/**/ September 2014 - Procrastinating Polishr

Tri Polish Tuesday - Bye Bye Sunshine

That’s all folks! The final Tri Polish Tuesday for the year done and dusted. A new nail art challenge is coming to take its place, so today we farewell not only grey, teal and lilac; but all the three colour combinations we’ve seen this year.

Tri Polish Tuesday - Rain Cloud Nail Art

Today is a bit of a recreation of a super cute clutch I’ve been quite attached to lately. It’s from Sybella and I totally adore it.

Tri Polish Tuesday - Rain Cloud Nail Art

Buh-bye Tri Polish Tuesday, it's been real.

31 Day Challenge 2014: Day 22-28 Roundup

So close to the end and I almost fell off the wagon - but I somehow managed to pull a few outta thin air last night and catch up, and I've just finished today's.

The 'Inspired by' prompts have been treating me well - they require a bit more brain but I like that it brings such a wide range of interpretations.

Day 22: Inspired by a Song

31 Day Challenge 2014 Inspired by a Song Stripes

I had so many ideas leading up to doing this mani but at the last moment I had The B-52's Rock Lobster come into my head. I'm not good enough to be freehanding a lobster, but I always loved the lyric
"We were at the beach
Everybody had matching towels!"
Striped beach towels it was! I love the summery colours I used, especially the orange which is Kester Black Papaya.

Day 23: Inspired by a Movie

Suspiria Nail Art 31 Day Challenge 2014 Inspired by a Movie

I'm not a super movie fan (much to my budding film critic husband's eternal dismay) but I do love horror movies. Classics, teen slashers, D grade schlock - I'm on board for all of it.

One of the most visually interesting horror movies is the creepy and strange supernatural mystery Suspiria. I wanted to do something in the vivid red and blue that a lot of the movie is lit with, but I struggled with a concept I could execute with polish. Instead I took inspiration from the incredible setting - the walls, doors, windows and furnishings are all striking and graphic. I love how this one turned out.

Day 24: Inspired by a Book

31 Day Challenge 2014 Inspired by a Book

I was at a loss for ages on this prompt but I'm so in love with what I came up with! I love The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and luckily it's full of unique inspiration. I took a few common images and themes from the book and just let it happen on my nails.

Day 25: Inspired by Fashion

31 Day Challenge 2014 Inspired by Fashion

I was inspired by More Nail Polish to look to Modcloth for my inspiration - a brilliant yet dangerous idea. I could have sent myself broke while finding something to recreate. I probably wouldn't actually have worn this dress, but I like how it looks on my nails.

Day 26: Inspired by a Pattern

31 Day Challenge Inspired by a Pattern

I am in love with Emily de Molly stamping plates. The patterns on EDM09 are all killer. I should get another EDM09 just so I can frame it or something. Most excitingly about this mani is that I had my first experience with a proper stamping polish (from Nail Stamping Queen) and daaaamn it made stamping fifty times easier. I'm super impressed.

Day 27: Inspired by Artwork

31 Day Challenge Inspired by Artwork

I didn't have anything specific in mind for this challenge, so I just disappeared into a Google black hole and ended up finding the striking piece Curves on White (Four Panels) by 91 year old minimalist artist Ellsworth Kelly. I love the crisp lines and bold colours.

Day 28: Inspired by a Flag

31 Day Challenge 2014 - Inspired by a Flag

Finishing the week on a geometric high! I didn't want to do a country flag and thought this was a really strange prompt. Hooray for nautical flags!

This is the flag that represents the letter P and is also known as Blue Peter. I chose it because I liked the look of it, and given my Instagram and blog handle P seemed appropriate.

Thats it for another week! I'm definitely feeling the burn at this point but at the same time I'm surprised we're almost done. Though I'm not gonna lie - I am seriously looking forward to spending a day without nail art. I have a growing pile of untrieds that is spilling out of baskets and on to tabletops, they need to get on my nails!

Tri Polish Tuesday - Blocked Triangles

I don't know about you, but I often find myself getting carried away with overly complicated ideas when it comes to nail art.

I always feel like I need to do something I've never done before, which is kind of silly. Practice makes perfect, so why would I try something once or twice and move on? Sometimes it's like once I've tried it the idea just falls out of my brain forevermore. 

Not this week! In order to maintain sanity a colour blocked tape mani was in order!

Tri Polish Tuesday - Colour blocking

Ulta3 Lilac Bloom, Ulta3 It's a Bit Grey, Kester Black Laguna

Tri Polish Tuesday - Colour blocking

Simple taped off sections and some careful application - done! A striking look with minimum effort.

