Hello beautiful readers!! Check out these beautiful new additions to the O.P.I DS line of polishes!! Every year O.P.I release Two new shades in this range, usually around time for Fall. While last year was all about textures, this year is all about twinkling sparkle.
O.P.I DS Tourmaline- This beauty is a dense, shimmering and almost metallic vibrant Pink accented by small holographic and opalescent hex glitter.
O.P.I DS Titanium- This shade is an amazing graphite grey based version of DS Tourmaline. The small hexes really jump out in this shade because of that beautiful darker base color.
Both of these shades have marvelous formulas. They are both very dense and easy to apply. I had great coverage at Two coats. I finished them off with a generous coat of Seche Vite as they have a bit of a texture when they dry. These shades are available now at O.P.I retailers.
In the midst of getting ready for work, I have also decided to get a quick post up for you guys :D. Todays quickie is all about O.P.I's Pink of Hearts release for their breast cancer awareness duo, 2014. Every year O.P.I comes up with beautiful Pink themed shades to support the breast cancer cause. This year was no exception with the introduction of a new crelly glitter shade and the revival of an old favorite.
O.P.I The Power of Pink- This adorable shade is a creme-jelly based polish. The base is a soft, milky shade of Pink. This beautiful squishy base is accented by matte white and fuchsia glitter. The glitter varies in sizes, there are chunky hexes and small hexes that create an almost floral look. I experienced absolutely NO problems when working with this color. The spread of glitter is great and the base is perfectly smooth and buttery. I used Three thin coats.
O.P.I Mod About You- Long time O.P.I fans will recognize this name. Mod About You is an O.P.I classic. This shade of soft, white- based Pink has been a favorite of mine for years. The formula is fantastic and does great in Two coats. I did notice that the new version is a slightly different shade than the original shade. I'm not sure if or when O.P.I might have reformulated this color, but my older bottle is definitely a more White based Pink, where the new one is slightly warmer and more vibrant (my camera hates photographing pinks so it muted this one a bit).
Here is a quick comparison I did on Instagram of the old Mod About You and the new one.
Along with these two beautiful shades the duo also includes an adorable, small glittery nail file with a BCA ribbon charm. This duo is available now at professional salons including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, Ulta.com and Ulta as well as a lot of other retailers and online. Retails for $16.95.
Good afternoon beautiful people! Today I have one of the most adorable releases by O.P.I to date! It is the Peanuts Collection for Halloween 2014! This release consists of Two new creme shades, and Two awesome new glitter toppers.
Of course! Of course I HADDDD to do this design on my nails with these shades. How could I resist? More after the jump.
Hello lovely readers and happy Monday! Today I want to share this mish mash fall look I did using some of the shades from the beautiful O.P.I Nordic collection for Fall 2014. I will be very honest and say that I was not expecting much from this collection judging by the original promo shots. Once I got to see them in person it was a whole different story. I actually really love all the shades in this release and have been really enjoying bringing them together in funky nail art looks.
This look features the following shades:
O.P.I Do you Have This Color in Stock-Holm- This shade is a vibrant shade of true Violet creme. I can't really say that it leans Blue, or Red. To me this shade is a perfectly balanced, rich and vibrant, shade of Purple.
O.P.I My Voice is a Little Norse- This pretty is an amazing blend of small holographic, super sparkly, glitter suspended in a lightly smoked out base. This baby is fairly densely packed, but it does best layered. I'm not sure this glitterbomb could achieve opacity on its own. For this look I decided to use a cosmetic wedge sponge to apply the glitter in a gradient over Do You Have this Color in Stock-Holm.
O.P.I Suzi has a Swede Tooth- This shade is your classic Pink creme. It is a really balanced and flattering shade of Pink creme that will appeal to many different tastes. In this look I decided to add it as little pops of vibrant dots.
O.P.I Ice-Bergers and Fries- This shade is a rich camel- toned brown, leans a tad red. I was not expecting to love this shade as hard as I do. It reminds me of lush leather handbags and matching knee- high boots. Wearing this shade as my base on my Pinkie and Index fingers brought this mani up to "Fall Speed".
I finished this look off with two generous coats of Seche Vite.
I absolutely adore how these colors play together. I also adore the formulas for all of these colors. They all went on buttery smooth and gave me no issues. Even the colors I used as accents were a joy to work with. Also.. the names :D, the names are great! This collection is available now at most (if not all) O.P.I retailers. Have you picked any of these babies up?
