Showing posts with label Essie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Essie. Show all posts

Monday, January 27, 2014

Essie Sleek Stick Nail Appliques in Sea me Shine

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Hello and good morning! 

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

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Celebrating International Nail Art Day #INAD in Essie's Naughty Nauticals

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Happy Caturday!!! 

  Today is the first ever International Nail Art Day (#INAD). I remember seeing a post about this on the NAILgasm Documentary Facebook page a few weeks ago, and I thought it was an awesome thing. Of course I have to participate. Although LTHP features a lot of swatches and beauty posts, this bloggity-blog actually has its roots in nail art. I started this blog as a way to share my adventures in nail art and it eventually evolved into something much bigger. 
 To this day though, one of my favorite things to do is to sit down with a ton of color and just have some fun with my nails. For this special day I went with a look that features the shades in Essie's Naughty Nauticals collection. These shades were perfect for the "theme" I had in mind. Yes, there is a theme here haha. I wanted to do a colorful mish-mash of some of my favorite nail art techniques and this is what I came up with. Ten nails, ten different combinations= One awesome mani :D.
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 To make things easier I will break this look down by finger :D. 
Thumb: starts with a base of Naughty Nautical and then splattered with The More the Merrier and Full Steam Ahead
Index: starts with a base of Rock the Boat then I did some saran-wrap marbling with The More the Merrier and Naughty Nautical.
Middle: starts with a base of The Girls are Out then was dotted with The More the Merrier, Naughty Nautical and  Full Steam Ahead
Ring: starts with a base of The More the Merrier. Once it was fully dry I carefully placed my striping tape then went back over my nail with Naughty Nautical to create a neat striped look. 
Pinkie: starts with a base of Full Steam Ahead then I did some saran wrap marbling with The Girls are Out and The More the Merrier
 I finished off all of my nails with a coat of Seche Vite followed by a coat of INM Northern Lights for some added sparkly goodness. 
 Here is a shot of my Naughty Nautical skittle bases before I went to town on 'em :D.
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From Thumb to Pinkie: Naughty Nautical, Rock the Boat, The Girls are Out, The More the Merrier and Full Steam Ahead. All of these had fantastic formulas, I did Three thin coats of each. I really tried to get a good photo of my right hand, but I simply cannot pose with my right hand lolol. My  right hand truly is my Cinderella-hand. 
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On my right hand I used the same techniques but switched the colors around as well as the pattern of the dots and tape. I had so much fun working with these colors. I didn't really set out with a plan. I just knew I wanted lots of color, I think I achieved my goal hee hee. 
 Here are my, rarely seen, thumbs :D. These colors are just too much fun. I love how there is a mix of vibrant and soft that comes together perfectly.  
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 Happy first International Nail Art Day everyone!! I hope to see some awesome looks! Make sure to use the hashtag #INAD when sharing your looks on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.. etc. I'm looking forward to seeing every one's looks!! 

Happy Caturday and thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Ready Swatch Spam!

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Hello my loves! 

  Today I have some swatch-y spam for you guys. I've had these pics sitting in my folders for some time now.... So I figured, why not do a spam post?
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 These shades are all kinda screaming Summer to me. What are some of your favorite Summer shades? Or do you not really follow seasonal colors? Me, I kinda wear what I want, when I want. But I do tend to gravitate to Spring and Summer shades because they are always so bright and happy. 
 All of these swatches are shown with a top coat. 

LVX Nail Color in Mynt
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 Mynt by LVX is a lovely, clean Mint creme. I found the formula on this shade to be AMAZING. Normally, these types of Pastel-ish, minty greens can be a pain in the butt to apply. That was not the case with this beauty. I did Three easy coats of Mynt for my swatch. 

LVX Nail Color in Deco
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 Deco is an amazing shade of Melon-y Coral creme. I knew I would love this shade the second I unpacked it! I am a sucker for these types of colors. This shade is insanely flattering and easy to wear. I used Three thin and easy coats of Deco for my swatch. 

Zoya Gaia
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 Gaia, Gaia, Gaia... This color.. Ok.. So this color is BEAUTIFUL, stunning really... A Pearly, shimmering White with the most perfect Golden shimmer running though it. Bridal perfection... That said, this color has a horrid formula! I found it to be patchy and uneven.. I needed Four thin coats to get it to look even and opaque. Maybe layering it could remedy that problem, but it could also ruin that squishy effect... I suppose the color payoff is definitely worth the work I put into the application though. 

Essie Tart Deco
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 Tart Deco is a vivid, hot Melon-Coral shade. This shade is a more vibrant cousin to LVX Deco. The formula on this color is a little patchy, but not problematic. I used Three thin coats for my swatch. 

Zoya Sari
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 Sari is a lovely, nude Pink jelly. Colors like these are great for French manis, or just to add a healthy glow to a nakey-look. I used Three thin coats for my swatch. 

LVX Nail Color in Indigo Bleu
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 Indigo Bleu is a deep Violet-Blue creme. This shade is intenesely pigmented and very easy to apply. I could have almost done with one coat. I used Two thin coats for my swatch. 

