Showing posts with label Blacks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blacks. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Never too Old to have Icing on the Cake... Or a Makeup Stash Video

Badum Tssss- See What I did there? lolol

  Anywho, tomorrow is my 26th Birthday!! Say what? Anywho, it seemed fitting to post these B-Day Collection polishes by Aphrodite Lacquers :D! As of this very second my nails are naked and still pretty nubby, but growing out nicely. I still have not decided what kind of mani I want to rock tomorrow but it will definitely be bright and fun! I'm thinking I might be celebrating in more Aphrodite Lacquers B-day Polishes. They are just so cute and some of them match my new hair colors (pictures coming soon). 

Aphrodite Lacquers Icing on the Cake over Sation Holiday Golightly 
 Icing on the Cake is a beautiful and delicate blend of Satiny White hexes in small varying sizes suspended in a light, micro shimmery base. I really love the snowy, ethereal effect Icing on the Cake created over my soft Aqua base. The glitter spread on this polish is fantastic. This pretty topper is definitely the icing on any manicure!

Aphrodite Lacquers Never too Old 
 Never too Old is a sheer Black jelly packed full of twinkling Violet-Pink- Blue multichrome shimmer. This shade is pretty sheer on its own so I had to build it up to achieve this look. I think I used Four thin coats of Never Too Old. That said the formula is actually even and easy to work with, just sheer. I kinda actually love how it looks in the photos, it has depth. This shade could also be layered over dark colors to create cool and different effects.

  ANNNDDD many of you had been requesting that I do a video about my makeup stash. So guess what?!! Videoooo yo yo! I can't thank you guys enough for all the amazing feedback on my You Tube channel. I am so excited to get going with tutorials and the continuation of the FAQ series. Very excited!


 Also here is a random vlog update!! 
I can't believe I'm turning 26 tomorrow!! Off I go to decide what to put on my nails for my 26th Birthday... I don't feel 26... What is 26 even supposed to feel like haha?! I guess that is a good thing right? Being young at heart (and hair lol).

(**Nail products provided for review**)

Friday, December 14, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day 30: Inspired by a Tutorial

Good morning and happy Friday!!
  
  Today I am catching up to Sammy!! The prompt for day 29 is to be inspired by a tutorial. I went with Sammy's very recent tutorial for her Fashion inspired nails. She was inspired by a beautiful Dior gown. The look is very simple but extremely elegant, and really depicts the inspiration perfectly. I knew I HAD to try this look the second I saw Sammy's post. I am so glad she did a tutorial, because it was the perfect excuse to give this look a whirl right MEOW!
 I used thin striping tape placed horizontally across my naked nails. I used my Cult Nails Nevermore. It is a perfect, One-coat, Black creme. After I pulled my tape strips off I waited a second for my polish to dry a bit and I top coated with Seche Vite.

 Don't forget to stop by Sam's to see her tutorial nails!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day 23: Inspired by a Movie

Happy Tuesday! 

  So today is a challenge day and the girls and I are all equally behind haha! Today was supposed to be "inspired by a book". We are all a day behind so I am posting my day 23 "Inspired by a Movie" nails. It took me forever to land on this look. And when it all was said and done it felt like a copout lol! I was just not feeling this challenge theme for some reason. 
 So I sat at my desk and Aphrodite Lacquers Never Too Old immediately jumped out at me. It reminded me of Toothless from the movie "How to Train your Dragon". So I went for a "Toothless" inspired look. These nails are inspired by his dark, color shifting scales. 
 For this look I started with Four coats of Aphrodite Lacquers in Never Too Old. I will have swatches of this polish soon. For the stamping I used Bundle Monster plate BM224, which is a cool reptilian looking print. The colors I used for the stamp are Nicole by O.P.I Mer-maid for Each other and Iris my Case.  I applied both colors diagonally across the stamp and scraped in the same direction for a multi-tonal stamp. I then went back and stamped over the metallic shades, using the same stamp, in Cult Nails Nevermore to give the look and extra scale-y look.
 I topped my whole look off with some Seche Vite to bring out shine and smooth the surface. I really like this look and in person the colors were much more noticeable. 

 Now to go ponder what book I will use as inspiration for the next challenge prompt. Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their looks soon! 

(**Products provided for review**)


Saturday, November 10, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day Eighteen: Half-Moons

Happy Caturday!! 

