Hello lovelies,

 

Many of you have been asking if my collaboration shade Dragonfly is the same as A England Saint George - it really isn't. Let's have a look:

 

COMPARISON of piCture pOlish Dragonfly by Lucy's Stash
COMPARISON of piCture pOlish Dragonfly by Lucy's Stash
COMPARISON of piCture pOlish Dragonfly by Lucy's Stash

 

 

So as you can see, Dragonfly is a lighter shade of green teal whereas Saint George is quite dark in comparison. On top of that, Dragonfly has slightly different holographic finish and coloured glass particles - bijou holo finish. They can looks very similar in picture depending on lighting, sun, how much the picture has been edited, your monitor etc. but when they are next to each other they are clearly different. At least in my opinion.

 

These swatches were taken under artificial light because I haven't seen sun in a long time..in fact I don't even remember how it looks! HELP, send some sun to the UK!

 

I hope you can see the difference and yes, it's worth to own both!

 

 

That reminds me of:

Credit to http://likeacandyshop.com/

Credit to http://likeacandyshop.com/

 

 

Here are links to the reviews of the polishes above (some very old so excuse the poor quality of posts):

piCture pOlish Dragonfly review

England Saint George review

piCture pOlish Kryptonite review

Illamasqua Viridian review

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

Hi everyone,

I have decided to put together a Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers. It might give an idea to you or your loved ones what to buy and what's available. I've included many items that are often a bit pricier so it would be a lovely Christmas treat. There are many items in this guide that I would personally like to own so I hope you will feel the same way and maybe, just maybe you will find some of them under you Christmas tree :)

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 


FLAKIES!

 

Flakies are a huge thing now, especially the new multichrome opaque flakie polishes. I'm lucky to own six of the new ILNP flakie polishes and I can wholeheartedly say - you should get some! They look stunning and are very versatile and there's a lot of variety at the moment. Some of the flakie polishes available are:

 

ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies $12.50 each

Polish Me Silly Flakie Topcoats $7.50 each

Girly Bits Ermahgerd Flerkers! $13 each

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 

LOUBOUTIN POLISH

 

These beauties can't be left out of my list. The release of Louboutin polishes earlier this year caused a lot of stir and I must say one day I would like to own the classic red one too. The whole bottle is just a thing of beauty and I think it will be a prized possession in every nail lover's collection.

 

Louboutin polishes are available at:

US: Louboutin website, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom...

UK: Louboutin website UK, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols...

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 

 

BLING IT UP!

 

Nails Inc offers a special customisable polishes. You can choose blinged up caps, smooth gold cap or silver monogrammed cap and different nail polish shades and create your own combination. These polishes come with a £20-25 price tag so it would definitely be a nice personalised stocking filler. You can get them at Nails Inc website.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 

 

STAMPING PLATES

 

Those who stamp never have enough stamping plates, right? I see it with myself, I want more and more, just imagining the possibilities I could do with them and all the new brands and collections just leave me wanting more. I'm sure that if you buy some stamping plates for those who like stamping nail art they won't be disappointed. Plates can be bought from $0.99 upwards. Some of the brands of stamping plates available are:

 

MoYou London

Pueen Cosmetics

Bundle Monster

Winstonia Store

MoYou Nails

Dashica

Vivid Lacquer plates

Messy Mansion

Born Pretty Store

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 

 

TAKING CARE OF THOSE MITTS!

 

Hand care products are another category of gifts that nail lovers will appreciate. To keep our hands nice and healthy we use a lot of hand creams, cuticle balms and oils. Also don't forget about all the lotions, soaks and hand scrubs! There's a vast array of brands and products on the market and there's no way I can list them all so I just picked some that I tried and liked.

