Showing posts with label Flakies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Flakies. Show all posts

Monday, May 12, 2014

CrowsToes 9 Realms Collection Swatches

(**Press Samples**)
Hi and happy Monday!! 

  I am SOO sorry I am late with these swatches :(:(. If you have been stalking the polish interwebs you may have noticed a lot of buzz over the newest collection from CrowsToes, The 9 Realms. This collection is my introduction to this brand, and I am entirely just blown away. There are 12 new shades in this collection. Each shade is unique and so very inspired. 
 The theme of this collection is inspired by the Nine realms in Norse mythology. Score yet another point for this fantastic collection :D. 

 You seriously want to see these pretties up close so keep on reading ♥.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Cult Nails Mish-Mash Nail Art for @TheMakeupShow #TMSOrlando

(**Press Samples**)
Good afternoon my loves!! 

  Today I feel slightly hungover. No, I was not out drinking last night. I don't drink, ever (more like can't)... Anywho, I was at The Makeup Show in Orlando all weekend long and it was a beauty high for the ages. If you follow me on Instagram(@L_T_H_P) you may have gotten a glimpse of the madness that was this amazing show. I will be doing a few posts dedicated to the show. There was a lot of amazing things going on, and I really want to share some of my experiences with you guys. 
 Since Cult Nails had a booth at the show I decided to do a mani that mish-mashed a ton of Cult Nails shade into one amazing manicure. I wanted to represent for Cult Nails, not only because I consider Maria a friend, but because they are a brand that calls Florida home and I think that is pretty neat. Cult Nails also produces an amazing product, they never disappoint, and they always think outside of the box in their approach to seasonal collections. For me, they are a breath of fresh- air with every new collection because all of their color are always so different from everything else that is on the market at the time. SO, yeah.. I had to pimp some Cult Nails, and this is what I did :D. This look features shades from the Dance All Night, Road Trip and All Access Collections. 
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I will have reviews of Road Trip and All Access up very soon! I think it would be easier to break down this look by fingernail so.. let's do this!!
-Thumb and Pinky Nails: Feedback over Dance All Night over Mayhem over Wack Slacks. This was also done on my Pinky nails and you can see just how beautiful this layering turned out. They looked like some kind of jewel. 
-Index Nail: Two Timer over All Out over Grunge. This layering created one of the coolest and most unique shades I've ever rocked! Maria didn't believe me when I told her it was all Cult Nails heehee. In the photo above I am holding All Out. You need this polish. I also did this same layering on my Ring fingernail. 
-Middle Nail: Walk of Shame over Center of Attention over Be Loco. OMG, OMG, OMG. Ok, yes, so I LOVE this. I wish I had taken a macro of this nail because it was seriously so pretty and so girly and just SPARKLY!
 For the stamped details I used Bundle Monster plate BM201 for the zig- zag pattern. For the geometric pattern I used Cheeky Plate CH13. I used Konad Black special polish for the stamps. I finished my whole look off with a coat of Wicked Fast, except for the stamped nails for which I used Seche Vite to avoid smudging the stamped designs.
 During the show I had actually accented my nails with some Nail Veils by Chronicle Stones, but I didn't manage to snap a good pic of that. So here is an "ok cell" pic. I do want to go over the Nail Veils soon. I just adore these pieces. They are so edgy and different. 
 So here is a crappy cell pic of these awesome pieces. I will have an actual post soon! Oh and I ended up accenting my index with moons in You're my Dandylion and Inglot glitter stripes. I already had quite a bit of shrinkage going on at this point ahaha. 
 You can find out more about Nail Veils by visiting their site The pinkie piece with the dangle is one of my faves. It makes me feel very "old school glam". Or maybe like something Effie Trinket would wear. The piece on my middle finger can be customized by adding gems to the centers of the flowers. Su, the creator can make them with genuine gemstones or you can get them blank so you can use your own stones. These, semi-precious metal pieces are re-usable which would allow you to change the gems in the Flower veil piece. If you follow celeb nail artist Pattie Yankee, she is a huge fan of Nail Veils, and even had her own custom line created for NYFW this year. 

