Showing posts with label 3D Decorations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 3D Decorations. Show all posts

Monday, September 15, 2014

Preppy in Zoya Ryan and Genevieve

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 Hello my beauties and happy start of a new week. Today I want to share this preppy look I did using some of the new shades in the Zoya Entice collection for Fall 2014. I am so enjoying this Fall release from Zoya. The shades are so classically beautiful, and perfectly coordinated. The Entice collection by Zoya has done a great job of reminding me why it is that I LOVE Fall collections so very much. To find out more about this girly Fall look just keep on reading. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Happy International Nail Art Day #INAD2014

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 Today is the Second Annual International Nail Art Day!! My look for the holiday this year is tame compared to my crazy skittles from last year. That said, OMG DAT SHIMMAH!!! This look features the beautiful new shades from the Cirque Kontiki Collection and a cute charm from The Sparkly Shop. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#NailArtSociety The Great Glitzy (Silver) Nail Art Look

(**Press Sample**)
Happy Tuesday! 

  Today I want to share this super flashy look I did using Nail Art Society's "The Great Glitzy (Silver)" set. For those of you who may not be familiar with Nail Art Society, they are a monthly subscription box. Every month they provide you with a "curated" kit for a themed nail art look. It also looks like you can shop the sets individually without having to sign up for the monthly subscription. It is such a neat concept. There is such a wide range of kits for all different styles.
 The set featured here is "The Great Glitzy" in Silver, also comes in gold. This set is all about flash, bling, sparkle and extravagance. The featured polish is by Floss Gloss Dimepiece (lololol). The kit also includes a baggie of gems  and other apliques, as well as a small jar of huge Silver prismatic loose glitter. For this look I chose to play with the gems instead of the hexes. 
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 I started with a sheer pink base using O.P.I Be Magentale because I wanted to do an exaggerated sparkling "french gradient". And also because my nails are hella stained and naked just would not have looked good. Using a piece of cosmetic wedge I dabbed on Floss Gloss Dimepiece just on the tips of my nails. This polish is SOOO sparkly and pretty and DENSE, it is a great thing. The particles are all holographic and on the smaller side, it twinkles a lot. 
  I worked on each nail individually since I was suing nail glue to apply the stones. There was absolutely no rhyme or reason behind the application of the decorations. I wanted it to look like I covered my nails in glue and dipped them in a vat of sparkling stuff. I think I definitely achieved my goal. I used O.P.I nail glue to keep the stones on my nails. I top coated with KBShimmer Clearly on Top. I am happy to report that I wore these for about Four days and didn't lose a single stone. 

 The Great Glitzy set is available from Nail Art Society for $11.95. It also comes in a Golden version, which is equally awesome. I am in LOOOVE with Floss Gloss polishes and their hipster vibe ;D. The bottles are just adorable. 

 Speaking of hipster... This is what I've been up to lately... When I am happy, sad, tired, sore... I spin. I needed something physical to channel some energy to and hooping became that thing. As you guys know I struggled with my health for a long time... Now things are so much better so I have to work on getting my body back in shape again. Hooping is the best physical activity I've ever picked up. It is so much fun :D. 

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Monday, February 3, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day One: Glitter

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Good Morning!! 

  Today I am starting a cool nail art challenge that will spread through the month of February. This challenge was put together by Californails. The challenge has a fitting, and hilarious name. This is the "Totally doable- I have a life! Challenge". Instead of daily prompts, this challenge gives us Three days between each design. The prompt for day One is glitter. I decided to go with a bridal- "Something Blue" theme for my glittery look. You can follow the hashtag #NailArtFeb on various social media outlets to see looks from many people participating. 
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 For this look I started with a base of Milani Aqua Brisk. I just love this fantastic shade of creamy Sky Blue. On my index and pinkie nail I did some freehand glitter placements. I went with a Silver to Aqua glequin gradient placement. On my Middle nail I did a coat of INM Northern Lights and then stamped in Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and Konad plate M77. I accented my stamp with a teardrop rhinestone. On my ring fingernail I did a coat of O.P.I In True Stefani Fashion and added a cute bow charm from Winstonia. This was my first time rocking nail charms, and I am charmed (badum tsssss). They add such a whimsical touch to the final look. To finish my nails off I did a generous coat of Seche Vite top coat.

