27 March 2012

Layering with China Glaze Smoke and Ashes

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Tuesday! How are you all doing? There is light at the end of the school tunnel - only two weeks away from classes getting out. I've got three papers to write in that time but it's worth it for the freedom that I will have earned after that, right?

Today I've got the manicure I wore to the midnight showing of the Hunger Games. You all know that I'm dreadful at nail art, so I decided to wear one of the polishes from the China Glaze Hunger Games collection. Such a pretty collection, I adore it. I had filed my nails right down (I think this might be the shortest they've been in the entire time I've been blogging!) and decided that my new nubbins called for a dark colour. Smoke and Ashes was all sexy in the bottle, and it was calling to me, so I decided to go for it.

Now. I know some people are displeased with their bottle of Smoke and Ashes. Mine was actually pretty awesome (I'll wear it on its own soon and report back), so no complaints there, but I had already decided that I was going to layer over it, so there was no turning back.

This manicure is two coats of Smoke and Ashes, an even coat of China Glaze Glittering Garland and a coat of one of the sexy CND Effects I got from Jen, Sapphire Sparkle. I'm totally obsessed with layering lately and this one was fun. This is kind of what I thought S&A would look like based on promo shots... maybe minus the duochromey sparkle, though ;)

The last shot is in the sun. I prefer taking pictures of layerings like this in the shade, I think it shows their... complexity better. :)

What do you lovelies think? I hope you don't mind me chopping my nails down. I could never have real nubbins due to... well, skin, basically, and if you want to know more you can google it haha. But I'm in the mood for shorties lately... hopefully they don't look too shit in pictures!

Have you seen the Hunger Games yet? What did you wear when you went? What's your favourite polish from this collection?

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!


  1. I love this layering! Looks great on you :)

  2. Pretty! I was disappointed Smoke And Ashes didn't look as awesome on the nail as it did in the bottle but oh well. I'm still kind of obsessed with the whole collection!

  3. thats what I thought Smoke and Ashes should look like too! Your layered version is spot on! love it

  4. Ouu, this looks like a great layering combo :)

  5. Damn you girl, wear your shorties with proud! Unless they are bitten off shorties will NEVER look like shit. Okay maybe when it's like 2mm of nail and only skin above that but well, would anyone show that on a nailblog? So what I am saying is your nails look HAWT and so does this layering.

  6. Your nubbins look great and not so nubbinny!! Stil perfect & this layering is beautiful!

  7. This just reminded me that I neeeed to use Sapphire Sparkle more!

  8. Love this! I really need a CND sparkle or three. Lovely choice for layering and great swatches, as usual!

  9. Ha! It's funny how the nails do look just like bottle with this combo! :) I hated S&A on my nails. Blah City! I think I need to try some layering asap!


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