Monday, October 28, 2013

Zoya PixiDusts in Arabella and Sunshine and Catching Up

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Good evening!! 

 LTHP is officially in Cali-land!! I wanted to do a quick post to share with you this pairing I did with two of Zoya's newer PixiDust shades. I went with Arabella and Sunshine. I rocked this mani for about Five days and my nails still looked perfect come removal day! I have said it a million times before and I will say it again.. Zoya has this texture thing DOWN!!! They make such beautiful shades. I love how they play with "metallic matte" bases and plain shimmering matte bases. These pretties have amazing formulas and could have almost been one coat each. I did Two thin coats to get a really sparkly effect. 
  Arabella is a beautiful Raspberry toned textured polish. The base almost appears matte metallic and the shimmer in this pretty compliments the base. Meaning, the twinkle is Pink and lights up the deep, saturated Raspberry base beautifully. Sunshine is an amazingly saturated shade of Navy Blue matte base with tons of Silver Sparkle to light up the dark base. These are just beautifully executed and looked amazing together.  In the photo above they were fully dry so you guys can get the full effect of the matte/ sparkle goodness.

 Here about 20 minutes has passed after application, as you can see there is still some shine to them here, but still beautiful as ever.

 PS: I've been rocking Carter and Dhara on my toes for about four weeks now and they are still looking amazing! I think out of all the textures the Pixi Dust line has to be some of my faves. They are just beautiful and the wear is incredible!! 

  The move from Florida to Cali was very smooth, long, but smooth. We are now in Big Bear Lake, California. For the next few weeks I will be blogging out of a small cabin in the woods, and have NO nail stuff with me. The rest of out stuff is being shipped here and then will go into storage until we find a home. I has a sad.. However, I do have a few fashion-y, make-up-y posts that I can share.. So I'm thinking of doing an "LTHP Fashion week" since I don't have much nail material to blog with at the moment. I hope you guys bear (bare?) with me during this transition period. LTHP will dabble in all things girly and awesome while I wait for the rest of my nail babies to get t me. There is a lot that Mr. LTHP and I have to get done to start our new lives off right in Cali. SO, yeah... LOTS of changes, bit changes. 
 I'm excited and nervous, I really want things to go well for us out here in California as it is an area we have been wanting to be in for years. 

Thanks for stopping by today loves! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

LTHP Dabbles: Makeup Inspired by the Film "Black Swan"

Changes,

 They are sudden. They happen often, they happen when you least expect them.... I like to think we are all in control of our own destiny and that we can make changes for the better, and for the worse sometimes too. What this little ramble brings me to is that husband and I are in the middle of a VERY big transition. We will be leaving Florida tomorrow and driving to California to start our new lives. Yes, it is daunting and hectic, but we are excited and hopeful. 
 So, in keeping with the theme of changes and transitions I want to share my very first "Halloween Look" (if you want to call it that). I really just wanted to take on the character of Nina Sayers (The Black Swan), since the film came out back in 2010. All of a sudden I was finding myself relating to this character very much. There are so many changes in my life that are requiring me to change my complete outlook on many things. I'm growing, I guess? But much like Nina, I feel like things are changing within me (and sometimes I feel straight up crazy). So without further rambles, here is my take on the iconic Black Swan poster look. 
 I created my own custom "Black Swan" tiara. I really wish I had the time to have done the full costume. Anyhow, this was very challenging for me. This whole thing was a HUGE step out of my comfort zone, but I am SO happy I took it on. Why? Because I LOVE a challenge, and I love trying new things. I know the film has been out for over Three years, but as you can see it made a big impression on me... Actually all of Darren Aronofsky's films seem to do that to me. So I took on his Black Swan... 
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  I wont go into much detail about how to achieve the look because there are about a MILLION tutorials on You Tube on how to do this look, and a million different ways. I never meant for it to be an exact replica. I wanted to do my interpretation of such an iconic look. The hardest part was getting an even White "foundation" as I had to use cheap costume makeup and get creative with my Sugarpill Tako white eyeshadow lol. For the eyes I used mostly liquid liners to achieve the feathery look. For the metallic and shimmering details I used Sugarpill Tiara and Lumi mixed with a mixing medium to create a metallic "paint". Of course some editing was done to the photo to achieve that evil and dark look the poster has to it. I'm just obsessed with Black Swan. 
 I finished the look with some Red Vassen Lollipop circle lenses from Pinky Paradise and added feather lashes by Ardell. My lips were done in OCC's Black Metal Dahlia. To me the big finishing touch was my custom made tiara.

 Below you can see a closeup of the eye makeup detail. This was SO much fun to work on. I get two things from this look. There is the Black Swan vibe, but I am also getting an evil butterfly queen from this too.

