Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Costume for a Nail Addict

So the weekend before Halloween is when all the big parties take place. I don't recall doing anything on Halloween last year besides heading to Church Street in Toronto's Gay Village to check out the festivities. I am always extremely WOWed when I'm there because they all put such a tremendous effort into their costume, so it's really awesome to see. I hope the rain isn't going to be too heavy, because I would like to go again.

Anyways, this year I was all over the place in terms of what I wanted to be. I knew I needed a costume because I had my friend's Halloween party on Saturday that I said I would attend. I was dead set on being PSY, but I couldn't find a partner in crime to be the dancing kid in the wifebeater, air hump elevator guy, or the yellow suit guy. Then while I was at work on Friday, I came up with an idea of being a nail polish for Halloween. I knew I didn't want to be a round bottle like OPI and Zoya, so I opted to be a Julep polish for its nice straight lines!

I asked my friend Amy to see if she was willing to be a nail polish with me if I made her costume and she told me immediately that she was up for it! So I began to sketch what I envisioned. This is also to plan for what materials I would need and how I was going to make it. When I finished up with my 10 second sketch, I sent the picture to Amy.

Luckily there was a Dollarama near my home so I was able to pick up Bristol Boards, Double sided tape, Ribbons, and regular tape. Initially I wanted to create 3 costumes so my other friend Jessica would get one as well. But due to time constraints and the work put into it, I only did two for Amy and I. Luckily Jessica literally had 10 other back up costume to choose from. Anyways, I realized I bought WAY TOO MANY bristol boards than I needed. I bought 20 when I only needed 6, so I need to find ways to use up the other ones since I can't refund it. 

Want to see how our costumes turned out? Check it out after the jump. 

Everything is hand painted except for the Logo and bar code, which I just printed from the computer. I enlarged the side "splatter" onto my computer and created a stencil to trace onto the bristol board. For the logo, I used the type face closest to the Julep logo which I believe was Times New Roman. Then I enlarged it and made the "J" a little bigger than the rest. I changed the letters to grey and printed the words backward. I did this because I would have a grey outline to cut and when I tape it right-reading on the bristol board, it will be white like the Julep logo on the nail polish bottle. 

Also, if you can't read it, the barcode says our names and our beauty profile. My cap says "Samantha - Classic with a Twist" and Amy's costume says "Amyleigh - Boho Glam". Despite how last minute this costume was, a lot of thought and effort still went into creating this. 

Anyways, I hope you enjoy my pictures from last night. I think it turned out pretty well. The only negative thing was that it was super awkward to sit in and move around in a small space. 


I guess our costumes were a decent hit because then some of our friends decided to try it on as well! I hope you enjoyed this post! What are you dressing up as or dressed up as this Halloween? 


  1. That's awesome! I love your costume

  2. LOL! those are hilariously awesome! :D

  3. hehe these costumes are utterly ridiculous but in the best way ever!! i love how your friends tried them on too... esp the guys. you did a really good job with the costumes. :)

    1. Haha thank you, I kinda knew you would like the pics with the boys in my costumes. Everyone thought this was sooo unexpected, but they felt like it was "totally me" to be a nail polish for Halloween lol

  4. Haha those are awesome costumes! Definitely creative and you made the costumes really well! :)

  5. Haha this is great just like the village :)

  6. LOL! You just made my night! These are utterly priceless! Are you going to keep the costumes? It'd be a shame to just throw them out!

  7. Thanks ladies, I'm glad you all like my costume! I don't think I'm going to keep them after Halloween. They were pretty easy to make!

  8. haha this is so awesome! so creative :)

  9. This is so awesome!! I think Jules should give you a year subsription for free!!!


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