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

Friday, April 25, 2014

LTHP Quickies! Geo Xtra Diamond Purple Lenses from Lensvillage.com

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Friday quickie!! 

 Today I want to share a quickie going over these awesome circle lenses that were provided to me by lensvillage.com. This pair is the Geo Xtra Diamond lenses in Violet. Violet is probably my favorite "odd" color to wear in circle lenses. I think the Purples can look really cool against my naturally light green eyes. As the name suggests these lenses feature a "faceted" diamond like pattern that builds from the outside of the lens inwards. These also feature a very dark outer ring. Which makes them perfect for the "dolly eyed" look. Because of the pattern, these lenses also give a very "bright-eyed, sparkling eyes" effect.
 The Geo Xtra Diamond lenses are on the larger side at 15mm in diameter. As I have mentioned in previous cirlce lens posts, I tend to find the larger circle lenses more comfortable. The larger the lenses, the more dramatic the effect. These have a great enlarging effect as well. These also come in grey, brown, green and blue.
For anyone wondering; my eye liner is Lime Crime's uniliner in Orchidaceous. On a side note The Geo Xtra Diamond lenses are available from lensvillage.com and retail for $20.00/ pair

Happy friday loves!

Monday, April 21, 2014

One, Two, Tweak

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Yay for caffeinated Mondays! 

  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Mine was pretty mellow, it was nice. I am severely, overly caffeinated today. I am seeing noises and everything. I had to chug some coffee to get myself going and now I am shaking haha. Today I want to share Two looks I did using some shades from the beautiful KBShimmer Spring collection for 2014. I really love these shades.

 For this look I used some of KBShimmer new creme shades, as well as the glitter topper and a really cute and unique crelly-glitter. On my index and Pinkie nails I started with a base of KBShimmer Honey Do List. I then went for creamy gradients with Honey Do List and Pansy-Monium. To give my gradients an extra bit of flash I used KBShimmer Rush Flower Traffic to create a sparkling gradient over my creamy gradient. On my middle, ring and thumbnails I wore three thin coats of KBShimmer Daisy about You.

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 Since I wore the O.P.I "Glitter off" base coat I decided to change my Index nails after a day. I just peeled off my glitter gradient and painted my index nails with KBShimmer Pansy- Monium. The stamp came from the holiday Bundle Monster set. I used Konad White special polish and BM plate BMH09. I top coated my nails with KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
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 I actually ended up wearing this entire collection as pairings. I love that KBShimmer did some kick ass cremes for this release. They are wonderful shades with amazing formulas. I really loved wearing these. I love Purple and Minty shades together. 

Happy caffeinated Monday!!!! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fit for a Sea Goddess

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Good morning and happy Tuesday! 

 Today I want to share some cute pairings I wore over the past few weekends. All of these beautiful shades come from the China Glaze Sea Goddess collection. The Sea Goddess collection is made up of Six new textured polishes ranging from super sparkly, to subtle and adorable. I really loved these shades and I loved wearing them. 
 Ever since the O.P.I peel-off base coat came out I have been on a textured polish kick. I love that when I am done or ready for a change I can just peel my textures off and not worry about removal at all. 


China Glaze Tail me Something- A stunning shade of micro- glitter, light Purple. This pretty is sooo sparkly it is almost blinding. The formula seems to be made up of nothing but micro glitter and small hexagonal glitters in a beautiful shade of Purple. I used Two easy coats of this color. I paired this sparkler with China Glaze Sand Dollar Make you Holla which is a creamy White textured base base accented with small glitters in a rainbow of colors. This is definitely the ultimate "cake batter" nail polish with that awesome texture. I used Three coats of this shade. 
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 My next pairing was all about Pink. I went with China Glaze Shell we Dance which is a beautiful shade of light Raspberry texture shimmery goodness. This pretty has a " shimmery base" accented with small raspberry toned glitter. I used Two coats of this pretty. The light pink shade is China Glaze Wish on a Starfish. I LOOOOOVE this soft shade of pink which is accented by an amazing flash of golden duochrome. Very "seashell pink" feeling. I used Three thin coats of this beauty. 
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And last but not least is this pairing of mermaid-y proportions. China Glaze Seahorsin' Around is the answer to anyone who was praying for a textured version of Zoya Charla (O.P.I Catch me in your Net and all is dupes). This baby is a Teal foil with a slight Golden duochrome. The finish is very intense, sparkly and just beautiful. The only downside to this shade is that it can stain your nails. I used Three thin coats. For a soft contrast I used China Glaze Teal the Tide Turns. This pretty is a creamy "seafoam-teal" creamy texture base accented by small mossy green glitters. I used Three thin coats of this shade as well. 
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 I really adore the mix of extremely sparkly, and creamy textures in this collection. I also love the theme behind it. I definitely get an oceanic feel from them, very "treasure chest". I love that all of these are unique in my collection. In a sea of textured polishes, these still manage to stand out for me. These have been out for some time now and should be available where ever China Glaze is sold. 

