Monday, July 29, 2013

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013: Betsey Johnson Inspired Roses and Leopard Print (with tutorial!)

Hi guys!!  Today I can finally reveal a secret I've been keeping for a couple months now.  I was one of the lucky bloggers chosen to participate in this year's Blog Fest event!  I'm super excited about this, because I love piCture pOlish, and I didn't get to participate last year because I was on my blogging break.

This year, we were tasked with creating some amazing nail art and a tutorial using the three polishes they sent us.  The polishes I received were piCture pOlish Majesty, Mallard, and Voodoo.  I have to admit, when I first saw these three together, I went "Oh shit, why did I get Christmas colors?... What am I supposed to do with these?"  I puzzled over this dilemma for almost a month.  I finally decided floral was the way to go, and thought of some Betsey Johnson inspired rose/leopard print combination.

An added bonus to this year's Blog Fest is a chance to win a collaborative piCture pOlish shade to be released next year!  There will be three participants selected for this, one based on a fan vote via Pinterest, one based on fellow participant's votes, and one based on the choice of Jules & Megs of piCture pOlish.  So you know what this means... if you want to see a Smashley Sparkles piCture pOlish collab I need your votes!!! <3

Scroll down to the bottom to read my step by step tutorial for this mani and see a Pinterest friendly tutorial graphic!

The graphic above can be enlarged, so please click it if you'd like to see a bigger version!

Step 1.  Gather your polishes and tools.  In addition to Majesty, Mallard, and Voodoo, you will need a stamping plate (I used Mash-40), a stamper, a scraper, a dotting tool, a small paint brush, a black polish, and a white polish.

Step 2.  Polish all your nails with two coats of Majesty.  Allow to dry completely.  You can add quick dry top coat to speed up this part of the process.

Step 3.  Stamp leopard print onto all your nails using black polish.

Step 4.  Make the basic shape of your roses and leaves in white.  This will allow the darker polishes to pop more when you layer them.  I used the dotting tool to make the rose and the paint brush to add the leaves.

Step 5.  Layer Voodoo and Mallard over the white base you made in the last step using your paint brush.  I find it helpful to thin out my polishes a bit on this step so the art doesn't get so thick on your nail.

Step 6.  Add details to the roses and leaves with the small paint brush and black polish.  Add top coat.  And you're finished!

I hope some of you will try out my tutorial, and if you do I would love to see your versions of it.  Please feel free to share them on my Facebook page!

piCture pOlish can be purchased at their own site (shipping info here), as well as any of the websites found on their worldwide network page.

You can also keep up with them on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Phew... now that you've got all that info, don't forget to get ready to vote for me so you can help me make my own piCture pOlish collab shade!! :)

Here are links to the other participants in Blog Fest 2013:


  1. love what you did - good luck my love xx

  2. Stunning! I love these floral nails :) they are so vampy and romantic.

  3. I love this! The leopard and roses are so great together!

  4. You did a wonderful mani, love it!

  5. So pretty! You've done a great job matching the design with the colours they gave you :)

  6. Very bold design with the colors you received :) Love it!

  7. I love what you did with those 3 colors!

  8. The colors you put together are simply divine! I love this very much

  9. So pretty! I love the sparkles!

  10. These are beaut - Voodoo is a perfect colour for the roses and I love how the background sparkles through. Nice to see someone else also took the journey from initial panic to flowers, haha.


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