Friday, January 31, 2014

Cult Nails- Road Trip Anyone? Collection Layerings

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Happy Friday! 

  And just like that.. January is over! Today I want to share a few Cult Nails manis I wore last week. Both looks were done by layering shades from the Road Trip, Anyone? collection. If memory serves me right, this collection was released later in the Summer of 2013. They were limited edition. Looks like the only ones still on the Cult Nails site are All Out and Mayhem. However, Beautylish still has all these shades available through their shop.   

Cult Nails All Out- For this mani I decided to layer All Out over Be Loco. All Out is a beautiful micro shimmer topper. Over my Coral base it created a Sun kissed shade of Tangerine Orange. What I love about All Out is that it will transform any color into new, beautiful unexpected shades. Over lighter colors it looks beautifully Golden-Yellow, over Medium shades it can turn into a cool shade of shifting Lime Green and over darker shades it can go to this amazing shifting shade of Emerald Green. If you were a fan of Charlatan from the Deceptive Collection, you will love All Out. I used one coat over my base color. 
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Cult Nails Be Loco- This shade is many of my favorite things meshed into one polish. Be Loco is a perfect shade of true Coral with the most amazingly creamy formulation. This shade could have nearly been one coat. And yet, the formula was not thick or sticky or streaky... it was buttery smooth- perfection. This color is insanely flattering. I used Two easy coats for my mani. 
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Cult Nails Mayhem- This baby is a subtle Silver linear holographic topper. What I love most about Mayhem is that it adds beautiful holographic sparkle, that is very noticeable, without making the base color look muddy or cloudy. I've tried several toppers and I don't like how much they can cloud the base color. With Mayhem you get that beautiful effect, and you still get to see the base color clearly Just with the added beauty of Holographic shimmer. For this mani I layered Mayhem over Riot. I really loved this combination. Oh, and the Three- finger pic is not a new thing or anything. I dinged my Index nail as I was taking photos and I was so ready to be done this day that I just fixed it after I took photographs haha. I used one coat of Mayhem over Riot. 
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Cult Nails Riot- This shade is a spectacular shade of clean Aqua- Teal. It is a bit lighter than teal, and a bit more Green than Aqua. Riot has an amaaazing formula as well. This shade could have also been one coat, I did use two though. I love this color to bits. It is summery, pool party perfection. The one downside is that this color can stain pretty badly.
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 I wore both of these manis for about a week or so, no chips and very minor tip wear. The wear of Cult Nails polishes is always so impressive. If you are really digging these shades, they can still be found on the Beautylish Boutique and retail for $12.00/bottle.

Happy Friday everyone! 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Delush Polish XO Trio Collection

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Hi hello and happy Thursday! 

  Today I want to share my swatches of Delush Polish's newest releases. This is the XO Collection. This release is made of Three new shades just in times for Valentines :D. Two of these pretties are crelly- based glitters and one is a soft smooth shimmer. They are really cute and fun. All swatches are shown with a top coat for smoothness and shine. 

Delush Polish Love Me Lights Out- This pretty is a white crelly base. The crelly base is a tad opaque so if you don't keep a light hand you might find that the first layers of glitter are being covered up too much. This polish has a blend of Purple, Gold, Green, Lilac glitters in varying shapes and sizes, as well as neon Pink stars suspended in the White base base. I used Three coats for my swatch. While the polish is easy to work with, I did have some issues getting the larger Purple discs to come out. I really do love this though. It reminds me of little wildflowers. 
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Delush Polish Je Ne Se Quoi- This delicate beauty is a very light Pink crelly base. Packed in this soft Pink base are Rose Pink glitters in varying shapes and sizes, as well as soft mint Green and satin White glitters. The soft Mint touches added an unexpected element to this color that I really like. I used Three thin coats for my swatch. As with LMLO, it is best to keep a light hand to get the most out of the glitter spread. This shade also has a floral feel to me, very romantic. 
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Delush Polish Make Me Blush- This shade is a soft tone of Ballerina Pink with a subtle Golden shimmer running through it. This shade reminds me of little Pink pearls. The formula is a bit streaky and sticky, a light patient hand is best. I used Three thin-ish coats for my swatch, the third coat made all the difference. I really dig this shade, very feminine and sweet. 
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Delush Polishes feature a flat brush, which is always awesome. I also love that they have a matte Black cap that doesn't get all finger print-y (ahhhh the little things). Also, while I tend to hate Gold accents in my cosmetics packaging, I was surprised by how much I love the clean Golden graphic on Delush's bottles. Delush Polish is ran by the lovely Adriana. With each order you also get a cute scratcher card. You could get discounts on future orders or even getting to name your own shade! I got a 10% off discount on my future purchase. I think this is a really cool concept.
 The XO Collection trio is available from Delush Polish now. You can get the trio for $25.00.

