Showing posts with label INM. Show all posts
Showing posts with label INM. Show all posts

Monday, September 15, 2014

Preppy in Zoya Ryan and Genevieve

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 Hello my beauties and happy start of a new week. Today I want to share this preppy look I did using some of the new shades in the Zoya Entice collection for Fall 2014. I am so enjoying this Fall release from Zoya. The shades are so classically beautiful, and perfectly coordinated. The Entice collection by Zoya has done a great job of reminding me why it is that I LOVE Fall collections so very much. To find out more about this girly Fall look just keep on reading. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Swatch Spam!!

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 Happy Sunday!!! I was just thinking, not long ago, that it had been a while since I last did a swatch spam post. Then, yesterday, as I was going through some drafts I found all of these. The timing was kind of perfect! More after the jump. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nicole by O.P.I Nude & Neon Stamped Gradient (+ Video Tutorial)

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 A while back Nicole by O.P.I shared this awesome gradient that went from nude to neon. This girl right here fell in love with the look pretty hard and decided I need to try the combination for myself :D. The contrasting geometric stamp was an impulse add. I had been wanting to play with this Red Angel plate. The design is really interesting and eye-catching. Tutorial after the jump .

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Zoya Tickled DIY Marbled Decal Nail Art

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 OMG much changes!! Such update :D. I hope you guys are enjoying the new look of Let them have Polish!

 Not even going to lie... I've been completely obsessed with making my own decals lately. I desperately wanted to try this technique with creme polishes, so I did :D. I had this Zoya Tickled trio set aside for a water marble, but decided to try the color drops method instead. I am so loving the effect this technique created with these three creamy shades. How can I not love sweet cotton candy swirls?!
 I painted my nails with Zoya Kitridge. This shade is an amazing, vibrant bubblegum pink creme. I am smitten with this flattering color, and its amazing formula. The formula is very self- leveling and perfectly pigmented.  I only needed Two coats of Kitridge.
 To create my decals I used the method shown in my color drops tutorial. For these decals I did space my drops out a bit more. Spacing out the drops created that petal- like effect. For my swirls I used Zoya Ling, and Zoya Rooney. Ling is a beautiful shade of true cerulean blue creme. She is a very balanced shade of blue. Rooney is a vibrant magenta pink creme. She is a classic that will look great on every skin tone. I just love the amazing pops of blue thanks to unique Ling. She adds such a great contrasting touch. 
 I finished my nails off with a coat of Cult Nails Wicked fast. Of course I added my "traditional" coat of INM Northern Lights because sparkles make everything better. I really enjoy using the color drop method to create marbled nails because it allows me to get more swirls on my nails than a watermarble normally would. I LOOOOVE watermarbles, but I feel like they look so much more kick ass on gals with longer nails. I feel like with the color drops method girls with shorter nails can also enjoy intricate swirl designs on their nails.  

 I am just LOVING the Zoya Tickled collection shades. The collection feels very cohesive, the colors really do flatter each other. I also love that all six shades look like they could work with all skin tones.. These creamy beauties look great on everyone! 

Thanks for coming by today loves!! 

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!!  

Friday, May 16, 2014

#CFLBeautyBloggers go Purple for Lupus Awareness

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Hi loves!! 

  This Friday some of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida are linking up with some Purple themed posts. We decided on Purple for the month of May for Lupus Awareness. For my look I decided to got with some elegant v-gap moons in some of my favorite A England shades. 

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 I started with a base of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Purple. This glitter is a sheer purple jelly base packed with tiny shifting glitters. The shift is mainly from purple, to pink to copper. I only did this to give some interest to the nakey part of the nails. The Keancolor glitter is mainly meant to be layered, but it still looked really pretty peeking under my holographic beauties. Then I added a coat of INM Northern Lights to aid in the dry time of the Keancolor glitter. 
 I used single chevron nail vinyls to create my v-gap look. On my Pinkie and Index nail I used A England Fonteyn. This is a marvelous shade of intense silver holographic. For my Purple shade I used A England Lady of the Lake, which is a beautiful, regal, shade of Purple with a subtle holographic effect. I accented my Ring nail with tiny light purple gemstones and sealed it all off with some Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.


Thanks for coming by today and happy Friday!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Everybody's Doin' It! O.P.I Sheer Tints Watercolor Look

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Happy Friday! 

