This post will be more photos than anything. I've previously posted about The Makeup Show Orlando [Here] and [Here] but Mr. LTHP took A TON of photos and I wanna share (most) them.
This will be more of a "picture diary" of #TMSOrlando. There was A LOT happening. The show hosted over 2,000 beauty industry professionals and over 60 brands. There would have been more brands but hurricane Sandy threw a wrench in that. The show was still a great success though!
Today Sam, Rie(she is a little behind because she actually has a life, unlike me lolol) and I are taking on the 26th day in the 31 Day Challenge. The prompt for today is to be inspired by a pattern. That is another of those tasks that I take as "do what ever the hell you want" lol. "Inspired by a Pattern" leaves things pretty open for interpretation haha. So I went with a Steampunk inspired pattern/ look using one of my most favorite stamps and a STUNNING A England polish.
My base is Two effortless coats of the stunning beauty that is A England Beauty Never Fails. This polish should be called Adina Never Fails because she just can't make an ugly polish!! I will go on in length about the polish itself later on. I have a good A England post coming your way soon. For the stamp I went to one of my most favorite stamps ever. This design comes from the first Bundle Monster set, plate BM20. The stamping polish is China Glaze Passion.
For how simple these are, I am fairly deep in love with them. Sometimes less really is more. The combination of the metallic stamping an the gorgeous glowing base is just perfect! There is something so classy, yet ornate about this particular stamp. I LOVE it!!
Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Pattern inspired looks for day 26!
Today Sammy, Rie and I are doing the 25th prompt of the 31 day challenge. The task is to nails inspired by fashion. Much like last year, I knew exactly which dress I was going to use as my muse. I saw the dress about a year ago, but I knew someday I would do nails inspired by the awesome Betsey Johnson creation. Finally "Fashion Day" came and i even got tro try out a new-to-me technique.
She looks like Quinceañera Barbie and I am LOVING it!
Onto the look!
I started with a base of Lime Crime nail polish in Milky Ways. I then did a gradient over my Milky Ways base with China Glaze Beach Cruise-r and O.P.I Don't Touch my Tutu and top coated it to protect it before starting on the next step. I used the watercolor technique for the cool blend of colors you see. I really like this tutorial from Rebecca, though my technique differed a little. For the watercolor technique I used all the following colors from Lime Crime: Crema de Limon, Peaches ♥ Creme, Parfait Day, Once in a Blue Mousse and Lavendairy. For the darker touches I used China Glaze Ride the Waves. I topped it all off with some Seche Vite, followed by some INM Northern Lights(because I have a problem and I layer it over everything lol).
The dress that inspired this look is from the Betsey Johnson Spring 2011 Collection. This dress walked the runway back in September of 2010. I can't get enough of the colors.
I am in love with how this mani turned out! Also, the watercolor technique is SO much fun! There is really no wrong way of doing it. I cannot wait to try a look like this one again soon! Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Fashion inspired looks for day 25!
Today I have Color Club's newest collection for the Holidays; Winter Affair. This collection is made up of Five beautiful, jewel toned metallic beauties and one Flake top coat. It is my understanding that this collection is/will be available at Sally Beauty Supply. However, there are some discrepancies with some of the shades between the Sally's Winter Affair set and the set being sent by PR as well and being offered online and everywhere else CC is sold.
To see swatches and find out details about the colors just continue reading ♥.
I had a fantastic Holiday weekend! I hope all of you celebrating did as well! My thanksgiving was wonderful. The hubs and I went to my parents house for an awesome, Puerto Rican style, feast. I cooked a giant batch of Arroz con Gandules y Tocineta. My mom made a glazed ham with Pineapple and cherries, alcapurrias and tostones! For dessert we had Dutch Apple pie from an Amish restaurant. Everything was DELISHHHH! I think I gained like 5 pounds over the weekend!
I didn't really do the Black Friday thing, did you guys? Black Friday scarred me for life when I worked retail. I just can't bring myself to enjoy shopping while shoulder-checking people left and right lol. The husband did all his shopping online, and is already teasing me about the goodies he picked out for me! I'll probably wait 'till the last minute to do my shopping like a TRUE American lolol!
