piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2014

It’s that time of year again… piCture pOlish Blogfest! I’m really excited to be participating again this year. I had a lot of fun last year creating a tutorial using three piCture pOlish colours. This year’s concept is a little different and consists of two parts. Let’s take a look!

As you can see from the header, this year’s Blogfest is held both on blogs and on Instagram and features NailVinyls. There’s also two parts, part one being a swatch and part two a nail art! Part one was the easy bit, part two was a little trickier. We were sent one of four possible designs. piCture pOlish released a special exclusive 4-pack of NailVinyls yesterday on their website which includes Chevrons, Mini Chevrons, Straights and Right Angles. I was sent the Chevrons for part two but let’s check out part one first!

piCture pOlish – Eyre (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Eyre (natural daylight close-up)

piCture pOlish – Eyre (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Eyre: I was sent Eyre which is one of four “new” reborns of discontinued Ozotic shades. This one corresponds to Ozotic 914. It’s a gorgeous blue with a subtle duochrome that shifts to a darker blue and purple with lots of scatter holo flakes. I’m a sucker for scatter holo flakes and this one is absolutely stunning. Application was two easy coats, I also added some glossy top coat.

Now part two! Our brief was to come up with a look using the two colours we were sent, in my case piCture pOlish Mad Magenta and piCture pOlish Chillax, and the NailVinyls. There were quite a few restrictions but we were allowed the addition of black and white polish and the use of a nail art detailing brush so I think/hope my nail art is according to the rules! :D

I started with a white base on my middle finger and ring finger, applied the Chevron NailVinyls then alternated piCture pOlish Chillax and piCture pOlish Mad Magenta before removing the vinyls. Then I used some black polish and a fine brush to paint some detail on top. I should have probably left out the dots to conform better to the rules but I did use a brush to create them so I just went with it. I think the end result looks a bit like a tribal print? I’m really happy with how it came out!

I have to add that both shades applied really easily in two coats and the formula was flawless. Especially piCture pOlish Chillax blew my mind, it is the brightest turquoise I’ve ever seen. It is so insanely stunning! Photos don’t prepare you for how bright and fun it looks in person. I was so surprised when I first saw it. It’s definitely a must-have!

I hope you enjoyed my manicures for piCture pOlish Blogfest 2014. It took me a while before I came up with these but I’m glad I came up with something that’s still very “me”. Though I had to really restrain myself not to add some studs to my pointer and pinkie! :D

You can purchase piCture pOlish shades through the official website or from one of the many international stockists. They offer special Every Day Deals on the website. The special 4-pack of NailVinyls is available exclusively from the piCture pOlish website.

Connect with piCture pOlish: Official Site - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Pinterest
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25th August, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 18 Comments

Anna Gorelova By Dance Legend – Swatches

Today is my final post before my mini vacation! I’m not going away on holiday but I just felt like I needed a little break from blogging. A week off will do me good has life has been extra stressful lately and just need to collect myself a bit and relax. I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have seven super talented ladies that agreed to guest post for me and show their support this upcoming week. I can’t wait to show you what they’ve all created!

Without further ado, I have three gorgeous polishes to show you by another talented lady I’ve admired for a long time, Ukranian blogger Anna Gorelova. She created a beautiful 12-piece collection with Russian brand Dance legend and I have three shades to show you. Let’s take a look!

Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend – Змей Горыныч

Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend – Змей Горыныч: First up is this gorgeous black jelly with multicolored flakies. I e-mailed the lovely Anna and she was kind enough to translate the names from Russian to English for me. All shades in this collection are inspired by Slavic fairy tales. This black flakie is named Zmei Gorinich after a 3-headed Slavic dragon. I love how complex yet subtle this one is. From a distance it will look like you’re wearing plain black nails but up close you get a wonderful surprise. This was three thin coats on its own, and top coat. 

Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend – Кощей Бессмертный

Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend – Кощей Бессмертный: Next we have Koschei Bessmertni which means Bag of Bones. This complex multichrome with scattered holo flakes is inspired by Scrag The Immortal King. I own quite a few multichromes but nothing like this one. It shifts from a muted copper to a mossy green and then it shifts to a bright blue to purple. It’s very interesting and the scattered holo flakes really add a lot of interest too. I tried capturing hem in direct light but the outcome wasn’t too colour accurate. You’ll have to see this one in person to get the full effect! I used three thin coats but you could get away with two. 

Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend – Мавка

Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend – Мавка: Finally we have this awesome green glitter called Mavka, inspired by Forest Nymphs. It’s a deep green jelly with three different sizes of bright greenish gold glitter. The glitters somehow appear curly but it’s merely reflection. On the nails they lay flat so it didn’t give me any trouble whatsoever. Application was good, I used three thin coats and glossy top coat.

You can purchase the Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend polishes directly from Dance Legend in Russia or from one of the international stockists. I personally recommend the last option to avoid any issues with shipping. You can catch swatches of the full collection over at Anna’s blog. Be prepared to swoon!

Connect with Dance Legend: Official Site – Facebook – Instagram

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17th August, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 8 Comments

Nail Art Society – Pedi Proper

Today I have another Nail Art Society post to share with you. This one’s from last months kit, June. The theme was pedicures which I thought was really perfect for Summer. I have nail polish on my toes 365 days a year and lately I really love having nail art on my toes too. I was wearing a gorgeous pedi nail art (which I wasn’t ready to take off!) when I was playing with this kit, so there will be no feet photos in this post (those with feet phobias, you’re welcome! :D). Instead I’m showing the colours of this kit on my nails. Let’s take a look!