 Ok, so I mentioned taking a break yesterday. I fully intend to do that, but I figured I might as well finish out this week ;-D. Today's post is something you guys might be sick of seeing, but I really wanted to try it out for myself... The famous O.P.I Sheer Tint Top Coats "Watercolor" mani. I had to, I just HAD to!! 
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 I started with a base of Cult Nails Tempest, which is a perfect, clean White creme. I top coated my base to make sure the surface was really dry before I started working with the O.P.I Sheer Tints. I basically just randomly "blobbed" bits of color over my white base in a completely random pattern. There was absolutely no rhyme or reason to the way the colors were placed. I used all Four of the Sheer Tints. In the photo I am holding O.P.I Don't Violet me Down. Which, as the name suggests, is a Violet sheer tint. I also used O.P.I I can Teal you Like Me, which is a gorgeous Aqua sheer tint. Also in there are O.P.I Be Megentale With Me, Rosy sheer tint; and O.P.I I'm Never Ambarassed, a Yellow-y sheer tint. 
 I finished my look off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top, followed by a coat of INM Northern Lights... Because glitter. Even though I've seen a million versions of these, I love each one as much as the last. I love how colorful they always turn out :D.

 I hope you guys have a great weekend! 

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 25, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day 23: Animal Themed

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Happy Tuesday everyone!! 

  I have been having SO much fun taking on this challenge by Californails. The prompts have been really fun to interpret. I also love that I had a few days between prompts to really give some thought to my next look. The prompt for day 23 is "animal themed". 
 Now, this look may seem familiar to some of you. Especially if you have been following LTHP for some time. Back in 2011 Sammy (The Nailasaurus), Rie (Nails and Noms) and I took on the 31 day nail art challenge and had so much fun doing it as a team and pushing each other to the finish line. One of the prompts in that challenge is "animal print" and [THIS] was the look I did back then. 
 To this day that is still one of my favorite looks (as well as most stolen picture lolol), and I had been really been wanting to recreate it.. So I figured it would be perfect to re- do this look for this challenge. It really begs to be said... Practice really does make perfect, or at least MUCH improvement :D.
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 This look started with a base of Milani White. Which, as the name suggests, it is a clean, crisp White creme. Once my base was nice and dry I started working on my gradients. I used all Bettina shades for my gradients. Bettina shades are so ideal for SO many different types of nail art. They truly do shine when it comes to watermarbles and gradients. 
 On my Index and Pinkie gradients I used Bettina Pink Bikini, Epic and Yellow. For my middle nail gradient I used Bettina Vintage Jean, Purple and Pink Bikini. For my Ring finger gradient I used Bettina Yellow, Hopeful and Vintage Jean. To achieve the gradients I used a bit of cosmetic wedge sponge. I usually paint the colors onto the sponge and the work on my gradients. My technique is fairly similar to the one used in [THIS] tutorial. I will be making a video to show my technique soon.
 Once I was satisfied with my gradients I top coated them with some KBShimmer Clearly on Top and followed that with a coat of INM Northern Lights (of course!!). For the stamp I used Konad plate M78 and Konad Black Special Polish. I sealed it all off with a light coat of Seche Vite and called it a day. 

 Two years later and I am still SO in love with the final product... That said, I was  very temped to just leave my gradients with out the stamping. They looked so Summery and playful! 
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 I hope you guys enjoyed this little stroll down LTHP memory lane. It is also amazing to see what a few years of practice can do for ones skill set. This is why I can't stress the importance of patience, time and practice enough. Seeing the improvement is always so encouraging, and gives me hope that someday I might actually get good at freehand designs! 

 The next prompt to take on is "Simple". Even though I have not been posting my designs "on time", I am still so happy to be almost done with this challenge. And not because I want to be done... More because I am actually seeing through to the end. I needed a swift kick in the bum to get motivated and this challenge has helped me a lot. 
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 Thanks for stopping by today my beauties!!! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day 11: Pastel

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Hi everyone and happy Tuesday! 

