To paraphrase Ed Helms’ little tiger-centric ditty in The Hangover, what do unicorns dream of, when they take their little unicorn snooze? Do they dream of impaling idiots in expensive Etsy unicorn headbands, or even bigger idiots at Coachella in some holographic catsuits?
Okay, so I think the whole unicorn thing is a little played out. I particularly dislike any of the numerous indie bath and beauty products named after any bodily function or fluid of a unicorn. Seriously, that’s so gross, stop giving your products such off-putting names.
Still, slight diatribe aside, it’s the best descriptor I have for this polish, Liquid Sky Lacquer’s Dream – unicorn-y. Just look at that rainbow flare! And the tiny blue flakes and the micro shimmer, and the almost neon-looking holographic effect, too.
I love this polish so much, and I just had to dig it out of “Why don’t I wear this more often?” storage yesterday to take advantage of the dazzlingly bright sun and clear blue skies. Because this was the weather we were experiencing here about a day and a half ago – total whiteout. You know, just your standard, bitchingly lame springtime blizzard. As you do.
And then today’s afternoon forecast is calling for more of the snowy same, only hopefully this time ever so slightly less fierce and roof-rippingly intense. So good thing I got all these rainbow unicorn sparkles in while I could. 🙂
Glittery, shimmery, star-dusted nails, featuring Orly’s unicorn-in-a-bottle glitter topper, Anything Goes.
Speaking of, I think this manicure looks a heck of a lot more ‘corn-ish than that very odd Frappuccino Starbucks released last month. Mr. Finger Candy and I split one. Or rather, I had a couple of sips, declared it fine, but deeply unnecessary and not very attractive, and then handed the rest of it over to him. Which is pretty much what the rest of the world did, too! Save those nutters who went out and bought 365 of them to store in their fridge until the next Unicorn Frappapocalypse.
Getting back to this polish! It’s super cool – the purple shimmery bits take on a raggedy, almost textured look when layered over a creme base, like this gradient manicure I created using the purple, pink and turquoise colours in Anything Goes’s fun mix of star and circle glitter. Very ‘corny. 😉
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.
Come now, do you really think Trevor the Pudgicorn would stay in on a night like Halloween? He’s got some serious trick or treating to attend to, and you just know an adorable little unicorn like him is going to clean. up (and especially one like him, who’s wearing the heck out of that Frankencorn costume.)
Happy Halloween from Trevor and all of us here at Finger Candy HQ (“all of us” being one husband side-eyeing all the makeup I’ve got planned for our costumes later this evening, and a snoozing Torbi.) We hope you have a great night!
Trevor the Pudgicorn (that’s a pudgy unicorn; I think he actually prefers the term stub-esque) has gone on many adventures in my nail art. Okay, so technically, he’s been on two adventures – standing majestic in a field of glimmering periwinkle and checking out his namesake bubble bar from Lush. But that’s two more “adventures” than the average Pudgicorn, so I’m going with it!
Today Trevor is heading back to school in these mostly black and white nails (plus some pink, blue and yellow mane-and-tail action) for day seven’s theme of black and white in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge. He would have gone with all the other unicorns yesterday, but he missed the bus.
This is actually Trevor’s first year matriculating with all the other little Pudgicorns, and wouldn’t you know it, he’s somehow already found his way into after-school detention over there on my pinkie finger chalkboard. Trevor, get it together, dude! You’ll never get into unicorn med school at this rate. 😦
Trevor the Pudgicorn has returned for his second appearance on my nails, this time hoofing back in a nice, hot bubble bath with his namesake bath product, a Unicorn Horn bubble bar from Lush! Trevor’s got mad horn envy, although I can’t fault the guy – seriously, how adorable is this handmade, mica-dusted cutie?
Released as part of Lush’s Valentine’s Day collection, this limited edition, lightly lavender-scented bubble bar retails for $7.95 Canadian (so with our dollar completely in the frozen-over toilet, that means it’ll practically be free for you American Lushies.) 😉
And how does one use this mythical creature? Well, some people just take the entire Horn and toss it into their tub, pulling it out when they’ve reached their desired bubble level. I find that completely submerging a bubble bar tends to do pretty funky things to its consistency, however, and so I choose to do what lots of people do come bath time, and that’s lop off a small chunk and run it through a strainer held under the tap. This method also weeds out any of those extraneous chunky bits that Lush is so famous for sneaking into their products (although this year’s version of the Unicorn Horn is blessedly free from candy and sparkle-type embellishments.)
Trevor likes it!
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.)
Or one unicorn, singular.
Galaxy nails were the order of the day for September 19th in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge. I don’t do many galaxy manicures – it’s mostly just a lot of sponge painting and glitter, and I’ve got enough of that in my repertoire already. Also, I find space to be singularly uninspiring. I prefer the more watery “space” that’s up to 2,500 kilometers straight down.
All that to say I didn’t exactly give this manicure my all, which is of course why it turned out better than any galaxy mani I’ve ever attempted before. For these fluky nails, I brushed on two coats of a black creme polish before randomly sponging on three frosty lacquers in hot pink, baby pink and dark teal. The frosty polishes were a good choice, adding a hit of twinkling shimmer. They also layered really nicely over the black creme, blending together into a bruise-hued mass of cosmic clouds.
I then brushed on one coat of Enchanted Polish’s fittingly-named Instant Galaxy, a holographic topper speckled with iridescent blue glitter. After that dried, I brushed on a smattering of holographic stars with Liquid Sky Lacquer’s megawatt silver holo, Dream. Finally, I set a prancing silver unicorn charm from Daily Charme on my middle finger (not my usual accent nail choice, but this particular space unicorn is on the larger size, and I didn’t think my ring finger would accommodate his galloping girth.)
When I’m not flooding my nails with noxious chemicals, one of my favourite things to with my spare time is to play the Sims. In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that the Sims and I have a most contentious relationship. I’ll build and design and lord over my simu-peeps every evening as I watch TV for days or weeks on end, and then suddenly I’ll ignore it for six months straight. There is no real rhyme or reason (although the Sims’ INSANE system requirements combined with my computer’s often taxed-to-the-max capabilities frequently sends me running for the hills; it’s just too discouraging to build, say, an entire mini-amusement park, only to have it completely wiped out during a game crash.)
But one of the hallmarks of a Simmer is that we never know when to say die, which is why we load up our woefully inadequate computers with enough software to launch a rocket into space, which is how I came to be in possession of the Sims 3 Pets expansion pack long after I had sworn off all Simming for good. Oh right, another thing about Simmers? We’re unrepentant liars when it comes to bowing out of our favourite game – somehow, despite all the glitches and screw-ups, it ALWAYS finds a way to lure us back in. It’s a lot like crack that way.
And so the Sims lured me back in with the promise of simu-cats and pixel-pups and, for the first time in Sim history, horses! But because my Sims are never normal – they’re nearly always ultra high achieving supernatural types – my girl couldn’t possibly have a normal horse, and so she adopted herself a unicorn. Thunder the Unicorn, as she’s called, did not start out life as a rainbow-hued quadruped. When my fairy Sim, Molly, found her, she was a dusty kind of black colour. In other words, the very antithesis of a unicorn. But a hop, skip and an adoption away, the secrets of unicorn design were unlocked and Thunder came into her own. I think she looks a bit like an overgrown My Little Pony, but way cooler because she can – and will – kick people.
Here I took Simspiration from Thunder’s fetching makeover and did a manicure in her completely-made-up honour. Now if only we could teach my Sim – usually a smart girl, but jeez! – which end of the unicorn is which and we’ll be all set!