Showing posts with label piCture pOlish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label piCture pOlish. Show all posts

27 October 2014

Introducing Never Nude: My piCture pOlish Collaboration Shade

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be finally writing this post. You may or may not recall, but last year after piCture pOlish's blog fest I was chosen by my peers, the other bloggers participating, to win one of three awards. The prize - the opportunity to design a collaboration shade with the ladies at piCture pOlish - a dream come true for any polish blogger! Now, after 14 months, and three rounds of testing, I'm so happy to introduce my "baby"... Never Nude!

piCture pOlish Never Nude
piCture pOlish Never Nude

25 August 2014

piCture pOlish Blog/Insta Fest 2014

Hi everyone! I'm happy to be participating again in piCture pOlish blog fest, this is my second year! Last year I came up with one of my best designs of the year, and it was an amazing experience finding new bloggers from around the globe. This year it's different for two reasons: one, Instagram nail artists are now included, and two, piCture pOlish is teaming up with Nail Vinyls. They're going to be offering a special four-pack Nail Vinyls set, so we all got the opportunity to use them this year.



21 December 2013

Four Weeks of piCture pOlish: Week Four, A Voodoo Ruffian

Hi everyone! This is my last post for this piCture pOlish miniseries. I'll admit that I saved Voodoo for last because initially it didn't really catch my eye like the others. In the bottle it looks like a brown shimmer polish. It wasn't until I swatched this polish that I realized I made a mistake overlooking this one. If you love vampy dark colours, Voodoo definitely deserves a place in your collection.

piCture pOlish Voodoo

Check out the rest of this post for swatches and some shimmery nail art perfect for holiday parties!

16 December 2013

Four Weeks of piCture pOlish + The Digit-al Dozen Does Red, Gold, and Green

Hi everyone! Along with falling behind on my posts for the Digit-al Dozen this week, I also fell behind on my piCture pOlish posts. I tend to dislike publishing posts that serve a dual purpose, for some reason it feels like cheating for me. However, the ladies at piCture pOlish sent me the gorgeous red O'Hara, and it was perfect for this week's Digit-al Dozen challenge.

piCture pOlish O'Hara

So this week's piCture pOlish post features the O'Hara in a holly design inspired by one of my favourite nail artists Lindsey at Wondrously Polished.

04 December 2013

Four Weeks of piCture pOlish: Week Two: A Whimsical Skittlette

Hi everyone! Another week, another gorgeous piCture pOlish shade to share with you. When I was asked by the ladies at piCture pOlish if there was any polish in particular that I wanted to review, Whimsy was my choice - and do you blame me!? This collaboration shade with Neverland Nail Blog is so stunning that I had to show you swatches and some simple nail art, so make sure to check out the full post!

piCture pOlish Whimsy

27 November 2013

Four Weeks of piCture pOlish: Week One, Art Nouveau With piCture pOlish Flirt

Hi everyone! You may have noticed how many bloggers have been posting swatches or nail art once a week using shades from Australian brand piCture pOlish. I'm very happy to let you know I'll be participating, so for the next four weeks expect to see some (hopefully) unique nail art using a different polish each week. My goal is to let the individual polish and colour inspire my nail art design, and it would be really cool if this leads to some interesting designs!

But first let's take a look at piCture pOlish Flirt, which looks like your standard hot pink/fuchsia creme in the bottle, but on the nail is so much more...

piCture pOlish Flirt

31 July 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Six, Violet: Roses and More Roses

Hi everyone! I meant to have this up last night but my photo-editing software crashed at the ninth hour, of course taking with it my unsaved photos. Also I've been feeling some anxiety about how I watermark my photos - I'm not happy with my usual system and I need to figure out some sort of solution. Anywho... what I'm trying to say is that I was totally distracted and preoccupied - these are the types of things that keep me up until the wee hours of the morning!



About this design: I know I just did roses last week - for Day Four of the challenge - so hopefully you don't mind them again so soon. Instead of stripes I combined them with some sort of fractured pattern. It sort of resembles stained glass, although I didn't fill in all the spaces. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about this, but now I really like them. The fractured pattern has a bold look and I like the contrast to the more delicate roses.



