Showing posts with label China Glaze. Show all posts
Showing posts with label China Glaze. Show all posts

Thursday, February 7, 2013

China Glaze Bitz 'n' Pieces Collection Swatches

Good afternoon loves!! 

  Today I am sharing my swatchies of the new China Glaze Bitz 'n' Pieces collection. I'm pretty happy to see all these mainstream companies jumping on the "quirky, chunky glitter" bandwagon. This collection is made up of Six glittery toppers which are heavily accented by Black "bits and pieces". I know many of us have been spoiled by the indie polish makers but these really are fun, cute and HEAVILY packed with sparkly goodness.
 To see swatches of these babies just continue reading ♥.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day 26: Inspired by a Pattern

Hello and happy Thursday!! 

  Today Sam, Rie(she is a little behind because she actually has a life, unlike me lolol) and I are taking on the 26th day in the 31 Day Challenge. The prompt for today is to be inspired by a pattern. That is another of those tasks that I take as "do what ever the hell you want" lol. "Inspired by a Pattern" leaves things pretty open for interpretation haha. So I went with a Steampunk inspired pattern/ look using one of my most favorite stamps and a STUNNING A England polish. 
 My base is Two effortless coats of the stunning beauty that is A England Beauty Never Fails. This polish should be called Adina Never Fails because she just can't make an ugly polish!! I will go on in length about the polish itself later on. I have a good A England post coming your way soon. For the stamp I went to one of my most favorite stamps ever. This design comes from the first Bundle Monster set, plate BM20. The stamping polish is China Glaze Passion. 
 For how simple these are, I am fairly deep in love with them. Sometimes less really is more. The combination of the metallic stamping an the gorgeous glowing base is just perfect! There is something so classy, yet ornate about this particular stamp. I LOVE it!! 

Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Pattern inspired looks for day 26!

(**A England provided for consideration**)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day 25: Inspired by Fashion

Hello my lovelies!! 

  Today Sammy, Rie and I are doing the 25th prompt of the 31 day challenge. The task is to nails inspired by fashion. Much like last year, I knew exactly which dress I was going to use as my muse. I saw the dress about a year ago, but I knew someday I would do nails inspired by the awesome Betsey Johnson creation. Finally "Fashion Day" came and i even got tro try out a new-to-me technique.  
 She looks like QuinceaƱera Barbie and I am LOVING it! 

 Onto the look! 
 I started with a base of Lime Crime nail polish in Milky Ways. I then did a gradient over my Milky Ways base with China Glaze Beach Cruise-r and O.P.I Don't Touch my Tutu and top coated it to protect it before starting on the next step. I used the watercolor technique for the cool blend of colors you see. I really like this tutorial from Rebecca, though my technique differed a little. For the watercolor technique I used all the following colors from Lime Crime: Crema de Limon, Peaches ♥ Creme, Parfait Day, Once in a Blue Mousse and Lavendairy. For the darker touches I used China Glaze Ride the Waves. I topped it all off with some Seche Vite, followed by some INM Northern Lights(because I have a problem and I layer it over everything lol).

  The dress that inspired this look is from the Betsey Johnson Spring 2011 Collection. This dress walked the runway back in September of 2010. I can't get enough of the colors. 

 I am in love with how this mani turned out! Also, the watercolor technique is SO much fun! There is really no wrong way of doing it. I cannot wait to try a look like this one again soon! Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Fashion inspired looks for day 25!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sation I Love Miss-Self- Glitter One Collection Swatches

Happy Humpday!! 

  Today I have some UH-MAZING glitters from Sation. I have been looking forward to this day since way back in July. Remember when all the pics of these started popping up from the girls that saw them at Cosmoprof? I certainly do and I was eagerly awaiting to see them in person. 
 Sation really did something special with these glitters. They have an indie vibe, but they don't feel dupe-ish. Every polish you are about to see is entirely unique to me. I have never really seen polishes like these and I loved every second of swtching these. Two of the glitters in this post are from an older collection, they are still flippin awesome. 
To see close-up swatches of these 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!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Blue Nails for World Diabetes Day!