The June kit was called Pedi Proper and was packed with pedi essentials:

  • Ciaté mini nail polish in 5 possible colour options
  • Large hex glitter in a cute jar in a colour that coordinates with your Ciaté polish
  • Nail Clippers
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Dust brush
  • Toe separators
  • Emery board
  • Buffer Sponge
  • Trilipiderm Sample

As always it came with an instructional card. I believe those are owner Tia’s feet on the front of the card, she has such elegant feet! Everything also came in a cute drawstring bag with the NAS logo and was shipped to subscribers in a branded box. I have four of the possible Ciaté colour options to show you. Let’s take a peek!

Ciaté – Mistress / red hex glitter: First up is Mistress which is a gorgeous red jelly. For me personally this is the best pedi colour out of the four I have. Red is always a good option! This one applied nicely but as I mentioned it’s a jelly so there was a tiny bit of VNL but it wasn’t as noticeable in person. I used two coats!

Ciaté – Access All Areas / silver hex glitter: Next is this cute coral which is also a great pedi shade in my book. It came with sparkly silver hex glitter.  This one also had a squishy jelly finish and needed two coats.

Ciaté – Pucker Up / pink hex glitter: Next is Pucker Up which is an awesome texture glitter! It has a very unique rose/lilac shade. It also has lots of gold flakes and lavender shimmer which made this one really stand out to me. I think it’s such a unique colour. I wouldn’t personally wear a texture polish on my toes but this one makes an awesome accent nail! I used two coats.

Ciaté – Naughty Or Nice? / holographic gunmetal hex glitter: Finally we have this glitter shade from an older Ciaté Holiday collection. This one has fine hex glitter in pink, green and blue and was more of a glitter topper. Though you can get it fairly opaque with three coats. I would use this for a glitter gradient over black!

All in all I thought this was a nice kit. Not one of my favourites but still pretty fun. I have to give a special mention for the Trilipiderm sample. I was very impressed with it, especially ingredient-wise it’s is a great product and one I would gladly purchase. It was nice and moisturizing and just great for your skin!

The Pedi Proper kit is sadly no longer available for purchase. However you can subscribe to Nail Art Society and get awesome kits delivered to your doorstep each month! Kits are $11.95 + shipping. Right now they are still US-only but I hope they will expand soon.

Connect with Nail Art Society: Website – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram

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1st August, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 2 Comments

Catrice – Eletrix Blue Swatch

I have a swatch post for you today featuring Catrice! Let’s take a look.

This is Catrice Eletrix Blue from the Haute Future collection. That’s not a typo, it says “Eletrix” on the bottle which I thought was a little strange but oh well. I’m fairly sure this collection is from a few months back but I found this one at a discount at my local drugstore and decided to pick it up.

I’m really glad I did, this holographic muted blue is such a beauty. Application was great too, it dried very quickly and extremely glossy. It was very self levelling and smooth, I’m impressed Catrice! I believe I used two coats so coverage was nice too.

This is what it looks like in direct light. Sadly this shot doesn’t do it justice! The holo is much stronger in person and really beautiful. I personally feel like Catrice (and Essence) tend to bring out fairly uninteresting limited editions nail polish-wise, but this one truly impressed me. The holo is gorgeous!

The only thing I disliked was the wide brush but I’m happy to overlook that with a polish this gorgeous. It’s such a unique shade too. I loved it!

Did you manage to pick these up when they were released? I’m afraid they are no longer available but hopefully Catrice will bring out some similar holos in their core collection (one can always hope…).

31st July, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 15 Comments

Maybelline Bleached Neons Review

Today I have swatches of three Maybelline Bleached Neons! I purchased these a few weeks go at my local drugstore. I didn’t even know this collection was being sold in my country so that was an awesome surprise as there’s been a lot of hype about this collection on social media. Let’s take a look!

Maybelline – Coral Heat: First up is Coral heat, an awesome coral neon pastel. This collection definitely reminds me of the China Glaze pastel neons (the cremes from the Summer 2013 Sunsational collection), only the formula is less chalky. I wouldn’t say it was perfect but they were definitely easier to work with! This one had the nicest formula and required two coats. I also added top coat as they dry semi-matte.

Maybelline – Sun Flare (aka Bleached In Peach): Next is Sun Flare which is called Bleached In Peach in the US. This one is my favourite out of the three I picked up. It’s an awesome neon pastel peach. It’s so Summery! It’s fairly similar to China Glaze Sun Of A Peach only this one’s a lot paler. I love how tan this makes me look. Formula was a little streakier and required three coats but was still pretty easy to work with. I also added top coat!

Maybelline – Chic Chartreuse (aka Lime Accent): Then finally we have this awesome pale neon green. This one also has a different name in EU/UK compared to US. It kinda looks like Wasabi! :D I am so glad they had this one in stock as it is such a fun colour. Love this one! I also used three coats and top coat.

I totally understand the hype and buzz around this collection. These shades are a must-have for Summer. If you loved the China Glaze pastel neons you will adore these! The formula is fairly good though you might need an extra coat to even out streaks. The only thing I disliked about these was the brush, mine all seemed to have a very scratchy and uneven brush with stray hairs. Maybe I was just unlucky with this batch, as the other Maybelline Color Show polishes I have have an awesome brush.

Did you pick up this collection? Let me know in the comments if you did! Which one is your favourite?

22nd July, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 13 Comments

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