As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Or if the last photos you took of a nail polish are better than anything you could take today, use them again. I think the first one is a little more concise, don’t you?
This is Painted Polish’s Brains & Boo-ty, a Halloween polish I received last Christmas and first swatched in the new year. As its time with me has always been just a tiny little bit out of seasonal step with its intended holiday, I thought it would fun to revisit this Halloween glitter bomb during the actual spooktacular season. Except the photos I took in the winter still look pretty great. It seemed a shame not to reuse them…and so I did! Gotta recycle where you can; we all need to do our part to fight climate change.
Brains & Boo-ty was released some years ago; as such, it’s unfortunately no longer available from any of the usual stocklist suspects, although Harlow & Co. carry a number of other Painted Polish glitters that look like Brains & Boo-ty in composition, if not in colour (love these perfect Halloweenie hues.) And hey look, so glittery all up close – it’s kind of hypnotizing, like a Halloween disco ball.
This polish, a China Glaze Halloween release of a few years’ back by the name of Rest in Pieces, always reminds me of straw or hay or dried cornstalks; very appropriate for this time of year.
This manicure in particular – Rest in Pieces here over Essie’s cafe au lait creme, Cocktails & Coconuts – reminds me of one of my favourite episodes of Trading Spaces. Show of hands if you remember Trading Spaces. I used to watch it every day in university, sometimes multiple times a day if TLC was running a marathon. I seriously hated 95 percent of everything the designers did, and I lived for Hilde ruining someone’s mudroom by turning it into a circus-themed wine grotto.
One of my favourite episodes, though, was the time Hilde and two stunned-into-silence neighbours redecorated a lesbian couple’s livingroom as the inside of an unfinished barn, complete with chicken coop mesh, rough-hewn, terra cotta-hued parging (missed opportunity here to go with a salmon-coloured base polish, darn it!) and random, only-partially-embedded hunks of straw. Yes, actual straw! That these two women had three children under five seemed to have completely slipped Hilde’s mind – or rather, she didn’t seem to give a crap that this was a totally inappropriate space for anyone to inhabit, let alone a rambunctious trio of curious young kids. I remember the neighbours tasked with “bettering” their space were absolutely mortified, had in fact begged Hilde not to move ahead with some of her more asinine ideas (the straw), but the designer clearly had other plans.
I also remember that of the two ladies, one was politely horrified, her eyes wide and surprised and vaguely terrified as she glanced around at the ruin of her livingroom. And the other was just flat out PISSED. Livid, actually, and I didn’t blame her one iota – her livingroom had undergone a radical hatchet job. Then, as if to underscore her furious point, one of the kids ambled over to the scratchy, pointy, dangerous wall and picked off a small handful of straw. Ha! Except not ha, because I felt terrible for that family, AND their neighbours, whose relationship was surely damaged by this entire reality TV incident. Hilde remained oblivious to the end.
Here’s a pretty, autumn-appropriate polish to add a bit of subtle sparkle to your seasonal soirees, ILNP’s chromatic flakie, The Road to Awe (as in “Oooo!” not “Awww!”) Despite being released two or three years ago, this polish is still available on ILNP’s site, a testament to its beauty and popularity – it’s just a gorgeous polish. And a fantastic pick for the Fall, too, with its colour-shifting chromatic flakies in a range of plummy purples, bronzey oranges and leafy yellows (here over a basic black creme, always the best base on which to show off any of these kind of chromatic polishes; classic bedfellows, if you will.) I also love the smattering of hyacinth blue flakes – they’re the perfect hit of neon to liven up The Road to Awe’s crunchy, glittery “leaves.” Perfect and perfectly pretty.
It’s apparently round-the-clock cocktail hour here at Finger Candy, between yesterday’s fruity strawberry daiquiri nails and today’s bracingly brown Manhattan mani. My grandmother’s drink was a Manhattan – a double Manhattan, actually (once again, Grandma, get down with your bad self!) Me? Well, after a young adulthood steeped in wine coolers and across-the-bridge brew, I don’t actually drink very much any more. Alcohol just doesn’t seem to agree with my old lady constitution (never did – a graph depicting my response to alcohol is pretty much a straight up and down line; I’ve been known to go from “WOOOOOOO, LET’S GO TO THE BAR!!!” to sprawled out and unconscious in about five minutes flat.)
But there’s something quite alluring about a Manhattan, with a perfect little cherry gleaming out of its clear, brown depths. To get that perfect Manhattan colour, I used a favourite – unfortunately also out-of-production – polish from Nfu Oh, the quite unimaginatively named JS39. I have used this polish in SO many foodie manicures – it makes the perfect lacquered stand-in for caramel sauce, pumpkin spice anything and coffee. Also nylons, but that’s not quite applicable in this situation. Anyhow, drink up – plenty more where this came from (although maybe not; that beautiful bottle is distressingly low, and I’ve no idea where to find another.) Boo to that, but yay to this mani – with its little martini glass and pair of cherries, it’s quite charm-ing. 🙂
It recently occurred to me that I haven’t done a swatch post in quite some time. That’s because for the most part, I’ve suspended my informal nail polish procurement program (also known as me sitting in front of online stocklists at two in the morning going, “Ooh, that looks nice!”) Things had just reached the point where I had no more room to store these things. But more than that, it seemed like there was nothing new under the sun, and did I really need ANOTHER holographic, purple-to-teal multi-chrome? TL;DR: I haven’t bought – or swatched – a new polish in a very long time.
But I am now, with this lovely, lustrous lacquer, OPI’s Infinite Shine 2 in Turn on the Northern Lights! Northern Lights is a beautiful, beautiful polish – a thick, gel-based purple polish shot through with fuchsia-to-green micro shimmer. This polish positively glows in the sun, but in a subdued sort of way – Northern Lights is no disco ball, although I think its gorgeous, jewel-toned purple hues are perfect for a disco Fall. 😉
If Turn on the Northern Lights! is part of any sort of gel system, I have no idea. I know, I know, bad, bad nail blogger, get your facts straight! But I applied this polish as you would any other – three coats and one layer of a quick dry topcoat – and it produced one of the longest lasting and most beautiful manicures I’ve had the pleasure of wearing in ages (I remove my manis indecently fast, in part because they begin to chip and show wear quickly.) But these Northern Lights shone brightly, through three days of wear and two trips down to the highly chlorinated pool! Impressive.
Like all shimmer-laden polishes, Turn on the Northern Lights! does its best work in the sun, although it also looks beautiful in the shade, where you can really see the little bit of chartreuse pixie dust running along the bottom edge of the bottle. I wish this effect was more pronounced on the nail (or pronounced at all; I saw no trace of the green shimmer in this polish, not even along the very edges of my nails) but I love the glowing, plum-to-purple effect enough that that’s but a tiny nit to pick.
Squeezing some of my sunniest polishes into the final few days of summer with this pretty swatch of Candy Lacquer’s Butterfly Candy, a favourite rainbow glitter bomb speckled with a kaleidoscope of butterflies (fun science-y tidbit: that is the actual technical term for a grouping of butterflies, a kaleidoscope. So beautifully fitting!)
Actually, I’d say we’re pretty firmly on the downward side of summer; last week on a drive out in the country I saw leaves just beginning to change, and there is a definite chill to the morning air. I don’t mind – like just about everyone else, it seems, fall is my preferred season. I often think if we could have year-round fall, punctuated by a couple of weeks of frozen winter, damp spring and humid summer – just so we know what we’re not missing – that would be perfection.
But this super summery polish from KB Shimmer – it always reminds me of flamingos and the wallpaper in a South Beach retirement home – is called Peak My Interest, so I ran with the easy title. 😉