I loved wearing these as pairs. Do you have any faves from this collection? 

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!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cult Nails Casual Elegance & Nail Vinyls -Nail Art Look

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Happy Thursday! 

  Today I want to share this look I did using shades from the Cult Nails Casual Elegance collection and Zig-Zag Nail Vinyls. Those of you who were lucky enough to score this trio on pre-sale will also be getting a sample of the nail vinyls I used to create this look. Funny enough, not long before I found out about this set shipping with Nail Vinyls samples, I had actually placed an order for some nail vinyls. I had never tried them and thought they were pretty neat.
 For those who are not familiar with nail vinyls, they are pre cut "tape (vinyl)" strips in varying shapes and sizes used to create cool nail art effects. For my middle nail accent I used the regular sized chevron vinyls sample that came with my trio.

 This look features Winter's Light(sparkling Purple), Casual Elegance(Lilac creme), Tempest(White creme), Nevermore(Black Creme) and Lethal(Metallic Silver). To create the middle nail accent I placed the chevron vinyls "back to back", instead of interlocked with each other, to create the diamond and zig-zag pattern. I "cleaned up" my seams using Inglot Pro Perfection glitter stripers in #52(Silver prism) and #95(Violet glitter). I finished my look off with a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast. 

 I kinda like how these turned out a bit Easter-y. Easter- Glam... let's make it a thing... Anyhow, I am loooving Nail Vinyls! I ordered one of the multi packs and I can't wait to use them in all kinds of different ways. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Collection Swatches

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Happy Humpday!! 

  Today I want to share my swatches of the newest Cult Nails Collection, Casual Elegance. I want to say a million words about this Trio. The colors are superb. The formulations, as usual, are perfection. This collection really hit a soft spot for me and my obsession with the color Purple. I think this collection hit a soft spot for many gals actually. So much so, that the pre-order  is completely sold out on the Cult Nails site, and with good reason. In this release there is a beautiful creme, a painfully sparkly micro glitter and a dreamy holographic shade. Could it be possible that such a small release is already going to the top of my list for 2014 releases? You bet your booty it is! But Purple is my spirit animal.. So I am biased ;).  
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 All swatches are shown with a top coat of Cult Nails Wicked fast for shine, smoothness and a full finished look. 

Cult Nails Winter's Light- This beauty is made up of micro Amethyst Purple glitter suspended in a Red-toned Purple jelly base. The application of this glitter is very easy, the glitter spreads evenly and the base is not sticky. This shade can be layered or built up to full opacity. I chose to wear mine alone. I used Three thin and easy coats for my swatch. Winter's Light dries with a little bit of a gritty finish, a top coat will remedy that. I am so in love with the way the glitter in this polish twinkles perfectly to create a crushed Amethyst illusion. I also really like that the jelly base is a tad lighter than the glitters as it gives a slight jelly- sammich effect. 

Cult Nails Casual Elegance- Lilac.Creme.Perfection. No seriously, this shade.. Ok, this shade.. I LOVE a good lilac creme... This one is as good as it gets. I love that Casual Elegance is a true, clean, Lilac creme. There are no undertones of Pink, and it does not lean too Blue. The formula is just amazing on this shade. I could have gotten away with one coat if I had applied it more patiently. Casual Elegance has a thick but very manageable formula. It is not thick, goopy or streaky. I used Two flawless coats for my swatch. 

