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Friday, July 31, 2015

Review | piCture pOlish

Provided for Review

I have some gorgeous piCture pOlish shades to share with you all. These are the other three lacquers I was sent to review along with Scandal and they do not disappoint. I'm going to start with my favorite of the three, Chillax.


Chillax is a beautiful jade green creme. It applied wonderfully, the formula was great. The color in photos shows a little more aqua than it actually is, so please keep that in mind. 

I used two coats of Chillax for these swatches and I topped it with Seche Vite topcoat to finish it off.


Next up is a bit brighter, this is Sunset.


Sunset is a neon orange/red creme. It was on the sheer side, but applied well. I used three coats of Sunset for these images.

While this shade is super pretty in the bottle I didn't think it worked very well with my skin tone. I would suggest reaching for this one when you're a little more tan than my pasty white self. Haha.


3rd and last up this morning is Instinct.


Instinct is a beautiful blue creme polish/ It is super opaque and I managed full coverage in almost one coat. I did two just for good measure. The formula was thick but really easy to work with.

From what I saw after I did these swatches, this lacquer glows under blacklight, so they would be a lot of fun at a club or halloween party!


What did you think of these shades? Do you have any of your own piCture pOlish? Tell me your favorite colors in the comments!

You can purchase these and other shades directly from piCture pOlish or from one of their International Stockists. Don't forget to follow on social media to keep up to date on new collections and the latest shades and swatches.


**piCture pOlish lacquers were provided for my honest review. Please see my disclosure page for more info.**


Friday, July 24, 2015

Picture Polish | Scandal


When piCture pOlish asked me if I wanted to review some of their shades, of course I said YES! I have built up quite a little collection of piCture pOlish in the last few years between two blog fests and a few overseas swaps. I really love everything from them that I have, so I knew whatever they sent would be fabulous.

Well, I could not have been more correct and I have the first one to show you all today. Say hello to piCture pOlish Scandal!






Scandal is a deep purple toned burgundy polish with a ton of shimmer, scattered holo and just a hint of a blue/green color shift in the shimmer.


The formula of this polish is absolutely superb. I used two super easy coats for this level of opacity and it really just went on like a dream.


Usually when I swatch I move right on to the next polish, but I love this so much that I wore it for almost a week. It held up really well and I really only had tip wear by the time I took it off.


I can see myself reaching for this lacquer a lot in the fall months. Fall is my favorite time of year and this polish is perfect for those crisp fall days.


Do you have any piCture pOlish? Tell me what you think in the comments below!

You can purchase this and other shades directly from piCture pOlish or from one of their International Stockists. Don't forget to follow on social media to keep up to date on new collections and the latest shades and swatches.


**piCture pOlish Scandal was provided for my honest review. Please see my disclosure page for more info.**

Provided for Review

Friday, July 17, 2015

Chick Pick Polish | Blue So Fine and Let Me Violet You


Today it is past time for more Chick Pick Polish goodness!

I've had these swatches done for a while but have been a bit behind in posting. These are from the same Spring Fling collection I reviewed here, here and here. All of these bright shades have a shimmery matte finish. It is really quite gorgeous.

First up is Blue So Fine.


Blue So Fine is a beautiful bright blue shimmer lacquer with a smooth matte finish.

I love this shade so much and it applied really well. I used three coats of Blue So Fine with no topcoat for these images.


After this mani dried I decided to add some subtle stamping. I did a gradient stamp using a couple Lime Crime lacquers and a Born Pretty Store plate. It came out super subtle, but I really liked how it looked anyway.



I'll definitely have to use this plate again with a less subtle polish, but I do think the lacey pattern works well this way.



The second polish I have today is Let Me Violet You.


Let Me Violet You is another shimmery matte lacquer, but it is a little more sheer than the others. The color runs to the blue end of the purple spectrum.

As a lover of all things purple I give this lacquer my stamp of approval. I love the subtle shimmer and the matte finish a lot. I used three coats of Let Me Violet You with no topcoat for these images.


I knew I wanted to add something aqua to this cause purple and teal/aqua are my favorites. I started the nail art off by taping off some deep v's.


I used a makeup sponge to do a gradient over the tape using Nvr Enuff Polish Fantasy and Floss Gloss Wave Pool. This is what was left after I peeled back the tape!

Once the v's were mostly dry I added a thick layer of topcoat to seal it all in and make it glossy.


So what do you think? So far I have been really impressed with the Chick Pick Polish colors I have used. I'm super excited to keep trying them out and sharing them all with you.

