Monday 29 July 2013

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013!

Celebrating the Year of the Blogger!

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It's time for the piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013, and I'm really excited to be taking part! This year, participants will be in with a chance of creating a collaboration shade with piCture pOlish! There'll be 3 winners - one voted for by piCture pOlish friends and fans, one voted for by the participants of Blog Fest, and one voted for by Jules and Megs of piCture pOlish. To vote, visit this link - (Vote Here)

Each participant has been sent 3 PP colours, and instructed to create some nail art using only those colours (black and white polish and decoration is allowed, so long as it doesn't overshadow the PP shades!) We've also been asked to write a tutorial for our finished designs. 

The shades I've been given are Peaches 'n Cream, Sky, and Malt Teaser. They have quite a retro feel to them when used together! So, now that I've explained what's going on, I'll show you my entry. 

Tutorial ahead!

I umm'd and ahh'd over this for quite a while and tried lots of different designs, but this is the one I ended up liking the most. I think it's in keeping with the retro feel of the combined colours and the simple style I prefer for nail art. It also marries together my love for gradients and striping tape manicures!

And here is the tutorial for the design. I hope it's helpful!

What you'll need:

1. Start by painting your nails white.

2. Grab your make-up sponge. Paint stripes of alternating colours directly onto the sponge (there are other ways of doing gradients, this is just my preferred method!) 

3. Sponge it onto your nail using a dabbing motion, moving the sponge slightly up and down to blend the colours together. I've done two coats to make the colours stand out a bit more.

4. Apply a coat of your quick dry top coat. This will smooth out the gradient and dry your nails fast so you can use striping tape without ruining them.

5. Take 2 strips of your tape and place on your nail in a kriss kross shape, using your tweezers for precision. Make sure the tape is flat on your nail so no polish can escape underneath it.

6. Using Malt Teaser (how much does it look like melted chocolate?!) carefully paint over the tape, being sure to not go over the lines.

7. Using your tweezers, remove the tape immediately and carefully. Make sure you remember what piece of tape you stuck down first, so you can pull them off in reverse order! Have a little clean up around your nails and you're done.

Where to find piCture pOlish

piCture pOlish can be purchased direct from (check their shipping page for postage costs and info) and there are some great everyday deals available. 

You can also look at their international network page to see where they stock in your country! In the UK, you can find them at Sally Magpies and Rainbow Connection.

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  1. Lovely way to get the colours to work together. Really pretty.

  2. Sexy 70's vibe here x

  3. Wow these are stunning! I love the double gradient :)

  4. this is stunning, I love the retro vibe! :)

  5. Amazing! I wish my nails were nice enough to try different nail art

    Sarah | Some Sparkle and Shine

  6. Striping AND gradient! Gorgeous! I love how you've used these colours :)

  7. I'm a huge fan of your mani!!!! you used the colors so well and everything looks so perfect!! great job!!

  8. Ahhh so outstanding! These shades are gorgeous together!

  9. This is so interesting and beautiful!

  10. Interesting and gorgeous gradient.

  11. OMG I love this nail look! I want to recreate it!

  12. These are amazing! I have recently started a blog and wonder if you could just have a little look xx

  13. Love it, and the tutorial is so clear :D

  14. beautiful & fantastic tutorial ☼

  15. Love this! I want to copy this for a future Copy Caturday post! It's just so elegant and lovely.

  16. Thank you for great tutorial! Love this idea!

  17. Yay, i loooveeee this tutorial. I want to make now :D

  18. So pretty :)
    Love the color combination :)

  19. Love the way you put these colours together & the gradient stripes are such a cool idea!

  20. Hi! I love your nail art, it makes really pretty on your nails (they are big and beautiful, wow!). You make pretty pictures. :) I also participated in the Blog Fest, I discovered a lot of blog is great!


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