Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Picture Polish HQ plus ariel's tale and mardi gras reformulated

While I was away on my holiday's in Queensland, I made a special trip 15 minutes down the road from where we were staying to finally meet the girls from Picture Polish face to face at Picture Polish gallery HQ.

The set up there is so beautiful with banners, framed swatches and bottles, and small chairs to sit at and chat.  And chat we did!  I don't even remember how long I stayed and chatted, but it was so lovely to finally meet Jules and the other PP girls.  You should have seen the tens of thousands of bottles that were hidden behind the walls, and all the bottles being packaged up going out to buyers and network members.  It was very cool.

Naturally I had to wear my Kryptonite for the occasion.  The only problem was that because I was on holiday, I had only taken 4 polishes with me, plus base coat, Seche Vite top coat, cotton wipes and removers.  The one thing I had forgotten to pack was a clean up brush.  So when I was painting my nails the night before heading to PPHQ I had to be very, very careful to paint neatly, cause I had nothing to clean up with.  Luckily it wasn't too bad (I guess I've had plenty of practice).

This little corner is my corner at HQ!  I've talked about it before here.  There are framed swatches of my nails on the wall, plus a little plaque on the wall with some words I wrote. It was so AMAZING to see this in real life!

This was has picture boxes filled with every colour they have, and on the top of each box is a nail wheel with the colours swatched.  It really makes these bottles into art and fits so perfectly with the brand name of Picutre Polish!

While I'm talking Picture Polish, here are a couple of comparison swatches I did a good while back. I'm such a slack blogger and really should have posted these earlier.

First up is a comparison of the new reformulated version of ariel's tail.  It still contains the multiple sizes of turquoise glitters, but the new version is much more densely packed.  This is one coat of ariel's tale on each nail.  As you can see, the new version has amazing glitter payoff.  You could easily get full nail coverage with two coats.

Just like with ariel's tale, mardi gras has under gone a reformulation and come out at the end with a much more densely packed glitter.  This is one coat of mardi gras on each nail comparing the new formula on the index and ring fingers and the old formula on the middle and pinky.

Whilst I was at the PPHQ I also picked up the latest collaboration shades. So stay tuned for some swatches and nail art incorporating those.

I also got to have a sneak peak a few polishes they are working on, including the new topper called Holiday.  Holiday is a special release and contains the signature PP scatter holo flakies as well as the multi coloured flakies that are in Festival.  The swatch I saw looked totally gorgeous, so I can't wait to get a bottle of that.  Plus, Picture Polish will be stocking Liquid Palisade - I'm so excited for this.  I've tried PVA glue and painters masking fluid with very average results, so I can't wait to try this!

Friday, November 21, 2014

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I'm back with a pink and blue skittlette

Hey everyone.  So that little break turned out much longer than expected!  You know I had about 12 draft blog posts with photos uploaded into blogger ready for me to just punch out some text, so I thought it would be really easy for me to do some blog posts from while I was away.  

Turns out I totally couldn't be stuffed doing it whilst I was on vacation. Go figure? I much preferred to sip a glass of wine and enjoy some quite time after the kids had crashed for the night.  I think if there was a decent blogger app that would allow you to type up your blog posts easily, then I would have done some, but booting up the lappy was always going to be a stretch I guess.

Just as well I still have those blog posts up my sleeve, because holiday's do terrible things to your nails!  I only changed my polish 3 times whilst I was away, so including the polish I wore when I left, I only wore four colours!  But because of that I did get some chipping of polish on the corners of my nails.  The worst thing for you nails is chipped polish, because that's when you usually break a corner off your nail.  I think I lost about 4 corners, so my nails are looking rather rounded at the moment.

Anyway, lets get onto one of those mani's that I had stored up to post whilst I was away.

This pink and blue number was a skittlette that just came about rather organically.  I started with a white base and then painted rough stripes down the thumb, index and pinky fingers using some pink and blue polishes I mixed up for watermarbling.  I then used those same polishs to do a watermarble on my ringer finger.  I stamped a daisy design using Mundo de Unas polishes and place Swarovski crystals down the middle on my index finger.

I love these next two photos taken in front of our flowering Azalea plants.  The flowers are all finished now that I'm home from holiday's, especially as it's been so stinking hot for Spring! Today on our drive home it reached 42 degrees celsius!  We are getting this massive heat wave whilst the USA is snowed in!

I'll be back soon, I promise!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

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Rainbow houndstooth with gradient and stamping

Are you guys missing my daily posts?  Oh I'm sure you all are, cause you're just hanging by your phones or computers just waiting for me to post something new, right?   
Well I'm having a wonderful time on our family vacation.  Every day has been so jam packed with activities.  Since arriving in Queensland we've visited multiple theme parks, enjoyed dinners out and lots of meals catching up with the in-laws. We've played mini golf and hung about in the hotel pools and water park.  I've even found time to visit the Picture Polish HQ and meet the wonderful Picture Polish girls.  I'll do a post about that when I get back and show you a few photos
Here is a mani I wore from before I went away.  Just a little something to tie you over for a few more days.
It's a bit of a mix and match with a gradient, stamping and coloured water decals.   I think the polishes I used for the gradient were Picture Polish swagger, wisteria and candy and Ulta3 Corsican rose and Honolulu.  I stamped in white with Mundo de Unas white and a new Emily de Molly plate (but I can't remember which number sorry).
The hounds tooth gradient pattern and star are actually water decals from the Born Pretty Store that I purchased. They are item #14783 and I still have plenty more in the packet to do more manis.
Have fun and I'll be back when I can.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

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FNUG Psychedelic with psychedelic stamping

