You’re Unbe-leafable

BeLeaf Collage

Here’s another gorgeous, seasonally splendid lacquer from Smitten Polish’s What a Punny Autumn Collection, Can You BeLeaf These Puns? Like the polish I featured yesterday, collection mate Orange You Glad It’s Pun-kin Season, BeLeaf is a rich jelly polish, this time a warm, red-tinged brown, stuffed with gently glimmering holographic glitter. Once again, I think these polishes show their best selves in the shade, where they look deep and textured – in BeLeaf’s case, that slightly textured look reminds me of coffee grounds (tell no one, but sometimes when I make coffee, I just stick my face in the bag of grounds and inhale. I love to drink the stuff, but I might almost like to smell it more; one of life’s great fragrances.)

BeLeaf Shade Fingers

Best of all, Can You BeLeaf These Puns? seems to be a colour dupe of another Smitten lacquer and one of my all time favourite polishes, linear holo Seasonal Lattes from last year’s fall collection. A good, super rich, chocolate brown holo is a hard thing to find, so you’ve got to jump on that java-hued goodness while you can. To that end, you can find Smitten’s beautiful polishes, including Can You BeLeaf These Puns?, here.

BeLeaf Shade Bottle

Don’t Get Chippy With Me

Chippy Hand

Or do; I suppose if we’re talking chocolate chips, like the ones in these delicious-looking nails, that would be all right. For this simple manicure that’s full of chocolatey goodness, I painted my index finger, pinkie and thumb (hee hee, what a funny word “pinkie” is) with three coats of Smitten Polish’s brownie-hued holographic, Seasonal Lattes. It is a stunning polish, with probably the most pronounced rainbow effect of any of my holographic lacquers. It’s also one of those ultra rare polishes that looks fantastic in both the sun, where holos always shine the brightest, and in the shade, where it takes on a deep, almost textured look.

Chippy Smitten Fingers Sun

Then on my two middle fingers, I topped two coats of a nude creme polish with two coats of Just Add Milk, a favourite glitter polish from Whimsical Ideas by Pam. I’ve talked up Just Add Milk in the past (have actually used it in about four or five manicures to date) but it bears repeating – this is one lovely, super unique polish about which I have never heard anything but raves. And you would think there would only be so many applications for such a polish, but I’ve used it more times than I’ve used other more multi-use-type lacquers, in everything from a Cookie Monster mani to nails inspired by my cat’s spotted tummy. I’d say that’s pretty varied!

Chippy Just Add Milk Shade

So, you know, chip away at it all you’d like – that’s cool in my books. 😉

Chippy Fingers Sun

Holo Giraffe

Holo Giraffe HandTerrible idea. The poor lopsided dears would just tip over. Oh, wait, we’re not talking about hollow giraffes, but holo giraffes? Okay, that makes a lot more sense now. 😉

My husband’s dearly missed grandmother had a real soft spot for giraffes. One Christmas we made a number of gifts for our friends and family – preserves, candies, soaps and other beauty products – and in her package, we included a veritable herd of vanilla scented soaps shaped like wee little giraffes. She very cutely kept them in her half bathroom long past the point where they either smelled or cleaned, but it always charmed me to see them laying there nonetheless.

These fun animal print nails are in service of a challenge I’m participating in over on Instagram where the theme is a holographic pattern. Giraffe skin counts as a pattern, right? I believe the giraffe would think so! For this manicure, I used three of my favourite holographic polishes, Cirque’s marigold yellow Chyrsopoeia and grass green Panacea, and Smitten Polish’s chocolate brown Seasonal Lattes.Holo Giraffe Fingers

Gilded Raspberry-Chocolate

Gilded Raspberry-ChocolateThis manicure, which by the title of this post alone you should be able to guess reminds me of gold-flecked, raspberry cream truffles (when does a manicure not remind me of food?), started out life as a ruffian, a type of mani in which you polish over a rounded strip directly in the middle of your nails, leaving a half moon of base polish up by your cuticles that stretches down both sides of your nails. Sounds complicated, but it’s really not – just imagine your nails sporting one of those ridiculous mustaches that drop straight down off a man’s face and that’s a ruffian.

But over the course of ruffianing it up, I got a little overzealous and accidentally lacquered over the elongated sides (which had nothing to do with the fact that I really hate those mustaches and everything to do with my willy nilly approach to polish application), turning my wee chocolate-raspberry ruffian into a proper reverse French manicure, which, given that it was a giant mistake in the first place, seemed as good a place to stop as any.

Here I topped Smitten Polish’s dark brown holo, Seasonal Lattes, with A England’s raspberry red holo, Rose Bower, and then added a smattering of gold glitter, Ardene’s Golden Child, because no nummy truffle is complete without at least a sprinkling of luxurious golden flakes.

Choco-Mocha Espressiato

Seasonal Lattes CollagePretty sure I just made that term up, although I’ve no doubt some Starbucks-obsessed yuppie will make it a caffeine and caramel syrup-laced reality very soon, if they haven’t already. I used to be a member of the Starbucks tribe, but I’ve cooled off in recent years. My wallet and my teeth and my sleeping patterns and my waistline all thank me.

But one thing I have absolutely not cooled off on is my search for the perfect espresso-hued holo, a rare animal in the nail polish world that either doesn’t exist in the first place or gets scooped up by other lacqueristas so quickly, it’s like I hallucinated it into existence. Either way, it’s been a difficult polish to lay my hands on, and so I’m beyond thrilled that a recent shipment of nail mail contained a bottle of the mythical, coffee-coloured beauty, and just in time for my wedding anniversary, too!

This brown beauty from indie brand Smitten Polish is called Seasonal Lattes, and an Instagram photo of its gorgeousness is what touched off my obsession with finding the perfect dark brown holo. A brief, fruitless search of the usual stocklist suspects for something like Seasonal Lattes turned up nada, and in the end I simply placed an order directly with Smitten, a new-to-me indie polish maker, for the holographic lovely and (shhhh!) a few of its friends so it didn’t get lonely on its trip to my home. Because I’m considerate like that.

The verdict? Chocolate-covered espresso bean perfection! Seasonal Lattes is everything I was looking for in a java-hued holo polish – gorgeous, deep colour that shifts from milk chocolate to coffee grounds to rich soil depending on the light, a beautiful linear holo effect and smooth, even application in two coats. It also pleases me to say I had zero issues in dealing with Smitten as well. I placed my order, they filled my order, it was delivered in a safe and timely manner – no problems here!