I got this nifty refillable popcorn bucket at the Magic Kingdom some weeks back, and like my Gaston ears, it was one of those things that people would just shout their appreciation for from distances both great and small (nearly wrote that as “smell,” which is quite apt, as that Disney popcorn scent – real and/or enhanced – is utterly intoxicating.) One morning a woman with an incredible Scottish accent demanded to know where I got my “fabu-losh buh-KIT” and I decided right then and there that whatever it cost ($15 filled with popcorn, with unlimited $2 refills) it was worth it just to hear her awesome pronunciation of “bucket.” 🙂 There’s also a small battery inside that powers cool burbling light effects in the lid, like you’re brewing up some wonderously witchy creation and not just 1,800 calories in snack food.
This fun new parkin’ accessory was calling out for a bit of matching nail art, so I obliged. I think the skull on my thumb is terrible and I had a real mis-fire with some topcoat that smudged up quite a bit more than usual, but overall, I like the Nickelodeon-type sludgy slime. Like the popcorn that goes into the bucket most of all, but simply carrying the thing around, and wearing it on my nails, is pretty fun, too.
Back when I started all this nail art business, the joke among my people was that the day I showed up with skulls and dangly unicorn pendants hanging from my fingertips was the day they could all ship me off to the funny farm for tacky nail artists.
Well, I’m pleased to say, friends, that that day has finally arrived! Truly, this manicure is just a dollar sign and a marijuana leaf away from total perfection. Okay, okay, so the unicorn isn’t dangling, but my shorter-than-most nails simply don’t allow for – yikes, this term always gives me the willies – nail piercing. But nail charms – especially super tacky ones gifted to me by my husband as a kind of inside joke – are most certainly allowed, even ones that span my entire nail and then some.
I particularly like that I’ve paired this hideous-looking skull and its misshapen unicorn buddy with one of the most high end polishes in my collection, Enchanted Polish’s gold-flecked Christmas in July. Life’s full of contrasts, my friends.
Like, say, these skeleton nail strips from Incoco that have been sitting in my closet for the past three years? Pretty sure those aren’t the kind of skeletons the expression is referring to, but I’ll take potentially-useless nail strips over repressed secrets any day. 😉
But somehow, wonder of wonders, these nail strips were still in perfect condition, applying cleanly and easily, adhering well and giving off the craziest glow-in-the-dark effect I’ve ever seen in a polish product. Praise Jack, it’s a Halloween miracle!
This design, long since out of production, is called Bone Rattling, and features cute little black skulls on a glow-in-the-dark white background. And I needn’t have worried that these nail strips would be dried out – safely tucked away in their unopened package, they were in perfect working order, adhering to my nails neatly, with no rough or raggedy edges. The chubby, three-toothed skull design is also so adorable – a cute alternative to the more realistic skull designs that tend to dominate at this time of year.
And how about that super cool glow-in-the-dark effect? It’s bananas! So bananas, my camera could hardly capture it. Or maybe it captured…something else? Those little streaks sure do look like ghosties, do they not? Although, actually, that would mean my hand is haunted, and that never works out well for anyone – just ask Ash (or Anton of Idle Hands, my favourite possessed-limb flick.)
Know who was already ridiculously excited to see the Suicide Squad movie even before they released the soundtrack and she discovered twenty one pilots recorded the first single? This person. SO EXCITED! The second trailer set to Bohemian Rhapsody? A work of friggin’ beauty (also the thing that has me a touch worried; Black Dynamite, a 2009 spoof of the Blaxploitation movies of the 1970s, had an absolutely brilliant trailer that disappointingly failed to materialize into even five minutes of watchable film.) Nothing but love, too, for the Heathens of twenty one pilots – if Josh and Tyler want to spend their off hours playing and pacing the dark, damp-soaked halls of Belle Reve prison for the comically insane, I’ll be right there alongside them.
I have so many thoughts on the subject of Suicide Squad and twenty one pilots, they’ll have to wait for another day, but I’ll say this right now: Before this flick comes out in two months’ time, someone needs to figure out how to harness the power of teenage boners as an energy source, because Margot Robbie’s cute, scampy, batshit bonkers Harley Quinn (painted here on my middle finger, alongside Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang) could power the entire eastern seaboard until Christmas. Also, we are going to be AWASH in Harleys this coming Halloween, trust.
Disney-style, and just in time for Halloween. Go on, take a bite…just. one. bite. 😉
Iridescent, glittery sweet sugar skulls for week three’s theme of skulls in February’s N.A.I.L. Challenge. Two more of Mentality’s gorgeous jellychromes, turquoise Shindig and hot pink Hoopla, act as the perfect background polishes, their colour-shifting glass shimmer adding beautiful shading and depth to my first-time ever sugar skull mani.
Because here at Finger Candy HQ, no opportunity for goofy wordplay shall go unplayed! All the stupid jokes must be mangled, and the plentiful puns will flow like a lazy (writing) river. I command it so! And you have to listen to me, because this is my blog (or you could just leave, but I’d prefer if you didn’t; I like seeing you around.)
To that end, here we have a fun combination of two more polishes from Whimsical Ideas by Pam, Head Shrinker, a pale grey and micro holo glitter topper shot through with tiny black skulls, and Tutu Sweet, a bright pink glitter polish from Pam’s recently released Valentine’s collection. It’s a super cute look – very baby girl punk rock – and one I probably would have thought to try out, with or without the opportunity for some awesome punnage (but it’s so much better with!) Now if you’ll excuse me, there are some purple and neon green Head Shrinker Beetlejuice nails I need to tend to.
Electric neon pink pre-Halloween girly skulls.
I can really picture Avril Lavigne rocking the crap out of these. Actually, I suspect that she’ll still be doing the whole overgrown skater goth girl thing when she’s 80 – because some of us never really grow out of it! 😉