Cult Nails Intriguing- This baby is truly a gem. I could literally, sit here all day and type out a dissertation on how much I love this color and why. But I wont subject you guys to that ahah. SO, Intriguing is a magical shade of Periwinkle Blue with a dreamy linear holo effect. The holo is a subtle, but present. This shade is perfect for when you are feeling dainty, but want a hint of something special. Intriguing has an amazing formula that glides on like butter and is opaque in Two easy coats. Of course the day I chose to swatch these, it was also raining very heavily... I hope to get Sunlight PIc of this beauty soon. I think it deserves that courtesy haha. 
The pre-order may be done but be on the lookout for the individual release of these shades. Don't worry, you have not missed out just yet :D. And trust me, you don't want to miss out! I have always been a fan of Cult Nails' aesthetic and vibe, but they really hit it out of the park with these Three shades. I need more micro glitters from Cult Nails.. Maria if you are reading... How about a kick ass Emerald next haha? 

 Make sure to follow Cult Nails on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on this collection, promos and more! 

Thanks for coming by today! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

O.P.I Brazil Beach Sandies- Liquid Sand Mini Set Look

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Hiiiii and happy Thursday! 

  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. 
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 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. 
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 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. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

#IndieCollab Dollish Polish & Jindie Nails- Romeo and Juliet LE Duo

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Happy Caturday!! 

  Today I want to do a special Saturday post to share an epic indie collaboration between to  wonderful brands. The masterminds behind Dollish Polish and Jindie Nails decided to come together to create beautiful complimentary duos inspired by famous couples through out history. Their inaugural duo is non other than the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet
  I am loving the concept behind this collaboration. It also reminds me of the movie "Never Been Kissed" for some reason. Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about hahaha. You know? The prom theme is Famous Couples in history, per Josie's rec. Anyhow, these two beauties go up for grabs today on both Dollish Polish's site and Jindie Nails, and I wanted to be my usual enabler self ;).
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Both swatches are shown with a top coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 

Dollish Polish Romeo over Jindie Nails Juliet- Romeo is described by Dollish Polish as a jam-packed glitter, with shades of turquoise, sapphire, magenta, purple, and violet hexagons, shred, and dots, accented with matte black hearts, stars, and skull/crossbones. It is a beautifully complex glitter blend that really does represent the inspiration, while still being playful.
 This topper is fairly easy to work with. It is definitely packed with all kinds of sparkling goodies. The only reason I had a bit of trouble with the larger skully and heart shapes was due to my nails being a bit shorter when I did these swatches. Yet, I still managed to get some on my nails with minor fishing or manipulation. I absolutely adore the smaller Black stars.  
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Jindie Nails Juliet- Juliet is described by Jindie Nails as a radiant orchid cream/jelly that is opaque in about 2 coats and has a sprinkling of periwinkle, magenta, lilac and lavender metallic small glitters plus navy blue and violet shimmery flakes.  This shade though!!! The formula is an absolute dream. I am madly in love with the delicate look the blend of smaller glitters in the crelly base. I only needed two flawless coats for my swatch. There is such a sweet and innocent quality to this color that is perfectly suited to the character it represents. Side note: been wearing this as a pedi for about a week now and it still holds strong. 
 This is my first Jindie polish, and I am so impressed with everything about this shade. I know this will definitely not be my last, or only, Jindie shade. 
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 The Romeo & Juliet duo is available now from both Jindie Nails and Dollish Polish. The duo retails for $20.00. Remember to check out both sites. If it is sold out on one, it might still be available on the other. These ladies knocked it out of the park with this collaboration. I can't wait to see what else they have in store for us. I also love seeing two wonderful creators working together. What is better than one awesome indie? Two awesome indies working together!

Thanks for stopping by and happy Caturday!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Milani High Speed Fast Dry Shades for Spring 2014

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Happy Thursday! 

  Today I want to share some swatches of the new Milani High Speed Fast Dry shades. In terms of Milani polishes, the high speed fast dry line is one of my favorites. The colors always have incredible formulas. They also really do dry quickly, and are fantastic for nail art. These three shades are definite wins for me :D!
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Milani Aqua Brisk- This shade is such an epic win! Aqua Brisk is your quintessential "Baby Blue" creme. The formula on this shade is very impressive. This shade could be one coat, but I did use Two. I am SO madly in love with this shade. I've been wearing this color as a pedi for about Four weeks now and it still looks great.  
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Milani Sangria Rush- This shade is a beautiful, red toned Plummy creme shade. As with Aqua Brisk, this shade also has an amazing formula. I used Two coats for my swatch. 
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Milani Blue Zoom- This shade is such an epic amount of WIN! Blue Zoom is a fantastic shade of light Cobalt Blue. The formula on this shade is slightly crelly and an absolute dream to work with. If you were/are a fan of Revlon's Royal, you will LOVE Blue Zoom. This shade also reminds me a bit of YSL's Blue Majorelle. I used Two coats for my swatch. 
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 I love everything about these polishes. From the flat brush, to the buttery smooth formulations... They are just perfect. These also dry with a high shine and adding a top coat only makes them look even more amazing. 

