I'm sure your feed is certainly being bombarded with posts from piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 today, and this is my contribution! I've participated in Blog Fest since the beginning, so this is my third year and it's definitely become something that I look forward to each year.
This year piCture pOlish decided to celebrate bloggers by giving Blog Fest 2013 the theme "Year of the Blogger"! So we were all tasked with using three piCture pOlish shades to create an awesome nail art design and corresponding tutorial.
The three shades that the piCture pOlish gals chose for me are Cosmos, Ocean and Gene Doll. Before the polishes even arrived I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do with them - a nebula/galaxy design.
To achieve this look, I started with a (very fitting) base of piCture pOlish Cosmos. Cosmos is one of the piCture Polish Collaboration polishes and this one was created in collaboration with Pshiit Boutique. It's a beautiful, deep intense blue jelly with a scattered holographic effect and those wonderful micro-flakes that piCture pOlish is famous for.
When my base of Cosmos was completely dry, I used a piece of torn off makeup sponge and I stippled on some white polish to create the basic shape of the nebulas. Next, I used piCture pOlish Ocean to sponge over some of the white, particularly around the edges. Ocean is another Collaboration polish, this one was created in collaboration with Kelly's Kolors. It's a bright turquoise blue jelly with the same holographic effect and micro-flakes as Cosmos.
I then applied some of piCture pOlish Gene Doll only to the inside of the nebulas. Gene Doll consists of hexagonal fuchsia glitter in a clear base. I didn't get quite enough glitter with the first coat so I went back with the small end of a dotting tool and placed just a few individual glitters.
I went back with my white and added a few stars to really complete the galaxy look. A quick coat of top coat finished everything off!
Now if you want to really see how this was done, from start to finish, I've also created a full video tutorial to go along with this design! Check it out below.
If the embedded video doesn't work for you, here's the direct link to the tutorial. And while you're there, go ahead and subscribe to my YouTube channel! I'm starting to get the hang of these video tutorials, so it's definitely something I want to continue doing.
I'm completely head over heels in love with this design. The colours all work so well together and I don't think I would have ever thought to use a glitter polish for the inside of the nebulas, but having to use these three polishes together really made me think outside the box.
Oh and the watermark you see in these photos is totally temporary. If you remember from my last post, I had a little mishap with my curling iron, so I still needed to cover up the little burn mark without it being too obvious (ie: like my last post where I had a cute band-aid on). I knew these photos would be shared on all of piCture pOlish's social media sites and the band-aid image would likely have garnered a lot of questions, so this is the best way I could think of to avoid that.
piCture pOlish will be posting all of the Blog Fest manis to a special Pinterest board and from there, three Blog Fest awards will be chosen! One by you, the fans, one by us, the bloggers, and one by the piCture pOlish gals. The winners will be given an opportunity to work with piCture pOlish to create their very own piCture pOlish Collaboration polish in 2014!
I'm loving that macro shot! It really shows off those beautiful micro-flakes in Cosmos.
Big thanks to this gals of piCture pOlish for allowing me to participate once again in Blog Fest. It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to see everyone else's awesome manis!
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Thanks for looking! And be sure to check out all of the other amazing piCture pOlish Blog Fest manis created by bloggers from all over the world!