Well, here’s another polish pick from the wayback machine, Candy Lacquer’s pastel rainbow unicorn glitter, Fairyland. Along with Licorice Allsorts, the chunky matte glitter I featured in a pretty manicure the other day, Fairyland is the first indie polish I ever purchased. Fairyland, a wild mix of every kind of holographic glitter you could imagine (hexes, circles, tiny squares, gigantic squares, moons, stars, diamonds and hearts) is holding up ever so slightly less well than Licorice Allsorts. Some of the colour in the glitter has begun leeching into the base, lending Fairyland a pale green kind of tinge. This is quite common with holographic glitters – after four or so years, they begin to lose their colourfastness. This is a little unfortunate in that it limits its use somewhat to blue and green-hued polishes, but I actually think it looks best over blues, greens and blue-greens anyways, so that’s alright with me. It’s just such a gorgeous polish, and I was simply in the mood for flashy unicorn disco nails. Must be a day ending in Y.
I’ve recently taken on a more advanced role in my ailing grandmother’s care – lots of visits, boeuf bourguignon-on-demand, sitting in on medical appointments and the like. Save for her gracious thanks, it’s rather thankless work, and so I look for anything to brighten up our visits. And seeing as my grandmother loves nail polish – said as much today as I was removing her periwinkle blue lacquer – sometimes that brightening takes the form of a fun manicure I can share with her, usually as she cringes in mock horror at the thought of going out in public sporting, like, free-handed donkeys on her nails or whatever other nail lunacy I get up to on a regular basis. Today I thought I was going to shock the heck out of her with these ultra sparkly glitter bomb nails, but she barely batted an eye. In fact, I think she rather liked them. Which just proves that being a nail polish magpie really is genetic! And that maybe the next time I see her, I’ll have to give her the serious Fairyland treatment (although it does take some of the fun out of it knowing that she also thinks it’s a pretty nice pick-me-up polish.) 😉
I’m coming at you with multiple posts today (bandaged such as they are) because as it turns out, while I may not be down for a big, rowdy evening of debautched Irishing, I *am* rather fond of St. Patrick’s Day-themed nail art. That combined with the fact that I own approximately 20 green polishes (a rather surprising discovery; I’d never call green my favourite anything) means I’m more than equipped to handle multiple manis in honour of, and inspired by, St. Paddy’s Day.
For this manicure, I went with a Lucky Charms-type look by pairing Cirque’s clover-hued holo, Panacea, with Candy Lacquer’s pastel matte glitter bomb, Carnival Games. I’ve often referred to one of Carnival Games’ sisters, Fairyland, as “Lucky Charms in a bottle,” but with its super summery mix of matte glitters in every shape, size and colour (no hearts and clovers, but there are stars and circles, donuts and triangles) Carnival Games is pure, crusty marshmallow goodness in a bottle. 🙂
And just look at this combination in gigantic, macro-sized close-up! Beautiful (plus I’m finally getting the hang of the macro lenses my husband gave me for Christmas, huzzah!)
So I just looked up exactly what Fairy Fire is, and quite contrary to my belief that it’s just a cutesy name for the sparkly chemtrails flying fairies leave in their wake (as well as the inspiration for these glittery nails, which use Candy Lacquer’s holographic Fairyland glitter topper), it’s actually a type of bioluminescence emitted by certain species of fungi found in decaying wood. Sexy! Which I think we can all agree is significantly less attractive (and inspiring) than twinkling Tink dust! Still, there must be a touch of fairy dust in the air for a creation technically named after off-gassing mushrooms to be so beautiful. 🙂
Here I layered one dabbed-on coat of Fairyland over two coats of Mentality’s Barbie pink Bash.
…until somebody goes broke from buying too much nail polish. I think that’s how that saying goes. Or at least that’s how it goes in my life!
Actually, all things considered and all joking aside, I really don’t own that much nail polish. True, I probably have more glitter polishes than the average lacquerista, and I know I’m in possession of more nail polish than all of my friends combined, but my stash is not ridiculously large, nor will I ever have to regard it as a not-so-well-thought-out retirement plan. I’m quite responsible when it comes to my polish purchases, even when I can’t manage the same for the rest of my life!