You can find this, the rest of the Spring Fling Collection and more Chick Pick Polishes in their shop over here. Make sure to follow them on social media for news about new collections, sales and to see more swatches!


Have a wonderful day!



***Chick Pick Polish was provided for my honest review. Nvr Enff Polish Fantasy was provided for a previous review. All other products were purchased by me. Please see my disclosure page for more information.***

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Review and Nail Art | Jord Dover Series Wood Watch


I have a very super special review AND a detailed nail art for you all today.

I have been seeing these beautiful Jord Wood Watches all over my Instagram page, and was even looking into getting one for my girlfriend for her birthday, so I was so excited when I heard from Dan at Jord and he was asking if I wanted to review one of their time pieces. Of course I said yes!

Dan asked if I would do some nail art to go with my post about the watch and well... how can I say no to nail art? I really had a lot of fun putting together this post for you all, so I hope you love it. First I'm just going to show you and talk about the watch a little bit.


 
As you can see in the photo above, this beautiful timepiece came packaged just as beautifully. When I opened the package there was this great little wooden box and inside was a cute pillow with the watch around it. Even the tag on the watch with the Jord logo was made of wood, which was a great detail.


The first thing I noticed about this watch is how amazing it is to be able to see the gears moving inside. I am such a geek and I love little details like that. The majority of the band and the bezel around the face are made of Zebrawood and another darker wood. I really love the contrast between them. The face is open on both the front and the back, which is really unique and interesting.


When I chose the watch I wanted Jord gave me the option to size it before they shipped it. It was really easy using the tool they have on their site to print. I love how this watch sits on my wrist and will definitely be wearing it a lot.


I had so many ideas for nail art to go with my new Jord watch, but in the end I decided on something that really went hand and hand with just a little more bling.


I started out with the idea of doing something zebra print since the watch is made with Zebrawood. I looked in my collection and tried to match the base color as close as I could and ended up with OPI Love Angel Music Baby on my thumb and index fingers as the base for some acrylic paint zebra stripes. I also used this lacquer on my pinkie and hand painted the Jord logo using a chocolate brown acrylic paint.

 On my middle finger I started with a base of Pahlish Raggedy Man, Goodnight and then hand painted some numbers to represent the watch numbers using different shades of acrylic paint and a small brush.

I painted my ring finger with a couple coats of Ethereal Lacquer Macabre and then added a bunch of gears I had from a friend to it. I was so happy I had these watch gears to use in this mani, I think it really gave it a little something extra special.


I think this nail art and the Dover watch look great together! I'm so pleased with how they go hand in hand. 

Of course I couldn't help but add a coat of matte topcoat to see how that would look.

Bam!! I love this too!!

The matte version of this nail art is much more subtle but super super pretty and really shows off the details of the hand painted designs.


I also love how well this matte version matches the Dover timepiece. They look like they belong together.


What do you all think? Have you ever seen a wood watch before?

I am in love with this Jord Dover Zebrawood and Cream watch and I'll definitely be bookmarking the site for future use for gifts (ok and probably more for me too haha!)

You can find the entire line of Jord Wood Watches over at their website. Or you can go straight to the page with this particular watch over here! Don't forget to check out the Jord watch hashtag page to see other looks from customers and bloggers.

Thank you all for reading today! I have more for you for later in the week!


***The Jord Dover watch was provided for a previous review. All other products in this post were purchased by me. Please see my disclosure page for more information.***

Luxury Wooden Watch

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bestie Twin Nails | Neon Gradient Tribal


I love this nail art so much that I'm not going to talk about it til after I show you.

BAM!


Ok, now that I've done that, I'll talk about this manicure. (hehe) On a whim, and since we had both already done a neon gradient on our nails, my bestie Nessa (@nessapocalypse on Instagram) and I decided to do some bestie twin nails and add a tribal pattern to our nails. 

We didn't go with any specific pattern and we both free handed the design.

I started with a white base using OPI Apline Snow and added a gradient with China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, That's Shore Bright and Glow With The Flow. I used the polish painted directly on a makeup sponge for the gradient.


After everything was mostly dry I used a black striping polish and brush to freehand the tribal pattern. I pulled inspiration from a lot of places, so there really isn't an exact design I was replicating.


These nails are so bright and fun. I absolutely love how they turned out. I do have to say that they are MUCH more bright and pigmented and neon in person. So. Much. Love.

Keep an eye out on my (@stormandstars) and Nessa's (@nessapocalypse) Instagram pages for a photo of both manicures together later today!

Have you done any fun neon manicures this summer? Link me!


***China Glaze Glow With The Flow was provided for a previous review. All other products were purchased by me. Please see my disclosure page for more information.***