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It’s piCture pOlish Thursday, and today I have for you a beautiful new Collaboration Shade, polishes that the piCture pOlish Girls created with bloggers or their Network members–Hope by Vernis en Folie! This shade was launched less than 2 weeks ago by Bé of Vernis en Folie (see her launch blog post here), along with two other brand-new Collaboration Shades, and I knew I had to place an immediate order. This was one of the fastest non-indie polish purchases I ever made!! Well, we digress… let’s get to the task at hand, shall we?

Hope was inspired by the impending birth of Bé’s little girl in 2013 (she has now arrived). Hope is described as a dark teal blue jelly scattered holo with a subtle smattering of cobalt glitter designed to come alive with a little shake of the bottle. Have I told you how much I adore its name??

At first glance, I thought Hope was going to be similar to Cosmos (created with Pshiiit–see my review here!), though I could see it was much darker… like the depth of the ocean. Or the dark-clouded sky before a storm. Pshiiit herself has done a fantastic comparison of three of the blue-toned Collaboration Shades – see her post here. Hope is stunning. What I loved was its darkness with the glimmer of a subtle holo and tiny, sporadic blue glitter pieces. The glitter totally sets it apart from Cosmos, as does its teal base (Cosmos is much bluer). Hope, much like most of my piCture pOlish products, was an easy application: fluid yet providing lots of coverage on one coat, self-levelling, incredibly quick drying! My two coats were dry before I even had the chance to apply top coat, and I like to use medium to heavier coats.

And did I tell you that I applied Hope over two coats of Revolution, piCture pOlish’s new glitter base coat? Here are the details around Revolution, which you apply just like any base coat, except you are advised to use two coats:

Using ‘Revolution’ base enables you to remove your glitter polish similar to normal nail polish!

Application

Apply 2 coats of Revolution as your base (allow drying time in between)

Revolution dries fast, is not PVA Glue, does not a peel off. Also can be used as a top coat for ‘foil manicures’ discovered by Cathy from More Nail Polish! 

Apply your glitter polish as you normally do.

Removal

Soak your makeup pad in nail polish remover and cover your nail, soak, leave for 15 seconds, remove.

Apply more remover to the pad, cover your nail and give it a good scrub. Continue the process and the glitter will remove with ease.

Please note: Individual results may vary – designed to work with piCture pOlish shades.

Here are two coats of gorgeous Hope with over Revolution, pre-top coat!

picturepolish_HopeI’m sorry, have you seen piCture pOlish’s shine???

Here is a photo with flash, so you can see the beautiful holo:

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Does that not look like a black, stormy night sky filled with stars?

Best part? Not an ounce of staining after wearing this the past few days!

And I’m sure you want to know about Revolution’s removal. I followed the instructions and soaked each nail for about 10 – 15 seconds, and although this is not a glitter polish, it does contain glitter and I was eager to see how Revolution worked. I found that the polish would start to come off onto the cotton pad even before I started rubbing the nail bed, and the glitter barely stuck to my nail. Throughout the removal, Revolution was pilling a little on my nail, like little dry balls of eraser left behind on a sheet of paper, though very soft and rubbery. My polish came off easily, quickly, no scrubbing needed! I have already applied it under my next mani… let’s see how it holds up against glitter though I am prepared to be impressed!

I love this brand. I love how the Girls are fully immersed in social media, and I love how much they love their bloggers and customers. They have amazing giveaways on Facebook, so be sure to follow them (if you don’t already!). Get your very own bottle of Hope (I just love saying that) and Revolution by visiting piCture pOlish on-line and or any piCture pOlish Network member, including Harlow & Co, Llarowe and Nail Polish Canada. I believe they might both be sold out at the moment, but more is on the way!

And don’t forget to follow the Girls on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all the latest news, giveaways, and more!!

~xo

Continuing with my weekly piCture pOlish posts, today I bring you one of my favourite vampy polishes, piCture pOlish Monroe! This is Monroe Reborn, the second version of this cult classic, but I will also show you a comparison of Monroe Original vs Monroe Reborn.

Monroe is described as a blood red jelly with scattered holographic, with no glitter. Monroe contains a holographic shimmer for that extra special touch and more rainbows of course!  Your nails will take on a whole new dimension when in bright light or sunlight! The holo effect is gorgeous on Monroe – shimmery, rainbow hues sparkling on your nails!