To get this look: I started with a base of Lime Crime Milky Ways for all nails. My thumb and pinky were topped with one coat each of Jindie Nails A History of Violets - I hope to have swatches of this soon.



The roses I painted with China Glaze That's Shore Bright as my mid-toned base colour, NOPI Back in My Gloria Days for the darker strokes, and Essie Full Steam Ahead for the highlights. The leaves are Sally Hansen Lickety-Split Lime.



For the fractured pattern the darker outlines are a mixture of black polish with NOPI Back in My Gloria Days. I filled them in with Back in My Gloria Days, piCture pOlish Metallic Mush, and Essie Full Steam Ahead.

What do you think of this design? Are you tired of roses?
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30 July 2013

Update: piCture pOlish Blog Fest Voting is Open!

Hi everyone! First, I just wanted to thank everyone for all the sweet, amazing comments on my nail art for Blog Fest yesterday, I'm still trying to respond to everyone, but I've read all your comments!



This is just a quick update to let you know that voting is now open for piCture pOlish Blog Fest - but only for a short time, less than 24 hours. I mentioned in my last post that there were three awards, each winner gets the chance to design a collaboration shade with piCture pOlish. Of course I'd love your vote - it would be an amazing opportunity. But I'd also just like to see people voting period, there's so much amazing talent in this year's Blog Fest. :)

The link to the voting can be found on the piCture pOlish website. You just have to fill out a simple form.

Voting for non-participants of Blog Fest 2013

Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks so much everyone for your support!

Update: Voting is now over for the piCture pOlish Blog Fest. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote!

29 July 2013

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013: Art Deco Stained Glass Nails + Tutorial

Hi everyone! I'm so happy to be participating in this year's piCture pOlish Blog Fest!! I'm sure you have already seen other posts today, but basically Blog Fest is where a bunch of nail polish bloggers (over 130!) around the world put together a post featuring polishes from the Australian brand piCture pOlish. The event is organized by piCture pOlish and they provided the polishes and the instructions. I've seen piCture pOlish Blog Fest posts from previous years by bloggers much more established than me, so I'm extremely honoured to have been chosen for this.



The theme for this year's Blog Fest is "Year of the Blogger", and it's about celebrating what bloggers do. We were instructed to make our most amazing nail art ever and to create a step-by-step tutorial of our design. Even though it seems like a lot of pressure, for me it was the perfect opportunity to challenge myself and to create a design that would push my abilities.




About This Design

I was given three polishes from the Metallic Shades collection: Bombshell (a vibrant blue metallic with shimmer), Goddess (a copper metallic), and Metallic Mush (a pale gold metallic foil). I've been wanting to do intricate stained glass nails for some time now, and these three polishes really suggested the Art Deco era. Art Deco design was influenced by the machine age, and it's known for it's streamlined aesthetic and geometric patterns and shapes. The designs on each nail were taken from Art Deco stained glass designs that I found online. My thumb is a duplicate for my middle finger.



Keep reading for a step-by-step tutorial on how to do stained glass nails. While this design took quite some time, six hours in fact (yikes!), you can use these instructions to do simplified stained glass nails.


Art Deco Stained Glass Tutorial


Here's what you'll need:
  • black nail polish
  • a detail nail art brush
  • various coloured polishes to fill in the design - shimmery polishes look best for that stained-glass look
  • nail polish thinner
  • lots of patience!

Step #1

Step #1: Apply base coat and let dry. Using black polish thinned with nail polish thinner, draw your outlines on your nails. At this point, use a very light touch and go slowly, but don't worry if you make a mistake, you can fix those later.
Optional: Apply a base colour - perhaps white or nude, but nothing too dark - after your base coat. If your coloured polishes are very sheer or you're worried you won't be able to cover the whole nail, having a base colour will help hide those imperfections.


Step #2

Step #2: Reinforce your lines by going over them a second time. You want to make them darker but also you can fix any mistakes made in Step #1. You don't want your lines to be too light or it will be hard to see them when you apply your colours.
Tip: Use a bit of nail polish remover and a detail brush to "erase" any mistakes made. You're going to be covering over any mistakes with the coloured polishes so you don't necessarily need to do this, however, if having an incorrect line is going to mess you up in future steps, it might be good to try and take it out.


