Monday, September 30, 2013

Cult Nails Mish-Mash Nail Art for @TheMakeupShow #TMSOrlando

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Good afternoon my loves!! 

  Today I feel slightly hungover. No, I was not out drinking last night. I don't drink, ever (more like can't)... Anywho, I was at The Makeup Show in Orlando all weekend long and it was a beauty high for the ages. If you follow me on Instagram(@L_T_H_P) you may have gotten a glimpse of the madness that was this amazing show. I will be doing a few posts dedicated to the show. There was a lot of amazing things going on, and I really want to share some of my experiences with you guys. 
 Since Cult Nails had a booth at the show I decided to do a mani that mish-mashed a ton of Cult Nails shade into one amazing manicure. I wanted to represent for Cult Nails, not only because I consider Maria a friend, but because they are a brand that calls Florida home and I think that is pretty neat. Cult Nails also produces an amazing product, they never disappoint, and they always think outside of the box in their approach to seasonal collections. For me, they are a breath of fresh- air with every new collection because all of their color are always so different from everything else that is on the market at the time. SO, yeah.. I had to pimp some Cult Nails, and this is what I did :D. This look features shades from the Dance All Night, Road Trip and All Access Collections. 
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I will have reviews of Road Trip and All Access up very soon! I think it would be easier to break down this look by fingernail so.. let's do this!!
-Thumb and Pinky Nails: Feedback over Dance All Night over Mayhem over Wack Slacks. This was also done on my Pinky nails and you can see just how beautiful this layering turned out. They looked like some kind of jewel. 
-Index Nail: Two Timer over All Out over Grunge. This layering created one of the coolest and most unique shades I've ever rocked! Maria didn't believe me when I told her it was all Cult Nails heehee. In the photo above I am holding All Out. You need this polish. I also did this same layering on my Ring fingernail. 
-Middle Nail: Walk of Shame over Center of Attention over Be Loco. OMG, OMG, OMG. Ok, yes, so I LOVE this. I wish I had taken a macro of this nail because it was seriously so pretty and so girly and just SPARKLY!
 For the stamped details I used Bundle Monster plate BM201 for the zig- zag pattern. For the geometric pattern I used Cheeky Plate CH13. I used Konad Black special polish for the stamps. I finished my whole look off with a coat of Wicked Fast, except for the stamped nails for which I used Seche Vite to avoid smudging the stamped designs.
 During the show I had actually accented my nails with some Nail Veils by Chronicle Stones, but I didn't manage to snap a good pic of that. So here is an "ok cell" pic. I do want to go over the Nail Veils soon. I just adore these pieces. They are so edgy and different. 
 So here is a crappy cell pic of these awesome pieces. I will have an actual post soon! Oh and I ended up accenting my index with moons in You're my Dandylion and Inglot glitter stripes. I already had quite a bit of shrinkage going on at this point ahaha. 
 You can find out more about Nail Veils by visiting their site The pinkie piece with the dangle is one of my faves. It makes me feel very "old school glam". Or maybe like something Effie Trinket would wear. The piece on my middle finger can be customized by adding gems to the centers of the flowers. Su, the creator can make them with genuine gemstones or you can get them blank so you can use your own stones. These, semi-precious metal pieces are re-usable which would allow you to change the gems in the Flower veil piece. If you follow celeb nail artist Pattie Yankee, she is a huge fan of Nail Veils, and even had her own custom line created for NYFW this year. 

 Below are pics of my base colors which I will be reviewing soon they are Grunge, Be Loco and Wack Slacks. It is always so much fun for me to see the transformation of my nails from canvases to completed look. 
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 Oh and for fun here is a sneak of the awesomeness that went down at The Makeup Show Orlando. This model was painted by the artists of the Makeup For Ever Academy. I always look forward to their booth because their demos are surreal, and their creature concepts are always beautiful and beautifully executed. This model was working the heck out of this look!! She was sparkling from head to toe.
 My outfit, which pales in comparison to the beauty standing next to me, is all Black Milk Clothing. I wore The Awesome Suit as my top sine I wanted to show off my back tattoo. The skirt is the Purple galaxy skater skirt and I am also rocking the flapper hosiery. I went with simple converses because we had to do a lot of walking, but I liked it that way. The kitty ears are by Locketship. 
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 This year's show was an insane amount of fun. I met so many amazing people, and I got to show of my technicolor, armored nails all day long Saturday and Sunday. It was fun to wear my crazy makeup and not get stared at and it was even more fun to discuss all this beautiful makeup and all these new innovations with people who are just as passionate about this industry as I (we) are. 

