Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nicole by O.P.I Nude & Neon Stamped Gradient (+ Video Tutorial)

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 A while back Nicole by O.P.I shared this awesome gradient that went from nude to neon. This girl right here fell in love with the look pretty hard and decided I need to try the combination for myself :D. The contrasting geometric stamp was an impulse add. I had been wanting to play with this Red Angel plate. The design is really interesting and eye-catching. Tutorial after the jump .

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nicole by O.P.I Seize the Summer- Negative Space Chevron Nail Art

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 Why, yes... I still wear pink on Wednesdays :D. This look is a simple "negative space" look I did using the standard single chevron nail vinyls and some shades from the NOPI Seize the Summer Collection.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Bubbles Nail Art

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 The color drop decal obsession continues!! Seriously, I just cannot get enough of this method and the endless possibilities  it brings (and the part where I can get equally awesome swirls, with ease, on both hands!). The Zoya Bubbly collection polishes were simply a perfect choice for this look! I think they look a bit like stained glass, or maybe sparkly jelly fish. More after the jump.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Zoya Tickled DIY Marbled Decal Nail Art

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 OMG much changes!! Such update :D. I hope you guys are enjoying the new look of Let them have Polish!

 Not even going to lie... I've been completely obsessed with making my own decals lately. I desperately wanted to try this technique with creme polishes, so I did :D. I had this Zoya Tickled trio set aside for a water marble, but decided to try the color drops method instead. I am so loving the effect this technique created with these three creamy shades. How can I not love sweet cotton candy swirls?!
 I painted my nails with Zoya Kitridge. This shade is an amazing, vibrant bubblegum pink creme. I am smitten with this flattering color, and its amazing formula. The formula is very self- leveling and perfectly pigmented.  I only needed Two coats of Kitridge.
 To create my decals I used the method shown in my color drops tutorial. For these decals I did space my drops out a bit more. Spacing out the drops created that petal- like effect. For my swirls I used Zoya Ling, and Zoya Rooney. Ling is a beautiful shade of true cerulean blue creme. She is a very balanced shade of blue. Rooney is a vibrant magenta pink creme. She is a classic that will look great on every skin tone. I just love the amazing pops of blue thanks to unique Ling. She adds such a great contrasting touch. 
 I finished my nails off with a coat of Cult Nails Wicked fast. Of course I added my "traditional" coat of INM Northern Lights because sparkles make everything better. I really enjoy using the color drop method to create marbled nails because it allows me to get more swirls on my nails than a watermarble normally would. I LOOOOVE watermarbles, but I feel like they look so much more kick ass on gals with longer nails. I feel like with the color drops method girls with shorter nails can also enjoy intricate swirl designs on their nails.  

 I am just LOVING the Zoya Tickled collection shades. The collection feels very cohesive, the colors really do flatter each other. I also love that all six shades look like they could work with all skin tones.. These creamy beauties look great on everyone! 

Thanks for coming by today loves!! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

#CFLBeautyBlogger July Link-up: Black & White

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 Today the beauty bloggers of central Florida are coming together to share some Black and White themed posts. I could NOT resist joining them as Black and White is, and will always be, one of my favorite color combinations for nail art. Something about a well done, clean B&W design really just tickles my pickle.
 For this look I used mainly Milani shades. My base color is Milani White on the Spot. I went for a stamped design. I used Cheeky plate CH7 and Konad black special polish for the stamping. The final touch was to go back and add some dots to the centers of the patterns on my stamps. I used Milani Black Swift.  I topped my nails off with a coat of Seche Vite. Simplicity FTW!