So onto the reason you read this blog hahah! NAILS! Today Rie, and I will be catching up with Sammy who posted her Day 25; Book inspired nails back on Thursday. The girls and I also decided that for the last few days of the challenge we will only be posting Challenge nails on Tuesday and Thursday. Those last few days are pretty though. Speaking of which, the look you will see today is the FOURTH take... Yeah.. I re-did this mani four times.. I was pretty frustrated...
First the nail art, my base color is Zoya Dana. My dotting was done with Lime Crime Parfait Day. I then did a matte top coat over my dotted base and waited for it to dry fully. I then did some shiny Black drips with Milani Black Swift. I liked the cool shiny black drips against the matte Pink dotted base. I did my drips with a very fine brush. I finally got a hang of the technique (kind of!). I must say that after four tries, I am pretty much ecstatic with how these turned out. I used Twee & Honey This is Matteness matte top coat to take out the shine on my Pink base.
So the base for nails was inspired by my WAH Nails Book of Nail Art cover art! How fitting right? I found out about this book from the awesome Sammy. She posted a look she did a while back and I absolutely had to have the book. The black drips on the nails were done because the drippy nails are one of the looks that the book teaches you to do, and I was hell-bent on getting the drips down! I love this book BTW! It is a fun and well put together guide for great nail art.
Even though it took me several tries to get them down, I really like the finished look! These were eye-catching and girly, with a twist. Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Book inspired looks for day 24!
Are you guys all prepped for Thanksgiving? Well, those of you celebrating tomorrow :). My mom and I are cooking Thankgsgiving dinner this year. I am pretty excited as I love Thanksgiving and all the yummy food!
So, I am pretty ashamed it took me this long to get through these swatches of the Color Club In True Fashion collection for Fall 2012. But hey! Better late than never right?! This will be my last post until Sunday, maybe Monday. I want to enjoy the Holiday and maybe even partake in some Black Friday madness... !!! So to those of you celebrating tomorrow; Happy Thanksgiving and good luck to those of you shopping on Black Friday!
To see swatches of these colors just continue reading!
Today I have some UH-MAZING glitters from Sation. I have been looking forward to this day since way back in July. Remember when all the pics of these started popping up from the girls that saw them at Cosmoprof? I certainly do and I was eagerly awaiting to see them in person.
Sation really did something special with these glitters. They have an indie vibe, but they don't feel dupe-ish. Every polish you are about to see is entirely unique to me. I have never really seen polishes like these and I loved every second of swtching these. Two of the glitters in this post are from an older collection, they are still flippin awesome.
To see close-up swatches of these continue reading ♥.
So today is a challenge day and the girls and I are all equally behind haha! Today was supposed to be "inspired by a book". We are all a day behind so I am posting my day 23 "Inspired by a Movie" nails. It took me forever to land on this look. And when it all was said and done it felt like a copout lol! I was just not feeling this challenge theme for some reason.
So I sat at my desk and Aphrodite Lacquers Never Too Old immediately jumped out at me. It reminded me of Toothless from the movie "How to Train your Dragon". So I went for a "Toothless" inspired look. These nails are inspired by his dark, color shifting scales.
For this look I started with Four coats of Aphrodite Lacquers in Never Too Old. I will have swatches of this polish soon. For the stamping I used Bundle Monster plate BM224, which is a cool reptilian looking print. The colors I used for the stamp are Nicole by O.P.I Mer-maid for Each other and Iris my Case. I applied both colors diagonally across the stamp and scraped in the same direction for a multi-tonal stamp. I then went back and stamped over the metallic shades, using the same stamp, in Cult Nails Nevermore to give the look and extra scale-y look.
I topped my whole look off with some Seche Vite to bring out shine and smooth the surface. I really like this look and in person the colors were much more noticeable.
Now to go ponder what book I will use as inspiration for the next challenge prompt. Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their looks soon!
So today is supposed to be a challenge day but all Three of us are out of it lol. We will be back on Tuesday or at some point next week, we will definitely get back into it soon! I've had these swatches stashed away for EVER so I thought it was time to post them. All these polishes came from The Netherlands. Well all but one, which came from England.
