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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Zoya Entice Chocolate Drops Look

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 Happy Thursday beauties!! Today's look is all warm and delicious. For this look I brought together Four of the shades from the Fall 2014 Entice collection by Zoya. The Four creamy beauties definitely represent Fall very well. I love how rich this palette is and how great these shades look when brought together. These really do make me wish the weather was cooler already so I could sit out back with a nice hot chocolate... Alas, I live in South Florida.... it will never happen lolol. But I can at least enjoy the warm fuzzy feelings on my nails :D. 

Zoya Nyssa- Zoya describes Nyssa as  a milk chocolate brown in the flawless, full-coverage cream formula. Nyssa is the base color on my index and pinkie nails. She is also the accent over my thumb, middle and ring nails. The formula is absolutely amazing and does well in Two easy coats. 
Zoya Claire- Zoya describes Claire as a warm, rich burgundy with a flawless, full-coverage cream finish. Claire pulled a tad bit more to the rich Brown side, rather than Burgundy on myself. Claire is the base color on my thumb. I used Two easy coats for this color as well. 
Zoya Veronica- Zoya describes Veronica as a full-coverage brilliant red wine. Veronica is the base on my middle nail, and the accents over my pinkie nail. I used Two easy coats of this color. 
Zoya Margo- Zoya describes Margo as  a modern red plum in a flawless, full-coverage. I really enjoyed this shade as it was not so dark of a plum shade that it went black in dim light. Margo is the base on my ring nail, and the accent over my index nail. I used Two easy coats of this color. 

  All of these shades have amazing formulas and apply like butter. They are also very glossy on their own, adding a top coat makes them glassy and wonderful.

Did you pick up any shades from the Entice collection?

Monday, September 8, 2014

O.P.I Nordic Mish Mash Nail Art Look

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 Hello lovely readers and happy Monday! Today I want to share this mish mash fall look I did using some of the shades from the beautiful O.P.I Nordic collection for Fall 2014. I will be very honest and say that I was not expecting much from this collection judging by the original promo shots. Once I got to see them in person it was a whole different story. I actually really love all the shades in this release and have been really enjoying bringing them together in funky nail art looks. 

This look features the following shades: 
O.P.I Do you Have This Color in Stock-Holm-  This shade is a vibrant shade of true Violet creme. I can't really say that it leans Blue, or Red. To me this shade is a perfectly balanced, rich and vibrant, shade of Purple. 
O.P.I My Voice is a Little Norse- This pretty is an amazing blend of small holographic, super sparkly, glitter suspended in a lightly smoked out base. This baby is fairly densely packed, but it does best layered. I'm not sure this glitterbomb could achieve opacity on its own. For this look I decided to use a cosmetic wedge sponge to apply the glitter in a gradient over Do You Have this Color in Stock-Holm. 
O.P.I Suzi has a Swede Tooth- This shade is your classic Pink creme. It is a really balanced and flattering shade of Pink creme that will appeal to many different tastes. In this look I decided to add it as little pops of vibrant dots. 
O.P.I Ice-Bergers and Fries- This shade is a rich camel- toned brown, leans a tad red. I was not expecting to love this shade as hard as I do. It reminds me of lush leather handbags and matching knee- high boots. Wearing this shade as my base on my Pinkie and Index fingers brought this mani up to "Fall Speed". 

I finished this look off with two generous coats of Seche Vite. 

