Showing posts with label Nail Stamping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nail Stamping. Show all posts

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 12, 2013

Merry PINKmas! Cute Stamps and Gradients and Sparkles. Oh My!

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Happy Thursday!! 

  Pinkmas is here!!! Slowly but surely, I've started getting into the Holiday spirit. It is kinda hard to get with the program when it is December, but I can still lay out and get a tan. C'mon.. I know it's Florida and all, but catch up already Mother Nature haha! Anywho, I sat down to play with some polishes yesterday and I ended up with this simple, but cute Pinkmas look. 
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 For this look I started with a base of Barielle Pink Flip Flop. I then did a PInky gradient using Barielle Pink Flip Flop and Cosmic Kiss. Then came the sparkly part. I added a coat of Zoya Mosheen from their Zenith Holiday collection. Adding this magical glitter glaze gave my gradient an icy, wintery look. Mosheen is just BEAUTIFUL! It is an icy blend of micro bars and sparkles in a very , very light Blue jelly base. The sparkles themselves are very iridescent, twinkly and just beautiful. I only needed one coat of Mosheen to get good coverage as the glaze is fairly thick and packed with sparkle.
 Once my sparkling gradient was dry I went back and added some stamped details. I used Konad Black special polish for my stamps. The designs came from Cheeky plate CH6 and Pueen plate Pueen42. To finish the whole look off I did a top coat of Seche Vite.

 And because I just ADORED this sparkling gradient, here is a pic pre stamps. I think Holiday Barbie would rock these. Mosheen gave my Pink shades just the right touch of Blue tint without altering the Pinks too much. I had contemplated stopping here because I loved this gradient and Mosheen so much. 
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 And here is a shot of my base color Pink Flip Flop. This is an adorable shade of Strawberry milk shake Pink creme. The formula on this baby is just perfect and does great in Two easy coats. This color has a very smooth and creamy formula.

 Pinkmas is here!!! I hope you guys enjoyed this look. Oh and if you were on the fence about Mosheen.. Don't be! It is absolutely magical and beautiful. I have a feeling she will be making a few more appearances during this season and when it (hopefully) cools down. 

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Monday, September 30, 2013

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

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Good afternoon my loves!! 

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

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

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

 For more info about The Makeup Show you can head to their site http://www.themakeupshow.com/.

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

Saturday, September 7, 2013

#31DC2013 Day 6: I Heart Purple!

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  Today I am sharing my Violet look for day Six of the #31DC2013. I had a hard time deciding what shade of Purple to go with... But once I landed on That's Shore Bright from the China Glaze Sunsational Neons collection, I knew I wanted to do something as cute and playful as the base color. I heart Purple (badum tssss)! More after the jump!

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!

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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! 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Zoya Irresistible Summer Ombre- Stamped Nail Art

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Good morning and happy Thursday! 

  Today I have a pretty, Summery look featuring shades from Zoya's Irresistible Summer collection. The Irresistible collection is the shimmery half of Zoya's Summer releases. The set features Four warm shades and Two cool tones (which I will be featuring in a look soon). For this look I used the Four warm shades in a stamped ombre look. I couldn't bring myself to just swatch these beauties. I wanted t have some fun with them and bring them together, an ombre mani seemed like the perfect way to combine these gilded pretties. 
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 This look started with bases of (from index to pinkie) Bobbi, Tinsley, Amy and Kerry. I am always in awe of Zoya's ability to make beautiful, outstanding shimmering shades. I accented my bases by doing some stamping with Pueen plate Pueen49 and KOnad Black special polish. I love how the finished look is a little bit like Christmas in July :D. Something about these remind me of ornaments and I just LOVE em!! All topped off with some KBShimmer Clearly on Top.
Zoya Bobbi, Tinsley, Amy and Kerry
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 All of these shades have AMAZING formulas. I used Three thin coats of each color to achieve a really rich, shimmering effect. I needed no clean up. There is nothing I can say about these that the photo has not already said for me, I am just in AWE. I could never pick a favorite from these Four because they are all as stunning as the next. They all seem to glow from within, that is such a Zoya signature. I must say though.. Amy(Orange) and Kerry(Yellow) are really something SPECIAL!

