Hiyah there Polishes Babes!!! I am BEYOND EXCITED to share this post with you today! I remember looking at the all of the posts from the past piCture pOlish Blog Fests and admiring the talent of all the amazing bloggers who participated. I mean...there are bloggers from all over the world participating. WHOA! I have been a major fan of the brand since my indie fascination began a few years ago. I have a ridiculous amount of polishes from the brand and I am always a fan of the blogger collaboration shades they release each year.
After beginning my blog, I found myself dreaming and wondering about how the Blog Fest process works and if I would one day be "good enough" to join. Well...a few months ago, I hopped at the opportunity to express my interest, and I was absolutely blown away when I received notification of my selection. Although P2P just turned one year old, I am still a relatively new blogger and this is an amazing honor and accomplishment. I must say...I am very proud of everything I've done and thankful that piCture pOlish saw fit that I become a part of this year's event. Anywho...I have babbled enough! Let's get this partay started!!!
There are two parts of the Blog Fest posts for this year. In Part I, I am tasked with swatching and featuring a new shade called Grace. This polish is among the most recent releases from the brand. Grace, according to the brand, is a "muted pink scattered holo that dries smooth on the nail." This polish does not contain any glitter. It does appear to have larger scatteered holo particles, giving the slight appearance of a microglitter polish.
Let me be honest, soft pink is far from my usual type of shade. However, after applying this polish, I became a major fan. I used three thin coats and topcoat. Grace went on, well...gracefully. Yep...pun intended. When wearing this, I felt very dainty and feminine. She strikes me as a very work appropriate color, which is great since I will be on the job hunt very soon. <insert sad face here>
Part II of this year's Blog Fest includes a manicure created using the specific items sent by the brand. We are also able to use black and/or white polish to assist us with this portion. However, no other nail art techniques, nail decor, or things of that nature could be used. The focal point has to be the two colors provided and the nail vinyls. piCture pOlish provided me with two polishes and nail vinyls, which are now available on their site. Here are my items:
- piCture pOlish Wisteria
- piCture pOlish Sky
- Nail Vinyls- Right Angles
I started off with a fresh coat of a black creme on my middle and ring fingers, piCture pOlish Sky on my index and pinky, and piCture pOlish Wisteria on my thumb. Wisteria (reborn) is a "soft, delicate, lilac creme polish." I used two coats and application was a breeze, as usual with this brand. Sky is a pastel blue creme. I used two coats and topcoat. The formula was slightly thin, but not problematic at all.
The right angles come in small, medium, and large widths. For this look, I used the medium and small ones. Bear with me, as this is my first picture tutorial. I tried to capture each step, but it was difficult since I had to work quickly with the vinyls.
1. Begin by placing the right angles, across the center of the nail, in an overlapping position.
2. Next, you do the same overlapping pattern, creating the grids in the center of the nail.
3. This next part is where things become slightly tricky. I will say this now...YOU MUST WORK VERY QUICKLY. I used a dotting tool and the polish brush to fill in the grids with Wisteria, Sky, and a white creme. Again, work as quickly as possible, and remove the vinyls IMMEDIATELY. Yes...while the polish is still wet. You don't want the polish to dry at all.
4. Clean up after the major mess of step 3 and add topcoat. Voila!
I did the same process on my middle finger; however, I flipped the colors. I wanted Sky and Wisteria to both have their time to shine!
The process was much easier for the pinky and index fingers. I simply placed two right angels on the outer corner of the nails, applied one coat of Wisteria, and removed the vinyls quickly.
Here is the final product!
I wish I were able to get the lines really clean and perfect, but I did my best! I tried this look a few times and I am quite proud of how it turned out!
These colors are perfect together! I thought the addition of the black and white added just the right amount of contrast to Sky and Wisteria.
So what do you think of this look? Have you ever used right angle nail vinyls? This was my first experience and you definitely have to think outside of the box!
Here's the scoop on piCture pOlish and Nail Vinyls!
Don't forget to stop by and check out the other Blog Fest 2014 participants. You can find the links at the end of this post.
Have a great day!