Month: July 2013

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piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013- The year of the Blogger

Life has been super busy after getting all this new stuff from my mom moving to Hawaii, buy hey I see myself moving on up in the world and Lyle is doing great, my kitty cat we brought back home, so that feels great!

So today I am fortunate enough to bring you this post for piCture pOlishes Blog Fest. For this year over 180 bloggers were chosen to create some awesome art with three piCture pOlish shades and create tutorials to go along with them. They went with the motto of “the year of the blogger” I liked the sound of that. One of the shades I was provided with was Ariel’s Tale, aqua green hexes and mircoglitters galore! I really love it layered over Aengland’s Camelot, my favorite black.

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Now the other two shades I got where Focus and Cosmos, both shimmery beauties. At first I was kind of stumped on what I wanted to create using these three shades but then I got totally inspired by Cosmos. I had never really tried doing “galaxy” or what I like to call Nebula nails before so I knew it was time to try it out. When I finished I instantly fell in love with the subtle mesh of colors I achieved. Using white as my nebula base and then mixing both Focus and Cosmos together I got this awesome shade in between the blue of Cosmos and the pink of Focus; an awesome purple hybrid sort of shade. Even my photos taken outside couldn’t do this manicure justice. The colors together were just so banging. When I went out in the sun the glitters in Ariel’s Tale reflected onto my skin just like mermaid scales or shinning stars, it was wicked cool!

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Here is a photo from inside. You can really see how bright the nebula looks. I also stuck some glitters from Ariel’s Tale onto the nebula to act as more stars. I can see lots more Nebula’s in my future whether they be on my nails or in the sky!

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And now it’s tutorial time! On top of these three picture polish shades you will also need your favorite black and white polish. You will also need some pieces of a makeup sponge, tweezers and a surface to dab your polish, I used one of my marbling cups.

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1) Paint your nails black and wait for them to dry. Then paint your nails with two coats of Ariel’s Tale and let that dry for 20 minutes or so.

2) Dab some white polish onto your surface.

3) With your tweezer pick up a piece of makeup sponge and dab it onto the white polish. Dab this gently onto a paper towel to rid of excess white polish.

4) Now begin to dab the sponge onto your nail in a diagonal line. You can go back over it again if you feel that you need more white.

5) Next you are going to want to mix both Focus and Cosmos to create that different purple shade I mentioned before. Simply dab a drop of both polishes on top of one another.

6) Mix this with an orange stick or a toothpick till you see a color change.

7) Dab a clean sponge onto this new color and then dab it on top of the white. Leave some white visible so the effect can pop more.

8) Next dab some cosmos onto your surface. Again with a new sponge dab some cosmos onto it and then dab it onto your nails.

9 & 10) Here I just wanted to show how to dab on to another surface getting rid of some of that excess polish. Also this shows how many different blobs I have created. I am now ending with Focus to create some nice accents overtop of the purple and blue shades

11) Dab some focus onto your nails but do this shade a little less then the others.

12) Now clean up around your nail with a q-tip and a cleanup brush.

13 & 14) I also decided to add some glitter from ariels tale onto the nebula for just a little more of an effect. I used a really small dotting tool to do so.

Top it all off with your favorite top coat, mine is Glossy Glam by Justricarda, and you are good to go! Really not too hard for such a beautiful outcome.

Here is another version of a tutorial just to clarify things. If you have any questions or concerns please bring them to my attention in the comments below or on my Instagram and Facebook pages!

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Some more info on Blog fest: This year three artists will be chosen to create a collaboration shade with piCture pOlish.
There are 3 awards that will be voted and chosen for as follows via piCture pOlish special Pinterest Blog Fest 2013 board:
  • 1 x Award – as voted by piCture pOlish friends and fans
  • 1 x Award  – as voted by all participants of Blog Fest 2013
  • 1 x Award – as voted by Jules & Megs of piCture pOlish

So check out all the creations HERE and vote for your favorite using THIS form on piCture pOlishes site. You will also be entered into a drawing if you vote for the winning manicure!

Glad I was able to be a part of this years Blog Fest. Don’t forget to check out all the other designs.