Zoya Josie and Zoya Destiny
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 Zoya Josie is a beautiful Grass Green creme that applies like a dream. I used Two easy coats of Josie. For this look I did an accent in Zoya PixieDust in Destiny. Destiny is a hot Coral texture laced with strong Golden shimmer. I used Three thin coats of Destiny. 

  Any faves in this bunch? I am really in love with Gaia. I hate the formula on that color, but my gosh it is just beautiful! I also really loved Mynt and Deco by LVX. Though I must admit, this Summer has turned into the "Summer of the Textures" for me. I've been wearing Textures non-stop since they all started coming out! 

 What have you been wearing lately?

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 ♥.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Essie Brooch the Subject and Madmoiselle- Lazy Chic

Hey it's Saturday!!!

  Today I have Two pretty polishes by Essie. I've decided that I need some more Essie in my life. Whenever I try their polishes I'm always really pleased with everything about them and yet my Essie collection is very small. I like their range of classically pretty colors. I used to find them very boring but my tastes have really shifted and now I'm really attracted to Essie's soft, clean palette of feminine colors.
Essie Mademoiselle over Essie Brooch the Subject
 Mmmmmm! This is kind of a "bonus deal". The way I came to own these is that I received a PR email from Essie about a nail look that Amy Adams rocked on the red carpet and I HAD to re-create it. On her nails Amy wore Essie's Brooch the Subject as a base with Mademoiselle layered over it. I'm not gonna lie... I kinda really love this look! I love the squishiness and shine that Mademoiselle adds to Brooch the Subject. I know, I know.. How boring am I? But I mean just look at how clean and fresh my hands look!

Essie Brooch the Subject
 Brooch the Subject is one of those- ever popular- Band Aid shades. This one seems to lean more towards the Tan side rather than Peach so it is extremely wearable without looking too matchy matchy. Nice shade for the lazy days. The formula on this color is extremely easy to wok with and it does great in Two coats.

Essie Mademoiselle
 Mademoiselle is a very soft and sheer Milky Pink. I guess this is a nude jelly? If you were a fan of O.P.I's NYC Ballet Collection then you'll love Mademoiselle. This color has a really nice formula as it does not streak or drag.
And there you have Two Essies for those lazy days when you still want to feel a little chic :D!

(**Essie products provided for review**)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Spam Sunday!! Total and Utter Randomness Edition

Hi loves!!

  For this edition of Sunday Spam I have some totally random swatches. The actual plan for Spam Sundays is to have some sort of Theme but for this first one there were a few colors I needed to swatch or wanted to re- swatch. Spam Sundays are really fun to work on so I'm really happy last Sunday's Post had such a positive response. 

  So like I said, this week is going to be a little bit all over the place but I hope you guys enjoy the spam non the less :D....
To see some swatch spam just keep on readin'

Friday, January 13, 2012

Essie Luxeffects Shine of the Times Layerings!

Hi loves and happy Friday!!

  Today I have two quick layering combos using Essie's Shine of the Times. This pretty was released around the Holidays and it made a huge splash due to the fact that it is a Flakie. Now, this one is a dupe of Nubar 2010 and Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure(Original). I have Nubar 2010 but I couldn't pass this up for some reason... I've only layered over Two colors because this has been seen time and time again but it's still just so pretty!!!
Here is Shine of the Times over Bettina's Bordeaux. I won't really be going into detail about Shine of the Times because we all know what it looks like lol.. But I love how fiery this looks over certain colors. I love how this looks over Red shades in paticular. It creates a really interesting textured look and so many colors come out.

 And here I have it layered over A England Galahad. I love how this looks like a Sunset sky. You know? when the Sun is going down and there is a Blue sky covered in Pink clouds? This reminds me of those types of afternoons. 

Can you guys get enough flakies? I kinda can't!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Essie Luxeffects Pure Pearlfection Layering Spam!

Happy Friday Loves!

  Today I have a spam post of cute layering combos all using Essie's Luxeffects in Pure Pearlfection. I am obsessed with this nail polish. It really transforms colors and textures and I love how it looks a little different over every color it is layered over. Let's get to it!
One coat of Essie Pure Pearlfection over Chick Nail Polish in Raven's Egg. Awesome combo!

Pure Pearlfection over A England Elaine. UH-mazing!

Pure Pearlfection over Chick Nail Polish in All A Twitter. So Dreamy and Wintery.

Pure Pearlfection over Bettina Velvet. Adds amazing texture.

Same combo as above with a coat of Hard Candy Matte Top Coat. Even better!

Pure Pearlfection over Chick Nail Polish Moss. Very Holiday :D.

Pure Pearlfection over A England Avalon. I love the shimmer over shimmer effect. Gives the look a lot of depth.

Pure Pearlfection over Chick Nail Polish Gr8 Grey Owl. Very Wintery. Reminds me of a rainy day. Which may not sound like a good thing but I enjoy a nice, cool rainy day. Love this as well.

  So as you can see I've been putting this over EVERYTHING loool! I just cannot get enough. I also picked up Shine of the Times which is a Nubar 2010 dupe. I own 2010 but I wanted a back up. I will be playng with that as well soon.  For now I am totally obsessed with Pure Pearlfection.... Mmmm

♥ Cristina

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 2- Orange Nails

Hi hello!!

