Showing posts with label KBShimmer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label KBShimmer. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day 25: Simple

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Hello my beauties an happy Humpday!

 Today I want to share my look for day 25 of the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a life Challenge". The prompt for day 25 is to do a simple look. Since I have been so enamored with the O.P.I Brazil collection for Spring-Summer 2014, I decided to use some of those shades. O.P.I knocked it out of the park with this collection. The colors compliment each other perfectly. I brought a few of them together for this scotch tape mani. 
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 For this look I started with a base of Taupe-less Beach. Once my base was dry I used scotch tape to create uneven horizontal halves. I painted the exposed portions of my nails with I Just can't Cope-Acabana. This shade was a lovely surprise. For a Yellow creme, it has an amazing formulation. 
 Once my halves were dry enough I used some more tape to create some complementing "side panels". On my pinkie I used Amazon Amazoff, which is an amazing shade of rick Peacock Teal. On my Ring finger I used Live.Love.Carnival, which is a lovely shade of rich and vibrant coral. On my middle nail I did accents in Red Hot Rio, which is a classic shade of deep Ruby Red crelly. For my Index I used Where did Suzi's Man-go?, this shade is also used on my middle nail. I finished the whole look off with a generous layer of top coat.

 I really adore this look. Sometimes simplicity can be so striking and fun. I had forgotten how effective scotch tape is for creating cool manis in a pinch. I feel like I have to say it again.... The O.P.I Brazil collection has my heart. I am so madly in love with the variety of this collection. There really is a shade for many different tastes. 
 The next, and final, prompt is to do Galaxies. I am PUMPED on that prompt. As much as I love galaxy manicures... I've only done Three on myself. So, this challenge giving an excuse to do one makes me very happy. 
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Thanks for stopping by!

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!!! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Ultimate Mermaid Nails with Inglot Spangles

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Hello and happy Thursday! 

 Today I want to share some of my favorite nails I have ever done. I'm calling these my ultimate mermaid nails. Back when I first received my set of Inglot nail and body spangles, I just knew this look had to happen. I'd also done a "disco mermaid" version of these some months ago for LTHP's birthday. These though!! THESEEEEE!!!! 
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 For these ultra mermaid nails I started with a base of Milani's Blue Zoom. Once my base color was top coated and dry I started to work on my spangle placements. I worked on one nail at a time. I used a slow drying top coat and set my spangles in an overlapping pattern. Once I was done placing the spangles on all my nails I did a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top top coat to seal my "scales". 

 I used Inglot Spangles in #23. These pretties have an amazing duochrome effect. They all shift from Sapphire Blue to Emerald Green and Copper at extreme angles. These were the perfect colors and shape for this look I had been dreaming of for months. These Inglot spangles are also very easy to work with :D. 
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 I am so madly in love with how these turned out. They may have even come out better than I had envisioned. It is always such a great feeling to see a mani I had been wanting do come to life beautifully. 

Thanks for stopping by!!! I must go back in the water before my tail dries out though ;). 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

KBShimmer Winter 2013 Multichromes Swatches & Video

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Oh Multichromes ♥!! 

 Can KBShimmer make polishes or what?! Seriously, this girl has such immense talent for her craft. Back in winter of 2013 Christy released Seven new multichrome polishes. Three of these are smooth shifters and some have an added flash of holographic sparkle. There is also a Blue based shifting glassfleck. 
 I will warn you now... My skin tone looks awful in all these photos. My ultimate goal with these photos was to capture as much of the shift as possible. I was not concerned with my skin color. All photos were taken in the shade so that the shift would come through a bit stronger in photos.
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 But, that said.. I did make this quick video which shows these babies in action. It was the best way I could think of to try and capture as much of the shift as possible. 

 To see close up swatches of these beauties just continue reading. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

KBShimmer Winter- Holiday Releases for 2013

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Hello everyone, and happy Tuesday! 

