Good Monday to everyone! I have been having naked nails for awhile now because I really do not have time to even sleep, let alone paint my nails. But I will TRY to do a nail art per week to keep this blog alive! If you’re reading this, thank you! I admire people who can blog often despite their busy schedules, because it takes a lot of dedication and time to be able to come up with ideas, execute and do post-editing. I find that doing the nail art is the most difficult part of it all! I have a personal dislike to paint my nails at night, so I only can paint my nails during weekends… unless I am seriously craving to paint my nails.
Today’s post is so so exciting! I am incredibly honoured to be part of piCture pOlish’s Blog Fest 2014. This is my first time participating in this blog fest, whereby nail bloggers from all over the world come together to showcase their nail art and swatches using piCture pOlish polishes. I was sent three polishes in total, one for swatching and the other two to be used collaboratively alongside with nail vinyls.
Ready for Part 1? Let’s go!
PART 1: Hope Swatch
When I first received this polish I was so amazed at how it looked. I am a huge sucker for anything glittery, and I like how the holographic glitter is so subtle.
Unfortunately my digital camera cannot capture how beautiful it is, but it in fact is a dark blue polish with holographic glitter. Honestly, I feel that it looks more like a dark teal rather than a navy blue. It reminds me of A-England’s Saint George. On the first layer, the polish is rather sheer because it is a bit of a jelly. But fret not, this beauty is a 2-coater and goes completely opaque on the second layer.
There are also round or hexagonal blue glitters which are not quite obvious until you stare hard at those nails!
The formula is great and it was so easy to apply. It dried fairly quickly too. Don’t fret even if your nail polish do not dry quick, grab some quick-drying top coat to save your time! Topped off with a coat of Seche Vite.
Under sunlight the glitter is much more obvious. So so pretty!
Another bonus point, it does not stain your nails, YAY! In fact, it is quite easy to remove. I didn’t even have to use the foil method :)
And a good macro for you guys :)
PART 2: Jade, Violet Femme & Nail Vinyls Chevrons
In part two I was given Jade and Violet Femme do create a nail art. Besides that, I also have chevron nail vinyls to play around with!
It required me to use the nail vinyls to create a nail art, without using any additional accessories nor concepts (eg. gradient or dots). Given that this year’s blog fest seems to be rather strict, I really had a difficult time trying to think of ways to use my chevron nail vinyls. Initially, I wanted to do a gradient sponging, but realised right before I started my nail art that I couldn’t do that.. this was what I created.
HAHAHA this was exactly what I was reminded of after doing my nails.
Okay back to serious business. I decided to use my vinyls in an “ascending” manner, right up to the cuticle of the nail. Confused? There is a tutorial following the nail pictures, but first let me show you what nail art I created.
This colour combination reminds me of Barney so much!
Here’s a tutorial on how to use these nail vinyls.
Prep your nails for a new nail art! Paint a base coat. I am using butter LONDON Nail Foundation Flawless Base Coat.
Paint on two coats of your desired base polish. Here I have used 2 coats of Jade.
Stick on the nail vinyls using a tweezer. Like what Linda recommends, press down the vinyls firmly all the way to the side walls.
Apply 1-2 coats of your other polish colour. I used 2 coats of Violet Femme in order to cover bald spots.
Remove the nail vinyls immediately using your tweezer. Usually we will just pull the vinyl horizontally across the nail, from one end to another. Sometimes this could work perfectly fine for you, but other times the polish you painted on the nail vinyl (in this case it is the purple polish Violet Femme) could be tacky and does not give you a clean chevron cut. Since the vinyl is stretchy, I find that when you pull away the nail vinyl, while you pull it horizontally across the nail, try to pull it slightly inwards into the purple polish side of the nail.
Last step, apply a top coat of your choice. I used G&G HK Girl Top Coat.
These nail vinyls are from Linda from nailvinyls.com! I personally have purchased from her before and her vinyls are of excellent quality! They stick very well, and are kind of “stretchy”.
Now let me talk a bit more about the two different polishes- Jade and Violet Femme.
Jade is a jade green polish with shimmer that is almost not visible unless you’re under the sunlight. The first coat went on really sheer, but I found that 3 coats would be the best bet. The polish is not self-levelling though, so make sure you have enough polish on your brush when you paint your nails in order not to get brush marks.
Here you can see the shimmer better.
Violet Femme is a truly bright, almost neon kind of purple. My camera really freaked out trying to capture it. However, it is much brighter in the bottle. When you paint it on your nails, it turns slightly duller.
It dries to a matte finish, but application was smooth!
A macro through the bottle
I love the nail vinyls and the polishes! Thank you piCture pOlish for giving me such a fantastic opportunity to try out these shades.
If you are keen to get some chevrons for your nails, do look over at Linda’s store online. You can also find her on Facebook, as well as Instagram. They are really affordable and give you a professional looking nail art with such ease!
PP will be retailing a special exclusive 4 pack ‘Nail Vinyls’ containing ‘Chevrons, Mini Chevrons, Straight & Right Angles’ that are used by all the Blog Fest 2014 participants this year! Here is the item listing.
Check out piCture pOlish online store, where they have Every Day Deals friendly for your pocket. You may also find their shades available through stockists. If you want to check out if any stockist near you carries their products, click here.
Click the following link to check out what nail art the other bloggers have created, amazeballs!!
*Products have been provided by PP for Blog Fest 2014