Showing posts with label Purples. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Purples. Show all posts

Friday, October 9, 2015

A Crown of Thistles

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Happy Friday! 

 While I was going through my photo folders I came across a small gold mine of un-posted goodies. Among these was this swatch of a most magnificent shade from the A England Elizabeth and Mary Collection. If I am not mistaken, this collection was released around the holidays in 2014. Good news though, these beauties are still available for purchase :D! 
 Lets talk about A England Crown of Thistles. This beauty is a stunning Purple holographic, like only A England can produce. There is something about the way A England does their holos that is just magical. They are like holos within holos. To my eye it looks like a simultaneous linear, and scattered holo effect. However, nothing about the effect is overwhelming. This is one of those holos that is just as stunning in Sunlight as it is indoors. This is a red-leaning Purple, which makes it insanely flattering and easy on the eyes. 
  The formula on this color is your usual A England perfection. I've come to expect nothing less from this great brand. This baby went on opaque and dense, yet smooth and buttery. I used two effortless coats for my manicure. However, I could have very easily gotten away with one coat of this color. 

 A England shades retail for $10. For more information about where to purchase A England shades in your country you can visit [THIS LINK].

Thank you for coming by today and happy Friday! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Oldies, but Goodies... And much overdue Updates

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Hello and happy Tuesday my lovely readers! 

 It's been how long now? Much too long... I don't have any great excuses for my absence, not really. I wish I had a good reason for my slight disappearance. In some ways, I suppose I do. Sometimes life really does get crazy. Sometimes, priorities get shifted and things happen that make you really sit down and think about what is important to you at that specific time in your life. I really don't wanna go into boring and sad things... But please know this, I miss sharing my work. I miss interacting with all the wonderful people who come by to read my ramblings and look at my silly nails. I don't know what the future holds for myself, or LTHP... But, I do know that I miss "wasting" countless hours painting my nails and my face. I look forward to having the space, the time and motivation to get back to doing just that. 
I've had this post in my drafts for ...????... A LONG TIME... A very long time. All these shades were released for Summer 2014 by Colors by Llarowe. Once again, I'm finding myself with no good excuses as to why these didn't go up much, much sooner... Better late than never, I suppose? 

More after the jump

Monday, October 6, 2014

How I Wore It: Zoya Ultra PixieDust Collection- Fall 2014


Happy start of a new week my beauties! Today is all about the new Zoya Ultra PixieDust shades for Fall 2014. This release is made up of Three new, Red- based, textured and glittery pretties. These shades are classic for the Fall season, with the added twist of texture and sparkle. For my look I brought them all together in a swirly freehanded design.  This design was painted over a base of Zoya Sari. 
 Although you can mainly distinguish Two shades, I did use all Three colors. I was slightly disappointed that the contrast between Zoya Ariana and Zoya Oswin was not greater. However, if you look pretty hard you can see that Oswin is slightly more matte and textured than both Ariana and Noir. I dig this look though. It was fun to work on :D. 

Zoya Oswin- Zoya describes Oswin as a true red textured PixieDust with crimson Mega Hex particles. She is the densest and more textured of the Three. For me, she was also the only one to dry fully matte. 
Zoya Arianna- Zoya describes Arianna as a true red textured PixieDust with crimson Mega Hex particles. She is more berry-toned and jelly in finish. The texture particles are not as dense in Arianna
Zoya Noir- Zoya describes Noir as deep, vampy plum textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex particles. 

The crimson hexes make an appearance in all Three of these shades and tie them together. The formulas were easy to work with and packed with sparkle. I only wish there was a bigger difference between Arianna and Oswin. That said, they are all lovely shades and I am happy to see more textured vamp shades. 
These pretties are available from Zoya.com and retail for $10/ shade.

What are your thoughts on these PixieDusts?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Delushously Fashionable

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 Happy Friday everyone!! Today I am Delushously Fashionable in this latest duo from the, always wonderful, Delush Polish. These Two beauties were created for the Luxury Gift Lounge in Honor of New York Fashion Week 2014! What is the Luxury Gift Lounge you ask? It is an invite- only event is hosted by GBK Productions and takes place at an exclusive location in New York City. All attending celebrities and top media and press received Delush's "Fashionably Delushous Duo Set" that also includes beautiful commissioned artwork created by the talented Cristina Alonoso. She has brought to life the idea of a Delushous Goddess.  
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 To find out more about these fabulous beauties just keep on reading after the jump!

Monday, September 8, 2014

O.P.I Nordic Mish Mash Nail Art Look

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 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?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Delush Polish Essence of Summer Collection Swatches & Brand Announcement

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Hi hello and happy Tuesday! 

