Monday, July 29, 2013

Picture Polish Blog Fest 2013

Celebrating the Year of the Blogger

Hi ladies :) This is a super exciting post today - I have the distinct privilege of being a part of Picture Polish's Blog Fest 2013! You may have heard of this event which went live two years ago. Basically, a bunch of bloggers post manicures of Picture Polish nail polishes at a specific time (their own time zone) all in one day. For Blog Fest 2013 however, the girls behind Picture Polish have decided on a nail art theme this year, where each nail look will feature three nail polishes from the brand.

I had the chance to showcase BombshellJealousy and Monroe so without further ado, here is the look I put together!


From the mixture of colours, I was inspired by an ocean theme and set about to put together this nail art. There is a tutorial on how I created this look towards the end of this post. But first up, here are some more photos :)

In terms of formula, I found Bombshell to be sheerer than I expected, but it was buildable and opaque by the second coat. Monroe was a little harder to work with - you really have to make sure it's dried thoroughly before applying the next coat or you will drag the coat underneath. It's a beautiful red holographic polish though, and was opaque in two coats as well. Jealousy is a glitter bomb and simply gorgeous, packed full of glitter. Completely opaque in two coats.


For the ocean look, I decided to go with some saran wrapping with Bombshell and a black polish. As an accent, I painted an 'under the sea' look complete with seaweed and fish.


I absolutely love this photo because it shows the depth in the ocean look - just how beautiful is it?! :)



Picture Polish is an Australian nail polish brand and thus based in Australia. Shipping information can be found here on the website. Every day deals is an offer redeemable only with purchase from the website. However, if you're looking for a stockist closer to home, check out the Network page as there are a range of them!

As promised above, here are two tutorials of the techniques used in this nail art look :)

Ocean tutorial:

1. Apply two coats of Bombshell and let it dry.
2. Once the base colour is dry, apply a thick coat of a black nail polish over it.
3. Working quickly, take a scrunched up cling wrap piece and dab it over the nail. This will take some of the black nail polish away and leave behind a pretty marbled look. Finish with a top coat to seal in the design!


Under the sea tutorial:

1. Apply two coats of Bombshell and let it dry.
2. Place a little bit of Jealousy onto a scrap piece of paper. Using a dotting tool, create the a seaweed design over the blue base. Let it dry.
3. Create fish outlines using a white nail polish and dotting tool. This will help the red shade 'pop' over the darker blue base.
4. Go over the white fish outlines with Monroe and a dotting tool.
5. Take the white polish and dotting tool to give the fish an eye. Seal your design with a top coat.


These are actually my first tutorials and took me ages to make :P I hope you like them!

All nail creations in Blog Fest 2013 are actually part of a contest with an award of creating a collaboration shade with Picture Polish! There are three awards, which include the following:

  • 1 x Award - as voted by PP friends and fans
  • 1 x Award - as voted by all participants of Blog Fest 2013
  • 1 x Award - as voted by Jules & Megs of Picture Polish
You will find all the participating posts on Picture Polish's Pinterest board - I personally can't wait to see all the creative manis which will be posted!

Picture Polish can be found on many social media websites including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube and Google+.



Thanks for reading!
~Sharon
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Silver holo love

Hi ladies :) I felt like wearing a silver holographic polish the other day and decided to pair it up with a 'love' stamp from BM-311. Two coats of China Glaze OMG stamped with Ulta3 black satin.

silver holo love

silver holo love

silver holo love

What can I say, I love holographic nail polishes! ♥ Are you a holo lover? How many bottles do you own? ;)

Thanks for reading.
~Sharon

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Polish Infatuated is 3! And a San Francisco favourites look :) ♥

Hello everyone~ Polish Infatuated is now officially 3 years old! :) It really crept up on me this year so I didn't really prepare anything...oops! But I have a pretty manicure to share with you all and it happens to contain my favourite nail polishes from OPI's San Francisco collection ♥ I may or may not have mentioned in my review post that I absolutely adore Peace & love & polish as well as Alcatraz...rocks. Well, I just had to combine the two and create a 'favourites skittle' look with them :D

Pinky & index: Two coats of OPI Peace & love & OPI.
Ring & thumb: Two coats of OPI Alcatraz...rocks.
Middle: Two coats of Ulta3 black satin with a heart stud.

a favourites skittle

a favourites skittle

a favourites skittle

a favourites skittle

Here's to another year of nail blogging! :) Are you a blogger? How long have you been doing it? And most importantly, what do you think of this nail look?! :D