  And we are back on track! Today is day 18 of the challenge and that means Half Moons. These are the nails I wore to The Makeup Show last weekend and I got SO many compliments on 'em. This looks features all Cult Nails polishes and studs. 
  This look stared with Two coats of the amazing Annalicious. My camera really freaked out at this amazing shimmering shade of Tomato Red. I went for an edgy look with pointed half moons. For the pointy moons I used some scotch tape and Cult Nails Nevermore. I topped it all off with some Seche Vite then followed by Cult Nails Wicked Fast. 

 And here is the official look I wore for The Makeup Show. On my pinky is a Nail Veil by Chronicle Stones. These are a "love 'em or hate 'em" type of nail accessory. I absolutely LOVE them. They are so eye-catching and a nice touch for special occasions. I attached mine with a drop of nail glue and it held on all day long with no issues what so ever. Mine is the Pinky veil with a little dangly at the tip. I will have a post with more details about Nail Veils soon. 
  I really liked this look a whole lot and even more so that I actually got to wear it and my pinky Nail Veil. And I seriously cannot get enough of Annalicious. It is trully a spectacular color! Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Half-moon looks for day 18!

(**Products provided for consideration**)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day Twelve: Stripe Nails

Sorry I'm running late yet again! 

  These new med are really doing a number on me. To top it all off, my allergies are going off and my vision is taking a hit. NOT FUN!!!!! So, Sam and Rie already have their awesome striped looks up. Today's task is striped nails. I went for a witchy-sock inspired look since Halloween is right around the corner! 
 This look features a base of Cult Nails Deal with It(♥♥♥♥♥♥). For the stripes I used my Born Pretty Store striping tape, different patterns on each nail. The black is Cult Nails in Nevermore which is perfect for this technique since it is so opaque, and the formula so smooth. I topped the whole look off with some Seche Vite.

Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Striped looks for day Twelve!


(**CN products provided for consideration**)

Friday, October 19, 2012

O.P.I So So Skullicious Halloween Minis for 2012

Good evening loves!

  This time around I have the adorable Halloween minis set that O.P.I released earlier this month. This set is made up of Four "Day of the Dead" inspired shades. The kit even includes the most adorable Sugar Skull water decals to accent the colors! I'm not normally big into Halloween but nail polish is the exception to that "rule". Halloween polishes always seem to be fun in a different, quirky kind of way. Which is why I love 'em! 


O.P.I Mourning Glory
 Mourning Glory is a classic Black creme. The formula on this black is opaque and pretty dense. I did see a hint of "smoke". When compared to O.P.I Black Onyx you can see a very slight difference. Black Onyx is like a patent leather Black where this is more of a "normal leather" black lol. I used Two coats for full opacity. I'm still a sucker for a plain Black manicure!

O.P.I Hi Pumpkin!
 Hi Pumpkin! is like a radioactive shade of Pumpkin Orange creme. This is a FUN color. I practically wanted to eat my nails when I wore this because it looks like candies. Perfect little Halloween candies. The formula on this shade is easy to work with. For the swatch above you see Two coats, some nails required a thin Third coat.

O.P.I Candlelight
 Candlelight is a nice warm Yellow creme. I would describe this as an Egg-Yolk type of yellow. I actually really like it! The formula on this Yellow was a nice surprise. It was not excellent by any means, but easier to work with than my one an only other O.P.I Yellow, Need Sunglasses? For the photo I did Two coats (I was also using this as a base for a glitter that day), but in reality this color would probably do best in Three thin coats.

O.P.I A Rose from the Dead
 A Rose from the Dead was an unexpected Halloween shade for me. A Pink for Halloween? Sure haha! This is a really pretty shade of Blushing Pink creme. It is vivid and muted at the same time. The formula on this shade is a dream and does great in two easy coats. Also, this color is insanely flattering!

 And just for fun here is a quick look I did using O.P.I A Rose from the Dead with some indie glitter layering and Two Skully decals from the O.P.I set. I'm not much for Halloween nail art myself, but this look I really do like because it is not your traditional Halloween color scheme.
 I have quite a few Halloween Collection posts coming your way so I hope you guys dig Halloween polishes as much as I do lolol! This little Halloween Set by O.P.I is a must have, even if just for those freaking ADORABLE skully decals! The polishes are cute, fun and great to work with but the decals bring it all together! The packaging on this set is adorable as well and I don't nomally notice things like that. 
 The set is available now from O.P.I retailers. 
  Thoughts on halloween nail art/collections?