 I'm really looking forward to sharing a few more posts about this show, because it really is an amazing resource for people in the industry or people trying to get into the beauty industry. That, and it was just too much of an amazing experience not to share with you guys! They are so welcoming, and they really give you the opportunity to be exposed to some of the most amazing influences in the MUA community.

 For more info about The Makeup Show you can head to their site

Thank you so much for stopping by today my painted beauties!! I hope you enjoyed my Cult Nails mish-mash :D.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dollish Polish Halloween Frights Collection Swatches

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Happy Humpday!! 

 I am a baby, a huge scaredy cat. I don't do horror movies. I don't do "horror theme park nights". I remember one year I tried going to Busch Gardens Howl-O- Scream, which is apparently tame... And I left in a panic attack. I remember a boyfriend took me to see "Silent Hill" when it came out in theaters, I didn't sleep for weeks. I. DON'T. DO. HORROR. I just can't. I have this scumbag brain, that can create all sorts of horrifying images all on its own, I don't need any help hahha.... 
 That said.. I LOOOOOVE Halloween Nail Polishes.. Especially of they are by the amazing Dollish Polish! Last year Dolly blew us away with her This is Halloween Collection. Which, BTW will be making a short comeback this year for a limited time during the month of October. This year Dolly has created Eight new, horror- movie inspired polishes. Each individual polish is inspired by a cult classic horror movie and they are just spectacular! 
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 I must confess I've not seen most of the movies that inspired these shades, for the reason mentioned above lol. I am a huge baby, like seriouly haha. And even these beauties will not make me want to watch them hahha. Well, Ok I have seen "The Shining" and "The Exorcist"... but I hated every second of it ahhah. To see closeup swatches of these Halloween Beauties just keep on reading. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

KBShimmer Classics! Oh Splat! & Toucan Touch This

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Happy Tuesday! 

  Today I have Two of the most amazing handmade nail polishes EVARR!! So, when KBShimmer first started getting into nail polish she did came out with a bang. It took me a while to get my hands on these... But these two pretties have been KBShimmer staples for a while and I am so happy to finally have them as part of my collection. KB Classics photo KB_zps8ba25689.jpg
 Both swatches are shown with a top coat of KBShimmer Clearly on top for smoothness and shine. 

KBShimmer Toucan Touch This
Toucan Touch This is an incredibly unique, neon Lime Green based crelly glitter blend. Get all that? It's so complex but so much fun. The neon lime green base is like nothing else in my collection. There is a rainbow of hexes in varying sizes as well as micro bars suspended in this awesome base. I freaking love this color and I wore it for a good week and still did not want to take it off. The formula on this shade is AMAZING, I had no issues with glitter spread and it did great in Three thin coats. 
Pardon the "lobster hands" I had to do some editing to get the color to look right in the pics. It's SOO bright! 
KBShimmer Oh Splat! 
Oh Splat! is the bestest, White crelly based, rainbow hex glitter blend. If you are a fan of the "birthday batter", "poptart icing and/ or cupcake polish look... Then you need this pretty. This shade has the best formula and great spread of glitter. I used Three thin coats. 

 Raise your hand if you've had these for ever!! I really feel kind of shamed that it took me so long to get my hands of these. I really send a huge thanks out to Christy Rose for always being such a rockstar and so kind and generous to LTHP! I am always honored and stoked to rock her creations! 

Thanks for stopping by loves!! 

Monday, September 23, 2013

LTHP Style! Black Milk Clothing Leggings!

Fashion! Turn to the Right!!! 

 Alright guys... first "fashion-y post".. Here we go!! I've decided to dedicate this post to one of my new-ish loves; Black Milk Clothing. 

