Monday, December 31, 2012

LTHP's Brand Crush of 2012!! Miss Pro Nail- Sation

Hello and happy new year's eve!!! 

  I'm kinda depressed about this year ending :(... For some reason I feel so unfulfilled for 2012... Like I got nothing done :(. I will tell you who got something done this year though, the AMAZING people over at Sation! This brand totally blindsided me this year. Sation is an old brand but in the past year they went through a MAJOR revamping. They re-designed the bottles, the brush and the formulation of their polishes. I love many brands but Sation has a special place in my heart and I will go on about that through out the entire post. 
  I pretty much fell in love with the new Sation the second I received my first batch of polishes for review. They were all so bright, the names were so quirky and unique. The girls at Sation are a pleasure to work with and I have nothing but praise for their treatment of me, and I'm sure all their customers.  To put it in plain and simple terms I just love Sation's vibe and their colors make me so very happy! 
To see a little re-cap of "LTHP's Year in Sation" just keep on reading! 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

LTHP's Favorite Polishes of 2012! Top Ten "Indie" Picks

Good Afternoon!!

  This is my final "top of 2012" post. In our wonderful world of nail polish we have many big companies. i.e Zoya, O.P.I, China Glaze, Color Club.. etc. Then we have the handmade nail polishes, countless brands. AND THENNN there is this group of companies that are kind of in the middle. They are not hand made, but they are not uber major. These are the "inbetweeners". The ones that I really see taking off/ took off this year. I have very high expectations of these smaller brands in 2013! I really love these brands because they are not so influenced by the "mainstream mentality". These brands dare to take risks and create quirky collection. 
To see closeups of these pretties just keep on reading!

LTHP's Favorite Polishes of 2012! Top Ten Handmade Nail Polishes

Good morning and happy Sunday! 

  2013 is coming at us hard and FAST! But before the year is over I have a few more picks to show you for my top polishes of 2012. Today's category is my Top Ten Handmade nail polishes of 2012. As I said in yesterday's post, 2012 was the year of the handmade indie polish. These are the Ten handmade polishes that I hunted down like prey. These are the ten handmade polishes I lost sleep over, got angry at when I got "cart jacked" and cried tears of joy when I finally was able to buy them. Or given the privilege/ opportunity to review them. 
To see closeups and find out a little more just keep on Reading ♥. 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

LTHP's Favorite Nail Polishes of 2012! Handmade Nail Polish: Honorable Mentions

Good afternoon my loves and happy Saturday! 

  Today I have my Five honorable mentions in the Handmade nail polish category. 2012 was the year of the Handmade polishes. There was a true BOOM in this market and at one point even a saturation. Many started out selling on Etsy and many later transitioned to shops due to their success. It seems like EVERYONE has/had their own polish line. Some ladies really blew us away and some not so much. It.Was.Crazy! I picked my top Ten for 2012 and then I realized that 10 was not going to cut it. So, I went ahead with Five "honorable mentions", like I did with my mainstream polishes. 
 To see closeups of my Honorable Mentions just continue reading. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

LTHP's Favorite Polishes of 2012! Top 10 International Picks

Hi and happy Friday!! 

  This year I had the chance to try even more brands from other countries, which I LOVED!! I had the wonderful opportunity to receive my first Catrice polishes! I also got some new beauties by Ozotic and some stunners from A England, of course! Bettina was a little quiet this year but they still managed to knock my socks off with a few shades. AND THENNNN there was MaxFactor Fantasy Fire.... Let's get on with it shall we?! 
 To find out more about my top ten international polishes of 2012 just continue reading! 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

LTHP's Favorite Polishes of 2012! Top 20 Mainstream Picks

Good morning awesome people! 

  Today I will be showing you guys my most favorite mainstream polishes of 2012. I was trying so very hard to narrow this list down to 10 polishes but I just did not happen, 20 felt right. These are polishes by "big brands". I feel like I will repeat myself quite a bit throughout these "faves" posts because 2012 was a very strong year for nail polish. 
 As you can see I developed a "thing" this year for Golds, Greens, Purples and Golden tones. It was like the nail polish gods got together and started putting out stunning shades based around my dreams(yes I dream of polish... and makeup:). Honestly, this list could be 50 polishes long. But, I will not subject you guys to that nonsense haha! 
To see my picks continue reading ♥.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2011-2012 Re-Cap Post!!