Have a wonderful day my loves!! Now go forth and be fierce! 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Truffle Tuesdays!! O.P.I Can't find my Czechbook Look

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Good afternoon loves!! 

  Yay for kitties! Today marks the start of Truffle Tuesdays and I am so happy and excited. Muffin is very , very missed. But, I am sure she would be very happy to know that her tradition has been carried on by her mate, Truffle. 
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 Truffle jumped right in and made her first pick very quickly. She chose for me O.P.I's Can't find my Czhechbook, from the OPI Spring 2013 collection. I went back to my roots by doing some stamping and adding some freehanded details. 
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 I am so in love with the finished look!! There is something so mermaid-y and glam about it. Anywho, I started with a base of O.P.I's Can't find my Czechbook. Once my base was dry I did my stamps with Pueen stamping plate Pueen15 and O.P.I I saw... You saw... We saw... Warsaw. Then I decided that I wanted to add some details to the scallop stamp. So, I dug up my O.P.I Your Royal Shineness and a very fine detailing brush and filled in the small Blue outlines. To finish it off I added some very small dots in Cult Nails Nevermore. I finished the whole thing off with a coat of Seche Vite.  
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O.P.I Can't find my Czechbook
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 Can't find my Czechbook is a beautiful dusty, Sky Blue creme. This shade photographed a bit more vivid than it is in person. If you enjoyed O.P.I's No Room for the Blues, you will LOVE this pretty. This shade is a slightly Bluer version of NRftB. The formula on this shade was really nice and easy to work with. I used Three thin coats of color. 

 I am so happy to get started with this new "chapter" in the LTHP book. I hope you guys enjoyed this look. I had a lot of fun working on these nails, and Truffle had fun helping :D. Thanks for stopping by!! 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Because Matching your Nails to your Black Milk Leggings is a Thing Now

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Hello darlings and happy Wednesday! 

  It is a dark, Grey and gloomy day here in (what is supposed to be) Sunny Florida. I don't know about you guys, but bad weather makes me a sad panda. I get so lazy, slow and just plain out of it. I know I can't be the only one lol. Anywho, if you follow me on Instagram (@L_T_H_P), you know of my obsession with all things Black Milk Clothing. I am simply addicted to the shiny nylon goodness. Everything they make is so unique, fun and colorful. 
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  I own about Seven pieces from Black Milk Clothing. Two of my favorites are my mermaid legs. I own them in Purple and Silver holo. I seriously want everything in this fabric, in all colors. I am so obsessed with anything mermaids. The "scales" are craaazy holographic. It was very hard to capture in my photos. Every time I wear my Black Milk pieces I always get so many compliments. I just adore their clothing to pieces. 
  So I really wanted to match my nails to my Silver mermaid legs, because you know, that is entirely a thing. 
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 I had to take this pic in weird lighting to get the holo to come out, the Sun was long gone at this pont. SO, for my mermaid nails I started with a base of China Glaze's Cosmic Dust from the Hologram collection. This is a lovely shade of light Gunmetal grey holographic awesomeness. For my mermaid scales stamp I used Red Angel stamping plate RA-111 and Konad Black special polish. I topped off my nails with some Seche Vite and called it a day. They were a perfect match to my fierce leggings. 
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  Here is a shot of my base color Cosmic Dust. This holo has a nice-ish formula. As it applies it looks a bit frosty and streaky, but as it dries the streaks and frost disappear and turn into holographic awesomeness. I used Three thin coats to achieve evenness and full opacity. In the photo below I had not top coated my nails yet. When added a top coat, it did mute the holo finish just a bit. Sorry about my weird-looking skin here, I had a hard time capturing the holo effect properly. 
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Do any of you guys own any Black Milk clothing pieces? They are seriously amazing. Oh and for shiggles, here is a pic my husband took of me last time I wore my Silver mermaid legs. I had the huge honor and fangirl moment of having Black Milk share this photo on their Facebook fanpage. That same day they had also shared one of my photos on their Instagram as well. It was so surreal having my favorite clothing line share my photos with their fans!
 Oh and for the record, there was no photoshopping done to this photo. This photo is a cellphone pic. I am naturally slim and will not make any apologies for it. People called me anorexic, a bad role model because I'm "too thin" blah blah blah.. WHATEVER. Us girls can't win.. We're too thin, we're too fat.. What is right then? Me, I'm happy with myself, I am happy with my body and I will flaunt it while I have it. My tattoo was done by tattoo artist Robbie Ludders of Sarasota, Florida. 
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Thank you so much for stopping by today my loves!! I'm off to see about doing an Independence Day mani. What is everyone wearing for the holiday?