(**O.P.I products provided by PR for review**)

365 Days of Color! Hocus Pocus Collection Swatches

Good evening!!! 

  This time around I have a Halloween collection that was released by indie brand 365 Days of Color. This was the very first Halloween Collection to make it into my hands this year. Sadly the surgery and all that non-sense happened shortly after I received these babies and I didn't have a chance to swatch them until recently. I.Feel.Terrible about that. Sunny mentioned that she would be re-stocking this collection on her shop today so thank goodness that they are still available! 
  This collection was inspired by the Halloween cult classic movie, Hocus Pocus. I remember seeing it only once as a little child and it scared the crapola out of me because I was way too young.. Also.. I didn't speak English at the time so I had no idea what was going on lol! Each color is inspired by an aspect of the movie, which I totally need to get on watching now that I am an English speaking adult lolol! 

365 Days of Color I Smell... Children over Pixi Amazing Amethyst
I Smell... Children is a Blackened base full of deep Purple sparkle and smalled Purple hexes. I am fairly certain this color could reach opacity on its own. However! I really wanted the Purple to show through so I decided to layer it over a vivid Purple base to get this amazing, glowing finish on my nails. I did Two coats of I Smell... Children over Pixi Amazing Amethyst. 


365 Days of Color Boouk! over Barielle Greenwhich Village
 Boouk! was my instant favorite from this collection. This pretty polish is made up of Chocolate hexes, Copper hexes and square Golden glitter accents in a shimmery, light Taupey base. For this look I layered it over a Pinky nude from barielle and then did Two coats of Boouk! This is a beautiful glitter and also perfect for Fall.

365 Days of Color Black Flame Candle
  Black Flame Candle is a sheer shimmery Black. This might actually do better layered over an opaque Black creme. What you see here is Four coats of Black Flame Candle. It is a really beautiful shade of shimmery Black. The shimmer seems to shift from Pink to Violet to Teal. Formula-wise it is sheer but buildable, next time I will definitely layer it so it lasts longer.

365 Days of Color Come Little Children over Barielle One Shade of Gray
 Come Little Children is a mix of small Red and Black hex glitters suspended in a clear base. The density of the glitter makes it a perfect layering polish. I am absolutely in lurrrrve with this combination of the Gray base with the Black and red touches.

365 Days of Color I Put a Spell on You over OPI A Rose from the Dead
 I Put a Spell on You is another perfect layering glitter polish. This pretty is made up Emerald Green hexes in varying sizes and small touches of Black glitter. LOOOOOVE it over this Pink base. It's an unexpected combination but it works so well!

  And there you have 365 Days of Color Hocus Pocus inspired Collection for Halloween 2012! Don't forget to check 365 Days of Color Shop to get your favorites! Hurry before they are all gone.

 Which are your faves? Mine are Boouk!, I put a Spell on You  and I smell... Children.

(**Products provided for review**)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Zoya Ornate Collection- Holiday 2012 Swatches

Hello and dreadful Monday.... 

  But, you know what would make any Monday better? This Holiday Collection by Zoya!!! Glassfleck holos, dense metallic shimmers and even an obnoxiously awesome bar glitter... Sign me up for that! This collection of Six colors is one of the strongest groups I have seen Zoya release in a while. This might also be one of the more anticipated Holiday collections, definitely the first one to make its way to me. I am over the moon with this collection and shall rant more about how much I LOVE these as the post goes on. 
 One of the biggest things that got me with this collection is that they are not your typical "Holiday Colors". Do they scream Holiday? In my opinion, absolutely! Think of chic New York store decorations, etc... They are shimmery, rich and truly "Ornate"(Ahhhh ahhh see what I did there lolol). Ultimately I love that it is not a collection full of Red cremes and  Green mediocrity. I bow down to the brilliant Zoya Fairies who worked on this collection. So! Onto the colors!