Today is day 22 of the 31 Day Challenge and Sam, Rie and I have to be inspired by a song. I had some serious mental block when trying to decide on a song... So I didn't :D! I started up my Pandora on my favorite station, Sleigh Bells, and decided that what ever song came on first would be the one I would use as my inspiration.
The song that came on was "Riot Rhythm" by Sleigh Bells. To this day I still have no idea what that song is about. So I watched the video, which made as much sense as the song lol... But it did have a lot of cool imagery...
Every nail is inspired by an aspect of the video. These nails make as much sense as the video does lolol. It's an awesome song though. I love Sleigh Bells!
I'm going to break this mani down by nail to make it easier.
-Pinky nail: base color; Cult Nails Enticing. Gradient done with China Glaze 2012 Neons in Splish Splash, Love's a Beach and Sunkissed. The stamp is from one of the Cheeky plate sets, CH02, and I used Konad Black Special Polish.
- Ring nail" Cult Nails Nevermore accented with opalescent rhinestones.
-Middle Nail: base color; Cult Nails Nevermore. Taped off accents in CG Def Defying, Bettina Premium Wash and Milani in Yellow Whiz and Rapid Cherry. Topped off with Seche Vite and INM Northern Lights.
-Index nail: base color: CG Tree Hugger and stamped with Cheeky plate CH03 in Konad Black. The splatter accents were done with Zoya in Robyn and Lara.
Here is the video that inspired the nails!
Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Song Inspired looks for day 22!
This evening I am back to share with you some of Barielle's new releases for Fall/Winter 2012. This post actually covers Two of their Fall/ Winter, Five polish sets. Barielle to me always means fantastic cremes and they definitely delivered on that expectation with these Two collections.
To see swatches of these beautiful Barielle polishes just continue reading!
Cult Nails!!!!!! I love this brand to bits. I love the creator of this brand to bits. I love every little thing about Cult Nails. But the thing I love most is how with every collection Maria manages to blow me away a little more than the last time. Just when I though that there was no way Maria could top herself, she goes and creates one of the most beautiful and stunning Cult Nails Collection I've ever seen. This is the Behind Closed Doors Collection. An amazing group of Five shimmering beauties with quite the sexy theme.
To see swatches of this AMAZING and beautiful collection just continue reading!
This is a quick post to share some photos of the panel I got to be a part of when The Makeup Show came to Orlando at the beginning of November. The panel was hosted by the living legend that is James Vincent. being asked to be a part of this panel was a true highlight in my blogging days. I can't believe the amount of amazing connections I got to make at this show.
Today Rie, Sam and I are taking on day 21 of the 31 Day Challenge. The prompt for today is to be "inspired by a color". Last year I found myself having quite the dilemma over trying to figure out what to do for this challenge. The task to be inspired by a color leaves me open to do, pretty much, anything I want right?
I kept it simple by doing a cute gem design. My base color is Chick Nail Polish in Hipster Chick(full review soon). The color is so cute, fun and "Spring-y" that I just had to go for a flowery gems look. I started with Three thin coats of Hipster Chick and topped it off with some Seche Vite followed by Cult Nails Wicked fast to add the gems. I got my gems from a local shop but they can be found on eBay as well as several other e-tailers. I really like how playful and cute this look turned out. Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Color-inspired looks for day 21!
I am keeping this post short and sweet because I am not feeling extremely well today. A few days ago I was contacted by the mom of a sweet young girl named Rae. Rae just got diagnosed with Type One diabetes and she was feeling a little down. Her awesome mom reached out to some of Rae's fave bloggers to see if we would do a Blue mani for World Diabetes Day. She wanted to show Rae that people out there care and that she is not alone. I was happy to participate because diabetes runs in my family, and I lost some very important people to complications brought on by the Diabetes. I hope Rae likes these nails!
This look started with Two buttery smooth coats of Nicole by O.P.I I Sea you and Raise You. The stamp is from my Red Angel set, plate RA107. The stamping polish is China Glaze Little Drummer Boy. I topped the whole look off with some Seche Vite. I like how this stamp kind of looks like a watermarble.