Step #3

Step #3: Start filling in the shapes with your coloured polishes. I started with Metallic Mush and filled in all the intended spaces on each nail before moving to the next colour. However, you can complete each nail before moving on to the next.
Reminder: Since you will be moving your hand around a lot to get into small spaces, be careful not to smudge the work that you have done on your other nails! I'm talking from experience here. :)


Step #4

Step #4: Fill in all the shapes with your colours, making sure to paint up to the cuticle (leave a tiny gap!) and on the edges of your nail. You will probably need two coats for good coverage.


Step #5

Step #5: Go over the black lines again, the same as you did in Step #2. Fix any mistakes with touch-ups.


Step #6

Step #6: Clean up your edges with a fine eyeliner brush dipped in acetone. Seal with top coat and you're done! I used KBShimmer Clearly On Top, I love it because it doesn't smear your nail art!


Tips and Tricks:



Tip #1: When doing any complex or intricate nail art, make sure to do a sketch first, preferably with some of the polishes you'll be using. Here's a look at my sketches along with my mock-up of the final design. I played around with the designs I wanted on each nail. When that was settled I drew my final design and filled it in with the colours I intended to use. This acted as my blueprint when I was working on my nails.


Nail art brushes: liner brush (top) and detail brush (bottom)

Tip #2: When doing fine lines like this, use nail polish thinner to make the polish more fluid. This will also prevent it from drying out right away. Also, work very slowly. I find it helps to paint a very light line - using more thinner - then go over it again to darken the line - using less thinner - rather than trying to do the line all in one go.

Tip #3: For painting straight lines, I find that it works best to pull the brush towards me. Also, I tend to move my hand around and try painting at different angles in order to get the best angle and brush direction for the line I'm trying to make.

I hope these instructions were helpful. I went into a lot of detail because I wanted to cover as much as possible. Unless you are working with a very intricate design, or wanting to get very fine lines, stained glass nails are not very hard to do.


The piCture pOlish Blog Fest Awards

This year there will also be Blog Fest Awards. Here's the details from piCture pOlish:

There is 3 (only) awards that will be voted and chosen as follows via our special Pinterest Blog Fest 2013 board:
  • 1 x Award - as voted by PP friends and fans
  • 1 x Award - as voted by all (you) participants of Blog Fest 2013
  • 1 x Award - as voted by Jules & Megs of piCture pOlish
The winners will get to work with piCture pOlish to make a collaboration shade, so it would be very awesome if you took the time to vote. It doesn't have to be for me, but if you do want to throw your vote my way, that would be greatly appreciated. :)

I believe the special Pinterest Board is HERE. If that changes, I'll update this post.

Voting is on the piCture pOlish website, there you will also find a link to the Pinterest board. Link is HERE.



About piCture pOlish

You can follow piCture pOlish through the following links:

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For ordering from piCture pOlish check out their Shipping, Network and Everyday Deals pages.

What do you think of this design? Have you been checking out other designs for piCture pOlish Blog Fest?

*Polishes were provided by piCture pOlish for Blog Fest. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

10 May 2013

piCture pOlish Cosmos: Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I posted a sneak peak of piCture pOlish Cosmos when I showed you my glow-in-the-dark star mani. So today I have proper swatches of this special polish. I was originally going to post the swatches as an addendum to my star mani, but then I changed my mind - this polish is so awesome it deserves its own blog post!

piCture pOlish Cosmos

Cosmos is part of the piCture pOlish Collaboration Series, where they collaborate with bloggers and distributors. This is the second collaboration with Pshiiit Boutique, the first one is called (appropriately) Pshiiit. I love all the collaboration shades. I've probably told you before, but my goal is to try and get my hands on as many of them as I possibly can. Slowly but surely I'm working on that! :D

piCture pOlish Cosmos (lightbox)

piCture pOlish Cosmos (lightbox)

Cosmos is a jelly-based intense deep blue polish. The colour leans very slightly towards green, and if you know your pigments, I'd say it looks like a phthalo blue. It's scattered with tiny irregular shaped particles - micro-flakes - that have a beautiful shimmer. It also has a scattered holo effect, although I did not find that it was particularly strong. But it's still visible in some lights. Most of the time you see a shimmery vibrant blue.