 I absolutely adore how these colors play together. I also adore the formulas for all of these colors. They all went on buttery smooth and gave me no issues. Even the colors I used as accents were a joy to work with. Also.. the names :D, the names are great! This collection is available now at most (if not all) O.P.I retailers. Have you picked any of these babies up?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Milani Modern Rouge Pinup Dots

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 I'm closing out the week in some simple red nails. Milani's new color statement nail color line has quite a few beautiful new red shades. I could not resist going all pinuppy with this particular red shade. More after the jump.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tutorial Thursdays! LVX Summer Leopard Spots Nail Art (+ Video Tutorial)

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It is Thursday already?! Right on! For this Tutorial Thursday I went with leopard spots. I adooore doing leopard spot manis. They are super easy and fun to do. For this leopard printed look I used all shades from the LVX Summer 2014 collection. The finished look kind of reminds me of old porcelain tea cups, but leopard printed :D. More details and tutorial after the jump.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

OCC Unknown Pleasures Fall Nail Lacquer Collection Nail Art Look

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  So.much. YES! Say hello to the newest nail color collection by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. This is the Unknown pleasures collection for Fall 2014. This collection is made up six, all- new, shades inspired by the runways of New York Fashion Week. To celebrate this beautiful collection launching TODAY; I brought all six shades together for this highly embellished look. More after the jump.

Friday, July 25, 2014

#CFLBeautyBlogger July Link-up: Black & White

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

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

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cool Toned Dots with NYC City Samba Shades

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

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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Matchy- Matchy with my JORD Wood Watch

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Hi hello and happy Thursday! 

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

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

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




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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hey Girl... Nice Melons!

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Happy Humpday! 

  I'm pretty sure that as a beauty blogger in South East Florida... that it is a requirement for me to rock some watermelon nail art at some point in my life. I mean, IDK... melons, Florida heat... they just seem to go hand in hand. So, I did just that this past weekend. Some of the shades from Zoya's Tickled and Bubbly collections were the perfect choices for my fruity nails. 
 I started with a base of Zoya's Tilda. She is a bright, grass green creme. I wanted to add some pops of sparkle to my melons so I layered a two thin coats of Zoya Stassi over my middle and pinkie nails. To create the melons I basically just did some ruffians over all my nails, except my pinkie. I used Zoya Wendy for the coral-y parts of the melons. Wendy is a perfectly opaque shade of pink- leaning coral. 
 To add some sparkle to some of my melons I layered a coat of Zoya Harper over the pink portions on my ring and thumb nails. For the "seeds" I just used a plain black creme and a small dotting tool. I cleaned up the seams of my melons with a green Stripe Rite glitter. To finish everything off I used a coat of Seche Vite followed by a light coat of INM Northern Lights. 

 Here are Zoya Tilda and Stassi over Tilda. I really love how the shades of the Bubbly collection look layered over the shades from the tickled collection. Putting the sparkling, jelly based, shades over an opaque color really seems to bring out all the tones in the sparkly shades. I feel like on their own they all lean a bit too gold. They are all beautiful regardless though.  

 And now I must go shop for some watermelon because I really want some :). I'm thinking I also want to try my hand at more fruit themed nails. What should I do next? I think pineapples... 

Thanks for stopping by!!  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How I Wore It: KBShimmer In Bare Form and Lo and Be Bold

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Hi and happy Tuesday! 

  I hope everyone had a good and safe Memorial Day weekend. My weekend was hella chill and awesome. I got to go to my first "hoop jam", met some amazing people, learned new tricks and got all bruised up from practicing said tricks haha. 
 So, since I got in the KBShimmer Early Summer collection, they are all I've been wearing. Much like the Spring collection, these were much too awesome to just swatch. I ended up wearing most of them as "looks" or just paired... because... KBSHIMMAH!!!!! IDK what is this hold this brand has on me, but I love it!


 Less is more when awesome colors are involved :D. For this dotted look I started with a base of KBShimmer In Bare Form. This beautiful nude holographic shade made a great base for some vibrant contrasting dots using KBShimmer Lo and be Bold. I love how the vibrant cobalt blue dots just jump off the nude base. I think I may have a new "favorite" color combination in nude and cobalt. I really love how the colors seem to make each other pop. 

 And here is a quick, sunny, look at In Bare Form. This shade has a fantastic, two coat, formula. I love how creamy this shade is, yet it still remains very linear in the holo effect. A holo for the office? Don't mind if I do! 