  Ooooohhhhh Fashion!! Anywho, now that "that's out my system... It is absolutely no secret that I am obsessed with all things nylon, shiny, tight, obnoxious and awesome. Few brands cover all these bases better than, Aussie-based, Black Milk Clothing. I remember the first time I saw a picture of a pair of Black Milk leggings, I was blown away by how vibrant and just plain spectacular they were. It was a picture of, their very popular, Purple Galaxy leggings. Now, I know my style is definitely not for everyone, and I totally get that.  
 So back to BMC, I remember being all like "WHOA dem bitches are expensive" lolol... Needless to say I caved in because EVERY single photo I saw of Black Milk Clothing items was just amazing... And I HAD to find out what all the hype was about. I was done in from the second I got my first piece. Which was actually purchased for me by my amazing husband as a surprise. It was the Rainbow Galaxy dress. I was so blown away by how beautiful and colorful it was.
 I love Black Milk Clothing because in their clothing I feel confident and like I can take on the world. It may sound silly, but wearing their clothes has so boosted my confidence. As a girl who used to struggle greatly with body image; this means the world to me. They are definitely a treat, but what a treat! I mean, IDK what sorcery is in these legings... It used to be I thought everyone who wore Black Milk had/has amazing bums.... No, it is just Black Milk sorcery (though I'm sure some of these gals really do have fantastic bums :). Sorcery I tell YOU!! 

  All of these pics are phone pics :(. And if you follow me on Instagram (@L_T_H_P) you may have already seen quite a few of these photos. However, I really wanted to do an "introductory post" to what LTHP style is like ;). As I said, I want to give you guys a glimpse into more aspects of my colorful life. I don't necessarily want to discuss the outfits, I mean it is pretty clear in the pics what is going on hahaha. I guess I want to create a funky "look-book" of sorts? Who knows! I just want to have fun with these posts, be gentle haha. So, in a way I really love these pics. They are "real", they are me, and I feel they really capture a bit of my essence. A huge thank you to my amazing husband, Daniel, who always is such a good sport about taking these photos :D. We have a lot of fun doing these.

  This outfit involves a few of my favorite things. A tee with a kitteh on it, my holo Purple BMC mermaid legs and my converses. My BFF got me the tee and I think she found it at Wal Mart :D. Have fun with you wardrobe!! It is MEOW or never!!
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 I also love to jump in my photos haha. For several reasons: 1. It's fun. 2. It's fun. 3. It shows the clothes in "action".  The top in this shot is from Target and my sandals from
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 You guys remember this shot right? Remember the post where I matched my nails to these leggings? That was fun... I should do it with my Purple ones too!! I think Glitter Gal Purple holo might just be the perfect shade for that! Or maybe Zoya Aurora.

 One of my first BMC purchases were their original bone legs. I just love these to bits. They are a bit big on me now, but I dont care haha. I stil love them so much. Every time I wear them I get tons of compliments. The top is from American Eagle and sandals from Ami Club Wear. I am also wearing the BMC Wet Look bandeau, but you can't really see it haha.

 And another of my favorite BMC pieces are my Hex Code leggings (these were very limited however, i think they are no longer avail.). How awesome are these!!!! The blogger nerd in me needed these the second I laid eyes on them!! They are so perfectly "me" haha. I just love that I can wear pretty much anything I want with them since they do have a full spectrum of colors on them. The tee is from Tee Fury and it features Pam from Archer. Where my Archer fans at!?? *sploosh!!* hahah
  These are just a few of my fave pairs. I do have a few more, but no real good pics of them yet lol. It feels weird typing a post not about nails or makeup haha. But it also feels really good!! I know a lot of you come here for nails and makeup, but please, for the love of all that is good, don't be mean if this post is not up your alley. I know not everyone is interested in fashion or what I am wearing, but as a girly- girl and a general human being.... It feels good to write openly about some of my other passions. And if can inspire someone to really be themselves and dress how they want, because it makes them happy... my job has been done :D. 

 Well, this has been fun but I am actually off to swatch a lot of awesome Halloween collections! Like, REALLY, AWESOME! I am so impressed with what China Glaze and Dollish Polish did for Halloween this year and I cant wait to share swatches of those! I really hope that you guys enjoyed this post though. I hope to continue doing them, even if just for myself. 

 Do any of you guys own any Black Milk Clothing pieces? Any faves? 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Julie G Beauty Gumdrop Skittles

Happy Friday- fryday!!!! 