When Monroe was first reformulated, I was disappointed… I thought the piCture pOlish Girls were messing with perfection. But to be honest, even though I adore Monroe Original’s jelly base, it was a bit tricky to apply, streaking if you went over an area twice, whereas Monroe Reborn is self-levelling and a perfect consistency, making it easy to apply and almost a one-coater. Not only that, but the new Monroe is insanely holographic!!!

Here are two gorgeous coats of Monroe, before I even applied top coat:

picturepolish_MonroeThe holo bits are reflecting in this indoor lighting!

Here it is in the sun:

picturepolish_MonroeSunI am in LOVE with this holo beauty!

 

The original Monroe was one of my first piCture pOlish loves. In fact, I believe it was the first piCture pOlish I ever ordered! And because of how curious I was myself when the new Monroe was released, here are some comparison shots of Monroe Original vs Reborn for you:

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Can you tell which is the new and which is original Monroe?

Monroe Reborn: index and ring fingers
Monroe Original: middle and pinky

And here is a photo with flash, comparing the two:

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The above picture shows the intensity of the holo in new Monroe; the pieces are larger and much more intense, whereas original Monroe had a very faint and subtle holo effect. Monroe Reborn has the same scattered holo as Cosmos and some of the Ozotic holos – simply stunning!!

I am still obsessed with Monroe Original, and am really lucky to have a backup bottle. (As you can imagine, I use it sparingly!) However, Monroe Reborn is a new love of mine, not only because of the holo effect and its alluring vampy shade, but also thanks to its fantastic ease of application and speedy dry time!

If you love holos as much as me, you can get Monroe by visiting piCture pOlish on-line and or any piCture pOlish Network member, including Harlow & Co, Llarowe and Nail Polish Canada.

And don’t forget to follow the Girls on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and now Instagram for all the latest news, giveaways, and more!!

~xo

 

 

(Product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

 

It’s piCture pOlish Thursday, and today I have for you a sparkly gem of a polish, Majesty!

Majesty is another Collaboration Shade, polishes that the piCture pOlish Girls created with bloggers or their Network members. And this is what piCture pOlish has to say about this creation:

Majesty was created with Sahrish from Sahrish Adeel’s Inspiration: a shade that would be perfect for every occasion, every skin type, every age –  basically everyone!  And what a challenge that became however we never gave up! And yes with Majesty your nails will look perfect everyday…  

Majesty is a taupe/pink/nude with micro gold sparks and holo (scattered) and has NO glitter. Majesty contains a holographic shimmer to create a shade just perfect for everyone for every occasion!

Read all about how Majesty was created on Sahrish’s blog!

 

I was excited to review this shade because it truly is a universally flattering soft gold with a faint taupe base colour. It is filled with micro glass flecks that sparkle in a multitude of colours, depending on the light. I found it to reflect greenish-gold on the surface of the nail, though it sparkled the way that scattered holos do: a little bit of pink, gold and green flashes.

It applies quite sheer on the first coat, making it a buildable polish that reaches near-opacity by the third coat. This makes it a cool layering polish, so of course, that is what I did! Reaching for a gorgeous taupe untried, I used two coats of OPI’s Berlin There, Done That, from their recent Germany Collection:

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(Why have I not worn this spectacular polish in the months since picking it up??)

 

And here is a generous layer of Majesty added to the above mani:

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I felt that OPI’s Berlin There, Done That was the perfect base for Majesty, not overpowering it, but also allowing me to show Majesty’s beauty with just one generous coat.

To show you the scattered holo sparks, here is a slightly blurred photo:

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Beautiful, gold, sparkly!

I simply adore piCture pOlish products, and I adore them more for creating these cool Collaboration Shades! (Check out my other Collaboration Shade reviews here and here.)

 

If you love holos as much as me, you can get your very own Majesty by visiting piCture pOlish on-line and or any piCture pOlish Network member, including Harlow & Co, Llarowe and Nail Polish Canada.

And don’t forget to follow the Girls on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all the latest news, giveaways, and more!!

~xo

 

 

(Product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

 

Happy piCture pOlish Thursday!!

Today I bring you my second Ozotic Sugar, the first of which was Sugar 901, reviewed here.  piCture pOlish added the Ozotic brand to their portfolio, and late last year, introduced the Ozotic Sugars, four polishes numbered 901 through 904, each inspired by “adding a tiny drop of food coloring to icing sugar – hence the sugary sweet looking colours.”  A family of topcoat-type polishes, they range in shades from pink to yellow-green, and really are sweet-looking!