 Just to comment really quickly on my glitter placement. I am really happy with how these turned out. The inconsistencies on my index nail were due to inconsistencies in the glitter sizes themselves. The pinkie nails turned out really good as I took a bit of extra time to make sure all the glitters were as close to shape and size as possible. I even went as far as to cut some of the glitters to fill in gaps at the cuticle line and free edges. My thumb matched the middle nail.

 If you want to join :D,
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 I'm very excited to take this challenge on! The prompts are really good and they are spaced apart just right :D. 

Thanks for stopping by loves! 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Muffin Monday!! Pretty & Polished Tomboyish

Oh My!! 

  Yes, you are seeing correct! Muffin is back!! I don't even remember how it has been since I last did a Muffin Monday, even Muffin forgot what it was all about lol. For those of you who may be newer to LTHP Muffin Mondays are a feature that I started back in 2010 and I used to do it EVERY Monday. Basically I would like up random polishes and which ever shade Muffin "picked" I would feature in one way or another.  As I started to get busier and busier it because harder to keep up with the weekly Muffin Mondays. That said, so many of you lovelies reached out to me asking where Muffin was, I had to bring it back!!
  For today's feature miss Muffin picked me one of my new Pretty and Polished acquisitions, and one of the coolest polishes I've played with in a long time! 
 To see Muffin's pick in action just continue reading ♥.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day 22: Inspired by a Song

Happy Caturday!

  Today is day 22 of the 31 Day Challenge and Sam, Rie and I have to be inspired by a song. I had some serious mental block when trying to decide on a song... So I didn't :D! I started up my Pandora on my favorite station, Sleigh Bells, and decided that what ever song came on first would be the one I would use as my inspiration. 
  The song that came on was "Riot Rhythm" by Sleigh Bells. To this day I still have no idea what that song is about. So I watched the video, which made as much sense as the song lol... But it did have a lot of cool imagery... 
 Every nail is inspired by an aspect of the video. These nails make as much sense as the video does lolol. It's an awesome song though. I love Sleigh Bells! 

I'm going to break this mani down by nail to make it easier. 
-Pinky nail: base color; Cult Nails Enticing. Gradient done with China Glaze 2012 Neons in Splish Splash, Love's a Beach and Sunkissed. The stamp is from one of the Cheeky plate sets, CH02, and I used Konad Black Special Polish. 

- Ring nail" Cult Nails Nevermore accented with opalescent rhinestones. 

-Middle Nail: base color; Cult Nails Nevermore. Taped off accents in CG Def Defying, Bettina Premium Wash and Milani in Yellow Whiz and Rapid Cherry. Topped off with Seche Vite and INM Northern Lights.

-Index nail: base color: CG Tree Hugger and stamped with Cheeky plate CH03 in Konad Black. The splatter accents were done with Zoya in Robyn and Lara

 Here is the video that inspired the nails! 
Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Song Inspired looks for day 22!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Muffin Monday!! Nicole by O.P.I Listen to Your Mom-ager

Happy Muffin Monday!!

  It has been about a month since Miss Muffin has made an appearance on LTHP and I was feeling bad about that... SO! I made it a point that when I got home from work last night I would absolutely work on a Muffin Monday for you guys. I figured I'd limit her choices to some of my most favorite Blues since it is the last day of April, Autism Awareness month. So here is what I did with her pick.... It got quite involved(for me) It's been a while since I've done nail art... And yes, I did all Ten nails :D. I fully intend on rocking these for a few days because I LOVE them!
 It's been SO long since I've done nail art that I get to actually WEAR! I'm kind of excited (DORKNESS). So she picked for me Nicole by O.P.I Listen to your Mom-ager, I absolutely adore this shade of deep Royal Blue shimmer. So for the stamping I used Cheeky plate CH06 and White Konad polish. I feel like my stamping is a little sloppy since it's been a while since I've stamped, especially dots. For my index fingers I did Two coats of Windestine Asbestos over the Blue base (LOOOOOVE this nail!!). On my Ring and Thumbs I did matching rhinestone accents. The stones were a present.
 Hee hee! MUFFIN!!! <3! She did not make this easy.