Today I have something neon, colorful, holographic and exciting to share with you! So.. Salon Perfect is rocking my world with their Neon POP collection for this Summer season. I know I just shared a rainbow ombre just last week.... But I figured you guys would not mind one more... especially if it also came with a tutorial, right?
I could not resist bringing these beautiful, bright and summery shades together for a rainbow ombre because NEON RAINBOWS!!!!! More after the jump.
Today I am sharing a manicure I had very high hopes for, and ended up as a FAIL haha. I have not done one of these FAIL posts since 2011 lolol... I had a good streak, right? It is not that I absolutely loathe this look, I don't. It's that I think I could have done a MUCH better job at it. I think my marbling skills are just hella rusty.
For this look I decided to play with the new O.P.I Neon shades. For this Summer season O.P.I released Six new neon shades along with a "special" white- creme base coat you layer them over to get the full neon effect. For reasons that seem to elude me now, it seemed like a good idea to marble with them. So I gave it a try...
Of course I started with the special base coat, which is really just a white creme. It is no secret if you want your neon shades to really pop, and apply smoothly, a white base makes all the difference. For the marble on my Pinkie and Index nails I used O.P.I Life Gave me Lemons, Hotter than you Pink and Juice Bar Hopping. For the marble on my Middle and Ring nails I used O.P.I Push and Pur-pul, You are so Outta Lime and Down to the Core-al.
I was a bit worried that they would not work at all for this technique because neons can sometimes spread funny in the water, or dry too fast. These Six pretties actually worked really well. I love how the colors kinda mixed with each other creating new colors in the swirls. Since I was not entirely pleased, and because it is me... I added a coat of O.P.I Desperately Seeking Sequins over my marble to hide/ distract from some of the imperfections.
The O.P.I neons should be becoming available at O.P.I retailers now. They are a recent release so they are probably still trickling into stores. I hope to do some more successful nail art looks with them in the future. The shades are really fun and have really nice formulas.
Will you guys be giving any of the new OPI Neons a try?
Today I want to share this super flashy look I did using Nail Art Society's "The Great Glitzy (Silver)" set. For those of you who may not be familiar with Nail Art Society, they are a monthly subscription box. Every month they provide you with a "curated" kit for a themed nail art look. It also looks like you can shop the sets individually without having to sign up for the monthly subscription. It is such a neat concept. There is such a wide range of kits for all different styles.
The set featured here is "The Great Glitzy" in Silver, also comes in gold. This set is all about flash, bling, sparkle and extravagance. The featured polish is by Floss Gloss Dimepiece (lololol). The kit also includes a baggie of gems and other apliques, as well as a small jar of huge Silver prismatic loose glitter. For this look I chose to play with the gems instead of the hexes.
I started with a sheer pink base using O.P.I Be Magentale because I wanted to do an exaggerated sparkling "french gradient". And also because my nails are hella stained and naked just would not have looked good. Using a piece of cosmetic wedge I dabbed on Floss Gloss Dimepiece just on the tips of my nails. This polish is SOOO sparkly and pretty and DENSE, it is a great thing. The particles are all holographic and on the smaller side, it twinkles a lot.
I worked on each nail individually since I was suing nail glue to apply the stones. There was absolutely no rhyme or reason behind the application of the decorations. I wanted it to look like I covered my nails in glue and dipped them in a vat of sparkling stuff. I think I definitely achieved my goal. I used O.P.I nail glue to keep the stones on my nails. I top coated with KBShimmer Clearly on Top. I am happy to report that I wore these for about Four days and didn't lose a single stone.
The Great Glitzy set is available from Nail Art Society for $11.95. It also comes in a Golden version, which is equally awesome. I am in LOOOVE with Floss Gloss polishes and their hipster vibe ;D. The bottles are just adorable.
Speaking of hipster... This is what I've been up to lately... When I am happy, sad, tired, sore... I spin. I needed something physical to channel some energy to and hooping became that thing. As you guys know I struggled with my health for a long time... Now things are so much better so I have to work on getting my body back in shape again. Hooping is the best physical activity I've ever picked up. It is so much fun :D.
Ok, so I mentioned taking a break yesterday. I fully intend to do that, but I figured I might as well finish out this week ;-D. Today's post is something you guys might be sick of seeing, but I really wanted to try it out for myself... The famous O.P.I Sheer Tint Top Coats "Watercolor" mani. I had to, I just HAD to!!