While Sugar 901 was a sugary pink duochrome, Ozotic Sugar 903 is an azure blue that shifts to a pinkish purple. The sparkling tiny duochrome glass flecks are what create the wow in the Sugar series, reflecting light in every direction possible, dancing in gorgeous harmony on your nails.

While I layered Sugar 901 over a blackened base, I wanted to play with 903. I finally settled on this beautiful cerulean base, Dusk Till Dawn, one of Nubar’s new My Sweet Escape collection. (And can that name be any more perfect??)  If you know me, you know that blue is one of my favourite colours, even though I often shy away from it on my nails.

I think this may be the manicure to change my mind!!! Look at the incredible beauty of Ozotic Sugar 903 over Nubar’s Dusk Till Dawn!

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That is just one coat of Sugar 903 over 2 coats of Dusk TIll Dawn.

Please tell me that is not dreamy?

Here is one more shot, this time in artificial light:

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I am totally obsessed with the Ozotic Sugars, and can’t wait to get my hands on the other two! I think this combination may be my new obsession. 😉

To get your very own Ozotic Sugar, visit piCture pOlish on-line and or visit any piCture pOlish Network member, including Harlow & Co, Llarowe and Nail Polish Canada.

And don’t forget to follow the Girls on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all the latest news, giveaways, and more!!

~xo

(Product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

Happy Thursday!! I am so thrilled this is a shortened week and I get to have a long weekend… just what I need. I hope some of you get to enjoy a day off as well…or at least a beautiful weekend!

Today I have for you one of my favourite boutique brands, piCture pOlish, made in Australia! I have worn quite a few piCture pOlishes, some that I should probably still share on this blog, but I do have another first for you: my first piCture pOlish glitter polish. And a polish with such a cute name: Ariel’s Tale! I keep hearing “Under the Sea” in my head when I see the bottle. 🙂 Ariel’s Tale is a gorgeous turquoise glitter top coat in a clear base, composed of monochromatic tiny square and medium hex glitters. Simple and gorgeous!

I wanted to wear it over a dark base, so I headed for my A-England Lancelot, my go-to “black” (it’s actually a blackened red but I often use it in place of black due to its beauty and shine). This combo did not disappoint! I wore it as a slight glitter gradient. Here are two coats of Lancelot topped with Ariel on the tips:

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I received so many compliments on this manicure!! The aqua of Ariel’s Tale is soft enough for an elegant, work-appropriate manicure, even on such a stark background. And it sparkled like diamonds on my tips!

 

For a completely different look, I paired Ariel’s Tale with Nubar’s Into the Wild, a beautiful muted emerald green (with its own post coming soon!).

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And Ariel’s Tale looked spectacular!! Judge for yourself:

PicturePolish_ArielsTale_NubarSunLook at the gorgeous turquoise slightly contrasting against the emerald green backdrop in the sun…

And here it is in the shade:

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I just adore the way it sparkles like the ocean… twinkling under the sun…

I already have some more ideas for Ariel’s Tale, maybe wearing it over a light base…  but which of today’s looks is your favourite?

To get your very own Ariel’s Tale,  visit piCture pOlish on-line and or visit any piCture pOlish Network member, including Harlow & Co, Llarowe and Nail Polish Canada.

And don’t forget to follow the Girls on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all the latest news, giveaways, and more!!

~xo

 

 

(Product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

One of the most amazing non-indie polish brands out there is piCture pOlish, an Australian boutique polish company with gorgeous colours and impeccable quality. Another thing to love about piCture pOlish? They are the creators of the “Collaboration Shades,” polishes they created with bloggers or their Network members. How cool is that?

Today’s Collaboration Shade is Cosmos, a stunning scattered holographic deep blue polish that was created with Camille from Pshiiit. And stunning does not begin to describe this polish!! It has such amazing depth, almost as though you are looking into a deep, vast ocean gleaming in the sun. Like another favourite piCture pOlish, the beautiful original Monroe, this polish shined, sparkled, and was a joy to apply.

Look at the shine and sparkle!

PicturePolish_CosmosThis is using 2 coats with base and top coat. The consistency of Cosmos was amazing – just thick enough to self-level, but thin enough to easily dry to a beautiful finish.

Look at Cosmos in the sun:

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See that multi-coloured scattered holo dancing in the sun?