 Today I want to share some more Holiday releases from the amazing KBShimmer. Along with an 11- piece, blogger inspired, Holiday collection; KBShimmer also released Four Holiday themed creations of her own (as well as Seven new shifting multichromes which I will be covering sooooon). In this group Christy did One glitter topper, a jelly based beauty and Two of her signature epic creamy based glitter bombs.  Shall we get on with it? 

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 All swatches are shown with a top coat for smoothness and shine. 

KBShimmer Kringle All the Way over Bettina Jingle Belle
Kringle All the Way is a magical, dotty blend of traditional Holiday colors suspended in a clear base which is packed of tiny Holographic twinkle. There are dots in Green, Red, Silver, Light Gold and Light Green. I had no issues in the application of this fun and chunky topper. The bigger bits came out with no fishing and gave no issues come application time. I used Two coats of Kringle All the Way over my base color. Doesn't it look like little scattered ornaments? I just adore this.

EDIT: Don't forget to buy your bottle of Kringle All The Way by the 13th, and $4 per bottle will be donated to Toys For Tots!

KBShimmer All Elf'd Up
 Fun fact: So, initially when Christy and I were discussing my collab shade for her blogger collection (Merry Pinkmas), this is kinda what we had come up with (I still have all Four prototypes ;).. And then I had an "aha- moment" and decided to make the base Pink and to add neon bits to make it more "LTHP- esque". 
  I was so happy so see that Christy went ahead and refined the shade and released a White based crelly with a Holiday glitter blend. All Elf'd Up is a blend of traditional Red, Green Silver and White glitter in varying Hex sizes and micro bars. As usual the formula on this baby was magical and was good to go in Three thin coats. The spread of the glitter is perfect, and the coverage of the White base is dead on. Peppermint Bark anyone? 

Edit: KBShimmer Snow Flaking Way
Snow Flaking  Way= MUCH EPIC! This baby is a Royal/ Grape Purple jelly base packed of Silver, Holo and Burple glitter as well a Holo snowflake shaped glitter. I had no luck getting the snowflakes out, but I could care less. I was completely smitten with the shade of Purple of the base jelly. The glitter makes this twinkle in the most beautiful way. I used Three thin coats for full and even coverage. Purple lovers NEED this beauty. 

KBShimmer When Doves Sigh
 When Doves Sigh is a soft Grey crelly, packed full of micro Twinkle and accented by glitters in varying shapes and sizes in an array of Fuchsia, Aqua, Purple and Blue. This shade is SOOO KBShimmer. She always woks wonders with her Blends of Aquas, Pinks and Purples. I am madly in love with the soft Grey base and how the colors pop against it. I used Three thin coats for full coverage. 

 I'm hoping to catch up on a bunch of stuff today. My goodness, we are practically Half-way through December and I've not managed to do a single Holiday mani o.O... For shame.. Anywho, I plan on doing some of that today. I also really want to get the amazing KBShimmer Multichromes swatched for you guys. They are seriously mind-blowing. I'm actually doing a mini vid for all of them to show the amazing shift as no amount of photos would do them justice. 

 Don't forget that my KBShimmer Blogger Holiday Collection giveaway is still going until Midnight EST tomorrow. Good luck and thank you to everyone participating!!! 

 I really love all of these so much. Kringle All the Way and Snow Flaking Way definitely have stolen my heart. Any faves here? 

Monday, December 2, 2013

KBShimmer Winter/ Blogger 2013 Collection GIVEAWAY!!- CLOSED

Hi hello!!

EDIT: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. THE WINNER IS DISPLAYED BELOW ON THE RAFFLECOPTER WIDGET! STAY TUNED FOR MORE GIVEAWAYS COMING SOON!