Hello darlings!! 

  This is a quick post to update you guys on my new "31 Days of Nail Art" Tab. It has been updated with the photos from the 31 Day Challenge looks of 2012. But just for fun...

Day 1: Red 2011-2012
To see the rest of the looks just keep on reading :D! 

LTHP's Favorite Nail Polishes of 2012! Honorable Mentions- Mainstream

Hi loves!! 

  I hope everyone celebrating yesterday had a wonderful Holiday, lots of great food and presents! My Holiday got off to a rough start as I had a Crohn's flareup on Christmas Eve and had to go to the hospital :(. Thankfully I was released the same day and was able to spend Christmas with the Family. I really had a wonderful Christmas Day! 
  Today I am starting my "Yearly Faves" posts. I had to break it down to several categories because 2012 was a pretty eventful year in terms on nail polish and I ended up with MANY picks. The categories will be as follows: Hon. Mentions for Mainstream and Handmade. Followed by my Top 20 "big brand" picks, top 10 "Lab indie" (i.e: Cult Nails, Pomegranate, Chick NP, Lime Crime), top 10 Handmade polishes and my top 10 international picks. Finally, I will be closing out my "faves post" with a little feature on the brand that most blew me away this year!

This post will showcase Five "mainstream" polishes that missed my Top 20 by a hair.
Zoya Daul 
Zoya Daul. Still to this day, I find myself mesmerized by the beauty of this polish. The way the Golden shimmer seems to float over the surface of the nail is really something magical. There is something delicate, yet striking about Daul and for that I love her!

O.P.I Don't Pretzel my Buttons 
 O.P.I's Don't Pretzel my Buttons really surprised me. 1. I was not expecting it to look good against my skin tone at all. 2. A yellowy nude for Fall? Haha! Well, job well done O.P.I! Not only was this shade flattering and unique for the season, it also has a wonderful formula. 

Zoya Arizona 
 Zoya's Arizona had me at hello. This pretty, radioactive shade of creamsicle Orange is just to die for!

China Glaze Gothic Lolita
 Gothic Lolita *swoooon*. This pretty shade of Orchid Purple, with it's sneaky Blue-ish shimmer is really just beautiful. Back in Spring of 2012, many companies go busy releasing deeper, red toned Purples laced with Golden shimmer. While everyone was busy duping each other, China Glaze blew them all out of the water with the unique beauty that is Gothic Lolita. 

**EDIT** Whoops!!! As I was going through my folders I forgot to pull out my Fifth photo! My 5th Honorable Mention pick is Orly Monster Mash. 
Monster Mash won me over with it's amazing Blend of Prismatic Emeral hexes, bars and micro glitter. Orly really did a fantastic job on the Flash Glam FX Glitters! 

 And that will do it for my Five Honorable mentions in the mainstream category. This year was HELL tying to narrow down my faves. I ended up with about Four pages of notes and lists and I couldn't even tell you how many polishes made my (not so) short-list. But that is a good thing right? 2012 has been a fantastic year for nail polish! 

  How was your Christmas? And are you excited for the new year charging right at us?! I am!! 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Baby it's (Florida) Cold Outside

Hi lovelies!

  I am writing this post to let you guys know that I will be taking off until December 26th. I really want to focus on enjoying this Holiday with my husband and family. I will be back after the Holiday with my Top polishes of 2012 posts!! I had to break it down to about Six categories!!
  So since I will be "unplugged" for the next few days I want to take a moment to wish you all celebrating a very Merry Christmas. I hope you all have a fabulous day and that you all get what you asked Santa for!!

  For now, I leave you guys with some of my favorite nail art looks of 2012 ♥.
 Again I wanna wish you all a Merry Christmas and I will see you guys right after the Holiday!!!! Mr. LTHP keeps bragging about how awesome he did with presents this year!! I am so excited to see what's got him so excited!! 

X-Mas Rush! Holiday Spun Sugar Nails with Sation

Good Morning and happy Saturday! 