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pink-ish Wednesday! Ombre Fun with Inglot Colour Play Nail Polishes

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Happy Humpday!!

 It's only been about an Eon since I've done a Pink Wednesday... So, here is a Pink Wednesday post ♥. A few weeks back I received the Inglot  Colour Play pastel range. These babies are perfect for ombre manis, they really take the guess work out of picking your shades. For this look, I also went back to my roots by doing some stamping. I used my Pueen Love Elements nail stamping plate set.
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 This look features Inglot Shades, from Thumb to Pinkie: 388, 387, 386, 385 and 384. For the stamping I used Konad Black Special polish and Pueen stamping plates Pueen 32 on my Middle and Ring finger and Thumb. For my Pinkie and Index nails I used Pueen 28. To finish my nails off I did a coat of Seche Vite followed by a light coat of IN Northern Lights. 

 Here are my base colors before stamping and top coating. 388 is a clean, light Lilac purple creme. 387 is an aweome Blue toned bubblegum Pink creme. 386 is a muted Violet- Mauve creme. 385 is a light Pink- toned Mauve creme. 384 is a beautiful muted Coral creme. All of these polishes have a slight flash of smooth complimenting shimmer. You can see the Golden shimmer in the bottle photo above. That said, the shimmer does not really translate to the nails, but it does aid in appication. All of these were really easy to apply and all did well in Three, thin and easy coats.  
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 I miss stamping so much. But at the same time, I'm pretty excited because I have all of these awesome Pueen plates that I have not really gotten to play with yet. So I have those to look forward to :D. I have been terrible about keeping up with plates honestly, if you guys know of any sets I may have missed out on, or new brands, share them in the comments!! 

 So, I am LOOOVING these Inglot Colour Play range. I love them so much, they have even earned a spot on my wall racks. These are great for nail art of all kinds and I just love the formulas and beautiful shades.

Thanks for stopping by darlings! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Blue Moons for Autism Awareness with China Glaze

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Good Morning!! 

  Today I am continuing my Blue manis for Autism Awareness month. I hope to finish out this week in Blues. The plan is to feature as much Blue as possible during the month of April. Though, I did see a post on the LVX nail color FB page that April is also Anti- Animal Cruelty Awareness month, I think the color for them is Yellow(Correction:It is Orange). So lots of Blue and Yellow Orange on LTHP during April. For today's look I went with a simple half-moon manicure, all in China Glaze.
 This look started with Two coats of China Glaze Sunday Fundy. This is a lovely shade of Robin's Egg Blue creme. Once my base was dry I added some polka dots using Cheeky stamping plate CH6 and China Glaze Lil Drummer Boy. I top coated my nails with some SV and waited for them to be really dry.
 For the half-moons I used China Glaze Strap on your Moonboots. This is a beautiful, steely Blue holographic shade. I then went back and cleaned up the seams of my moons with a fine stripe of Blue glitter. For this I used a Stripe Rite nail art striping polish. I did not top coat over the Holographic portions as I did not know if adding a top coat would diminish the pretty holographic finish.