I just love this look! Maybe a bit "Holiday" but I could care less... It also comes off a bit prom... So it fits in at the same time haha!
So.. Epic nails are epic :D? Oh BTW, I am LOVING my new Cheeky stamping plates. This is probably my favorite set right now. I wish I had more hands!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Black & White Challenge! Day Four- Color on White

Good Morning!!

  Today we are heading back to the Black and White Challenge for Day Four. The task today is color on a White base. I knew exactly what I was going to do for Day Four from the get-go. I'm not even gonna blab anymore and I'm just gonna show you some pics because I freaking love this so much!
 So I was kind of inspired by fine china for these. I absolutely love how the stamps turned out. I started with a base of Three thin coats of Nicole by O.P.I Others pale by Kim-parison. For the stamped nails I used Konad Red SP and Red Angel plate RA-109. I accented the flowers with some Red rhinestones. I did a kaviar nail because I could not put off playing with my beads any longer (LOVE this). I was supposed to do a stamp on my index nail but ended up changing my mind last minute and doing a glitter gradient in O.P.I Getting Miss Piggy with It. I seriously love this look!!
I cannot wait to see what my partners came up with today! Don't forget to stop by  Sam The Nailasaurus, Rie Nails and Noms, Esther at Fab Fingertips, Stephanie at Sincerely Stephanie and Emily from The Laquerologist to see what they have in store for us today!

Dates to fit for April as follows:
1.       White base with black (Apr. 1st 2012)
2.       Black base with white (Apr. 4th 2012)
3.       Black base with color (Apr. 7th 2012)
4.       White base with color (Apr. 10th 2012)
5.       Color base with black (Apr. 13th 2012)
6.       Color base with white (Apr. 16th 2012)
7.       Black & white with glitters (Apr. 19th 2012)
8.       Sponging (Apr. 22th 2012)
9.       Water marble (Apr. 25th 2012)
10.     Manicure of your choice with black and white (Apr. 28th 2012)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Zoya Harley

Good afternoon my lovelies!!

  Today I have a color that was long over due to have it's own post. Everyone that really reads my ramblings knows I have a long outstanding love affair with Grey nail polish and this beauty is one of my favorites.

  I had to nubbinize :( I noticed a really bad crack on my ring nail and I'd rather cut them down than have a very painful break so... behold!!! My Nubbins!! yet again lol.
  This simple design was done using Two coats of Zoya's Harley as my base. I then stamped over it using plate BM222 and Zoya's Kelly. I wanted to go for like a "carved stone" type of look. I then added a little rhinestone just for some bling. I love how this looks.

 Zoya's Harley is the prettiest shade of light Silvery Grey and the shimmer in this is so interesting. I also like to think that there is a touch of Pink in this. I don't know what it is but there is something in this color that takes it out of that "corpsey Grey" territory. This color has a flawless Two coat formula. ♥!!!

Why I had not posted about Harley on her own, I could not tell you. This color is soo beautiful!!

Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by!!
♥ Cristina

(**Product sent for review**)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pink Wednesday!! My Best Friend's Wedding Series Edition

Happy Pink Wednesday!!

  Today I have a special edition of Pink Wednesday for you guys. I was feeling "inspired" by one of my previous designs but I tweaked it and improved on it and now this is one of my favorite designs ever.
[HERE] You can see the original look that inspired this version. I just love it soo much! So what I did for this version: I inverted the color of the dots and the bow  and added rhinestones to the bows for a little flash and bling. As my base color I used one of my favorite Pinks ever Sinful's Forget Now. . Then for some extra sparkle I added a top coat of INM Northern Lights. Dots plate: BM19, Bow Plate: Konad M59.

Here is a swatch of the amazing Forget Now. It's a lovely Fuchsia Pink glassfleck shimmer. For this mani I used Three thin coats of color. 
For the next few designs I'm going to be doing some more traditional bridal designs. I have a few very soft and delicate ideas floating around in my head that should turn out pretty (I hope). 

What is on your tips today?
♥ Cristina

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pink Wednesday!! Cult Nails Devious Nature gets Captivated

Happy Pink Wednesday!!!

