Aquamarine

Mentality First PicHere’s another pick from Mentality Nail Polish’s fabulous line of jellychrome polishes, opalescent beauty Shindig. In certain lights this polish can look a lot like its sister, Gala, both being of the watery-hued variety shot through with tons of gorgeous pink shimmer. But on closer inspection, Shindig is actually quite green; a true aquamarine to Gala’s Bachelor Button blue. To-may-toe, To-mah-toe (is anyone else out there watching The Last Man on Earth? Carol is like some evil dark mischief fairy, right?) they’re both fabulous.

Although it must be said that this line of polishes is really outstanding. In a product landscape littered with the same old, same old (the nail polish world is quite bandwagonesque) Mentality is not only putting out a product that’s unique and complex (these polishes are classified as matte duochrome jellies stuffed with glass shard shimmer) but also beautifully executed – these jellychromes apply like a dream in two easy coats and wear surprisingly well for a matte polish meant to be worn sans topcoat (of course, you also have the option of adding a topcoat – shiny or matte – to protect your mani and draw out all that beautiful opalescent shimmer.)Mentality Hand

These jellychromes are available through Mentality Nail Polish, although I’ve always snagged mine from Harlow & Co., which – knock on wood – has yet to do wrong by me in any way. Nothing but good things to say about them, the least of which is that they carry Mentality’s gorgeous products in the first place!Mentality Second Bottle

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Hey Ladies!

Ladies Choice CollageGet fon-kay (and cue the cowbell!) Here’s another beautiful polish from Aussie indie maker Glam Polish, this time Ladies Choice, a shimmer and holo-infused stunner from their somewhat recently released Hairspray Collection. There’s quite a few of these shimmery, duochrome-type polishes on the market at the moment, and while the combination of lit-from-within purple shimmer and turquoise holo is not a new one (Mentality’s Gala, a matte jelly take on the trend, is a favourite), Glam Polish’s formulations are across-the-board fantastic, applying smoothly and evenly in two light coats. And just look at all that sparkly holo!Holo Hand

Let’s get up close and personal with Ladies Choice in a macro kind of way, both under the glow of megawatt artificial light and a natural light source. Lovely Ladies, indeed.Macro Ladies Choice Collage

And finally, just a little holographic nail porn to brighten up the end of your day. You are most welcome. 🙂Holo Bottle

Just Straight Up Nail Porn

Bash CollageThis might be Finger Candy, home of the candy-coated nails, but let’s not sugar coat this particular post too much – like the title says, this one’s just straight up nail porn! Here’s Bash, another colour-shifting jellychrome from Mentality Nail Polish, sister to Gala, a lacquer I featured last week to great reception. And little wonder; these polishes are DOPE.

Here I’ve shown Bash, a matte, rosy pink polish shot through with blue shimmer, in five different types of light, from sunny and direct to shaded and diffuse. Most polishes show their visual weaknesses when you attempt to photograph them in the shade (many ONLY look good whilst sparkling under the sun), but these jellychromes are quite the opposite, coming positively alive in lower lighting, the shimmer and slightly matte base provoking all sorts of cool visual effects from the same bottle of polish. Bash is thankfully no exception to this wonderful little discovery, morphing from a clear, coral pink one moment to an almost frosted-looking purple the next, with stops at traditional Barbie pink and soft rose in between. Like its sister, Gala (and maybe the other three I bought as well…) Bash applies beautifully in two coats and wears abnormally well. You actually have to work to remove it, perhaps because its gorgeous shimmer seems to be of the glass-type variety, which really bonds to nails and invariably requires extra elbow grease come removal time.

You can purchase Mentality’s beautiful products through their site here, although I’ve had great luck with Harlow & Co. here in Canada, whose shipping practices (buy on Monday, here on Wednesday) are absolutely second to none.

And now, as the Simpsons would say, on to the thing we really all came here to see: Hardcore nudity! Or, sorry, really beautiful nail polish. 😉Bash HandBash Fingers

Freeze!

Freeze Machine BottleOkay, okay, no need to shout; I can hear you! And I am SO ahead of you, because it has been freaking freezing around here lately. And the bone-chilling, eyelash-freezing, eyeball-singeing, it-hurts-to-breathe-outdoors variety, too. Winter’s unforgiving chill, if we’re being poetic, and one that’s had my city in a sort of stranglehold for about three straight weeks now. We had a bit of a reprieve last week when the temperatures moved into the low double minus digits (it’s a stupid day indeed when you wake up, look at the temperature and think, “Huh, -13. Not bad, not bad”) but on the whole it’s been bitter and unforgiving. But it’s my own dumb fault, because I’m the moron who chooses to live in these conditions for five to seven months out of the year when I could be toasty warm on a beach in Florida (no, actually, I couldn’t – humidity makes me wilt like a pansy and I’m also not that fond of extreme heat. Basically, I should be living in an environment-controlled terrarium with a bunch of tiny, ceramic gnomes.)

This manicure, a gorgeous combination of Mentality Nail Polish’s opalescent matte duochrome, Gala, and Enchanted Polish’s iridescent glitter, Freeze Machine, is a pretty accurate representation of the weather around these parts as of late – crisp and icy, sparkly and sharp, beautiful and ooh, brrr, cold. Lovely!Freeze Machine Hand