Happy Humpday!

  I am keeping this post short and sweet because I am not feeling extremely well today. A few days ago I was contacted by the mom of a sweet young girl named Rae. Rae just got diagnosed with Type One diabetes and she was feeling a little down. Her awesome mom reached out to some of Rae's fave bloggers to see if we would do a Blue mani for World Diabetes Day. She wanted to show Rae that people out there care and that she is not alone. I was happy to participate because diabetes runs in my family, and I lost some very important people to complications brought on by the Diabetes. I hope Rae likes these nails!
 This look started with Two buttery smooth coats of Nicole by O.P.I I Sea you and Raise You. The stamp is from my Red Angel set, plate RA107. The stamping polish is China Glaze Little Drummer Boy. I topped the whole look off with some Seche Vite. I like how this stamp kind of looks like a watermarble. 
There are quite a few bloggers joining me today in rocking the Blue nails. If I figure it out, I'll do an edit later with an inlinkz of all the ladies joining me! To those of you who replied to my Facebook post a few days back: Thank you SO much for your support and participation! Feel free to share your manis on my wall!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away Collection Swatches

Good afternoon!! 

  I can't believe I actually have this full collection in my hands! This is probably one of my most anticipated collections in a long time. The China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil collection!! This group of polishes is inspired and created for the release of the Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away movie. I've been a HUGE Cirque fan since I was a very young child. 
  I've seen the televised version of just about every Cirque show, my favorite is Dralion. I really want to see that show in person. I've also had the pleasure of seeing Two Cirque shows in person; Quidam and Saltimbanco. I've been really dying to see La Nouba. Which is the permanent show in Downtown Disney, Orlando. This collection already has a special place in my heart (and my polish racks).
 These colors really do remind me of Cirque du Soleil. The cremes are fabulous! They remind me of the striking colors in the face and body make up that makes Cirque du Soleil so special. The glitters have a playful quality about them and they are pretty unique. The Cirque collection really reminds me why I love China Glaze so much. They really know how to do vibrant shades so well. The range of shades and finishes in this collection is also pretty impressive.

To see full collection swatches just continue reading!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day Fourteen: Flowers

Happy Caturday and only more more day until The Makeup Show Orlando!!!!! 

 First things first! A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Best friend in the whole wide world; Miss Lizbeth!! I miss you and I really can't wait to see you my love!! 
  Today Sam, Rie and I will be taking on day 14 of the 31 day challenge. The prompt is Flowers. I really didn't know what direction to go with for this prompt so I went back to my stamping roots and did a simple and cute Cheeky-cure :D. 

 This look started with a base of Julie G nail color in Oh Em Gee!. This is a radioactive shade of neon Barbie Pink. I did the stamp with my Cheeky plates. Plate number CH16, using Konad Black special polish. I accented the stamp with dots in O.P.I My Boyfriend Scales Walls and China Glaze Sunkissed. I topped it all off with some INM Northern Lights and Seche Vite. 

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

(**Some products provided for review**)

Monday, August 27, 2012

LTHP's First Cling- Wrap Skittle Mani!