Thanks for reading!
~Sharon

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

OPI In the cable car-pool lane meets Milky Way

Hi ladies! Here is a quick post featuring a pretty layering using Alanna Renee's Milky way. I started with two coats of OPI In the cable car-pool lane and then added a coat of Milky way over it. Instant love! ♥

in the cable car-pool lane layered with milky way

in the cable car-pool lane layered with milky way

in the cable car-pool lane layered with milky way

I love the iridescent glitters used in Milky way, it makes it look so beautiful ♥ What do you think? :)

Thanks for reading!
~Sharon

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Savvy by DB - Razzle & Dazzle

Hi ladies! I don't know about you, but when I find happen across dupes which are super cheap, I just cannot resist. Especially when they're dupes to a huge lemming! Savvy by DB is a relatively cheap cosmetic brand which has put out some pretty interesting nail polishes recently. In fact, I'd say quite a few of them happen to be great dupes to their more expensive twin - such as Razzle & dazzle. A-England She walks in beauty has been on my lemming list for quite some time so you can imagine I pounced and grabbed Razzle & dazzle as soon as my eyes laid on them ;)

This is one coat layered over two coats of OPI Thanks a windmillion.

thanks a windmillion layered with razzle & dazzle

thanks a windmillion layered with razzle & dazzle

You can be sure that I'll be playing with this one lots! ♥ What do you think of cheaper nail polish companies duping higher end brands?

Thanks for reading!
~Sharon

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Swatches and review: Born Pretty Store's Cosmiss nail polish #9

Hi ladies! Today I have my first nail polish from Born Pretty Store! This online retailer offers so many gorgeous nail art goodies that I get so caught up with them and miss the interesting nail polish they also have. That, I have begun to remedy ;)

Cosmiss is one of the brands offered and has a whole line of sheer crème based glitter mixtures. I have #9 to share with you today. This was three thin coats of #9 and application was fine. It is sheerer than I thought it would be and not as bright as the swatches shown on the website. I do however, much more prefer the darker and more muted shade of green.

cosmiss #9

cosmiss #9

cosmiss #9

Each bottle of the Cosmiss nail polishes retail for $4.36USD each. Born Pretty Store also offers free international shipping. You can use my discount code PIJ61 for an additional 10% off your total purchase.

Are you a fan of these milky glitters?

Thanks for reading!
~Sharon
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Gold and silver gradient leaves

Hello everyone :) When I first saw Mimi's gorgeous Taped neon gradient leaves, I knew I would have to give this a go myself. I decided to mix this look up with some black for a chic and shimmery look ♥

Pinky & index: Two coats of Ulta3 black satin and decorated with silver and gold studs.
Ring: Two coats of black satin. I then taped it off for a silver and gold gradient using OPI Haven't the foggiest and Hello Kitty Golden girl.
Middle: Two coats of Golden girl.
Thumb: Two coats of Haven't the foggiest Can I just mention that I'm in love with this dense silver foil?! Definitely jumped up the list and become my favourite silver ♥ You can check out my full review of it here, along with the rest of the San Francisco collection.

black, silver and gold

black, silver and gold

black, silver and gold

black, silver and gold

It's a shame the gradient didn't turn out so well in the photos, it was definitely more apparent in real life. I really loved the look of this manicure though - it's always so fun to find 'chic' ways to wear black, especially for work!

Do you like to wear black nail polish? Would you wear it to work?

Thanks for reading!
~Sharon

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Swatches and review: Orly Secret Society collection

Hi ladies :) I have two of the stunning polishes from Orly's newest Secret Society collection to share with you all today!

First up I have Masked ceremony, described to be a "sophisticated charcoal with holographic shimmer". I was definitely quite excited for this one and it looks absolutely glorious in the bottle. Unfortunately, this is one of those polishes which fall flat when applied onto the nail. The dark and fairly opaque base covers up a lot of the beautiful glitters, especially the pink ones! My swatch shows two effortless coats.

masked ceremony

masked ceremony

masked ceremony

masked ceremony

Next up is Macabre masquerade, a very pretty blue based glitter. Orly describes it as a "midnight blue with red and silver glitter". I found the base to be a little too sheer so I decided to layer it over OPI Keeping Suzi at bay (previously swatched here). All I can say is, run and grab this one! The glitters are so beautiful in this unique concoction ♥

macabre masquerade layered over keeping suzi at bay

macabre masquerade layered over keeping suzi at bay

macabre masquerade layered over keeping suzi at bay

The rest of the collection features:
  • What's the password; a burnt orange with golden shimmer
  • Lavish bash; a clear base with tiny gold and silver glitter flecks
  • Voyeurustic adventure; an ultra glam taupe foil shimmer
  • Risqué encounter; a perfect strong red crème
Orly Secret Society collectionis now available in Australia. Each bottle retails for $18.95 and can be found in selected pharmacies and salons, as well as online at www.orlybeauty.com.au.

