On the Hunt

On the Hunt Collage

Hop to it, friends, those chocolate eggs aren’t going to find themselves!  Wishing you all a nice end to your Easter weekends.  Mine is closing out with a big dinner at my mom and dad’s.  My mom’s an excellent cook, with a particular emphasis on blow-out holiday meals, so this should be fun!  Watch this space later for any updates I can manage on my turkey and roast potatoes and GRAVY coma. 😉

But talk of chocolate and holiday feasts aside, if you’re trying to hunt up this festive nail look for yourself, I regret to inform you that this is one of those deeply aggravating posts where I used two polishes (heck, potentially two brands) no longer in existence, Candy Lacquer’s Ring Pops glitter topper over Smitten Polish’s Not Your Mama’s Easter Grass (then whose Easter grass is it precisely?)  I believe Smitten operates under the name Dreamland these days and I’m really not sure of Candy Lacquer’s status.  But both of these polishes, despite being years old, are still trucking along just fine, and so I put them to good use in this very Springy manicure that looks like a macro shot of the inside of an Easter basket filled with sweet treats.

Easter Nails 1

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Too Much?

Ring Pops Bottle

Well, this is just a whole load of manicure!  But I do love the ultra vibrant combination of Candy Lacquer’s Ring Pops glitter topper over Ceramic Glaze’s shimmery turquoise Mermaid’s Tale.  I’m also so over THE RETURN OF WINTER (at half measure, true, but with the end thisclose and just in sight, today’s snow and freezing rain feels like a big setback) and this is my way of rebelling.  TAKE THAT, idiot winter!  Feel my well-manicured wrath and TREMBLE!!!  Or just continue pissing icy, sleet-y, dangerous-to-drive-in stuff all over my city this Easter weekend.  I guess that works, too.

Ring Pops Fingers

Candy (Lacquer) Shop

Candy Lacquer Collage

Despite embarking on a real tear of original nail art designs over the past month, my best-liked manicures, both by you, my friends, and indeed everyone who saw them, were the four swatches I did of my recently acquired Candy Lacquer glitter polishes. I understand why everyone loves these polishes – they’re super cheery, always contain an absolutely bonkers mix of every-shape-under-the-sun glitter and come in a gorgeous assortment of vibrant, unusual colour combinations. I feel quite strongly about these polishes, and so I hold them no ill will for coming in and throwing distracting fairy dust all over my hard work. 😉 Going clockwise from the upper left we have Butterfly Candy, Ring Pops, Melting Popsicles and Beach Blanket. So much fun!

Butterfly CandyButterfly Candy Fingers

Ring PopsRing Pops Fingers

Melting PopsiclesMelting Popsicles Fingers

Beach BlanketBeach Blanket Fingers

As always, if you dig Candy Lacquer’s sweet pretties – and based on the response to the manis I do using their polishes, I think you do! – you can find their polishes here. They just released some fun, Halloween-themed glitters for a more bootiful you. 🙂

Melting Popsicles

Melting Popsicles Bottle

Saving the best for last, this gorgeous, super cheery polish, Candy Lacquer’s Melting Popsicles, is the final polish from this summer’s small haul that saw me add all four picks to my “best of” list. I already adored Candy Lacquer’s mega glitter bombs, and the four I picked up this summer, Ring Pops, Butterfly Candy, Beach Blanket and this lovely, Melting Popsicles, just confirmed what I already knew – Candy Lacquer’s products are outstandingly creative, beautifully made and always make your nails look like they survived an explosion at the candy, sprinkle and confetti factory. Don’t know about you, but that’s good in my books. 😉

Melting Popsicles Fingers

Ring Pops

Ring Pops Bottle

If these super vibrant nails weren’t enough of an indication, it would seem I’m not quite ready to let go of the summer just yet. Which is sort of odd for me – I’m very much a Fall person. But my nails are rebelling against the darker hues that dominate the lacquered landscape at this time of year, and have been calling out for bigger, bolder, brighter (quite the active life my nails have, what with all the rebelling and demanding.) So I thought I’d appease them with another Candy Lacquer glitter bomb, this time a lush, neon-hued beauty by the name of Ring Pops. Ring Pops is a super cool mix of neon rainbow glitter in a variety of shapes, sizes and textures – there’s some satin matte glitter in here, as well as traditional matte and a smattering of see-through glass glitter. The various shapes of glitter are likewise awesome – bars, hexes, circles, squares, diamonds, stars, rings and – a Finger Candy first – little gems! It’s adorable.

Ring Pops Fingers

Candy Lacquer is one of those indies that, for reasons that totally baffle me, fly nearly completely under the radar. I’m always amazed that they don’t get the mega attention they deserve. Their products are lovingly made and gorgeously unique, and every lacquerista should be singing their praises from the rooftops. But for now, I’d settle for you simply popping by and checking out some of Candy Lacquer’s awesome polishes, like this one, here. You never know what fingernail fun you’ll find.

Ring Pops Hand