Good Afternoon loves!! 
  I hope everyone had a great weekend and a good start to their week. I had an absolutely fab weekend. Saturday I got to go to a little photo shoot/ party for the new Cult Nails Deceptive Collection. Maria hosted a little get together for a few of us #FLbeautybloggers at the Cult Nails HQ and we had SO much fun playing with the new colors and posing for photos. I will have about this day post soon :D! 
  Today's post features my first try at the cling-wrap mani. I'm not sure who originated this technique, but it is SO easy and so much fun.
  My base colors from thumb to pinkie were: China Glaze Orange you Hot, Sation Loudest Color, Kiss my A's, Let's make Lemonade and Shock me Twice Pink. This looks features mostly Sation colors. For the cling wrap accents from thumb to pinkie I used: Bettina Pink Bikini, China Glaze Ride the Waves, Sation Tardy Tart, Oh My Oceania and Miss Emo Shun All. To add some contrast I cling- wrapped with O.P.I My Boyfriend Scales Walls over all my nails and then topped it all off with some Finger Paints Twisted. These looked AMAZING in person but the flakes and brightness of the neons were pretty much impossible to capture in my photos.
  There are many different ways to use cling- wrap for nail art. Just do a Google search for "Cling Wrap Manicure Tutorial". It is crazy the many different looks you can achieve with cling-wrap and some polish. I basically sponged, but with cling wrap.
 Everyone should try this technique! It's an easy way to get some really cool nails! I can't wait to try this again with as many different color combos as possible.

  Have you tried this look yet? Thoughts?

(**Some products provided for review**)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

We Interrupt this Zoya Week to Bring You... #Kidrobot Misko Owl Inspired Nail Art

Whooo... That was a long title...

  So, if you follow me on instagram you may have noticed my budding obsession with the Kidrobot Misko Owl series. [HERE] is a post that is very informative about what these cute little fellas are. Long story short, they are collctable "toys" design by artists that team up with Kidrobot to be relesead in series. They come in blind boxes so you don't know which owl you will get. Kidrobot has all kinds of crazy series and amazing artist collabs but this is the first time that I absolutely HAD TO HAVE every toy released in the series. The artist who designed these series is Nathan Jurevicius.
  Needless to say I had to find a way to get these little guys on my nails somehow...
  This was all done by free hand no tape involved, which is why my lines are not perfect. For the cute little eyes I used the ruffle mani technique but in a circular motion. This was really easy to do but a little time consuming as I had to wait before placing my next row of dots when working on the eyes.

The colors used were: Bettina Sunrise and Aqua, Rimmel Grey Matter, Milani White on the Spot and Black Swift, O.P.I Off with her Red!, PIXI Paradise Pink and China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic.

Here is a picture of the Four Misko Owls I have so far. Four more to go!
I hope you guys enjoyed this quickie look! I had so much fun working on these nails, mostly because I love the inspiration behind them so much. And to think, my first owl was a total impulse buy during a Books-a-Million checkout lol. Misko owls are just cute little collectibles. I have dubbed my little owls "The Guardians of The Polish Room" since that's where they hang out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Your Weekly Dose of Random LTHP Swatches!

Happy Sunday! 

Anyone else sad about the Olympics coming to a close today? I kinda am :(. Anyho, I have some utterly random swatches for you guys today. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to this post other than I've had these sitting in my folders for a while so I figured I might as well share them, right?
To see close-ups just continue reading!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

O.P.I and Zoya Fall Comparisons

Good evening! 

  This quickie post is just a comparison between some of the Fall colors from O.P.I and Zoya that "have been called into question" lol. These were the only Four I could find some sort of dupage for in my stash. 

O.P.I It's my Year and Zoya Daul
My verdict: Not dupes. Daul pulls more to the Blue toned side of Purple than It's my Year which leans a bit more Mauve. Also the shimmer in It's my Year leans more Golden and seems a bit more dense and evident. Daul is more of an Orchid Purple and the shimmer is more delicate and multichromatic. They are definitely very similar and in the same family but not dupes. I ♥ them both quite a lot!

O.P.I DS Luxurious and China Glaze Riveting
My verdict: Not dupes. The difference here is pretty clear. They are both spectacular colors!

O.P.I Danke-Shiny Red and Zoya Elisa
My verdict: Dupes. There is no difference here except for in formula. The Zoya formula was slightly more saturated with color and shimmer.

O.P.I Nein!Nein!Nein! Ok Fine! and Zoya Noot
Verdict: Dupes. Once again I could not spot the difference here except for in the formula where Zoya beat out O.P.I, in my opinion.


(**Products provided for review**)

Monday, August 6, 2012

With my Nails in the Clouds

Happy Monday! 