  Today I want to share a cute skittle mani I did using the awesome Julie G Gumdrop polishes by Jesse's Girl Cosmetics. I have been in love with these polishes from the second they came out. I absolutely love how ridiculously sparkly they are, and how easy they are to wear. What I mean by that is that they apply like a dream, they dry quick and you can have fab nails, ready to go, in less than 20 minutes! Since I couldn't decide which to wear, I went with the last Three shades I had not had a chance to rock. I wore this mani for about Five days. There was absolutely no sign of wear when the time came to remove them.
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 The Blue shade is Blueberry Fizz. This one is a steely shade of Blue packed with Silver sparkles and hexes. I love how as they dry the sparkles become stronger. The green shade is Rock Candy. I adore this shade of sparkling minty Green. This pretty is packed with Silver sparkle as well as light green hexes to give it a bit of a chunkier look. The Coral shade is Sugar Rush. This pretty is a fiery shade of shimmering Coral with a strong Golden shimmering duocrhome. 
  All of these pretties have AMAZING formulas and did well in Two coats. These also look fantastic layered over each other to create your own custom Gumdrop shades. I got tons of compliments while wearing these. And for those of you who might still be worried about the texures, you have nothing to worry about :D. They are barely noticeable and I've never had an issue with snagging and such. They are just fab! 

 Did you pick up any of the Julie G Gumdrops? Which were your faves? I'm loving them all :D. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Getting alll Warm and Fuzzy


  Sure! Why not?! Sally Hansen jumped on the funky texture bandwagon some time ago. I don't remember exactly how many different variations of these micro-bar blends they came up with; I picked up Five. I really adore these funky, fuzzy- feathery looking polishes. They make me crave ice cream with sprinkles SO bad! 
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 These are all really densely packed with micro bars in clear bases. They are not necessarily the easiest to work with. They all did require a bit of manipulation to get an even spread of the bars all over the nail. That said, they are easy enough to work with and can look good with just one coat over your selected base color. All swatches are shown with a top coat to smooth the surface and bring out shine. 

Sally Hansen Peach Fuzz over O.P.I A-piers to be Tan
Peach Fuzz is a pretty even blend of light, pastel Yellow bars and pastel Peachy Orange bars in a clear base. I loved this combination to bits! 

Sally Sansen Fuzz-Sea over O.P.I Incognito in Sausalito
Fuzz-Sea is a really fun mix of  vivid Aqua Blue micro bars and vivid pastel Green bars in a clear base. I really loved how the bars looked neon over my base color. 

Sally Hansen Wool Knot over O.P.I Keeping Suzi at Bay
Wool Knot is a blend of micro bars in Sky Blue and White suspended in a clear base. This mix felt very Holiday to me for some reason. Like a neat little snow-fall on my nails.  

 I also picked up Tweedy, which is the Black and White blend and you can see it on [THIS POST]. I also got All Yarned Up which is an adorable mix of pastel Yellow, pastel Peach and pastel Blue micro bars. I am still trying to find a good base color for that one :D. 

Did you guys pick up any of the Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coats? What have been your favorite layering combinations? 

Lippy Swatch Spam Time!

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Happy Thursday my painted beauties! 

 Today I want to share some swatches of several lippies I can't seem to stop wearing as of late. Lately I've been kinda digging the nudey/neutral lips for some reason. I'm normally into the insanely bright shades, but lately I've been feeling "at home" in neutral-ish shades. Something about a nudey lip with light makeup makes me feel fresh and feminine. 
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To see closeup swatches of these pretties just continue reading ♥. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New Releases from Inglot- New Freedom System Gloss Palette and Eyebrow Shaping Pencils

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I promise, last post for the day :D.

 First things, first; You guys ROCK! Thank you so much for all your heartwarming and encouraging comments on my previous post. I am so happy that you guys are as excited as I am. I am really, REALLY looking forward to all the awesome interactions the new additions to LTHP will bring. I also want to thank all of you for understanding why I need to do this as person, as well as a blogger. So, I can't say this enough; THANK YOU ALL for sticking by me during my adventures in beautyland!