  It is that time of the year again!!! The time where I do giveaways!!! This is a special one for me :D. I get to share a very meaningful collection with one lucky winner. This giveaway is for One KBShimmer, 11 piece, Winter/ Blogger collab collection.
 As many of you lovelies know, this collection was created by KBShimmer for the Holidays. For this release Christy went to 11 of her favorite bloggers to help her create amazing Holiday inspired shades. I was very fortunate to be included in this line up. I am so very excited to be able to share this wonderful collection with one lucky winner!!
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 If these don't put a smile on your face, nothing will ;). I am so happy to be a part of such an amazing collection. I hope you guys love these as much as all of those involved in the creative process. It was a very meaningful experience for me, to be able to work alongside one of my favorite nail polish makers. Now, you want these babies, don't you? 

How to enter: 
 The rules:
You MUST be a Facebook follower (liker?) and you must provide an email address where I can contact you if you win. Please make sure to enter which ever email address if best to reach you on. 

Regarding other entry options: 
*To become a GFC follower just click on the "Join this site" button on the right column. 
*To become a Bloglovin follower just click on the button that says "follow me on Bloglovin'. 
*To follow LTHP on Instagram, look up @L_T_H_P on IG. 
 New followers are welcome to enter :). There will be several other options to gain more entries, but they are not mandatory. The only mandatory entry options will be liking LTHP on Facebook and providing an email address. 

 Once the giveaway is closed I will pick a winner using the Rafflecopter app and I will email them personally. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me to claim their prize. If they do not reply within 48 hours another winner will be chosen.  

This giveaway will be open until 12:00 AM (Midnight EST) Thursday, December 12h. This giveaway is open only to U.S.A and, Puerto Rico a readers only. I would love to open it to everyone , but I just can't :(. If you are under 18 years of age, please get permission before entering. The winner will be chosen using Rafflecopter and will have 48 hours to claim their prize by emailing me after I contact them.

 To enter please fill out the following Rafflecopter form:
Thank you so much to every one participating!! Please make sure all your info is accurate before submitting your entries!! Good luck everyone!! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

KBShimmer Blogger Collab- Holiday Collection 2013

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Happy Humpday/ Thanksgiving Eve!! 

  Hooray for finally getting swatches of this amazing collection up!!! I am so very excited to share this collection. As you guys know, I am a HUGE fan of all things KBShimmer. When Christy asked me to be a part of her Holiday 2013 Collection I was beyond flattered, honored and just plain excited. 
 For this 11-piece release, Christy went to 11 of her fave bloggers for inspiration. I am just beyond amazed at every single creation. There is not a single shade here that I didn't love. There is a great range of classic, playful and just plain beautiful. Christy did, as usual, a fantastic job of bringing each bloggers vision to life. I had a BLAST creating my shade, and it was a thrilling process to see my dream holiday shade come to life. I am just so excited to be a part of such a beautiful collection, among so many talented ladies!
 Quick note: I'm sorry if my pics seem a bit "off". My light set up has changed for the time being and I'm working my hardest to get them close to what they looked like previously. I think I finally have got a set up that works well and gives me consistency.
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 To read more about all these amazing creations, and the bloggers behind them just continue reading ♥. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

KBShimmer Classics! Oh Splat! & Toucan Touch This

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Happy Tuesday! 

  Today I have Two of the most amazing handmade nail polishes EVARR!! So, when KBShimmer first started getting into nail polish she did came out with a bang. It took me a while to get my hands on these... But these two pretties have been KBShimmer staples for a while and I am so happy to finally have them as part of my collection. KB Classics photo KB_zps8ba25689.jpg
 Both swatches are shown with a top coat of KBShimmer Clearly on top for smoothness and shine. 

KBShimmer Toucan Touch This
Toucan Touch This is an incredibly unique, neon Lime Green based crelly glitter blend. Get all that? It's so complex but so much fun. The neon lime green base is like nothing else in my collection. There is a rainbow of hexes in varying sizes as well as micro bars suspended in this awesome base. I freaking love this color and I wore it for a good week and still did not want to take it off. The formula on this shade is AMAZING, I had no issues with glitter spread and it did great in Three thin coats. 
Pardon the "lobster hands" I had to do some editing to get the color to look right in the pics. It's SOO bright! 
KBShimmer Oh Splat! 
Oh Splat! is the bestest, White crelly based, rainbow hex glitter blend. If you are a fan of the "birthday batter", "poptart icing and/ or cupcake polish look... Then you need this pretty. This shade has the best formula and great spread of glitter. I used Three thin coats. 

