19 December 2014

piCture pOlish Never Nude Swatch + Review

If you're into indie nail polish, you've most definitely heard of piCture pOlish, an Australian brand known not only for their awesome polishes, but also for their collaborations with other amazing bloggers. Well, I've always lusted after this brand of polishes, and now I finally own one of their colors! I have this glorious shade, Never Nude, to share with you today.

Never Nude is a polish that was made in collaboration with one of my favorite bloggers, Will Paint Nails for Food. It's a light beige crelly that's packed with purple, turquoise, and silver hexes in various sizes, as well as an incredible glass fleck shimmer throughout. I absolutely love this combination of color - it reminds me of a delicious confetti cake! Yum!

Here's my swatch of Never Nude. It's such a beautiful and delicate shade! I absolutely love the way it looks on my nails, and I think it's perfect with my skin tone.The formula was as flawless as I imagined - it applied just like butter! Shown above is three easy coats plus top coat.

Looking at this shade in photos, I am really loving that glass fleck shimmer - it really pulls the polish together! I am not usually a fan of crellies with added shimmer, but I think it works perfectly here and I don't think the polish would be as beautiful without it.

Here's a macro shot in the bottle and on the nail. I know, I know, I took a lot of photos, but I just can't help it. This color looked so gorgeous!

I also tried to be artsy and take a bottle shot with the brush! I have to say, I was surprised to see that the bottle was slightly smaller than I imagined - piCture pOlish bottles are actually 11mL, as opposed to the 15mL that most polishes come in. Either way, I'm in love with the bottle, and the adorable shape. And the brush was my favorite kind, flat and wide, for easy application.

I think it's safe to say that I'm loving this shade! I love wearing neutral nails, and this is a neutral color with a gorgeous twist. I can imagine this being perfect for a wedding, because it's so delicate and pretty - but also appropriate for the office, because of the neutral tone.

This polish can be purchased from piCture pOlish for AU $12, which is roughly $9.81 USD. This shade is also available from a variety of international retailers (see their list here.)

17 December 2014

Gucci Floral Nail Art with Live Love Polish

Hi guys! I'm really excited about today's nail art look - I was inspired by the gorgeous packaging from a perfume by Gucci called Flora. I got a free sample of it from Sephora with a recent purchase, and I just loved the design (bonus: it smells incredible too, but it is a bit pricey!) Anyway, here's a comparison of my nails and the perfume packaging:

Isn't the design just too cute? I was partially inspired by this gorgeous new Color Club polish that I got from retailer Live Love Polish. It's the perfect creamy pastel yellow, and it matched the floral design perfectly!

Here's the gorgeous polish in question - Color Club Macaroon Swoon. I am usually not a fan of yellow polishes, I'll admit. But I immediately fell in love with this color. It's so creamy and light, and I thought it would make a perfect base for nail art. The formula was great, and the color was surprisingly opaque! Shown above is two easy coats with top coat.

And here's a full photo of the nail art I did inspired by the Gucci perfume! I started with a base of Cirque Carpe Diem, and then swiped on some Color Club Macaroon Swoon. Once that was dry, I taped off neat lines and filled them in with Cirque Memento Mori. Then, with acrylic paint and a trimmed nail art brush, I sketched on these floral patterns. I topped everything with matte top coat!

I absolutely fell in love with this manicure as soon as I finished it. I know I always say it, but it's true that I usually stick to simple nail art - and I think it's especially awesome when I succeed at the more difficult freehand designs.

Here's another shot of me holding my inspiration! I just can't get over how perfectly Macaroon Swoon matches this packaging. I'm so glad I got it! For anyone who's interested in seeing how I created this look, you can find a quick 15 second tutorial for this manicure on my Instagram.

I do wish I could pose with the full sized bottle, but it's just a tad out of my price range, haha! I will have to make this sample last as long as possible! (But it smells so delicious, I'm not sure I can do that!) If you're interested, you can purchase Flora by Gucci here.

Here are the polishes I used. The star of the show, Macaroon Swoon, can be purchased here from Live Love Polish (and you can use the code INEEDMORENAILPOLISH for 10% off your entire polish order!). And of course, my new favorite staples for any polish addict's collection, both Cirque polishes are available here.

What do you think of this nail art look? Have you ever been inspired by another beauty product? I'd love to hear about it!

Polishes were provided for my honest review. I am in no way affiliated with Gucci (wishful thinking, ha!) 

