Monday, July 29, 2013

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013

Hi everyone!  Today is such an awesome day for nail art!!  I am so excited to have been selected to participate in this year's 
piCture pOlish Blog Fest!!

This year's challenge was to create a nail art design using three piCture pOlish shades.  (Black & white accents are also permitted.)  All of the nail art designs will be posted on the piCture pOlish Pinterest board for voting and to be in the running to be selected to design a collaborative piCture pOlish shade for 2014.

Three winners will be chosen by the PP friends and fans (so vote your face off!), by the participants of Blog Fest 2013, and by Jules & Megs of piCture pOlish.

Now then, back to business -- I have been thinking about my design for this for a month now.  Do you have ANY idea how hard it was for me to keep my trap shut about this?!?  It's been killing me not to talk about it!!!!  I did have a tiny bit of panic set in when I saw my shades!!  My first thought was, "piCture pOlish has turned me into a girly girl!!!!"  HA!  I honestly started off with an idea for a uniformed design, but, as Mr. NPW pointed out, that's just not really "me".  So, in the true form of Nail Polish Wars, here's what I created ...


The shades provided to me for Blog Fest were Fairy Floss, Frosting, and Wisteria.


I started off with two coats of Wisteria on my index finger, two coats of Fairy Floss on my middle finger, two coats of Frosting on my ring finger, and I immediately created a water marble with Fairy Floss and Wisteria on my pinky finger.


For my index finger, I decided on one of my earlier nail art creations, the interlocking dots, using Fairy Floss and Wisteria.  This is still one of my all time favorite designs.  It was created by accident, and I love seeing it used throughout the nail world!!  I added a touch of tiny silver studs for a bit of an edge.


I created a gradient using a very porous sponge on my middle finger with Fairy Floss and Wisteria.  I then used one of my larger dotting tools with a white creme, and placed some random dots.  I used a smaller dotting tool with a black creme to form the leopard rosettes.  (Come on, did you really think I wouldn't add some leopard for Blog Fest?!) 


For my ring finger, I really wanted to let Frosting pop on it's own, so I simply added a small lined chevron to the tip using Wisteria and a black & white creme.  For a little extra bite, I added a black resin skull with a little pink bow. You can find these at Born Pretty Store.  They have a ton of awesome nail art tools.!! I finished everything off with one coat of SV.


I love the end result.  It is made up of so many of my favorite nail art styles.  And it's super girly, but has a little attitude to it as well!!



Interlocking Dots Tutorial: 
1. Tape diagonally over base color and apply second shade.  Remove tape immediately
2. Using large dotting tool and place dots along line.
3. Use same dotting tool and place dots between first dots.
4. Add smaller dots in the contrasting color to each side.
5. Add tiny studs over dots for an outlined look.  Seal with top coat.



Gradient Leopard Tutorial:
1. Apply two coats of lighter shade.  Use a sponge to add darker color to half of the nail, blending the colors at the center.
2. Use large dotting tool with white creme for random spots.
3. Use small dotting tool with black creme for rosette outlines. Seal with top coat.



Chevron Accent Tutorial:
1. Apply two coats of base color.  Use striping brush to create chevron at the tip.
2. Use striping brush with black & white creme to line the inner chevron.  Seal with top coat
3. Add resin nail art decal.



And, to give you a better look at all three shades ...

Fairy Floss



Wisteria



Frosting


You can find piCture pOlish Fairy Floss, Wisteria, Frosting and a ton of other awesome shades at their storefront here, and at a number of other stockist shops (international shipping available).  Don't miss out on their Daily Deals!!  
Be sure to check them out on their social media platforms as well: TwitterFacebookPinterestInstagramYoutube.

To see everyone's nail art creations, you can either visit piCture pOlish's Pinterest Blog Fest board or simply click on the thumbnails below.



*Products provided by piCture pOlish*

Please add your BlogFest mani to the list and grab the code to put it on your blog. 




Sunday, July 28, 2013

Naked Leopard

Hi everyone!  I have been lemming Lacquer Lust Butt Bootie Naked for months now, so I was so excited to finally snag one!  I knew I had to use it immediately!!


I started off with two coats of Lacquer Lust Butt Bootie Naked, a creamy nude holographic, and two coats of OPI What Wizardry is This? on my pinky fingers.  I followed with one coat of SV over BBN.
I hate to say it, but I was a little let down by BBN.  The formula was a little on the thick side and not super easy to work with, and I continually ended up with something black in the polish leaving long dark streaks down my nails during application.  I had to redo three nails because of it.