 Raise your hand if you've had these for ever!! I really feel kind of shamed that it took me so long to get my hands of these. I really send a huge thanks out to Christy Rose for always being such a rockstar and so kind and generous to LTHP! I am always honored and stoked to rock her creations! 

Thanks for stopping by loves!! 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Getting alll Warm and Fuzzy

Fuzzy-wuzzy? 

  Sure! Why not?! Sally Hansen jumped on the funky texture bandwagon some time ago. I don't remember exactly how many different variations of these micro-bar blends they came up with; I picked up Five. I really adore these funky, fuzzy- feathery looking polishes. They make me crave ice cream with sprinkles SO bad! 
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 These are all really densely packed with micro bars in clear bases. They are not necessarily the easiest to work with. They all did require a bit of manipulation to get an even spread of the bars all over the nail. That said, they are easy enough to work with and can look good with just one coat over your selected base color. All swatches are shown with a top coat to smooth the surface and bring out shine. 

Sally Hansen Peach Fuzz over O.P.I A-piers to be Tan
Peach Fuzz is a pretty even blend of light, pastel Yellow bars and pastel Peachy Orange bars in a clear base. I loved this combination to bits! 

Sally Sansen Fuzz-Sea over O.P.I Incognito in Sausalito
Fuzz-Sea is a really fun mix of  vivid Aqua Blue micro bars and vivid pastel Green bars in a clear base. I really loved how the bars looked neon over my base color. 

Sally Hansen Wool Knot over O.P.I Keeping Suzi at Bay
Wool Knot is a blend of micro bars in Sky Blue and White suspended in a clear base. This mix felt very Holiday to me for some reason. Like a neat little snow-fall on my nails.  

 I also picked up Tweedy, which is the Black and White blend and you can see it on [THIS POST]. I also got All Yarned Up which is an adorable mix of pastel Yellow, pastel Peach and pastel Blue micro bars. I am still trying to find a good base color for that one :D. 

Did you guys pick up any of the Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coats? What have been your favorite layering combinations? 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Purging the Squares- Meaningful Post Time

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Happy Humpday! 

  This is a little bit of a sappy post for me. I know it might seem weird to just about everyone reading this.. But I really feel that this post is the "end of an era"; the era of the square nails. I've been blogging since August of 2010, and for the majority of my time blogging my nails were a very square shape. I loved my square shorties and really took pride in keeping my nubs neat and clean. 
  But now it's time for a change. You may have noticed that my nails now have a more rounded shape to them, and I am even letting them get a bit longer than I used to. For me, the process of blogging is about seeing the growth an evolution of my craft. I am constantly striving to do better than I did yesterday. I don't compete with fellow bloggers, I compete with myself. Can I be a better blogger today than I was yesterday? That is the challenge I present myself every day. 
 In presenting these little changes, and expanding my content on this blog, I have really found a sense of purpose and have really found what I want to do in  life. I enjoy talking about nails. I LOVE experimenting with makeup. And I LIVE for dressing up and having fun with my wardrobe. I so love every aspect of being a girl and being able to share that with my readers. 
 There is so much more to me than just nails. I really do believe that being polished extends from head to toe. While this blog is rooted in nail art and all things nails, I really do feel like I can share all my girly passions with you guys. Along with the new nail shape, I plan on including more makeup looks and even some fashion posts. I'm really looking forward to growing this blog more and more with time. Blogging is something I enjoy and am passionate about. This has gone past a hobby for me. This is my passion, my blood, sweat and tears.  
 In struggling with my health at one point I felt less than human.... Through this blog and interacting with you all I have started to feel like a person again and it brings me such joy to share my passions with some of the most amazing people I have ever encountered. So with that in mind, we say goodbye to the square nails and usher in a new era of all things girly and beautiful!

