Full Bloom Ahead

In Full Bloom Bottle

Closing out the weekend with a polish that never fails to remind me of springtime, KB Shimmer’s Full Bloom Ahead.  This was one of the first indie glitter polishes I ever bought, and indeed, I purchased it in the spring – I remember returning home to find it had been delivered after driving four white-knuckled hours through an unexpected and quite terrifying springtime ice storm in Quebec (and through downtown Montreal, no less, which, if you’re at all familiar with Canadian traffic patterns, is its own special kind of horror.)  Just the sight of that cheery white polish, studded with little bits of turquoise, navy, fuchsia, marigold and orange glitter, was enough to bring a tear to my eye.  Or maybe it was the seven hours of driving (“only” four of which were tortuous) along black ice-slicked, transport-packed Quebec highways?  Okay, so the crying might have been on account of finally arriving home, safe and sound (“Boy, getting off the freeway makes you realize how important love is”) but the polish is pretty swell, too!

Full Bloom Ahead Fingers

Doodle Flowers

Doodle Hearts HandHere’s a simple, doodle-in-the-margins-of-a-notebook type of floral design that makes excellent use of its base polish, KB Shimmer’s Full Bloom Ahead. I have a real weakness for super chunky glitters, particularly KB Shimmer’s beautiful, and beautifully unique, polishes, but I question the repeat utility of such a niche product. To be sure, I use my glitters in nail art just a fraction of the time I do, say, a creme, although that certainly hasn’t stopped me from trying to shoehorn them into any mani that might benefit from their glittery goodness anyways!Full Bloom Ahead Bottle



I’m deep into the second season of Orange is the New Black (just the finale to go), and so everything remotely V-shaped, including this manicure, reminds me of Vee, no one’s favourite stone cold psycho predator. For a show that seems to pride itself on finding some nugget of empathy for even the most reprehensible of characters (whaddup, Pennsatucky?), there is a remarkably shallow wellspring of goodwill for Vee, mostly because she engenders exactly zero goodwill in the first place. Girlfriend’s just straight up evil. Fans of The Wire will know exactly what I’m talking about when I say that Vee and Marlo Stanfield would make an excellent couple – cold, remorseless and wedded to The Game. And somewhere I just touched off some VERY odd fan fic!

For these nails, a simple V-shaped design, I layered KB Shimmer’s glittery white, Full Bloom Ahead, over top of Sally Hansen’s Lustre Shine in Lava, a beautiful pink-to-gold-to-copper multichrome with a fun foil finish. It’s a bit of an odd colour combination, but startlingly pretty all the same.

Scalloped Edges

Scalloped Edges

These simple scalloped nails draw inspiration from the glitter polish I used here, KB Shimmer’s Full Bloom Ahead, in both colour and design – as in I kept the design on my index and ring fingers relatively uncluttered to let all that gorgeous, colourful glitter take centre stage.

I haven’t had this polish for very long, but it’s quickly becoming one of my favourites and a pick I reach for time and time again in my beauty tackle box (no really, I keep my nail art supplies in an actual fishing tackle box, and it handles the job beautifully.) And while I don’t shill for KB Shimmer in any capacity, official or otherwise, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out how truly lovely this polish is – fabulous consistency, zero application issues and a gorgeous, unique mix of glitter. Just great stuff.

In Bloom

Full Bloom Ahead

Looking a bit like spring flowers just beginning to poke through what for this season certainly feels like permafrost (emphasis on the “perma), this is my second bit of nail mail this week, KB Shimmer‘s glitter-embedded Full Bloom Ahead.  It’s less a jelly like yesterday’s KB pick and more a crelly (I abhor that word, even if it is a very apt descriptor of a cream-jelly hybrid), though both are positively packed with glitter, in this case a lovely, springy mix of fuchsia, marigold, orange, navy blue and teal.  It’s a thoroughly odd colour combination that really shouldn’t work, and yet it’s one gorgeous polish that’s beautifully distinctive from all the other glitter-in-a-white-base polishes on the market and a unique addition to any addict’s stash.Full Bloom Ahead