One more week of Tri Polish Tuesday left before a whole new challenge begins!

31 Day Challenge 2014: Days 15-21 Roundup

Nail artists around the internet will breathe a sigh of relief this week as we enter the home stretch for the 31 Day Challenge. I'm pretty excited about the 'Inspired by' prompts ahead, but lets see what I came up with this week!

Ohhhh this week you guys. It has seen some ugly lows and wonderful highs. Let's relive my Instagram feed!

Day 15: Delicate

31 Day Challenge - Delicate

This almost had me stumped - delicate isn't a style I do a lot of. Stamping plates were my saviour, with China Glaze At Vast Value, Essie No Place Like Chrome and an Essence glitter I forgot the name of. I freehanded some kind of swirly acion on my pointer for the hell of it.

Day 16: Geometric

31 Day Challenge - Geometric

Geometric was meant to be the best prompt, and I was going to have the most amazing geometric nails the world had ever seen! Except I lacked two things - skills, and time.

I tried some leadlight stamping decals on the Monday night which were a massive failure. By the time I finished I wanted to cry, but I was tired and didn't even remove them. So they depressed me all day at work Tuesday. I planned to get home and re-do them but a friend was in town so I had to whip something up quick to cover both Geometric AND Tri Polish Tuesday! I ended up with this sad old rushed looking cling wrap mani, stamped with a few images from Emily de Molly plate EDM03.

Day 17: Glitter

31 Day Challenge - Glitter

Why use one glitter polish when you can use 4? I grabbed my Pretty Serious glitters (Shattered Amethyst, Venomous, Broken Hearted & Dream Weaver) from the Splash of Flash collection, dabbed over Shades of Phoenix Knight in Shining Armour. I couldn't help but try a jelly sandwich too!

Day 18: Half Moon

31 Day Challenge - Half Moon

Well hallelu! I got my mojo back with this mani. I hated hated hated taking it off, it's probably one of my favourite manis - simple and clean while still being vibrant. I carefully applied Miss Ashleigh Where My Witches At? making sure to get some interesting glitters in the half moon area, topped with OPI Vant to Bite My Neck? and lined with Ulta3 Tahitian Lime to make it pop.

Day 19: Galaxy

31 Day Challenge - Galaxy

I love galaxies but almost never do them! I was glad to crank one out again, especially with the amazing bunch of polish I had prepared to do it with. Sayuri's recently released Otherworldly collection was an obvious choice, as well some Shades of Phoenix for good measure.

A rough idea of my layers:

Base: Sayuri Dark Intent, Shades of Phoenix Midnight Sky
Sponged layer #1: Shades of Phoenix Sardine/Earl Grey, Sayuri Evil Desire, Ulta3 Lily White
Sponged layer #2: Sayuri Umbra & Dark Intent, Shades of Phoenix Sardine/Earl Grey (over any white), Ulta3 Black Satin

Totally and completed adore the result. Layering the burgundy Umbra over the deep orange Evil Desire gave the darkened burgundy colour with the pops of brightness creeping through. Starting with a deep blue base and doing some black spots last was an unintentionally excellent choice as I love how the black looks starker against the shimmering galaxy.

Day 20: Water Marble

31 Day Challenge - Water Marble

Ughhhhhh the day of dread! I honestly tested polishes and dragging techniques for over an our before anything even reached my nails. I don't have a lot of new cremes (that I wanted to waste dropping into water endlessly anyway) so it was hard finding polish with the right consistency and opacity. Thank you Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (it's OK, I have 2 backups), Ulta3 Pop Art & On The Green for saving my butt!

I don't hate them - I'm actually pretty damn impressed with myself on the two middle fingers, but the inevitable bubbles and cleanup made me sadface about it. But hey, I think I have the dragging down!

Day 21: Inspired by a Colour

Straight up the strangest prompt in this whole challenge. I decided I was inspired by cerulean, because it's the coolest colour name I can think of. Also, I have this incredible custom from Dead Set Babes that they made me as a surprise for my wedding when I ordered custom gifts for my bridesmaids! BEST! I teamed it with some studs from Emily de Molly because they flash all kinds of cool oil-slick looking colours, as well as Chasing Rainbows, a wicked charcoal holo. For good measure I threw in a stripe of Ulta3 Block it Out, because... MORE CERULEAN!