  Today's Holiday nails are a textured "spun sugar" look that features the Four shades I received from Sation from their Holiday Golightly collection. A while ago I was asking for suggestions on Facebook of what to do for Holiday nails and a few of you came up with the Spun Sugar look. I just HAD to do it! 
 The base color is Sation Feliz Navi-Doll. The light Aqua strings were done in Sation Holiday Golightly, The dark Green is Under the Miss-tletoe and the Red strings were done with Sation I Love Yule. I did not top coat my strings because I always manage to ruin the effect when I try to to coat. I also like the texture on the strings.
  I honestly do not know how these would hold up, or how long the strings take to dry as I don't actually get to "wear" these spun sugar looks.

 This is my base shade Feliz Navi-doll. A beautiful Silvery-White packed with tons of snowy shimmer. This color has a sheer-ish formula but it becomes opaque in Three coats. This shade can also be layered.
 Thanks for stopping by loves!!!!

(**Sation products provided for review**)

Friday, December 21, 2012

X-Mas Rush! Snowman Pinkmas♥

Happy Friday!! 

  Today I have an uber cute "Pinkmas" mani. Last year I did several Pink themed X-mas/ Wintery manis. I decided to make it an LTHP tradition to feature uber girly Holiday manis. I really like Wintery- Holiday themed manis that stray from the usual palette of Wintery- Holiday Colors. Here is my girly take on X-mas this year! 
 I love these so much!! The little snowman is just too cute! On my index finger and for the glittery inverted gradients I used Nicole by O.P.I My Sleigh's in the Shop. The white base color on my Index and Pinkie nails is Nicole by O.P.I It's all about the Glam. On my ring finger I used NOPI Naturally and then did a gradient using Naturally and Zoya Purity to create a snowy look. I topped my ring finger off with some INM Northern Lights Top coat.
  For the snowman stamp I used Bundle Monster plate BM319. I touched up some of the little details with a very fine brush. The scarf is Zoya Sookie, the hat is O.P.I Jade is the New Black. The nose is Bettina Starfish. The snowflakes on my index finger are from Bundle Monster plate BM318. I used Konad special white polish for the flakes.
  To finish the whole look off I topped my nails off with some Seche Vite and then touched up the snowflakes and snowman with some INM Northern Lights and finally one more coat of Seche Vite.
Merry Pinkmass!!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

X-Mas Rush!!! Snowy Holiday Gradients

Good morning my lovelies!! 

 Today's look really captured my heart. When I saw this in my head, it was not nearly this pretty. Don't you love when that happens? I wanted to do something very snowy and subtle, yet eye-catching. I also really wanted to use some of the adorable "Holiday-ish" stamps I'd never used before. So I settled on snowy gradients with pretty snowflake stamps. The matte top coat was and afterthought, and as it turns out, the perfect finishing touch for the effect I wanted to achieve. 
  This look started with a clean White creme base of Zoya Purity. Once my base was dry I started working on my gradients. For the Green to White gradients I used Zoya Shawn and O.P.I Don't touch my Tutu. For the Red to White Gradients I used Zoya Rehka and O.P.I Don't touch my Tutu.  
  Sponging with a creme and a jelly made the gradients blend beautifully, flawlessly and very easily! It also made the clean-up fairly quicker because Don't touch my Tutu is a sheer White jelly so it came off my cuticles and skin with no problem. I really like the look created where the White jelly met the Creme polishes. The Red to White gradients required more build-up as Rehka went a little Pink when layered over the White creme base. 
  To really smooth out the gradients and give them a snowy effect I did a layer of Cult Nails Doppelganger. I was so tempted to stop there and just leave the gradients, but I really wanted to stamp. For the snowflake stamps I used Bundle Monster plate BM323. The Silver snowflakes were done with Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and the Gold with China Glaze Passion. I then top coated with Seche Vite and placed some "glequin" accents on the flakes. I finished the whole look off with a coat of Twee & Honey's This is Matteness- matte top coat to give the finished mani a frosted glass kind of look.
 That does it for today's look! I hope you guys like my frosty gradients :D. I am so relieved that I finally have all the shopping done!!! Yay!!! Now I can really focus on cranking out some awesome Holiday looks!!!

What do you guys think?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

X-Mas Rush!!! Zoya Holiday Drips

Good Morning loves!!

