Monday, April 19, 2010

Starry garden pinks

Hello ladies,

Today I am wearing Hard Candy Pretty in Punk. The shade reminds me of the bright flowers called garden pinks. I painted Hot Pants as a glittery layer across half my nail. I accented with a holographic stripe and silver rhinestone flowers. There's something reminiscent of the 80's about this look.

I have been wearing the coordinating rings with the polish. I will venture they are a size 6 or 7.

The irises are just beginning to open. It's like a present that unwraps itself.

Pretty in Punk was easy to apply. The consistency of this polish is thin for a creme formula. I really appreciated the application after using thicker big three formulas. I used three coats for opacity, but I think two would suffice for active length nails. The brush is on the smaller side in comparison to salon brands, but I found it workable. I needed very little clean up. I loved Hard Candy in the 90's and I love it now!

I used an Art Club striper in hologram to separate Pretty in Punk and Hot Pants. I drew a thin line first, then applied Hot Pants to one half of my nail. Afterwords, I painted over the hologram line to define it thoroughly. A trick to applying the perfect amount of hexagonal glitter is to first empty the brush of polish. Lots of glitter will adhere to the brush wand. I touched the side of the wand to my nail and used the brush to spread the glitter relatively where I wanted it. Though not entirely precise, it works far better than the traditional painting method.

Hot Pants has a jelly formula with a light purple tint. The base color is slightly visible over Pretty in Punk. It's a great layering note.

Hard Candy Pretty in Punk and Hot Pants were sent to me for review. For more information about the brand, please visit Hard Candy cosmetics are available for purchase at or Walmart retail locations. For a chance to win the entire Hard Candy Just Nails line of polishes, stop by the contest post to enter.

Happy painting, ladies!


  1. I LOVE THIS. It's seriously super cool!

  2. i love your nails, they look cute! I would never be able to do that.
    have you done
    smooth and polishes giveaway winner yet>
    ^^ i still got the contest link on my blog

  3. Absolutly gorgeous! I think this color is beautiful on you!

  4. Gorgeous color! My Walmart never has the cremes or Mr. Wrong in stock.

  5. This is really pretty! I really love this one.

    From looking at the website, I thought the glitter was more pigmented, but it layers wonderfully over the pink. It actually reminds me a bit of Nubar Sugar. :)

  6. This is so fun and glittery! Much love. :)

  7. like this nail. looked simple to do. thank you! :)

  8. holy moly hot pants is cool! That would be pretty in winter over a shimmery white or a light blue:)

  9. i love that they have matching rings but they only fit on my pinky...

    and now looking at your swatches makes me wanting hot pants *goes off to add it to wishlist* ^^

  10. This is not usually the colour I go for, but I really like it :)

  11. I just love this kind of pink !!! And your nail art is really beautiful congratulations !!! Bisous de France ;)

  12. This color is exquisite! I love your photgraphy as well =)

  13. I'm loving pink like punk right now and this is just great! ~Patricia~

  14. Gorgeous. I love it!

  15. ANSTAH: Thanks so much! <3

    London's Beauty: Art Club stripers are really easy to work with. You should try them. :)

    I'm working on tabulating the entries for the Smooth and Polished Giveaway. There are so many! Go ahead and delete your sidebar post. Thanks so much for letting people know about the giveaway. <3

    Evil Angel: Thank you! I could see you wearing this look too, maybe with a little skull instead of a starry flower. <3

  16. That is the prettiest mani! Love it!

  17. Love this mani! I can see this color going really well with black.

  18. thecandiedmango: Thank you! You should try another location when you are out and about. I have noticed different towns tend to sell more cosmetics than others. Good luck!

    Lacquer Muse: Thanks so much! Hot Pants is a sheer purple. I imagine it would look lovely over any pink, blue or purple polish. <3

    ch3rryco1a: Thanks! I had a great time putting this together. <3

    Jan: Thank you! It really is a simple look to create. I am happy to share. :)

    Liana: *curtseys*

  19. paintedbluestars: Hot Pants is great for layering. I love your idea of wearing it over light blue. Sounds gorgeous!

    amusedPolish: I have small hands. My nails make them seem larger. ;) Hot pants is a great hex glitter! It's definitely worth owning.

    Silhouette Screams: Thanks! I've definitely been much more exploratory with nail color because of blogging. I end up enjoying colors and combinations I wouldn't have necessarily tried otherwise. :)

    Tenshi: Thank you so much! You do such beautiful designs. Your kind words mean a lot to me. xoxo!

  20. Do people ever stare or talk to you when they see you taking pictures of your nails in the park? I would love to win this collection!

  21. Charity: Thanks so much! I have been enjoying taking pictures for the blog. It's especially pleasurable with so many beautiful flowers growing. <3

    Patricia: Thank you! I am so glad you love the manicure. Wonderful!

    Tassa: Thank you, sweetie!

    Laura from Romania: Thank you! I appreciate your kind words.

    Jessica: Thanks! My boyfriend thought it looked a little more disco than punk. The decade might be hard to define. ;)

    Wizards of Bling: Sylvia, thank you! I appreciate your comments so very much. <3

    Brenda: Thanks! So true! There are so many glitter polishes in the Hard Candy Just Nails line that would be nicely paired with black polish!

    fiery: Thanks so much!

    Arrianne: Strangers out in public don't talk to me about my particular style of photography for the most part. They do however try to walk their dogs really close to see what I am up to. In return, I stare at them for blocking my sun. ;)

  22. I can't believe I missed a giveaway of polish! This is a gorgeous manicure. This pink really looks divine on you. I love the diagonal stripe. I live the use of the large glitter polish on half the nail. The irises are beautiful. My Mother grew these as well. They really spread the next season and will almost take over a garden. There are so many different varieties. I even have a cousin named Iris!


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