 In the photo below I used the flash so the holo would show better. It was so cloudy and Grey outside yesterday :(. Strap on your Moonboots is not an in-your-face-holo, but it is still very linear in finish. It also has a really great, saturated formula. This holo might be great for stamping as well.
  I want to thank all those of you who have been sharing your Autism Awareness manis with me! It's great to see so many different online communitites coming together for such a great cause.

Thanks for stopping by darlings!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

In Bettina Blues for World Autism Awareness Day

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Good morning and happy Tuesday, 

 Today is World Autism Awareness Day, therefore my nails shall be Blue. For this simple look I went with all Bettina shades. I had not played with my Bettina pretties in a while. 
 This look started with Two coats of Bettina Vanity. For the puzzle piece stamp I used Bundle Monster plate BM219 and Bettina Over dyed. To finish it all off I added a coat of INM Northern Lights top coat and some Blue stones near the cuticles.

 Here is a swatch of Bettina Vanity. This shade is pretty much a dupe of Zoya Blu. I did find the formula on the Bettina much easier to work with. I used Two easy coats. I can't get enough of these White-Based "bridal-y" Blues.
 Thank you all for stopping by and thanks to all of you who are wearing your Blues today!!

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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, February 11, 2013

Muffin Monday!! Sation Of Corset I'll Call You and Guillotine Grape

Gah it's so late!! 

  Sorry!! Muffin.. Muffin refused to pick me a polish this week lol. So I ended up going with two of the shades she rejected haha. I'm going to keep it short and sweet. It's pretty late and I'm pretty tired. That said, I LOVE this look! 
 My base shades are Sation's Of Corset I'll Call You and Guillotine Grape. For my gradients I used the same Two shades. Doing gradients with Of Corset I'll Call You was fantastic because it is a soft, squishy Pink. I've found that using jelly-like polishes on gradients makes them such a breeze! I topped my gradients with INM Northern Lights.  The stamps were done using China Glaze Passion. The stamp on on my ring finger is from Bundle Monster plate BM202 and the lace-y patterns are from BM323. I finished the whole look off with one final coat of SV.

 And here is a fun collage of Muffin's indecision haha!

Have a good night my darlings!! I will be back sometime tomorrow!!

(**Sation products provided for my consideration**)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Muffin Monday!! Julie G Dream in Pretty

Hello my lovelies and happy Muffin Monday!! 

  Sorry about today's post being so late. Muffin mad her pick yesterday. Muffin picked like a boss this week. I set up and Mr. LTHP lured her to the room and she made her pick on the first try. She went for an adorable color from the Julie G line by Jesse's Girl called Dream in Pretty

 For some reason I was feeling tropical so this is the look I came up with for Muffin's pretty pick.
 I started with a base of Two easy coats of Dream in Pretty. On my Middle and Ring fingernails I did some Sunset inspired gradients with Julie's Fave and Dream in Pretty. I topped my gradients off with Seche Vite followed by a thin, sparkly coat of INM Northern Lights. For the all the stamps I used a plate I got in a swap with a Dutch friend and Konad Black Special Polish. I do not know the brand of the plate but it was number SdP-71. I then went back and free-handed the Black ground under my Palm trees with Cult Nails Nevermore. I ended up really loving this look... And kinda wishing I was on a beach with a Corona in my hand...

 Here is a look at Muffin's pick, and my base color, Dream in Pretty. This is one of those pretty Lilac- Pink creme shades that I cannot get enough of. The formula on this shade was SO amazing. It has just the right amount of pigmentation and it is very self-leveling. I used Two coats for full opacity.
 The Julie G line by Jesse's Girl recently had an expansion of 27 colors and I kinda wish I had access to them.. Silly Florida not having Rite Aids :(... BUT, I keep hearing that the more we request on Ulta's FB that they carry Jesse's Girl the sooner they might do so!! So lets all go over to the Ulta FB page and ask for Jesse's Girl cosmetics at their stores!

Thanks for stopping by!!

(**Julie G nail color provided for my consideration**)