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! 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Zoya Normani and Inglot Pro Perfection Glitter Stripes Nail Look

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Good morning!! 

  Today I have a simple look featuring some Inglot Pro Perfection glitter striping polishes. Some time ago Inglot released an amazing range of striping glitter polishes and I was lucky enough to receive them for review. For this look I decided to revisit an old manicure of mine from 2011. I wanted to keep it simple because I love the classic beauty of Zoya's Normani. The glittery stripes were the perfect touch to spice up my Greige base. 
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 This simple look started with a base of Zoya Normani. Once my base was dry I  did my glitter stripes. I used Inglot Pro Perfection glitter stripers in #66 which is the Gold- Holographic glitter, and #92 which is a Black and Silver glitter. On my Pinky and Ring nail I did full stripes, and on my Index and Middle I did falling stripes. I finished my look off by top coating my nails with a generous layer of Seche Vite. 
  The Inglot Pro Perfection stripers come in a beautiful range of glitter mixes and retail for $10.00. I kind of wish they had also released some of them as regular glitter polishes. They are densely packed with sparkles and are just amazing. The only issue I have is that the brush is not very fine or easy to control (for me at least). That is the only downside I could think of with these babies. Nothing using my own stripe brush cannot fix. 

 Even tough this is a simple look I really love it because I can still enjoy the beauty of Normani without being too distracted by the nail art. 

Thanks for coming by!