I can see the end from here! I've even done tomorrow's nails and I'm kind of psyched about them. Oooh-aahh. (That's a miniscule hint)

Catch you soon! x

Tri Polish Tuesday - Geometric Stamping

Yeah yeah, late again! It's been a busy week so I've had to combine my Tri Polish Tuesday with Day 16 of the 31 Day Challenge and the first attempt was a total mess of fail.

I did get my wonky on with some of the stamping, but trust me - if you'd seen my first attempt you would probably have abandoned me for good.

I created this using:
Emily de Molly plate EDM03 (I used three different images from this plate)
Barry M Grey
Cult Nails Let Me Fly
Ulta 3 Radiant Orchid, Lily White and Black Satin

Onward and upward!

31 Day Challenge 2014: Days 8-14 Roundup

Hey polish pals! How is everyone keeping up with the 31 Day Challenge? I'm loving how much it's pushing my creativity and skills - plus I can see how far I've come (and how far I have to go!) with my nail art.

This week the colour prompts finished and we started on styles. Here's what I came up with:

Day 8: Metallic

31 Day Challenge 2014 Day 8 Metallic

This is my first (and so far, only) big disappointment for the challenge. I attempted some molton silver nails with OPI Push and Shove and it looked great! Until it dried - the end result was thin and boring and I didn't want to just take a photo of super wet nails and call it nail art.

So colour blocking with Push and Shove and China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely was what I ended up with. Not that it's a bad mani, just not what I had in mind.

Day 9: Rainbow

31 Day Challenge 2014 Day 9 - Rainbow

I think I redeemed myself with these tie-dyed rainbow nails. I took a fan brush and messily applied a rainbow of colour, trying to create the visibly rough boundaries.

I love the result and I guess others did too as it quickly became on of my most liked photos on Instagram! Yes, things like that are still exciting to me :)

Day 10: Gradient

31 Day Challenge 2014 Day 10 - Gradient

I felt like keeping the brightness up after the rainbow nails so went for a neon gradient. I used Miss Ashleigh And It Was All Yellow and China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely - probably because they were still sitting on my mani table after earlier in the week. They worked perfectly together and blended beautifully.

Because apparently I can't leave well enough alone I added some stamping. I've got the stamping bug it seems! The shapes were from Emily de Molly plate EDM03 - the dots are lined up on the plate as you see them, but the triangles were just to fill in space where I felt like it. Another look I was thrilled with.

Day 11: Polka Dots

31 Day Challenge 2014 Day 11 - Polka Dots

Figured it was time to tone it down again and went with a few untrieds all in one go. Base of Ulta3 Radiant Orchid, dotted with Ulta3 Black Satin and Lily White (obviously those are not untried) and Powder Perfect Peeling Wallpaper. All done with my smallest dotting tool.

The accent is Emily de Molly Dead and Dreaming, which is at least forty times more incredible than it looks here in a lightbox. I'll eventually swatch and photograph it properly and give it the time it deserves but I just needed it on my fingers immediately.

Day 12: Stripes

31 Day Challenge 2014 Day 12 - Stripes

This is a look I've done before and loved - not to mention it's super simple and sometimes when you're doing nail art at least once a day you need to keep it simple.

I stuck with untrieds again - Ulta3 Lacy Daisy and Moody Blues and China Glaze Recycle.

Day 13: Animal Print

31 Day Challenge 2014 Day 13 - Animal Print

I am so glad this one fell on a Saturday! I had my heart set on a giraffe print blobbicure, but I could not get my yellows and browns to play nicely. I tried at least 6 times with a couple different combinations but no dice.

Green to the rescue! My turtle shell brainwave saved me from a day of frustration and it even worked first time on all four nails! Yes four. Like hell if I'm doing this one on ten fingers!

Source: Gifrific

Day 14: Flowers

31 Day Challenge Day 14 - Flowers

Flowers are a thing that I just do not do. I'm really not a floral kind of girl. I do however like them on others - especially the uber talented Meghan of Will Paint Nails for Food. Her nail art is often very painterly and full of soft brushstroke line work that I really like.

I took a very large dose of inspiration from some of her past manis and came up with this look. For flowers, I totally adore it. Not something I'd wear often, but something I think I could confidently pull off again.

I would absolutely declare this second week a success! There have been some late night scrambles to get some nail finished but all told I'm more than keeping up.

Next week includes some prompts I'm super excited about (geometric, anyone?!?!?) so come back next Sunday for the roundup, or find me on Instagram - @procrastinatingpolishr

Tri Polish Tuesday - Textured Stamping

Hi hi!

