Monday, July 29, 2013

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013!

Hello lovelies!

Welcome to a very special post, piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013! This year's theme is 'Celebrating the year of the blogger', which is all about celebrating bloggers and what they do!

If you haven't come across it before, Blog Fest is the annual celebration hosted by piCture pOlish where bloggers from all around the world come together on the same day (this year it's the 29th of July) and post reviews of piCture pOlish shades. Although Blog Fest is usually the same day that new shades are released (and reviewed on the blogs), piCture pOlish are doing things a bit differently this year...instead of releasing new shades, they sent all participating bloggers three existing shades and challenged them to come up with a nail art look, complete with tutorial.

I was sent Coral Reef, Whimsy and Beige, and here's what I came up with:

My nail art submission for piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013.

Keep reading after the jump!

To get this look, you only need three different shades of nail polish, a fan brush, cotton buds, base coat and top coat (not pictured).

piCture pOlish Whimsy, Coral Reef and Beige, as well as a fan brush and cotton bud.

Step 1 Begin by priming all your nails with a good base coat.

Step 2 Next, paint each nail a pale shade to act as your base shade, I chose Beige for this step and used two coats. Be sure to wait a good amount of time for each nail to dry properly, if you move on too quickly to the next step and your base shade isn't dry, you risk ruining the entire look (handy tip: you can also fast forward the process by using a quick dry topcoat like Poshé or Seche Vite).

Step 2

Step 3 Get the remaining two bottles of polish and have them open and ready to work with, as you'll need to work quickly for the next two steps. Working finger by finger, paint one stripe in the centre of each nail (I used Whimsy for this stage). You don't need to be too precise.

Step 3

Step 4 Without waiting for the stripe from Step 3 to dry, quickly paint a second stripe on just within the first stripe (I used Coral Reef for this one). Make sure that you don't cover the first stripe completely.

Step 4

Step 5 Moving quickly, move the fan brush over both stripes, smearing the stripes horizontally in a linear pattern over the nail. You might need to repeat this a couple of times in both directions until you're happy with the coverage over each nail. You might like to clean the fan brush by rubbing it over a piece of cotton wool soaked in nail polish remover before moving on to the next nail. Don't worry if you get polish residue on your cuticles, we'll tidy it up at a later stage.

Step 5

Step 6 Repeat steps 3-5 for each nail, working nail by nail, until you've completed all ten fingers.

Step 7 You might notice a little polish residue on your cuticles. Dip a cotton bud in nail polish remover and gently clean up the residue from around your cuticles.

Step 8 You can skip this step if you prefer a more textured finish, but I chose to seal my manicure with topcoat to protect the look.

The finished look!

The finished look!

The finished look!

All nail art creations from Blog Fest 2013 will go into the running to win one of three amazing prizes; a chance at a collaboration shade with piCture pOlish, to be launched in 2014!

The top three prizes will be selected by the following ways:
1) Preferred look as voted on by piCture pOlish friends and fans.
2) Preferred look as voted on by the piCture pOlish Blog Fest bloggers.
3) Preferred look as chosen by the piCture pOlish girls!

I hope you enjoyed my piCture pOlish Blog Fest nail art and tutorial, lovelies! You can find out more information on piCture pOlish by visiting their Every Day Deals, Network list and Shipping information, as well as stalk them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube and Instagram.

Don't forget to check out the other amazing creations from piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013! I'm sure they'll pop up if you do a quick Google Search, I certainly plan to!

Much love,
MM.
x








Note: These products were kindly provided for my participation in the piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013. This has not affected my opinion in any way. For more information, please refer to my Disclosure Policy.

61 comments:

  1. Very pretty, Coco! I ordered a whole heap of those brushes/nail art tools from ebay and can't wait to get them already! :)

    xx

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    1. Thank you! Can't wait to see what you come up with. :)

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  2. This is incredible, even close up they are flawless!! It's like a beautiful watercolour painting, love love love love LOVE!!!

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    1. I especially love how simple the steps are, I feel like this is actually possible, even for me - which is more than I can say for a lot of nail art out there!

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    2. Oh, thank you so much! I know you will do a lovely job, please tag me if you try this! :)

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  3. I love this effect, those colors look fantastic together like this.

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    1. Thank you so much, Cathy! It means so much coming from you! xx

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  4. This is such an awesome design! I love how you used a fan brush to create that effect- I really like the finished look!

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  5. Soooo pretty...I agree with Kristine...This look is amazing yet you have explained it so well that im sure many people will be sporthing this look now.

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    1. Thank you so much, Fawn! I sure hope so, it's a very quick and easy technique! :)

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  6. What a gorgeous look that you have explained beautifully. I have always shied away from nail art as I am completely hopeless when it comes to painting my nails, but this one looks like I should give it a go. Good luck in the competition - it would be an awesome prize to win xxx

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    1. Ah, Kate, you are making me blush! I do hope that you give it a go, I'd LOVE to see what you come up with! xx

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  7. The finish is amazing! Never thought it'd end up like that (:

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  8. Love how you've used the colours together to achieve such a chic look. You're good at tutorials and should do more. I know it's a lot of effort but it shows! :)

    All the best in the competitions! ♥

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  9. This is so pretty, I love that it's so simple :)

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  10. I love this effect - I've never tried it before! Very pretty :)

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  11. As always hun, your manis are totally stunning! Love this design! xx

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    1. Aw, you're making me blush! Thank you! xx

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  12. I love this look and I think even I might be able to give this one a go :)
    Thanks for sharing Coco xx

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    1. Oops, that's from me Claire xx

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    2. I'm sure you would do a brilliant job, Claire! Can't wait to see what you come up with! xx

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  13. It looks amazing Nalini! What an easy nail look to do, but the result is amazing:) You were sent some beautiful shades too x

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    1. Thank you so much, Ingy darling! If you ever try this, please let me know, I'd love to see it on you! xx

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  14. Amazingly beautiful!! I love your nails hun, they remind me of a painting that i would just stare at for hours. I love them to bits. Thanks so much for the guide on how to achieve this look, i so want to try this. :) xx

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    1. Aw, you are making me blush, DD! Thank you so much, hun.

      My pleasure, I'd love to see you create this, I bet it looks stunning on you!

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  15. Love this amazing effect, looks so pretty xx

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  16. great effect! well done hun, very creative xo

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  17. This looks awesome!! I am definitely going to give this ago, I would never have thought of this! Loving the colour combo as well xx

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Please do, I think it would look gorgeous on you! I'd love to see it. :)

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  18. This is awesome and your tutorial looks really easy to follow as well :)

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  19. Such amazing nails, very well done - I love it! :)

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  20. What a creative colour and amazing results! I don't normally do my own nails but this creation could be easy enough for a hopeless like me to recreate!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! It's really easy, I promise, I specialise in easy! I'd love to see what you do if you ever decide to give it a go. :)

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  21. Looks great! So simple but very effective :) I will definitely be trying this.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! Very simple, I promise! I'd love to see what you do if you do recreate it!

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  22. This look is just gorgeous!

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  23. What a cool technique! I'll have to try this!

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  24. Wow I have never seen it done this way before. Love it, will have to try it! :)

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    1. Thank you, tag me if you do, I'd love to see it on you! :)

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  25. I have to try this sometime :) I LOVE IT :)
    Love the color combination you chose too :)
    hugs
    xx

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