piCture pOlish Cosmos (direct light)

piCture pOlish Cosmos (direct light)

The formula was pretty good, I used three coats here, but you could get away with two. You will want to wait a few minutes between coats, otherwise you might pull up the polish from the previous coat and end up with bald spots. And nobody likes bald spots. There was minimal staining after I removed it, but nothing major. Overall, the application and wear was very good.

piCture pOlish Cosmos (direct light)

Since Cosmos came out, piCture pOlish has done a few more collaboration shades that have a similar jelly base with shimmer. I'm really loving what they have been doing lately, and I can't wait to get my hands on all the newer shades (I have Hope but there's a few more!).

piCture pOlish is available on their website, there you will also find a list of their distributors.

What do you think of Cosmos? Do you have any piCture pOlish?

09 May 2013

Serum No. 5 Day Glow: Glow-in-the-Dark Stars

Hi everyone! After seeing many photos of Serum No. 5 Day Glow pop up on the blogisphere and Instagram, I finally had a chance to try it tonight. As you may or may not remember, Victoria, the creator of Serum No. 5 was kind enough to send me some polishes to review (see my previous reviews here and here), and this was one of them. So I've been sitting on this for several weeks now, and I'm kicking myself for not trying it sooner.

Serum No. 5 Day Glow

As a glow-in-the-dark polish, Day Glow is very vibrant and intense in the dark. Not only does it look great on its own, but the possibilities for nail art are endless. I definitely see myself using this again when I want to add a glow-in-the-dark element to a nail design.

Glow-in-the-dark stars with Serum No. 5 Day Glow

Day Glow is a pale lemon yellow, yet despite the pale colour also seems very bright in daylight. In the dark it glows a very intense neon green. Formula-wise I found this to be on the thin side, and I needed about four coats for full coverage. But the finish is very smooth and even, although it does dry matte. Everything I've read about this polish says that adding a top coat will not effect the glow-in-the-dark properties, and I topped this design off with a generous coat of Seche Vite.

Glow-in-the-dark stars with Serum No. 5 Day Glow

For this design, I used piCture pOlish Cosmos (review coming soon) on my pinky and index fingers. For the stars and moon I started by outlining the shape with black, then painting it in with a white polish. I finished off by painting the moon and stars with either Day Glow or Cosmos. I really love how this looks both with the lights on and off. And Day Glow is the perfect polish for this kind of design because it glows so vibrant and intense. As you can see, the stars are very visible in the dark.

Glow-in-the-dark stars with Serum No. 5 Day Glow

Serum No. 5 Day Glow (after charging 3 minutes under OTT light)

Overall, I'm so happy with Day Glow. It's easy to use and applies very nicely (although I wish it took less coats). And now that I've overcome my fear of photographing glow-in-the-dark polishes, I hope to use this again in other nail designs.

What do you think of this polish? Do you own Day Glow or any other glow-in-the-dark polishes?

Serum No. 5 is available through their website and Etsy store. Distributors include Mei Mei's SignaturesOverall Beauty, Femme Fatale Cosmetics, Ninja Polish, and Harlow & Co.. Keep up to date with Serum No. 5 by Facebook and Instagram (@serumno5).

*Products provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

26 March 2013

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! As promised I have the third polish from Lumina Lacquer. Make sure to check out my review of the other two here. Mint Chocolate Chip instantly stood out to me when I opened my package from Tatiana, the maker of Lumina Lacquer, and I knew that I had to do something special with this one. So in addition to swatches, you get some nail art as well! :)

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip

Mint Chocolate Chip is a clear-based glitter bomb like the other polishes that I reviewed. And this one has the same beauty and complexity that you see in Anything and Spring in Iceland. The colour scheme is predominantly pale mint and dark brown, and there's glitter in so many shapes and sizes - hearts, stars, flowers, squares, hexes, and circles. In addition to the pale mint and brown glitter, there's also some white, copper, blue, iridescent, and tiny holo glitter to boot. I can't even fully describe everything here!

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip (direct lighting)

I layered one coat over OPI My Vampire is Buff and had no problems getting enough glitter. I also found it easy to get the larger shape glitters out. Just give it a good shake before applying - no need to turn the bottle upside down or anything like that. I topped it with a coat of Gelous and a coat of Seche Vite.

