One Enchanted Dragon

Enchanted Dragon Collage

Can’t call these multichromatic spheres scales, although this combination of three dotted-on, colour-changing polishes certainly looks like dragon hide, does it not? Or at least what I’ve come to assume dragon skin might look like per the Disney Corporation.

Purple dragon skin

Semantics aside, this simple, random dotticure is a great example of using what you’ve got, namely colour-shifting chromatic polishes that bend and flash with each flutter of your fingertips. Done in, say, creme polishes, this would be a cute manicure, although maybe nothing too special. But painted in a trio of purple-to-blue-to-green-leaning multichromes (Enchanted Polish’s blue Across the Universe, purple Octopus’s Garden and teal Magical Mystery Tour) that all share a bit of colour overlap, this mani morphs into something almost living, like the scales of a fantastical beast, or perhaps an elaborately-hued amphibian of some sort. I’m open to suggestions!

Blue dragon fingers

Winner Winner, Mermaid Tail Dinner!

Mermaid Hand

Oh no. No, no, that doesn’t sound right at all. Pretty disgusting, actually. And after I came in all strong on that “winner winner” opening note. But GUYS! GUESS WHAT? I won the Canadian prize pack for the Oh Mon Dieu Nail Art Challenge! And for my favourite nails of the challenge, too, my Simpsons Beerquarium mani (yeah, I know I’ve said previously that I don’t play favourites, but I didn’t want the other manicures to feel left out.) This is totally awesome! I hardly ever win anything (although now that I’m thinking about it, I won a ridiculous number of prizes at various bridal shows I attended when Mr. Finger Candy and I were enfianced.) But this is seriously so much better, in no small part because the prize is kickin’ – lots of cool polishes and polish-related accessories I’ll be sure to talk about endlessly on this blog! So great!

Mermaid Collage

But on to this mani, which I was hard at work at when the good news came in. I think these multichrome, gradient, holographic mermaid tail nails (with pearl-in oyster accent nail) are kind of the shit. There’s a lot going on here, but I’m just so blinded by all the colour-shifting, rainbow sparkling beauty to give much of a frig. For the multichrome-on-multichrome gradient, I topped two coats of Enchanted Polish’s turquoise-to-purple Magical Mystery Tour with two sponged-on coats of Enchanted’s mostly magenta Entwined. I then added the fish scale detailing with Liquid Sky Lacquer’s megawatt silver holo, Dream. Finally, on my ring finger I painted on something that I think looks more or less like an oyster (although it could also be a purple catcher’s mitt.) Winning mermaid magic.

Mermaid Fingers

Disney Girl Challenge: Ariel (Again)

Ariel‘Round about the time I started this blog, I began a super casual, self-imposed challenge to capture all the ladies of the Disney Universe, be they princess, villain or something else altogether, in tiny, lacquered form. That extremely loose general guideline has led to some fun Disneyfied designs, although I’m now at the stage of my nail art abilities where I’m very critical of my early work, and I think I could do better on just about all of them, including – especially – this Ariel design. I was initially going to post this as a Then and Now post, but I’d rather not highlight that initial half-assed effort (although if you’re tremendously curious, you can find it here.) Like, what are those things? Seashells? Flowers? It was lazy work that barely fit the theme, and I’m glad for the chance at a redo.

These updated Ariel nails are also my entry towards week three’s theme of most expensive polish in May’s N.A.I.L. Challenge. Here I used my priciest lacquer, Enchanted Polish’s Magical Mystery Tour, as well as a couple of close contenders, ILNP’s Supernova and Picture Polish’s O’Hara. I don’t necessarily believe that there’s always a direct correlation between cost and quality, but these polishes make arguing that assertion very difficult, as they’re all phenomenal. O’Hara in particular, the lush red I used for Ariel’s hair, is Scarlett perfection.Ariel Collage

Hello there, cutie! I knew you’d be grateful for the remodel.Ariel Thumb

Magical Mystery Polish

MMT CollageHey, would you look at that – it’s Friday evening already. Huh, that kind of crept up on me! So in honour of the weekend that has appeared seemingly out of nowhere, let’s gaze upon this drop dead gorgeous polish I received today in a bit of pre-birthday nail mail, Enchanted Polish’s Magical Mystery Tour. This holographic multichrome stunner from Enchanted’s Beatles-themed collection is a polish I have passed by time and time again come the mythical “Enchanted hour” (those incredibly rare, unicorn sighting-like moments when you actually manage to snag one of these polishes in a restock; Magical Mystery indeed, the mystery being how to get your hands on one.) I’ve always found other uses for my Enchanted mad money (Octopus’s Garden and Across the Universe, two other polishes from the Beatles collection, are two of my favourite and most-used lacquers, so it’s not money ill spent.) But when Magical Mystery Tour recently appeared in a Nail Polish Canada restock, I thought it high time I finally snap up a bottle.

And I am so very glad I did, because it is sublime! What a gorgeous colour (or should I say colours, plural?) The shift in this multichrome is bonkers, bouncing all over the place from dark teal and turquoise to indigo and fuchsia, with the whole stunning rainbow tempered by a dainty dash of holo shimmer. It is so beyond pretty. I hope that’s a useful description for you, by the way – “beyond.” But Magical Mystery Tour really stands head and shoulders above even Octopus’s Garden and Across the Universe; it’s that lovely. So glad I finally added this beauty to my stash. Magical Mystery solved!Side FingersHand