I started with a base of Cult Nails Tempest, which is a perfect, clean White creme. I top coated my base to make sure the surface was really dry before I started working with the O.P.I Sheer Tints. I basically just randomly "blobbed" bits of color over my white base in a completely random pattern. There was absolutely no rhyme or reason to the way the colors were placed. I used all Four of the Sheer Tints. In the photo I am holding O.P.I Don't Violet me Down. Which, as the name suggests, is a Violet sheer tint. I also used O.P.I I can Teal you Like Me, which is a gorgeous Aqua sheer tint. Also in there are O.P.I Be Megentale With Me, Rosy sheer tint; and O.P.I I'm Never Ambarassed, a Yellow-y sheer tint.
I finished my look off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top, followed by a coat of INM Northern Lights... Because glitter. Even though I've seen a million versions of these, I love each one as much as the last. I love how colorful they always turn out :D.
Are you a polish picker? C'mon admit it.. We've all picked on our nails before... I'm kicking this week off with a review of one of the most exciting products I've come across in Three+ years of blogging. Many of us love our glitter polishes. Many of us also HATE the removal of the awesome sparklers that bring such joy to our nails. It is no secret that removing glitter nail polishes can be a time consuming, frustrating and nail damaging process.
While a few tricks have popped up here and there to remedy the awfulness of glitter- removal, non of them were efficient enough for me. I had tried the White school glue method for glitter removal but I ran into many issues with this method. The glue would take forever to dry and my nails would be popping off within hours of application.
I was stoked to find that the O.P.I peel off base coat wore decently, dried quickly and actually worked as advertised. This base coat applies nicely and also has a good dry time. I can also appreciate the fact that it wears much nicer than I had anticipated.
This base coat is meant for use with natural nails. I can't say if it will work with acrylics or fake nails in general. I just love that I can actually peel off my nail color with out worrying about damage to my nail beds. This product peels off clean. In my case, the peels would not start unless I did so myself.
The brush on this base coat is a pro-wide. That said, it is a little bit shorter than the regular O.P.I brush. I think it works really well with the consistency of this base coat. This base does best if applied in thinner coats. Keeping a light hand is key in application.
As you apply it, it goes on a bit milky white.
You will know when it is fully dry when your nails look like this. The White disappears and you are left with a clear, matte, surface.
I've worn this base coat under textured polishes and it was AMAZING. Textures can be a pain to remove too. I actually changed my polish about Three times this weekend. All three times I was wearing textures. It was such an amazing feeling to be able to change my nails so often with no hassle. The removal is my LEAST favorite part of polishing so the ability to be able to peel off my polish makes me a happy girl.
Here is a little video demo of this awesome innovation.
You bet your bum I will be repurchasing this. I am excited to try if out for nail art as well. I think O.P.I really hit Gold with this release.
I swear I am not making a habit of these long pauses between posts. As you guys know, we just recently moved. And we all know how much FUN that nonsense can be *insert sarcasm here*. I never imagined that unpacking, sorting and organizing 1,500+ bottles of polish would be such an ordeal. It was... I am now on day four of setting up my little polish corner. I must say it is coming along really nicely. It will be an excellent creative space once it is done. If you follow me on Instagram you can see the progress :D (@L_T_H_P).
Today I want to share this look I wore a couple of weeks ago using the Liquid Sands that O.P.I released with the Brazil Spring/Summer 2014 Collection. These four beauties were released as a Four-Pack Mini set. I, for one, am BUMMED that these are minis because they are so damn BEAUTIFUL! I chose to rock them as a skittle look accented by an accent textured gradient nail.
On m index nail I wore O.P.I Samba-dy Loves Purple. This shade is a beautiful medium Red- toned Purple texture. I'd venture to say it is a fantastic shade of shimmering textured Radiant Orchid, right on trend. This shade was the most sheer and did best in Three thin coats. That said, I ended up doing Three thin coats of each shade, even though the rest could have done with two coats. On my Ring nail I am wearing O.P.I What's a Little Rainforest?. This shade is a stunning shade of vivid Sky Blue, practically metallic in finish. This one was my favorite. On my Pinkie I am wearing O.P.I I'm Brazil Nuts Over You This shade is a fun Red with Pink undertones and beautiful contrasting Purple shimmer. The hints of Purple are visible even when the color is fully dry. On my Thumb and Middle nail I used O.P.I You're so Flippy Floppy. This shade is my other top pick here. This shade of Yellow is really warm and perfectly shimmery.
