Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex 1

Are we still in one?  I really wouldn’t know, seeing as none of my limbs have been warm in about three weeks, and my eyeballs may have frozen over.  HOW WILL WE KNOW WHEN WE’VE EXITED THE VORTEX???  Also, do you suppose this is how Jack Torrence felt before he went all Jack Torrence?  Best keep me away from any abandoned hotels – all freezing and no heat makes Sandra something-something. 😦

They say you write what you know, and the same holds true, apparently, for nail art – all I know is cold these days, so more frozen nail art it is.  Here I painted a smattering of delicate, lacy snowflakes over OPI’s colour-shifting Northern Lights before frosting the entire thing in Enchanted Polish’s Rainbow Juice (With Pulp.)   I like this polish’s mix of holographic shimmer, glitter and tiny, jagged shards – it makes everything it touches look like its been haphazardly dusted with sparkling snow.  Pretty, and ever so fitting given the present weather conditions (see above, re: cold and miserable.)

Polar Vortex 2

 

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Diamond Dust

Skittle Bottle

Skittle mani style.  A skittle manicure, for those not in the know, is an every-nail-for-itself type of mani in which you paint each one of your nails a different colour, or one single colour (say, purple) but in a variety of tones, as I have here.

The purple polishes I used for these nails were, from index to pinkie, Finger Paints’ neon orchid, Pop Art Purple, Essence’s Color & Go in Break Through, Essie’s lilac-hued Play Date and Bonita’s lavender Splendid Love.

I then topped the whole works with one and a bit coats of Enchanted Polish’s Rainbow Juice (With Pulp), a sparkly holographic topper stuffed with silver holo flakies.  It makes everything it touches look like it’s been sprinkled with ultra fine diamonds.  I think Rainbow Juice looks the best here paired with Pop Art Purple, because the holograhic flakes play off so nicely against its lush neon hue, but Play Date is proving to be no slouch either.

Also, apropos of nothing, but it is so hot and humid here today.  I was bundled in a giant sweater yesterday morning.  Wither the spring?

Skittle Fingers Sun

Soap Bubbles

Bubbles Fingers 2

In case you were wondering what kind of nail art I’ve planned to do with all of the new Polish Me Silly multi-chromes I’ve recently acquired, here’s the first idea that came to mind – soap bubbles! The colour-shiftiness of the polishes – here Obsession, Paradise and Dreamer – make for the most perfect iridescent bubbles, to which I added a tiny little hit of holographic sparkle (Enchanted Polish’s Rainbow Juice (With Pulp)) along the outer edges of the bubbles.

This manicure is SO pretty in really real life, but it’s doing that thing where it’s not so pretty in photographs. That’s usually how I know I’ve hit on something good – if my mani’s being a difficult twit, it’s solid gold. 😉

Soap Bubbles Fingers 1

Pudgicorn!

Pudgicorn Hand

Pudging out on a field of rainbow holographic twinkle dust. I think I’ll call him Trevor. He just looks like a Trevor, doesn’t he?

And because it will most likely get asked, the holographic glitter topper I used here (over a base of Essie’s periwinkle blue Pret-A-Surfer) is Enchanted Polish’s Rainbow Juice (With Pulp.)

Pudgicorn Fingers

Rainbow Juice (With Pulp)

Rainbow Juice Collage

That’s the name of this fairy dusted lacquer from Enchanted Polish. Gotta respect the silly name. Rainbow Juice (With Pulp) is another addition to Enchanted’s line of holographic glitter toppers, this time stuffed with shards of rainbow-throwing holo flakies. These kind of polishes always look their best against darker base polishes, so here I paired it up with KB Shimmer’s midnight blue Soul Deep, which highlights all those beautiful, sparkling rainbows and their, um, pulp.

Rainbow Fingers

In lower lighting, Rainbow Juice looks a bit like shimmer-flecked stone (I initially thought graphite.) But as always with holographic polishes, this one does its best work in the sun, throwing off all kinds of gorgeous, twinkling colours. Not that you would know it from these pictures, regrettably, that are all nicely in focus and therefore, don’t accurately depict what this polish looks like in real life. Which is something a little more in keeping with this image:

Blurry Bottle

One of those weird facts of nail polish life, friends – it never looks as good in photos as it does in real life. I suppose the reverse argument could be made for online dating. 😉