Monday, August 25, 2014

Picture Polish Blog Fest 2014

I'm really squeezing this post in here, with less than four hours of Blog Fest day left (in my time zone)!  I only got back from England on Saturday, and by the time I did both my Blog Fest manis on Sunday, it was too dark to take photos.  So I took photos this morning before running out of the house for my first day of work as a paid professional dancer (yay!!), and here we are now.  

For this year's Blog Fest, we were to swatch one selected polish, and do nail nail with the other two shades and a set of Nail Vinyls that was included.  

Let's start with the swatch!  I was sent Pandora, which is a new shade that Picture Polish has just released.  It is an amazing royal purple shade with the signature Picture Polish scattered holo finish which I adore. 


 Of course the holo effect is just stunning in the sun, and when you join that with the fact that this is my favourite shade of purple, it's no surprise that this is a huge winner for me!  Shown is three thin coats with LaCC 2013 top coat, although you could definitely get away with two slightly thicker coats in person. 


The two shades that I was sent for the nail art mani are Swagger and Bonkers, and I got the straight Nail Vinyls to use.  The rules were very restrictive in that we weren't allowed to use any other nail art techniques such as gradients or dots, so I had quite a hard time coming up with something interesting. I ended up just making it up as I went, but in the end, I was pretty happy with how it turned out!  


We were allowed to use white or black polish if needed, so I included white for a bit more contrast between the different shades.  The white I used was LVX Fantom.  I can also tell you that Swagger is a two-coater, and that Bonkers is amazingly opaque in just one coat if you're careful!  The whole look is topped with one coat of Seche Vite, although there are quite a few layers of top coat in between there, since I did multiple layers of taping.  


Picture Polish is available online, and you can find a list of international stockists here.  You can also follow the brand on Facebook and Instagram for updates.  Picture Polish also just recently started stocking a special 4-pack of Nail Vinyls, which you can find here.  You can also purchase Nail Vinyls online, and follow the brand on Facebook and Instagram

I've really enjoyed seeing what other bloggers have come up with today, since it was quite a challenge in terms of nail art this year!  Well done, everyone!  :)

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for the purpose of Picture Polish Blog Fest 2014. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Girly Bits: Bette Davis Eyes

I'll be off shortly to spend another day exploring London, but I wanted to write up a quick post to share before I head out!  This polish is another beauty from the Girly Bits 80's Girl Band Collection, and it's called Bette Davis Eyes.  


Bette Davis Eyes is a lovely pearly white polish with an amazing pink/purple shimmer and slight holographic sparkle, which was much more apparent in person than it is in my photos.  Take a look at the bottle in my photos for a better idea of what the shimmer and holographic sparkle can look like!

I used two thin coats for perfect coverage; the formula was slightly on the thicker side, but it made application very easy and I hardly had to do any clean-up.  Bette Davis Eyes naturally dries to a slightly textured finish which I loved, so that was how I chose to wear it.  However, since the texture isn't too rough, I'd say it would likely smooth out with 1-2 coats of a thick top coat, if you wanted to wear it that way.  


As I mentioned, this polish is part of the Girly Bits 80's Girl Band Collection, and you can purchase it and lots of other stunning Girly Bits polishes online here.   The website is currently down for maintenance, but is expected to be back up and running on August 13th. You can also like the Girly Bits Facebook page to keep up to date with the site, as well as new releases.  

I absolutely love how delicate and feminine this polish is, with the added interest of being textured!  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments!  :)

Disclaimer: The products in this post were provided for review and my honest opinion. 

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Girly Bits: Conga

I've had a wonderful first two days here in London, just exploring and spending time with my family.  We've done quite a bit of shopping as well, I've already bought 8 new polishes, and my parents bought me a pair of Dr. Martens as an early birthday present (my birthday is in November and I won't see them again until maybe Christmas) which was very exciting!  My mom and I are going out for a fancy tea tomorrow, and then on Friday night we're all going to see Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasliev in Solo for Two, both of which I'm really looking forward to. 

Anyways, today's Girly Bits polish is from the 80's Girl Band Collection, and it's called Conga.  The base is a bright aqua jelly, and it's packed with neon pink hexes and squares, aqua and white circle glitters, and lavender and teal hex glitters.  