 Below are pics of my base colors which I will be reviewing soon they are Grunge, Be Loco and Wack Slacks. It is always so much fun for me to see the transformation of my nails from canvases to completed look. 
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 Oh and for fun here is a sneak of the awesomeness that went down at The Makeup Show Orlando. This model was painted by the artists of the Makeup For Ever Academy. I always look forward to their booth because their demos are surreal, and their creature concepts are always beautiful and beautifully executed. This model was working the heck out of this look!! She was sparkling from head to toe.
 My outfit, which pales in comparison to the beauty standing next to me, is all Black Milk Clothing. I wore The Awesome Suit as my top sine I wanted to show off my back tattoo. The skirt is the Purple galaxy skater skirt and I am also rocking the flapper hosiery. I went with simple converses because we had to do a lot of walking, but I liked it that way. The kitty ears are by Locketship. 
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 This year's show was an insane amount of fun. I met so many amazing people, and I got to show of my technicolor, armored nails all day long Saturday and Sunday. It was fun to wear my crazy makeup and not get stared at and it was even more fun to discuss all this beautiful makeup and all these new innovations with people who are just as passionate about this industry as I (we) are. 

 I'm really looking forward to sharing a few more posts about this show, because it really is an amazing resource for people in the industry or people trying to get into the beauty industry. That, and it was just too much of an amazing experience not to share with you guys! They are so welcoming, and they really give you the opportunity to be exposed to some of the most amazing influences in the MUA community.

 For more info about The Makeup Show you can head to their site

Thank you so much for stopping by today my painted beauties!! I hope you enjoyed my Cult Nails mish-mash :D.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dollish Polish Halloween Frights Collection Swatches

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Happy Humpday!! 

 I am a baby, a huge scaredy cat. I don't do horror movies. I don't do "horror theme park nights". I remember one year I tried going to Busch Gardens Howl-O- Scream, which is apparently tame... And I left in a panic attack. I remember a boyfriend took me to see "Silent Hill" when it came out in theaters, I didn't sleep for weeks. I. DON'T. DO. HORROR. I just can't. I have this scumbag brain, that can create all sorts of horrifying images all on its own, I don't need any help hahha.... 
 That said.. I LOOOOOVE Halloween Nail Polishes.. Especially of they are by the amazing Dollish Polish! Last year Dolly blew us away with her This is Halloween Collection. Which, BTW will be making a short comeback this year for a limited time during the month of October. This year Dolly has created Eight new, horror- movie inspired polishes. Each individual polish is inspired by a cult classic horror movie and they are just spectacular! 
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 I must confess I've not seen most of the movies that inspired these shades, for the reason mentioned above lol. I am a huge baby, like seriouly haha. And even these beauties will not make me want to watch them hahha. Well, Ok I have seen "The Shining" and "The Exorcist"... but I hated every second of it ahhah. To see closeup swatches of these Halloween Beauties just keep on reading. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nicole by O.P.I Selena Gomez Collection Swatches

Happy Thursday! 

  Today I am sharing my swatches of the Selena Gomez Collection by Nicole by O.P.I. This collection is made up of Seven full coverage shades and Seven glittery toppers. I can't say I am a Selena Gomez fan, or that I know what her "vibe" is... Judging from the range of colors in this collection I'd say girly and sweet :D.
 To see closeups of each shade just continue reading.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Etsy Mania!! Swatch Spam Edition

Happy Humpday!! 

  Today I am doing a handmade edition of Swatchy Spamalama! I am keeping things short and sweet today because it is pretty late and I am pretty tired. I spent the day in a cleaning fit lol! So! Today's polishes are all handmade!

ANDDDD Yay!!! I finally have an updated tour of my polish room on You Tube!! Check it!! 
To see closeup shots of the pretty handmade polishes just continue reading!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Color Club Winter Affair Holiday 2012 Collection Swatches

Hello and happy Monday!! 

  Today I have Color Club's newest collection for the Holidays; Winter Affair. This collection is made up of Five beautiful, jewel toned metallic beauties and one Flake top coat. It is my understanding that this collection is/will be available at Sally Beauty Supply. However, there are some discrepancies with some of the shades between the Sally's Winter Affair set and the set being sent by PR as well and being offered online and everywhere else CC is sold.  
 To see swatches and find out details about the colors just continue reading ♥.

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**)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light and Sweet Dreams

Good Morning!!