 The KBShimmer Early Summer collection is available from kbshimmer.com right meow :D. As you may have guessed.. I shall be sharing my "Early Summer" looks over the coming days ;). 

Thanks for coming by today! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

#CFLBeautyBlogger Autism Awareness April Link Up

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Good morning beauties! 

 We interrupt this scheduled LTHP vacay to go Blue. Today's post is a special link up between the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida. Since April is Autism Awareness month we decided to come together with some Blue- themed posts for our readers. If you guys are long time readers of this Blog you may be familiar with my Blue looks during the month of April. I was super busy this year and missed World Autism Awareness day, which was April 2nd :(. 
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 I decided to work in Blue, Yellow and Red, inspired by the Autism Awareness puzzle piece logo. The Blue shade is KBShimmer Sky Jinks. This shade is a PERFECT shade of vivid Sky Blue creme. The formula on this color left me a little speechless. It was buttery smooth and very pigmented. The best part is that it did not stain my nails. 
 The yellow shade is KBShimmer Chick Me Out. This shade is a perfect primary Yellow creme. The formula was really very good. The first coat was a little streaky, but it evened out just fine. For the zig-zags  and chevrons I used Nail Vinyls. On my middle nail I did a dotted gradient using Cult Nails Tempest and Chick me Out. I also did a glitter placement gradient on my middle nail, as well as some glitter placement on my ring and index nails using a loose glitter pot from ??? :) lol. 
 For the glittery red zig- zags on my Pinkie I used a Red glitter striper from Stripe Rite. I finished my look off with two coats of Seche Vite. 

Check out the posts from my fellow #CFLBeautyBlogger ladies below ♥. 
   
   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

Thanks for stopping by! 
    

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Red on Red

Happy Thursday!

 Today's post shall be quick and sweet. I've been feeling a bit "off" lately and feel like I really need to step away for a few days and relax, refresh and "reload". Since the move I have not really had a chance to "stop" for a minute and just breathe. Everything is coming along really nicely and we really like it here in Boca Raton. I just need a few days to unwind. Until then, please enjoy this Cult Nails, Red on Red look.
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 This look started with a base of Two coats of Cult Nails Kiss. Once my base was nice and dry I added some freehand dots in Cult Nails Annalicious. I decided not to top coat the finalized look. I really liked the shimmer against the matte base. 

When in doubt: DOTS!!! Always dots hahah :D. Happy Thursday! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cult Nails Casual Elegance & Nail Vinyls -Nail Art Look

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Happy Thursday! 

  Today I want to share this look I did using shades from the Cult Nails Casual Elegance collection and Zig-Zag Nail Vinyls. Those of you who were lucky enough to score this trio on pre-sale will also be getting a sample of the nail vinyls I used to create this look. Funny enough, not long before I found out about this set shipping with Nail Vinyls samples, I had actually placed an order for some nail vinyls. I had never tried them and thought they were pretty neat.
 For those who are not familiar with nail vinyls, they are pre cut "tape (vinyl)" strips in varying shapes and sizes used to create cool nail art effects. For my middle nail accent I used the regular sized chevron vinyls sample that came with my trio.

 This look features Winter's Light(sparkling Purple), Casual Elegance(Lilac creme), Tempest(White creme), Nevermore(Black Creme) and Lethal(Metallic Silver). To create the middle nail accent I placed the chevron vinyls "back to back", instead of interlocked with each other, to create the diamond and zig-zag pattern. I "cleaned up" my seams using Inglot Pro Perfection glitter stripers in #52(Silver prism) and #95(Violet glitter). I finished my look off with a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast. 

 I kinda like how these turned out a bit Easter-y. Easter- Glam... let's make it a thing... Anyhow, I am loooving Nail Vinyls! I ordered one of the multi packs and I can't wait to use them in all kinds of different ways. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Recap Post

Happy Sunday!! 

