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Happy happy Friday, lacquer lads and ladies! I hope you managed to make it through the week alright. I’ve been doing okay, just put in a long shift yesterday at work. 7am-6:30pm, woo! I have so much respect for people who work insanely long shifts every shift. I salute you! Two more days of reasonably shorter shifts for me and then I get to be off on Sunday. I intend to make it another swatch day as I have lots of goodies to share with you guys. I’m not sure if I remembered to mention it during any blog posts this week, but I shared a photo on Instagram last Friday of my most recent nail mail swag! Loads of Colors by Llarowe, my favorite topcoat, and a snazzy Dance Legends made it a darned good Friday. This one may not have a polish package arriving, but Ben did help me snag some last chance discontinued CbLs last night. Seriously, best husband ever. ♥ Then we stayed up most of the night, me working on polish and blogging things while he played through GTA V. And of course, I had to watch. :)
A couple of days ago I had stopped by Sally’s to look for the OPI Sheer Tints collection, as it’s an elusive beastie for me. I don’t think Sally’s is getting it, but I haven’t managed to find it at JC Penney or Ulta, either. The jelly collection looks so perfect for jelly sandwiches, and you all know how I love a good jelly sammich mani. Anyways, I found some other neat goodies instead. Hanging out in the front of the store was a clearance section of polish, complete with a new (ish?) set of FingerPaints flakies. Though I don’t always use them, I am absolutely enchanted by flakies. Of course, all four that I could find went home with me… And for insanely cheap as well. For today’s nails, I decided to use some of my older FingerPaints flakies collection. Previously, my friend Sarah and I discussed topcoats and she made a good point. You almost always see them used over blacks! With that conversation in mind, I chose something brighter to play with. The bright cheery hot pink creme Snog from Butter London was my pick! As I’ve come to expect from Butter London, it had super easy application, going on smooth and even. It’s so highly pigmented that one coat gave full coverage and looked fantastic! For the swatches below, I used one coat of a-England The Knight, one coat of Butter London Snog, one coat of FingerPaints Motley, one coat of FingerPaints Twisted, and one coat of a-England The Shield. I was probably fine with just the first flakie, as FingerPaints Motley is lovely. It’s a green and purple flakie in a clear base, but you can tell from the photos that the base almost has a yellow tone to it This isn’t just from age, it’s always been this way, but I think perhaps it’s darkened with time. However, it doesn’t really affect the base color. FingerPaints Twisted is a flakie party in a bottle, filled with pink, orange, green, purple, and blue flakes. Both apply smoothly as the flakes are very thin and lie flat with no worries of curling up or heavily textured nails.
My usual favorite, the sun shots, were not too incredible with this mani. The light tended to drown out the delicate flakie effects. You can see it, but it’s very subtle.
In the shade, however, it was absolutely glorious. Check out all the colors! It really is like a little part on my nails. It reminds me of confetti!
This layered look ended up being a lot of fun! Being the color loving polish addict I am, I just sort of waggled my fingers about and stared at the pretty flakes. I also discovered that people mainly use darks and black polishes as bases for a good reason. It actually shows up better! Durrrrrr, Mary. Anyways, I still enjoyed using pretty Butter London Snog as my undies for this look! You can purchase FingerPaints at Sally’s Beauty Supply stores and on SallyBeauty.com. Butter Londons are available through ButterLondon.com, Ulta.com, Ulta stores, Macys.com, Macy’s stores, Dillards.com and Dillard’s stores. Hopefully soon I’ll find a good base to use for my new FingerPaints flakies! In the meantime, if you like flakies you should go hunt the clearance racks at Sally’s for them.
I’m off to enjoy the rest of my morning and afternoon before I head in for my closing shift tonight. It’s very possible I’ll remove my polish (I was really rough on it yesterday but it really only has minor tip wear as a result) and put on something bright and cheery like Snog to elevate my enthusiasm! See you guys again on Monday and I hope you have a good weekend full of polish love. ♥