  I figured, what better way to usher in a new era of awesomesauce; than by introducing you to some new goodies from Inglot! Back in August Inglot did a small release of several new products, and I was lucky to receive a few of them for review. Inglot is a cosmetic brand I've long been wanting to try. While I have had nothing but amazing experiences with all of their lacquers, I had not had a chance to play with their makeup. So, I was ridiculously excited to have a chance to try, not only their new Freedom System Gloss palette, but their new Eyebrow shaping pencil/crayons as well.  
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 The new Freedom System Gloss palette is made up of Five BEAUTIFUL, lightly shimmering, shades ranging from soft Nude, to chic Lilac. The texture of these glosses is just amazingly smooth and moisturizing. The pigmentation of the Two shades I've had a chance to actually wear was just stunning. These are opaque enough to tint the lips perfectly, but they play off of your natural lip color. Essentially these will work on any skin tone. They will look different on every person, but just as beautiful. I really thin, they've done a wonderful job with the colors they chose to release. My favorite part of these is that they do not feel sticky at all, they are just perfectly pigmented and smooth. 
 Even though they are a gloss, they actually wear very decently and last a long time. I applied mine with a brush. Application was an absolute dream on the Two I've tried, one of which I forgot to photograph ;-\. But, don't worry... I have a feeling this palette will be getting a lot of use. I am also certain these shades look amazing when mixed together. 
#201: A soft shimmering coral-toned nude shimmer. I've worn this one, one my lips it turned into a healthy Golden glow. It was beautiful. 
#202: An Orange-toned shimmering Coral. I've not had a chance to wear this one, but on the arm swatch it was fairly pigmented and slightly metallic. 
#203: A berry toned Red shimmer. Another shade I am just dying to wear. On my arm swatch it brought out some slight Orange undertones with a slight Golden shimmer. 
#204: A pink-toned mauve shimmer. On my arm it was a bit darker than it is on the pan. This one will get a lot of love I am sure as it has just enough Pink in it. 
#205: An amazing shade of light shimmering Lilac with Pink undertones. I have a lip swatch of this beauty below. As you can see on me it is a Lilac-leaning pink, and that shimmer really brings this, doll-like, color to life. I got many compliments on this shade. I wore it for several hours and it was very comfortable, and I needed no touch ups.  
 The glosses are available now. You can head to this post for full availability details on all the products in featured in this post.

 Another of Inglot's new Releases I got a chance to try out is their new Eyebrow shaping pencils. These come in Three shades and have a stiff, waxy consistency. They are easy to work with and make shaping and setting my brows so quickly.
 These pencils are the kind that twist up, hooray for no wasted product by having to sharpen! These also have really nice tight caps, they click with a vengeance and sometimes even give me a hard time opening, so no worries about your product drying up there ;). 
#63: is a light Ash Brown. #62 is a deep Espresso brown. This one is pretty much my go- to eyebrow pencil at the moment. #61 is a Black pencil. I used this one for a bold brow and it was pretty badass ;D. 

 I am SO happy to have finally had a chance to try some Inglot cosmetics. They are really amazing quality, and I really like the concept of the Freedom System palettes. They have so many different options! I love when companies give the option to customize your kit and Inglot is king when it comes to that. Needless to say that I am madly in love with the new Freedom System gloss palette. The colors are just beautiful and effortless. I definitely recommend the glosses if you are into just the right amount of color and having a nice range of customizable shades. I am also very pleased with the eyebrow pencils, though I am still mastering them. 

Have you had a chance to try Inglot products? If so, which are your faves? 

Purging the Squares- Meaningful Post Time

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Happy Humpday! 

  This is a little bit of a sappy post for me. I know it might seem weird to just about everyone reading this.. But I really feel that this post is the "end of an era"; the era of the square nails. I've been blogging since August of 2010, and for the majority of my time blogging my nails were a very square shape. I loved my square shorties and really took pride in keeping my nubs neat and clean. 
  But now it's time for a change. You may have noticed that my nails now have a more rounded shape to them, and I am even letting them get a bit longer than I used to. For me, the process of blogging is about seeing the growth an evolution of my craft. I am constantly striving to do better than I did yesterday. I don't compete with fellow bloggers, I compete with myself. Can I be a better blogger today than I was yesterday? That is the challenge I present myself every day. 
 In presenting these little changes, and expanding my content on this blog, I have really found a sense of purpose and have really found what I want to do in  life. I enjoy talking about nails. I LOVE experimenting with makeup. And I LIVE for dressing up and having fun with my wardrobe. I so love every aspect of being a girl and being able to share that with my readers. 
 There is so much more to me than just nails. I really do believe that being polished extends from head to toe. While this blog is rooted in nail art and all things nails, I really do feel like I can share all my girly passions with you guys. Along with the new nail shape, I plan on including more makeup looks and even some fashion posts. I'm really looking forward to growing this blog more and more with time. Blogging is something I enjoy and am passionate about. This has gone past a hobby for me. This is my passion, my blood, sweat and tears.  
 In struggling with my health at one point I felt less than human.... Through this blog and interacting with you all I have started to feel like a person again and it brings me such joy to share my passions with some of the most amazing people I have ever encountered. So with that in mind, we say goodbye to the square nails and usher in a new era of all things girly and beautiful!