To see close up swatchies of these polishes just continue reading ♥.

O.P.I San Francisco Collection Swatches- Part One

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Happy Humpday! 

  This morning I want to share the first half of O.P.I's San Francisco Fall collection. This portion is the creamy pretties from this release. This Fall has been all about deep Blues and Vampy shades. I was really hoping for more Emerald polishes this season. That said, these shades will appeal to many gals because they really do seem to fall into the realm of timeless colors. 
To see close up swatches of these classic beauties, just keep on reading ♥.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

#31DC2013 Day 8: Metallic Nails- Gilded in A England

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Happy Tuesday!! 

  Today I have day Eight of the #31DC2013. The prompt for day Eight is Metallic nails. I wanted to do something very ornate and "gilded". I went for a cling-wrapped marble using Two gorgeous shades by the fantastic A England. 
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 For my metallic nails I started with a base of A England Lady of Shalott. This shade is a stunning shade of Blackened Sapphire Blue shimmer. Once my base was relatively dry I painted over it with A England Excalibur (version 2.0) and then used crumpled up cling wrap to create the marbled effect. I finished the look off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to bring out shine and smooth the surface. 

 Tomorrow is one of my favorite days in the challenge; Rainbow Nails! I hope I can come up with something fun and awesome. I hope you guys enjoyed this simple look. I ended up really liking the tarnished Gold look of these. Bonus: they are SO easy to do :D! 

Thanks for stopping by my beauties! 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

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

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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. ♥. 

Zoya Cashmeres Fall 2013 Collection Swatches

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OMG it is Thursday already!! 

  This week has been such a blurr for me, I'm not quite sure why. I hate the feeling of "missing days". I know I have not spoken much about my health in a while... it's been really rollercoaster-y. The good news is that I do not have Crohn's afterall... It was something else all along, basically my stomach is too slow and does not empty properly.
 It sucks because there is no treatement for it other than "lifestyle changes" which I have been working on since 2010, when these issues started presenting... I'm really frustrated, and a fairly anxious mess, which does not help with my "gastric distress"... Fun, right?! Needless to say all of these things have been getting in the way of life in general. I'm trying my damn hardest to keep a positive midset and stay calm, but some days are harder than others. Today is not so great, my heart feels heavy, my body drained but my mind is doing 100 miles per hour. I'm hoping to dive into some nail art and hopefully get lost in it for a while. I really need to catch up on my #31DC2013 posts. 
 Now that "that's" out of the way, how about some swatches of the Zoya Cashmeres Fall 2013 collection? This portion is the creamy half of this year's Fall releases. Six new yummy shades that range from classic nudes and browns, to bold reds and a very uniqe Green & Blue.  
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 To see close up swatches and find out my thoughts on these shades just continue reading ♥.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

#31DC2013- Day One: Red Nails! Vintage Inspired with OCC Mein Herr & Lustgarten

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Happy Sunday!!! 

  Yep, it's happening again! Against my better judgement, I've decided to take on the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge ;-), for the Third year in a row. This year there are A LOT of bloggers taking the challenge on together. To follow the posts via social media you can use the hashtag #31DC2013. 
 No, Sammy and I did not coordinate haha. I recently received the OCC Moderncraft Collection. The promo shots for this collection really captured my imagination with the edgy throwback/cabaret look. I knew, immediately, when I saw these two shades that I wanted to do a 1920's inspired half-moon mani. So, without further delay, I give you my Red Nails for Day one of the 31 Day Challenge. 
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 This look features Two new shades from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. The almond creme shade is Mein Herr and the red metallic shimmer is Lustgarten. I cleaned up the seams of the moons with a Red glitter streiping polish. I will be reviewing the OCC Modercraft collection very soon. There are some amazing shades! I finished the whole look off with some KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
  I actually eneded up LOVING this look to bits. I felt so retro-glam and "flapper-ish" haha. I am sooo excited to see alll the amazing looks from all the gals participating in the challenge this year!