  Today I'm picking back up with the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a LIfe Challenge". The next prompt I had to work on was "Pastel". While I was out of town last week, it was press sample mayhem back at my house. Within that mayhem was the wonderful Perfectly Poised, Spring 2014, collection by Seche. This collection is made up of Six beautiful pastel shades that were perfect for this prompt. 
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 For this look I wanted to practice my freehand a bit. I kept it simple by freehanding some vertical stripes on my nails using all the shades from the Seche Perfectly Poised collection. For my base color I used Head to Toe, this is a shade of light Peachy-beige. I did top coat my base, just in case I had to wipe off my stripes or any mistakes. For my stripes I used Perfectly Poised(pastel Yellow), Keep it You (sweet Pink), Effortlessly Styled(pastel Coral), Buttoned Up(pastel Lilac) and Conquer the World(pastel Aqua). 
 All of these shades were wonderful  to work with. These all have creamy formulas, and are saturated with color. To finish my nails off I did a coat of Seche Vite, followed by a coat of INM Northern Lights.  

 The next prompt is to match my OOTD (Outfit of the Day), which I will be sharing tomorrow.
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Thanks for stopping by beauties! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day Nine: Hearts

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Hi hello and good afternoon!! 

 Today's post is Day Nine of the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a life challenge". That said (lolol).. I won't be posting the prompts for days 11 through 14 until next week as I am out of town. The husband and I are moving... again haha. We are scoping out our new home this week, exciting stuff. 
 For today's prompt I went with a stamped look using a Pueen stamping plate from the Love Elements set and a Milani shade.  
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 For some reason hearts have never been my "thing", but then again neither is Valentine's in general.. Which is why this challenge seemed so much fun. It is taking me out of my comfort zone and is actually challenging... which for me equals more fun. My base color is the adorable Milani Cupid's Touch. This shade was just released for Spring 2014. I used Two coats of color and then did a coat of INM Northern Lights for a sparkly Pink base. For my heart themed designs I used Pueen plate Pueen43 and Konad Back Special polish. I finished the whole look off with a coat of Seche Vite. 
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 So, the challenge prompts will pick back up next week. I hope you guys enjoyed this sweet and simple look :D. Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day Seven: XOXO

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Hello and happy Friday! 

  Today is day Seven of the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a life" challenge. Today's prompt is XOXO. Initially, I had intended to attempt a freehand look. I must admit that my attempt did not go at all how I had envisioned. I'm still very intimidated by freehand nail art. So.. I went with an open interpretation of the XO theme. XO= kisses and hugs, right ;)? For this look I chose all Nicole by O.P.I shades from their 2014 core expansion. 
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Index and Pinkie nails: These nails started with a base of I Shop Mintage. This dreamy shade of Mint Green is Spring perfection. For my "O's" I used That's Just Grape then I went back and dotted with I Shop Mintage to create little "O's". I topped my nails off with Seche Vite, followed by Twee & Honey This is Matte-ness top coats.  
Middle and Thumb nail: For these nails I started with a base of Teal me Something New, this shade is a fantastic shade of vivid Teal. This sucker stains badly. It is crucial to prep properly before wearing this shade. On these nails I did a stamp with Pueen plate Pueen41 and Konad White special polish. I topped these off with Seche Vite, then INM Northern Lights. 
For my Ring nail I started with a base of Something About Spring, which is a lovely, classic Hot Pink creme. I then accented with an all over kiss stamp from Bundle Monster plate BM303 and Konad red Special polish. I then added a little Black Kiss with Bundle Monster plate BM03. On top of my little Black Kiss I did a bit of INM Northern Lights to make the kiss stand out. To finish it off I did a coat of Seche Vite.

 Even though it is an "abstract" interpretation of the XOXO theme, I quite like these :D. They are so cheery and playful. The next prompt in the challenge is Hearts, which should be fun. 
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Thanks for coming by and happy Friday! 

Monday, February 3, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day One: Glitter

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Good Morning!! 

  Today I am starting a cool nail art challenge that will spread through the month of February. This challenge was put together by Californails. The challenge has a fitting, and hilarious name. This is the "Totally doable- I have a life! Challenge". Instead of daily prompts, this challenge gives us Three days between each design. The prompt for day One is glitter. I decided to go with a bridal- "Something Blue" theme for my glittery look. You can follow the hashtag #NailArtFeb on various social media outlets to see looks from many people participating. 
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 For this look I started with a base of Milani Aqua Brisk. I just love this fantastic shade of creamy Sky Blue. On my index and pinkie nail I did some freehand glitter placements. I went with a Silver to Aqua glequin gradient placement. On my Middle nail I did a coat of INM Northern Lights and then stamped in Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and Konad plate M77. I accented my stamp with a teardrop rhinestone. On my ring fingernail I did a coat of O.P.I In True Stefani Fashion and added a cute bow charm from Winstonia. This was my first time rocking nail charms, and I am charmed (badum tsssss). They add such a whimsical touch to the final look. To finish my nails off I did a generous coat of Seche Vite top coat.

