Showing posts with label Konad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Konad. Show all posts

Friday, March 28, 2014

Cult Nails Casual Elegance- Nail Art Look

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Haiiiii!!! 

 Happy Friday!!! Today I want to share this chic nail art look I did with Cult Nails Casual Elegance, some Nail Vinyls and a Konad stamp. For this look in particular I was inspired by the name of the color itself. I wanted to do something eye-catching, but wearable and elegant.. without being boring ;). 
 I am a huge fan of clean geometric types of designs. I love the clean lines. I also love how more "simple" designs can be the most interesting some times. I'm still shaking off a bit of rust lolol.. I feel like these could have been cleaner, crisper... but I still love them!

 For this simple look I started with a base of Cult Nails Casual Elegance. Once my base color was dry I accented my Index and Pinkie nail with a houndstooth pattern stamp from Konad plate M63. I used Konad Black special polish for my stamps. For the vertical zig-zags I used the standard chevron Nail Vinyls and Cult Nails Nevermore
 To finish my nails off I did a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast. Then I decided I wanted these to be semi- glossy.. So I did a coat of Cult Nails Wax That... I love how them being slightly matte seems to make the colors pop even more. 

 I'm off to play with my brand new MacBook Pro. My husband came home last night with a new laptop for me and a bottle of wine.. Celebrations were had lolol :D. I also got my new PolyPro Hula Hoop in the mail today (I hoop dance, you can see short vids on my IG @L_T_H_P). It is shaping up to be a good weekend in the LTHP compound haha. 

Happy Friday!

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!!! 

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! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Muffin Mon... Er... Tuesday? O.P.I Euro-Marble

Hello lovely people!! 

  So... I'm late with this post :(. Yesterday was not a good day for me. I woke up pretty sick and whatnot so... Needless to say the polishing was not happening. Today I woke up feeling better, but still quite out of it. I'm sorry this post is so late and short. I've really been struggling with my health and energy lately. I would love some consistency right now :-s.
 This look started with a clean White creme base. I did a Blue themed watermarble with some of the new O.P.I Euro-Centrale shades. I used You're such a Budapest, I saw...U saw.. We saw... Warsaw and Can't find my Czechbook. I always foget how much of a pain it it to clean up Blue polish after marbles. Well, for me at least. Once I was done with the cleanup, I was not entirely happy with my marble. So I topped it with my secret weapon, INM Northern Lights. When that didn't save it with for me I did a Konad stamp from plate M63 in Konad Black special polish. I then went back and topped the whole thing off with O.P.I Don't touch my Tutu to give it an "underwater" look. I actually really adore the finished look. I'm glad I stamped and sammiched the whole look.
 
 Muffin is being a princess lately.... And hey!! It's a Truffle photo-bomb!

 Here is the marble before I stamped over it. IDK what it is but I was not really happy with it... :(
That is all for me today. I hope you guys like this mani. I'm so sorry I was late and short. As soon as I am feeling better I will be back up to full speed. In the mean time, if I disappear for a little bit, don't worry! It just means I need a little break and will be back shortly!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Muffin Monday!! Pretty & Polished Tomboyish

Oh My!! 

  Yes, you are seeing correct! Muffin is back!! I don't even remember how it has been since I last did a Muffin Monday, even Muffin forgot what it was all about lol. For those of you who may be newer to LTHP Muffin Mondays are a feature that I started back in 2010 and I used to do it EVERY Monday. Basically I would like up random polishes and which ever shade Muffin "picked" I would feature in one way or another.  As I started to get busier and busier it because harder to keep up with the weekly Muffin Mondays. That said, so many of you lovelies reached out to me asking where Muffin was, I had to bring it back!!
  For today's feature miss Muffin picked me one of my new Pretty and Polished acquisitions, and one of the coolest polishes I've played with in a long time! 
 To see Muffin's pick in action just continue reading ♥.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day One: Red Nails



Hi hello!! 

  Oh yeah... That's right.. You may have read on my challenge partners blogs yesterday that we are taking on the 31 Nail Art Challenge once again. Last year we started on this exact same date. This year we will only be doing a challenge prompt Four times a week. I am so excited to take this challenge on once again with Sam of The Nailasaurus and Rie of Nails and Noms. It has been exactly one year today! I am so excited to see how much we all have improved! Last year we all did amazing and had a blast so this year should be even better and even more fun! 
  The prompt for Day One is Red Nails. Red is not a color that inspires me, at all. So, in true LTHP fashion I waited until the last minute to work on my Day One nails... I ended up with Three different "Red" looks and loved none of them. So I figured, why not show all Three? It's not that they were bad, it's just.... Red..... Can you tell I'm not into Red? Anyway's I've whined enough lol! Onto the nail looks! 
Indecision 2012! LOLOL!!! 