Zoya Aurora
 Aurora was an immediate stand-out for me. Aurora is the most perfect shade of medium Red toned Purple dense "jelly" packed full of small Holographic glassfleck. This polish is just perfection in every way. In the right light the holographic effect is almost linear. I can tell you that I have not had a Purple polish blow me away like Aurora did in a very long time. Formula- wise this color is easy to work with and does best in Three thin coats. If you love Purple... You will absolutely need this beautiful polish.

Zoya Logan
 Where do I even start?! So beautiful... Should have sent a poet.... (lolol the realms of my nerdiness knows no bound). So! Logan! It is the most perfect shade of darkened Emerald green micro shimmer that all blends beautifully to create a foil- like surface. This shade of Green has quite a bit of Blue in it so it makes it a very unique shade of Green. There is also a fine Golden micro shimmer laced in with the Green that warms up the colors and gives it a perfect Holiday glow. I could have done with Two coats but I went with Three thinner coats instead.

Zoya Storm
 Storm is a simple black creamy-jelly packed full of Holographic Glassflecks. The look is very cosmic and twinkly with Storm. Where Storm differs from other "Twinkly blacks" is in those glassflecks. generally colors like these are packed in small to micro glitter that can make the surface of the polish gritty or bumpy. There is non of that with Storm, every glassfleck lays flat and the surface is smooth and shiny. Storm does best in Three thin coats.

Zoya Electra
  Electra is for the BOLD! Electra is made up of TONS of fine bar glitters, Silver Holographic in finish, suspended in a clear base. I'm sure this is more meant to be layered but as you can see, it definitely achieves full coverage on it's own. How many coats you ask? Only Three! My nails looked like they were covered in shredded tinsel and I was loving every second of it!

Zoya Electra over Zoya Logan
 I just HAD to see it over Logan. I know Halloween has not even passed but doesn't looking at this make you wish for the Holidays to get here faster!?

Zoya Blaze
  Blaze is a saturated Raspberry jelly base packed full of those same Holo glassflecks we saw in Aurora and Storm. They could be called sister polishes, just in different tones. Blaze practically applies itself. This color could be worn at just Two coats but I did Three for photos. Blaze is like holographic Velvet.

Zoya Ziv
  Last but most def not least is the stunning Ziv. Oh.My.Wow! Ziv is a very warm shade of Gold foil accented by, what looks to me like, coppery micro glassflecks and even small Gold flakes. And here I was thinking all Gold foils are pretty much the same.. WRONG! Ziv is out of this world! The amazing thing about this color is that the finish is practically Chrome-like but it is SO much more beautiful and refined than any other Golden metallic polish that has been released this Fall season. For Ziv I used Two coats.

  Bet you forgot it was Monday didn't you!? Aren't these just amazing! I never hold my breath when I see Press Releases, but I knew from the get-go that this collection by Zoya was going to blow me away. There really isn't much more to say that I have not already said. Individually and as a group, these colors are to die for and very much unique in my collection (that alone is a feat as my collection is... o.O). These are the types of shades that the nail polish community will talk about years from now and still be in total awe of their beauty.

  The Ornate Collection is available now from Zoya.com. The set retails for $48 and each individual color for $8.00. If I had to pick faves I'd def go for Aurora, Logan, Ziv and Electra.

*golf clap for Zoya* Brava Faries! Brava!!

(**Zoya Ornate collection provided for review**)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day One: Red Nails



Hi hello!! 

  Oh yeah... That's right.. You may have read on my challenge partners blogs yesterday that we are taking on the 31 Nail Art Challenge once again. Last year we started on this exact same date. This year we will only be doing a challenge prompt Four times a week. I am so excited to take this challenge on once again with Sam of The Nailasaurus and Rie of Nails and Noms. It has been exactly one year today! I am so excited to see how much we all have improved! Last year we all did amazing and had a blast so this year should be even better and even more fun! 
  The prompt for Day One is Red Nails. Red is not a color that inspires me, at all. So, in true LTHP fashion I waited until the last minute to work on my Day One nails... I ended up with Three different "Red" looks and loved none of them. So I figured, why not show all Three? It's not that they were bad, it's just.... Red..... Can you tell I'm not into Red? Anyway's I've whined enough lol! Onto the nail looks! 
Indecision 2012! LOLOL!!! 