Check out the looks my girls came up with after the jump ♥. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tutorial Thursday! Colors by Llarowe Shimmering Color Drops Look (+ Video Tutorial)

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  Today I will be starting a new weekly installment called "Tutorial Thursdays"!! I am suuuper excited :D! I have so many ideas for all kinds of different nail art tutorials. For this first Tutorial Thursday I'm showing a variation of my Color Drops tutorial that I did for Kelly of Vampy Varnish early last year. 
 When I saw these new multi-chromatic shimmers from Colors by Llarowe I just KNEW I had to do this technique with them. More after the jump. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How I Wore It: KBShimmer Six Year Anniversary Celebration Trio

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  There is a birthday party on my nails and you are invited! KBShimmer is getting ready to celebrate Six years in the biz and they have given us a festive little nail color trio to party with! I'm sure the past Six years have been a whirlwind for Christy Rose, the brains behind this amazing brand. I want to take a second to congratulate Christy on this milestone, and wish her many more to come. Between KBShimmer's yummy bath and body products, and all the amazing polishes they continue to put out season after season I know they will have many more years to come.  To celebrate KBShimmer's Sixth b-day Christy created a new trio of polishes. Two cremes and a new textured shade make up this party of Three. A bit more of awesome news... KBShimmer now also carries an awesome range of nail vinyls
 The amazing sparkler I am holding, and wearing on my pinkie and index nail, is KBShimmer Hexy Bikini. This textured glitterbomb is packed with prismatic silver glitter and accented by a rainbow of prismatic hexes that perfectly jump off the textured silver base. The formula, while dense, is very easy to work with. I used two easy coats on my textured nails. 
 On my ring and middle nail I used a base of KBShimmer Shore Thing. This shade is an awesome minty/ aqua/ teal. It is one of those shape shifter shades that will look a bit different from person to person, and great on everyone. This shade has a nice creamy formula that does great in Two coats. I topped my ring nails off with KBShimmer Scribble Me This, from the later Summer 2014 collection. I love the festive mix of glitters and shapes. 
 The final touch was adding a "scalloped" nail using some nail vinyls and KBShimmer Beach Please. This shade is a perfect vivid magenta creme. This shade has such an amazing formula! It goes un very smooth and builds up to opacity easily. 

 I finished off all my nails (except the textured ones) with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. This celebration trio will be available from KBShimmer on August 1st!! And now... I am off to find some CAKE... all this talk of birthdays and partying have me wanting cake! 

Thanks for coming by today!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Salon Perfect Neon POP Rainbow Ombre Nail Art (+ Video Tutorial)

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  Today I have something neon, colorful, holographic and exciting to share with you! So.. Salon Perfect is rocking my world with their Neon POP collection for this Summer season. I know I just shared a rainbow ombre just last week.... But I figured you guys would not mind one more... especially if it also came with a tutorial, right? 
 I could not resist bringing these beautiful, bright and summery shades together for a rainbow ombre because NEON RAINBOWS!!!!! More after the jump.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cool Toned Dots with NYC City Samba Shades

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 When in doubt... Or just plain lazy.. DOTS!!!! This simple mani brought to you by shades from the New York Color City Samba Collection ;D. 
 I started with bases of NYC Ocean Blue and Palm Tree. Both of these shades have a great formula. They both felt a bit crelly to me, which I loved. I used Two coats of both colors. For my dots I used NYC Amazon Green. This shade is an odd and dated mint FROST.. A Mint frost... Anyways.. I decided to "make it work" by using it to create little pearly dots over my vibrant base colors. I think this is the only way I could ever enjoy such an odd color. 
 As for my base colors Ocean Blue and Palm Tree... They are actually quite wonderful! The formulas are really easy to work with, and I had no issues with staining. I finished off my nails with a top coat of Seche Vite. 

I am so ready for the weekend :D. Also, don't forget that I am taking requests for tutorials! So, don't be afraid to throw suggestions out there!! Happy Weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hot Little New York Color Clouds

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 ... is my apartment a TARDIS? 