  Today I have a combination that I ended up loving a whole lot more than I expected. I was gifted these Two Debora Lippmann polishes last Saturday at our Neiman Marcus breakfast. I won't go on a whole lot because I am crazy busy today but these pictures do all the speaking! 
 I am wearing Ray of Light with accents of Sweet Dreams. These are both jelly based polishes packed full of Coppery flakies that shift to Red to Gold to Green/Blue. I love the inky tone of the base color in Ray of Light. Sweet Dreams is exactly that... A sweet dream. When I say I couldn't stop staring at my hands I really mean it. These have a slightly thick formula but nothing too problematic. I did Two coats of each color.
 How stunning are these?! Those flakies... MMmmmmm!!! I topped these off with a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat and I still stand by my claim of it being my new favorite top coat. Dried faster than Seche Vite, it is not goopy and IT DOES NOT SHRINK!!! I usually have an issue with jelly based polishes shrinking on me but Wicked Fast did not cause that to happen!! Oh happy day!!


(**DL polishes gifted by Neiman Marcus Millenia**)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Etsy Mania!! Wonder Beauty Products Hippie Fest

Happy Friday!!

  Today I have, you guessed it.. MOAR Etsy polish!!! The shop today: Wonder Beauty Products. Something seemed unique about this shop and her creations and this particular mica- flake creation really caught my eye. And yes.... They come in a little jar!
 So Hippie Fest is a mix of irregular shaped flakes in Blue, Green and Purple suspended in a micro Green glitter base. For this look I layered Hippie Fest over Butter London Primrose Hill Picnick. I really like this polish and the whimsical effect it creates. And to clarify the polish already comes blended in the jar. It is polish.. In a jar!

So when I saw that it was actually a jar of polish I was all....
 But it became apparent VERY quick that this is quite the genius idea for polishes like this one as it made it so easy to pick out the shardy bits. She sends you your jar of color, a little mixing stick and a bottle of clear that comes with a brush that you dip into your jar. This particular polish does settle out and requires a good mixing before using.
Thoughts on Hippie Fest? Thoughts on jarred polish?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cult Nails Seduction

Hi loves and happy Sunday!!

  I am sorry I've kind of dropped off from the Black and White Challenge. I've been having a rough few weeks and that has made it very difficult for me to keep posting on schedule. I feel REALLY bad and kinda lame for "quitting" the challenge but life really does come first. I was feeling like the challenge was making blogging more of a chore than something I enjoy and I hate feeling that way about my blog. I just plain don't have the time to stick to a schedule right now. I have tons of material to get through and I am falling behind on swatching so I had to make an "executive decision" and drop out of the challenge. I hope/ know you guys will understand.

  Instead, today I will be showing you an amazing gem from Cult Nails called Seduction. This pretty is part  of Cult Nails newest collection Divas and Drama. I got this beauty at out last Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida Meet-up. Maria was kind enough to provide all the gals with Two of her amazing creations.
 Seduction is a deep Royal Purple jelly base packed full of Copper and Blue Flakies. The flakies in this seem to have a shift to Green which is pretty awesome. For this look I layered Seduction over Zoya Carly. This combination was so much more stunning in person but in my pics the flakies seem to blend into the base too much. Seriously though, in person this combo is so lush and jaw-dropping. Seduction is one of those polishes that you could probably layer over anything and it would still look amazing.
  This picture shows the flakies a little better. I love how the sparkle from Carly peeks through the jelly base in Seduction. 
I cannot get enough of Maria's cretions. Especially her flakie- based creations.

What do you guys think?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

China Glaze Luxe and Lush

Good morning loves!

  Today I have my one and only pick from "The Hunger Games" Collection. Of course, I went for Luxe and Lush. It was meant to be, the bottle I got was the very last one. I was actually kind of let down by this collection. I guess, since they are inspired by the 12 Districts, it would make sense for most of them to be kind of bleak and sad. Except , of course, for Luxe and Lush. If you've not read  The Hunger Games, you should totally get on that. It is seriously an amazing book, and I am sure the rest of the series will be just as amazing.
 I did Two coats of Luxe and Lush over Two coats of China Glaze Midtown Magic. Luxe and Lush is a great mica-flake top coat. These flakes have a very interesting color shift.  This combination really showcases the true beauty of Luxe and Lush so well. To apply it I kind of blobbed on what ever amount seemed lie enough and the spread that around the nail. I did that Twice. I had to work pretty quickly but carefully before the base started to get too tacky. The little Golden, ember-like shimmer, in Midtown Magic peeks so perfectly through the clear base of Luxe and Lush for a perfect Hunger Games themed mani. I could not stop staring at my fiery tips. To make sure it was all really smooth I did Two coats of Seche Vite.
I just love this! I seriously cannot wait for the movie on Friday!

