Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GlitterDaze Flashback Collection Swatches

Hello beautiful readers! Today is all about neons, 80's music and glitter. Say hello to the wonderfully playful Flashback Collection by Glitter Daze. To find out more about these fun and colorful toppers just keep on reading. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Swatch Spam!!

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 Happy Sunday!!! I was just thinking, not long ago, that it had been a while since I last did a swatch spam post. Then, yesterday, as I was going through some drafts I found all of these. The timing was kind of perfect! More after the jump. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Zoya Summer 2014 Magical Pixies

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 The sparkles! OMG The sparkles! Ok, I will just come right out and say that when I first saw the Summer Magical Pixies from Zoya for 2014 I was a bit underwhelmed. I can't tell you exactly what was putting me off from wearing them. Maybe I thought the shades were a bit boring? And, in the bottle they were not doing much for me.... But then, this past weekend I was feeling sorta lazy and I wanted to wear something "easy" and that would wear for a good while. If anything, I at least knew that these would wear fantastically and they would sparkle. So, I "bit the bullet" and thought to myself.... "what the hell, I'll give these a shot.". 

Oh my GLOB! What a beautiful surprise these turned out to be on my nails. Looking back, I'm not sure at all why I thought I would not enjoy these. I will admit though, they are a million times more spectacular on the nail (and fully dry) than in the bottle.  

Zoya Arlo- On myself, Arlo wears like a beautiful shade of raspberry. Of course as we have come to expect with the Magical Pixies, this beauty is packed to the brim with chunky holo hex glitter in varying sizes.
Zoya Bar- On myself, Bar wears like a warm, sandy gold. I really was not sure what to expect with Bar, because golden tones can be hard for me to wear. I was happy to see that she is a bit of a shape shifter thanks to the jelly-like base.
Zoya Ginni- On myself, Ginni wears like a soft coral toned pink. She was a bit more sheer than her two companions, beautiful non the less.
 The reason why I kept mentioning how these wore on me specifically is because I've noticed that these can look a bit different from person to person. They seem to adjust to anyone's skin tone. I think that is because the "base color" for these is not as densely pigmented or packed with micro sparkle as the Spring Magical Pixies. They are sort of "jelly" like in application so the fully dry effect is almost like a matte jelly sammich.

 I used Three coats of each color and dry time was decent. I'd say within a good 30 they were dry enough to carry on with my day. My final thoughts on these is that they are beautiful, effortless and I regret not wearing them sooner. Never again will I underestimate a Magical Pixie, lesson learned.

Did you try out any of these Three Summer beauties? What are your thoughts on them?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tutorial Thursdays! LVX Summer Leopard Spots Nail Art (+ Video Tutorial)

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It is Thursday already?! Right on! For this Tutorial Thursday I went with leopard spots. I adooore doing leopard spot manis. They are super easy and fun to do. For this leopard printed look I used all shades from the LVX Summer 2014 collection. The finished look kind of reminds me of old porcelain tea cups, but leopard printed :D. More details and tutorial after the jump.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Bubbles Nail Art

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 The color drop decal obsession continues!! Seriously, I just cannot get enough of this method and the endless possibilities  it brings (and the part where I can get equally awesome swirls, with ease, on both hands!). The Zoya Bubbly collection polishes were simply a perfect choice for this look! I think they look a bit like stained glass, or maybe sparkly jelly fish. More after the jump.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Zoya Tickled DIY Marbled Decal Nail Art

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 OMG much changes!! Such update :D. I hope you guys are enjoying the new look of Let them have Polish!