To see close up swatchies of these polishes just continue reading ♥.

O.P.I San Francisco Collection Swatches- Part One

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Happy Humpday! 

  This morning I want to share the first half of O.P.I's San Francisco Fall collection. This portion is the creamy pretties from this release. This Fall has been all about deep Blues and Vampy shades. I was really hoping for more Emerald polishes this season. That said, these shades will appeal to many gals because they really do seem to fall into the realm of timeless colors. 
To see close up swatches of these classic beauties, just keep on reading ♥.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

#31DC2013 Day 8: Metallic Nails- Gilded in A England

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Happy Tuesday!! 

  Today I have day Eight of the #31DC2013. The prompt for day Eight is Metallic nails. I wanted to do something very ornate and "gilded". I went for a cling-wrapped marble using Two gorgeous shades by the fantastic A England. 
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 For my metallic nails I started with a base of A England Lady of Shalott. This shade is a stunning shade of Blackened Sapphire Blue shimmer. Once my base was relatively dry I painted over it with A England Excalibur (version 2.0) and then used crumpled up cling wrap to create the marbled effect. I finished the look off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to bring out shine and smooth the surface. 

 Tomorrow is one of my favorite days in the challenge; Rainbow Nails! I hope I can come up with something fun and awesome. I hope you guys enjoyed this simple look. I ended up really liking the tarnished Gold look of these. Bonus: they are SO easy to do :D! 

Thanks for stopping by my beauties! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

#31DC2013 Day 7: (Not So) Black and White Nails

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Yay for being able to get a post up!! 

  So all my photo editors I like to use decided that they were going to take a little nap over the past few days. I was not able to edit any photos until earlier today. I am one hot little potato haha. I just can't stand when I am held back by things that I cannot control.... Like photobucket deciding to take a crap haha. But.... Here I am, with day Seven of the #31DC2013. Day Seven calls for Black and White nails, I gave it a little twist and added some color too. 
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 This look features Four shades from the Nicole by O.P.I Tinkerbell collection in gradients over Nicole by O.P.I Am I Making Myself Claire? of the Modern Family Collection. On my Pinky and Middle nails I did gradients in Sweet on Pete, Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary and Tink's in the Pink. On my Ring finger and Index finger I did gradients in Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary, Tink's in the Pink and Half Charming Half Alarming. I then topped off my gradients in my signature coat of INM Northern Lights to give the look some sparkle. To bring in the Black and White factor I topped off all my gradients in a generous coat of Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Tweedy. I topped off the whole look with KBShimmer Clearly on top. 
 Below you can see my gradients before I added the fuzzy coat. 
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 And for shiggles, here is a swatch pic of Am I Making Myself Claire? of the Modern Family Collection. This shade was perfect to gradient over, it really made the colors pop. I wanted to be bored with this shade, but I quite liked it. It is the perfect shade of violet leaning putty. This pretty has a great, Two coat, formula. Shown with top coat here. 
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 Yay for playing catch up haha! I know I am SOO far behind from the rest of the gals that all started together. But I do have quite a few more prompts ready to go so yay for that!! I also have some swatchies coming your way soon. Mama is bustin butt over heah!! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

OCC Modercraft- Fall 2013 Nail Color Collection

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Happy Humpday! 

  Today I am very excited to share swatches of OCC's Fall moderncraft nail polish collection. These six beautiful shades are inspired by the 1920's cabaret look. These polishes are insanely beautiful and the formulations really left me kind of speechless. The full Moderncraft collection is available online and at select Sephora stores now. 
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 To see close up swatches and find out more about these amazing beauties just continue reading ♥. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

LTHP Quickies! Jordana 12 Hr. Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils & Bold Liquid Felt Tip Liner

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Happy Tuesday! 

