A Very Rosey Mani – Review of Little Sunshine Boutik Water Decals

Hey loves! How are y’all? Good, I hope! Today, I have another review for you guys!

Little Sunshine Boutik is Canadian based nail decal, sticker, and foil maker. Little Sunshine Boutik also makes jewelry and embroidered iron on patches! They ship worldwide, and for a limited time, you can try out a decal design for free (excluding shipping and handling). I jumped on that offer LOL. I did have an issue with delivery that was not this indie’s fault; however, they did an awesome job of communicating with me and fixing the issue. A+ on customer service from me! Now, let’s get into the details!

*The following swatches are applied over Ah ha! Nail Lacquer’s Foundation Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow’s Top Coat. The base color used was Glow Up by Twinkled T.

Roses Water Slide Nail Decals (A099)

Description: A sheet of rose design water decals. The sheet is approximately 6.3×5.3cm.

How to use: Apply base coat and base color (preferably white), then let dry. Apply top coat and let dry for at least 30 mins. Cut out a water decal and place it in a container of water for 10-20 secs. Use tweezers to removed the decal from the container of water, and quickly wet the desired nail of placement, then use your fingers to carefully slide the decal off of the back paper and to position it on the desired nail. Make sure to firmly press down on the decal once it is in the desired position. If the decal is longer than your nail, you’ll need to tuck the remainder underneath your tips (I just used my nails on my other hand to do this). Once you have finished all of your nails, you can use acetone and a cleanup brush to remove any of the decal that may be too close to the cuticle or on your skin and to flatten what you tucked under your nail tips. The instructions say to use a blow dryer, but I just let the decal dry for 30-45 mins then applied top coat.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $3.30 USD.

Overall thoughts: These decals are gorgeous and easy to use. My only issue is that they were not quite wide enough for my nails as you can see in the image below. That may be an issue for some people, but for me, it wasn’t that noticeable. It was about 3 days before one peeled, but I was very active in water that week, so that may be the reason. Rachelle was nice enough to throw in 2 extra designs, so maybe my nails won’t be as exposed to water the next time I use them. Overall, I do recommend these decals.

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That is all for today! Be sure to check out Little Sunshine Boutik’s Etsy store and Instagram.

Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later.

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Midnight Kisses Review + Nail Art

Hey loves! Today, I have some nail art & a review for y’all. I know I usually post weekly Fri-Sun, but doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen with optometry school (at least for now). Going forward, expect my posts to come out every 10-14 days. Let’s get started!

*The following swatches are applied over Ah ha! Nail Lacquer’s Foundation Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow’s Top Coat.

*My rating is a 5 point scale based on whether a nail polish has a good formula (2 points), is opaque in 3 coats (1 point), is opaque in 2 coats (1 point), and is pretty in my opinion (1 point).

Midnight Stars by Ruby Kisses

Description: A rich, blackish-brown nail polish with gold microglitters.

Application: Applies very smoothly without any streaks. Easy to use brush.

Opacity: 2 coats

Price: I bought it for 99¢ USD at a local beauty supply, but it’s $1.99 USD on the Sam’s Beauty website.

Overall thoughts: I really like this polish. I was happily surprised that it’s opaque in 2 coats; that’s unusual for non-indie polishes in my experience. I think it’s pretty, and I have no complaints about it.

My rating: 5/5

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Products:

How to:

  1. After applying base coat, base color, and top coat (let dry), make 2 brown circles using the dotting tool (make sure they’re far apart).
  2. Use a darker brown polish and the smaller end of the dotting tool to make dark spots inside of the brown circles.
  3. Use a striping brush & yellow polish to draw long yellow petals from the brown circles.
  4. Let dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  5. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  6. That’s it!

That’s all for today loves! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later.

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Fairy Tale by FingerPaints – Review

Hey lovelies! Happy Sunday!

I went to Sally Beauty Supply to pick up some things and found myself wandering down the nail polish aisle. As I was scanning their nail polish selection, my eyes locked on this FingerPaints polish. So today, I’m going to swatch it and spill all of the tea about it LOL. Let’s get started!