  Today I have a mani that I was literally excited to work on. Sometimes ideas hit me like a ton of bricks and lately I felt like I needed that because I was feeling like I was stuck in some kind of rut. Pink Wednesdays always inspire me! Why? Because I love Pink!!! And today I have on two colors that I hope I never run out of....
SO! There is quite a bit going on here but I love this! I have on Devious Nature with accent nails in Captivated. Then I sponged the tips of my Devious Nature nails with Captivated and finished the whole thing off with some flower stamps from a fauxnad plate C02 and some Pink rhinestones.

Here is my base. I love everything about Devious Nature. I could not have a better formula, brush, pigmentation etc. This is easy, one of my top Pinks. And we all know about the epicness that is Captivated. Maria really outdid herself with these two babies, don't you think?
I hope ya'll like this as much as I do. These are definitely not for the shy of hand though :).

Happy hump day!
<3 Cristina
(**Cult Nails products sent for Review**)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Essie Tart Deco + Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow

Hi loves!!

  Today I have a super pretty combo. I know I just recently did a Peachy- Gold- Red mani but this one has a little something special going on... Deborah Lippmann's Boom Boom Pow. This had been a long time lemming of mine that I never thought would actually make it to my collection. I got these two pretties in my recent Apothica haul.
So for this I sponged Boom Boom Pow over Essie's Tart Deco. Then I stamped using this pretty flower design from Konad Plated M9 in Konad Red special polish. Just for fun after it was all said and done I decided it needed a rhinestone and that pulled the whole look together for me.
Now I know Boom Boom Pow is steep at $20 a pop but I have the kind people of Apothica to thank for a sponsorship that allowed me to get a lot of Essie pretties along with this Golden stunner. BBP is full of WIN. I love all the different sized glitters in it and I love the super micro fine glitter that floats in the clear base. I also love that it is a true, bright Gold. According to the Deborah Lippmann website there is 24k Gold powder in this. I assume they mean the micro fine particles that float in the clear base giving it a Golden- cloudy look. This is just amazing and I can't wait to layer it over everything.

 Essie's Tart Deco is a beautiful bright Peachy creme. The formula for this was slightly annoying. It was just a tad streaky but not too terrible. For this I used Three coats of color.
And there you have one of my favorite manis to date! I am so in love with Boom Boom Pow and Tart Deco as well. Tart deco is Summer perfection and so flattering. I am so happy to finally have some Essie's I can get excited about in my collection. I could not be more pleased with Boom Boom Pow. I mean just look at it!! It's amazing.

Thanks for stopping by
<3 Cristina

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Jordana Tangy & Sephora by O.P.I Only Gold for Me

Hi lovelies!!

  Today I have a combo that could brighten any one's day! This is one of my newer additions to my collection. I wish I had not avoided Orange for so long because lately that is all I seem to want to wear and I don't have many Oranges. Well for today I did a super pretty and tropical inspired mani with one of my new faves!
Isn't this so cute and Summery?! For the flower accents I used plate C02 and Konad Red special polish. The Gold glitter really brings this whole look to life. I really love Only Gold for Me. The tone of Gold is very soft. Unlike Milani's bright, almost Yellow, Gold FX. I also really love that it consists of different sized glitters because it gives the look more dimension. I did my thumb with the same design as my ring finger.

Here is a swatch of Tangy. A Salmony- Orange creme with very slight muted qualities. The formula on this is very good. It flows nicely and has great pigmentation. This is Two coats of Tangy.
I need more Oranges in my life. It's only a matter of finding the right Oranges for my skin tone and I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to trying colors so this should be fun. So with that in mind I ask you lovelies...

Do you like Orange on your nails?
<3 Cristina

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out

Holos make me happy!

  Today I have another beauty from my [swap] with Gilded Nails. This is a color I didn't know I wanted :). The second I saw it I was in love. This color is so pretty. It is a holo so by default it is amazing but it is also a pretty shade of Blue.
So Kaleidoscope Him Out is a pretty light Blue holo. As you can see it's not quite linear, not quite scattered, but somewhere in between. Indoors this color looks close to Milani's Cyberspace except the sparkle is much finer in KHO. The formula for this color is great. Very easy tow work with and only slightly sheer. For this mani I used Three coats. For this one adding a top coat doesn't change the holo effect. I'm interested in seeing this layered over darker Blues and Black. I bet it's even more beautiful. This is from CG's Let's do it in 3D collection.