If you’d like to purchase these piCture pOlish shades or any others then you should know they sell and ship their products to the U.S. and many other countries thru their website located HERE. You can also purchase piCture pOlish shades thru a multiple of other shops located at this LINK where the shipping might be more to your liking, depending on your location of course.

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Different Dimension Echoes Collection Review

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You may or may not recognize the image above, I know I do for I love what it represent’s! The band Pink Floyd can be compared to The Beatles and Elvis Presley in my eyes. Even if you haven’t heard their music before you may still recognize some of the names in Different Dimension’s Echoes Collection which I have for you today! Neons and circles galore!

Money is a white crelly with blue, white and black large circles, neon yellow and green hexes and small circles, as well as gold and black square and round microglitters. This could also be worn on its own in two coats but I decided to use Julep’s ‘Courtney’ as an undie for Money making it look super green since it has that white base. With a few shakes I didn’t have too much trouble getting out those big round glitters and it applied really evenly! One coat then topped with my new Glossy Glam topcoat from my Girl Ricarda, probably my new fav topcoat. On my accent I used one of my new Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen‘s in green. After waiting around an hour or so I gently applied the dollar signs. Need a little more practice but I love the look of it!

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Hey You is a lavender crelly with tiny dark purple and hot pink circles, small dark purple hexes as well as dark purple microglitters. This could also be worn on its own in 2-3 coats but I used Tillie Polishes ‘Sarong So Right’ as my undie. I really love the way the purple base made Hey You pop even more. Again using one of my new Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen’s, this time in Neon Pink I created the “art” on my middle finger. As you can see not all the lines came out the same pink color as it should. I think the reason why this happened was because I didn’t shake the pen enough before using it, since it was the first time. Alas I really love the faint light purple that it came out to be, such a Pink Floyd occurrence and design. Hey You applied perfectly and dried very smoothly with my Glossy Glam topcoat.

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Wish You Were Here, one of my favorite Floyd songs, is banging glitter topper filled with blue, silver, pink and fuschia glitters in large and small circles and small squares with blue mircroglitters. Layered over Sally Hansen’s ‘Perfect Pear-ing’ and Zoya’s ‘Micky’ you can really see all the purty colors. And of course you can’t go wrong with round holo glitters, one of my fav trends that has been circling, haha circling, get it? After given it a good shake all the big glitters came out with one dip. A dab here and there on my nails and I was ready for a beach bar nightclub. Yea thats what I was feeling.

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Time is also a glitter topper but filled with lots more varying types of glitter. Purple and black stars and big holo circles, black squares and diamonds, grey and silver hexes and small circles all filled up with silver microglitters, well that took some time to list. Layering time over a yellow was really calling me. The purple, black and yellow combo kind of reminds me of time and space. Using a new shade from Black Luna Lacquer ‘Master Plan’ I obtained the combo I wanted. (Master Plan will be available from Black Luna on July 27th) I also knew that I wanted to do a spiral water marble accent with this polish, time warpy right?! I used Sally Hansen’s ‘White On’ and ‘Black Out’ for the marble. Again shaking the bottle helped get the larger glitters out and I used one dabbed coat with my Glossy Glam topcoat.

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Another Brick in the Wall totally reminds me of a fallen brick wall, but it would be at like Barbie’s house because of the awesome neon pink in it. Large and small neon pink hexes as well as neon pink, black and white squares filled up with plenty of black and holo silver mircoglitters. I layered one dabbed coat overtop of Sally Hansen’s ‘Kiwi Bikini’ and used ‘Fuchsia Power’ and ‘Black Out’ for the zebra like water marble. For some reason when I layered the glitter over Kiwi Bikini it changed it to a much more green color. This has happened to me before when using Milani Cosmetics ‘Teal’ and layering an indie glitter over it. See below for a bottle and nail comparison. It might be the base the glitter is in or it might be these teal colors fault. Whatever it is I still love the contrasting neon pink glitters overtop of the now green shade.

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As you can see Kiwi Bikini is much more teal then what I have on my nails.