 Not even going to lie... I've been completely obsessed with making my own decals lately. I desperately wanted to try this technique with creme polishes, so I did :D. I had this Zoya Tickled trio set aside for a water marble, but decided to try the color drops method instead. I am so loving the effect this technique created with these three creamy shades. How can I not love sweet cotton candy swirls?!
 I painted my nails with Zoya Kitridge. This shade is an amazing, vibrant bubblegum pink creme. I am smitten with this flattering color, and its amazing formula. The formula is very self- leveling and perfectly pigmented.  I only needed Two coats of Kitridge.
 To create my decals I used the method shown in my color drops tutorial. For these decals I did space my drops out a bit more. Spacing out the drops created that petal- like effect. For my swirls I used Zoya Ling, and Zoya Rooney. Ling is a beautiful shade of true cerulean blue creme. She is a very balanced shade of blue. Rooney is a vibrant magenta pink creme. She is a classic that will look great on every skin tone. I just love the amazing pops of blue thanks to unique Ling. She adds such a great contrasting touch. 
 I finished my nails off with a coat of Cult Nails Wicked fast. Of course I added my "traditional" coat of INM Northern Lights because sparkles make everything better. I really enjoy using the color drop method to create marbled nails because it allows me to get more swirls on my nails than a watermarble normally would. I LOOOOVE watermarbles, but I feel like they look so much more kick ass on gals with longer nails. I feel like with the color drops method girls with shorter nails can also enjoy intricate swirl designs on their nails.  

 I am just LOVING the Zoya Tickled collection shades. The collection feels very cohesive, the colors really do flatter each other. I also love that all six shades look like they could work with all skin tones.. These creamy beauties look great on everyone! 

Thanks for coming by today loves!! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Salon Perfect Neon POP Rainbow Ombre Nail Art (+ Video Tutorial)

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  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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cool Toned Dots with NYC City Samba Shades

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 When in doubt... Or just plain lazy.. DOTS!!!! This simple mani brought to you by shades from the New York Color City Samba Collection ;D. 
 I started with bases of NYC Ocean Blue and Palm Tree. Both of these shades have a great formula. They both felt a bit crelly to me, which I loved. I used Two coats of both colors. For my dots I used NYC Amazon Green. This shade is an odd and dated mint FROST.. A Mint frost... Anyways.. I decided to "make it work" by using it to create little pearly dots over my vibrant base colors. I think this is the only way I could ever enjoy such an odd color. 
 As for my base colors Ocean Blue and Palm Tree... They are actually quite wonderful! The formulas are really easy to work with, and I had no issues with staining. I finished off my nails with a top coat of Seche Vite. 

I am so ready for the weekend :D. Also, don't forget that I am taking requests for tutorials! So, don't be afraid to throw suggestions out there!! Happy Weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hot Little New York Color Clouds

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 ... is my apartment a TARDIS? 

 Today I am sharing some hot little clouds because I need something bright, shiny and cheery to combat this dark and gloomy day in "Sunny" 'ol Fl. For this mani I got to play with a brand I had never tried before, New York Color. IDK why I'd never tried them.... But these were AWESOME! 
 I had been wanting to rock a cloud mani for some time now. I just love how cute these always turn out. Anyhow, I saw these three shades together and I just knew they would be my trio for my hot little clouds. These three shades come from the NYC In a NY Minute City Samba collection for Summer 2014. 
 I started with a base of NYC Copacabana, which is an amazing shade of bright, true primary yellow creamy shimmer. This shade reminds me, a lot, of Catrice's Birdie Reloaded; which is supposed to be a dupe of Chanel Mimosa (but, with a significantly better formula). By simple powers of deduction, one could then say that NYC Copacabana is a possible dupe for Chanel Mimosa. As for the formula on Copacabana, it is PERFECT. I only needed two effortless coats (insanely fast dry time). 
 For the middle cloud I used NYC Sweet Melon. This shade is an adorable shimmering true melon shade. There is no better way to describe this color that "melon". For the top cloud I used NYC Tropicoral. This pretty is a super vibrant and saturated shade of vivid, orange leaning, coral creme. I finished my clouds off with a good coat of Seche Vite to make them really shiny and smooth. 
 I feel like I have to comment on the amazing formula on all three of these colors. They were so easy to work with. These suckers retail for $1.99, but apply like a much more expensive polish. Tropicoral is especially amazing. The formula is really shiny and self-leveling. I really enjoyed this shade. These three shades also do live up to the "In a minute" claim. They dried really quickly which made for even easier clouds. 