I like this trio, the shades compliment each other really well. I really like Make me Blush and Je Ne Se Quoi. They are very romantic shades. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

KBShimmer Winter 2013 Multichromes Swatches & Video

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Oh Multichromes ♥!! 

 Can KBShimmer make polishes or what?! Seriously, this girl has such immense talent for her craft. Back in winter of 2013 Christy released Seven new multichrome polishes. Three of these are smooth shifters and some have an added flash of holographic sparkle. There is also a Blue based shifting glassfleck. 
 I will warn you now... My skin tone looks awful in all these photos. My ultimate goal with these photos was to capture as much of the shift as possible. I was not concerned with my skin color. All photos were taken in the shade so that the shift would come through a bit stronger in photos.
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 But, that said.. I did make this quick video which shows these babies in action. It was the best way I could think of to try and capture as much of the shift as possible. 

 To see close up swatches of these beauties just continue reading. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Essie Sleek Stick Nail Appliques in Sea me Shine

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Hello and good morning! 

 Today I want to share a quick manicure I did some weeks ago using some Essie Sleek Stick nail appliques. These are in the Sea Me Shine design. My experience with these decals was actually really pleasant. I didn't run into any issues with application, and the sizes of the appliques were perfect. It took me about 15 minutes to do all 10 nails. The best thing about these babies is the part where there is no dry time.  
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 I did apply a base coat to my nails before applying these. I did not top coat them. In previous attempts at wearing decals I had top coated them only to have the top coat ruin the decal itself. For this attempt I decided to skip the top coat and I had great success with wear time. I wore them for about a week.  These are a really cool design. They are kind of 3d and have cool circle glitter accents. They are a very bright "TARDIS" Blue, which was a bit hard to capture. To remove I just used the foil method like I would have to remove a glitter polish. 
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 I kept rubbing on my nails all week because the cool, bubble- like, accents felt.. well, cool. I also got many compliments on my nails while I wore these. I have a few more designs from the Essie Sleek Stick line and after trying these I am excited to try the rest. These were a really pleasant surprise. 

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cult Nails Party Time French Tip Nail Art Look

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Hello and happy Friday! 

 Today's look is something I've never done for the blog before.. A (somewhat) traditional French tip mani. I've done many a funky Frenches, but never one with my natural nail color showing through. I'm not sure what came over me, but I just had to do a French tip mani with Party Time by Cult Nails. 
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 Over my naked nails I did a base coat and then a coat of INM Northern Lights for the pretty sparkles. I didn't have to wait long to work on my French tips since my "base" was actually just a base coat and top coat. To get nice crisp French tips I used hole reinforcers. Like the kind I use for my half-moon manis, just placed at the tip of the nail to achieve a French tip. 
 The Blue shade I used is Cult Nails Party Time. This color is a beautiful, lively shade of Cerulean creme. Party Time can and will stain if not worn without proper base coat. I could care less though, it is just such an amazing color, with an impressive formula. 
 To add some super girly accents to my classic tips I added some cute little bow stamps from Pueen plate Pueen12, and Konad White special polish. I finished it all off by adding a top coat of KBShimmer Clearly on top and setting small light Blue stones into the centers of my bows. 

