I'm really squeezing this post in here, with less than four hours of Blog Fest day left (in my time zone)! I only got back from England on Saturday, and by the time I did both my Blog Fest manis on Sunday, it was too dark to take photos. So I took photos this morning before running out of the house for my first day of work as a paid professional dancer (yay!!), and here we are now.
For this year's Blog Fest, we were to swatch one selected polish, and do nail nail with the other two shades and a set of Nail Vinyls that was included.
Let's start with the swatch! I was sent Pandora, which is a new shade that Picture Polish has just released. It is an amazing royal purple shade with the signature Picture Polish scattered holo finish which I adore.
Of course the holo effect is just stunning in the sun, and when you join that with the fact that this is my favourite shade of purple, it's no surprise that this is a huge winner for me! Shown is three thin coats with LaCC 2013 top coat, although you could definitely get away with two slightly thicker coats in person.
The two shades that I was sent for the nail art mani are Swagger and Bonkers, and I got the straight Nail Vinyls to use. The rules were very restrictive in that we weren't allowed to use any other nail art techniques such as gradients or dots, so I had quite a hard time coming up with something interesting. I ended up just making it up as I went, but in the end, I was pretty happy with how it turned out!
We were allowed to use white or black polish if needed, so I included white for a bit more contrast between the different shades. The white I used was LVX Fantom. I can also tell you that Swagger is a two-coater, and that Bonkers is amazingly opaque in just one coat if you're careful! The whole look is topped with one coat of Seche Vite, although there are quite a few layers of top coat in between there, since I did multiple layers of taping.
I've really enjoyed seeing what other bloggers have come up with today, since it was quite a challenge in terms of nail art this year! Well done, everyone! :)
Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for the purpose of Picture Polish Blog Fest 2014.