 If you guys have any suggestions for other NYC In a NY Minute shades I should check out, definitely let me know! Thanks for coming by! 

PS- I am taking requests for nail art tutorials!! What do you guys wanna see? Let me know in the comments!

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. 
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 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!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cult Nails It's a New Day Collection Look

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Happy Thursday!! 

 It is a new day indeed. A very rainy new day :D... but I love in South Florida... I think I'd be worried if it WASN'T raining. The look I am sharing today is the opposite of what the weather feels like, I need that haha. For this look I went with ALLL the Cult Nails. Maria and Marta (of Chit Chat Nails) did such a wonderful job on this collection. The It's a New Day collection is definitely one of my all time favorite releases that Cult Nails has ever done. 
 On my ring and thumbnails I used Cult Nails Evolution. This shade is a light, peachy, crelly. I absolutely adore the squishiness of this color. I mean I just LOVE the color, period. Light peachy shades are my go-to, safe place, nail color. I wanted to have a sparkly accent so I topped off my peachy nails with some Cult Nails Walk of Shame.
 For the gradient nails I started with a base of Cult Nails It's a New Day. This shade is the most perfect pastel, baby chick, yellow creme. The formula is squishy perfection. To create the gradients I used Cult Nails Falling Hard and It's a New Day. Falling Hard is a soft Barbie pink crelly with a great formula.
 Since I have not stamped in ages... I decided to bust out some stamping gear... I used Bundle Monster plate BM- H09 and Cult Nails Radiance for the stamped details. I finished my nails off with a coat of Seche Vite.

 I really love how these colors play together. They are a perfect complimentary trio and I can't imagine one without the others. Again I say, Maria and Marta did a wonderful job with this collaboration. These shades are still available from the Cult Nails website and retail for $12.00.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hey Girl... Nice Melons!

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Happy Humpday! 

  I'm pretty sure that as a beauty blogger in South East Florida... that it is a requirement for me to rock some watermelon nail art at some point in my life. I mean, IDK... melons, Florida heat... they just seem to go hand in hand. So, I did just that this past weekend. Some of the shades from Zoya's Tickled and Bubbly collections were the perfect choices for my fruity nails. 
 I started with a base of Zoya's Tilda. She is a bright, grass green creme. I wanted to add some pops of sparkle to my melons so I layered a two thin coats of Zoya Stassi over my middle and pinkie nails. To create the melons I basically just did some ruffians over all my nails, except my pinkie. I used Zoya Wendy for the coral-y parts of the melons. Wendy is a perfectly opaque shade of pink- leaning coral. 
 To add some sparkle to some of my melons I layered a coat of Zoya Harper over the pink portions on my ring and thumb nails. For the "seeds" I just used a plain black creme and a small dotting tool. I cleaned up the seams of my melons with a green Stripe Rite glitter. To finish everything off I used a coat of Seche Vite followed by a light coat of INM Northern Lights. 

 Here are Zoya Tilda and Stassi over Tilda. I really love how the shades of the Bubbly collection look layered over the shades from the tickled collection. Putting the sparkling, jelly based, shades over an opaque color really seems to bring out all the tones in the sparkly shades. I feel like on their own they all lean a bit too gold. They are all beautiful regardless though.  

 And now I must go shop for some watermelon because I really want some :). I'm thinking I also want to try my hand at more fruit themed nails. What should I do next? I think pineapples... 

Thanks for stopping by!!  

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. 
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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.... 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

How I Wore It: KBShimmer Goldie Rocks & Let's not Coral

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Are you sure it's Tuesday?! 

 Because I am lagging like it is a Monday, and I do not appreciate that :-S. As a friend of mine told me on Facebook; "when Tuesday feels like Monday it's a Netflix in bed kind of day". Trust me, I fully plan to heed her advice before I spontaneously combust. But first! Lemme show you some nails! 