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip + funky abstract design

Then I decided to do some freehand painting on the two middle fingers. I started with a base of My Vampire is Buff. On my ring finger I painted the details with OPI You Don't Know Jacques! and Joe Fresh Lagoon. On my middle finger I did a sponged gradient with My Vampire is Buff, Lagoon, and piCture pOlish Marine. Then the squares were painted with You Don't Know Jacques and My Vampire is Buff. Whew!

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip + funky abstract design

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip + funky abstract design

Lumina Lacquer is available through their online Bigcartel store, and soon through Norway Nails. This polish is currently sold out, but follow Lumina Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram (@luminalacquer) to find out about restocks and new releases.

What do you think? Have you tried Lumina Lacquer? Do you think my design goes with the glitter? :)

*Product provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

15 March 2013

My Sister's Nails and My First Galaxy Manicure!

Hi everyone TGIF!! Today's post is a little bit different. First, because these are not my nails, they belong to my favourite (and only!) sister. Second, because these aren't my usual lightbox photos, instead I'm showing you some pictures I took on my iPhone. I hope you don't mind.

Galaxy Nails

But first some back story. I'm planning to take a manicure class at a local beauty school in April, but I've never painted someone else's nails. So I asked my sister if she wanted to come over and get her nails done. So she came over and we spent a few hours together while I shaped and painted her nails. It was so much fun and it was great to see how much she liked her nails. And I feel more excited about this upcoming course...is it April yet!?

Galaxy Nails

The photos don't really do this manicure justice. In real life it had a lot of depth and complexity, which is what I love about galaxy nails. Despite the fact that they were time consuming, they weren't too difficult.

Galaxy Nails (right hand)

There are many tutorials for galaxy nails on the Internet so I won't explain how I did this in detail. Rather I'll just go through the colours I used. I started with a base of Rainbow Honey Oni, a deep brown with gold shimmer. For the deep blue patches I used Essie Midnight Cami, Orly Royal Velvet, and Zoya Crystal. I added some Zoya Carly and piCture pOlish Pshiiit for some extra colour. Side note: my sister wanted the piCture pOlish so that she could say that she has "Pshiiit all over her nails." Lol. I added some Orly Liquid Vinyl to the darker areas to give them more depth. The lighter areas were built up with Essie Nothing Else Metals, Orly Luxe, and finally with OPI My Vampire is Buff. MViB had a nice blending effect. Finally I dabbed on a pale glitter topper called Pride by The Polish Well. The stars were done with Sally Hansen White On.

Galaxy Nails (left hand)

What do you think of these? Do you like to do other people's nails? My sister is planning to come over again so I can do her nails, so expect to see her hands again on this blog! :)

18 February 2013

piCture pOlish Amethyst

Hi everyone! One thing I don't think I've shared on this blog is my love for the piCture pOlish collaboration series. If you're not familiar with piCture pOlish, it's a brand based in Australia, and they've done collaborations with bloggers and distributors (i.e. Harlow & Co., Llarowe). I find the polishes in the collaboration series to be so interesting and unique, and since each one is designed by a different person, each polish has it's own character. I've made it my mission to acquire every polish in the series, and I'm maybe about 1/2 or 1/3 of the way there. Now if only they would stop releasing new polishes, I could catch up! ;)

piCture pOlish Amethyst

Amethyst was designed in collaboration with Susan from Star Trinkets, she also blogs at The Subtle Shimmer. Amethyst is a mid value purple, warm in tone, somewhat related to the colour of the amethyst stone but far more vibrant. It has silver flakes along with a blue and pink shimmer. The colour just radiates and would look good on a variety of skin tones.

piCture pOlish Amethyst

piCture pOlish Amethyst

The application was effortless and this was two easy coats. I had no issues whatsoever with the formula. I love polishes like that!

piCture pOlish Amethyst

Amethyst is a limited edition polish, so it is becoming increasingly harder to find. It's not even carried by Star Trinkets anymore. It is available directly from piCture pOlish, and I just saw it's in stock on Llarowe (after not being available for awhile), and Nail Polish Canada (where I bought it from - Canada and US only).

What do you think of this? Do you like the piCture pOlish collaboration shades?
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