  I hope everyone had a fun weekend! Mine was a bit rainy, but nice non the less. Summer is coming on reeeeal strong in South Florida right now, so I definitely welcome a bit of cool rain :D. Speaking of rain, it is pouring as I type this right now.... Ahhh Summer.
 And speaking of Summer, Delush recently released a new collection for the season that is completely perfect. Allow me to introduce the Essence of Summer Collection by Delush Polish. This release consists of Eight shimmery beauties, each as beautiful as the last. 
swatches after the jump
 Some other exciting things happening with Delush Polish is that the brand has announced a new Rewards Program where you can earn points from your purchases. 

To see close up shots of these shimmering Summer beauties and read my thoughts on them, just continue reading after the jump ♥. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fun with Pretty & Polished Summer Fun Collection

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It is Monday... 

... and the only thing that could make that fact a bit more bearable is these amazing Summer polishes from Pretty & Polished.  Today I want to share a look and some swatches I did (with and of) the Summer Fun collection. This release consists of Six new Summer holo beauties. 

 For the vertical gradient I was inspired by Marta of Chit Chat Nails and her textured rainbow look. I really loved her color choices and placement. For my version of Marta's look I decided to go all holo with Three of the shades from the Summer Fun collection. On my index nail I did Three thin coats of Pretty & Polished Firefly. This shade is an unbelievable, neon lime holographic. If glow sticks could also glow holo, they would look like Firefly. On my pinkie and thumbnails I wore P&P Living in Flip Flops. This shade is a wonderful grapey- purple holo. I used Three thin coats of this shade as well. 
 On my gradient nails I started with a coat of O.P.I's Put a Coat on (white base) and top coated it to create a glassy smooth white base. On my middle gradient nail I used P&P Firefly and P&P Lakefront. For my ring nail gradient I used P&P Lakefront and P&P Living in Flip Flops. Lakefront, btw, is the most beautiful shade of deep teal holographic.
 These pretties were soooo amazing to work with. And, as you can see, they make for beautiful gradients!! I topped my nails off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. Side note: I absolutely adore how my ring nail looks like the most kick ass duochrome there ever was :D.

Pretty & Polished Poolside- This refreshing beauty is a classic sky blue linear holo. I used three thin coats for my swatch.

 Pretty & Polished Summer Love- This pretty is a beautiful shade of light red linear holographic. It is possible my eyes are playing tricks on me, but I could have sworn I also saw a bit of a pink shimmer hidden in this shade. I love that it is a softer shade of red. I used Three thin coats for my swatch.

Pretty & Polished Sandy Shores- LONG LIVE NUDE HOLOS!!!!!!! This outstanding beauty is a creamy shade of sandy beige with a delicate linear holo shimmer. The holo in this shade is subtle and beautiful. I used Three thin coats for my swatch.

 All of these shades have amazing formulas. With holo polishes I always feel like a good formula cannot be stressed enough. I really adore the range of perfect Summery colors Chels did for this release. The Summer Fun collection is available now from the Pretty & Polished online shop and retails for $9.00/color.

 I would have to say my faves are definitely Firefly, Lakefront, Sandy Shores and Living in Flip Flops. But honestly, they are all wonderful and each one put a smile on my face. Which ones are you loving most?

Thanks for coming by today loves!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Colors by Llarowe Summer 2014- Jellies & Crellies

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So... 

  Today I want to share some new summer shades from a HUGE release from Colors by Llarowe. Featured are some of the jellies and crellies Leah Ann created for the Summer season. 
To see up close shots just keep on reading after the jump. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

KBShimmer Run! It's the Coppers & Right as Reign

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Hi guys and happy thursday! 

 I'm not feeling particularly chatty today.. So I'ma just get on with it... Another day, another KBShimmer pairing ;). 

 This regal pairing comes to you courtesy of the KBShimmer Early Summer collection. I chose to pair KBShimmer Run! It's the Coppers and Right as Reign because they looked so perfectly sexy together. Run! It's the Coppers is a magnificent shade of true Copper toned linear holographic. The holographic effect is outstanding in this color, and practically impossible to capture in photos. 
 Right as Reign is a perfect shade if Indigo crelly. I love that this shade leans more toward the deep violet side and not Blue. I didn't know it but I had been craving this color for a while now. The formula on this baby is just amazing and does great in Two easy coats. I love how inky and rich this color is. 

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day!! Me, I'm definitely ready for the weekend.... 

Friday, May 16, 2014

#CFLBeautyBloggers go Purple for Lupus Awareness

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Hi loves!! 

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

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


Thanks for coming by today and happy Friday!

Monday, May 12, 2014

CrowsToes 9 Realms Collection Swatches

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Hi and happy Monday!! 

