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Monday, 29 July 2013

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013

Celebrating the Year of the Blogger!


HIYA POLISHED PALS!  Can you tell I'm excited?!  I'M EXCITED.  I was utterly over the moon when I received the email inviting me to take part in piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013, not least because I had never had the opportunity to try their polishes before.  For those unfamiliar with Blog Fest, it is an annual event run by PP and involving bloggers from all around the world and this year, Blog Fest is celebrating amazing nail art.  Three lucky participants will also be chosen to create a PP collaboration shade each, for release in 2014.  The voting will take place on PP's special Blog Fest 2013 Pinterest board - if you'd like to see the other entries and take part in the voting, you can find that herehttp://pinterest.com/picturepolish/

I was sent these three shades to play with:




Ocean - 'An octopus garden in the shade...'
Ruby Blou - 'Dazzling red, sparkling blue'
Atomic - ' WARNING...totally explosive!'

As you can see, Ocean and Atomic were created by Kelly's Kolors and Samarium's Swatches respectively - I hope I've done their beautiful creations justice!  So without further ado, here is my contribution to Blog Fest 2013!




Ta daaah!  Being so used to working with cremes, I was initially unsure how best to show off these three shades, but I am pleased with how they turned out.   If you'd like to recreate the look, you're in luck, because here is my FIRST EVER TUTORIAL!




1: After applying base coat, paint your base colour - this is three thin coats of Atomic.
2: Using a nail art brush - or the bottle brush, if you're so inclined - paint the shapes of your flowers.*
3: Outline your flowers in black, using a nail art brush or pen, then frame the rest of your nail (which I forgot to take a picture of, oops).  Don't frame the parts where the flowers are!
4: Glitter placement - plop some Ruby Blou on a bit of paper/tin foil and use a toothpick/dotting tool/weapon of choice to pick up individual pieces of glitter and arrange them roughly to form the centres of your flowers.
5: Add top coat & clean up if necessary, and you're done!
*When I used Ruby Blou as a base, I painted the flowers in black and added Atomic over the top afterwards.

The polishes themselves are really beautiful.  Ocean is super sparkly with holo-ish flakes in a turquoise jelly base.  It is quite sheer but the formula is lovely, so it truly isn't a hassle to layer it up.  Ruby Blou is a delightful mix of large and small hex (I think) glitters in red, blue and silver, suspended in a clear base.  Atomic isn't something I would necessarily have thought of as a 'me' colour, but it really is incredibly gorgeous and so complex.  The base is a silvery white shimmery affair, but there are loads of little flakes in there too - I see pink and green and gold reflections and sparkles.  I've included some bottle photos especially to try to capture some of the more complex elements of Ocean and Atomic.







Pretty special, right?  






What do you think?  Are you a piCture pOlish fan?  I'm certainly impressed!  You can find PP's polishes on their website or at one of their worldwide distributors.  If you're in the UK (& perhaps Europe?) you can find piCture pOlish at the wonderful Sally Magpies.  

HAPPY BLOG FEST 2013 EVERYONE!  I can't wait to check out all the other bloggers!

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EDIT: Now you can check out some of the other BlogFesters' posts below and add your own, if you haven't already!






21 comments:

  1. woooow!amazing job ! you're really gifted!

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    1. Thank you so much & merci beaucoup! I love your blog & your hibiscus flowers are gorgeous!

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  2. Beautiful Mani! You did an amazing job!!

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  3. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who had this combination of colors! It was such a challenge to make them work together! I looove what you did <3

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    1. I know! I got so excited when I saw your post haha. I thought so too - it's reassuring to know I wasn't alone! Merci merci merciii. :)

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  4. Great work! I love Atomic and Ocean together!

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    1. Thank you! They're both such fab polishes - Sarah & Kelly both did a fabulous job creating them. So much sparkle all in one place!

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  5. This is great, I love what you did and my eye keeps getting drawn to this when I look at the link photos. :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm dreading having to vote - there are so many super posts!

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  6. K-Boyd! K-Boyd! K-Boyd!!!

    Love this so much!!! If you get picked for the comp let me know so I can vote for you!!!!

    Love you xxxx

    PS this is your sister

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    1. Hahaha THANK YOU! Everyone is in the competition - I posted the links and stuff on Facebook but voting is only open until about midday, so hop to it! ;)

      Love you too sissy xxx

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    1. Muchas gracias! Your Tiffany is INCREDIBLE!

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  8. Awesome to see this.After trying to apply only i can say how it is.

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  9. I Love this! Especially how you did the ring finger! Very cool. :)

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    1. Thanks Shelly! I wanted to give Ruby Blou a chance to show off! ;)

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  10. great design! love how you outlined the flowers in black, it really makes it stand out xo

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    1. Thanks Evelyn - I wanted to make the flowers 'pop', so I'm glad you think it worked haha!

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