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Last of this fabtabulous collection, Comfortably Numbanother fav song of mine. Large, medium and small neon pink hexes and lots of yellow medium and small hexes as well as pink and yellow squares fill up this topper. I wanted to use a brighter purple as an undie but then realized that Julep’s ‘Bette’ got a little darker once it was layered over itself. None the less the neon pink and yellow glitters still pop out at ya. Are you numb yet? I then used Julep’s ‘Avery’ and  ‘Daisy’ to create a matching water marble. Shake, dab, coat with Glossy Glam and you are good to go!

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All in all I really love the versatility of all these shades. Also the colors of all the glitters really popped to me. And I was surely sold on the fact that they were all based off of Pink Floyd tracks. Too awesome!

What do you all think of these shades and the little accents I did with some of them?

You can find all these and many more shades from Different Dimension’s HERE at her Etsy store.

For all you international folks check out LLAROWE.

You can find Different Dimensions on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM as well.

As for the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen’s I hope to do a much more thorough review, but for now check out all the different colors they have to offer HERE! These can be purchased at your local drugstore.

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Color Blocking with Tutorial using Fnug shades

Needed to take a little break from swatching so I decided to do this design that I have been wanting to try for a long time. This color blocking manicure using some fun Fnug shades was totally inspired by the very talented Eva of Coewless Polish. Fung’s Glamazonian, Goodie Bag, Hipsters and Go-To were the perfect colors for this bright design. I really love the way it came out! I am always hesitant when doing something else then a water marble but I realized that this  was actually a really simple technique for it’s outcome; so I created a quick tutorial for it, see below for the full details.

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TUTORIAL: You will need some nail or striping tape, which can be found HERE,  scissors, tweezers, a quick drying topcoat and a white polish as well as four other different colors. PREP: cute up 15 pieces of striping tape and open the polishes to be used.

1) Paint your nails white and let that dry. Then apply topcoat and let that dry as well.

2) Using tweezers to pick up a piece of the striping tape and place it onto your nail lengthwise (as shown in photo).

3 & 4) Place another two piece’s of tape onto your nail, as shown in the photos

5) With your chosen colors carefully paint each block. Make sure to not go out your line or use too much polish on your brush. Two coats may be needed depending on the polishes you use.

6) With your tweezers carefully remove both side pieces of tape. Then remover the other piece. Let this dry and apply topcoat to smooth it out.

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If you have any questions please feel free to ask here or on instagram!

Also if you’d like to try Fnug polishes for yourself check out LLAROWE.

 

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Fairy Floss by piCture pOlish with Stamping

Heya! Hope everyone’s week has been splenderiffic! The weekend is just beginning here and I’m excited to spend some time with my manly man ;] For today I choose to wear this GORGEOUS shade from piCture pOlish adorned with the greatest name, Fairy Floss.

Fairy Floss  is a light pink cream that kind of reminds me of cotton candy. Maybe its the cotton candy crowns the fairies wear that I’m thinking of. I used two coats with no top coat! I took this photo outside with my iPhone 4S camera. I never edit my photos besides cropping. I mean look at this color! Ah gorgeousness!

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I really love this shade on it’s own. I can definately see myself using this more in the future. Also my snap dragons have decided to make their first appearance!

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After finishing up the stamping on this manicure I was utterly disappointed. But now that I sit here and look at my photos and my nails I come to terms with the fact that it was only my 3rd time stamping at all! Using piCture pOlishes Mad Magenta to stamp with I used designs from Winstonia’s W104, W110 and W112. I also added some hot pink rhinestones which I got from amazon on my outer nails. This is what happens when you sit at your nail desk and don’t have the best plans. All in all it should be a nice design to out with tonight!

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If you’d like to purchase these piCture pOlish shades or any others then you should know they sell and ship their products to the U.S. and many other countries thru their website located HERE. You can also purchase piCture pOlish shades thru a multiple of other shops located at this LINK where the shipping might be more to your liking, depending on your location of course.

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Different Dimension Monster’s Inc Trio

Time for some more Different Dimension beauties!

Not even half way through all the polishes Missi from Different Dimensions sent me to share with you guys! I even found another one that had rolled under the couch still wrapped in bubble wrap; so many awesome creations!

