There are all kinds of candies on my nails for today's theme. You've got Skittles, candy corn, Reese's Pieces, M&Ms, Nerds, and (attempted) Twizzlers.
Then, on my thumbs, I have a house (is it haunted? is it the house all the kids avoid while trick or treating because it's just too scary? or is it the coolest house on the block because the owners go all out for Halloween? who knows!) and a dark tree in front of a mist-covered moon. Because nothing says trick or treating like the creepy house down the street and a full moon in a misty sky!
The house, tree, and candy corns are water slide decals from Naildrobe. I used Julep Bunny as a background for every nail, with a coat of Sally Hansen Big Smoky Topcoat on my thumbs for a darker look.
I used a whole bunch of polish for the candies:
Zoya Tilda (green)
Sally Hansen CSM Red My Lips (red)
Finger Paints First Edition (purple)
Zoya Darcy (yellow)
OPI How Great Is Your Dane? (Reese's brown)
Zoya Nyssa (M&Ms brown)
Sally Hansen Orange Zest (orange)
Finger Paints Margritte's Masterpiece (blue)
Essie Strut Your Stuff (bright blue)
Sally Girl Peace (neon green)
Sally Girl Crazy (neon orange)
China Glaze I Brake For Colour (pink)
And to seal it all in, I used a super-thick coat of Out the Door to avoid streak marks, then Zoya's matte top coat - because candy is more matte than glossy.
Today's challenge is yet another one that forced me to really think outside the box and get creative - and, most importantly, trust in my nail art skills. I'm having so much fun with this year's Halloween challenge; possibly even more fun than last year!
Here's the challenge image for you - I really hope you'll join in on the fun, even though it's already the 10th. This challenge has been a lot of fun for me so far, and there are some really fun themes coming up!
This past Thursday, Jane Park, CEO of Julep, hosted a meetup for Julep Mavens right here in Washington, DC! I only heard about it like three days beforehand. We met at the W Hotel in DC for drinks, sneak peeks at November's new polishes (hint: they're AWESOME), and sneak peeks at some other amazing beauty products coming out in the next few months. I'm honestly not sure if I'm allowed to talk about them, but they're awesome, too! I don't usually get excited about non-polish beauty products, but what Julep has in store for us is great.
The ladies swatching the new polishes - yes, we got to open them up and play with them! Wee!
Jane also chatted with us for a while, and she told us about her family's history in Korea and her own history with starting the company. It was tons of fun, and it was so nice to meet the CEO of a company in such a laid-back, casual setting! Jane is incredibly sweet and down-to-earth.
We got to ask Jane questions about polish maintenance, how Julep polishes are conceptualized and created, and all sorts of other polish- and beauty-related tips and tricks.
I wish the lighting was better in there! We're so grain-y!
I really hope that there will be more Maven Meetups in the future - both in DC and all over the country! This was a really really fun night.