Sparkle Surprise!

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Here’s some ultra shimmery, very unicorny nails for no reason other than it’s Thursday, the weather’s all bummy and I have an entire diningroom’s worth of painting to get done before 5 pm this evening.  No sweat, says I!  Although I have been sweating a great deal, which is what happens when you’re contorting yourself into positions never before attempted by the world’s most practiced yogis in order to just. reach. this. onnnnneeeeee. spot. in. the. corner. of. the. closet. that. no. one. but. you. will. ever. see. or. even. know. is. there.  But it will haunt your dreams if you I don’t deal with it immediately, so here we are!

I won’t tell you the base colours I used in this manicure – a chromatic, vaguely fuzzy-looking pink topped with diagonal sponging in chromatic teal and green to mimic the prism of light captured along the edge of this new cup I purchased – because the company is long out of business, and also went down in a spectacular blaze of not-so-glorious glory.  None of the polishes I own were affected by said blaze, so I’ve continued using them, although I try not to talk up the company.

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But I did top the whole works off with another polish that I’d be happy to talk up, Orly’s unicorn-in-a-bottle glitter topper, Anything Goes.  This polish hits all the fun P requirements – pretty, pastel and purple!  Now back to a P word of my own, sigh – painting.

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You’re So ‘Corny

Anything Goes Collage

Glittery, shimmery, star-dusted nails, featuring Orly’s unicorn-in-a-bottle glitter topper, Anything Goes.

Speaking of, I think this manicure looks a heck of a lot more ‘corn-ish than that very odd Frappuccino Starbucks released last month.  Mr. Finger Candy and I split one.  Or rather, I had a couple of sips, declared it fine, but deeply unnecessary and not very attractive, and then handed the rest of it over to him.  Which is pretty much what the rest of the world did, too!  Save those nutters who went out and bought 365 of them to store in their fridge until the next Unicorn Frappapocalypse.

Anything Goes Fingers 2

Getting back to this polish!  It’s super cool – the purple shimmery bits take on a raggedy, almost textured look when layered over a creme base, like this gradient manicure I created using the purple, pink and turquoise colours in Anything Goes’s fun mix of star and circle glitter.  Very ‘corny. 😉

Anything Goes Bottle

Drops and Dashes

Drops and Dashes Fingers Sun Straight On

Inspired by the very Vegas-y polish swatch I did the other day, here’s an abstract manicure featuring all the plush, jewel-tone hues of a glitzy and very ritzy casino.  Appropriately enough, the golden base polish I used here is Orly’s Glitz, a micro-glitter holo that packs a super sparkly, fight night-worthy punch.

Drops and Dashes Sun Angle

Sprinkles and Studs

Stud Hand

Keeping things simply sparkly and neon for the first few days of 2016 with this manicure that combines Polish Me Silly’s Freckles glitter topper with Orly’s silver holo, Mirrorball.  I love the way the paper thin glitter of Freckles looks as though it’s part of Mirrorball, without taking on that unfortunate pitted look so many neon glitters can impart.  I then topped the whole works off with some diamond-shaped neon studs from Daily Charme.  Simple, sparkly, colourful and cute.

Stud Fingers

Put My Thing Down, Flip It and Reverse It

Flip Hand

Earlier in the week I posted a manicure featuring a golden gradient over a denim blue base.  It was an elegant and somehow understated look, and a welcome change from my usual “all the all” approach to nail art.

So OF COURSE I couldn’t let that stand, choosing instead to flip things around and go for the glitter, this time topping a megawatt golden sparkler, Orly’s Bling, with a blue (and black) matte glitter, Ardene’s Photobomb. Pretty.  Sometimes it pays to mix it up, but it also always feels great to come home, does it not?

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Disco Ball

Disco Ball Hand

Oh, hear that, folks? That’s the sound of the disco whistle! Looks like it’s time to strap on your boogie shoes and hit the light-up dance floor for some super awkward dance moves and, somehow, the worst fashion of the last 100 years. But never mind all that, because you’ll be sporting these beautiful disco ball nails that throw more sparkles than the mirrorball twinkling prettily above you.

Disco Ball Fingers

For these simple disco-on-disco nails, I topped two coats of Orly’s so-appropriately named silver holo, Mirrorball, with two light coats of Finger Paints’ silver holo glitter topper, Colorful Collage. These kind of manicures are the thing we nail bloggers rage about all the time, because they never look 1/100th as beautiful in static photos as they do in real life, and indeed, this silver sparkler is no exception. These nails are just bananas in person, tossing off linear holos and eye-searing rainbows with every little shift of my hand, although I’ll concede they don’t look quite so awesome in photos. Although this manicure DOES look super awesome when magnified 15 times with a macro photo lens, comme ca:

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All Gummed Up

Turn it Up Bottle

I predict that this adorable polish, Turn it Up from Orly’s recently released In the Mix Collection, will become to the fall of 2015 what Orly’s holographic Mirrorball was to the winter of 2014 – everyone’s most wanted, most unfindable, nail polish. Turn it Up, which looks like Cirque’s much coveted Kaleidoscope glitter topper, only much more readily available – I got mine at my local Sally Beauty Supply – and for a little less money, reminds me of gumballs, and pairs beautifully with an ultra sugary pink like this one, Serum No. 5’s Awesome Blossom.

Turn it Up Fingers

Turn it Up applies really nicely too, and is the rare kind of glitter-stuffed lacquer that is neither too dry, nor too lumpy. My one beef with Orly polishes, and indeed this one, is that their brushes are a shade too thin and long. I prefer brushes on the flatter, wider side. But that’s a minor quibble with an otherwise super cute polish that I think everyone’s going to be coveting pretty soon. Get yours while you can!

Turn it Up Hand