 These shades are available now in CVS, Walgreens and Meijer stores as well as online. They retail for $4.99. 

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

KBShimmer Winter 2013 Multichromes Swatches & Video

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Oh Multichromes ♥!! 

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

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

Friday, January 10, 2014

China Glaze Crinkled Chromes Collection Swatches

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Happy Friday everyone!! 

Two words: Crinkled Chromes... What? I can't recall a collection causing so much conflict within me since.. ever. When I first read about these a few months back, I was slightly confused. I could not wrap my brain around the concept of a textured chrome. How would they go about this? It looked awfully weird in my head. This meant that I just HAAAAAD to see them in person and try them for myself. I didn't care that hating them was a possibility because the concept was so new and weird, I needed to see in action on my nails. 
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 To see closeup swatches and find out more about the China Glaze Crinkled Chromes collection just keep on reading. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Nicole by O.P.I Carrie Underwood Collection Ruffian Nail Art- Featuring Fisher Queen & Get Carrie'd Away

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Good morning and happy Thursday! 

 Today I have a quick and simple nail art look featuring some of the new Carrie Underwood collection shades from Nicole by O.P.I. I love the simple elegance of ruffian manicures. I knew immediately that I wanted to do a ruffian with these two shades. There is something about Gold and Purple together that looks so opulent and classic, it just felt right.  
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  This look started with a base of Get Carrie'd Away. I used Three thin coats of this color to have a nice, sparkling base. For the Purple ruffian portion I used Fisher Queen. This shade is a beautiful deep Amethyst Purple shimmer. Ruffians are very easy and quick to achieve. I freehanded my ruffian with the nail color brush. To finish the look I top coated with Seche Vite.

Nicole by O.P.I Get Carrie'd Away
 This color though! Get Carrie'd Away is a spectacular mix of bright Yellow- Gold and White Gold sparkling glitter/flecks. The particles are small, but SO reflective. The formula on this shade is nice and easy to work with. This shade could be layered or built up to opacity. I used Three thin coats for my base. This shade dries a with a slight texture, which looks pretty neat. I did use a top coat for my look though, as I wanted sparkle. 
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 The Carrie Underwood Collection from Nicole by O.P.I should be popping up in retailers now, and retail for $7.99. I am very impressed with this collection. I was also very inspired by these colors and decided to do nail art looks with them instead of swatches. I can't say I am a Carrie fan. I only kept up with her during American Idol. But, I absolutely adore what they have done with this collection. The colors are adorable and cover a wide range of tastes. I was not expecting to love them as much as I do. This may be one of my favorite NO.P.I collabs to date. 

 Have you spotted any Carrie colors? Which sang to you (no pun intended)?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

BH Cosmetics Party Girl Palette- "Brown Eyed Girl" Look feat. Pinky Paradise Geo X-tra Bella Brown Lenses & Maybelline Lavender Voltage

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Happy Humpday!! 

 For today's post I want to share this eye look I did using my BH Cosmetics Party Girl Palette. So, my natural eye color is a light Green. Sometimes they can look a bit more blue, sometimes a bit more icy Green. Therefore, I rarely wear Green eye makeup. I feel like Green eye makeup washes my eye color out. That is not to say that I don't love Green eye makeup. I think it is a beautiful color, and probably one of my favorite colors all around. 
 Enter my Pinky Paradise Geo Xtra Bella Brown circle lenses. I just love the look these lenses give my eyes (full face shots can be seen on my Instagram account @L_T_H_P). They add just the right touch of Brown, which makes my eyes look Hazel from further away. These Geo Bella Xtra lenses are some of my favorites. They give this dolly look that I am a complete sucker for. So anywho, with my newfound "Hazel" eyes I saw a window of opportunity to rock some Green makeup. So I did just that :D. 
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 Since this look was done with a 40- color palette, non of the shadows used have actual names. I prepped my lid with an eyeshadow primer and proceeded to work with my BH Cosmetics Party Girl palette. I stuck to a softer color palette for a slightly smokey look. I found these shadows to have a smooth consistency. Some of the lighter Greens were a bit "dusty" and required extra layering of product to get some good color payoff. The Brown and more neutral shades I used on this look were all fantastic and have great pigmentation. 