  Today I am starting a mini-series that will go until Christmas Day. Nothing but Holiday themed looks, all day, everyday until December 25th! I'm kinda bummed I'm getting started so late in the month, but better late than never! Today's look is a quick drippy mani in some beautiful Zoya Ornate Collection colors.
 This look started with two easy coats of Zoya Ziv. For the Green drip accents I used Zoya Logan. For the Red drips I used Zoya Posh. I used a fine brush to freehand my drips. My initial idea was to let Posh dry to its intended satin matte-finish. Basically I wanted matte against glossy. That didn't work out too well, Posh was kinda looking like dried blood drips on my pretty Gold base. Instead I top coated my nails all in Seche Vite followed by Cult Nails Wicked fast. The top coat brought out the pretty Red tones in Posh and brought the look up to Christmas speed, instead of glam-Halloween lol.

  What do you guys think of my melty Christmas look?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day 31: Re-create a Mani

OMG!!!

  SO sorry I didn't post this earlier today! I had them ready to go and it totally slipped my mind that today was Tuesday!!! I'm caught up in the Holiday haze I guess lol. Too many 3-wick BBW Candle fumes? Anyways! Today is day 31 of the 31 day challenge!! We had quite a few hiccups, we lost a gal, but Sammy and I made it to the end! Battered, bruised and bloody, but we made it (dramatic much? lol) . So for my recreation I actually chose one of Rie's manis.
  I figured since I re-created Sammy's Dior nails for my day 30 nails, that I would pick one of Rie's looks for my final day. Miss Rie was not able to finish the challenge, she did make it pretty far in though. I went with Miss Rie's Tribal manicure. Now... you guys know my hatred of all things tribal right? So yeah, I was pretty much shocked at myself for loving this look so much. Miss Rie was inspired by a fellow nail blogger as well. This is a different take on tribal, and it just stole my heart!
 My base color is Bettina Starfish. The black accents were done with Milani Black Swift. The white accents were done with Milani White on the Spot, and the yellow with Milani Yellow Whiz. The accents of soft Blue are Zoya Jo. I was surprised at how simple this lok was to achieve and how much I loved it! Thank you Miss Rie for the inspiration!!

  So, that is it guys!!! I will be doing a recap post soon with all of the looks. I also want to update my 31 Days of Nail Art tab. I think it will be cool to see what a year of practice can do in terms of improvement.   I'm glad we did the challenge again, even though it took us quite a bit longer than 31 days. We did it!!! Now to focus on some Holiday nail art!! Don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their looks!

Nails by Cris! feat My Two Jennifers

Good Morning loves! 

  Today I have some looks I did on Two of my lovely gal-pals. This past weekend was pretty crazy for me. As usual I waited until the last minute to do my Holiday shopping... So, that was fun lol. I have not had time to do anything with my nails since Friday! As I sit here typing this, my nails are bare... And much too long. 
  I love doing nail art on my friends because they get to enjoy it as long as they please. Many times I don't get to enjoy the looks I come up with. I simply do not have the time to "wear" polish and my looks. I have to swatch, swatch, swatch!! Usually when I do my looks, they are just that :(, not full manis. There is just SO much product coming in during the holidays that I am having a hard time keeping up. Also, remember back in September? When I had to be out for Two weeks because of my Surgery... That DID NOT help haha. That seriously backed me up majorly. So here we are, almost end of the year and I haven't even picked my top releases of 2012 or done a single X-mas mani :(. I hope to change that this week. We shall see.. My goals for this week are pretty ambitious... 

 To see these cool looks just continue reading!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

LTHP Zoya Collection Giveaway Winner!!!

Hi loves!!

  I work fast lol!!! The Zoya Ornate collection giveaway ended at midnight last night. I already have a winner! But first I wanted to take a second to thank everyone that participated. Thank you all for your entries, likes and shares!! I have a few more giveaways planned. Some will be on Facebook and maybe even some on Instagram! We shall see!!

  The LUCKY winner of the Zoya Ornate Collection Giveaway is Miss Brittany Kirby!!
 The mustaches are to protect Brittany's information. A huge congrats to miss Brittany! I hope you love the collection! Thank you so much for entering!

 Again, a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated!!! And be on the lookout for future giveaways!! I have already contacted Miss B and she has replied. Stay tuned for more fun stuff comin soon!!! 




Friday, December 14, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day 30: Inspired by a Tutorial

Good morning and happy Friday!!
  
