Dark Glamour

Hi everyone! How’s your October going? it’s a super busy month for me and I’ve been planning nonstop – I’ve got my apartment fully decorated for Halloween, a trip to a pumpkin patch scheduled for next weekend, and I’m starting to put together my costume, yay! Today I’ve got a manicure using one of my favorite spooky color combos, black and green.

Orly's Here Comes Trouble and Sunglasses At Night

Orly’s Here Comes Trouble and Sunglasses At Night

I originally want to do something with green and purple glitter, but then I couldn’t find the purple glitter I wanted so I ended up with this look and I love it! I used one coat of Wet ‘N Wild’s Black Creme, my go-to black, and added a layer of top coat to my middle two nails. After an hour or so, I applied hole reinforcement stickers at the cuticle then painted two thin coats of Here Comes Trouble, and removed the stickers. I love Here Comes Trouble – it’s a perfect grass green, has a subtle depth from the combo of fine glitter and small hexes, and even has a pretty smooth texture that only needs one layer of top coat.

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I was less impressed with Sunglasses At Night. I’ve been picking up and putting back down this polish every time I go to my fav polish supply store, and a few weeks ago I finally bought it because I thought it would be perfect for Halloween. Sunglasses At Night is composed of black holographic bar glitter in a sheer tinted base, and while I’m not normally a fan of bar glitter, something about it really caught my eye. Unfortunately, the formula is really shitty – it’s super watery and difficult to grab a good amount of glitter. I do love the actual glitter itself, though – it’s definitely holographic but when it’s on the base color looks blue instead of black, which is pretty unique and looks really cool.

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Today’s movie post is a total guilty pleasure – Practical Magic. This movie is not great, and at times is quite painfully ’90s (that soundtrack!) but for some reason, every time this movie is on ABC Family, I have to watch it. I’m totally a sucker for the “small-town New England in October” setting, so that’s definitely a part of this movie’s allure for me. Anyway, if you’ve never seen the movie, it has three generations of Owens witches – Aunts Jet and Frances, main characters Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman), and Sally’s daughters Kylie and Antonia – living in a small town where Sally is trying to deal with her husband’s death and raising her kids in a place where people gossip about the Owens being witches.

Sally, of course, is the “super talented witch who just wants to be normal and doesn’t use her powers” cliche, trying to raise her kids to be “normal,” which is difficult as they live with the super witchy aunts. Sally is the wild child who left home as a teen, and the main story is kicked off when Gilly calls Sally for help escaping abusive Jimmy. The women end up accidentally killing Jimmy as they try to escape, and when they bury him in the aunts’ backyard they think they’re safe, until weird things start happening and a cop comes calling to find him.

There are a few jump-y moments when Jimmy comes back, and I think the movie does a nice job at creating tension for the scenes with Jimmy and later with the hot cop who’s investigating. The end exorcism (I guess?) scene is also pretty cool. Mostly, I just really love the sisters’ relationship – Gillian is flighty and immature, Sally is stubborn and jaded, but they appreciate each other despite their flaws and will do anything for each other. Also, Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest really make the most out of their short screen time as the aunts. When you’re not in the mood for something scary but still want that October/Halloween feel, Practical Magic is a good movie to pop in.

Thoughts on this mani? Anyone else feel oddly compelled to always watch Practical Magic? Has anyone read the book (which I also like a lot)? Let me know in the comments! Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you next time – A x


It’s Herrrrrrrrre…

It’s October 1st, and I couldn’t be happier! Fall is my favorite season (although it’s supposed to get hot again this weekend, grumble grumble) and Halloween is by far my favorite holiday, so I always do a full month of Halloween-y manicures because why not? Last year I also did a little write-up of my favorite spooky movies at the end of each post, and I think I’ll continue that because it’s fun. Anyway, here are the polishes I used for the first manicure of the season:

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I didn’t want to repeat polishes from last year but a few of them are straight-up Halloween in a bottle and I don’t feel right wearing them any other time of year, so you’ll be seeing them again this time around – and one of those polishes is Crows Toes’ VooDoo, which may be my absolute favorite Halloween polish! I wrote lots about it last year, but as a quick recap, this polish is kind of hard to put on because it’s got so much glitter, so it does take a little finesse to apply. I don’t mind the chunkiness that much, though, because it’s Halloween perfection in a bottle, consisting of orange bars and medium hexes; deep purple shards, hexes, and lighter purple squares; and micro glitter pieces in orange, purple, and green.

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In the interest of keeping things fresh, I decided to try something new so I attempted a reverse glitter gradient, and surprisingly I really like it! I think layering it over Petra was a good idea, too – I like the contrast of the murky, purple-y gray with the brightly saturated orange, green, and purple glitters.

As usual, please forgive my cuticles - I swear, I cannot figure out how to keep them hydrated and non-gross.

As usual, please forgive my cuticles – I swear, I cannot figure out how to keep them hydrated and non-gross.

I’ve accepted that I’m never going to be good at glitter gradients – for some reason I can’t get the hang of how to make the glitter nicely fall down the nail into the perfect gradient – but I think this turned out okay. I like that it’s not super over-the-top Halloween; it looks kind of chic, actually.

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The movie I’d like to talk about today is Poltergeist, an ’80s classic. I haven’t seen it in years but it holds a special place in my heart – it was one of the first horror movies I ever watched as a kid.

I feel like Poltergeist still holds up really well – I mean, obviously some of the effects are dated now, but in general the story and the build up to the dramatic rescue are still great. I’m a sucker for haunted house movies, and this is one of the best. (A house built over an ancient Native American burial ground, helloooo?) And did you know this movie is part of the reason the MPAA created the PG-13 rating? There used to be nothing between “PG” and “R,” and Poltergeist‘s creators successfully argued it down from an R to PG but it got a lot of criticism because the horror scenes were actually pretty intense.
The scariest thing in a movie about violent, vengeful ghosts? This freaking CLOWN. via

The scariest thing in a movie about violent, vengeful ghosts? This freaking CLOWN.

I love the beginning of this movie so much – the scenes of suburban domesticity, the few clues that there’s something going on that only little Carol Ann can see, the initial excitement turning to fear once the adults discover the supernatural happenings – and even though the effects are kind of cheesy at the end, there’s still some genuinely creepy/gross/scary moments, like when the mom is in the pool pit with skeletons or of course the infamous maggot in meat scene. Bleh. Oh, and of course one of the best things about this movie is Zelda Rubenstein helping to get Carol Ann back. This house is clear, y’all!

Any thoughts on this mani or Poltergeist? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you soon with my next spooky manicure :) – A x

P.S. Congratulations to Kate N, the winner of my September sparkliest giveaway, and thank you so much to everyone who participated! I’m thinking about doing an Instagram giveaway sometime in the future, so stay tuned for details!