Did you pick up any HG polishes?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Color Club Blossoming Collection Swatches

Good Morning loves!!

  Today I have swatches of Color Club's Blossoming Collection for Spring 2012. This collection is made up of Six creamy shades and one "Shard- Like" glitter. I was pretty excited about this collection when I first saw promo shots but in person I was left a little underwhelmed. The colors are not ugly, they are pretty. But they are just that, pretty. There is nothing special or unique about these colors and that is kind of a bummer. Overall I was left with a feeling of overall "meh-ness". 
 To see close up swatches read on after the jump.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy Birthday to ME!! Celebrating in Close Enough

Hi loves!

 Today's post is going to be really short and really quick cuz it's my b-day!! So I decided to celebrate in my concoction of flakies that I named Close Enough. Here I an wearing it over Zoya's Raven.
Two coats of each color... Nails on FIYAH!! So Awesome!!
 Well guys thanks for stopping by today!! Sorry I am in such a rush but IT'S MY B-DAY lool!! I'm turning 13  25... I don't feel 25... What is 25 supposed to feel like anyways lool? Anywho.. I hope you enjoyed this quickie post.

Thanks for stopping by loves!

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!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Finger Paints Special Effects Collection

Hello my lovely readers!!

  Today I have some lovely pairings using the Finger Paints Special Effects Collection. I know it's been said a million times before, but, OMGGGG I am so excited to see FLAKIESSS in stores and available to us normies loool! But seriously though, I am so happy to be able to have a selection of beautiful flakies readily available to us... These are flakies I feel like I can wear because I didn't pay so much for it that it feels like a relic now... Aheemmm Nfu.Oh #52 I'm looking at you. The only downfall to these is that they are limited edition and available only at Sally's Beauty Supply Stores. Hurry up and grab them why they are around!!

  Yes, they all look the same in the bottle. Flakies are the ultimate definition of the whole "don't judge a book by a cover" thing. I mean how boring does this picture look in the reader, lol? But these... These things right here... Are worth their weight in Gold Flakies!! Just keep reading...
 To see some awesome combinations with these pretties just keep on readin'

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Zoya Fleck Effect Collection Swatches- LOTS of Combos and Photos!!

Happy Caturday!!!

  It is Flakie gate here at LTHP today. I hope you guys have some time on your hands because this is going to be a long post. I won't be rambling much but there are lots of pictures for you guys. Can I just say how excited I am to see Zoya venturing out into the realm of Flakies?! It is nice to see a company listen to their customers and give them what they want. Now if they would hurry up and do those holos they spoke about on Facebook not so long ago.. Hhhmmm.... I have faith in you my Zoya Faeries!! Now... Are you guys ready to do this? Pop some corn, sit back and relax... Because it's about to get a little fabulous in here...
To see swatches and lots of different layering combos just keep reading after the jump.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Franken Time!! Close Enough- My Accidental Unicorn Puke Dupe(ish)

Hi loves!!!

  Instead of Pink Wednesday today I decided to show you this awesome and total accidental franken I created.  By now we are all pretty familiar with the amazing Unicorn Puke a.k.a Clairvoyant by Cult Nails... Well like so many of us I was totally smitten by this beyond amazing creation by Maria.... I was never able to get my hands on it and I am super impatient so I just pretty much gave up hope of ever owning the beautiful Clairvoyant flakie.... I decided to name this franken "Close Enough" because... Well.. It is close enough hahaha!