For the gradient nail I used I'm Brazil Nuts Over You and You're so Flippy Floppy. I used the same technique I would use for any other gradient. I "painted" the color onto a bit of cosmetic sponge and then "bounced" the sponge lightly over my nail until the color was built up to my liking. The biggest pain was the clean up. I also noticed that sponging the color on compromised the wear of that particular nail. It was chipping quicker than the others.
IDK what is going on with my skin in this pic lololol... Anyhow, I wore these for about a week or so. I loooove the shades. I really do wish that they would release these in full- sized versions. I didn't run into any issues with application. Personally, I don't mind the mini brush, it did just fine. I really do love these shades. I hope they release more textures like these.
Thanks for stopping by today! I'm hoping to be done with my corner today. I'm SOO ready to be done haaha.
Happy Friday! This is my first official blog post from my new home. I am so excited about our new place. Many of you have been asking about California. What happened? Did I ever make it? etc... Long story short; we made it to Cali and were there for about Three days. We had an emergency and had to head back to Sarasota, Florida (i.e "home").
Finally, back in January, my husband got an amazing job offer in Boca Raton, Florida so that is where we ended up. LTHP is now an East Coast Florida gal :D. I am VERY excited to sample the beaches in the area. Back in Sarasota, we were really close to Siesta Key. Which is amazing beyond words.. But I miss the Atlantic, being from Puerto Rico and all ;).
So, since I've yet to actually unpack and set up my polishing area... I've got some swatch spam for you today. My nails have been nekkid for about a week and a half now. Thankfully, there were no breaks during the move.
To find out more about these shades just keep on reading after the jump.
Pink & Gold.... Can't really go wrong with those two together, right? Ahhh blogger's block, how I loathe you lol... This might be a post about how I am stuck trying to come up with something witty to say today :D. This is the "darker side" of blogging... You know, that moment when you are sitting there with a blank screen and nothing but a picture? Yeah, that is me today haha. I'll admit it, the muses forget me sometimes, and I am left speechless... Not because of beauty, but because I literally have nothing remarkable to say. Which then makes me feel like a slacker, which then makes me not post at all....
But then I thought, why hide the fact that somedays aren't as productive as others? I know I'm not the only one who struggles with blogger's block. We all go through it, probably more often than we would like to admit. So here is my confession: I'm fairly blocked today, the words keep escaping me and I have nothing special to say.... But I did want to share this look that has been sitting in my drafts for a while :D...
This look started with a base of O.P.I L.A.M.B. I am so madly in love with that shade of satin matte Gold. I went for a contrasting ruffian using O.P.I Hey Baby. I decided not to top coat my final look because I wanted to keep a slight contrast between the glossy Pink and the matte Gold. Looking at pics now, I kinda wish I had top coated the finalized version. I've yet to see L.A.M.B all glossed up :(. Regardless, I still really dig this look.
Thanks for coming by today. And on a more random note; thank you all for your support and feedback, even on days when I get stuck! You guys rock my worldview!
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.
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.
It's a Friday quickie! Today I have a sweet and simple sparkly look using Two of the shades from O.P.I's Gwen Stefani Collection. When I first laid eyes upon In True Stefani Fashion I just knew it would make beautiful glitter gradients.
The base Pink color is O.P.I Hey Baby. I used a bit of cosmetic sponge to apply O.P.I In True Stefani Fashion to the tips of my nails. I finished my nails of with some Seche Vite to smooth out the sponging and bring out the sparkle. I so adore glittery gradients. They are a very easy way to spice up any mani.
Today I want to share my look for Day 20 of the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a Life Challenge". The prompt for today is "floral". I really wanted to try my hand at a free hand floral look. I've never tried one, you guys know of my fear of freehand nail art.
That said, I had completely fallen in love with [THIS] look by Katy of Nailed It. Her tutorial is fab and easy to follow. I am not afraid to admit that this was my FOURTH attempt at this look. I am actually super happy with how these turned out. They are nowhere near as pretty as Katy's though. Still, they are definitely a good step forward toward overcoming my "fear" of freehand nail looks.
I used shades from the O.P.I Brazil collection. My base is Don't Bossa Nova Me Around. I really loved the contrast of vivid flowers against the muted base in Katy's tutorial, so I went for a similar vibe. For the flowers I used O.P.I Kiss me I'm Brazilian (Pink), and Toucan Do it if You Try (Coral). For the leaves I used Milani Showy Sea Green. The Black accents were done with Cult Nails Nevermore. I finished off with a coat of Seche Vite.