 Today I am sharing some hot little clouds because I need something bright, shiny and cheery to combat this dark and gloomy day in "Sunny" 'ol Fl. For this mani I got to play with a brand I had never tried before, New York Color. IDK why I'd never tried them.... But these were AWESOME! 
 I had been wanting to rock a cloud mani for some time now. I just love how cute these always turn out. Anyhow, I saw these three shades together and I just knew they would be my trio for my hot little clouds. These three shades come from the NYC In a NY Minute City Samba collection for Summer 2014. 
 I started with a base of NYC Copacabana, which is an amazing shade of bright, true primary yellow creamy shimmer. This shade reminds me, a lot, of Catrice's Birdie Reloaded; which is supposed to be a dupe of Chanel Mimosa (but, with a significantly better formula). By simple powers of deduction, one could then say that NYC Copacabana is a possible dupe for Chanel Mimosa. As for the formula on Copacabana, it is PERFECT. I only needed two effortless coats (insanely fast dry time). 
 For the middle cloud I used NYC Sweet Melon. This shade is an adorable shimmering true melon shade. There is no better way to describe this color that "melon". For the top cloud I used NYC Tropicoral. This pretty is a super vibrant and saturated shade of vivid, orange leaning, coral creme. I finished my clouds off with a good coat of Seche Vite to make them really shiny and smooth. 
 I feel like I have to comment on the amazing formula on all three of these colors. They were so easy to work with. These suckers retail for $1.99, but apply like a much more expensive polish. Tropicoral is especially amazing. The formula is really shiny and self-leveling. I really enjoyed this shade. These three shades also do live up to the "In a minute" claim. They dried really quickly which made for even easier clouds. 

 If you guys have any suggestions for other NYC In a NY Minute shades I should check out, definitely let me know! Thanks for coming by! 

PS- I am taking requests for nail art tutorials!! What do you guys wanna see? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

China Glaze Rainbows and Trippy Stamping

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  On Wednesdays we wear RAINBOWS! With this colorful mani I mark the start of a "new era" in LTHP-ness. And by "new" I mean more like the good 'ol days when my blog was more of my nail polish diary, and not so much a review archive. With this small step "backwards" I hope to re-ignite my blogging flame. I will admit that this mani definitely re-awakened something in me... because COLORS! More after the jump ♥.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cult Nails Spring Radiance Nail Art and Swatches

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  I am closing out this week with something I've never done for the blog before... a delicate freehanded floral. Ever since I got my hands on the Cult Nails Spring Radiance collection; I just knew this is what I wanted to do with the colors. Such delicate, much dainty! More after the jump.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Matchy- Matchy with my JORD Wood Watch

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Hi hello and happy Thursday! 

  Today's post is all about my awesome JORD Wood Watch and the nails it inspired. A wood watch now? Yes!!! My pretty piece is one of the variations of the Fieldcrest model. There are quite a few color variations available in this style but the Maple sang to me the most. I love the light beige tone of the wood and how it looks so very "natural". 
 This watch is SO light, which I absolutely love. I do not care for clunky timepieces that feel like they might break my wrist if I high-five someone. Don't let that lightness fool you though, this baby feels solidly built. Even though the watch clearly has a wooden texture, everything about the piece is smooth and polished. And speaking of polished, that is what drew me the most to this particular model. The Fieldcrest looks so very sleek, simple and sexy. I love the small stainless steel accents in the watch- face as well as around the bezel. I love watches that don't clearly look "male" or "female" and this particular style possesses that androgynous quality. 
 Now let's talk about nails for a moment. Of course.. OF COURSE.... I had to go and match my nails to this beautiful watch. No lie, I spent a good 45 minutes sitting in front of my Bettina drawer picking out which polishes matched my watch the best, and which would marble best.
 I finally settled on a base of Bettina Lingerie for my woodsy marble. For the marble portion I used Bettina Magnolia, which adds all that beautiful shimmer you see in the swirls. I also used Bettina #195 and Bettina #196. I also wanted to pull some of the Silver details onto my nail art look so I added some dots with Cult Nails Lethal. I topped my marbles off with some Seche Vite.

 I really actually love how these turned out, even if they are a bit darker than the actual watch :D. I really like how the colors came together to create a cool woodgrain look how I had envisioned in my head.
 I love the simplicity of this watch. It seems that very simplicity is what makes it so interesting. I mean, it is a wood watch! What more interest could you add than letting the beautiful wood do all the talking?