Red Look One: Sunset Clouds
 For this look I started with a base of The Balm's (Hot Ticket) That's Rediculous. To create the clouds I used The Balm's Pink or Swim and Coral Reef-ined. Pink or Swim (in the middle of the cloud) turned out to be a little more jelly like than I was hoping but still opaque enough for the cloud technique. That's Rediculous and Coral Reef-ined  have a really nice, opaque and dense(not thick) formula. And there you have look one, Sunset Clouds :D. 

Red Look Two: Kissy Face!
For this look I started with a base of Twee & Honey's Hallow (LOOOOOVEEEE) which is just lovely and I will cover later on. For the kisses I used Bundle Monster Plate BM02 and Konad Red Special Polish. On my pinkie I used an ebay plate, Chinese brand QA, plate QA28. I topped it all off with some Seche Vite, followed by Twee & Honey's This is Matteness, matte top coat (new fave matte top coat!!!). This is a cute look, but not really my style. I wanted to try something different though. 

Red Look Three: Ornate Steampunk
 For this look I started with a base of O.P.I Danke- Shiny Red. I followed the Red base with the cling wrap technique with O.P.I Mourning Glory. For the stamp I used Konad plate M83 and China Glaze Passion. This look was pretty severe and eye-catching, but again, not my thing. My stamping is SO sloppy! It's been a while since I've stamped o.O.
 And there you have Day One of the 31 Day Challenge! I can't believe we are doing this again! I believe we shall be back on Saturday with Day Two of the challenge which I am looking forward to more so than this one. ANYTHING but Red!!! 

  Here is a list of the prompts we will be following! 
 Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Red looks for day One! Hopefully they are doing better than I am lolol!!! I can't wait to see what they came up with!! 


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Monday, March 12, 2012

Muffin Monday!! Zoya Adina- Dainty Nail Art

Happy Muffin Monday!!

  Today's Muffin Monday is brought to you by a stubborn Kitteh who did not want to pick hahah! What I did was I had Mr. LTHP pick the initial Five colors because I just did not want to pick myself and then we set them up for Muffin. She came in... Sat down in front of the arch of colors and started cleaning her pretty little self. Mr. LTHP tried to point her in the direction of the colors and instead she decided she wanted to play and started rolling on her back and being adorable. Mr. LTHP wanted to see Adina... So I went with her... I beyond love the finished look!
 Please please please continue reading. This look is too pretty to miss! So.... Please enjoy Mr. LTHP's pick :D!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Cuteness with Zoya Nail Polish

Hi loves!!

  Today I have a super cute mani using some Zoya and O.P.I Nail polishes. But mostly Zoya :D. The second I saw the gingerbread man stamp I fell in love with it. It's just so freaking cute. So for this one I decided to have some fun with it and create another Holiday Skittle mani.
 I started with a base of Two coats of Zoya's Purity. For my Thumb and Ring finger I alternated coats of O.P.I Fresh Frog of Bel Air and Gettin' Miss Piggy with It  to create a fun Christmassy Mix of glitters. There are Four coats total of glitter. For the Candy Cane nails I used Konad plate M65 and Konad Red Special Polish. For the Gingerbread man I used Bundle Monster plate BM222 and Bettina #195. I accented the stamp with Zoya Shawn, Sookie and Charisma. How cute are these?!!

  Here is a Picture of my base Purity and the mix of O.P.I glitters. I just looove Purity.
  That is all I have for today. I hope you guys like it as much as I do. This was so much fun to work on. 

Thanks for stopping by,
♥Cristina

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Pinkmas with Julep Carrie!

Happy Pink Wednesday!

  Good morning lovely ladies (and boys?). Today I have a super cute and girly Winter inspired design. I love how this turned out. It made me wish that it snowed in Florida. Fun fact: I am going on 25 years old and I've never seen snow... I really want to see snow... In the mean time I'll just gaze at my pretty snowflake nails. It's so much fun to turn Pink wednesday into a Holiday themed mani. These remind me of Barbie for some reason.
Eeeee! I just love this. So for this look I started with two coats of Julep's Carrie. OMG so pretty! To give my nails a snowy look I lightly sponged the tips with China Glaze White on White. Using Konad plate M59 and Konad White and Pink Special polish I added the cute layered snowflake stamps. I topped the whole thing off with some INM Northern Lights <3!!

Here is Carrie all by her self. It's an awesome shade of bright Bubblegum Pink. It is a lot brighter that my pics show here. I really love this shade. The formula on this color is really good and fully opaque at Two coats. The one thing I do not care for with Julep is their brushes are too long and hard to control.
 So that is it for today. I hope you are all having a wonderful and short week. I am so ready for Christmas!! 