  Those words really don't belong together do they? ..... Hhhmm lol... Anywho, today I'm sharing a mani that is totally out of character for me. I've been all about trying new things lately. This style of manicure was made popular by the ridiculously talented Nailside. If you have not been to this blog you should go ahead and get on that! She is so very creative, takes beautiful photos and shares lots of tutorials that are easy to follow. 
  So Nailside features these amazing manicures in this style which she refers to as "cloud manis". I absolutely LOVE the look but had not had a chance to try one out myself. 
  I had these Two L'Oreal colors that aren't really my thing so I was trying to think up a way to use them but make it work. The Two L'oreal colors are the soft Pink (I Pink I'm in Love) and the Red I am holding which is called He Red my Mind. To take it out of Valentine's day territory I added clouds in China Glaze Midnight Kiss and Bettina Onix. This is not the cleanest cloud mani ever but for my first try I am actually really pleased with the finished result. While the colors that originated the mani are not my thing the finished color combination was pretty striking. My husband thought this was some kind of stamp lol.
I really hope you check out Nailside to see some MUCH better versions of this manicure lol. This girl is so talented! She gives me serious creative envy haha! I can't wait to try this look again!!

Thanks for stopping by!

(**L'Oreal products provided for review**)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Raaaaaaaaandom (Sunday) Spaaaaaaaamming!

Happy Sunday!! 

  Today I have some random swatches I've had sitting in my folders for a WHILE. It's also been some time since I've done a swatch- spam post so.... Enjoy and happy Sunday!
To see close-ups just continue reading ♥.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

N-n-n-n-n-Nick- Nick-Nick- Nickelodeon- Nails!

I'm a kid of the 90's....

**Quick Edit**: Holy smokes guys! This is my 800th post!! Let's celebrate with some SLIME!!! 

  And in the 90's Nickelodeon was KING! I miss 90's Nick SO much. Remember Doug, Clarissa Explains it All, Hey Arnold and Rocko's Modern Life!? Man.... Those were the days.... Thank goodness for Netflix and their thorough availability of so many of these shows! So back when Nick was King they were all about the Slime and their colors were always this radioactive, Snot Green and... Well... Radioactive, Cheetos Orange. 
  Since I was such a huge Nick fan-girl it only seemed fitting I pay tribute to one of my favorite childhood memories with some slime-y nails using two of China Glaze's Summer Neons for 2012. 
  These colors are PERFECT for a Nick inspired mani! I used Orange you Hot? and I'm with the Lifeguard. I did the bases in alternating colors and the drip in similar fashion. My drips are not the best but I think they work for the look I was going for. I had so much fun working on these and thinking back to the countless hours I spent wishing I was on Family Double Dare and Guts... I topped it all off with some INM Nortern Lights.
I hope these bring back some fond and fun memories for some of you! My husband pretty much cracked up and busted out laughing when he saw these and immediately yelled out "N-n-n-n-nick" LOOOl!

  Ahhh the memories.
(Image Source)
 I can name EVERY character in this photo lol. Can you? 

I hope this mani does Nick proud lol!! Any 90's Nick fans in the house?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy "Indie-pendence" Day!! Patriotic Mani Spam

Happy Fourth oh July!!! 

  To all my American lovelies anyway :D! I actually ended up doing a few different Patriotic themed manis for this holiday. That usually never happens! It only seemed fitting that I celebrate independence day in some awesome indie polishes right?! Today I will be featuring some beauties by Couronne d'Or Vernis as well as Vivid Lacquer. I must say I am completely blown away by these Two ladies creations and will have separate posts on their beauties later on but some of the pretties they sent my way inspired some awesome July 4th manis. 
 To see these manis just continue reading :D!!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

China Glaze Summer Neons 2012 Swactches

Happy Caturday!!!!