In loo of the recent release of the movie Monsters University and since Missi’s children just love Monsters Inc so much she has created this trio of shades inspired by three of the main characters. Can you guess which ones?

Lets start with the biggest character, size wise not roll, the oh so lovable Sulley. Sulley is a light teal color in a sheer shimmery base. It has light blue and teal small hexes and squares, some sparse neon purple glitters to act as Sulley’s big purple spots and some fine iridescent glitters to add some more shine to it. One coat of Sulley overtop of Essie ‘Where’s My Chauffeur?’ was the perfect combo. The minty teal color of WMC complimented Sulley’s iridescent and almost clear looking glitter finish. Did a few Sulley spots of my own on my accent using Butter London’s Brummie overtop of WMC. I ended up wearing this for the rest of the evening and it really grew on me. I went to the supper market and kept finding all these boxes with the characters from Monster’s Inc on them. It was fun going up to them all and placing my nails on top of Sulley and saying “Hey Spencer look look I match!” (Spencer is my man.) Application was great! The glitters all came out in equal amounts and it was not too thick.

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Of course Mike Wazowski would have to be part of this trio! Mike is a banging neon green shade with tons of green and gold shimmer to it and get this, has a matte finish! I love me some matte anyday, and how apporiate for Mike Wazowski’s shade to be in a matte finish. I used three semi thin coats for full opacity but probably could of gotten away with two. The picture below is without top coat and taken in the sun.

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Yes my attempt is sad but I had to try and do a little Mike face on my accent nail. The green in this shade was too on point to not try! The photo below shows just how bright this shimmery beauty can get. Another fab creation from Different Dimension!

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And lastly the cutest and tinniest character of them all, Boo! Boo is a white crelly with lavender and coral hearts, stars and flowers. It also has purple squares and coral hexes and micro glitters. Totally appropriate for a little sweetie like Boo. This would be a little thick for me if I had used it on its own so I decided to layer Boo overtop of Juleps ‘Simone’ a very light purplish pink color. Since Boo has a white crelly base this was a great undie to use. It didn’t take away from the purple glitters, reminding me of Boo’s little nighty she wears. Before each application I shook the bottle a little since the nice big glitters can tend to sink. But when shaking I had no problem what so ever getting them out. Using Simone and Zoya’s Micky I created a cute water marble accent to go along with the flowers in Boo.

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I think I’m going to go watch this movie now, I really do love it!

You can find all these and many more shades from Different Dimension’s HERE at her Etsy store.

For all you international folks check out LLAROWE.

Also you can find Different Dimensions on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.

Be on the lookout for many more Different Dimension reviews coming your way.

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Glossy Girls Summer Collection

Alright so I have been hard at work on getting caught up on some swatching and guest posting!

Today I have Glossy Girls summer collection. This new indie brands first collection is filled with lots of lovely colors! Take a look!

Limeade Burst is a light green crelly base with some shimmery pearlness to it and has matte large and small neon glitters in white, purple, green and pink. I used three coats to get full opacity, it applied a little thick but not too streaky.

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Lilac Field also has a slight shimmery pearlness to it in its lilac crelly base. It has small blue, red and green hexes, red stars and bars as well as the occasional neon green and pink hex. Glitter was a little sparse but still visible. Only two coats needed for full opacity and much thinner.


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Glossy Girls is also offering up some polish rings in all their shades only for $3.50, you can find them HERE.

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Bees A Buzzin is a yellow cream with square and hex black glitter. Two coats on its own for full opacity. Application was great and the glitters came out so abundantly! This would be a great accent for a black and yellow water marble.

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Underwater Pool is a blue cream with hex, square and micro green glitters. This was my favorite of the collection! Two coats on its own and quite good application. Definitely could see myself rocking this poolside.

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Glossy Girls also supplied me with their Lemon Cuticle Butter. You can sure tell it’s lemon scented! About the size of a half dollar  and filled with lots of natural ingredients. A little sticky on application but it could be a perfect addition to anyones purse for only $3.00.

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All in all Glossy Girls first line anit too shabby, I’d recommend Underwater Pool out of all the products I tried.

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All these products can be found on Glossy Girls site HERE.

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