 Not even gonna lie.. I LOVE THIS!!!!! I also cannot believe it took me 3+ years of blogging to do a (fairly) classic French tip mani. I can definitely say this will not be my last French look. 

Happy weekend my loves! 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Nicole by O.P.I Carrie Underwood Collection Pinks & Corals Sparkling Ombre with Party Bus- Nail Art Look

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Happy Thursday!! 

 For today's post I want to share this adorably girly obre look featuring the Pink and Coral shades from Nicole by O.P.I's Carrie Underwood Collection. For this look I also used the glitter topper from this collection. Sometimes less is more, right? 
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 Even though there isn't much to say about this I just love how girly and fun these nails look. This ombre features (from Index to Pinkie): Some Hearts, Color me Country, Sweet Daisy and Southern Charm. These are all beautiful cremes with beautiful formulas. On my Pinkie and Thumb I did a dotted gradient using the Three Coral and Pink shades over Southern Charm. I topped the other Three nails off with Party Bus. Party Bus is a fun glitter topper made up of Silver prismatic hexes in varying sizes, and even some Flower shaped glitters. 
 I did have to do some fishing for the Flower glitters. I picked them out with a toothpick and placed them, then did a second coat of the glitter. To finish off my nails I did a top coat of Seche Vite. 

 I used Three coats of each color. The formulations on each shade is very buttery smooth and self- leveling. Some Hearts is a bright hot Coral creme. Color me Country is a sweet shade of Pink with slight Coral undertones. Sweet Daisy is a gorgeous shade of muted Coral creme. Southern Charm is a classic shade of Beige creme with slight Brown undertones. I am just in love with these shades. 
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 Thanks for stopping by today my loves!! 

Stay sparkly my beauties. 




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Zoya Rue- Stamped Nail Art Look

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Happy Humpday! 

 Today's post is something sweet and simple. Back when I was playing with the Zoya Naturel collection I found myself going on a "stamping over nude" kick. I think I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but I just love the look of a crisp stamp over a subtle base color. 
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 This look started with a base of Zoya's Rue. Once my base color was dry I went ahead and added a stamp from Pueen plate Pueen33. I used my Konad Black special polish for the stamp. I then top coated my nails with Seche Vite and followed with a coat of INM Northern Lights for a hint of sparkle. Even though this is a simple look, there is something sort of chic about it. I really like this stamp design as well. 

Thanks for coming by! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nicole by O.P.I Carrie Underwood Collection- Sing you Like a Bee & Backstage Pass- Elegant Half Moon Nail Art Look

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Good morning and happy Tuesday! 

 I am so in love with today's look.. I think I will let the photos do the talking for me :D. Anything more seems like rambling. 
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 This simple, yet classy look started with a base of Nicole by OPI Sing you Like a Bee from the Carrie Underwood collection. Once my base color was dry I did half-moon details on my thumb, ring and pinkie nails using Backstage Pass. Backstage Pass  is a beautiful shade of deep Oxblood with sultry shimmer. To accent my half moons and "blank" nails I used Copper stones from Cult Nails set into my wet top coat (Seche Vite). The stones brought this look to life for me. 

 Sing you Like a Bee is a stunning shade of dense White shimmer with a strong Golden duochrome. This shade is just beautiful. I used Three easy coats to build the shade up to opacity. That said, this color can also be layered. I'm not sure if this shade is meant to be a texture... But if left without top coat, it dries a bit gritty and cool looking. I did top coat it for my look though. This is one of my favorite shades in this entire collection. 
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 Thanks for stopping by my loves! 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Cult Nails All Access/ Fall 2013 Collection- Nail Art Look

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Hello and good morning! 