 Just to comment really quickly on my glitter placement. I am really happy with how these turned out. The inconsistencies on my index nail were due to inconsistencies in the glitter sizes themselves. The pinkie nails turned out really good as I took a bit of extra time to make sure all the glitters were as close to shape and size as possible. I even went as far as to cut some of the glitters to fill in gaps at the cuticle line and free edges. My thumb matched the middle nail.

 If you want to join :D,
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 I'm very excited to take this challenge on! The prompts are really good and they are spaced apart just right :D. 

Thanks for stopping by loves! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cult Nails Party Time French Tip Nail Art Look

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Hello and happy Friday! 

 Today's look is something I've never done for the blog before.. A (somewhat) traditional French tip mani. I've done many a funky Frenches, but never one with my natural nail color showing through. I'm not sure what came over me, but I just had to do a French tip mani with Party Time by Cult Nails. 
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 Over my naked nails I did a base coat and then a coat of INM Northern Lights for the pretty sparkles. I didn't have to wait long to work on my French tips since my "base" was actually just a base coat and top coat. To get nice crisp French tips I used hole reinforcers. Like the kind I use for my half-moon manis, just placed at the tip of the nail to achieve a French tip. 
 The Blue shade I used is Cult Nails Party Time. This color is a beautiful, lively shade of Cerulean creme. Party Time can and will stain if not worn without proper base coat. I could care less though, it is just such an amazing color, with an impressive formula. 
 To add some super girly accents to my classic tips I added some cute little bow stamps from Pueen plate Pueen12, and Konad White special polish. I finished it all off by adding a top coat of KBShimmer Clearly on top and setting small light Blue stones into the centers of my bows. 

 Not even gonna lie.. I LOVE THIS!!!!! I also cannot believe it took me 3+ years of blogging to do a (fairly) classic French tip mani. I can definitely say this will not be my last French look. 

Happy weekend my loves! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Zoya Rue- Stamped Nail Art Look

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Happy Humpday! 

 Today's post is something sweet and simple. Back when I was playing with the Zoya Naturel collection I found myself going on a "stamping over nude" kick. I think I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but I just love the look of a crisp stamp over a subtle base color. 
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 This look started with a base of Zoya's Rue. Once my base color was dry I went ahead and added a stamp from Pueen plate Pueen33. I used my Konad Black special polish for the stamp. I then top coated my nails with Seche Vite and followed with a coat of INM Northern Lights for a hint of sparkle. Even though this is a simple look, there is something sort of chic about it. I really like this stamp design as well. 

Thanks for coming 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! 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Zoya Chantal- Stamped Nail Art Look

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Happy Friday! 

  Today I have a short and sweet post. I didn't do any resolutions for 2014. I don't think a new year is an excuse to be better to myself, for myself. I think we should do that all the time.. What I did do was set some blogging goals instead. One of my goals is to get back to my nail art. I feel like in the past year I really stepped away from what I love most about doing nails, and that is nail art. I decided to start off by getting back into nail stamping. Stamping was my first nail art love, and will always feel like "home" to me. I've been on a "stamping on nudes" kick lately. I just love how edgy crisp and bold stamps look over a nudey base. 
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 For this simple look I started with a base of Zoya's Chantal. For the stamped design I used Red Angel plate RA108 and Konad Black special polish. I felt a little rusty while I was stamping, but ultimately loved this look. I topped my nails off with some Seche Vite and followed that with INM Northern Lights to give my nails a touch of sparkle. 

 Do any of guys set any beauty,  blogging or nail goals for this year? I am determined to make 2014 a great year. Thanks for stopping by and happy Friday my beauties! 

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?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

#31DC2013 Day 3: Yellow Nails in Lime Crime Crema de Limon

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Happy Tuesday! 