 This past weekend was pretty quiet for the husband and I. I was not doing too great and had to take it easy. Yesterday was not good either... Then, there was a not- so- nice comment in my inbox this morning... It not- so- kindly requested that I post something... "Post something already, I know you are depressed but c'mon".... Something along those lines.... How sweet, right?
  I don't even know how to follow up to this comment. Let's just say it's not OK to talk to anyone this way. That is all. I am fairly transparent with you guys about my health struggles because this blog originated as a result of these very struggles. Every now and then these issues will rise up and get in the way of my ability to produce content. This is out of my control, and I know a lot of you are very understanding of this matter. Sometimes, no matter how badly I want to post, swatch or do nail art.. I just don't feel well enough to do so. This has nothing to do with my depression or mental state. This is a physical thing, my body is not running at 100%. I do as much as I can, when I can. I don't think I should even have to explain this... Oh wait, I don't. But, I won't lie... It was hurtful to see such a comment. Behind all these pretty pictures of nails, and behind every single word; there is a person. A real human being with real human feelings... and they can get hurt too. 
  Right... the #31DC2013... I still have not decided if I will continue on with it. There is A LOT going on in my "real life" right now. The husband and I are doing a BIG MOVE in a few short weeks so there are a lot of preparations that have to take place. In hindsight, it was not a good idea for me to join in the challenge, but I might still take on the prompts in my own time. 
 I have SO MUCH product I want to/need to go through. I really don't want the blog to go dead during the time it will take us to move and settle in, so I have to swatch a lot and draft like a crazy lady. There is just an insane amount of work I have to get done in a tight time frame. We are very, very excited about this move though. It is something we have been wanting to do for a very long time.  

 So, now that we are kinda caught up... You guys, seriously, Jordana is KILLIN' IT right now with all their new releases. This post will focus on their new 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Pencil eyeliners and their new Bold Liquid felt tip eyeliner. These new Jordana products will be available at Walgreens stores as well as online. This new range of Six new eyeliners will retail for $2.49 each. I am so madly in love with these pencils. 
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 They have done a classic, creamy matte Brown and Black, along with Four shimmery, metallic shades. These all have such creamy and highly pigmented formulations. They glide with easy and don't feel like they pull at any time. The Black and Brown pencils are fantastic for the waterline and tightline. My eyes can be fairly sensitive and I have ran into no irritations with any of these pencils. They don't make my eyes tear up when I am applying them either.
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Aqua Last: gagagagorge metallic Sky Blue pencil. 
Purple Fix: smokey shade of Amethyst Purple with hints of Silver sparkle pencil.
Jade Jewel: deep shimmering Olive drab pencil.
Espresso Last: creamy coffee brown pencil. 
Charcoal Definition: super shimmery shade of charcoal grey pencil. 
Black Point: opaque black matte creme pencil. 

 I don't have favorites here. I adore them all. Of course I am really enjoying all the shimmering shades. But, a girl can't have too much Black or Brown eyeliner. Jordana also did a bold eyeliner pencil. These retail for $2.99. The only issue I have with this liner is that it is not waterproof. Other than that it has great pigmentation and good wear (long as it does not get wet). This pencil creates really awesome bold lines with ease. 
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 I am so impressed with all these new Jordana releases. The quality has been incredible, they have released beautiful colors, and the price has been oh-so-right. I also have some new mascaras by Jordana and I think that should do it on all the new Jordana products. These are available at Walgreens stores. 

 I hope you guys have a great day today! I am off to do a ton of work around the house. My motto for today is "swatch, drink (water lol), breathe". Mama has a LOT of work to get done. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

#31DC2013 Day 6: I Heart Purple!

(**China Glaze Press Sample**)
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  Today I am sharing my Violet look for day Six of the #31DC2013. I had a hard time deciding what shade of Purple to go with... But once I landed on That's Shore Bright from the China Glaze Sunsational Neons collection, I knew I wanted to do something as cute and playful as the base color. I heart Purple (badum tssss)! More after the jump!