16 December 2014

Essie Winter 2014 Collection Swatches

Hello everyone! I have the Essie Winter 2014 Collection to show you today from HB Beauty Bar - I've got 5 out of the 6 winter shades for you guys! This collection is a wintry mix of pink cremes with a gorgeous champagne gold foil as well. (PS: notice anything different about my blog?!)

One thing I love about Essie collections is that they are always so cohesive - don't these colors look so beautiful together? Most of them were practically opaque in one coat, and the formulas were fabulous! Let's take a look at them individually:

Let's start with my absolute favorite polish in the collection, Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low, a beautiful champagne gold foil that's actually packed with gold flecks. I absolutely love shades like this, especially in the winter - this particular shade feels perfect for a New Year's manicure! It was almost opaque in one coat - shown above is two easy coats with top coat.

Jump in My Jumpsuit is a beautiful berry creme that's almost opaque in just one coat! I think this is a classic shade for winter, especially around the holidays. This color reminds me of the fall shade Dress to Kilt. Holding them side by side, this new shade definitely has a more berry tone. Shown above is two easy coats with top coat.

Double Breasted Jacket is a cool toned medium pink creme. Another gorgeous color! Although it does just seem like a regular pink, I actually don't have any colors like this in my collection, so I really like it. This is another shade that was almost opaque in one coat, but shown above is two coats with top coat.

Bump Up the Pumps is a gorgeous coral pink creme. This color is just so pretty! It feels very classic of Essie to have a shade like this, and I think it's a great go-to color year round. I know I keep repeating myself, but this shade was almost opaque in one coat too! With short nails, any of the above polishes could probably be applied in one coat. Shown above is two easy coats with top coat.

And finally we have Tuck it in My Tux, a sheer creamy white crelly. A plain color, but I just can't get enough of delicate colors like these - it's perfect for a special occasion or formal affair. Shown above is two easy coats with top coat.

There is one other polish in this collection that I don't have, Back in the Limo, which is a sheer light coral pink creme. Overall, I think this collection is really nice - must haves include Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low and Double Breasted Jacket.

The whole collection is available from HB Beauty Bar for $7.50 USD per bottle. Don't forget to use the discount code POLISHCHALLENGE at checkout for 15% off your entire order! (PS: shipping is free for orders over $25 USD!)

* These products were provided for my honest review.

14 December 2014

31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2.0, Day 13: Geometric

See, I told you guys I wasn't giving up on the challenge! Today is Day 13 which means geometric nails - another daunting task for a blogger like me, who loves simple nail art! Luckily, I just got in the mail some incredible new nail vinyls from Vinyl Boutique, so I decided to use those for today's manicure:

To achieve this look, I started with a base of Cirque Carpe Diem on my middle two nails (yes, I am obsessed with this flawless white creme - and yes, I've been using it nonstop!), and painted on Essie Strut Your Stuff and Essie Sittin' Pretty on my outer two nails. I stuck on a nail vinyl on my two middle nails once the base color was dry, sponged on a gradient using the same two polishes, and peeled it off to reveal this awesome design! I topped everything off with matte top coat.

I absolutely love how crisp the lines turned out using these vinyls. I probably could have benefited from using another coat of the gradient before I peeled the vinyls off - the polishes I chose were so sheer! Even so, I love how they look and I think these two colors compliment each other perfectly.

I think it's safe to say that I am obsessed with combining soft purples with blues - but who isn't?! I especially love the color that formed where the gradient overlaps.

A bit about the nail vinyls - here is what the sheet looks like. Each nail vinyl sheet from the Vinyl Boutique ranges from $3-$6 USD, and contains ten "strips" for you to apply. But for many of you, you'll find that each strip is big enough for two nails! You don't have to peel off the inside cuts like I did above (I just did that for the photo!), if you start to peel off the vinyl, the inside cuts will stay on the sheet so you are just left with the design.

I found that these vinyls were super easy to use and they left crisp, neat lines. Some vinyls I have worked with require waiting a very long time for your base color to try (even waiting until the next day to apply the vinyls, to keep your polish from peeling up with them!) but these were relatively quick. I believe I waited about 20-30 minutes before using the strips, and they worked perfectly.

For anyone who is interested in learning more about this process, I made a short video on my Instagram page on how to use these vinyls.

Here are the polishes I used. The Cirque polish is available here, and the Essies are from HB Beauty Bar (get 15% off your order with the code POLISHCHALLENGE at checkout!)

The nail vinyls I used are available as a set of ten here for $6 USD.

What do you guys think of Day 13's manicure? Make sure you see what Lindsey and Meghan are up to today as well!

Some products provided for my honest review.