  So I was having such an issue deciding on which direction to take today's challenge color... And then it hit me...

  Behold my Orange Nails.
 So for this look I started with a Three coat base of Essie's Tart Deco. Then I was feeling funny so I went with the Orange stamp from Bundle Monster plate BM04 using Bettina's Art Deco Orange. Then for a little something extra I dabbed some INM Northern Lights just on the Orange stamps to make them look juicy! Simple and cute... I'm thirsty now...

Here is a swatch of Essie's Tart Deco. A Peachy Orange creme. I really enjoy this color quite a bit. The formula is ok. Just a little streaky but it evens out at Three coats for me. It dries shiny and fast.
And there you have my Orange Nails for Day Two. Don't forget to stop by Sam's and Rie's blogs to see their NOTD's!

See you tomorrow!
♥ Cristina

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pink Wednesday!! Essie Splash of Grenadine + China Glaze Oxidized Aqua

Happy Pink Wednesday loves!!

  Today I am breaking the rules a little by making the lovely Aqua metallic crackle my main color. I really love this two together. It is like edgy cotton candy.
In the picture above I have China Glaze's Oxidized Aqua crackle over Essie's Splash of Grenadine. Then I really wanted to wear this matte so I added Two coats of Hard Candy's Matte-ly in Love.

In the pic below it's glossy. I actually liked this better matte.

And here is a swatch of Essie's Splash of Grenadine. This one is a pretty, very cool toned Pink with heavy Lavender undertones. The formula is slightly jelly like and easy to work with. It is also slightly sheer. For this mani I used Three coats of color for full opacity. This baby came from my recent Apothica haul. It was a lemming that I developed out of the Blue some time ago after seeing a swatch on someones site. I'm not 100% happy with this pic so I may be showing this again soon.
Happy Pink Wednesday!! What's on your tips today?
<3 Cristina

Sunday, July 3, 2011

My Best Friend's Wedding Series: Part 3


  Today I have another design idea to add to my [series] of manis dedicated to my best friends wedding. For this look I tried something I had never tried before. A half moon mani. I like how this turned out but it is definetely a look I would have to practice several times in order to get it to look as crisp as I would like.
For the half moon mani I followed [THIS] tutorial by PlasmaSpeedo. It made the process very simple and I really like the end result. I had a mishap with the bow stamp because I was using the Silver chrome pen by Sally Hansen. Those dry insanely fast and the design didn't transfer properly. The polka dot stamp is from plate BM19 and I used Konad Black special polish. The White is Zoya's Purity and the color I'm holding and on my tips is Essie's Jam 'n' Jelly, which I recently featured. I also think in the future if I retry this design I may do a different configuration of the colors or do a Black glitter stripe instead of Silver. This is not as crisp as I would like it to be but with practice I think this look could be a real winner. From a distance it looks amazing!

Happy Sunday!
<3 Cristina

Friday, July 1, 2011

Essie Jam 'n' Jelly + China Glaze Tarnished Gold

I am <3<3<3 with this combo!

  I freaking love anything that's Bollywood inspired. I love the colors, textures and patterns. Have you guys ever seen a Bollywood movie? It's like an explosion of color on the screen. Well this combo today reminds me of something like the fabric on a beautiful Sari.

I am really happy with Tarnished Gold. It is a true Gold crackle. The formula is a little sheer but as it crackles the color becomes more intense. The formula for this crackle is easy to work with. This is Tarnished Gold over Essie's Jam 'n' Jelly.

 And this is the spectacular Jam 'n' Jelly by Essie. This pretty came from my Apothica haul. This is a color that I bought on a whim. The picture on Apothica looked pretty and when I tried to look up swatches I could not find a whole lot about the color or many good swatches. I'm super happy with this purchase though. It's an amazing, somehow warm, Fuchsia shimmer and the formula is to die for! The formula is so pigmented that I almost could have done with one coat. This is Two effortless coats of color.
I only picked up two of the metallic crackles but I am super excited to try the next one. And Essie... Oh Essie how you have grown on me... 

Happy Friday!
<3 Cristina

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Essie Geranium

Holy bright nails!

  If this isn't Summer perfection, I don't know what is.... Here is another Essie pretty from my recent Apothica haul.

**Edit**: I have been informed by my lovelies that a "Geranium" is indeed a flower lol. See this whole time I though it was just another made up name. To me "Geranium" sounds like something that should be on the periodic table of elements lol.
Geranium is an Orange toned Red. IRL this is far more Orange that this picture lets on. My camera never does colors this bright any justice. I am loooving this. The formula is somewhere between a jelly and a creme. I needed Three coats to get rid of the VNL. I can't wait to do my next pedi in this color! Also, see how shiny this is? That's is with no top coat. This is fierce and for some reason I also love the name. If Geranium was a real thing (which as I know now it is lol) it would probably is be this color, bright and bordering on obnoxious... Just Perfect!!

Thoughts on Geranium?
<3 Cristina

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