Hey everyone. I'm going to be very light on with words over the next two weeks as I'm away on vacation.  We left yesterday for the drive up from Canberra to the Gold Coast in Queensland (about a 13 hour drive).  We are currently spending the night in Coffs Harbour. We went to Dorrigo National Park today and I just have to say, Australia is such a beautiful place.  Also, you guys should have seen all the koala crossings along the freeway.  They have great big poles on each side and a wire crossing that joins them together.  I'd love to know if the koalas actually use those crossings, but there were heaps of them, so I assumed they must.  If I see some more I'll try take a photo.
Quickly to these nails I wore about a week ago.  After pulling out all my holos again for the comparison last week, I ended up putting on FNUG Psychedelic again, but this time stamping it with a psychedelic design.  The stamping image is from a MJ plate I think (but of course I can't check cause I'm not at home). I can update this post in a few weeks with the details of the plate. 
I hope you enjoy this post, cause it will probably be a few days before I'm back. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

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Jade Psicodelica

I'm heading off on a vacation on Saturday for two weeks. I've been far too busy to arrange guest posts or anything, so my blog posts are going to be very sporadic over the next two weeks.  I have some draft posts with photos uploaded, so if I find time after the kiddos go to sleep and we are in the hotel room, then I'll type so words to go with the photos.  But if you notice me being very short and sharp, that will be the reason why.

Onto today's polish. 

When I recently did my swatch comparison of all my silver holos, I discovered how awesome Jade Psicodelica was when compared to the other holos. So I decided to search my blog for my swatch photos and blog post about the polish.  That's when I actually realised that this amazing holo was still untried for me!  WHAT!  

Naturally I put it on immediately. 

GORGEOUS! That is all.

I actually thought I hit publish on this last night. I checked my blog this morning and no post. Whoops.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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Melbourne Cup Jockey Silks Skittles

Does anyone remember what happened with my nails for Melbourne Cup Day last year?  Just to recap, I went through the cup guide the night before  and chose my five favourite Jockey Silks and did a skittle mani.  I then put $20 on those horses in a boxed trifecta at the TAB and ended up winning the trifecta and bagging $1100.

Naturally, I had to attempt my genius at picking the winning horses again this year.  So last night I went through the race guide and picked out the designs I wanted to paint on my nails.  

As I was looking at the horse names I noticed one called 'Cavalryman'.  Given my husband played baseball in the National comp for the Canberra Cavalry, I just had to pick that horse, but of course it had the boring plain blue top with the "Fly Emirates" writing on it.

Cavalryman ended up getting scratched early this morning, so never even ran, but it turned out there was another horse from the same trainer, therefore with the same jockey silk (just with a white hat).  So I ended up putting that horse into my trifecta.  If I'd had more time before work I might have picked another jockey silk for that nail.

Sadly this year I didn't win.  But I still managed to pick the first two places (Red Cadeaux in the blue and red and Protectionist with the horseshoe)

Third place in the multi million dollar race went to 'Who shot the barman', and looking at his awesome silks below, I totally should have chosen it to paint on my nails.

I'm already looking forward to doing my nails for next years Melbourne Cup.  Were any of you other Aussies winners today?

Monday, November 3, 2014

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Results, results, results

I have lots of results for you tonight.

First up, the winner of the Ulta3 Advent Calendar giveaway on my blog.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulation Belinda, I've sent you an email.

Second, if you entered my giveaway on Instagram for the other Ulta3 Advent Calendar I'll be announcing the winner there later tonight.  Stay tuned for that.

Finally, results of the silver holo polish favourites.  I was going to drag this out a bit longer, but I want to share!

Did anyone notice that I actually got the order of two polishes back to front in the video compared the the photos.  Numbers 14 & 15 were swapped.  When counting the votes, I think most people were voting for 15 (14 in the photo), because it has something a bit different, sparkly and scattered.

I counted up votes from both my blog, facebook and the facebook group and here are the details of which polishes were the favourites.

There was a tie for first place with 3 and 9 both receiving 17 votes.
Second place went to 5 with 9 votes
Third place went to 10 with 8 votes
Forth place went to 15 (14 in the photos) with 6 votes
Fifth place went to 2 with 5 votes.

All the rest were less than that.

So which was which??

1 - FNUG – Psychedelic
2 - GOSH – Holographic (original release)
3 - Nfu Oh – 61 (original release)
4 - Layla – Mercury Twilight
5 - Ozotic – 509
6 - Color Club – Harp on it
7 - Dance Legend – T-1000
8 - Dance Legend – Prismatic top
9 - Jade – Psicodelica
10 - China Glaze – OMG
11 - HITS – Hefesto
12 - Ludurana – Esplendido
13 - Color Club – Worth the Risque
14 - Orly – Mirror Ball
15 - Born Pretty – Holo Color 1
16 - China Glaze – Cosmic Dust

Some surprising and interesting results there aren't there!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Silver Holos - which is your favourtie?

A few weeks back, someone in a Facebook group that I'm in did up a silver holo comparison on a nail wheel, and we all picked out which was our favourite before knowing which polish was which.  I really enjoyed it as it included a whole bunch of silver holos I didn't own.  Then it made me want to do it myself.

I have 16 (!) silver linear holos (and yes, there are still plenty that I don't have) and this comparison doesn't include any of the scattered holos.

I've got a few photos and a video and I'd love you all to comment below which one is your favourite.

After a few days I'll let you know which one was everyone's favourite as wells as which polish is which. The thing I loved about choosing a favourite holo from the ones shown in the Facebook group was that I didn't know which was which.  I think you guys will find it hard to choose, because they are all so different and they offer different things.

For the record, my favourite is number 3 for it's intense flame, with second favourites being #9 for it's sharp thin flame and #10 for it's smooth fine finish.
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