Happy Pink Wednesday!
♥ Cristina

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pink Wenesay!! Glitter Gal Frappe

Hi loves and happy Pink Wednesday!

 It's been a while huh? Today I have another awesome Glitter Gal holo for you guys. I did some really cute stamping too. This color brought out the cutesy side of me :D.
  So for this cute and playful design I started with Two effortless coats of Glitter Gal's Frappe. Yummeh, yummeh soft Pink holo! Anywho back to the cuteness. For the stamping I used some designs from Konad plate M59 and Konad Black and White  Special polish. I really love the playful and edgy look of the layered bow stamps. 

  Here is Frappe on it's own. Lovely, lovely flush of Pink color with a strong linear holographic finish. This has an amazing formula and is fully opaque at Two easy coats. This is like Fairy magic on my nails!

  The prettiest holo eva!

And in crappy light! So cute!
  Well that is it for today's post. It's been a while since I had done a Pink Wednesday! I can finally sit at the cool table again.... Head to Llarowe for Glitter Gal pretties!

Happy Pink Wednesday!
♥ Cristina

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Best Friend's Wedding Series: Part 6

Holy Jeebs!!

  This wedding is approaching fast and hard! Believe it or not this Saturday my best friend in the entire world is getting married! I've been working on a series of manis inspired by her wedding colors and patterns. I am running so low on time to get all my ideas out there... I'm pretty much convinced that the "winning" design will be created on the spot for Lizy though... Here is what I came up with for this look.
  This one I did with the bride in mind. My pearl application is not great but this would be soo much easier to do on an other person. Anywho as my base colors I have Zoya Christinna and NOPI Kim-plenty in Love. I stamped my ring finger with the cute polka dotted bow design from Konad plate M78. I topped the whole thing off with lots of SV to test the durability of the pearls.... They held up quite nicely.

I'm really bummed I may not get to show you guys all the things I wanted to do but I really just ran out of time... I will be throwing lots of Holiday swatches you way pretty soon though! This week is just a little crazy!! I'm leaving for P.R on Thursday and I am so not ready loool!!

What do you guys think?
♥ Cristina

Friday, November 4, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 26- Inspired by a Pattern

Umm what??? lol

  Right... So nails inspired by a pattern. I can't even begin to understand exactly what that means so I just kept it simple and went with a color I have not featured in a while and a stamp I've never used before either :D.
 Cute plaid checker pattern :D. For this looks I started with two effortless coats of Bettina Peppermint and stamped with Bettina Secret using Konad plate M64. It's very simple design but I actually really like these. During these finally days of the challenge it feels nice to just be able to do some simple stamping lol.

And can I just say again .. How much I LOOOVE this Blue by Bettina! Don't forget to check out Sam and Rie's blogs to see their Pattern nails!


Thanks for stopping by!
♥ Cristina

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 23- Inspired by a Movie

Hi loves!!!

  Today's nails are supposed to be inspired by a movie. I had a million ideas for this and then I ran out of time. I got wrapped up in swatching a bunch of stuff and it got late in the day and I just wanted to be done loool! So what did I do? I went with my "safe choice": Black Swan. Now, don't get me wrong. I love the crap out of this movie, but there have been so many Black Swan manis out there... That said.. I hope you like my take on it.
  For this mani I started with bases of Glitter Gal Light as a Feather and Zoya Raven. Then for my middle and Ring fingers I used Bundle Monster plate BM214 and Black and White Konad Special polishes. For my Index and Pinkie I used Konad plate M77. I topped off my Pinkie and Middle Finger with some INM Northern Lights because I have a fetish and at least One nail per mani has to have it hahaha! 

I think it's pretty even though it's so simple. Don't forget to check out Sam and Rie's blogs to see their Movie nails!


Thanks for stopping by!
♥ Cristina

Monday, October 31, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 22- Inspired by a Song

Happy Halloween!!

  I hope every had a safe and fun Halloween weekend... How lame is it that it's on a Monday... Anywho, today the list calls for nails inspired by a song. Funny story as to how I came about my choice in song. I couldn't even begin to figure out which song I wanted to base this mani off of.... This past Saturday I went to this Marching Band thing because my brother plays for his High School band... This song of part of their very awesome program...
Get it? Get it?!! Hahaha It's "What's This?" from Nightmare Before Christmas!! This mani was beyond frustrating to work on.... IDK why but it took me forever and I had to re-do several nails... Several times. The hardest was Jack Skellington because I can't really freehand. I won't list all the stuff I used because this is pretty much left open for interpretation lol.


Just for shiggles!
I wonder what Sam and Rie picked! Don't forget to check out Sam and Rie's blogs to see their Song nails!


