Monday, November 2, 2015

Pretty and Polished Blogger Collection (+ Giveaway)

Some of my greatest joys as a blogger have been working with indie brands to design polishes. My mind is constantly racing with ideas for finish, glitter, and color combinations, and I'm so thankful for the special people that help me make some of those ideas real. Today I'm proud to share the Pretty & Polished Blogger Collection with you, a group of 5 polishes that have all been designed with the help of bloggers. I am lucky enough to have been one of the ones to collaborate. Let's take a look!

P.S. Don't miss the giveaway! You can enter to win a set at the end of the post!

Me, Myself, and Cacti is the polish that I worked on with Chels. This neon green jelly was inspired by the heat of summer and all of the cacti we have here in Arizona. Of course, I couldn't let the opportunity go by without including black and white glitter! I love the way this turned out, it's so bright and juicy. The amount of glitter is perfect, too! I've used three thin coats here.

Pretty and Polished: Me, Myself, and Cacti

I also couldn't resist mattifying it. I used OPI Matte Topcoat; doesn't it make the polish look like a rubber bouncy ball?

Pretty and Polished: Me, Myself, and Cacti

Crazy Circles is the brainchild of Crystal from Crystal's Crazy Combos. It begins with a slightly grey-tinted white base, adds holo sparkle, and finishes with a bunch of circle glitters. The holo sparkle in this, though hard to capture in a photograph, is really lovely and adds great dimension. Because of the large glitters, I would give the polish a few extra minutes to dry in between coats. I used three coats here.

Pretty and Polished: Crazy Circles

Adventures In Polish Making represents Amy from I'm Feeling Nail-venturous. This medium grey base is accented with smaller blue and purple glitters. It's a quiet glitter polish, perfect for those days when you want something a little more simple without sacrificing sparkle. I used three coats here but it really only needs two.

Pretty and Polished: Adventures In Polish Making

New York City Lights was created with Carly from Lacquered Lover. This polish is made up of purple microflakes that flash blue in the light. It reminds me of a snow cone, or crushed candy. Alone, this polish can be worn at three coats for an etheral look.

Pretty and Polished: New York City Lights

I've also tried layering one coat over black to show off the "evening" side of this polish.

Pretty and Polished: New York City Lights

Queen You Dig It? was created with Shipra from Taneja's Bride. Is it weird that I almost like this one more than the one that I helped create? It's so pretty. The creamy base has bright blue hexes, smaller maroon glitters, and a gorgeous gold flake sparkle. It has a kind of graceful, antiqued quality that is really beautiful. I used three coats.

Pretty and Polished: Queen You Dig It?

This collection is being launched at 6pm EST today. I want to extend a thank you to Chels for inviting me to participate, it was such a fun process and I'm so pleased with the result.

Pretty and Polished products are sold on and on Etsy. You can also keep up with the brand on FacebookTwitter, & Instagram.

There's more! Pretty & Polished has generously offered to provide a set of these polishes for a giveaway. Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Must be a follower of Chalkboard Nails to win. Must be 18 years of age or older, or you must have your parent's permission to enter. This giveaway is open internationally, and closes on July 10, 2013. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize, after which a new winner will be chosen.

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