I put up our tree today! This is exclamation mark worthy because I’m never so seasonally motivated, particularly when it comes to our tree (we have history.) But we’ve got some fun things planned for later on this holiday season that require a bit of planning right now, and so that’s what I’m doing.
Also, I woke up this morning just feeling festive! So much so, I managed to convince my husband to watch Babes in Toyland, a favourite terrible Christmas movie from my childhood starring Keanu Reeves and Drew Barrymore, while I melted some Christmas Wish-scented wax (pine, peppermint and cookies) and painted my nails with this festive glitter bomb, KB Shimmer’s sELFie. This polish looks so pretty on its own, but I love it topped with this tiny bejeweled nail charm.
These sort of ultra dense, glitter-packed polishes always look fantastic in super macro close-up, and sELFie is no exception – lovely! A fun and festive mani for a fun and festive day.
This cool polish, Lilypad Lacquer’s Rainbows in Space, looks like two totally different polishes depending on whether it’s in the sun or the shade. Under direct light, its bronze micro-shimmer gives it a rich, almost chocolate brown hue, whereas in the shade, it’s a dusky charcoal grey.
And the perfect palette on which to display these silver nail charms from Daily Charme. It’s a little bit of Black Widow mixed with a little bit of Brown Recluse, and it’s Halloween mani perfection.
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.
Happy Thanksgiving, Canadian friends! As has become my holiday tradition, here is a festive manicure featuring my favourite – and most successful – homemade polish, Hawaiian Ham (so named after those alarming, 1950s-style ham casseroles topped with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries.) I made up a bottle for some American friends recently, substituting the yellow, pineapple-y glitter for a red-tinged bronze, and renamed this shade Canadian Bacon. 😉
But speaking of rings on the Thanksgiving dinner table, here’s a fun, older mani of mine in which I honoured that most Canadian of festive foodstuffs, the uncut – very important, that – ringed log of cranberry sauce. Just shoot it straight out of the can and onto a fussy little garnish dish! The polish I used here was KB Shimmer’s Leaf of Faith; I think it looks like extra chunky cranberry jelly. Hope you all have a delicious one!
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. 🙂