  Today I am catching up to Sammy!! The prompt for day 29 is to be inspired by a tutorial. I went with Sammy's very recent tutorial for her Fashion inspired nails. She was inspired by a beautiful Dior gown. The look is very simple but extremely elegant, and really depicts the inspiration perfectly. I knew I HAD to try this look the second I saw Sammy's post. I am so glad she did a tutorial, because it was the perfect excuse to give this look a whirl right MEOW!
 I used thin striping tape placed horizontally across my naked nails. I used my Cult Nails Nevermore. It is a perfect, One-coat, Black creme. After I pulled my tape strips off I waited a second for my polish to dry a bit and I top coated with Seche Vite.

 Don't forget to stop by Sam's to see her tutorial nails!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day 29: Inspired by the Supernatural

Good evening everyone!!

  I am finally caught up with miss Sam. Well, kind of.. Tonight's post is my Day 29 prompt, Inspired by the Supernatural. I've actually already done my final Three looks so I feel like I can breathe now :D. So, for this prompt last year I did little ghost stamps, like Sammy's, but different colors. So I got to thinking, "the supernatural" doesn't have to mean scary. There are plenty of cute supernatural creatures.... Like... Faeries!
 I've had this idea in my head since the day I got my Red Angel stamping plate set. This look features all Zoya Nail polish, except for the top coats. My base colors (from Index to Pinkie) are Zoya: Dana, Arizona, Wednesday and Tru. I top coated my base and then went for the gradients. My gradient colors are (from Index to Pinkie) Zoya: Shelby, Pippa, Tracie and  Kendall. 
  The cute fairies all came from my Red Angel stamping plate set. Plate numbers: RA111, RA112 and RA113. The vines on my Ring finger are from Bundle Monster plate BM314. The flowers the Fairies are sitting on are from Bundle Monster plate BM313. I used Konad Black special polish for my stamping to give a silhouetted effect. 
  I top coated the entire look with some Seche Vite and once it was dry enough I went over the Fairies and my Ring finger with INM Northern Lights. To give the fairies sparkle I blobbed out some INM Northern Lights and used a very fine brush to add twinkle to the fairies. 

  So what do you guys think about my Supernatural look? Don't forget to stop by Sammy's to see her latest challenge looks! OH and only Two more days to enter my Zoya Ornate Collection Giveaway!! 

(**Zoya products provided for consideration**)


Etsy Mania! Happy Hands Nail Polish Swatches

Hey it's Thursday!! 

  I cannot believe how quickly this year is coming to an end. Can you? It's kind of crazy to think back at everything I've done and it all feeling like it all happened just yesterday. Do you guys get that feeling toward the end of the year? That whole "What- did- I do- with- my- life- this- year?" feeling haha. I still have Holiday shopping left to do but I am super excited for Christmas! 
  Today I have some swatches of some beautifully unique polishes by Happy Hands Nail Polish. Brand creator, Kristi, is a fellow Florida gal. When she contacted me I did a quick look through her shop and fell in love with her unique combinations and cute bottle labels! I am really in love with these polishes and cannot get enough of the unique glitter blends.
 To see swatches of these amazing polishes, continue reading ♥.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Chick Nail Polish Fall/ Winter 2012 Releases

Happy humpday!

  Today I have some new releases by the uber cute, Vegan- friendly brand- Chick Nail Polish. I've been a fan of this brand from the very first time I saw their adorable Chicky logo. Last year All A Twitter was one of my top polishes for the year. I've never been let down with Chick NP's formula either! I think these would make such cute gifts. 
 On a side note: Julie also released an amazing cuticle oil this past Fall. It is a Tangerine- Ginter scented cuticle oil and it has an amazing texture. I LOVE how it smells. Sometimes I want to wear it as perfume.
To see close up swatches of these Four shades just continue reading♥.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fun with @NakedCosmetics Shock Effect Pigment Set and @Ardell_Lashes #EOTD/#FOTD Looks!

Hello my lovelies!!! 

