Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Cirque Arcus Collection Swatches- Part One

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Happy Tuesday! 

 Where is the kitteh?!!!! Truffle will be on the blog later on this week. I kinda forgot to have her make a pick for me yesterday while the husband was home. When the hubs comes home later I will have him help me with Truffle Tuesday.. or Thursday maybe. 
 For today I do have some beautiful new colors by Cirque Nail Polish. This is the first half of the Arcus Collection. The Arcus collection was inspired by all the awesomeness of the Rainbow, my favorite color ;). This portion is made up of Six amazing layering polishes.  
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 To see close up swatches of these beauties just continue reading ♥. 
 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Celebrating International Nail Art Day #INAD in Essie's Naughty Nauticals

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Happy Caturday!!! 

  Today is the first ever International Nail Art Day (#INAD). I remember seeing a post about this on the NAILgasm Documentary Facebook page a few weeks ago, and I thought it was an awesome thing. Of course I have to participate. Although LTHP features a lot of swatches and beauty posts, this bloggity-blog actually has its roots in nail art. I started this blog as a way to share my adventures in nail art and it eventually evolved into something much bigger. 
 To this day though, one of my favorite things to do is to sit down with a ton of color and just have some fun with my nails. For this special day I went with a look that features the shades in Essie's Naughty Nauticals collection. These shades were perfect for the "theme" I had in mind. Yes, there is a theme here haha. I wanted to do a colorful mish-mash of some of my favorite nail art techniques and this is what I came up with. Ten nails, ten different combinations= One awesome mani :D.
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 To make things easier I will break this look down by finger :D. 
Thumb: starts with a base of Naughty Nautical and then splattered with The More the Merrier and Full Steam Ahead
Index: starts with a base of Rock the Boat then I did some saran-wrap marbling with The More the Merrier and Naughty Nautical.
Middle: starts with a base of The Girls are Out then was dotted with The More the Merrier, Naughty Nautical and  Full Steam Ahead
Ring: starts with a base of The More the Merrier. Once it was fully dry I carefully placed my striping tape then went back over my nail with Naughty Nautical to create a neat striped look. 
Pinkie: starts with a base of Full Steam Ahead then I did some saran wrap marbling with The Girls are Out and The More the Merrier
 I finished off all of my nails with a coat of Seche Vite followed by a coat of INM Northern Lights for some added sparkly goodness. 
 Here is a shot of my Naughty Nautical skittle bases before I went to town on 'em :D.
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From Thumb to Pinkie: Naughty Nautical, Rock the Boat, The Girls are Out, The More the Merrier and Full Steam Ahead. All of these had fantastic formulas, I did Three thin coats of each. I really tried to get a good photo of my right hand, but I simply cannot pose with my right hand lolol. My  right hand truly is my Cinderella-hand. 
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On my right hand I used the same techniques but switched the colors around as well as the pattern of the dots and tape. I had so much fun working with these colors. I didn't really set out with a plan. I just knew I wanted lots of color, I think I achieved my goal hee hee. 
 Here are my, rarely seen, thumbs :D. These colors are just too much fun. I love how there is a mix of vibrant and soft that comes together perfectly.  
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 Happy first International Nail Art Day everyone!! I hope to see some awesome looks! Make sure to use the hashtag #INAD when sharing your looks on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.. etc. I'm looking forward to seeing every one's looks!! 

Happy Caturday and thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, August 2, 2013

O.P.I Bond Girls Liquid Sand Collection Pairings

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Happy Friday!! 

  Though I've never really been a fan of the Bond movies, I must say OPI has made some stunning polishes inspired by the franchise. Last year's Skyfall Holiday collection was full of WIN. So many of those shades are really stunning. This year O.P.I came out with a Six piece Liquid Sand collection inspired by the iconic Bond Girls. 
 I rocked the daylights out of these and loved every second of it. The colors and finishes of these are really interesting and beautiful. There is a great mix of classic, flashy and subtle in this group of colors. Overall, I am a huge fan of this collection. 
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 I went for pairings because most of these were actual manis that I wore for many days. The wear on all of these liquid sands is just ridiculously amazing. These do no chip, they do not fade and they wear like iron. 
 I don't want to sound like a broken record so I will get this out of the way now lol... The formula on all of these is AMAZING. They apply with much ease, I used Three thin coats for all these liquid sands. They were all good to go within 45 minutes. I don't know what sorcery is in these, but as they dry tge sparkle becomes more and more intense! I will never top coat these, they are just perfect in their beautiful matte form! 
O.P.I Jinx and Solitaire
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Jinx is a beautiful, fiery shade of vivid Coral with a strong Golden duochrome. It reminds me of one of last years Fall DS shades, but in liquid sand form. I literally could not stop staring at this color once it was fully dry. It is just amazing. Solitaire is a really pretty Silvery-White base with little chunky Silver glitter accents. As it first applies it looks like an ugly frosty mess, and then it starts to dry... and it becomes the most interesting shade of shimmering textured White matte. I adore the complete transformation of this color as it dries. It is really chic and different from every other texture out there. 

O.P.I Tiffany Case and Pussy Galore
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I took this photo Two days after application o.O!!
These Two shades have my full attention hee hee. Tiffany Case is probably my most favorite liquid sand ever. She is GLORIOUS! This shade is a heavy dose of matte cerulean Blue sparkle accented by small light Blue sparkling hexes. Tiffany Case is painfully sparkly and just magical in Sunlight. Pussy Galore is a playful matte sparkling Pink. It was very much like Solitaire, in that it looks frosty and ugly as it applies. As it dries the base becomes this beautiful sparkly Pink accented by micro, barely there, Magenta sparkle. It almost reminds me of a textured version of Suzi and the Lifeguard. I loved wearing these Two together as they reminded me of yummy cotton candy.

O.P.I Vesper and Honey Ryder
I've actually already gone over these two beauties ont he blog before. You can check out the original post for Vesper and Honey Ryder [HERE]. Honey Ryder has a very special place in my collection. She is just BEAUTIFUL! 

 My faves in this group are Tiffany Case, Honey Ryder and Jinx. Though I really do adore all of them and I love that there is a bit of everything in terms of color. They gave us delicate, vampy and flashy all in one collection. 

Did you pick up any Bond girls? Which are your faves?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Zoya Irresistible Summer Ombre- Stamped Nail Art

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Good morning and happy Thursday! 

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

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