Stamping over textured polish (Pretty Serious Robot Monster)

I don't know how I did it, but I squeezed in Tri Polish Tuesday again this week! Silver, lilac and teal, BAM.

I tried stamping over Robot Monster, one of the awesome textured polishes from Pretty Serious. Without top coat it looks very subtle, and with top coat:

Stamping over textured polish (Pretty Serious Robot Monster)

...it is also subtle, though much less so. I really like it with top coat as it brings out the sparkle of Robot Monster and defines the edges of the stamping more.

I used two different images from Emily de Molly plate EDM09 to stamp this, with Ulta3 Lilac Bloom and Kester Black Alimony.

31 Day Challenge 2014: Days 1-7 Roundup

I've survived the first week of the 31 Day Challenge! Not only survived - loved it! It's already seen me try new things, recreate an old mani, and use two untrieds. Sure it's hard removing and starting fresh every day, but I'm definitely finding more pros than cons.

Day 1: Red

Super Mario Bros 3 nail art - Super Mushrooms 31DC2014

I've wanted to do these for SO LONG. It was kinda hard with all my nails being different widths and shapes but they're recognisable enough. I was very sad having to take these off.

Day 2: Orange

Halloween Nail Art with Pretty Serious Haddonfield 31DC2014

I have a bunch of great indie oranges so I knew I wouldn't need to be too nail arty for this day. My choice was easy as I'd been busting to use Haddonfield from Pretty Serious again. I love horror movies, therefore love this polish (for the horror-averse, it's inspired by the original Halloween film ). If I had better skills I'd have done a Michael Myers mask accent nail, but settled for a cartoony pumpkin which I was super happy with.

Day 3: Yellow

Yellow Brick Road nail art 31DC2014

You guys, these looked way better in real life. I cursed my setup and photography skills on this day! I did a solid yellow base then did the cling wrap method with a browny-gold over the top to give it some texture before adding the lines. It looked so good!

These are a recreation of one of my first freehand stripe nail art attempts just over a year ago - I think I've improved a bit, yeah?

I did these in July 2013! Feels so long ago...

Day 4: Green

Glitter Jelly Gradient with Shades of Phoenix Megaera + Moonstone Sample 09 31DC2014

I tried a new technique on day 4, doing a glitter jelly gradient inspired by the amazing Kierra from Look What The Bats Dragged In. I used Shades of Phoenix Megaera and a OOAK sample polish from Moonstone Nail Polish. I was so happy with the result, I'll be trying more of these in the future - I actually found it easier than a sponged gradient! Also double jelly glitter *swooon*

Day 5: Blue

Black Cat Lacquer - We Own The Sky

Kept it simple with a swatch of an untried because I was honestly just dying to try this polish. I got my first Black Cat Lacquers in the mail a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't leave them languishing in the untried pile for too long. Pretty in love with this polish - look at that glass fleck where the light hits. Beautiful.

Day 6: Violet

Deconstructed Violets nail art 31DC2014

Using my third untried for the week, Love thy Polish Miss Priss served as the base for my violet nail art. Originally I was just going to have the dots to mimic the centre of a violet but they looked a bit fried egg so I added in the black detail and took the deconstructed violet even further. I still see fried eggs but as a whole I liked this mani. Bonus points for being quick and easy.

Day 7: Black and White

Black & White stamped nail art Emily de Molly EDM09 31DC2014

I knew black & white would mean stamping and it was the perfect opportunity to use my new Emily de Molly plate EDM09. It's a super cool plate with really kaleidoscopic designs and I am absolutely going to try leadlighting with it one day. I liked this simple look, it feels like a bit of a palette cleanser.

So that's almost all the colour prompts over! All the specific colour prompts are done, tomorrow continnues with metallic and in a few days we move on to specific styles.

Are you participating? Link me in the comments, I love seeing what everyone else is doing!

Swatches & Review - Petal Polish 'Petal in America'

Happy Friday everyone! Tonight I'm really excited to show you some beautiful new (and not-so-new) polishes from local brand Petal Polish. This is going to be a bit pic heavy, so prepare yourself.

Petal Polish will be releasing 'Petal in America' - a collection of ten new polishes tomorrow at 12pm and I have two of the ten to show you tonight. The collection was inspired by creator Christine's honeymoon across America and all the local flora that caught her eye. The full range is a stunning rainbow of colour with a range of finishes.

