Pink Sugar

Candy is Dandy BottleI’m ending this week of unintentionally rainbow-ordered manis the way I began it, with a swatch, but this time of an older, textured glitter polish from my stash, Nicole by OPI’s Candy is Dandy from last year’s super sweet Gumdrops Collection. I posted a photo of this polish last Spring when it first came into my possession, but with the benefit of a year comes MUCH better looking nails and a greatly improved polishing technique (to say nothing of my enhanced iPhotography skills), and so I thought I’d take another run at this sparkly textured beauty.

And never are well-tended nails and careful polishing more important than with textured lacquers, let me tell you. There’s not a lot of after-the-fact tinkering that can be done, so go slowly, paint carefully and allow each layer to dry fully before moving on to the next. I also find it helps to tidy as I go; I keep an orangewood stick with a pointed tip nearby to quickly scrape off any little over-polished boo-boos. Having said that, Candy is Dandy provoked very few inadvertent boo-boos in the first place, applying smoothly and covering completely in three light coats. Texture-wise, this polish isn’t too rough. It actually feels very much the way it looks – like your nails have been dusted with pink sugar. Of course, if you absolutely detest the sandpapery texture, you can always top it with one thick coat of Seche Vite; it looks quite (Candy is) Dandy that way.Candy is Dandy Close-Up Fingers

Regrettably, the Nicole by OPI collection, a trend-oriented, drugstore alternative to OPI’s pricier salon line, seems to be on a bit of an extended hiatus. I haven’t seen any new polishes come out for the Nicole line since last year’s four-piece Roughles Collection, which is a shame, because the Nicole line skews a little less expensive and a whole lot more fun than OPI’s regular offerings. Come back to us, drugstore nail polish choice!Candy is Dandy Hand



Patrick Star, SpongeBob SquarePants’ starfish best friend, provided the inspiration for these nails, which highlight Patrick’s cute and dorky board shorts and nubby, pink-hued skin (the key there being Nicole by OPI’s Rock the Look from this spring’s Roughles collection, a matte textured polish that looks just like pink, bumpy Patrick.)

Tape It Off

Tape It Off

While on an unrelated errand today, my husband ventured – solo! unaccompanied! by his ownself! – into a local beauty supply shop and purchased me a multi-pack of rainbow hued striping tape (and a glittery emery board he spotted up at the cash, because he has the mentality of a six-year-old when it comes to impulse purchases.) Sounds like a strange excursion, but as it turned out, I needed a new emery board, just as I needed some striping tape, a why-didn’t-I-buy-this-sooner purchase. See, folks, this is what nearly 10 years of marriage will get you – someone who can read your mind so well, he’s wandering into predominantly ladies-only locales to buy you beauty products you didn’t even know you needed. Well, that and about 30 extra pounds. 😉

This manicure, a design I’ve been meaning to try but for my lack of striping tape, represents my first go at taped nail art of any description; I typically do all my work, including my stripes, freehanded. But when you want a crisp, clean line that only tape can achieve, I concede there’s no substitute. Like most things related to nail art, it takes a few hand-shaking moments to get the technique down, but it turns out that wrangling little strips of tape is not actually as unpleasant as I was anticipating. So call me converted – Team Striping Tape all the way.

To get this look, I polished my nails with one coat of A England’s holographic Rose Bower and waited 10 or so minutes for them to dry. Once they were no longer sticky to the touch, I laid down my bits of tape in a modified plaid-type design, gently pressing them into place to work out any lumps and bumps. Then I topped the whole works off with one thin, even coat of OPI’s Stay the Night, a black textured polish shot through with hot pink glitter from the Liquid Sand Collection. Finally, after a few moments of dry time, I removed the strips of tape, revealing the clear, sharp lines beneath. Beautiful and so easy!

Pinky Swear

Pinky Swear

As in I swear this pinky hued polish is absolutely gorgeous. Here we have a textured polish, Nicole by OPI’s Candy is Dandy from the Gumdrops collection, that I typically stare wistfully at at the drugstore, but the other day I finally took the plunge, and now it’s mine, ALL MIIIINNNNNNEEEE! Okay, so I’m not quite that excited, but it’s a lovely polish and I’m glad it’s gotten out of my dreams and into my car, so to speak. 😉

Rough Edges


I rarely, if ever, purchase whole whacks of nail polish in one shot, primarily because of the not insignificant cost to do so, but also because I don’t feel the need to have eight different teal chromatics as represented by eight different manufacturers. My addictive personality thankfully does not extend to hoarding nail polish…yet.

But when swatches of these polishes, Nicole by OPI’s Roughles, started popping up on other nail blogs I like to frequent, I knew I’d have to get my hands on one (or two or three) of them. They were a different and fun option in a sea of samey, and I can’t deny the vibrant-yet-paradoxically-subtle pastel hues were calling out to my winter fatigued soul. Plus there was that whole thing where I was thinking about them all the time and coming up with excuses as to why I couldn’t do certain nail art designs without them. That has to be true love, right? So when, on an innocent visit to the drugstore this morning to purchase painkillers and antacids, they simply fell into my shopping basket, who was I to object? Clearly they knew I’d give them a good home.

And indeed I have, but before I allowed them to settle in, I put them to work in a couple of swatchy-type manicures to show off their pretty pastel prettiness. And I’m pleased to report the four polishes (textured mattes studded with matte microglitter) are really beautiful, and the perfect lightly textured backdrop for a bit of long overdue springtime nail art (overdue spring, that is; the nail art I got covered.)

Here I’ve shown On What Grounds?, a warm turquoise polish flecked with blue and grey microglitter, and Rock the Look, a pink polish dusted with super fine black and orange glitter.001010

And here I’ve shown Sand in My Shoe, a citrusy-looking yellow polish run through with orange glitter, and I’m Stucco on You (great name), a pale grape polish dusted with red and blue glitter.042022