piCture pOlish – Blog Fest 2014 ft. Nail Vinyls

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Happy Monday!

I know… Monday’s are usually not the happiest days. But today is an exception because today is such an exciting day!

I’m over the moon excited to be part of the Blog/Insta Fest 2014. For this years event piCture pOlish has teamed up with Linda, the mastermind behind Nail Vinyls. The nail vinyls come in many different shapes and sizes such as chevrons, straights, starburst and even lightning bolts. I received the chevron shaped ones for this project. Of course there is no project without polish! So I also received Twinkle and Peaches n Cream, which look great together. And if that wasn’t enough I also received a gorgeous holographic polish called Grace.
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First, let’s take a closer look at the mani that I’ve created with Twinkle and Peaches n Cream by using the nail vinyls:
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I have used the Nail Vinyls before and absolutely love to work with them. They are very easy to use. I thought that the best way to show you guys how I created my design is to make a video tutorial :D

On a side note… for the nails of my middle finger and pinky I’ve used Peaches n Cream as my base color and for my index and ring Grace.

How To

  • Apply a base coat to protect your nails.
  • Apply your base color. I used two coats of Peaches n Cream.
  • Apply one coat of a fast drying top coat or wait for your base color to be completely dry. This will prevent lifting the base color up when removing the nail vinyls. I used one coat of Insta-Dri by Sally Hansen.
  • Apply the nail vinyls by using tweezers and made sure to push them down (mind the edges of your nails!). I prefer applying them with tweezers because when you do it with your fingers (which is totally possible) the vinyls can get oily and might not stick well on the nails.
  • Once your nail vinyls are in place, apply the second color over the entire nail (not too thick, nor too thin). I used one coat of Twinkle.
  • While the second color is still wet, use tweezers to gently remove the nail vinyls.
  • Time to clean up! I used a small angled eye liner brush and some acetone.
  • When your design is dry, use a top coat for a shiny and long lasting finish. I first used Sally Hansen’s Insta Dri and then added a coat of HK Girl by Glisten & Glow. One coat of top coat would do the job, but I prefer it this way to avoid smudging the design.
  • Finally, apply some cuticle oil/butter and you’re all done!

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I love how these turned out. These colors look great together, don’t you agree?

And here’s Grace, a gorgeous muted pink scattered holographic hue. I’m a huge fan of these kind of colors. It has lavender sheen to it but on the other hand it’s sparkly due to the holographic particles (no glitter!). I used three thin coats for full opacity and added one coat of top coat for extra shine. Keep in mind that I take my photo’s outdoors, in daylight (no sun!). pp blogfest grace1pp blogfest grace3

Got all excited to try the nail vinyls? They can be purchased from the website (international shipping available!). And you can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.

All polishes by piCture pOlish can be purchased from their website. For a list of international stockists, click here. Don’t forget to check out their every day deals here!
And they can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out the works of arts by the other lovely bloggers that are, like me, so lucky to be part of this years event! Just click on the cute little blue guy below to view them:

Lastly, a huge thanks to piCture pOlish (and Linda, Nail Vinyls) for the huge honor to be part of this years Blog Fest!

Dance Legend: Amethyst – Sahara Crystal

Hi lovelies!

I’ve found a gorgeous polish that would be especially perfect for Fall. Amethyst from the Sahara Crystal Collection by Dance Legend is such a gorgeous color!
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This textured polish is packed with lots of fine magenta glitter/shimmer which makes it very interesting to stare at all day :D It’s very pigmented. The formula is good. I used two coats for these photo’s.
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Lovely, don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by! :*

Catrice: Ombre Top Coat

Hi everyone!

When I saw that Catrice released an Ombre Top Coat I just needed to try it out. I mean, wouldn’t it be great to create an ombre look by just having to apply multiple coats of top coat?

Oh and have you seen their new Luxury Lacquers for Fall? There are eight new shades. This time they come in square shaped bottles which give them a chic look. I will be swatching and reviewing them soon, so stay tuned!

On to the Ombre Top Coat. It looks brownish in the bottle. The formula is extremely liquid and therefore slightly runny. But no worries, with careful application that shouldn’t be a problem. The label on the bottle says: “Get the exclusive Ombre Look on your nail. The Ombre Top Coat turns your light nail polish colour one shade darker with each coat“. It should work with all light colors. Alright, time to put it to the test!
catrice - ombre top coatI used three coats of Lilactric, also by Catrice as my base color. Love this shade! Then I did the following:
pointer: one coat of HK Girl top coat by Glisten & Glow;
middle: one coat of Ombre Top Coat;
ring: two coats of Ombre Top Coat;
pinky: three coats of Ombre Top Coat.

