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 😀

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!

Easy Water Marble design (accent nail) – Tutorial

Hi beauties!

Finally… my first water marble video. Yay! watermarble essence aquatix macroYes, I cheated a bit because I only did an accent nail but I’m very pleased with the final result. watermarble essence aquatix1First of all… the magenta polish (Mermaid’s Secret by Essence) is fantastic! It is gorgeous! Both polishes used for this design are part of their new Aquatix Collection. Stay tuned for the other shades of this collection. They are beautiful!

A step by step guide and a list of which products I’ve used is listed below. Plus there are a few tips and tricks 🙂


How to
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  • Apply a base coat to protect your nails and wait for it to dry.
  • Apply your base color and let it dry.
  • Wrap your fingertips (not the nails obviously :p) with two pieces of tape to protect your skin from getting all messy. This makes the clean up process way easier.
  • Get your cup with water (room temperature) and add a drop of the base color followed by the second color, the first color, the second color and so on until you have a nice bulls eye.
  • Use a needle to drag the design from the middle to the bottom and make sure it sticks to the cup. Now start again at the middle, dragging towards the top.
  • Create the design by dragging from the left to the right and leave some space in between them.
  • Pick the part of the design which you want to transfer onto the nail and dip your nail in the water (directly above the design).
  • Keep your finger under water while cleaning up the polish residue with a q-tip.
  • Once you’ve cleaned up the area slowly pull your finger out of the water.
  • Remove the tape and clean up your cuticles with for example a small (angled) brush and some nail polish remover or acetone. Note: I forgot to turn the camera on while cleaning up, sorry!
  • Once your design is dry, add a coat of your favorite top coat and you’re done!

Tips ‘nd Tricks:

  • Make sure the water you’re using is room temperature. When it is too warm or too cold it might be that the polish doesn’t spread easily or dries too fast.
  • Add the drops of polish by holding the brush just above the water. Otherwise the drops might sink to the bottom of the cup. When the drop refuses to let go of the brush you can gently touch the water with the brush to help it come off.
  • Clean up the needle in between dragging by using a lint free wipe or a piece of kitchen paper. I prefer a lint free wipe over a cotton pad because cotton pads might make your needle all hairy :p
  • Make sure that two (or four) outer sides of the bulls eye stick to the cup. This makes sure that your design doesn’t move around while you’re dragging with the needle.
  • Start the design from the second or third outer ring of the bulls eye, not the first (outer) one.
  • When you’re ready to dip you’re finger(s) in the cup, make sure to do it right above the design holding your nail straight above it, not angled. When you dip your finger in the cup with an angle, the design might not transfer as desired. For example, when you’re doing multiple nails at once, make sure that all your nails hit the water at exactly the same time. I hope this makes sense.
  • You can use a q-tip soaked in nail polish remover or acetone to clean up underneath your nails, in case that part got marbled. Just ‘roll’ the q-tip underneath your nails.
  • Lastly, a good preparation is a must. You don’t want to need to search for a needle while you’re bulls eye is already done 😉

Products used:

  • Yellow Stopper (as a peel off base coat)
  • Essence: Mermaid’s Secret – Aquatix Collection (magenta);
  • Essence: Finding Dori – Aquatix Collection (teal duo chrome);
  • Sally Hansen: Insta Dri (top coat)
  • Cuticle Oil

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below! Ideas and requests for upcoming tutorials are very welcome! 😉

Note that I added the tips and tricks just because I feel like they might be useful, not saying that it is the right way to do things. This is just my way and I like to share 😀

I hope you enjoyed this video! :*

 

Easy Saran Wrap Manicure – Tutorial

Hi everyone!

An extremely easy way to give your nails just a little bit of extra is by using cling film/saran wrap. Everybody can do this! You can use as many different colors of nail polish as you like. As it’s such an easy way of doing nail art I decided to make a video of my holographic version. Enjoy!
dance legend - holodays1A step by step guide and a list of which products I’ve used is listed below.


How to
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  • Use a base coat to protect your nails and wait for it to dry.
  • Apply your base color and let it dry.
  • Add some drops of your next color on the nail and use a piece of cling film and tweezers to dabb.
  • Repeat the previous step as many times until you have the result you like.
  • Clean up with a small (eye liner) brush and acetone or nail polish remover.
  • Add top coat for a shiny and long wear result.
  • Treat your cuticles with a few drops of cuticle oil and you’re done!It’s that simple! 😀

dance legend - holodaysProducts used:

  • Yellow Stopper (as a peel off base coat)
  • Dance Legend: 848 Blanco (Holodays)
  • Dance Legend: 853 Neptune (Holodays)
  • HK Girl: Glisten & Glow (top coat)
  • Cuticle Oil

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below! Ideas and requests for upcoming tutorials are very welcome! 😉

I hope you enjoyed this video! :*

*The cuticle oil can be found here at my shop. Both Dance Legend polishes and the top coat can be found at Hypnotic Polish.

Tie Dye Nails – Tutorial

I’ve seen many (mostly neon colored) tie dye manicures so I needed to try it for myself. I made a video tutorial for you guys in case you might want to try them yourself. tie dye1A step by step guide and a list of which products I’ve used is listed below.

How to:

  • Use a base coat to protect your nails and wait for it to dry.
  • Use a small nail art brush and 3 different colors of polish for the design. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just paint tiny stripes next to each other to get a swirl design.
  • Add a coat of fast drying top coat for a glossy and long lasting result.
  • Clean up with a small (eye liner) brush and acetone or nail polish remover.
  • Treat your cuticles with a few drops of cuticle oil and you’re done!

Products used:

  • Yellow Stopper (as a peel off base coat)
  • Essence Everybody Salsa (green)
  • Essence Yeah, Copacobana! (yellow)
  • Essence I ♥ Brasil (pink)
  • Sally Hansen Insta Dri (top coat)

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below! Ideas and requests for upcoming tutorials are very welcome! 😉

I hope you enjoyed this video! :*

Galaxy Nails – Tutorial

I love galaxy manicures! They never get out of fashion and there are so many different ways of creating a galaxy on your nails. galaxy1

I finally have better lightning so I found myself filming again 🙂 Yay! Here’s the tutorial I made for these galaxy nails. A step by step guide and a list of which products I’ve used is listed below.

A tip before we start: I like to use cuticle oil before painting my nails. That way your cuticles won’t suffer that much when cleaning up with acetone.

How to:

  • Use a base coat to protect your nails and wait for it to dry.
  • Paint your nails with a black polish and wait for it to dry.
  • Use a small piece of a sponge and tweezers to sponge the first color on your nails. you really don’t have to think much about where you sponge your colors. Randomness has the prettiest outcome if you ask me 😉
  • Repeat step 3 with the other colors and wait for it to dry a bit.
  • Add a holographic top coat for extra sparkling.
  • (If desired) Add a coat of fast drying top coat for a long lasting result.
  • Clean up with a small (eye liner) brush and acetone or nail polish remover.
  • Treat your cuticles with a few drops of cuticle oil and you’re done!

galaxyProducts used:

  • Yellow Stopper (as a peel off base coat)
  • China Glaze Liquid Leather (black base)
  • ANNY Blue Bikini Girl (teal blue)
  • Essence Hattrick! (white)
  • OPI That’s Berry Daring (pink)
  • ANNY Sunday in park (yellow)
  • OPI Into The Night (blue)
  • Material Girl (without the large circle glitter): available at my shop (holo top coat)
  • Sally Hansen Insta Dri (top coat)

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below! Ideas and requests for upcoming videos are very welcome! 😉

I hope you enjoyed this video! :*