 Today I want to to a really quick post to recap all the looks I did for the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a life Challenge". This challenge was only 11 prompts, but it was so much fun to take on! 
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 To see all the looks just keep on reading after the jump. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day Four: Polka Dots

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Good morning and happy Tuesday! 

  Today is Day Four in the Californails Totally Doable- I have a life challenge. Day Four's prompt is one of my favorite things, Polka Dots. I went with all Pink Bettina shades for my dotted gradient look. Since the tag is #NailArtFeb, I'm trying to theme all the manis around Valentine's colors and such. I really like how these turned out :D. 
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 This is a pretty basic look, but I love how the dotted gradient turned out over this adorable base color. My base color is Bettina Cotton Candy. For my dots I used Bettina Watermelon, Fruit Punch and Butterfly. In my photo I am holding Fruit Punch. I finished my nails off with Two coats of Seche Vite. 

Since I am actually caught up now, the "XOXO" prompt  will be going up on the 7th. 
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When in doubt; DOTS! 

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! 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Fragmented Alice Collection- Nail Art Look

Hello and happy Monday everyone!! 

  Today I have a quick nail art post to share with you lovelies!! I hope everyone celebrating had a beautiful Christmas!! I don't know about you beauties, but this gal is sooo ready for 2014 to get here. 2013 was a weird year for me, extremely weird now that I think about it. I'm definitely ready to kick 2014's bum though.
 Today's look features the Two nail polish shades that Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics released for their Fragmented Alice collection. This particular collection was inspired by the work of artist Gail Potocki. 
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 The two shades featured are Gryphon; a muted Putty- Grey creme, and Severed a saturated and hot Coral creme shade. Both of these shades have absolute perfect formulations. I was incredibly impressed by the application of both colors. Both of these shades, Gryphon and Severed, are true one coat polishes. I could not believe how pigmented, yet smooth and self-leveling these two shades were. 
 For my nail art I went with a mixed look, these are AMAZING for nail art. I did some dotting, some splattering and some tape striping. I really loved how these Two colors played off of each other. In case any of you are wondering, my Thumbnail matched the Ring nail (splatter). To finish off my whole look I did a generous coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top top coat. 

 The Fragmented Alice collection by OCC is still available online. The lacquers retail for $10.00. OCC brand can also be found in some Sephora stores as well as Sephora online. 

 Have you guys tried any OCC nail colors yet? If you have not, I highly recommend this brand (I am also a huge fan of their lip tars). I've yet to encounter a single shade with a bad formulation. Not to forget that their color range is amazing! They are all quite magical really. I fell in love with OCC lacquers during their Moderncraft fall release. I think this is a crush that will last a long time! Now... Grey and Coral forevaaaah!!!! I never knew this color combination could look so chic! 

Thanks for stopping by loves! 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Zoya for Rolando Santana Nail Polish Trio Nail Art Look

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Good morning and happy Thursday!! 