As mentioned, the formula is extremely liquid. Also, I find that it doesn’t apply evenly, meaning you can see some brushstrokes that turned out darker. Nevertheless, I really like the effect that this top coat gives. I do think that it works even better with a non shimmery base color. I will try that soon too. Also, of course I need to try if it works with darker colors, even when the bottle says it’s meant for lighter colors. I’m curious!catrice - ombre top coat1Tell, me… what do you think of this top coat?

Impala: 961

You know the bullet shaped bottles by Red Carpet Manicure? I’m dying to get my hands on the classy red one. That’s so cool!
This polish by Impala reminded me of that. This is number 961, a brownish grey scattered holo. Wow! This was gifted to me by Nailluminati, thanks so much dear!impalaThe base color reminds me op OPI’s My Private Jet. Does anyone have the original holo version of My Private Jet and wants to get rid of it? Probably not. That’s on my wishlist for ages. Anyway, this is three thin coats of 961 plus top coat. The formula is smooth and easy to apply. impala1Here’s a look of how it knocks your socks of in direct sunlight:impala - sl
Enjoy your weekend beauties! And remember, keep those paws painted :D

COMPARISON – Essence & Catrice duo chromes

Hi beauties!

Essence recently released their Aquatic Collection. Along with 5 pretty shades there’s also a duo chrome one called Finding Dori, which I’ve used a few days back for my water marble mani (see it here). It immediately made me wonder if it might be a dupe for I Don’t Care I Love It (previously swatched here) from their Road Trip Collection. While looking for dupes I found two other polishes that looked similar. Time for a comparison!

First a look at the bottles that I picked for this comparison.
Fltr: Essence: Finding Dori, Essence I Don’t Care I Love It, Essence: Power Girl, Catrice: Get The Bluescomp - essence catrice bottlesAlright, Power Girl has way more purple to it compared to the other four.

Now take a look at how they look on the nails:comp - essence catrice duo chromes
Color wise
Power Girl is definitely a beauty on its own and is in no way similar to the other three.
Get The Blues is a more darker blue toned hue compared to the others.
But I think it’s safe to say that Finding Dori is a recycled version of I Don’t Care I Love It. For those with a keen eye: Finding Dori is slightly frostier (is that even a word?) than I Don’t Care I Love It. Color wise I honestly can’t tell the difference. Also, Finding Dori is a tiny tiny tiny bit brighter than I Don’t Care I Love It. I think you need a magnifier to see that though.

Formula wise:
Finding Dori was completely opaque in two coats while I Don’t Care I Love It needed three. Get the Blues by Catrice also needed three coats for full opacity and Power Girl was opaque in two. As for the color shift properties… not spectacular with all of them, but still pretty. I Don’t Care I Love It has a beautiful shift in an extreme angle though. I honestly can’t tell you which one I prefer.

Final thoughts:
Finding Dori and I Don’t Care I Love It are 99% dupes! When you have one you really don’t need the other ;)

One more…comp - essence catrice duo chromes2What do you think?

El Corazon: 423-139 – Fenechka Collection

Hi lovelies!

Today I like to share with you 423-139 by El Corazon. This is part of their Fenechka Collection.el corazon - 423-139 fenechkaThis is a crelly berry colored base packed with small hex glitter in black and white. The formula is lovely and the glitter spread easily. I used two coats here. For a smooth and shiny finish I added one coat of top coat (Insta Dri by Sally Hansen).el corazon - 423-139 fenechka1

The Fenechka Collection has a great and big variety of colors, from milky white to bright colors. If you’re a fan of crelly polishes with glitter, there is most definitely a color of your liking.

Check out the El Corazon catalog here. Stay up to date about new releases by following their blog and/or find them on Instagram. El Corazon polishes are available at their website here (RU) and are also at Hypnotic Polish.

*product(s) were kindly provided to me by El Corazon for my unbiased review

Nail Polish Haul – July 2014

Hi everyone!

A bit later than planned I have finally managed to put together my first haul video. I’ve been a good girl last month, if I may say so myself. But honestly, for this haul I started collecting around the second week of July and the ones I purchased last week aren’t included. Anyway, 21 polishes isn’t bad, right? Let’s take a look:

And here’s a list of my new babies :D
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