  I am SOO sorry I am late with these swatches :(:(. If you have been stalking the polish interwebs you may have noticed a lot of buzz over the newest collection from CrowsToes, The 9 Realms. This collection is my introduction to this brand, and I am entirely just blown away. There are 12 new shades in this collection. Each shade is unique and so very inspired. 
 The theme of this collection is inspired by the Nine realms in Norse mythology. Score yet another point for this fantastic collection :D. 

 You seriously want to see these pretties up close so keep on reading ♥.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Zoya Awaken and Monet Swatches

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Hey guys! 

 So, I figured... since I have the Zoya Tickled and Bubbly Summer collections in hand.... that maybe, just maybe... Now is a good time to post my Awaken & Monet Spring collection swatches. Can you say "slacker"? 

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Zoya Dot- Dot is a classic ballerina pink creme-jelly. Even though it is really sqishy in finish, the formula was fairly opaque and easy to work with. I used Three thin coats for my swatch. 
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Zoya Cole- Cole is my favorite shade in this entire collection. She is a beautiful shade of perfect peachy creme-jelly. The formula on this color is amazing as well. I used Two thin and easy coats to for my swatch. Shades like this can be so universally flattering. I love how tan they make me look. 
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Zoya Rebel- Rebel is a soft sky blue with a subtle micro shimmer running through it. The shimmer gives a really pretty silvery/ golden, almost duochrome, effect. The formula on this color seems a bit sheer at first but is perfect in Two coats. 
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Zoya Dillon- Dillon is the seafoam sister of Rebel. The shimmer in Dillon appears more Silvery than Golden. I used Two thin coats. 
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Zoya Hudson- Husdon is the Orchid sister to Rebel and Dillon. The shimmer in this pretty appears more Golden. I used Two thin coats. 
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Zoya Brooklyn- Brooklyn is a frosty "White Gold" shade. Brooklyn is a little brush strokey. I used Two coats for my swatch. 
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Zoya Monet over Dot- Monet is a glitter topper. This polish is made up of iridescent hex glitters suspended in a, barely-there, pink jelly base. I had to add a boisterous amount of thinner to get this polish to work. As I received it, it was unusable. The formula was insanely thick and the glitter spread non existent. Once I added the thinner I was able to work with it, but it still gave me some troubles. IDK, I want to love it. t is really ethereal and looks so pretty in the bottle.... the formula leaves much to be desired. 
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 Overall, I am a bit disappointed in this collection. I'm not sure what, but something is missing for me. While the colors are really pretty, they don't feel special to me. I am SUPER disappointed in Brooklyn. A golden frost? Really?... And while I appreciate Zoya's effort with Monet, the execution of the topper fell flat for me. That formula is like glitter glue. 
 Strangely enough the shades I like best are the Two cremes, Dot and Cole.  Especially Cole... They are effortless and flattering. I almost wish they had released all the other shades as creme-jellies a'la Cole and Dot, I think that would have been a more interesting collection.

 Thankfully, I am stoked on the new Summer shades. I really think they redeemed themselves with the Summer colors. I hope I love them on the nail as much as I do in the bottles. How did you guys like the Awaken collection? Any faves here? 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

KBShimmer Spring 2014 Spamalamadingdong

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Happy Tuesday! 

 Today I want to share some pairings I did with the KBShimmer 2014 Spring collection. I have been so excited about this release for a very long time. I was SO stoked to see that KBShimmer would be venturing into creme territory. In this release Christy gave us Eight brand new creme shades that are absolutely dreamy. She also released Six new crelly-glitters, a new glitter topper, an amazing holo shade as well as a holo top coat. 
 I decided I needed to wear these, not just swatch. I wore them as pairs, bringing the cremes and glitters together into funky combinations. 

 All swatches shown with a top coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 