Thanks for stopping by :) 
<3 Cristina

Stamp: Konad Black SP
Plate: M77
TC: Seche Vite

Saturday, May 14, 2011

O.P.I Pirates Week- Planks a Lot & Silver Shatter

Shiver me timbers?

  I've had soo much fun working on these Pirates inspired manis. I hope you guys have enjoyed them as much as I did working on them.

  For the final mani in the series I have Planks a Lot. This is the Purple in the collection and it is such a pretty one. This one is the least "murky" of the colors. It is still pretty muted and still has that same interesting quality the rest of the colors have. This also had a great formula and was opaque in two coats. For this design I had to really use my imagination because between the name and the color itself I had trouble tying it all into the Pirates theme. So use your imaginations here lol... You're a pirate and it's night... You're about to walk the plank (get it, get it? lol) you look down and all you see it dark sea waters... Inspired by the night sea I used O.P.I Funky Dunkey and Teas-y Does It for the sponging and Russian Navy for the stamping with BM plate 222. I would suggest clicking these for details.

 And here it s under Silver Shatter. This turned out to be my second favorite Shatter combo.

  I hope you lovelies enjoyed these Pirate Series designs. I had such a fun time working on these. I will have a recap of the whole collection later on with my final thoughts on the collection and with all the colors together. 

Thank you for stopping by today <3
<3 Cristina

(** Planks a lot and Silver shatter sent by OPI for Review**)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

O.P.I Pirates Week- Steady as She Rose & Silver Shatter


  Don't ask... I'm so excited for this movie to come out! It looks crazy good and of course I will be rocking one of my O.P.I shades when I go see it... Which one? I have yet to decide but the mani shall be awesome.

  Today I am featuring Steady as She Rose. Uh-mazing!! This one is a soft dusty Greyed-out Lavender. I don't have to stress how much I love this color, right? The formula for this color is amazing. It just kinda melted on my nails and covered perfectly in two coats. This is my Second favorite from this collection, so far. I'm really not sure how my design comes into play with the Pirates theme but something about the color of the stamp and the little jewels remind me of a treasure chest, like little flower shaped doubloons :).

   And here is Silver Shatter over Steady as She Rose. Again, another soft contrast but very beautiful. Pictured taken with Silver Shatter applied over a coat of Seche Vite to make sure the base was fully dry but no SV was used after the Silver Shatter was applied. The effect is easier to photograph this way. Plus I just freaking love the finish/effect SS adds when it dries.

  Loving.. LOVING this color! These soft, yet gritty, tones really get me going and I love how they look on my vampire hands...Can you guess what's coming tomorrow? I bet you can! 

Also, Muffin sends her love and will be back this Monday!!

Thanks for stopping by!! 
<3 Cristina

OPI Steady as She Rose
Stamp: OPI Brisbane Bronze
Plate: BM211
Gems: BP Store
TC: Seche Vite

(** The O.P.I products featured above were sent by O.P.I for review.**)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Muffin Monday!! Bettina #189

It's Monday again?

  Already?! Well here is a little Muffin to perk you up! Today she chose Bettinas #189. Their core collection colors are numbered, which is kind of a bummer because this beauty could inspire awesome names!
   Also, the giveaway closes today at Midnite!! Make sure to check it out if you have not yet done so by clicking on the picture on the Righ-hand side bar!!
I have a serious Mermaid Complex lol!
  #189 is an amazing Turquoise shimmer that seems to glow from beneath. The shimmer effect in this reminds me of Barielle's Decadence (Which was a Muffin Monday pick as well, might I add). The formula is dreamy smooth and only slightly sheer, but it seems to work because it gives the polish a very glassy look. For this mani  I used Three coats of #189. In the swatch pictures a top coat has not yet been applied so as you can see it is very, very shiny and adding a top coat of Seche Vite made my nails look like glassy pools of Puerto Rican beach water and me feel like a mermaid!

If this were to have a cutesy name, what would it be?
<3 Cristina

Bettina #197
Stamp: SH Color Quick Pen Teal Chrome
Stones: Born Pretty Store
TC: Seche Vite