animal, I don’t know what is) to get that vaguely sparkly, red-speckled look of a stick of Cinnaburst. I went by the usual jelly sandwich method, using a light, sponged-on coat of Cinapro’s Nail Sugar in Cherry Cola in between two coats of a sheer, glitter-infused textured polish, Essence’s Hey, Nude! The texture on Hey, Nude! is quite fine, so it wasn’t necessary to add a topcoat, although I like the way a coat of Seche Vite adds depth and brings out the lovely silver and red sparkles in the mani (sorry, flavour crystals! I mean flavour crystals.)Cinnaburst Full

Princess Pink

Cotton Candy Bottle

Because sometimes you just want ultra sparkly princess unicorn nails, and who’s going to say no to the woman carrying a loaded lacquer bottle? Enter Cinapro’s Nail Sugar in Cotton Candy, a sheer pink jelly polish loaded with iridescent rainbow glitter. Like its sister polish from the same Sugar Rush line, Sweet Tooth, it has a cool co-ordinating LED light in the cap, perfect for lighting your way to pinked-out polish paradise. This polish doesn’t look particularly opaque, and so I layered two coats of Cotton Candy over one thin coat of a sheer pink creme, but you could easily get it to full opacity in three coats, ensuring that each coat dries completely before adding another layer, lest you suffer the horror of nail polish drag. Cinapro is a new-to-me brand, and if you like their polishes as much as I do, you can find their light-up goodies at Sally Beauty Supply.Cotton Candy Bottle Light-UpCotton Candy Full

(Pretty) Smelly

Sugar Rush BottleThis polish, Cinapro’s Nail Sugar in Sweet Tooth, is 80 kinds of shimmery, glittery holo goodness (it reminds me of Fraggle felt, which makes no sense, as I don’t believe there was a blue spotted Fraggle) but holy cats, does it stink. Nail polish is nose hair-singeingly smelly under the best of circumstances, but this one is in a class all its own (so much so, if naming it were up to me, I’d call it Toxic Tanzanite.) So while it may make a beautiful, unique addition to your stash (there’s an LED light in the cap!) you may wish to exercise a bit of caution if you’re particularly scent sensitive. There’s a wealth of fun colours, glitters and textures in the Nail Sugar line, and I snagged my light-em-up bottle at Sally Beauty Supply.Sugar Rush Bottle LightSugar Rush