(*EDIT*): I feel like I have to mention this. Cult Nails has NO association with CULT Cosmetics. They are two different companies. Cult Nails has been around since about 2010 if memory serves me right. This Cult Cosmetics has only been around a few months but they have practically committed identity theft. Even going as far as pitching to bloggers using the Cult Nails tagline "join the cult". I don't even know what to say about it other than I think it is a rotten thing this new company is doing.
 I admire originality, people who work hard and know their industry... So the fact that they appear to not have done any research before launching their brand, using someone else's "identity" in a sense.. leads me to believe that the people behind Cult Cosmetics are just looking to make a quick buck of the "nail trend" and are not actually into it because they want to be innovative. Read Maria's thoughts on the situation [HERE].

 Today I want to share this look I did using all Five shades in Cult Nails' All Access Collection. This collection was released back in 2013 for Fall-ish. The collection has a 90's grungy feel, and that pleases my inner 13 year old in the best way possible. In this collection Maria did Three new cremes and two shard- glitters. I really wanted to bring them together in a flashy look and this is what I ended up with. Such lush! Much sparkle!
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  As I mentioned above, this look uses all Five shades in the All Access Collection. The only color I did not do nail art over was Cult Nails Disillusion. Disillusion (on my Ring finger and Thumb) is a Black jelly base packed with Magenta shard glitter. The formula on this shade was a bit tricky. It was a bit thick and needed slight manipulation. I built it up to opacity by using Three coats. I think this shade is best layered. On my Index finger I used Cult Nails Lamestain as my base. This shade is deep, vampy burgundy creme-jelly perfection. As an accent I used a cosmetic sponge to do a gradient using Cult Nails Feedback which is a beautiful blend of Golden/Iridescent shard glitters in a clear base. 
 On my Middle nail I used Cult Nails Wackslacks as my base. For the peacock feather design over my Middle nail I used Pueen stamping plate Pueen09 and China Glaze Passion. On my Pinkie nail I started with a base of Cult Nails Grunge. This shade is easily my fave in this collection. Grunge is a beautiful shade of muted moss green with the signature Cult Nails smokiness. I accented my Pinkie by doing a reverse dot gradient using Wackslacks. To finish off I did a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat. 

 It goes without saying that the cremes in this collection are flawless. Wackslacks could have practically been one coat, I did two out of OCD. Lamestain glides on like butter and is perfect in Two coats. Grunge is also a dream as it is opaque like a creme but applies like the best crelly you've ever tried. The glitters are not hard to work with, they just require a bit more patience as they are SO packed with glitters.
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 I wore this look for about Five days. When the time came to change my nail color, these were still holding on for dear life. I will never cease to be amazed by the wear of Cult Nails nail polishes. The Cult Nails All Access shades are still available from the Cult Nails site as well as Beautylish. They retail for $12.00. 

You can follow Cult Nails on [FACEBOOK] [TWITTER] [INSTAGRAM] [PINTEREST]. I am VEEERY excited to see their upcoming collection, Passionate Dreams. This collection is already available for pre-order through Cult Nails

Thank you for stopping by ♥! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

LTHP's Crazy Birthday Nails! Turning 27 in Rad Nails

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Hi everyone and happy Thursday! 

 Today is my birthday! I will be keeping my intro short and sweet today. I'm allowed to slack a little on my special day, right ;)? Anywho, I wanted to do something kind of crazy and all over the place on my nails... So that is exactly what I did haha. 
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 I think it is easier if I break this look down by nail since there is so much going on. There was really no rhyme or reason behind any of this manicure. I just kind of winged it and ended up with this crazy look that somehow seems to work.
- Index and Ring nails: Gradient with Milani Cupid's Touch and Aqua Brisk. The glitter over Aqua Brisk is China Glaze's Your Present Required. My Ring fingernail is the same thing, just inverted. I REEEEEALLY love how these gittering gradient nails turned out. 
- Middle nail: For the base I used Cult Nails Tempest. For the splatter part I used Bettina Pink Bikini, Hopeful and Cult Nails Nevermore
- Tumb and Pinkie nails: For the base I used China Glaze Put a Bow on It. I then did a dotted gradient using China Glaze Mingle with Kringle, Cult Nails Tempest and Nevermore

 I topped all of my nails off with a top coat of KBShimmer Clearly on top. On my Index, Middle and Ring nails I also did a coat of INM Northern Lights for some extra sparkle. I kind of like the "multiple personality" thing this look has going on, very me haha. 