I'm really happy about how these turned out. I can't believe it took me four tries, this look really is very simple and easy to do. I was having a hard time with creating the "petals". I think I will be trying this look again soon. I really love this type of floral.
I'm excited for the Animal Theme prompt. I think I want to revisit one of my older looks :D. Thanks for coming by today!
Today I want to share my swatches of the O.P.I Gwen Stefani collection. I won't even lie. I was SOOOO excited to find out that O.P.I would be doing a collaboration with Gwen Stefani. She is such a music and fashion icon. But what I love best is that Gwen is one of the original "nail girls". I remember watching No Doubt music videos and always admiring her long vampy nails, Pink hair and fantastic Red lips. This collection is such a beautiful representation of Gwen's style.
For close up swatches and more details just keep on reading.
Today I have an edgy half-moon nail art look featuring some of the new shades from O.P.I's Gwen Stefani collection. Half- moon nails are some of my favorite looks to combine finishes and edgy shades together. For this look I went with a Satin matte on gloss theme, mixing vampy and flashy, for an eye catching manicure.
I started with Two easy coats of O.P.I I Sing in Color. Once my base color and top coat were dry I proceeded to tape off my moons using hole reinforcers. The beautiful satin matte shade of Gold is Love.Angel.Music.Baby. Since the color is so opaque it was perfect for this technique. I cleaned up the seam of my moons using a bit of Gold glitter striping polish. I did not top coat over the moons to avoid altering the matte against shiny look.
The little Black stones and Gold stud bar are from the O.P.I Over and Over A-Gwen set. I used a toothpick to dab a bit of nail glue where I wanted the stud and also placed a teeny drop on the back of the studs and stones. The toothpick method made it easy to get the glue on precise spots and avoid making a mess. I wore this look for about Four days and didn't lose any stones or experience any chips.
I will be posting my swatches of the O.P.I Gwen Stefani collection very soon :D. I was definitely a "child of No Doubt". I grew up with Gwen's music so I immediately knew I'd have some kind of connection to these colors. I always remember loving Gwen's iconic Pink hair, long vampy nails and kick ass Red lippie. I'm was beyond excited to see Gwen collabing with such a fashion and music icon.
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.
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.
So, I found these random Hard Candy glittery swatches sittin in my drafts folder... So, I figured, what good are they there? Let me just go ahead and post these.. Since it has only been about Three years since I posted about nails. K, I may be exaggerating a bit on the Three years, but it definitely feels like it. So, yeah, GLITTER!!
All swatches are shown with a top coat of KBShimmer Clearly on top to smooth the surface and bring out shine.
Hard Candy Fireworks over O.P.I In the Cable Carpool Lane
Hard Candy's Firework is from the Crystal Confetti Collection. This pretty glitter topper is made up of bright Red Bars and Hexes in varying sizes. As well as Blue, deep Fuchsia and Violet glitters. For my layering I chose a deep that kind of matched the glitters itself. I believe the base on this glitter is slightly tinted Pink. I used one generous coat of Firework over my base color.
Hard Candy Fire Flash over O.P.I First Date at the Golden Gate
Fire Flash is a beautiful glitter topper that I was, pretty much, convinced I would hate. This pretty comes from the Glitteratzi collection. Well, surprise surprise.. It is just amazing on, and really unique. This pretty is made up of all Copper glitter accented with Red hexes. The Red hexes are fairly sparse and for the most part you only get smaller bits of densely packed Copper glitter. Turns out this pretty is also very unique in my collection. I found the Copper glitter to have no dupes in my collection.
Hard Candy Glamour Girl over O.P.I Lost on Lombard
Glamour Girl is part of the Glitteratzi Collection as well. This cute topper is made up of micro Pink sparkles accented by vibrant pink hexes. I think this polish could also be worn on its own as the small Pink sparkle was packed really densely in the clear base. I used one generous coat of glitter over my base color.
So GLITTERRR!!!! Speaking of which... The Holidays are a-comin, which means you will be seeing A LOT of glitter and sparkle. Which means I need to keep up on my moisturizing so that my fingertips don't fall off with all the sparkly goodness I have to show you guys!!
Are any of these pretties speaking to you? They are awesome-o!! I know Hard Candy just released some new nail polish shades, and doing away with some of their current shades. I *think* these Three are still a part of their lineup though. Hard Candy polish is available at Walmart stores.