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I'm so excited to show you this post today! A couple of months ago, piCture pOlish announced on their Facebook page that they were taking submissions for the 2013 Blog Fest. I was so surprised and ecstatic when I received the e-mail saying that Polished Prescription was chosen. In case you haven't noticed by now, PP is my favorite brand - everything from their formula to the colors to the little details like the shape of the holo particles is absolutely amazing. So of course I was so so excited! And now the day has finally come to show you the beauties that PP sent me as well as some nail art I did with them and a tutorial.
This year, piCture pOlish was so generous and sent not one, not two, but three, that's right, three, polishes! Eeek! I received Demeter, Tiffany, and Frosting. Click the Read More link below to see the full post. Brace yourself, this is a very long post!
Before I get to my tutorial and nail art, here are swatches of the three amazing shades I received.
Demeter. Demeter is a deep red-toned chocolate brown polish with gorgeous scattered holo. Like the other PP holos I've tried, the holo particles in Demeter are irregularly shaped and different sizes, which I absolutely love! The formula was perfect, absolutely perfect. It flowed so easily on the nail and was completely opaque in just two easy coats. As usual, the holo was much more intense in person than I was able to capture in photos. Demeter is seriously so gorgeous, I think it might be one of my new favorite polishes!
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Tiffany. Mints/turquoises/greens/blues are my favorite polish shades, so of course I love Tiffany! This polish is a light, almost pastel minty creme with prominent blue undertones - however, it definitely leans more mint/green than blue. I love how Tiffany is soft and delicate yet fun and bright! The formula wasn't too bad for a light polish like this - it was streaky on the first coat, only slightly streaky on the second, and completely smoothed out and opaque with the third and final coat. I wore this as a pedicure for a while and got so many compliments on the color! So here's the lovely Tiffany, 3 coats, no top coat.
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Frosting. Last but not least is Frosting, a new collaboration shade with Chelle over at the Cosmetic Cupcake. It has a milky pastel pink jelly base with small fuchsia, purple, and silver hex glitters as well as pretty iridescent silver heart glitters. It took me three coats to get the pink base as opaque as I wanted it. Application was pretty easy and straightforward. I used thinner coats because the formula is a little bit on the thicker side. The hearts weren't too difficult to place - I only had to go fishing maybe 1/3 of the time. I'm a little conflicted about this shade. I definitely think it's cute, but pink and hearts just aren't really my style. But the more I wore this polish, the more it grew on me, so who knows! Definitely no complaints here =) So here is 3 coats of Frosting with a healthy serving of top coat to smooth it all out.
Now on to the most exciting part, my nail art and my first tutorial! PP definitely threw me for a loop with these three shades... Tiffany and Demeter are amazing together! I love turquoise/mint with brown, it has a very retro vibe. And while pink also goes so nicely with brown, given the bumpiness of Frosting due to the glitter, I was at a loss with how I could incorporate it into a nail art look. I knew I couldn't layer Frosting over one of the other shades, because then you wouldn't be able to see the pink base. I also played around with doing nail art on top of Frosting, but I think it's beauty is best displayed on its own, especially since the polish is so complex already. So I used it on my ring finger and thumb to make two accent nails.
The finished result is definitely retro-inspired! I just had to go that direction because that's what these polishes were calling out to me. Because I didn't want to overshadow Frosting, I made the design on the rest of my fingers fairly simple. Is anyone surprised I did polka dots?? Probably not. I guess I do flowers pretty often too, but polka dots are my favorite! So here's the final look, followed by a step-by-step tutorial. I hope you like it!
Here's how I created this manicure. All you need are a few different sized dotting tools and you're all set!
1. Happy, clean, filed nails.
2. Base coat. I usually switch off between Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and the original
OPI Nail Envy. Here, I used Qtica.
3. Apply base polishes. I used three coats of Frosting on my ring finger and thumb. The
rest of my nails have two coats of Demeter.
4. Get your dotting tools ready!
5. Make large dots. Use the largest-sized dotting tool and Tiffany to create large dots at
the tips of your nails. For best results, make some of the dots go off the tip of the nail.
6. Make progressively smaller dots going down the nail. I used a total of three
more different-sized polka dots going down the nail toward the cuticle.
7. Result of steps 1-6.
8. More dots! Next I used the same sized dotting tools and Demeter to create the effect of
the holo circles. I carefully placed Demeter inside random dots of Tiffany.
I actually love how Frosting looks with the Demeter and Tiffany polka dots! Overall, this mani is colorful and fun, and I'm happy I found a way to create a cohesive look where all of the polishes showcase the beauty of each other.
I'd like to end this post by thanking piCture pOlish for being so amazing. Not only am I so thankful for the opportunity to participate in Blog Fest this year, but I also deeply appreciate the respect that all of the Aussies over at PP have for us nail polish lovers all over the world. I love how PP always showcases beautiful looks that people create with their polishes, and I love that they always make it a point to respond to posts on their Facebook wall. It's brands like piCture pOlish who produce incredible polishes and build a good relationship with their fans that keep my passion for polish going. So once again, I can't thank you enough, piCture pOlish, for being so amazing!
You can find all of the polishes shown in this post and many more on the piCture pOlish website. For information about shipping from Australia, visit this page. You can also purchase PP shades from other vendors, whom you can find on PP's network page.
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If you made it to the end of this post, you're a champ!! Thanks so much for reading, and thank you for your continued support. I love all you guys! I hope you're having an awesome Monday!