There are quite a few bloggers joining me today in rocking the Blue nails. If I figure it out, I'll do an edit later with an inlinkz of all the ladies joining me! To those of you who replied to my Facebook post a few days back: Thank you SO much for your support and participation! Feel free to share your manis on my wall!
I can't believe I actually have this full collection in my hands! This is probably one of my most anticipated collections in a long time. The China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil collection!! This group of polishes is inspired and created for the release of the Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away movie. I've been a HUGE Cirque fan since I was a very young child.
I've seen the televised version of just about every Cirque show, my favorite is Dralion. I really want to see that show in person. I've also had the pleasure of seeing Two Cirque shows in person; Quidam and Saltimbanco. I've been really dying to see La Nouba. Which is the permanent show in Downtown Disney, Orlando. This collection already has a special place in my heart (and my polish racks).
These colors really do remind me of Cirque du Soleil. The cremes are fabulous! They remind me of the striking colors in the face and body make up that makes Cirque du Soleil so special. The glitters have a playful quality about them and they are pretty unique. The Cirque collection really reminds me why I love China Glaze so much. They really know how to do vibrant shades so well. The range of shades and finishes in this collection is also pretty impressive.
To see full collection swatches just continue reading!
And that means it is time for another 31 Day Challenge prompt! I cannot believe we are already on Day 20! I know Miss Sammy was not looking forward to today's prompt. I'm not sure about Miss Rie but I don't think she was too excited either lolol. I remember when I used to dread marbles. They are still not my fave to work on. I love the finished look of marbles but I'm not fan of the actual process of doing them.
The other thing I can't seem to master is the swirls. Some girls can get such kick ass designs and swirl patterns on their nails using this technique. I seem to get blocked when it comes time to swirl my colors and I always end up with random patterns and no clear defined design. Instead of going for something specific this time I went for a flowing floral type of look. For this marble I used this image of a Parrot Tulip as my inspiration for the colors. Mr.LTHP said this reminded him of '70s Style dresses... I see it too.
This look started with a base of Two coats of one of my "go-to" shades, Cult Nails Enticing. For the marbling swirls I used Bettina's Ortensia, Yellow, Glacinto and Zoya Monica. I wish everyone had access to Bettina nail polish. The texture and pigmentation of the Bettina polishes makes them perfect for watermarbles. I topped the whole mani off with some Seche Vite followed by a coat of INM Northern Lights. I really love the contrast of colors in this manicure and how the sparkle from Northern Lights looks like morning dew.
Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Marbled looks for day 20!
So when this indie brand contacted me I pretty much did a little dance, squeed and promptly replied with a big YES, I will feature you. The brand I am talking about is KBShimmer. Christy has been in the bath and beauty game for some time but just recently got into the polish- making game.KBShimmer nail polish first caught my eye when the brand was featured in this Beautylish article. I loved the uniqueness of her polishes, and the fact that they did not need undies (A base color).
There was no way I could narrow down which polishes to review so I asked Christy to send me some of her personal favorite polishes. I could not be more thrilled with the pretties if I had picked them myself. These are some of the most unique and beautiful polishes I've ever seen/ am happy to own!
To see swatches of these amazing indie beauties continue reading!
Today Sam, Rie and I will be taking on Day 19 of the 31 Day Challenge. The prompt for day 19 is Galaxy nails. Last year I had a lot of fun with this challenge prompt. Ever since I had been wanting to revisit the Galaxy mani but I had not had a chance so working on these was a real treat.
Last year I got kinda nervous right before I started working on my galaxies and this year was the same scenario lolol. I looked at tons of pictures of outer space I had pinned and took my sweet time picking colors. I always over think it when it comes to this type of nail art and always end up blocking myself. This year I just kinda went for it and I am really happy with my results. IDK if this is the most "galactic" mani I've ever seen but I definitely like it a lot!
