"Why?" you may ask. Because I get to dress up, of course!! And the same goes for my nails; they get to look outrageously fancy too :) Fortunately, I can get away with starting Halloween nail craziness at the end of September; people might not welcome my sexy bride costume as enthusiastically a month ahead of time. So, to be sure your spirits are primed, your nails are ready for a haunting good time, and you're in the know of some fab hocus pocus polishes, here are collections from Sally Hansen, OPI, and China Glaze. Also, take note of the links to some amazing polish blogs, several of which are phenomenal resources for polish swatches, new collections, nail art, and giveaways.
|Spun for You; Hot Wired|
|Wish Nets; Ghoulie Girl|
The above images are from The Fresh Fiends, a beauty and lifestyle blog you don't want to be without! (They recently covered Lush's Dream Cream, one of my favorite creams that does an amazing job at moisturizing even the most sensitive skin, as well as covering OPI's America collection; they've won my endorsement!) These Sally Hansen's Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips for Halloween available for online purchase at Ulta for $10 each. And don't be shy to cut up these nail strips for a more unique presentation or mix and match for some outrageous Halloween fun. Try Spun for You on the bottom 2/3 of your nail with Numbskull on the top 1/3 if you have longer nails or try Ghoulie Girl on the left or right 2/3 of your nail with Hot Wire on the other 1/3 of your nail for a to-die-for combination. And, just in case this isn't enough DIY, play around with cutting up the strips and incorporating them with your own hand-painted designs; a striping polish could do wonders for accenting the design! For example, a purple and orange vertical stripe on the left side of Spun for You would be a fun pop of color. There are so many possibilities for these, you could easily have 3 weeks of fun creating different designs!
|OPI Spookettes: He's My Boo, Mummy Knows Best, I Only Date Werewolves, Zom-body to Love (glow-in-the-dark)|
|OPI Pair'em Scare'em: Zom-body to Love, Black Shatter|
Spookettes and Pair'em Scarem are this year's Halloween packs from OPI. Swatch and Learn covers these polish packs, getting into the nitty-gritty details. Unfortunately, these polishes (excluding Shatter) do not seem to be sold individually, so I'm hoping I'm just not in-the-know and OPI will release full-size individual bottles! I'm excited to see what the orange looks like compared to other oranges; I have this slight obsession with finding orange and blue colors that are just the right shade, brightness, and intensity. Do note, the mini bottles have mini brushes--fab for nail art, but not as easy to use for regular application as OPI's pro-wide brush that's in their full-size bottles. Below is a swatch of Zom-body to love from Nails in Nippon that shows its opacity.
|OPI's Zom-body to Love by Nails in Nippon|
Last, but not least, is China Glaze's Haunting Halloween collection, pictured below. Check out The PolishAholic and Fashion Polish for some great swatches of the colors in this collection. My personal favorite from the collection is It's Alive, a glitterific murky golden green.
China Glaze Haunting Collection
With graphic goodies, glow-in-the-darks, and gorgeous glitters, these Halloween 2011 collections are just dying to draw some ghoulish attention to your tips. Halloween is the one holiday where almost anything goes, so take it over-the-top! It's that time of year for some wicked nails!