Rituals Hand Therapy scrub & mask

All That Jazz Hand and nail care products

LUSH Lemony Flutter

Glisten & Glow Nail + Cuticle Balm

Alessandro Cream Royal Nutrifying Hand Treatment (mask)

OPI Avoplex Hand Cream

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

SpaRitual Handprint Hand Serum

SpaRitual Cuti-Cocktail cuticle oil

Bliss Kiss Nail Oil*

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 

 

THE NAIL LOVER'S NEW BEST FRIEND

 

I'm sure you've all seen the wonderful new 'tool' called Liquid Palisade, right? It has been around for a while but lately it seems to gain immense popularity as a 'clean up tool'. It's basically a liquid latex in a tub with a brush for easy application. Here's what I'm thinking - if you want to make 'nail lover' happy, Liquid Palisade is a great cool product to have but it comes with a $22 price tag. If you want to make yourself happy and want to save some pennies then you can buy yourself a tub of coloured liquid latex found in costume shops, Amazon or other different online stores. You can put it into old cleaned out nail polish bottle or nail art pen bottle for convenience (tip: Use a drinking straw to transfer the latex into smaller bottle).

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 

 

NAIL FILES

 

Having a good nail file is essential so why not treat your beloved nail addict with their favourite brand's file or fancy crystal-decorated nail file? Crystal nail files are a great choice and currently there is plenty of choice out there. I can personally recommend the Mont Bleu Czech Crystal nail files which are beautifully decorated with Swarovski crystals. Other available crystal nail files are:

 

Mont Bleu Czech Design Glassware

Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File

Cirque Crystal Nail File

Bliss Kiss Crystal Nail File*

OPI Crystal File

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 

 

THE ULTIMATE FIX

 

I must include The Ultimate Fix, a polish drying spray. I have been using it for the past year whenever I did manicure for 'going out' and it's one of my staples. I'm sure that every woman that paints her own nails will appreciate the saved time and smudge-free manicure with this product. I have previously written a full review here. The Ultimate Fix is available in two sizes and priced at £17 for the 200ml bottle (50 manicures) and £9.50 for the 50ml bottle (12 manicures) on Beauty Narcotix website.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 

 

NAIL POLISH GIFT BOXES

 

Many brands are releasing various nail polish gift boxes for the holiday season so there is plenty to choose from if you want to gift nail polish. Usually the popular ones are from OPI, China Glaze, Leighton Denny (beautiful kaleidoscope & holographic packaging this year), Sparitual and many more. Just pop into your local drug store or visit the brand websites to find them.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 

 

BLISS KISS MUST-HAVES

 

I simply must include my favourite brand of nail oil - Bliss Kiss. There are hundreds of others that will agree with me saying this oil is a blessing and it's really great! If you want to improve condition of your nails and cuticles then I can more than recommend this product as a gift or to try yourself. Ana, the creator of Bliss Kiss, has also brought some new other amazing products on the market and one of them is Simply Sealed Lotion stick. I like to use both the oil and the lotion stick every night and keeps my mitts in top condition.

 

Both Bliss Kiss nail oil and Simply Sealed Stick are available in Bliss Kiss online store*.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 

 

POLISH TAGS

 

Polish Me Silly brand has recently came up with cute polish tags in different styles and colours. I have purchased one straight away so I can show you how it looks in real life. The polish tags are definitely bigger than regular 'dog tags' as you can see and I will be proudly hanging mine on my car's review mirror.

 

This a very cute present and even better - you'll be supporting a small business! These tags cost $14.95 and will be available at Polish Me Silly Etsy store.

 

EDIT: It looks like there was an overwhelming demand and these tags will be available again at the beginning of next year.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts
Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 

 

LITTLE SILVER & GOLD LUXURY

 

Cirque has released a limited edition Ultimate Luxe Gift Set which consists of Au- 23 carat gold flake polish and Mirror Mirror - pure silver-coated flake polish. They look stunning and I'm pretty sure this would be a great gift for anyone who loves nail polish. This gift set can be purchased at Cirque website for $45.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 

 

CATCH IT BEFORE IT'S GONE!

 

And of course I need to include the newest addition to the piCture pOlish family - my own collaboration shade called Dragonfly (reviewed here)! There were six new collaboration shades in total and all can be found at piCture pOlish website for AU$13.

Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts
Christmas Gift Guide for Nail Lovers & Addicts

 


I hope my Christmas Guide at least inspired you. I'm sure there are plenty of great things that I forgot to cover so feel free to share them with others in the comments.

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

 

*I have not been compensated for including any of the items in the guide but it contains one affiliate link.