KBShimmer Quick and Flirty and KBShimmer Laugh Myself Lilly- Quick and Flirty is a mind blowing, true Purple linear holographic. The holo effect is spectacular in this baby. I love that the holo came through even in artificial lighting. Quick and Flirty has an amazing, two coat, formula. Laugh Myself Lilly is a beautiful, light Aqua  crelly base. Packed in the base are small prismatic twinkling glitter as well as hexes and dots in aqua, lavender, gold and purple. This shade has a great formula and does well in Two easy coats. 
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KBShimmer Life Rose On and KBShimmer Full Bloom Ahead- KBShimmer Life Rose On is a perfect shade of vivid Magenta creme. The formula on this creme is perfection. I just knew Christy's cremes would be amazing in every way. I used Two coats of this beautiful shade. KBShimmer Full Bloom Ahead is a classic KBShimmer, white-base, crelly. Packed in the White base are hexes in varying sizes and vivid colors. I can pick out navy, orange, aqua, gold, light blue and pink glitter. I used Two easy coats of this beautiful shade. 
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 This is one of my favorite combinations ever!! I just love the look of a dove gray and a hot coral together. Featured are KBShimmer Belle of the Mall and KBShimmer My Life's Porpoise. KBShimmer Belle of the Mall is a crazy vivid coral-pink jelly base packed full of prismatic hexes in varying sizes. I used Two easy coats of this fun shade. KBShimmer My Life's Porpoise is a perfect shade of creamy dove grey. I used two flawless coats of this beautiful shade. 
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 So... I dinged my index while taking photos lolol... Featured are KBShimmer Make my Gray and KBShimmer Touch of Glass. KBShimmer Make my Gray is a beautiful, uber muted, grey crelly base. Packed in the base are hexes in bright coral, aqua, black, seafoam and blue. I ADORE this shade and the pops of coral glitter in the muted base. I used two easy coats of this color. KBShimmer A Touch of Glass is a gorg shade of soft Tiffany Blue with a slight hint of shimmer. I used Two easy coats of this shade. 
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KBShimmer Chick me Out- This baby is a great primary yellow creme. The formula was actually really good! The first coat was a bit streaky. That said, this shade evens out in three thin coats. 
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KBShimmer Eclipse- This baby is a super opaque Black creme. The formula is impressive, very easy to work with. I used two easy coats of this shade. One can never have too many Black creme polishes. 
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 All of these pretties are available now from KBShimmer.com. I am so happy to see one of my fave indies venturing into creme shades. I can't wait to see what else Christy has in store for us this year. 

Which of these shades are you loving most? 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Delush Polish Spring Awakening Collection Swatches

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Hey it's Monday!!! 

 If there was a way for me to skip Mondays all together, I would do so. I despise Mondays.I don't really have an exceedingly good reason for my hatred. It is not like I go out drinking every weekend and end up with wicked hangovers to fight off on Monday. Maybe Mondays just have bad cosmic juju around them or something... And now I sound crazy... Point being I am a complete crab-ass today :S. 
 Know what I am not crabby about though? This beautiful Spring collection by Delush Polish. For this release Delush did Six new glittery crellys that perfectly capture the season for me. This is one of those collections where I just adore every shade. They are all so dreamy and playful. They all look like little bottled Easter eggs. 

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 All swatches are shown with a top coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 

Delush Polish Fleur de Peche- This beauty is a light peachy, creme-jelly base, with a perfect amount of subtle sparkle. I am IN LOVE with the accenting glitter blend she used for this base. I can pick out red and raspberry hexes, as well as gold and varying tones of green. I love that this polish looks so "floral". I also adore the base tone as it is insanely flattering. I used Two easy coats for my swatch. 
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Delush Polish Basket Case- This shade is a clean White crelly base accented with tons of matte and neon glitter in smaller hexes and squares. This shade is so much fun and just awesome. The glitter colors and sizes look like a sprinkling of confetti. I used Two easy coats, though looking at this photo, I probably should have done a thin third coat. 
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Delush Polish Medusa's Verde- This beauty is a light seafoam green base with a perfect amount of pearlescent shimmer. Accenting this base is a blend of golden, green and copper glitters in varying shapes and sizes. I used two easy coats for my swatch. 
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Delush Polish I wanna Dance with some Bunny- Adorable... :D. This shade is a marshmallowy white crelly base. This one is packed with all kinds of interesting goodies. There are neon Pink hearts, large Aqua dots and large pastel yellow hexes. There are also smaller blue and pink hexes and teeny tiny yellow and pink matter glitters also. I used Two easy coats for my swatch.
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Delush Polish You Blue me Away- This pretty is a vivid sky blue crelly base with a subtle shimmer. Accenting this pretty base are dark blue, ccopper, violet, pastel yellow, pink, green and golden glitters in varying shapes and sizes. I used Two easy coats for my swatch. 
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Delush Polish Destined for Grapeness- I can't ever get enough of these lilac crelly blends. This one features a light shimmery base accented by violet, white, blue, lavender, pink and silver glitters in varying hex sizes. I used Two easy coats for my swatch, 
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 All of these shades have amazing formulas. I was so happy that I could get away with just two coats of each shade. They all have a fantastic spread of glitter and were very easy to work with. I love that Delush did a mix of shimmery and creme bases for this collection. I am a huge fan of shimmering crelly bases, they look so delicate and beautiful. 


 I am loving this entire collection. If I had to choose faves I'd go with Wanna Dance with some Bunny, Fleur de Peche and Medusa's Verde :D. Which are you loving most?