Here are all the prompts we will be taking on over the coming 31 Days. Thank you to Sarah of Chalkboard nails for the pretty prompt list!
 To see my looks from years past you can head to my 31 Day Challenge Tab ♥. How many awesome Red looks have you seen today?!

To see many more of the bloggers participating check out the inlinkz after the jump!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Golden Frames with Inglot and Zoya

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Happy Friday! 

  I'm kicking this weekend off in a neutral, but eye- catching look. True story: I HATE Brown nail polish. I don't know why, because they generally look so freaking good on my nails... But I just don't like Brown... I find it boring.... So, needless to say I was not suuuper excited to try Louise from the Zoya Cashmere Fall Collection. But, I was HELL BENT on making myself enjoy this color, because in "normal land" this is a really pretty color... It's just in "Cris Land" that beautiful browns like these don't fly hahaha. So, I went for some glittery frames using one of my new Inglot Striping nail art polishes. I went with #66 Golden holographic glitter stripper to compliment my neutral, Chocolaty brown base. 
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 I will be reviewing Louise later on, along with the rest of the Cashmere's. The formula was amazing though. For this post I want to focus a bit more on the glitter striping polish from Inglot. Inglot released an AWESOME rage of striping polishes, which are packed with sparkly goodness and a fine striping brush. I wish the brush on the Inglot strippers was a bit thinner and longer, but it works well if you move patiently. The frames were really easy to do! I had never tried this look before, I was surprised at how quickly and easy they were to do. I finished this look off with two coats of KBShimmer Clearly on top, top coat.

  So, can I honestly say I like this mani? No, I LOVE it! Who knew little Golden frames on a Chocolaty base could be so chic and pretty? I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed this look and happy to have found a way to enjoy a Brown nail polish. 

 What is a color polish you just CANNOT get into? Have you found ways to rock it? 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Seche Nail Color Clever & Confident Fall 2013 Collection Swatches

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Happy Thursday!! 

  If you have been a long time reader of LTHP, you know that for a long time Seche Vite was my go-to top coat. I have since found other top coats I really enjoy, but Seche Vite is definitely "old faithful" for me. So!! Today I have swatches of the Seche Clever & Confident Fall 2013 collection. Ever since Seche announced that they were going to be doing nail color, I just knew I had to try them. I am so happy that the first Seche shades I got to try were their Fall collection, because as many you guys know I just love Fall colors. 
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To see close up swatches of these pretties just continue reading ♥. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

When it doubt... Wax ALL the Things! Wax That... by Cult Nails

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Happy Humpday! 

  Today I have a quick spammy post. Ever since Cult Nails released their Wax finish top coat, Wax That... I've been putting it over just about everything. I am mad about the effect it creates, it is also a quick way to update my manis when I am feeling lazy and don't want to change my polish. So here are a few looks that I ... Waxed lol... Just one coat of Wax That was done over all these.

Cult Nails Love at First Sight waxed. 
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Milani Almond Bliss and Cirque Electric Circus waxed. 
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Inglot O2M 688 and KBShimmer Pastel me More waxed. 
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Cult Nails Faded and Dance All Night waxed.
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Cult Nails Nakizzle's Shizzle and Center of Attention waxed
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 Cult Nails Let's Get Dirty 
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 Let's get Dirty is a beautiful shade of muted Taupe which dries to this wax finish on its own and does not need a top coat to achieve this finish. There is also a slight, subtle shimmer to this delicate Taupe shade. It has a fantastic formula and does great in Two coats. It dries fairly quick, but do proceed with caution after application.

 I love this top coat because of the finish it creates, but also because it dries quickly. I hate matte top coats that take their sweet time to dry and then you end up with a ruined mani. That was not the case with Wax That... Can you tell I love how glitters look "waxed"? I also love it over cremes and jellies, but over glitters and shimmers it creates some serious badassery. 

 Did you pick up Wax That and have you found any combos that left you speechless? If so, SHARE!!! :D