Geographic nails – excellent practice at keeping a steady hand with a detail brush, and a great excuse to just mess around with a bunch of pretty polishes, here OPI’s royal purple, Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm?, Essie’s orchid-hued Play Date and Sally Hansen’s warm pink, No Ifs, Ands, or Buds (am I the last person on earth to resist the Oxford comma? Here it is on my nail polish, for cripes’ sake!)
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.
Skittle mani style. A skittle manicure, for those not in the know, is an every-nail-for-itself type of mani in which you paint each one of your nails a different colour, or one single colour (say, purple) but in a variety of tones, as I have here.
The purple polishes I used for these nails were, from index to pinkie, Finger Paints’ neon orchid, Pop Art Purple, Essence’s Color & Go in Break Through, Essie’s lilac-hued Play Date and Bonita’s lavender Splendid Love.
I then topped the whole works with one and a bit coats of Enchanted Polish’s Rainbow Juice (With Pulp), a sparkly holographic topper stuffed with silver holo flakies. It makes everything it touches look like it’s been sprinkled with ultra fine diamonds. I think Rainbow Juice looks the best here paired with Pop Art Purple, because the holograhic flakes play off so nicely against its lush neon hue, but Play Date is proving to be no slouch either.
Also, apropos of nothing, but it is so hot and humid here today. I was bundled in a giant sweater yesterday morning. Wither the spring?
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.
Pudging out on a field of rainbow holographic twinkle dust. I think I’ll call him Trevor. He just looks like a Trevor, doesn’t he?
And because it will most likely get asked, the holographic glitter topper I used here (over a base of Essie’s periwinkle blue Pret-A-Surfer) is Enchanted Polish’s Rainbow Juice (With Pulp.)
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.
…how much better these pink and purple puzzle pieces look in a matte finish as opposed to shiny. Shiny is always lovely, but owing to some combination of the topcoat and/or shadows and glare thrown by the light at the time of day I took these photos, bits of the puzzle pieces were simply disappearing, like this:
But a coat of Essie’s Matte About You was quick to the rescue, softening the harsh edges and making this manicure suddenly so much easier to puzzle out. 😉