Cyclone Pop

Cyclone Pop

More wishful thinking expressed through my nails, as it’s presently crapping icy precipitation all over the city. Again. Usual weather-related pessimism aside, I’ve really tried to stay positive throughout this never-ending winter, but popsicle season still feels a ridiculously long way off.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t jump the gun ever so slightly, which is where this fun manicure comes in, a Cyclone pop-inspired gradient using a trio of summery textured polishes from Zoya (the sparkling champagne shade, Godiva) and OPI (I’m Brazil Nuts Over You and What’s a Little Rain Forest, the hot pink and turquoise shades from OPI’s four piece Beach Sandies collection.)

I’ll also point out that my husband had no idea what that little animal on my ring finger is. It’s supposed to be a Cyclone popsicle, although his first guess (delivered with a kind of wild eyed, “Oh my lord, I have to say something positive here, but WHAT is that thing?” sort of intensity) was “Hey! Cute…um…caterpillar?” Okay, sure, we’ll go with caterpillar; makes as much sense as a popsicle!

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Two new-to-me polishes came my way this week, A England’s holographic Rose Bower and my first Zoya polish, Godiva from the Pixie Dust collection. In the interest of saving a bit of time in testing, I thought I’d put them together into one manicure featuring a little sugar-dusted gradient work and some freehanded hearts. The end result is something highly reminiscent of red velvet cake, ubiquitous mainstay of most modern bakeries, coffee shops, grocery stores, patisseries, donut shops…seemingly there’s a red velvet for all occasions, including your nails!