 I am really impressed with this JORD wood watch. And I am so grateful to have been presented with the opportunity to feature one on LTHP because I love great and unique products. You don't see a ton of folks going around rocking wood watches, though they should... because they are AWESOME! 

  I am beyond thrilled with this watch! She (he?) is a real beauty and I can't wait to wear it with everything! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Delush Polish Essence of Summer Collection Swatches & Brand Announcement

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Hi hello and happy Tuesday! 

  I hope everyone had a fun weekend! Mine was a bit rainy, but nice non the less. Summer is coming on reeeeal strong in South Florida right now, so I definitely welcome a bit of cool rain :D. Speaking of rain, it is pouring as I type this right now.... Ahhh Summer.
 And speaking of Summer, Delush recently released a new collection for the season that is completely perfect. Allow me to introduce the Essence of Summer Collection by Delush Polish. This release consists of Eight shimmery beauties, each as beautiful as the last. 
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 Some other exciting things happening with Delush Polish is that the brand has announced a new Rewards Program where you can earn points from your purchases. 

To see close up shots of these shimmering Summer beauties and read my thoughts on them, just continue reading after the jump ♥. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Glittering Stars and Stripes

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Good evening loves!! 

 I hope you are all having a marvelous Friday! In this post I want to share some quick and fun patriotic glitter layerings that almost did not get posted haha.... That moment when you realize you drafted a post you meant to go up Two days ago.... Oy..... 

The first pairing is all KBShimmer. The awesome starry blend is KBShimmer Red, White and Blue-tiful. Per KBShimmer Red, White and Blue-tiful features mini metallic stars in those classic colors. It features holo marine blue stars, added silver holo graphic stars, and finished with metallic red stars and a scattering of red holo stars.  Swimming among the stars are micro red, sliver and blue glitters and micro holographic glitters for a sparkly finish.  This limited edition polish will be available through the end of July. 
 I used the method shown in my chunky glitter application video. I was pleasantly surprised at the ease with which the stars came out and stayed on the nail. I also love that the stars are tiny and they lay flat on the nail. The added touch of small hexes gives this topper a really fun twist. I layered it over KBShimmer Lo and Be Bold. I topped these off in some KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 

The next starry topper is Salon Perfect's Star Spangled. This fun topper is a blend of larger satin-matte stars in Red, White and Blue and small holo silver glitter suspended in a clear base. Once again I used the same method of application. This topper also was fairly easy to work with. I did no fishing for the stars, they actually came out with ease. Shown over Cult Nails Nevermore. 

 The final topper is Salon Perfect's Grand Finale. This topper is a blend of holo silver bars, metallic blue bars and metallic red bars. Once again I was surprised at the ease of application of this polish, Another nice thing is that the bars actually stay flat on the nail. I used the same application method for this topper. Shown over Cult Nails Tempest. 

Have a fantastic evening, happy Friday and thanks for coming by! 


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Happy Friday!!! 

  And to those of you celebrating today a very happy Independence Day. I hope everyone is having fun and being safe on this holiday! I want to do this quick post to share these cute patriotic nails with you guys. I did this look using all shades from Salon Perfect and some chevron Nail Vinyls. HOnest to goodness, patriotic nails are not really my style... But I ADORE THESE!!! 

 This look started with a base of Salon Perfect Sugar Cube. This shade is a standard white creme with a nice formula. Once my base was fully dry I placed one of the wider chevron Nail Vinyls in the center of my nail to create the color-blocked look. For the red portions I used Salon Perfect Paint the Town Red, which is a true red jelly-ish shade. For the blue portions I used Salon Perfect Wild Blue Yonder, which is a beautiful shade of creamy sky blue with a slight shimmer.
 To clean up the "seams" of where the color meets the white I used some red and blue glitter striper polishes from Stripe Rite. The finishing touch was to add some more red, white and blue accents using Salon Perfect's Save me a Spot, which is a mix of R,W and B dots in a clear base. I just blobbed out some of the polish and picked out the dots individually to place on my nails. I finished it all off with a generous coat of Seche Vite.

 Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all enjoy your holiday, and those of you with a long weekend, have fun!!!