 I'm off to celebrate turning 27 with my crazy nails!! Thanks for stopping by today! 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

#AwesomeNailsAreAwesome! Guest post from Laura of Polish All the Nails

Hi everyone!!

 Today's post is a special Humpday treat. A few weeks ago I did a glitter placement manicure and I had linked back to one of my favorite bloggers, miss Laura of Polish all the Nails. She does AMAZING glitter placement manicures that always manage to leave me speechless. Her patience, precision and creativity are a force to be marveled at.
 I was beyond ecstatic when Laura offered to do a guest post for me. I desperately wanted to share her amazing art, but I could not bring myself to ask her for a guest post.. silly, right? I mean, I know how time consuming these types of manicures can be... I was so honored and excited that she wanted to do a look for me. I shall consider this AMAZING manicure from miss Laura an early birthday present :D (I turn 27 tomorrow o.O).

I give you, the amazing Laura!!
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Hi everyone!  I'm Laura and I blog over at polishallthenails.com and I'm so happy that Cristina agreed to let me do a guest post for her.  She does the most fabulous work and I'm so proud I could contribute a mani.  I'm best known for pretty complex glitter placements so course I had to one for LTHP.
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After a few days of experimenting and brainstorming, I decided that I should do a rainbow glitter placement using matte square glitter.  It may look complicated but there is a system involved.  First, I applied two coats of Urban Outfitters Blue Velvet.  When using small glitter like this, it pays to keep your base colour thin and an even, otherwise it will be more difficult to place the glitter.  Starting with my thumb, I applied a thin stripe of top coat down the centre of my nail and laid down a column of glitter using an orange stick.  Pay attention to the spacing in this first column as it will set out the spacing for the rest of the nail.  Working in columns and reapplying top coat as needed, I filled out each side of the nail.  Once complete, add two coats of Seche Vite and you're done!  
The Verdict: I'm really happy with how this mani came out.  It has rainbows - my favourite - and neat, even rows of glitter - also my favourite.  I'm just happy I could contribute just a little glitter to Let Them Have Polish.  Thanks again Cristina!
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 No, THANK YOUUUU miss Laura! I really hope you guys enjoyed this fantastic manicure. I hope I can continue to develop my skills in glitter placement. Laura is definitely a huge inspiration. I don't know if I will ever have this kind of patience. Until then, I shall marvel at Laura's skills and continued creative use of loose glitters.

Where to stalk.. er.. follow Laura: [Facebook] [Twitter] [Tumblr].

Thank you guys for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Zoya Brigitte- Stamped Nail Art Look

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Good morning and happy Tuesday! 

 Today's look is something dainty, feminine and totally not me haha. There is really not much to say about this manicure. I wanted to do something with a vintage and delicate feel. I went with one of my Zoya Naturel collection shades. I chose Brigitte,  she was one of my favorites in the collection. 
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 For this look I started with a base of Zoya Brigitte. I went with a floral and lacey stamp from one of my Pueen stamping plates. This design is from the Love Elements plate set, Pueen47. For my stamping color I went with China Glaze Passion. I topped my nails off with some Seche Vite to protect my stamp and the did a final coat of Twee & Honey This is Mate-ness matte top coat to give the Golden stamp more presence. Somehow making the metallic Gold matte made it jump out even more. 

 For my review of the Zoya Naturel collection visit [THIS LINK]. I purchased my Pueen stamping plates on amazon.com 

Thanks for stoping by! 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Nicole by O.P.I Carrie Underwood Collection Sweet Glittering Gradient Nail Art Look

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Good morning! 