  Finally! The day has come where I show you guys my swatches of the China Glaze Summer Neons. This was easily one of my most anticipated collections of the year. I was never one for neons and all of a sudden something snapped and I wanted ALLL things neon. This collection blew my away instantly. I've been showing you guys some nail art looks with these in the past few weeks. These are SO much fun to play with. 
  As promised! Here are my swatches!! 
 To see swatches of the China Glaze Summer Neons 2012 Continue Reading.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

China Glaze Summer Neons Weekend Mani

Hi loves!!

  Today I have a mani I did last Friday to rock during this, most eventful, weekend. I really wanted to do something that was eye- catching and colorful so the choice was made that I would be doing something with a watermarble. I know I still owe you guys swatches of the China Glaze Summer Neons 2012 but I cannot stop playing with them in terms on nail art. Here is what I landed on.
  For this tropical mani I started with a base of One coat of Milani White on the Spot. Once my White canvas was dry I went to town with colors. There are few things I love more than seeing a plain white canvas be transformed. I went for the Index/ Middle finger accents in gradients. For the gradient nails I used Surfin for Boys, Beach Cruise-r and Ride the Waves. For the gradient technique I tried yet another tutorial which I have posted below. For the marbled nails I used Loves a Beach, Splish- Splash and Sun Kissed. I just love all these colors together. Just TOO much fun!  Of course they were topped off in my mandatory coat of INM Northern Lights and Seche Vite.
 I kind of sort of love how the pigments in the color blended together in the marbling to create new colors on top of the already awesome neons. I got tons of compliments on these and I was so not looking forward to taking these off. I really cannot wait to show you guys swatches of these China Glaze Summer Neons.

**EDIT** For my marbled fingers I used filtered water and in shot glass. I found that using a shot glass allowed me to get more swirls onto my tiny nails than the small paper cups I had been using. Since the shot glass is such a small diameter it requires less polish to create a tight bullseye. 

Here is the tutorial I followed for my gradient. Nikkie used a nude base, which I realize now I should have done on my gradient nails instead of my white base. I love this girl. She is crazy talented!
Thanks for stopping by!

(**CG Summer neons provided for review**)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

China Glaze Summer Neons Splatered Skittles!

Good morning and happy humpday!

BEHOLD! Super nubs! :(:( 

  Today I have an awesome and very colorful mani I did using 10 of the new China Glaze Summer Neons for 2012. I will have swatches of this collection soon. I could not resist playing around with them first. This collection is full of win and I cannot wait to show you guys! 
   For this mani I started with a skittles base. I think it is easier to say which colors from the Summer Neons I didn't use. I skipped on using Pink Plumeria and Flirty Tankini. Used all of the other colors in the Summer Neons in one way or another. I skipped on the more muted shades because I wanted this to be super bright and just a little obnoxious..... Mission accomplished. I added some splatters of White and Black to give some contrast to the splatters. Needless to say I love this look and of course topped the whole thing off with INM Northern Lights.
I have to say.. I am beyond blown away by the formula on these neons. Seriously AMAZING! I cannot wait to show you guys swatches of these beautful Summer colors.

Thanks for stopping by!

(**China Glaze products provided for review**)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

China Glaze Fast Track Gradient Nail Art

Good morning loves!

  Today I have another color from The Hunger Games Collection. Along with Luxe and Lush, I also picked up Fast Track and Riveting. Today I will be showing you Fast Track. I was on the fence about this color but finally decided to take the plunge and just go for it because once it is gone it is gone and I'd hate to feel like I missed out on a color I could have loved. Fast Track is a lovely color with amazing shimmer but sadly, it did not do any favors for my skin tone so I did this....
 So I started with Two coats of Fast Track. Since I was not LOVING how it looked on me I spiced it up with some contrasting sponging. I lightly sponged on the tips with China Glaze Glittering Garland and on top of that I added some Zoya Ivanka to give it extra sparkle and depth. Once I had the gradient going I was actually over the moon with this look (which I wore to go see The Hunger Games BTW).
 To see swatches of Fast Track just keep reading after the jump.