  Today is my nemesis.... Day Three of the #31DC2013, freaking Yellow nails. You know, it's not that I dislike Yellow. I just don't find the color inspiring. Yellow is a hard color for me to wear, if it is not *just* the right shade of Yellow... It can make me look too Red, or too pale and Green. Basically, Yellow is just not my color. I really wanted to try hard and do something cute though.. So, I did some more stamping for today's look, and accented the look with some studs.  
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 I started off with Two effortless coats of Lime Crime nail color in Crema de Limon. Once my base color was dry I stamped using Pueen plate Pueen25 and Milani Fast Dry nail color in Quick Teal. I then top coated my nails with Seche Vite and a light coat of INM Northern Lights and then set my Cult Nails studs into the glittery top coat. After giving my nails a second to set I did a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on top to seal in my studs.
 I really like the finished look, but it took me forever to land on this. The original plan was to try and freehand something. But long story short, I suck at freehand... I keep trying out stuff on nail wheels... Just not having any success on my actual nails. 

Lime Crime Crema de Limon
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 Crema de Limon is a really nice shade of pastel Yellow creme. What you see here is Two effortless coats of color and top coat. The formula on this shade is really great! 

 I was trying really hard to get something done with these!!! These awesome nail art brushes from Winstonia are great for detailing and small freehand creations. I so want to improve my freehand skills and I know the only way to do so is by practicing more. I tend to get frustrated, like I used to with stamping... SO! I am practicing a lot and wasting a lot of polish hahah... Some day I will produce something blog-worthy with these awesome brushes. They are the perfect sizes for nail art! 
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 Tomorrow should go better because I love GREEN!!!! I'm off to see about stalking the #31DC2013 hashtag. There are SOOO many awesome looks coming out every day! I could spend hours looking at all the nail art!! 

 To see an inlinkz gathering of many of the bloggers participating in the challenge just keep on reading after the jump! 

Monday, September 2, 2013

#31DC2013 Day 2: Orange you a Sun of Peach!

(**China Glaze Press Sample**)
Happy Monday and happy Labor day to my US dolls! 

  Day Two of the #31DC2013 the prompt is Orange nails. I decided to make this mani a throwback to the 90's "pop art" look. When I was trying to pick what Orange shade to go with, China Glaze's Sun of a Peach jumped out at me with it's awesome punky vibe. Stamping always feels like "home" to me. So, I reached for some plates that screamed "90's Punk" to me and went to work :D. I must say, every time I catch a glimpse of these nails, they make me smile. 
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 This look started with Three fairly easy coats of China Glaze's Sun of a Peach, of their Sunsational Neons collection. I will rant about how much I adore this shade soon. Lets talk about stamps now! The zig zag stamp came from Bundle Monster plate BM201. The checker stamp came from Cheeky plate CH3 and the smileys came from Bundle Monster plate BM304. For those of yo who might be curious, I did my thumb to match the Middle fingernail. I used Konad Black Special polish for all the stamps.  
 I top coated my stamps in Seche Vite since I know that TC doesn't smudge when I do stamped art. I followed my Seche with a light coat of INM Northern Lights to give the look a little bit of extra flare. To finish the whole thing off I decided I wanted to mattify the entire thing, so I did a coat of Cult Nails Wax That. I adore this finished look of the mixed patterns and cute smiley faces. How can one have bad day when your nails look like this? I mean, really ;-D. 

China Glaze Sun of a Peach 
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 I knew I loved this shade from the second I read the name, Sun of a Peach. C'mon!! If that didn't make you at least smile, you are a grumpus cat hahah. This shade is the most amazing shade of pastel neon Peach, leaning Orange. I know the words "pastel" and "neon" should not usually go together.... But that is the best way I can describe this fantastic shade of summery fun. I seriously love this color and if I was only going to pick up ONE shade of the Sunsational Neon collection, it would be this baby right here. 
 The formula on this shade is not the best thing ever, but it was not as horrid as I was expecting from reviews I had read. I found it to be quite nice, smooth and even for being a neon shade. There was some slight streaking, but if you keep a light hand it should not be a problem. I used Three easy coats for my base. Here it is shown with top coat, as it dries to a satin-matte finish.  

 So, Day Three calls for Yellow nails.. Ahh my old nemesis.. YELLOW!!! I am determined to make this year's Yellow mani a great one! Now, I am off to see what all the other awesome ladies have done for their Orange Day prompt!! 

Thanks for stopping by loves! 

 To see more Orange looks from many more awesome gals check out the inlinkz after the jump!