Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Introducing piCture pOlish Tail Feather by Kayla Shevonne!

Oh em gee, this moment has been a LONG time in the making, but I can finally introduce to you my very own collaboration shade with piCture pOlish!

As you all must know by now, piCture pOlish has been working with bloggers to create collaboration shades for well over a year now. After the 2012 Blog Fest, piCture pOlish chose a number of bloggers to create their own unique collaboration shade and I was lucky enough to have been chosen. And ever since, I've had to keep this collaboration a secret, which let me tell you was no easy feat! So I've been keeping this secret since September of 2012! 2012!! But I can say without a doubt that it was definitely worth it.

Honestly it's so surreal to see my name on a bottle of internationally sold nail polish. And it's not just something with my name slapped on it, this is something that I designed, from the name, the tagline, right down to the very last shimmer particle! What an amazing feeling!


If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that I have a love for all things peacock. I even had a peacock themed wedding! So when asked to describe my perfect nail polish, I knew right where to start.

Tail Feather is a bright, borderline neon shade of green that's packed with lots of blue, purple, pink, green and gold shimmer. The shimmer isn't your typical shimmer, instead each particle is like a tiny micro-flake. The piCture pOlish gals called them "sparks" and I think that's the perfect description!

The shimmer particles I chose to use lend to a thicker polish formula, and I'll admittedly advice patience during application, but the colour is so worth it in my opinion. I've used three coats in my swatches here.

I should also mentioned that piCture pOlish has moved from a 3 free formula to a new 5 free formula and Tail Feather is among the first of the shades with the new formulation!

Here's my official inspiration story that I gave to piCture pOlish:

I was inspired by the exquisite radiance of a peacock's display. Furthermore, I've always been personally drawn towards bright and fun tropical colors. I combined both of these ideas, along with some brilliant eye-catching shimmer, to get my shade, Tail Feather!

The tagline was something I struggled with. I couldn't get that Nelly, P.Diddy and Murphy Brown song "Shake Ya Tailfeather" out of my head, so my mind kept going to the lyric "pop something, move something, shake ya tail feather". But I knew I didn't want that (plus, copyright infringement, anyone?), so I had to force myself to not think of that song, which was a lot harder than it sounds!

Luckily, my amazingly clever and always witty husband (don't tell him I said that, it'll surely over-inflate his ego) swooped in to save the day with what turned out to be the perfect tagline - "flaunt it… all eyes on you!". If you think about it, it's actually a double entendre! All eyes are on you because the polish is so gorgeous, but also, all "eyes" are on you, you know, the eye of the peacock feather! Genius.

I of course must thank the amazing women over at piCture pOlish. It's been such a pleasure to work with them so closely over this last year and a half. Thank you girls for making a dream come true!

Tail Feather is available now from the piCture pOlish website as well as from Nail Polish Canada. It will also be available soon from other international retailers such as Overall Beauty, Harlow & Co. and llarowe, to name a few. Be sure to check out their list of network members to find an etailer nearest you.

I hope you all love Tail Feather as much as I do! If you get yourself a bottle, be sure to share your photos with me! All of my social media info is available on the menu bar at the top of the page, so share, share, share!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Shadowed Rose Nail Art

So I feel like I owe you all an explanation regarding my recent absence.

If you follow me in Instagram you probably already know, but I started a new job last Monday! It's the first real, grown-up person job that I've had since earning my degree, so I'm obviously taking it very seriously and it's taking up a lot of my time, which is why blogging has kind of fallen to the wayside these first couple of weeks. However I'm slowly easing into this new routine and figuring out a new schedule for blogging.

In the meantime, I'd like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who has stuck by me through my blogging gaps recently. First it was the wedding preparations, then of course the madness of the Christmas season, and now with the new job. It's so amazing to know that you all still support me and my little blog.

Anyways, let's get to the manicure!

The jelly gradient technique I used for the base of this design came from my friend Rebecca from Rebecca Likes Nails. She did a quick tutorial here if you'd like to learn how to recreate the look. I also used this technique in another mani back in July! Check that one out here.