  Today I want to share this simple, yet eye-catching look I did using the Three shades that Zoya created for the Rolando Santana Spring/Summer 2014 line. The clothing line itself was inspired by the amazing Frida Kahlo (who I am only slightly obsessed with). These Three shades were created by Zoya and R. Santana to compliment the clothing line itself. 
 Saldy, I can't seem to find these for sale anywhere. The trio itself was a LE release. That said, Zoya has been known to add some of their special releases to seasonal collections. So, don't worry just yet. And if you guys are really, REALLY feeling these; you can let Zoya know on their FB page!! With that in mind though, I will be doing some comparisons for you guys. These shades are beautiful, and the formulas are perfection on all Three shades. However, they are not extremely unique and I think some older (still available) Zoya shades could be very comparable. 
 My initial reaction to this trio was a bit cold. I liked the shades, but was having a hard time figuring out what I wanted to "do" with them. Then it came to me.. Mash em into a look!!! Separately, they did not do much for me.. Now, bring Maria, Natasha and Sara together; and you have one epic mani! 
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 For this look I started with a base of Natasha, Two coats. She is a beautiful shade of "foundation Beige". I cannot come up with a better description. I think if this polish was a foundation instead, it would in fact match my skin tone. I was convinced I would be completely indifferent to Natasha, but it was quite the opposite. She is chic and flattering, without trying too hard. Once my base color was dry I used a cosmetic sponge to create a gradient effect with Natasha and Maria. Maria is a classic shade of medium Red-toned Purple creme with slight Pink undertones. Let me tell you guys about how much I ADORED the Nude to Purple gradient. Something about this look was tickling my pickle. 
 I then added a coat of INM Northern Lights over my gradient and finished the look off by adding a dotted gradient over my gradient using Sara. Sara is a warm and Sunny shade of creamy Yellow. I was loving the finished look so much, I am already planing on re- creating the same look, in different colors for this weekend. But who knows, I might do them in these exact same colors. I really do love the finished look. Separately, these three shades are classically pretty... But together they are epically chic! I finished my whole look off with a coat of Seche Vite.

 Because I loved my Natasha and Maria sparkling gradient so much, here is a pic sans Sara dots. This looked so painfully awesome in person. Now I want to try nude to color gradients with every color combo I can think of. I didn't build the Purple up to it's "full potential" because I wanted the gradient to look airbrushed and almost like a blush on my nails. I'm so stoked on how it turned out. 
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 And for shigs, here are Two easy and effortless coats of Natasha. Even my mom commented on how much she loved this color, and she is not a nail gal. The funny thing about shades like Natasha, is that I'm always convinced I will hate them on me.. Then I get them on me and I just ADORE them. I think this shade will work on so many gals! 
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 I'm really sorry it took me so long to get around to this amazing trio. I really do hope that Zoya adds them to future releases because I think many gals will enjoy these shades. But, as I said at the beginning of the post, I may be able to find some close cousins to these Three pretties. 
 Where you able to grab this trio when it was originally released? What are your thoughts on these Three pretties?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

#31DC2013 Days 4 & 5! Green and Blue Nails

(**Most of these products were provided as press samples**)
Never go to bed angry... 

 And never try to nail art when you are sad... or you might end up with derpy looking cats on your nails lol. Now, lemme remind you of why exactly I don't freehand...

#31DC2013 Day Five- Blue Kitteh Nails 
 The base color for my moon is a custom made shade by Honeybuttons Nail polish. She made a beautiful memorial Periwinkle Blue shade for my Muffin called Muffin Picks Blue... It seemed fitting that I used my kitty inspired shade for my kitty nails. This look is a modified version of the owl nail look I did Two years ago. To give my kitties a fuzzy look I used a bit of Sally Hansen Wool Knot. For the eyes I used Nicole by O.P.I Sweet on Pete, and for the pink noses Barielle Smarty Pants Pink. All the Black details were done with Cult Nails Nevermore. I finished the whole thing off with some KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
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#31DC2013 Day Four: Green Nails 
 I had actually attempted some more freehand over my Green base, but it was a failure... I shall keep trying.... I am determined to produce some blog-worthy freehand looks! So, for my green nails I give you Cirque nail polish in Erda, from the Arcus collection. This color alone is a work of art. This shade of rich Emerald Green is lit from within thanks to all the beautiful and fine microshimmer. I used Three thin coats for this swatch and a top coat to bring out shine. 
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 And with that I am official caught up on the challenge prompts! YAY!! Though I am really pondering if I will keep going with the challenge. I was looking at my desk and I am REALLY backed up... Like ridiculously backed up and it is bothering the crapola out of me. We shall see... I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to take this beast on again lool!! I should have known better. 

 Have you seen many awesome Green and Blue looks? I'm off to stalk the interwebs for some Purple inspiration. ♥.