I used my small dotting tool with What Wizardry is This? to create the leopard rosette outlines on my middle fingers.  I didn't apply top coat because I wanted the textured effect to remain intact. 


For a little touch of fun, I applied a puffy leopard print hear decal to my ring fingers using Fing'rs Brush-On Nail Glue.


I decided to bring the leopard over into my ring finger as well.


I almost added something to my index fingers, but I decided against it because I really wanted to see BBN on it's own.


I really love the end result!  It's so muted, but it has a little pizazz to it as well!!


I really hope you enjoyed seeing today's mani!  Happy Painting!



Colors: Lacquer Lust Butt Bootie Naked, OPI What Wizardry is This?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Born Pretty Holo Polish Swatch & Review

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited to show you the new Born Pretty Holo Polish collection!!






One is a sheer colorless linear holographic.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.  This one is very sheer, and still showed a VNL after three coats - but I actually liked the look even with the VNL.  This one will make a great holo top coat!  The linear strength is really great as well!!
Shown is three coats of One.





Two is a medium pink linear holographic.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.  This one is also a bit on the sheer side, but was easily built up. 
Shown is three coats of Two.





Three is a fuchsia linear holographic.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.  The formula was a bit more opaque in this one, which was nice to work with.
Shown is three coats of Three.





Four is a coral linear holographic.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.  This one was also much more opaque.  I absolutely adore this shade!  I have been hunting for a great coral holo, and now the search is over!!
Shown is three coats of Four.





Five is a burnt orange linear holographic.  The formula was thick, I'm talkin' triple thick milkshake thick, and difficult to apply.  I actually had a good bit of trouble getting the polish to drag all the way to the nail edge.  This shade is also much more of a creme base than the previous shades.  I was really looking forward to wearing this one, since this is definitely my first burnt orange holo.  I love the color, but the formula needs some work.
Shown is two coats of Five.





Six is a nude linear holographic, with a slight copper undertone.  The formula was smooth and easy to work with.  This one is a bit on the sheer side so I still had a very slight VNL in certain lighting.  I really like this one a lot!  I'm crazy about nude holos, and the touch of copper really gives it a little pop!
Shown is three coats of Six.





Seven is a faded moss green linear holographic.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.  This shade was also fairly sheer, leaving a VNL after three coats.  This is another shade that would make a great holo top coat!
Shown is three coats of Seven.





Eight is a bright blue linear holographic.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.  This shade is also much more opaque.  
Shown is three coats of Eight.





Nine is light purple linear holographic.  The formula was smooth and easy to work with.  This is another shade that is more on the opaque side.  I really love this shade!  It leans toward lilac, but still packs a bit of a punch!
Shown is three coats of Nine.





Ten is a bright blue linear holographic, with a teal undertone.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.  As you can probably tell from the slight VNL, this one is a bit sheer.  This shade is also reallllllllllly close to Eight.  I honestly thought they were dead on dupes until I wore them both and noticed the hint of teal in this one.  So, if push came to shove, I wouldn't say that you'd definitely need both shades.
Shown is three coats of Ten.





Eleven is a deep purple linear holographic.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.  I am such a sucker for a great purple holo like this!  It's simply gorgeous!!
Shown is two coats of Eleven.





Twelve is a deep green holographic, with a teal undertone.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.  This was definitely another fast favorite.  It reminded me of Glitter Gal Lizard Belly, but this one is much brighter.
Shown is two coats of Twelve.


Overall I really like this collection a lot!  The linear strength is really great in all of them!  You can find this collection and tons of great nail art supplies from Born Pretty Store.

Also be sure to use the Nail Polish Wars coupon code for 10% off: DQL91  

Happy Painting!




*Product provided for the purpose of an honest review*

Friday, July 26, 2013

Glequin Framed Saran

Hi everyone!  I was so excited to try out the new glequin pots I received from Born Pretty Store, so here's what I did ...


I started off with three cots of Wet n' Wild Heatwave, a bright coral crelly.  I followed it with one coat of SV.


Next, I added one coat of China Glaze Too Yacht to Handle, and immediately dabbed at it with a ball of saran wrap.  I followed again with one coat of SV.


While the top coat was still wet, I framed my nails with the gunmetal glequins. I finished with one coat of SV to seal the glequins.


There are 12 pots of glequins in the set, so you literally will have a lifetime supply of them!!!  


I can't wait to try the other glequin colors!!


You can find the Born Pretty Store set of glequins here, along with tons of other nail art supplies!!  I hope you enjoyed!!
Also be sure to use the Nail Polish Wars coupon code for 10% off: DQL91 

Happy Painting!




*Some products provided for the purpose of an honest review*
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