I'm really loving the look of Macabre masquerade, it's such a beautiful glitter. If only Masked ceremony had a sheerer base colour - I would definitely love it more!

What do you think of this collection so far?

Thanks for reading!
~Sharon
Products provided for consideration.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bright and blue ♥

Hello ladies~ Whenever I decide to skittle my nails - which is quite often, come to think of it - I usually reach for blue. I actually have no idea why! Anyways, here is my skittled up blue manicure using the beautiful Bourjois 1980 Boite Ronde :) The white is my usual Ulta3 lily white and the glitter is Shimmer Polish Kim.

bright blue skittle

bright blue skittle

Do you skittle often? Which colour do you reach for the most?

Thanks for reading!
~Sharon

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Monday, July 8, 2013

An unexpected layering outcome ♥

Hello everyone :) The other night, I was in the mood for a more work appropriate look so I pulled out Color Club High society to wear. However, the crème was just a tad boring so I decided to layer another polish on top. Cue Ozotic 906... and the most beautiful work appropriate nails ever! ♥

high society layered with 906

high society layered with 906

high society layered with 906

Sorry for the wrinkled nail - I managed to snag it while it was still drying :( Still, it looked pretty awesome :D

Do you own any of these Ozotic polishes? What would you layer them over?

Thanks for reading.
~Sharon

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

OPI Incognito in Sausalito meets Candace

Hi ladies! Sometimes, a layering just clicks and you become amazed with the creation on your nails. This manicure is definitely one such look ♥ I applied two coats of OPI Incognito in Sausalito from the San Francisco collection and then layered it with a coat of Shimmer Polish Candace. Although the black glitter doesn't show through over the dark base, the gold just stands out so well :D

incognito in sausalito layered with candace

Are you a fan of layering? What is your favourite combination?

Thanks for reading!
~Sharon

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Pandamonium

Hello there! Yes, more nail art - I told you I was on a kick some posts ago ;) Here is one featuring a panda on an accent nail ♥

Pinky & index: Two coats of OPI Do you lilac it, paired with a glitter gradient using Nicole by OPI Confetti fun.
Ring & thumb: Two coats of Do you lilac it with polka dots by Ulta3 lily white.
Middle: Two coats of Do you lilac it. Panda nail art was done using acrylic paint.

panda nail art

panda nail art

panda nail art

What do you think of the animal accent nail art look? :)

Thanks for reading!
~Sharon

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hot chocolate to lessen the cold

Hi ladies! Continuing on with the winter nail art theme, I have some hot chocolate nails to share with you today :) For a non-coffee and tea drinking person, hot chocolate is the best way to warm up a frozen girl ;)

Pinky & ring: Two coats of OPI I knead sour-dough for the Liquid Sand accent nails (previously reviewed here).
Middle: Two coats of OPI Suzi loves cowboys. I then used acrylic paint for the hot chocolate drink.
Index: Two coats of OPI Wooden show like to know?
Thumb: Drag marbled with Suzi loves cowboys and OPI Did you 'ear about Van Gough?

hot chocolate nail art

hot chocolate nail art

hot chocolate nail art

Yes, I did use all OPI nail polishes in this look :P What can I say, almost all my brown polishes come from this brand!

What are some good methods you use to keep warm in winter? I'd love to here them, it's freezing here in Australia!

Thanks for reading!
~Sharon

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Bye bye, Google Reader

Hello ladies. I'm sure you've seen an influx of posts revolving around this topic as it is time to finally bid Google Reader adieu ♥ I previously typed up a post on alternative ways to follow Polish Infatuated but it's a little out of date (it's only been 3 months - how quickly do things change on the internet!) so here's a final post :)



1. Use Bloglovin'. You can easily import your current list from Google Reader onto Bloglovin'.

Follow on Bloglovin

2. Follow via Google Friend Connect (GFC).
3. If you're a fan of receiving email updates, you can also subscribe with your email - this can be found under the GFC widget.


4. Follow my picture ramblings on Instagram.


5. You can  also find me over on Polish Infatuated's Facebook Page :)


6. I also pin over at Pinterest!


7. Of course, you can also find me over at my Flickr account, where you can have a sneak peak of upcoming posts in a photo dump of recently edited photos. They usually won't have a corresponding blog post...yet. That comes after another round of procrastinating ;)

I think that's about it! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate in emailing me :)

~Sharon

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