  I know today is supposed to be a challenge day but I honestly kind of forgot until the last minute yesterday. By the time I had realized I was supposed to be doing my Supernatural nails, I was already shut down for the day lol. So, I checked with you guys on Facebook to see if it was cool to show you some makeup looks instead :D. I will absolutely be back at some point soon with my challenge nails. 
  These look feature (for the most part) an amazing pigment set I got at The Makeup Show Orlando, back in November. One of the brands that captured my heart was Naked Cosmetics. They display was a SEA of beautiful loose pigment and glitter sets. I practically flew over to their booth and was paying for my Shock Effect set before I even realized what had happened. I didn't really have a hard time choosing this "palette" out from all the beautiful sets because the colors were the brightest and they really JUMPED out at me. Don't get me wrong though, had I not been on a tighter budget, many more sets would have come home with me.  
 I am also, pretty much, obsessed with the new Ardell Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away Collection lashes. I got Four of the Six sets, but I'm thinking I really want to go back for the Two I am missing. I've only worn Two of my sets so far but it is safe to say that I LOVE them. They are dramatic, unique and just plain fun! Just in time for the Holidays.
  I am pretty much madly in love with these pigments and lashes. The pigments are very versatile! They can be used as eyeshadow, eyeliner and even on the lips. They can be built up to be very vibrant, or blended out for a pretty flush of unique color. I'm always intimidated by loose pigments, because I am not a fan of "fallout". I am happy to report that these are deliciously creamy in texture, they are easy to blend and build up. I did not have an issue with fallout at all. I am very pleased with the color payoff in these babies. I did use my NYX primer (Skintone) and my NYX Jumbo pencil in Milk as a base for these looks to really make the pigments pop. These can be worn dry, wet or with primer. They are really very, very versatile.

 To read me rave some more about my Naked Cosmetics pigments, my beautiful new Ardell lashes and see close ups of these looks just keep on reading ♥.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Nicole by O.P.I CVS Exclusives- Holiday 2012

Good Morning loves!!! 

  Today I have swatches of Nicole by O.P.I latest CVS Exclusives release. This group is made up of Seven shades. There are Three cremes, a shimmer and Three frosts. These were released during winter, but the colors feel very Spring-y to me. The cremes are amazing!
To see close up swatches and reviews just continue reading ♥.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day 28: Inspired by a Flag

Good evening! 

  So, after the ordeal that was my, Day 27, Artwork prompt I needed to take it easy.. So I shut my brain off and reached for my checker Cheeky plate and did this for my flag inspired day lol... I REALLY needed a break..
 This look started with Two coats of O.P.I My Boyfriend Scales Walls. The stamp is from Cheeky plate CH3. I used Konad Red and Black special polishes to get nice crisp lines. I had a hard time keeping the checkers steady and even. The sparkle is INM Northern Lights top coat.


Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their looks!

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day 27: Inspired by Artwork

Hello and good morning!! 

  Today I finally have my day 27, artwork inspired nails for the 31 day challenge. Miss Sam is on top of her shiz and will be posting her flag nails today. Not sure what's goin on with miss Rie lol! I will be posting my flag nails later this afternoon. So, last year, on this prompt I went with Van Gogh's Starry Night. This year, after much debate (and with you guys' halp on Facebook), I landed on Munch's The Scream. Similar styles, both amazing pieces of art. It danced around these nails for a whole week. And when it came time to sit down and paint and I had to take a deep breath and jump right into it. I could type 18,746,287 words and none of them would convey the frenzy I had worked myself into over this nail art. I really wanted to push my boundaries.... Mission accomplished. 
 I must say that I feel like I greatly overestimated my freehand capabilities here, but I am actually really pleased with the end result. I think this has been the most challenging, time consuming nail art I have EVER done. So, on that basis alone; I am proud of myself for pushing through my fear of freehand nail art and actually going for it. 
  All in all, this look took me almost Three hours to complete. There were a lot of steps and a lot of waiting for layers to dry. Oh and, yes, this was all done with nail polish and nail polish only. I decided to not top coat my completed look to really give it the feel of an oil painting. I'm still kinda cracking up at my little screamer though... "Guuurrrrllll.. look at dem shoes!!!!" lol! 
 And now for a close-up of my attempt. Not too shabby for someone who pretty much curls up and cries at the thought of freehand nail art, right?
 At this point I'm not even really sure which colors are where. Luckily, I made a list of every color I blobbed out onto my paper palette. There was a lot of custom color mixing and a lot of thinning with acetone. As challenging as this was, it was really fun to see it come together and mixing many techniques to achieve the look I wanted.
  I used all the following colors from Bettina: Base #192, Brown, Earth, Birds, Sunrise, Starfish, Glitter Jean, Peaches 'n' Creme, #192, #12, #195, Ortensia, Indigo, Vintage Jean, #15, Premium Wash and Aqua. I also used  Sation I used Weed out the Wimps, Cult Nails Nevermore and Zoya Arizona. There was a lot of blending done with acetone to give the colors a paint-like consistency. 