So for my galaxies I started with a base of Two coats of Cult Nails I got Distracted. For the "galactic" sponging I used Milani White on the Spot and the following Bettina shades: Tulipani, Yellow, Ortensia, Vintage Jean, Starfish and Aqua. I just sponged the shades on kind of randomly until I got an effect I liked. I topped my galaxies out with some Seche Vite followed by some INM Northern Lights top coat.
I will be having full reviews of I got Distracted and yesterday's Annalicious this coming week. In the meantime don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Galactic looks for day 19!
And we are back on track! Today is day 18 of the challenge and that means Half Moons. These are the nails I wore to The Makeup Show last weekend and I got SO many compliments on 'em. This looks features all Cult Nails polishes and studs.
This look stared with Two coats of the amazing Annalicious. My camera really freaked out at this amazing shimmering shade of Tomato Red. I went for an edgy look with pointed half moons. For the pointy moons I used some scotch tape and Cult Nails Nevermore. I topped it all off with some Seche Vite then followed by Cult Nails Wicked Fast.
And here is the official look I wore for The Makeup Show. On my pinky is a Nail Veil by Chronicle Stones. These are a "love 'em or hate 'em" type of nail accessory. I absolutely LOVE them. They are so eye-catching and a nice touch for special occasions. I attached mine with a drop of nail glue and it held on all day long with no issues what so ever. Mine is the Pinky veil with a little dangly at the tip. I will have a post with more details about Nail Veils soon.
I really liked this look a whole lot and even more so that I actually got to wear it and my pinky Nail Veil. And I seriously cannot get enough of Annalicious. It is trully a spectacular color! Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Half-moon looks for day 18!
Better late than never right? Yesterday was supposed to be day 17 of the 31 Day Challenge and I completely forgot and got wrapped up in a swatch-a-thon of massive proportions. Day 17 of the challenge calls for Glittery nails. This look features loose glitter burnished onto a White base.
I started with a base of Milani White on the Spot. The glitter came from loose glitter pots that I got back in June when Premiere Orlando came to town. There really isn't much to this look other than working fast with the glitter before your top coat dries. The main thing is LOTS of top coat because the loose glitter is extremely gritty and very TC hungry. There are Two coats of Seche Vite and one of INM Northern Lights on my nails for this pic.
I really like how these turned out. I think my favorite nail is the Index finger. The blending is really smooth. What do you think of this use of loose glitter? Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Glittery looks for day 17!
Today is a special day for myself and Mr.LTHP (who is now on Twitter and IG @Mr_L_T_H_P go follow him for behind the scenes LTHP nonsense!). Today is our Three year wedding anniversary. May I say that these have been the fastest Three years of my life. It feels like just yesterday we were scrambling with wedding plans. Daniel (@Mr_L_T_H_P) is such an amazing husband. I really could not imagine a better man, he also also the reason why this blog exists.
My starting a blog was his idea, and with his support LTHP came to be. So yes, my polish addiction and all this craziness is in part his "fault" haha. He's an amazing person is all! So with that said, here are a few swatches of some of Sation's Nailstock Collection Colors.
Sation RV There Yet?
RV There Yet? is an AMAZING shade of creamy Teal. It is an unique color in that it is vivid, but Fall at the same time. It is a very clean and crisp shade of Teal, it seems to be the perfect middle-ground between Green and Blue. The formula on this color is very saturated with color but it is not thick. This color also dries to a cool semi-rubbery finish as seen in this photo. RV There Yet? does great in Two easy coats. I LOVE this shade!
Sation I Paint in Peace
Dat Green! I Paint in Peace is a fantastic shade of deep Moss green creme laced with fine Silvery and light Green micro shimmer. This is a beautiful shade of Green and the shimmer really gives it a very unique touch, like a shimmery dustiness to the base color. The formula on this shade is buttery smooth and does great in Two coats.
Sation I'm with the Bandanna
Pardon the odd coloring of my skin in the next photos. One of my lights died the day I did the swatches for this collection. So I'm with the Bandanna is an almost metallic Taupe. This is an uber flattering color, and I love that it is not a taupe creme. Think of O.P.I You don't know Jacques but give it an intense, very dense shimmer finish and you get I'm with the Bandanna. I'm so happy that it is not a creme! The formula on this color is amazing and could have almost done with one coat but I did Two coats. This is a nice twist on a Fall classic shade.
