Thursday, October 11, 2012

China Glaze Smoke and Ashes + Finger Paints Flecked

Hay y'all! Today I have a break in our regularly scheduled programming this week of all On Safari all the time to show you a swatch of a combo I wore this weekend that I LOVED. Don't worry, I'll be back to nail arting tomorrow - I got home late from work last night with a terrible headache and didn't really feel up to nail painting :( It also didn't help that I really liked the design I did yesterday and was sad to take it off already haha.

Anyway, on to today's nails!

China Glaze Smoke and Ashes, Finger Paints Flecked

The base color for this is China Glaze Smoke and Ashes from the Hunger Games collection. It's a black polish filled with tiny glitter, mostly in the cool color family from what I can tell. I used 2 coats for perfect opacity, I almost could've gotten away with one but had some patchy spots. The formula is pretty good, a little thick but nothing unmanageable.

I actually had some trouble applying/cleaning up this polish but I don't think it was entirely the fault of the polish... it was thick, but I had also just chopped all my nails down and for some reason when my nails are newly shortened it's like I've never painted nails before. I got polish allll over the sides and tops of my fingers, especially on my right hand, and because of the tiny glitter and the fact that the polish is BLACK I had to spend a lot of time cleaning up. It was super cool.

China Glaze Smoke and Ashes, Finger Paints Flecked

On top I layered one coat of Finger Paints Flecked, a green flakie that shifts to blue and a hint of purple. I love it SO MUCH. Application was the same as all the FP flakies... easy peasy. I really love the depth that the tiny glitters in Smoke and Ashes add to this combo. It almost looks the same as it would layered over a black creme but when the tiny glitter catches the light it just looks so much more intricate.

China Glaze Smoke and Ashes, Finger Paints Flecked

I also managed to get a good picture of the color shift!

China Glaze Smoke and Ashes, Finger Paints Flecked

Okay, that's all for today! I have a few more ideas for things I want to do with my beloved On Safari colors so I will be back tomorrow to hang out with you guys!

12 comments:

  1. I'm drooling over this mani, this is awesome!

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    1. ooh girl I know it, I couldn't believe I passed it up when they first came out after I got it on my nails! Unfortunately it's gone everywhere now I think except eBay for like $12 :(

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  3. And you just got a new follower! Like I've said in PAA "*-* omg!". xD

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    1. haha HEY GIRL! so glad you're here with your cute lil emoti-faces!

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  4. Oh wow, this is such a beautiful combo! Can you believe I still haven't tried out my FP flakies? I need to get on that!

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    1. thank you! and OMG NO I can't believe you haven't used yours! I have 4 out of the 5 now and am sorely regretting not just getting all 5 when they originally came out. You have to try yours - they're so incredible in person!

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