 Since I can't name the colors, I went ahead and marked them with an asterisk on this image I got from the BH Cosmetics site. For the cateye I used Jordana Jade Jewel 12 hour eye liner. For my waterline I used Jordana in Espresso Last. For my lashes I used Ellis Faas Black mascara. I forget what I used on my brows :S.
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 And as a "bonus" here is the lip color that went with this eye look. This is Maybelline Lavender Voltage from their Vivids collection. On this particular day I prepped my lips with the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics clear lip tap and then applied my lip color over it. I am so madly in love with this shade of lipstick. While it is a very vivid shade of Purple I still find it wearable as it has enough Pink to take it out of Goth territory. 

 Is there a color family that you love to see on other people but don't care for on yourself? I think for me, it will always be Green. I don't have a problem slapping on every other color on my face, but Green tends to make me nervous. That said, with the aid of my beautiful Brown lenses I feel much more comfortable going into Green makeup looks. I can't wait to play around with this palette some more. I think it has a great color and finish range.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Zoya Naturel Collection Swatches

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Good afternoon my pretties! 

 Who else is kind of glad that the Holidays are over? Don't lie... You know you are hahah. In my case the Hoidays are also laced with many birthdays, I'm celebrated-out. And I still have my birthday coming in 14 days. Yikes! 
 You know what else is nice to get a break from? Glitter polishes! I LOVE glitter. I love that the Holidays usually inspire many glittery nail polish shades. It is a great thing. That said, I am always glad to have a break from all the flash.
  Say hello to the Zoya Naturel Collection. This was Zoya's last release of 2013. Perhaps, they were inspired by the success of recent "Naked" eye palette releases when thinking up this soft, creamy color range. These shades may not be everyone's thing, but there is a nude here that will suit any skin tone. 
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 The Naturel collection is made up of Six new, full- coverage, nude creme tones. To see close up swatches and find out more about these shades just continue reading. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Zoya Odette- Glequin Gradient Nail Art Look

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Happy new year my beauties!!!

 If you follow LTHP on Facebook, you may have seen a post about some blogging goals I have for this new year. One of those goals is to master the art of glequin placement. I have a huge level of admiration and respect for the amazing nail artists who have mastered this technique. While glitter placement isn't necessarily hard, it is very time consuming. Glitter placement requires a lot of patience, a steady hand and precision. The finished looks are always beautiful and eye-catching. In the spirit of the new year and sticking to my goals, I jumped right into this glequin gradient manicure. The placement isn't precise on all my nails, and I could definitely use some practice... but I do love this look so much!
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 For this glequin gradient I started with a base of Zoya Odette. Once my base color was fully dry I started working on the loose glitter placement. I did a coat of a slow drying base coat over my dry base color and set the glitter onto that. I forget where I got my glequins from, I want to say it was Born Pretty Store. They definitely have an AMAZING range of loose nail art glitter. For my gradient I used a Rosy Pink glitter, a light Lilac glitter, a Sky Blue glitter and a Cobalt Blue glitter. To finish the look off and smooth out the surface I did Two coats of Seche Vite top coat. 

 While I am not 100% happy with my placement, I do like the finished look. From further away the mistakes in my placement were not as obvious. I will admit, this was rather time consuming, but therapeutic in a sense. I highly recommend that you guys visit [THIS BLOG] for impressive examples of glitter placement manicures.

Happy 2014 and thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Zoya Zenith Collection Swatches

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Good morning and happy New Year's eve! 

  Today I want to share my swatches of the Zoya Zenith collection. As usual Zoya did an amazing, Six color, collection that perfectly captures the flash and sparkle of the Holiday season. I love that they can do this without creating colors that feel overdone or too typical. Brava for thinking out of the box Zoya! I was so happy to see Zoya revisit the holographic jelly- glassflecks, the painfully bright foils and the bar glitter glazes this year.
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To see close up swatches, and have your retinas burnt by these amazing colors, continue reading ♥.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

KBShimmer Winter- Holiday Releases for 2013

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Hello everyone, and happy Tuesday! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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