Friday, September 6, 2013

LTHP Quickies! Jordana 12 Hr. Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencils

(**Press Samples**)
Happy Friday Everyone!! 

  This Friday morning I have a quickie post for you guys! I am sooo very excited to share these new babies by Jordana. Jordana is a "sister company" to Milani They are available online as well as most Walgreens stores. What I love about Jordana is they make great affordable products. And when I say great, I really do mean great. These new 12hr. Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencils are as awesome as their Milani cousins. Though some of the shades Jordana released are dead on dupes for some of the Milani Shadow Eyez Waterproof eyeshadow pencils, I really don't mind. See, these are a fraction of the price as they retail for $3.99!!! Don't let that price fool you though, these are entirely amazing and the wear really is spectacular.  
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 I love that they did a mix of nude and bold, matte and shimmer. They really covered all their bases... And speaking of bases, these make AMAAAAAAZING shadow bases. I usually do my primer and then follow it by a layer of which ever shadow pencil shade I've chose for that day. These are fantastic on their own and blend really well, but they make even better eyeshadow bases.
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 Aren't they beautiful?!
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Eternal White: Matte White creme pencil. LOOOOVE this one for layering bright eyeshadows over! 
Continous Almond: This baby is a dead on dupe for Milani's Almond Creme. This is my go- to browbone shade. Even if I end up layering a color over it, this shade is usually a part of my eye makeup routine. 
Tenacious Brown: Beautiful matte coffee brown creme. This may seem weird, but I LOOVE using this pencil to fill in my brows. 
Stay-on Black: Matte Black creme perfection. 
Pink Evermore: A soft sparkling Pink. This shade is so beautiful on the inner corner. 
Prolong Purple: A gagagorg sparkling Amethyst Purple. 
Aqua Last: *.* *.*!!!! A beautiful shade of metallic aqua Blue. 
Endless Emerald: A sexy shade of shimmering peacock Green.

  These are all SOOO creamy, and so very pigmented, that a light hand is almost a requirement. They set fairly quickly, so don't take your time when working with them. These would not smudge at all!! I kept rubbing my arm swatches to see if there would be any give and, there wasn't :DDDD!! So for $3.99... I say these are a STEAL, and if you are in the market for a great and easy to use eyeshadow pencil.... You should go just ahead and grab these!! 

 I can't pick favorites because I love all of these shades for many reasons. Of course I am gaga for all the shimmering shades. But, the creme shades are so versatile and just plain awesome. Will you be keeping an eye out for any of these? Which shades are you loving most?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

#31DC2013 Days 4 & 5! Green and Blue Nails

(**Most of these products were provided as press samples**)
Never go to bed angry... 

 And never try to nail art when you are sad... or you might end up with derpy looking cats on your nails lol. Now, lemme remind you of why exactly I don't freehand...

#31DC2013 Day Five- Blue Kitteh Nails 
 The base color for my moon is a custom made shade by Honeybuttons Nail polish. She made a beautiful memorial Periwinkle Blue shade for my Muffin called Muffin Picks Blue... It seemed fitting that I used my kitty inspired shade for my kitty nails. This look is a modified version of the owl nail look I did Two years ago. To give my kitties a fuzzy look I used a bit of Sally Hansen Wool Knot. For the eyes I used Nicole by O.P.I Sweet on Pete, and for the pink noses Barielle Smarty Pants Pink. All the Black details were done with Cult Nails Nevermore. I finished the whole thing off with some KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
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#31DC2013 Day Four: Green Nails 
 I had actually attempted some more freehand over my Green base, but it was a failure... I shall keep trying.... I am determined to produce some blog-worthy freehand looks! So, for my green nails I give you Cirque nail polish in Erda, from the Arcus collection. This color alone is a work of art. This shade of rich Emerald Green is lit from within thanks to all the beautiful and fine microshimmer. I used Three thin coats for this swatch and a top coat to bring out shine. 
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 And with that I am official caught up on the challenge prompts! YAY!! Though I am really pondering if I will keep going with the challenge. I was looking at my desk and I am REALLY backed up... Like ridiculously backed up and it is bothering the crapola out of me. We shall see... I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to take this beast on again lool!! I should have known better. 

 Have you seen many awesome Green and Blue looks? I'm off to stalk the interwebs for some Purple inspiration. ♥.