To get your very own bottle,  visit piCture pOlish on-line and and visit their Network members, including Harlow & Co, Llarowe, and of course, the creator herself at Pshiiit Boutique.

And don’t forget to follow the Girls on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for all the latest news, giveaways, and more!!

~xo

Wow, we are already in week 2 of our joint Go Pink effort to in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Andrea from Finger Painting Fingers (who led this amazing effort!) and a whole slew of bloggers are sharing our pink manis every Wednesday throughout October!

Today I bring you some of my favourite pink manicures.

First up, one of my very favourite “near-nudes” that I have previously written about here, A England’s Iseult. This stunning, delicate pink polish is perfect for everything from a wedding mani to an office-appropriate mani.

Next I have another stunner, this time from piCture pOlish. I featured this polish as part of piCture pOlish’s Blogfest! Here is Tease! Is this silver microglitter not amazing?

And because this amazing polish sparkles so incredibly, here is a shot in the sun:

The next mani isn’t technically pink as its base colour, Essie’s Sure Shot, leans fuchsia with a shimmer, but together, Lynnderella’s Boy Girl Party and Sure Shot sure look pink together!! I just LOVE this combo!! (see all the pics here)

So what is your favourite pink polish of all time?

~xo



Today is officially piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2012, and I am thrilled to finally spill the beans that I was selected by The Girls to participate! Yay!

I am elated to be a part of this ingenious worldwide event with almost 80 bloggers swatching new releases, and I cannot wait to share with you the two shades I received for review: Tease and Demeter!

Tease is a new “Mesh” shade, while Demeter is a new polish from their “Collaboration Collection”– it was created together with Katie from Harlow & Co, a Canadian Network member!  I was honoured to review one of our local Canadian girl’s co-creations!

First up, Demeter. I immediately imagined golden autumn leaves when I saw this… It is a deep, mesmerizing chocolate holographic colour, and reminded me of a cup of steaming hot cocoa on a cool day…really yummy.

The polish applied like a dream. It is a little on the thicker side, but not goopy (my favourite type of formula!), and at just one coat provided great coverage. I applied 2 coats over my usual: a basecoat (China Glaze Strong Adhesion), followed by a coat of China Glaze’s Fast Forward Top Coat. Even before I added top coat, the polish was beautifully shiny.

Indoor shot

The holographic particles looked like little shards… uneven, tiny particles.

Here is a slightly blurred photo so you can see the holo effect:

In direct sunlight

And one more:

Daylight – shade

Doesn’t it look so very chocolatey?

Demeter was gorgeous. And the best part:  I wore this polish for one week with barely any sign of wear!  I know this will become one of my go-to polishes for the fall!

Then we have a completely different colour…bright, glittery… Tease.

Tease is a brand-new “Mesh” shade featuring a fuchsia jelly base, densely packed full of pink and silver micro glitter. I have to admit, when I first saw Tease, I expected a clear base glitter polish that, when used as a top coat, would provide a “mesh” effect. Boy, was I surprised when I applied Tease and saw a completely opaque polish!!

Tease needed only 2 coats over a base coat, but the micro glitter gave it a rough, sandpaper-like finish that was easily glossed over with 2 thin coats of top coat.

Shade

Tease was tough to perfectly capture in photos. The silver in this polish reflected so much light that the polish looked slightly different in each photo.

Full sun

The light was literally dancing off this beauty!!

Tease is just stunning. The density of the dual-coloured micro glitter within the jelly gives it this incredible depth and sparkle. In the full sun picture above, you can see the two colours clearly in the bottle, but once on the nail, it’s almost impossible to see the silver.

Finally, a macro shot that you can see even better by clicking on the picture. Can you see the silver and pink micro glitter?

Macro – shade

Both Demeter and Tease were gorgeous polishes, definitely colours I would purchase and wear. Both dried in great time, were self-levelling and easy to apply. I also have to say, I absolutely LOVED the rubber brush handle as it made opening the bottles and applying that much easier. No slippery fingers here!
Check out the cool new QR labels on the side of each polish that you can scan with your smart phone in order to go to piCture pOlish on-line or to a Network Member site, depending on where the polish was purchased:

Tease will be available from piCture pOlish on-line and from all Network members, while Demeter is exclusive to piCture pOlish on-line and Harlow & Co.

And don’t forget to follow the Girls on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for all the latest news, giveaways, and more!!



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