  I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine was pretty mellow, and reeeeeally warm. Florida is hell bent on making me sick with all these weird and sudden climate changes haha. Anyhow, today I want to share this sweet look using Three of the shades from Nicole by O.P.I's Carrie Underwood collection. Something about these colors brought together like this seems very Valentine's to me. That was purely accidental :D. 
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 For this look I started with a base of Love my Pups. Once my base color was dry I proceeded to work on my gradient using Love my Pups and American as Apple Pie. American as Apple Pie is a beautiful shade of bright Red with some slight Pink undertones. It is definitely more on the Blue toned family and it has a really nicely saturated formula. When sponged on for my gradient it created a gorgeous blushing effect on the tips of my nails, which is exactly what I wanted. 
 To give my gradient some pizzas I then went back and lightly sponged Lips are Dripping Honey over the Red portions of my gradient. Lips are Dripping Honey is a beautiful glitter topper made up of prismatic Gold hexes, soft Pink iridescent hexes and small prismatic glitter suspended in a clear base. I am absolutely head-over-heels in love with this glitter. To finish my look I off I added a top coat of Seche Vite. 

My base color Love my Pups is a delicate shade of soft Ballerina-tights Pink. The consistency of this color is really nice and crelly. I did not have any issues with application and had a good opaque base at three thin coats. This color can also make a great base for French manis if left at One or Two coats. I love this color because these are my go-to lazy colors. I just love how dainty and healthy colors like this make my hands look. 
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 My birthday is right around the corner and I still have not the foggiest idea of what I will be doing with my nails for the occasion. I am definitely open to suggestions :D. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Friday, January 10, 2014

China Glaze Crinkled Chromes Collection Swatches

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Happy Friday everyone!! 

Two words: Crinkled Chromes... What? I can't recall a collection causing so much conflict within me since.. ever. When I first read about these a few months back, I was slightly confused. I could not wrap my brain around the concept of a textured chrome. How would they go about this? It looked awfully weird in my head. This meant that I just HAAAAAD to see them in person and try them for myself. I didn't care that hating them was a possibility because the concept was so new and weird, I needed to see in action on my nails. 
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 To see closeup swatches and find out more about the China Glaze Crinkled Chromes collection just keep on reading. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Nicole by O.P.I Carrie Underwood Collection Ruffian Nail Art- Featuring Fisher Queen & Get Carrie'd Away

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Good morning and happy Thursday! 

 Today I have a quick and simple nail art look featuring some of the new Carrie Underwood collection shades from Nicole by O.P.I. I love the simple elegance of ruffian manicures. I knew immediately that I wanted to do a ruffian with these two shades. There is something about Gold and Purple together that looks so opulent and classic, it just felt right.  
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  This look started with a base of Get Carrie'd Away. I used Three thin coats of this color to have a nice, sparkling base. For the Purple ruffian portion I used Fisher Queen. This shade is a beautiful deep Amethyst Purple shimmer. Ruffians are very easy and quick to achieve. I freehanded my ruffian with the nail color brush. To finish the look I top coated with Seche Vite.

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 This color though! Get Carrie'd Away is a spectacular mix of bright Yellow- Gold and White Gold sparkling glitter/flecks. The particles are small, but SO reflective. The formula on this shade is nice and easy to work with. This shade could be layered or built up to opacity. I used Three thin coats for my base. This shade dries a with a slight texture, which looks pretty neat. I did use a top coat for my look though, as I wanted sparkle. 
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 The Carrie Underwood Collection from Nicole by O.P.I should be popping up in retailers now, and retail for $7.99. I am very impressed with this collection. I was also very inspired by these colors and decided to do nail art looks with them instead of swatches. I can't say I am a Carrie fan. I only kept up with her during American Idol. But, I absolutely adore what they have done with this collection. The colors are adorable and cover a wide range of tastes. I was not expecting to love them as much as I do. This may be one of my favorite NO.P.I collabs to date. 