The colour I started with is China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts and then I followed Rebecca's tutorial and used China Glaze Isle See You Later to create the gradient effect. Next, I used a small nail art brush and China Glaze Liquid Leather to outline a rose shape on each of my nails. I must admit, it took a few tries on a practice wheel to get the shape looking how I wanted it to. I actually did some googling to find a good rose outline inspiration and I came across this image from a NAIL IT! tutorial, so that's the basic shape I went with.

I really love how these nails turned out! I think I'll definitely be using the shadowed rose shape in more manis in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Year's Eve Nails - Better Late Than Never!

A little slow on posting these, but here's the super quick and easy mani I wore for New Year's!

The base for the polka dot nails is China Glaze Liquid Leather and I followed that up with some simple polka dots using a couple of different sized dotting tools and China Glaze White on White. The blingy accent nail is a base of China Glaze Midnight Kiss followed by two coats of China Glaze Blonde Bombshell. I topped everything with a coat of Seche Vite and voila!

We're actually not big celebrators of New Year's, we're much more into Christmas, so we didn't do anything special on New Year's Eve. But my nails were special enough, I think. :)

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Review & Swatches - butter LONDON Double Take Ice Duo


Not too long ago I showed you one of the two duos that butter LONDON released for Holiday 2013. The first one is the Fire Duo and the one I'm showing you today is the Ice Duo. Each set features two polishes - one that acts as the opaque base colour and one flakie glitter topper that can be added to create a whole new manicure.

Bluecoat is a deep blue base with lots of electric blue shimmer. The formula was very good and Bluecoat is a very opaque shade. You could probably get away with one thicker coat, but I did two thinner ones to keep it more even looking.

Leccy is a flakie topper that consists of opalescent flakes that shift from blue to purple to even gold. The flakes are slightly sparse so I recommend applying one coat as normal but then using the brush to just dab on a few extra flakes in any bare areas. Apparently "Leccy" is brit slang for electricity, which I think is a pretty neat fact.

butter LONDON polishes are available direct from them (US site/Canadian site/UK site), or you can also get bL from Nail Polish Canada, who is currently offering free shipping on ALL Canadian orders so it's a great chance to stock up on some bL shades if you're in Canada!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 03, 2014

piCture polish Imperial by The Swatchaholic

We're in the middle of a crazy blizzard here and although there's been rolling blackouts for the last 24 hours plus, I've been fortunate enough to not have lost mine yet! So there's really no better time to swatch new and pretty polishes!

Recently I placed a small order with Nail Polish Canada for a couple of piCture polish Collaboration shades that I'd been wanting. Imperial by Jeanette from The Swatchaholic was one of the ones I picked up.

Imperial is a vibrant neon people base packed with heavy blue shimmery flakes and small coppery gold hexagonal glitters. Pictures can't do this one justice because it's even more vibrant and beautiful in person. Definitely a must-own in my opinion.

The formula was pretty great; it was nice and creamy and two coats provided perfect coverage. It does dry down semi-matte due to the neon pigment, so be sure to add top coat if you want a shiny finish.

If you'd like to know more about the inspiration behind Imperial and see some of Jeanette's beautiful photos, check out her post here.

Imperial is easily one of my favourite piCture polish Collaborations ever. In fact I'm glad that I tried it before finishing my editor's choice post featuring my Best of 2013 picks because this will definitely be making the list.

piCture polish is available now from the piCture pOlish website as well as from other global network members such as Harlow & Co. and Nail Polish Canada.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The Best of 2013 - Reader's Choice

Happy New Year's everyone! I hope you all had a happy and safe New Year's Eve!

This post took a whole lot longer than expected to put together, but I finally have the results from the Reader's Choice Best of 2013 Survey! I'll announce the winner of the corresponding giveaway at the end of the post.

Let's get right to it! Here are your choices for the best brands, products and trends of 2013!

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