New York Potato Vine

Petal Polish - New York Potato Vine

Soft and feminine are not words I would associate with the word potato. But New York Potato Vine is just that. Here's what Christine has to say about this one:

"Potato vine? What kind of flower is that!?
Our last stop on the trip was New York City - a favourite for us. We stayed in a hotel on Third Avenue, and each day we would walk past an apartment with a display of light purple flowers. The flowers were cascading over the balcony, and depending on what angle you looked at them, you'd either see purple or very pale purple flowers. These flowers are otherwise known as "Solanum Wendlandii" - or a Potato Vine.
This last Petal is another full of our signature sparkle. A light, shimmery lavender base filled with holographic particles that catch the sun at all angles."

Petal Polish - New York Potato Vine

The shimmering glow of this polish is quite beautiful, and the scattered holographic particles plays so well against the sheer soft lavender. Both these swatches were 4 thin coats to reach full opacity. If you don't like your polish sheer I'd recommend using undies for this one. The formula is good enough that you won't have any streaking issues if you do want to wear it sheer. 

Petal Polish - New York Potato Vine

This is one dabbed coat over Ulta3 Lilac Bloom, an almost perfect match. Even with one coat you get a lot of glitter and shine. 

Seattle Dahlia

Petal Polish - Seattle Dahlia

I've been loving brown-leaning reds lately, and this gorgeous burgundy had me weak at the knees before even twisting the bottle open. Before I start swooning, here's the word from Christine:

"In 1913, the dahlia was established as the official flower of the City of Seattle, Washington. You’ll find plenty of dahlias around town – all different colours.
Like Portland, I had too many colours to pick from! So I decided on a deep purple/burgundy variety that I found planted outside an espresso shop in the city centre.
This polish could be described as a burgundy wine colour, glittery with blue, gold, red, silver...  the elegance of this polish, like the flower, comes from its rich, dark hue."

Petal Polish - Seattle Dahlia

I felt like a real grown up wearing this without having to sacrifice my love for wild sparks of colour. Seattle Dahlia has the perfect balance of rich mulled wine base and flecks of gold, blue and silver. When light catches the glitters they shine through the burgundy jelly all vivid and glorious. It left me absolutely awestruck. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this polish.

Both the new shades have excellent formulas - New York Potato Vine is packed with glitter but goes on easily, and Seattle Dahlia applies as luxuriously as it looks. I got a few days wear out of both with no more than some minor tip wear.

These will both be available via Petal Polish tomorrow at 12pm, polishes are $10 each (plus postage). You'll save 10% if you buy 5, or 20% if you buy the full collection! 

While you're there, you can also pick up either of these two lovely discontinued and limited edition polishes.

Apple Blossom

Petal Polish - Apple Blossom

Apple Blossom is extremely limited edition, with only 6 bottles available. The light pink creme is packed with gold and maroon microglitter, small gold hexes and larger maroon hexes. 

Petal Polish - Apple Blossom

I thought this would be a bit girly for my taste but I was surprised - it makes me think of apple and berry baked goods, which is never a bad thing. This dries to a slightly textured finish so it does need a good glitter top coat, or you could wear it textured.


 Petal Polish - Alyssum

With so many black and white glitter toppers around, it was nice to try a pure white for a change. Alyssum is reduced to $6.50 at the moment, and like most simple glitter toppers it's really versatile. Though I couldn't capture it on camera the micro glitters are actually scattered holo particles that will lift up any colour you pair it with.

Petal Polish - Alyssum

My personal favourite pairing was over the minty green of China Glaze's At Vase Value. Definitely my kind of pretty. Both swatches are one dabbed coat.

Make sure you head over to the Petal Polish Etsy store tomorrow to check out the rest of the Petal in America collection! I know I have my eye on a couple more :)

*The abovementioned products were provided by Petal Polish, which in no way affected my opinion of the product. Please refer to my Disclosure page for more information.

Tri Polish Tueswednesday

Quickie today! Taking part in the 31 Day Challenge means my Tri Polish Tuesday efforts this month will probably be a bit overshadowed, unless I can figure out a way to combine them. Seems unlikely though.

So Lilac, Teal and Grey for me ended up with some easy peasy stripes, with some lazy ladies glitter placement. As in I placed the brush of a glitter topper polish on my nail and pushed the clumps around until they lined up. It worked though!

That stunning glitter is Shattered Amethyst from Pretty Serious. It comes from the Splash of Flash collection, and damn is it flashy! I love the hell out of it. Unfortunately my teal ended up a bit more navy looking over the grey.

Hopefully next week I'll be more organised!