 Have you spotted any Carrie colors? Which sang to you (no pun intended)?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

BH Cosmetics Party Girl Palette- "Brown Eyed Girl" Look feat. Pinky Paradise Geo X-tra Bella Brown Lenses & Maybelline Lavender Voltage

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Happy Humpday!! 

 For today's post I want to share this eye look I did using my BH Cosmetics Party Girl Palette. So, my natural eye color is a light Green. Sometimes they can look a bit more blue, sometimes a bit more icy Green. Therefore, I rarely wear Green eye makeup. I feel like Green eye makeup washes my eye color out. That is not to say that I don't love Green eye makeup. I think it is a beautiful color, and probably one of my favorite colors all around. 
 Enter my Pinky Paradise Geo Xtra Bella Brown circle lenses. I just love the look these lenses give my eyes (full face shots can be seen on my Instagram account @L_T_H_P). They add just the right touch of Brown, which makes my eyes look Hazel from further away. These Geo Bella Xtra lenses are some of my favorites. They give this dolly look that I am a complete sucker for. So anywho, with my newfound "Hazel" eyes I saw a window of opportunity to rock some Green makeup. So I did just that :D. 
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 Since this look was done with a 40- color palette, non of the shadows used have actual names. I prepped my lid with an eyeshadow primer and proceeded to work with my BH Cosmetics Party Girl palette. I stuck to a softer color palette for a slightly smokey look. I found these shadows to have a smooth consistency. Some of the lighter Greens were a bit "dusty" and required extra layering of product to get some good color payoff. The Brown and more neutral shades I used on this look were all fantastic and have great pigmentation. 

 Since I can't name the colors, I went ahead and marked them with an asterisk on this image I got from the BH Cosmetics site. For the cateye I used Jordana Jade Jewel 12 hour eye liner. For my waterline I used Jordana in Espresso Last. For my lashes I used Ellis Faas Black mascara. I forget what I used on my brows :S.
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 And as a "bonus" here is the lip color that went with this eye look. This is Maybelline Lavender Voltage from their Vivids collection. On this particular day I prepped my lips with the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics clear lip tap and then applied my lip color over it. I am so madly in love with this shade of lipstick. While it is a very vivid shade of Purple I still find it wearable as it has enough Pink to take it out of Goth territory. 

 Is there a color family that you love to see on other people but don't care for on yourself? I think for me, it will always be Green. I don't have a problem slapping on every other color on my face, but Green tends to make me nervous. That said, with the aid of my beautiful Brown lenses I feel much more comfortable going into Green makeup looks. I can't wait to play around with this palette some more. I think it has a great color and finish range.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Zoya Normani and Inglot Pro Perfection Glitter Stripes Nail Look

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Good morning!! 

  Today I have a simple look featuring some Inglot Pro Perfection glitter striping polishes. Some time ago Inglot released an amazing range of striping glitter polishes and I was lucky enough to receive them for review. For this look I decided to revisit an old manicure of mine from 2011. I wanted to keep it simple because I love the classic beauty of Zoya's Normani. The glittery stripes were the perfect touch to spice up my Greige base. 
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 This simple look started with a base of Zoya Normani. Once my base was dry I  did my glitter stripes. I used Inglot Pro Perfection glitter stripers in #66 which is the Gold- Holographic glitter, and #92 which is a Black and Silver glitter. On my Pinky and Ring nail I did full stripes, and on my Index and Middle I did falling stripes. I finished my look off by top coating my nails with a generous layer of Seche Vite. 
  The Inglot Pro Perfection stripers come in a beautiful range of glitter mixes and retail for $10.00. I kind of wish they had also released some of them as regular glitter polishes. They are densely packed with sparkles and are just amazing. The only issue I have is that the brush is not very fine or easy to control (for me at least). That is the only downside I could think of with these babies. Nothing using my own stripe brush cannot fix. 

 Even tough this is a simple look I really love it because I can still enjoy the beauty of Normani without being too distracted by the nail art. 

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