Below you can also see detail shots of the tiara and I've posted some videos on how I achieved my custom piece. I had SO much fun working on this entire look. Is it perfect? NO, far from it.. But you know what? I don't care! I took something on that was WAAAAAY out of my skill set and brought it to life in a way I didn't know I had in me.

 Here are some vids explaining the process of the making of the tiara. 


 I really hope you guys enjoyed this post. I really poured my heart and soul into this mini project and it felt good to do so. Plus, since I will be moving during Halloween, might as well "dress up" now ;)!! But, in all seriousness, this was a challenge I've been meaning to take on for many years and I am so happy and excited to finally see it come to life. 

 I really hope you guys enjoyed this look. This whole post is very meaningful to me, for many different reasons. I really enjoyed working on this entire thing so much :D. Tomorrow we will be on the road to our new lives and I am excited to see what these changes will bring... Hopefully they don't end with me stabbing myself in the belly with a broken piece of glass though...... Oh and if you have not seen Black Swan, please DO SO!!! 

 Thank you so much for stopping by today my loves!! And please send all the good vibes our way ♥.! 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

That Time LTHP Met Sutan Amrull (aka Raja Gemini) at #TMSOrlando!!

Random post time!

  Last weekend I got to attend The Makeup Show in Orlando. That is where one of my dreams came true. I got to "meet" Sutan Amrull, of ANTM and RuPaul's Drag Race fame. He might be better known to some of you as the amazing Raja Gemini, winner of Season Three of RPDR. I got to watch this man in action and it was incredible. I also got to turn into a bumbling idiot in front of him, but who cares?!! I actually met one of my idols. I got to watch him work and the entire thing was just incredible. 
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Sutan and James Vincent go way back to working together at the first M.A.C counter. It was really surreal to have exposure to such incredible talent in one place. 
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MAAAANY more pics after the jump ♥. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fun with the Sugarpill Elektrocute Pigments and Cold Chemistry Palette

Good evening loves!!

  Today I have a makeup post for you guys... Mainly because I have no nails ready to go just yet. I'm drowning in Fall nail polish collections and trying my hardest to get trough them as quickly as possible. So, this past weekend I got to attend The Makeup Show in Orlando, as many of you guys may already know, if you follow me on Instagam (@L_T_H_P). I always take these shows as an opportunity to really go kind of crazy(er) with my makeup, because no one judges you there, in fact it is embraced. I live in "small town Fl" and here ppl look at me as if I ate babies for breakfast because I am different....and awesome.. lol.
 I was super excited to finally get a chance to play with my Sugarpill Elektrocutes neon, sparkly pigments. I also got a chance to play with my Cold Chemistry palette, which I got a few weeks back and just had not had a chance to play with it.
 I also listened to you guys on my last #EOTD post and I am (with much trepidation) sharing full face pictures on this post as well. A lot of you beauties suggested that I show how the eye makeup worked with the whole face look so.. yeah :D.... Granted they are IG shots, but... baby steps :D. 
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 To find out what I used for these looks and see some full face shots just continue reading ♥. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Happy October!! Kicking the Month Off in a Bettina and Dollish Polish Halloween Watermarble

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Good afternoon loves and happy October!! 

  I am just in awe that it is already October! So I have decided to kick off the month in a fun Halloween themed mani. I wanted to step out of the "spooky" norm and do something colorful, that still felt "Halloween" to me. What better way to do this than by doing a candy-looking watermarble? Of course I turned to my trusty Bettina shades for the marble. I actually had a lot of fun working on these because I intentionally wanted the patterns to be random on each nail. 
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 To really bring it to "Halloween speed" I layered Dollish Polish Somethings up With Jack from last year's Halloween collection. Which, BTW, will be making a short comeback this year for Two weeks on October 6th. I also accented my middle nail with a little Sugar skull water decal from O.P.I's Halloween set from last year. 
  I am so madly in love with the combination of colors and how the glitter sets everything off. The skully makes it fun and cute :D. I really think the addition of the glitter really made this mani :D. I just loved the "This is Halloween" collection so much, I had to find a way to work one of the shades into this look. 

 And of course, I have to show you guys the marble, which I am still madly in love with. So much so, that I didn't even do my signature coat of INM Northern Lights sparkles. I really wanted them to look like candies. For the marble I started with a base of Cult Nails Tempest. For the marble portion I used all Bettina shades; the green is Hopeful, the Orange shade is Epic and the Yellow is Art Deco Yellow. As usual these polishes were a dream to marble with and I could not be happier with the end result ;). I used a top coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish my whole look.

 Happy October!! I hope it's not too early to start with the Halloween looks heehee!! Halloween looks are just so fun to work on. I hope I can get a few more done before we have to buckle down for our cross country move. 

 I hope you guys enjoyed this look. Thanks for stopping by my painted beauties!