Red Look One: Sunset Clouds
 For this look I started with a base of The Balm's (Hot Ticket) That's Rediculous. To create the clouds I used The Balm's Pink or Swim and Coral Reef-ined. Pink or Swim (in the middle of the cloud) turned out to be a little more jelly like than I was hoping but still opaque enough for the cloud technique. That's Rediculous and Coral Reef-ined  have a really nice, opaque and dense(not thick) formula. And there you have look one, Sunset Clouds :D. 

Red Look Two: Kissy Face!
For this look I started with a base of Twee & Honey's Hallow (LOOOOOVEEEE) which is just lovely and I will cover later on. For the kisses I used Bundle Monster Plate BM02 and Konad Red Special Polish. On my pinkie I used an ebay plate, Chinese brand QA, plate QA28. I topped it all off with some Seche Vite, followed by Twee & Honey's This is Matteness, matte top coat (new fave matte top coat!!!). This is a cute look, but not really my style. I wanted to try something different though. 

Red Look Three: Ornate Steampunk
 For this look I started with a base of O.P.I Danke- Shiny Red. I followed the Red base with the cling wrap technique with O.P.I Mourning Glory. For the stamp I used Konad plate M83 and China Glaze Passion. This look was pretty severe and eye-catching, but again, not my thing. My stamping is SO sloppy! It's been a while since I've stamped o.O.
 And there you have Day One of the 31 Day Challenge! I can't believe we are doing this again! I believe we shall be back on Saturday with Day Two of the challenge which I am looking forward to more so than this one. ANYTHING but Red!!! 

  Here is a list of the prompts we will be following! 
 Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Red looks for day One! Hopefully they are doing better than I am lolol!!! I can't wait to see what they came up with!! 


(**Some products provided for consideration**)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

#AwesomeNailsAreAwesome Guest Week!! Featuring Amanda of Fashion Footing

Good Morning lovely readers!!! 

  This week of guest awesomesauce continues with Amanda of Fashion Footing. So for this guest week I hand-picked a lot of the gals you are seeing. BUT I also wanted to give a chance to some bloggers to come on board and get some exposure. SO! I asked for some volunteers on Twitter, only to be bombarded (in the best way possible) by girls who wanted to guest post for me. That was such a heart warming surprise. Amanda was one of the first to reply and she has been a follower and supporter of LTHP for a long time so it only made sense to have her on board for this week of awesomeness! 
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Hey guys!

 I am so honored that Cris is letting me show my little nails to you guys on her blog! The very first blog I started following when I was getting really into nail polish was LTHP, so this is a little bit surreal!!
It took me a while to think of what I wanted to do for this post. I don't stamp and my freehand nail art skills are... well... basically non-existent! What I do best is glitter. Glitter glitter glitter But I didn't want just a plain glitter manicure. I mean, this is Let Them Have Polish. You guys are accustomed to quality and creativity! So I took some time to think.
 Then I decided to do a glequin manicure. Glequins are glitter sequins; Sammy the Nailasaurus named them glequins, because who wants to say Glitter Sequins all the time?
ANYWAY, this is my glequin manicure!

 I started with a base of Wet n Wild Black Creme, my go to black. One coat people! Then I placed the glequins on the nail, one by one. My pinky was definitely my favorite but I am not a terribly patient person so there was no way that was going to happen on all of the nails! LOL

 Well, I hope that you enjoyed my glequins and thank you Cris for letting me guest post! I can't wait to see what you've come up with when you get back! :-) 

xoxo
Amanda
http://fashionfooting.blogspot.com
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  I LOVE GLEQUINSSS!!! And I love Amanda's use of Glequins here. I have a ton of glequins that I'm just dying to play with and seeing Amanda's post only intensifies that urge(lolol "urge" like glitter is some kind of drug.... bahahah.. wait...????... Is it?) I love how she did her ring finger mosaic style. So playful and awesome! Thank you so much for the sparkly nail art Amanda!! 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Some Butter London Swatches

Friday, fryday... 

  Today I have Three Butter London picks to show you guys. I've seriously become a huge fan of this brand very quickly. ANNNNND I finally got to kill a leming of mine. That doesn't happen very often. Mainly because I don't often catch "the lemmings", but for All Hail the Queen I made an exception.
To see these swatches continue reading.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Etsy Mania!! Windestine Carbon Copy

Good morning!

  Words later.. For now please enjoy these pics of Windestine Carbon Copy over Pretty and Polished Candy Coated
 Don't feel well.