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Recently a fellow blogger wanted to feature some OPI nail art for an upcoming post. After reading “The Story of Essie Nail Polish” she had written on Shop and Track.com, I loved that she chose to feature some of my favourite OPI looks including my Euro Centrale Dotticurein her piece The Story of OPI!

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Check out The Story of OPI for a little polish history lesson by the blogger known as The Shopper, and don’t forget to like her blog! The Shopper writes about shopping, features store and beauty reviews and brings you both high- and low-cost product options! Love!

(And… this is fits right into the recent #ShareTheLove happening over on Facebook!)

~xo

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A few months ago I created a manicure for a Nicole by OPI Challenge that was run in collaboration with Prom Canada. (See it here and below!)

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Fast forward a few months, and I was chosen as a runner-up in the challenge along with three other lovely bloggers (Chit Chat Nails, Miss Casey B and Swatch & Learn)!

Spring-2014-Prom-Canada-NOPI-Prom-Nail-Art-BloggerLiner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My! was chosen as the challenge winner with her fabulous entry (congrats!) and you can see the other beautiful runner up entries in Prom Canada’s debut magazine, on stands now! (Available at prom stores and Chapters.)

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I am so excited to finally be in print!

~xo

Just in time for the holidays, The Obsessed Blog is giving you a chance to win HALF the Nicole by OPI Modern Family Collection!!!

(sorry dears, Canadian readers only)

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Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. Modern Family lacquers is still available for a limited time at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.

For more information on this stunning collection, visit NicolebyOPI.com, follow them on twitter, and become a Facebook fan!

Head on over to my Facebook page and enter the contest!
Or enter the Rafflecopter giveaway here!

(Contest open to Canadian residents only. Contest runs until December 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm ET. All entries will be verified.)

Celebrating the Year of the Blogger!

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Today is piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013, and I am so happy to announce that I was once again able to participate in this world-wide blogger event!

This year was a little bit different than last year’s Blog Fest, with it celebrating bloggers and all we do. (Thank you, piCture pOlish!) And with that, this year’s challenge was to create the most ‘amazing nail art manicure ever’ using three piCture pOlish shades. My three shades are:

  • O’Hara, a gorgeous bright red crelly (cream/jelly) scattered holographic,
  • Electric Blue, a vampy midnight blue cream with a gorgeous blue shimmer ribbon through it,
  • and Ruby Blou, a red, white and blue glitter in a clear base.

All Blog Fest 2013 participants will be entered into the Blog Fest Awards to be eligible to win the incredible prize of creating a collaboration shade with piCture pOlish in 2014!!! There will be three winners, voted on by going to the special Pinterest Blog Fest 2013 board, with one voted on by piCture pOlish friends and fans, another voted on by all Blog Fest 2013 participants (bloggers), and a final award as selected by Jules and Megs, the creators of piCture pOlish! How incredible is that!

Without further ado, here is my creation using O’Hara, Electric Blue and Ruby Blou:

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Having recently discovered a knack for (and love of) gradients, I took the risk of using the two bright and contrasting shades of Electric Blue and O’Hara in a sponged-on gradient, with a sparkly finish.

Now let’s look at how I created my piCture pOlish Blog Fest nail art!

1. Start by selecting your polishes for your gradient mani:

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2. Then gather all necessary tools. In my case, I laid out some foil over my work surface, a sponge (or two), a brush for clean-up, and an orangewood stick, if you require:

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3. Apply base coat and paint your nails a base colour. I chose white as my clean, bare canvas:

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4. Once your white coat is dry, you can begin sponging! Using your foil work surface, drop your two polish shades (in my case, O’Hara and Electric Blue) side by side, almost touching. To better allow my contrasting colours to fade into each other, I added a drop of white between the two polishes to soften the edges. See photo.
You can blend the polish drops into each other slightly by using a toothpick, if you wish.
Now gently touch your sponge to the polish, and sponge onto your first nail. You may need to repeat multiple times on one nail in order to fully cover it.

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5. Repeat sponging each nail until your nails are fully covered with the gradient, and you should have something like this when you’re finished:

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6. Now the clean-up: dip your brush (I like to use a short, firm brush) into nail polish remover, dab on a paper towel to remove excess, and start wiping the edges of your nails and fingers to remove the polish. This is the most time-consuming part of a gradient mani, so be patient. Wipe your brush on your paper towel every few wipes to remove any colour, then dip and wipe again.

7. Add a coat of top coat to bring back the shine to your polish. (You can skip this step if adding a clear-base glitter, like I did.)

8. Add your chosen glitter polish, in my case, the spectacular, sparkly Ruby Blou.

9. Add a coat of quick-drying top coat…

…and voila!

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As a final touch, taking a cue from Adele’s Louboutin-inspired tips, I decided to paint the underside of my nails in O’Hara:

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What do you think of my nail art?

Don’t forget to follow piCture pOlish on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, and check out their new YouTube channel! To get any of the shades used here (or other piCture pOlish and Ozotic polishes) check out the piCture pOlish Network page. You can also buy direct from them! Check out their Shipping page for more info. And make sure to check out their Everyday Deals page to find daily deals!

(disclaimer from piCture pOlish re Blog Fest Awards: bloggers that have already produced a collaboration shade are exempt from winning a prize this year, to make it fair to all participants and provide a chance for other bloggers.)

~xo

 

Feel free to add your Blog Fest 2013 mani to the list and grab the code to add it to your blog!

I want to share a huge honour with you… I was recently contacted by one of the writers for SheKnows.ca, the Canadian arm of the digital magazine SheKnows.com to be featured in a story about some of the best nail bloggers in Canada! Sheknows.com is an online magazine for women, featuring stories ranging from health and beauty to love and style, and today’s article featured three Canadian nail bloggers – including me – and some of our nail art! 🙂

 

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When it comes to manicures, gone are the days of boring single-colour nails and in is nail art you couldn’t imagine fitting on a nail let alone creating it yourself…(Source)

Read the rest of the article (and see the featured manicure) here!!

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