Now go get some candeh!!
♥ Cristina

Saturday, October 22, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 13- Animal Print Nails

Happy caturday!!!!

  I am so stoked on today's challenge! The task today is animal print nails. I've literally had this mani in my head for like a year. This was inspired by my ratty, old pair of flip flops lol and aided by [THIS] tutorial. Today I am also attending the Srasota Pride festival so what better way to represent than with some fierce, colorful nails?!
  So for this look I started with Three coats each of How I Met Your Magenta(Pinkie and Index), Art Deco Yellow(Ring and Thumb) and Kung Fu Blue(Middle). I've included a pic of all my colors at the bottom of the post. For the "middle sponging" I used Papaya Punch, Tree Hugger and Funky Dunkey. For the very tips of the nails I just went back with the same base colors. Then I added a coat of INM Northern Lights and let it dry. I then stamped using Konad plate M78(I literally bought this plate just so I could do this mani wahy back when...) with Konad Black Special polish and topped it all off with Two coats of SV. I am UBER happy with how this turned out and I cannot stop staring at my nails. I think it's the best sponging I've ever done.


Here are all my colors.

Here is a pic of the inspiration flip flops lol. I live in FL... So it's a requirement that I own like 27 pairs of flip flops, right?... Well I kind of do... And yet for some reason... I always find myself wearing this crappy, old $2.00 pair I got from Target, lol.

 Here is a picture of my base colors by themselves. They are all Three coats of color and here they have already been topped off with Seche Vite.
I hope you all have a lovely Saturday and don't  forget to check out Sam and Rie's blogs to see their Animal Print nails!

SRQ Pride fest here I come!
♥ Cristina

Sunday, October 16, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 7- Black and White

Hi loves and happy Sunday!

  Welcome to day 7 of the challenge. Today the list calls fro Black and White nails. I was really excited to get to work on this look. I love working with Black and White. It's just such a sophisticated and simple color scheme. Never fails! For today I just went with a random assortment of patterns and such... I had a lot of fun with this challenge :D!
  So there is quite a bit going on here lool! As my base colors I used Bettina Art Deco Onix, Zoya Purity and China Glaze Frosty. For the stamps I used Konad Plates M73 and M63, I also used Bundle Monster plate BM19. As for the stamping polishes I used Konad Black and White special polishes. On my index finger I water marbled with Onix and Frosty. On my thumb I have a base of Purity and my favorite franken (which was sent to me by an awesome gal) called Midnight's Master.

Wooo randomness!! :D!! Don't forget to check out Sam and Rie's blogs to see their Black and White nails!


Happy Sunday!!
♥ Cristina

Monday, October 10, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 1- Red Nails

Hi loves!!!

  So today starts the 31 Day Challenge here at LTHP. Like I said yesterday the lovely Sam and Rie will be joining me and together we shall conquer this beast of a challenge! Don't forget to stop by their blogs as well to see what they've come up with!!

  So day One is Red Nails and this is my look.
 So I started with a base of Three coats of China Glaze Phat Santa. Then to give it some texture I stamped using Konad plate M57 with China Glaze Long Kiss. I wanted a little bit of sparkle so I sponged just the smallest bit of Orly Star Spangled on the tips.

  Here is a swatch of my base color Phat Santa. This is my favorite Red ever. It's not too bright or too vampy. IDK what it is but it's just the perfect Red shade for my skin tone I guess. I also love the formula on this color and how smoothly it glides. This is Three coats and no top coat.

  I <3<3<3 this so hard!!!
I'm really excited for this challenege and I know doing it with the support of two of my favorite bloggers will make it so much more fun!! Make sure to check their blogs out too to see, what are definitely to be, some amazing nails by Rie and Sam!

Thanks for stopping by! 
♥ Cristina

Friday, October 7, 2011

Bettina Gems Sapphire

Happy Friday!!

  Today I have one of the loveliest Blues I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. It was a pain to photograph but trust me this color belongs in every Blue- lover's collection.
 So this is a pretty simple look. For this mani I used Three coats of Sapphire as my base. For the stamp I used China Glaze's Little Drummer Boy and Konad plate M64. All topped off with one coat of SV of course :).


 Here is Sapphire all on it's own. This is the most amazing shade of icy Periwinkle Blue. The finish is not quite a frost or metallic but somewhere in between, it looks like glass. It has a super smooth formula. It is slightly sheer but it builds up at Three coats and dries quickly. The reason why I went with this angle is because this is the closest I could get to color accurate in my pics. This color seems to glow from beneath and is just so pretty.

And here it is in the Sun. It shimmers like cray cray!
I am in love... Love I tell you!
♥ Cristina

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