You’re Hot and You’re Cold

You're Hot and You're Cold

In the past I have been hesitant to jump on board the trendy nail polish bandwagon. Textures? Why would I want to wear sandpaper on my nails? Holographics? No big shimmery deal. Colour changers of the UV or thermal variety? Gimmicky.

It goes without saying I was wrong on all those points – busy, you know, making an ASS out of U and ME – particularly on the subject of colour changing polishes, which have quickly become my favourite type of “novelty” lacquer. It’s unreasonably fun to run my hands under hot and cold water just to see what kind of cool, gradient-like effect comes out the other side.

Here I’ve shown two thermals from Polish Me Silly, a favourite indie polish maker, Mermaid Tears, a dark teal-to-celery green jelly, and Grape Intentions, a shimmery pink-to-purple jelly. The cold state is the left-hand photo and the warm state is the photo on the right. These are the first jelly-based thermals I’ve tried, and while the two-tone effect isn’t quite as pronounced as it is with cream-based polishes (particularly on my shorter nails), they still make for beautiful fingernail adornment.

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

Here we have another thermal colour-changing polish from the ladies at Polish Me Silly, Peach Me a Lesson, a fun Barbie pink-to-coral lacquer studded with hot pink and orange glitter. The two colours together remind me of a not-to-be-trifled with cocktail called a Tequila Sunrise, one of those unholy alcoholic concoctions that’s 50 percent tequila, 40 percent sugar and 10 percent pure hangover-producing misery. Still, a pretty polish on my nails, and probably less toxic than the cocktail, too! To the left is Peach Me a Lesson in its “warm” state and on the right is the polish after running my hands under cold water.

I’ve no doubt that the natural gradient effect of thermal colour changers is about 100 times cooler and more prominent on nails longer than mine, but take heart, like-nailed ladies who like to keep ’em short, these polishes are still pretty great; if you’re anything like me, you’ll have a hard time keeping your eyes off your nails!



Had I had my sick wits about me the last two weeks long enough to blog, that might have been a verb as opposed to a noun – as in, please, someone, could you come and pick me up; I’m sick and being upright has ceased to be an option. Standing? No way. Eating? Ugh, do I have to? And we shan’t talk about either blogging or nail art, the mere thought of which (regrettably) was enough to send me shuffling off to bed for another unsatisfactory, cough-intensive nap.

But after roughly two and a half weeks of listless, medicated existence, I woke up this morning with the desire to do something productive, even if that productive something was as silly as painting my nails with my fun new thermal polishes and posting them to my blog. Plus my husband made me. Something about unpolished hands are the devil’s playpen? 😉

So here’s my first, “Hey, look, my hands aren’t shaking any more!” foray back into the world of nail polish, a simple manicure featuring Polish Me Silly’s yellow-to-pink thermal polish, Sizzling Sunset. Aside from its two beautiful colours (the pale yellow of its “warm” state is particularly lovely against pale skin) this polish is just plain fun, changing to a gorgeous yogurty pink in the blink of an eye when you run your hands under cold water. And yes, I did just use “yogurt” as an adjective.

But whether your hands are hot or cold or you’re just feeling hot because you’ve got a cold, this polish makes for a beautiful, fun and much needed little pick-me-up. If you like what you see, you can find Sizzling Sunset and a wealth of other glittery goodies over at Polish Me Silly’s Etsy shop.