This Summery look features some of the beautiful new shades from the KBShimmer Early Summer 2014 collection. I started with a base of KBShimmer Let's not Coral. This shade is a perfect pink-toned Coral. I absolutely adore that it is pink-tones as most of my corals tend to lean to orange. I used two easy and perfect coats of this shade. 
 Once my base color was dry I used the half-moon nail vinyls to tape off my moons. To make my nails pop I went with KBShimmer Goldie Rocks. This pretty is a magical shade of bright Gold, and extremely linear holo. Photos could never do this shade justice as it is just so amazing and multi- dimensional in person. 
 I topped my nails of with a coat of KBShimmer clearly on top to smooth out the "seam" of my moons. I adore this color combination. There is something classic, yet playful and trendy about these and I love it! 

 I'm gonna go on the prowl for chocolate and wine now... That should make today better, right? XOXO

Thursday, May 29, 2014

KBShimmer PT Young Thing & She Twerks Out

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Happy almost end of the week!! 

 Today I want to share a look with some AMAZING shades from the KBShimmer Early Summer 2014 collection. For this look I decided to pair one of the extreme new holos with one of the beautiful textures Christy released. I never cease to be amazed by beautiful Silver holographic polishes. Part of me always thinks they will all look the same, but they never do. Basically, a Silver holo is like Black eye liner, or Red lipstick... You cannot have too many, and no two are ever the same. 
 I was also very pleasantly surprised with the texture I chose to wear for this mani. The look of it is super unique and complex. I was so happy to see that the KBShimmer textures are unlike any texture out there.
 The outstanding silver holo is the, cleverly named, PT Young Thing. As the name suggests it is an intense platinum (silver) toned linear holo. When I say intense, I mean INTENSE. You can see rainbows on your nails even when it is not in direct sunlight. The formula on this color is fantastic and does well in Two easy coats. A perk to this holo is that the addition of a top coat does not mess with the intensity of the holographic effect.


 The accent shade is one of the new textures. This pretty is She Twerks Out (lololololol). This pretty is a perfect teal jelly base saturated with matte and sparkling glitter. I love the how the blend of green, lilac and aqua glitters give this color its texture as well as a beautifully complex, layered, look. This color dried to a satin- matte finish and gets the texture from all the glitter packed in the base. The formula was suuuper easy to work with. I only needed Two coats for full opacity. Even though the surface was fairly smooth and the textured nails were not snagging, I chose to top coat them with a coat of Cult Nails Wax That... top coat. I didn't want to alter the matte finish, but I did want to ensure a quick dry time and extended wear. 

 Seriously though, how amazing is that holo... Even in artificial light you can still see intense rainbows! 

KBShimmer rocks my socks off and that is all there is to it ♥. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How I Wore It: KBShimmer In Bare Form and Lo and Be Bold

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Hi and happy Tuesday! 

  I hope everyone had a good and safe Memorial Day weekend. My weekend was hella chill and awesome. I got to go to my first "hoop jam", met some amazing people, learned new tricks and got all bruised up from practicing said tricks haha. 
 So, since I got in the KBShimmer Early Summer collection, they are all I've been wearing. Much like the Spring collection, these were much too awesome to just swatch. I ended up wearing most of them as "looks" or just paired... because... KBSHIMMAH!!!!! IDK what is this hold this brand has on me, but I love it!


 Less is more when awesome colors are involved :D. For this dotted look I started with a base of KBShimmer In Bare Form. This beautiful nude holographic shade made a great base for some vibrant contrasting dots using KBShimmer Lo and be Bold. I love how the vibrant cobalt blue dots just jump off the nude base. I think I may have a new "favorite" color combination in nude and cobalt. I really love how the colors seem to make each other pop. 

 And here is a quick, sunny, look at In Bare Form. This shade has a fantastic, two coat, formula. I love how creamy this shade is, yet it still remains very linear in the holo effect. A holo for the office? Don't mind if I do! 


 The KBShimmer Early Summer collection is available from kbshimmer.com right meow :D. As you may have guessed.. I shall be sharing my "Early Summer" looks over the coming days ;). 

Thanks for coming by today! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

#FAILFriday- Sad Day for the O.P.I Summer 2014 Neons

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Happy Friday!!! 

 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...
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 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?