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Fishbowl Friday 072 // Hard Candy

We're going to skip that whole part where we talk about how it's been a while, because well, it's been a really long while. I'm still trying to work out how to make room for blogging and juggle everything else, and it's definitely been a challenge. But know that I am working on it, and I do really, really miss it. This place has been my Quantum of Solace for a long time, and I'm not planning on letting it go anytime soon.

That being said... for this week's prompt, I was happily surprised when I pulled HARD CANDY. This is probably one of the most iconic brands of nail polish, and it's certainly gone through it's own number of changes throughout the years. Who didn't want to own a bottle of Sky once they saw it on Alicia Silverstone's nails way back in the 90's?

Last year, Hard Candy celebrated their 20th anniversary by bringing back some of their most iconic shades. The collection was a mix of five original shades and three new ones. I managed to acquire six of them, two of which I used in this seriotype.

Hard Candy Beetle, Coconut, Girlie, and Mr. Wrong
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Hard Candy Beetle, Coconut, Girlie, and Mr. Wrong Seriotype
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Hard Candy Beetle, Coconut, Girlie, and Mr. Wrong

Hard Candy Beetle, Coconut, Girlie, and Mr. Wrong Manicure
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Polishes Used:
1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats Hard Candy Coconut
Hard Candy Beetle
Hard Candy Girlie
Hard Candy Mr. Wrong
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Though you wouldn't know it thanks to my lack of posting, I have still been painting my nails on a regular basis. Lately, I've been wearing a lot of bright and bold color combinations, so I decided to switch it up for this one. Softer and lighter was definitely the palette cleanser I needed!

When I went to pull Coconut out of my helmer, I was a bit surprised that the plastic shrink wrap was still on both bottles. (I have backups of the original 5 shades.) I could've sworn that I wore Coconut before. O.o Slightly mystified, I removed the wrapper and painted on three coats. It's a white polish with a very fine pink shimmer. It wasn't the smoothest of formulas, but that's pretty typical for a white polish. I used three coats, letting each one sit for two or three minutes before painting over them.

I used a simple saran wrap blotting technique, my preferred method for seriotyping. First, I painted on a thin coat of Beetle and blotted it with saran wrap. That was followed by one coat of Mr. Wrong, Girlie, and a 2nd coat of Beetle, all followed by a quick blot with the saran wrap. Two coats of clear meshed everything together nicely. One coat of Seche Vite and I was off to bed.

This layering was pretty cool and definitely has me channeling a lot of old school vibes. Makes me a little nostalgic for the days of the Just Nails collection from Hard Candy, when polishes like Beetle and Mr. Wrong were standard fare! While I do like and own some of their newer polishes, the ones in the square bottles (especially the ones with the rings!) will always hold a special place in my heart!

Seize the Sparkle's Fishbowl Friday 072


  1. Juggling life and blogging can be difficult from time to time. Good to see you back and i hope you are well


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