At first I was convinced that I was not going to like this color, and then I applied it and ate my words. See, in the bottle this looks like another deep Brown creme. Here's the kicker, it is actually a deep, deep Burgundy jelly with some brown undertones. Imagine-Sation is very vampy and has a very high shine. The formula on this color was just a little runny, so a light patient hand is necessary to achieve a smooth, even surface. I was pleasantly surprised with this shade.
The Sation Nailstock collection is available now on the Miss Pro Nail site and they retail for $5.00. Now this is only Four of the shades but the collection is made up of quite a few more shades. If these Four are any indication of the rest of the collection then I must assume that they are all beautiful as well.
Now I'm off to spend the day with the hubs and celebrate this awesome day!
Sorry for the lateness with this challenge. I got so wrapped up in the madness of The Makeup Show that I completely forgot to do my tribal nails yesterday for today's post. Not to mention... A year later, I am still absolutely hating on the tribal print trend. I just do not like it. I tried to make it interesting by trying to freehand a tribal for the first time... Here is my feeble attempt...
I started with a base of Color Club's Model Behavior, which on its own is a beautiful Fall shade. I used a very fine, fine brush for the details. I used Cult Nails Nevermore for my striping. Nevermore is an amazing Black polish and very much my favorite. It has a perfect formula for many nail art techniques. I accented my crappy lines with some dots in Nevermore and Konad Special White polish because it was really close by haha! Can you tell I REALLY do NOT like tribal? I was considering skipping today all together hahaha. I wouldn't do that to my girls though! I topped it off with some Seche Vite and followed it with Twee & Honey's This is Mattenes top coat.
Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Tribal looks for day 16! I know they did better than I!
So as many of you know yesterday and today (Nov 4th and 5th) was the debut of The Makeup Show in Orlando. The Makeup Show has been traveling for the past Seven years but this was their first stop in Orlando. Needless to say I was excited about this incredible opportunity. The Makeup Show put on a preview for the bloggers that were attending the show and it was hosted by non other than James Vincent, who is an industry legend.
Mr. LTHP was my assistant for the weekend. He was taking my photos while I did the social media, networking and the blogger panel. The blogger preview took place this past Saturday while the vendors were setting up. Many of our Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida were there, among them Miss Maria of Cult Nails. Cult Nails had a big weekend with them having their first booth at a beauty show! So John, Maria's husband was setting up the booth for Cult Nails and Maria snuck Mr. LTHP to the vendor floor to hang out with John and take pictures while we got our preview from James Vincent. This is Mr.LTHP's behind the scenes look at the setup and behind the scenes of #TMSOrlando.
This is a pretty pic heavy post so to see all the pics just keep on reading!
Today is the day!!! The Makeup Show!!! Woo-hoo! Anywho, today is day 15 of the 31 day challenge and the list calls for Delicate nails... So this is what I came up with.
I started with Three thin coats of Julie G My Private Palace. I love this shade, it is a very shimmery, light duochromey golden, champagne. It's just awesome. For the stamp I used Bundle Monster plate BM 310 and Bettina in Art Deco Brown. All topped off with some Seche Vite.
Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Delicate looks for day 15!
Happy Caturday and only more more day until The Makeup Show Orlando!!!!!
First things first! A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Best friend in the whole wide world; Miss Lizbeth!! I miss you and I really can't wait to see you my love!!
Today Sam, Rie and I will be taking on day 14 of the 31 day challenge. The prompt is Flowers. I really didn't know what direction to go with for this prompt so I went back to my stamping roots and did a simple and cute Cheeky-cure :D.
This look started with a base of Julie G nail color in Oh Em Gee!. This is a radioactive shade of neon Barbie Pink. I did the stamp with my Cheeky plates. Plate number CH16, using Konad Black special polish. I accented the stamp with dots in O.P.I My Boyfriend Scales Walls and China Glaze Sunkissed. I topped it all off with some INM Northern Lights and Seche Vite.
Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Flower looks for day Fourteen!