I found the formula to be rather goopy and patchy, and the glitters didn't want to stay put, so I decided to layer two coats over LaCC 1977 to make things easier.  However, I'm wearing four coats alone on my thumb for comparison, and it looks almost the exact same.  All nails are topped with only one coat of Seche Vite; it was great to find out this wasn't a hungry glitter.  


As I mentioned, this polish is part of the Girly Bits 80's Girl Band Collection, and you can purchase it and lots of other stunning Girly Bits polishes online here.  You can also like the Girly Bits Facebook page to keep up to date with new releases.  

I really love the colour of the base in this polish, and the mix of glitters packed in there is so fun!  What do you think of this polish?  Also, any suggestions for things I must see/do while in London?  Let me know in the comments!

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion. 

Monday, August 04, 2014

Girly Bits: No Such Thing As A Purple Problem

Good morning!  This is a scheduled post as I've arrived in London this morning; right about now I'm probably half-way through my day struggling to stay awake after a sleepless red-eye flight, haha!  Anyways, I've got a super pretty polish to share with you today, take a look.


This is two easy coats of Girly Bits No Such Thing As A Purple Problem, topped with one coat of Seche Vite.  It is described as "a grape purple jelly micro glitter with silver holo sparks, dark purple, copper and aqua shimmer".  Unfortunately my camera wanted to photograph this more blue than it is in person, but this is my absolute favourite shade of purple and the holographic sparkle is absolutely stunning!!  


This polish is part of the Girly Bits core line, and you can purchase it and lots of other stunning Girly Bits polishes online here.  You can also like the Girly Bits Facebook page to keep up to date with new releases.  
I'm in love with this purple polish and will most definitely be wearing it again, but I want to hear what you think about it!  Leave a comment!  :)

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.  

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Girly Bits: Food Fight!

I'm headed off to England today to visit my family in their new home for the first time, and I'm so excited!  And in other good news, I'll only be there for a couple weeks before returning to Canada, because I've been offered an apprentice contract with the ballet company here!  I'll need to get around to changing my blog header from "aspiring ballet dancer" to "professional" now!  ;)

I've also got quite an exciting polish to show you today; it's Girly Bits' contribution to the August A Box, Indied, Food Fight!.  

Indirect natural light
Food Fight! is a grey-blue crelly base scattered with tiny holographic glitter and various sizes of iridescent hex glitters which give the polish an amazing glow.  My swatch shows three thin coats topped with Seche Vite; the formula was a little on the thick side, but didn't give me too much trouble.  

This polish is available exclusively in the August A Box, Indied through Llarowe.  You can find lots of other amazing Girly Bits polishes online here, a few of which I'll be showing you over the next few weeks.  

I really love Food Fight!, and the other polishes for this month's box look awesome too, so if you have a chance I'd definitely snatch it up!  The blue-grey colour is definitely something I'll be wearing a lot come fall, and I'm such a sucker for beautiful iridescent glitters!  What do you think?  :)

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fruit Salad Skittle

Good morning!  Just one more week of my summer program left, and then I'm headed to my family's new home in London!  I'm so excited! Today's nail art came about after swatching piCture pOlish Tiffany for this post, after which I got a sudden urge to sit down and paint a bunch of tiny fruits on my nails.  


To paint all the fruits I used a handful of polishes that I can't remember off the top of my head so I won't list them here, but if you have a question about a specific polish, leave a comment and I'll get back to you as quickly as I can!  

It's been a while since I've challenged myself to really do some freehand nail art, (especially since I had to get rid of my acrylic paints when I moved,) but I was really happy with how cute these turned out!  What do you think of my fruit-covered nails?  :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BPS Review: Bunny Water Decal Skittlette

As I mentioned in my last post, I have an affinity for the water decals from Born Pretty Store.  This is one such set of water decals that were so cute, I just couldn't resist trying!


The mint polish is two coats of Miss Ashleigh A Pastel Experi-Mint, the white is LVX Fantom, and the gold glitter is Orly Halo.  The water decals were awesome to apply, as per usual!  The bow decoration on my thumb is also from Born Pretty Store; you can find them at BPS here, and see my original review here


Don't forget to use my code PPJ61 to get 10% off your order.   Even though I'm questioning what the bunnies on these decals are actually doing, they're quite cute and I thoroughly enjoyed wearing this mani; I kept it on for three whole days!  What do you think? :)

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion. 

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