Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Guest Blogger Series: Of Faces & Fingers Shares A Stunning Layered Look!

Today's guest blogger is Jerlene, from Of Faces & Fingers (also known as Musical Houses). If you aren't familiar with her blog, check it out and become a follower! She covers nails and beauty products, and also has an extensive swatch gallery. You can also follow her on Twitter here.

It looks like two of the Spring/Summer trends for nail polish are dusty jade green, thanks to OPI's Jade is the New Black, and flakies, thanks to the frenzy caused by Sally Hansen's Hidden Treasure. So I decided on a whim to put the two trends together in an NOTD! For the base I used two coats of a Boots No 7 Stay Perfect polish, and this one is called Totally Teal. I love this shade - it's a jewelled teal that's dusty enough to make it as wearable as a teal can get. And it's not a dupe for Jade is the New Black - it's less green and more blue. But it's such a beautiful colour, and now seemed like the appropriate time to wear it! I was really surprised by the application of Totally Teal. I've heard that Boots polishes can be pretty lousy, so I was expecting a difficult application. But I have to say - I actually really like this! The brush is big, wide and flat, which may not be what some people like, but works perfectly fine on my huge "man hands", and the polish was smooth, not streaky and reached opacity in two coats. Then I put on a flakie, and this one unfortunately is one of those awesome Maybelline Coloramas that got discontinued a long while back. This particular one is called Pink Pinata, and it's supposed to be a topcoat, although it doesn't dry fast enough or smooth enough for my liking. Anyway, this one was awesome. Flakie-packed, and very beautiful and duochrome-y!

Above: This is two coats of Totally Teal, and one and a half coats of Pink Pinata. I say one and a half because one coat left me with a couple of bald patches, so I went over those areas again to distribute the flakies more evenly. I really love how you see so much awesome duochrome you get. Look at that! You can see green and orange on the same nail! Cool! Depending on which angle you view your nails from, you get a lot of different colours. Most of the times, I see orange flakies, but sometimes they're green, and sometimes, they do cool things like glint yellow!
Above: Here's a close up, so you can see the rainbow on my nails. Awesome, no?!!
Below: And here's a closeup of my nails from another angle. You can really see the green here, with some yellow, and a bit of orange at the tip
The thing I love about flakies is that they really jazz up any colour, even a colour I thought was totally hot on its own! And depending on what colour you put them over, the duochrome effect they give seems to change, too. I really love this, and I can't stop staring at my own little nubbins!
Thank you Jerlene, for participating in my guest blogger series! That's a beautiful look you attained from those 2 polishes. And for the record, you do not have man hands, and you do not have nubbins! If you'd like to be a featured guest blogger, just send me an eMail and let me know. Also, if you'd like me to add you to my blog roll, leave a comment or send me an eMail. I sometimes forget to update it, so please feel free to remind me!


  1. Must get Totally Teal. GOSH Rainbow atop and I have the look! Sorted.

  2. Totally teal is such a beautiful polish and the flakie made it even better :)

  3. I bought a few bottles of that same Colorama in some random clothing store last week for 50 cents a bottle. Can't wait to try it out!

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE this combo!! Great main!!

  5. How beautiful that look is! Love those flakies. Wish there were some being made by China Glaze. Maybe someone will read of the reaction Hidden Treasure has been getting and will get busy on a flakie collection. No man hands here. Very pretty nails with slender fingers. Love this manicure.

  6. Oh, that's a gorgeous combo! I have been going crazy layering the flakies over everything lately - this is a great choice! I hadn't tried a flaky over a blue-teal yet, must give it a whirl!

  7. This mani inspired me to finally place an order for a couple of the Colorama's. Yay! Very pretty. Teal is one of my favorite colors too.

  8. Yay I love her <3 and the flakies are so pretty!


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