Monday, August 25, 2014

Picture Polish - Blog Fest 2014

Hi everyone! I'm beyond honored to announce that this year I've been offered a spot in the Picture Polish Blog Fest 2014 event! It's a celebration of nail polish, nail art and nail passion; makers, artists and admirers - we come together and create something very special. Jules and Megs, the masterminds behind Picture Polish, they're hosting this epic party, and they handpicked all bloggers involved. They have generously provided everyone of us with a kit including 3 PP shades of their choosing, also including a really fun kind of nail art product - 'Nail Vinyls'!

This exciting project consists of two parts; part 1 is a swatch and review of a nail polish, and part 2 is a nail art look fashioned from two nail polishes and the 'Nail Vinyls'. Previously bloggers have been given free rein to create nail art using all the tools of a professional NPA. This year the rules have been changed and nail art embellishments, studs, decals, acrylic paints, dotting tools, sponges for gradients etc. were excluded, allowing just black and white polish to be used if needed. Honestly I panicked at first, and I'm sure I wasn't the only one, but then I realized this was the ultimate test to challenge everyone of us on our creativity! With such limited means, aren't you excited to see what we have come up with? Let's get started!

These were the products I received in the mail; Electric Blue, Bette, Frank-n-Furter & Right Angle 'Nail Vinyls'. Picture Polish will be retailing a special exclusive 4 pack ‘Nail Vinyls' containing Chevrons, Mini Chevrons, Straight & Right Angles, that will be used by all participants this year!

Bette is a dusty light blue scatter holo. I spy both larger holo flecks and finer holo particles, which together creates a very luxurious appearance. Fittingly, Bette falls under the category of Opulence Shades. For my manicure I used 2 coats for complete coverage, finished off with top coat.

I'm completely serious when I say I couldn't keep my eyes off of my nails. You have to see this one in person. The way the scatter holo creates a deep base for the rainbowy finer holo pigment - it looks like it's hovering! Do you see it?

This is my nail art design for the Picture Polish Blog Fest 2014. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I hope you like it too! For the base I used a clean white polish, but you can also create this design over bare natural nails for a more edgy style.

'Nail Vinyls' come with a printed tutorial on the back of the top label, and I think it's very descriptive and helpful. Me repeating the same words would be redundant, but I took some extra photos covering the process of how I created my particular design, and I think you'll find them useful as well! :)

As you can see, the Right Angle vinyls come in 4 different sizes. On my thumb I used each size of them, but for the rest of my design, I proceeded with only the second to smallest vinyls, just to keep it simple.

To make this nail art, I created a design that will look good even just by using one color, but also two, three or even more. The point for me was to come up with a design that opens up as many options for interpretation as possible - this way everyone can recreate this nail art.

The idea behind how I combined the red and blue polish, was about creating something special that both separates the colors and unites them. The main blue pattern could stand alone, but I broke it into parts by integrating diagonal lines that compliment and also interrupt the design, adding the fiery red color. I dig it! :)

Electric Blue is a dark navy creme with beautiful blue shimmer, it has that lit-from-within glow as soon as light hits the surface. Frank-n-Furter is a part of the Rocky Horror collection, it's a classic hot red creme. One of the prettiest reds I've ever seen.

That was it for the Picture Polish Blog Fest 2014! At the bottom of the blog post there's a big InLinkz link-up for all of the talented girls participating this year. Remember to check them out - maybe comment on their blog and tell them I sent you! :) I can't wait to see what they've all come up with!

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Thank you so much for reading along, it really means the world to me! If you want, then get in touch with me - maybe you have some questions or perhaps you'd just like to say hi :) Never be shy to leave a comment here on my blog - or on Facebook and Instagram :)

Stay polished<3

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Polishers Inc. - Inspired By Nature // Floral Nail Art

Hi everyone! It's time for another Polishers Inc. nail art challenge! This month our theme is "Inspired By Nature" and as always, I start panicking and don't know what the heck to do haha!

When the theme was set, I knew that I wanted to do floral nail art, but the inspiration part, hmm... It was nowhere to be found! After a while it just hit me - I remembered I saw this beautiful white flower in the zoo last month! I still don't know what kind of flower it was, and I can't recall in detail how it looked, but anyway I decided to try and recreate it! :)

Aiming to make the design look as delicate as the flower itself, I chose a pinkish nude color for the base :) To make the flower pop a little bit, and for fun sake just keeping it kind of cartoon-y looking, I outlined it with black acrylic paint.

This adorable nail polish is from Kiko in the number 507 Blush. Two coats, good coverage, beautiful shine and only 1.90 Euros! Having pretty polished nails doesn't necessarily have to be dead expensive. Of course there's still a big difference between discount and luxury, but what I'm trying to say is, that it isn't about just the brand, it's how you use what you've got :)

Maybe I did go a little overboard guys - huuuge Kiko haul while in Italy! HUGE! I can only say that perhaps I bought too many nail polishes *wink wink*... Maybe I should give some of them away, what do you say?

Anyway, that's it for today and I'll see you in a couple of days! Thank you so much for reading along, you know I appreciate it :) I you want, you can get in touch with me - for example if you have some questions or you'd just like to say hi :) Don't be shy to leave a comment here on my blog - or on Facebook and Instagram. I promise I don't bite! Also don't forget to check out the other girls' creations :) Tell them I sent you! ;)

Stay polished<3