But there is the small issue of my devotion, shall we say, to big, chunky, looks-like-candy indie glitters (not to say that the commercial brands haven’t dipped their toes in the glittery water; it’s just taking a while for them to play catch-up.) My first (so hesitant!) online polish purchase was from Candy Lacquer, an indie polish maker who seems to specialize in exactly the kind of “Is this food?” glitters I like best. And like them best I do, because I’ve used the two polishes I bought, Licorice Allsorts and Fairyland, in about six million manis (okay, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration. It’s really more like 10 or 12. I was only off by 5,900,000 or so.)
And so when I was recently looking to gift myself with a little something special and sparkly, I went back to the Candy Lacquer well and bought *mumbles under breath* four new polishes, including this little gem I’ve taken to calling “theme park in a bottle,” Carnival Games. Here I’ve shown Carnival Games over – so weird – my three most stainiest polishes, although its delightful mix of rainbow-hued hexes, squares, stars, circles, triangles and donut glitter (that’s a new one) looks amazing over any vibrant hue, as well as old glitter base standards like black and white. Bonus: Although it’s positively packed with all of the aforementioned glitter, the formula is not dry and application (one brushed-on coat with a smidge of dabbing here and there) was a breeze. So let the (carnival) games commence!
I’m in the midst of having a no good, very bad, feeling-infinitely-sorry-for-myself working vacation (well, isn’t that a delightfully stupid oxymoron!) as I attempt to fix up a recently deceased relative’s house in preparation for putting it on the market. I’m thousands of miles from home, feeling quite run down and desperately homesick, and to make matters the worstest, my blogging and nail art activities have taken a real hit. In fact, at the moment I am sporting a “manicure” consisting of three different shades of white trim paint and something that might be a dried on blob of ketchup from last night’s dinner? It’s just sad all around.
So I thought I’d pull myself out of my doldrums with a super sparkly mani featuring a favourite polish, Candy Lacquer’s Fairyland glitter topper, a polish I always describe as Lucky Charms in a bottle. Right about now I feel like I could benefit from a major dose of luck and sparkling good cheer, even if it’s confined solely to my nails.
This manicure, my first attempt at a base-of-the-nail glitter gradient, features two of my favourite polishes, Picture Polish’s raspberry-hued Electric Dream, and my first ever indie purchase, Candy Lacquer’s Fairyland glitter topper. The technique I used here was nothing more than simply daubing the glitter onto my nail and carefully pushing it up to my cuticle line, a feat made easier due to the packed-to-the-rafters nature of Fairyland, a stunner I like to describe as Lucky Charms in a bottle. It’s potent stuff, a mega glitter bomb stuffed with a rainbow of holographic stars, moons, hexes, circles large and small, squares, butterflies, diamonds and probably a few other shapes I haven’t yet encountered. It’s pretty fabulous.
But far be it from me to let Fairyland hog all the glory when there’s Electric Dream to be had, a fabulous raspberry red polish run through with orangey-gold shimmer. It has earned its place amongst my favourites by virtue of its colour (sublime) and consistency (divine – no application issues in two coats.) Here I’ve shown Electric Dream au naturale, both in the shade and in the sun in order to show off its pretty peachy shimmer.
A simple dotted manicure featuring two of my favourites, Essence polishes, a fantastic, inexpensive drugstore line, and Candy Lacquer’s Fairyland glitter topper, which I once described in a previous post as Lucky Charms in a bottle. Put the two together and you’ve got one manicure custom made for yours truly!
These nails, just a not-so-simple holographic glitter topper over an opaque base, look a bit like the brutal aftermath of an explosion at the circus, Clown Division. I’ve got the lion tamers represented on my other hand, and you don’t even want to know what those look like. 😉
These nails also feature two of my favourite products, OPI’s My Vampire is Buff, my new go-to base colour, and as always, Candy Lacquer’s Fairlyland glitter topper. Just beautiful stuff – holographic hexes, stars, half moons, diamonds, butterflies…like Lucky Charms in a bottle. And interestingly enough, just about as edible!
One super fun glitter, two great looks. On the left, Candy Lacquer’s Fairyland over top of Nails Inc.’s St. James Park, a lush, tropical pink. And on the right, a may-have-spiralled-out-of-control jelly sandwich done with Fairyland and Nfu Oh’s JS24, a gorgeous, syrupy jelly in juicy, raspberry red.