 And for reference, here is the inspiration. I kind of forget that the task is to be inspired by the painting, not to actually replicate, but that was part of the challenge I set for myself :D. 
image source
 And there is my take on this famous painting! Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their  looks today! Also!! Don't forget to check out my Zoya Ornate Giveaway!! And I will see you guys again later! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Nicole by O.P.I Kardashian Kolors- Holiday 2012

Happy Wednesday!! 

  The Kardashians are back this Holiday season with Six more shades to add to their Kardashian Kolors  line by Nicole by O.P.I. If I am not mistaken, the first Kardashian Kolor set came out during the Holidays Last year, it was a 14 piece collection. Then there was 7 piece spring set? And now this Six piece Holiday 2012 set. So that makes for a total of 27 Kardashian themed colors so far.... I think that's enough lol. 
 That said, this set is made of of Six, very pretty, shades. These are perfectly cohesive and totally HOLIDAY! I was very pleasantly surprised with quite a few of these shades. 
To see close-up swatches of the full collection just continue readin' after the jump ♥.

Monday, December 3, 2012

O.P.I Skyfall Collection Swatches

Hey it's Monday! 

  Ugh! Anywho! I FINALLY have swatches of the O.P.I Skyfall Collection for you guys! This collection was released as O.P.I's Holiday collection and was inspired by the new James Bond movie; Skyfall. I'm personally not a James Bond fan. I've only seen a few movies about the famous spy but I was young and didn't get them lol. I also didn't speak English haha! BUT I do LOVE these polishes and they are perfect, not only for the Holiday season, but a great representation of Bond-Girl style and class. 
 To see swatches of the whole collection just continue reading after the jump. ♥

Saturday, December 1, 2012

LTHP Holiday Giveaway!! - GIVEAWAY CLOSED

It's DECEMBER!!!!!!!!! Say WHAT?!! 

**EDIT** The giveaway is now closed!! Thank you so much to everyone who participated and shared the giveaway with friends, etc!! I will announce the winner shortly!! 

  To mark the start of my favorite time of the year I'm kicking things off with a Holiday giveaway! The Zoya Faeries were kind enough to send me a Second set of their beautiful Holiday Ornate collection, and I want to share with you guys! Well, they sent Truffle a set... Yeah that's right, my cat Truffle... Long story hahaha... But Truffle and I agreed that I should share them with my awesome readers!! Truffle is awesome like that! The Zoya Ornate Collection is easily one of the most beautiful nail polish collections to come out this year and one lucky winner will receive all Six beauties to enjoy and love for ever and ever!! 

 This is a giveaway for a Full Zoya Ornate Collection(Blaze, Aurora, Logan, Electra, Ziv and Storm). This giveaway will be open from Saturday, December First at 12:00 AM (EST) until Saturday, December 15th at 12:00AM (EST). 

To see swatches of the collection/loot click on the image below! 
 How could you not want these?! They are entirely amazing!!

So the rules:
You MUST be a GFC (Google friend connect) Follower and you must provide an email address where I can contact you if you win. These are the only mandatory requirements to enter the giveaway. Only one entry per reader will be allowed. To become a GFC follower just click on the "Join the Party" button on the top right corner of my blog. New followers are welcome to enter :). There will be several options to gain more entries but they are not mandatory. You will be required to provide your GFC follower name and contact email address!  

 Once the giveaway is closed I will pick a winner using the Rafflecopter app and I will email them personally. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me to claim their prize. If they do not reply within 48 hours another winner will be chosen. I will be confirming GFC follower names so please make sure to provide accurate information to prevent issues! 

This giveaway will be open until 12:00 AM (Midnight EST) Saturday December 15th. This giveaway is open only to U.S.A and, Puerto Rico a readers only. I would love to open it to everyone but I just can't :(. If you are under 18 years of age please get permission before entering. The winner will be chosen using Rafflecopter and will have 48 hours to claim their prize by emailing me after I contact them.

How to enter: 



Good luck everyone and happy Holidays!!!! 
(**Ornate collection provided by Zoya**)