CND X Manish Arora from Paris Fashion Week

I don't normally just drop press releases that rock up in my email onto the blog, but I fell in love with a bunch of the nails from CND X Manish Arora from Paris Fashion Week. I am just loving the big 3d elements and striping tape are on the runway! Feeling SO much inspo from these looks, Hope you love them too.


FEATURED NAIL ARTISTS: Torie Bastian and Tracey Lee

"CND™ Vinylux™ Winter Nights deep navy shade.

Shocks of flames sculpted from CND™ Shellac™ licked the nail with regal medallions of Swarovski crystals and metallic adornments.

A perfect medley of brights including CND™ Vinylux™ Wildfire, Banana Clips, Electric Orange and CND™ Creative Play™ Berry Shocking are layered over CND™ Vinylux™ Cream Puff , popping each shade’s true pigment and garnished with metallic stripes, stars and fiberoptic tinsel.

CND’s deep shade of Tartan Punk red is bejeweled with silver strips and Swarovski crystals, bringing thematic to new heights.

Vibrant neons and wistful stars are set to liberate this season’s fashion looks with an e ervescent and striking design of CND™ Vinylux™ Wildfire, Banana Clips, Electric Orange and CND™ Creative Play™ Berry Shocking, Isn’t She Grape, Toe the Lime and Navy Brat, and embellished with star studs and gold bullion."

Go grab your CND polishes from Pacific Nail & Beauty.

ORLY Builder in a Bottle

If you have followed me for awhile, you would know that I love having builder gel in a bottle, but have had less than stellar experiences with the cheap ones I have bought in the past. So I have been eyeing off the Orly one for some time, and of course had to go to the launch and see it in action! The demonstration was done by the lovely Trina Ngo who is an Orly ambassador and a magical wizard of nails. 

The whole process seemed fairly straight forward - apply form, cleanse, prime and brush on the product. She started by building a tip and curing, then applying the product over the whole nail. It only took 2 or 3 coats to make a sturdy nail. And SO crystal clear! I can't wait to get some and put all the glitter in it. Orly is also all about protecting the natural nail, so their primer is acid free and all the products in this range contain Vitamins A +E and Pro Vitamin B5.

Of course the thing that I am really excited about, that the not-so-good ones I've tried in the past don't do, is that it soaks off! Pretty much like removing acrylic - you file most of it off then soak off the last bit. I've popped some videos at the bottom of both the application and the removal. So I know I will be using it to build nails, but I think this would also be perfect for those looking to grow out their nails with overlays (if this is something you've thought about doing, go check out the FB group FB Obsessed with Overlays).

Below I have put up some of the pics I took, so you can see the before and afters and some of Trina's beautiful nail art. 

Orly Builder in a Bottle is distributed through Hawley International  and you can purchase it through Think Beauty 

Born Pretty Haul

Orange Party
Sorry I've been a little MIA lately - its been chaotic and I've been juggling a million different things. But hey if you want to read about me and what's been going on, go hit up my story on Picture Polish's Stories. But I've got some fun things lined up to post about, so stay tuned!
For today I just wanted to post my latest little haul from Born Pretty Store. I've really been feeling the autumn colours (I keep complaining that it's too hot here in Sydney, but I am sure we will actually get some autumn weather soon!) and I am on the hunt for a range of jewel toned gel polishes. So I grabbed 2 autumny gels in this order. This orange is Orange Party (Item # 45157) and I used 2 thin coats - it is really pigmented so you have to have a light hand or you will get wrinkling. 

Frog Prince
The next shade is Frog Prince (item # 45159). I used a matte top coat and stamped using on of their plain white stamping polishes. 2 coats and no problems at all with this one! It's a great forest green for my collection. 

White Gold

Gel stamping polish is beginning to pop up everywhere, and I've had a few colours in the past and already knew I would love this one. It has it's pros and cons, it's amazing for beginners as you have endless time to get it right and you can scrape multiple times and not have to worry about taking off too much product (it is VERY forgiving). The con is the clean up - you either have to use a liquid latex or do clean up before you cure. This colour is White Gold (Item # 44587).

Layered Butterfly Plate
The last of my items is a layered butterfly stamping plate (Item # 45512). It's really nice seeing layered plates coming out from the more affordable brands. This plate was really nice to work with, although there are so many layers I don't think you need to do them all. Most of the butterflies in this mani I used 3 layers. 

As always, you can use my code VHW10 for 10% off full priced items. And let me know if you try any of these and what you think!