  Recently Jen The Polishaholic did THIS post where she layered all the Finger Paints flakies all over eachother and the effect was so amazing!! Well, my lazy ass did not feel like layering Five times so I just pured some of each of the Finger Paints Special FX colors into one bottle so I would not have to layer them and just do one or Two coats of this Flakie mix and be done. Basically I created a flakie out of other flakies.... And then I thought.. Hhhmmmm.... Maybe.. Just maybe.... I could make my own Unicorn Puke... So I went for it!
The recipe for this franken is quite random really. I never measure when I franken I just go by feel.. So in this pretty we have a mix of the following polishes: Asylum, Twisted, Motley, Flashy, Flecked by Finger Paints. I also added some O.P.I I Lilly Love you and Nfu.Oh #52 all mixed in with a small amount of Orly Fowl Play. It is quite the involved franken but OMG is it stunning!!! There are so many different colors in this and I love how the micro shimmer from Nfu.Oh 52 gives it a little something extra. It is quite sheer, just like the original Unicorn Puke and takes Four coats for some form of opacity... But layer this baby over anything and then there is some magic!!

Here is it over A England's Elaine. Yumm... !!!
I'm pretty proud of myself for creating this amazing franken! Accidental awesomeness is the best!! I really want to see this over Black soon!

Thanks for stopping by!
♥ Cristina

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Nfu. Oh 52 over Bettina Mojito


  That is all..... A match made in nail polish heaven!
  Just like the waters of Puerto Rico... How fitting since I wore these to fly down there. I layered Two coats of Nfu.Oh #52 over one coat of Bettina's Mojito. I discovered this combo when my mom was playing around with my untrieds table a long time ago. She had a little line of Mojito painted on her thumb and then she really wanted to see the Nfu. Oh over something so she slapped it over Mojito and then something magic happened... Can I just say WOW!  That.Is.ALL.... WOW! Click the pics to make em huge if you can... Seriously... They were meant to be.

*swooned out*
 Not much else I need to say is there lol?

Thanks for stopping by loves!!
♥ Cristina

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Orly Fowl Play

Hi loves!!

  Today I have a recent buy from a micro Ulta haul I did. I say micro because I only Three colors and of the Three, Two were Orly minis lol. Well while there I spotted the Birds of  Feather display and I saw this baby and I couldn't resist. Every other color bored me to tears but this one really stood out. The funny part is that I've been told/ read that even Fowl Play itself is a dupe of an O.P.I color. Anywho, it was new and interesting to me so I had to have it.
Fowl Play is the most interesting mix of sparkle and flakes. It really took me some time to "dissect" this polish to figure out what exactly was going on in it. What I gathered is that it is a Sparkly Plummy (slightly jelly like) base with with some Burple Sparkles and Red-Coppery flakies that shift to Green. The cool part about this polish is that when you wear it it looks like you layered Three different things to get the finished look. The formula on this color is a little thick but manageable. I used Three coats for this manicure.

I am beyond happy with this purchase and I cannot wait to wear it again. Colors like this one really make me happy because on a lazy day... This makes it look like you put A LOT of effort into your nails lol...

Thanks for stopping by,
♥ Cristina

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Barielle Karma Kollection Swatches

Happy Caturday!!!

  For today I have some swatches from Barielle's Karma Kollection. From this group I chose to review Do Onto Others, Buddha- Ful and Gotta Have Fate. There are Three more stunning colors that are part of this pretty summer group but these were my picks and I am so beyond happy with them.
Here is Buddha- Ful over Do Onto Others. This combo is stunning! Having Do onto Others as my base really brought out the beautiful flakies in Buddha-Ful. This was my favorite combo. It looks like a mermaid's tail, or the most amazing beach water ever.

And here is a swatch of the lovely Do onto Others. This one is an amazing Turquoise creme with the most amazing formula. I can't get over how effortlessly Barielle cremes apply. This color is like Key West water on your nails. So in other words: Summer Perfection. This is Two coats of color and no top coat.

And once again here is Buddha- Ful layered over  Gotta Have Fate.

And here is Gotta Have Fate one more time.

  Now this I couldn't wait to see on the nail. This is the amazing Buddha- Ful  all on it's own. I was worried that this color would never become fully opaque but there was no need to worry as this pretty became opaque at Three thin coats. The formula on this color is amazing and easy to work with. The look it creates is so interesting, almost like fish scales on a naked nail. The Green iridescent flakies really make this super unique.
I have said it a million times before and I will say it again. I need more Barielle!! I can't wait to see what they do for fall and/ or the holidays. I hope whatever they do that it involves more Flakies :)!

Happy Saturday and thanks for stopping by,
♥ Cristina

(**Product sent for Review**)