*The following swatches are applied over Ah ha! Nail Lacquer’s Foundation Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow’s Top Coat.

*My rating is a 5 point scale based on whether a nail polish has a good formula (2 points), is opaque in 3 coats (1 point), is opaque in 2 coats (1 point), and is pretty in my opinion (1 point).

Fairy Tale by FingerPaints

Description: This polish is described as having a “shifting holographic color.” 😒 Obviously, there is nothing holographic about this polish. I would describe it as a rosey pink with a green shimmer shift.

Application: Applies very smoothly without any streaks. Easy to use brush.

Opacity: Swatch is shown in 3 coats and the “smile” lines still show.

Price: I bought it for $4.99 USD in-store; however, right now (August 26, 2018) it appears to be on clearance for $2.99 USD on the Sally Beauty website.

Overall thoughts: I think this polish is very pretty. I am a bit disappointed that it didn’t reach opacity in 2-3 coats, so I’ll probably use it as a topper in the future.

My rating: 3/5

That’s all for today loves! I start optometry school tomorrow (August 27), and the workload is a lot! Therefore, my posting schedule may change. I’ll be sure to let y’all know and update my blog description if I have to make a permanent change to my posting schedule. Thanks for understanding. ❤

Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later.

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Dreamcatcher Nails – Inspired Mani

Happy Sunday lovelies! How’s everyone doing? Great I hope! I’m doing well, and still preparing for optometry school. I start orientation on August 21st. I start class on August 27th, so I’m looking forward to it, but I am still a bit nervous. Also, my optometry school has a Big Sib/Lil Sib program where first year students like myself are matched with students who have already completed the first year. A few days ago, I was notified of my Big Sib and started texting her, so I am feeling less nervous now. Anywho, enough about my life update; let’s get into the details of this dreamcatcher mani! I was inspired by this video from cutepolish.

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat, base colors, and top coat. Let dry.
  2. I highly suggest watching the “Dreamcatcher Nail Art” tutorial by cutepolish in addition to my instructions so that it’ll make more sense.
  3. Use a striping brush and black nail polish to create 2 semicircles near the cuticle of the nail painted white.
  4. Using the same brush and polish, draw a triangle that intersects with the 2 semicircles and extends pass them without closing the triangle. Basically, there should be 2 extended lines from the last semicircle.
  5. Using the same brush and polish, draw a line down the middle of the triangle.
  6. Use a small line brush/detail brush and a brown polish (one that isn’t a one-coater) to draw the feather. Start with very tiny strokes then make the strokes a bit longer. Then trace over the feather with black polish (I did this in an attempt to add a bit of dimension).
  7. Use a dotting tool to create “beads” on the dreamcatcher.
  8. Let dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  9. Apply top coat and let dry.
  10. That’s it!

That’s all for today loves! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later.

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Yellow Polka Dot Mani

Hey lovelies! I’m backkkkk! I’m finally all settled in after moving and am so ready to bring y’all more nail art! Today’s mani is inspired by one I saw on Pinterest. It’s really cute and really easy to do, so let’s get into the details!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat, yellow polish, and glossy top coat. Let dry. Tip: paint the tip of the accent nail horizontally.
  2. Use black nail polish and the tip of an orange stick to create a black line where the bare nail and yellow polish meet on the accent nail.
  3. Use black nail polish and the tip of an orange stick to create two small lines that run vertical on the black line of the accent nail. Connect the top and bottom of each vertical line to the horizontal line to create the bow. Tip: I watched this YouTube video to learn how to freehand bows.
  4. Use 2 different sized dotting tools to create a dotticure of white and black dots on all nails.
  5. Use the smaller dotting tool to place a white dot in the center of the bow.
  6. Let dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  7. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  8. That’s it!

That’s all for today loves! Did y’all miss me?? It’s great to be back! Now, all that’s left to figure out is how much free time I’ll have once I start optometry school on the 27th. I have orientation in 9 days!

Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later.

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A Beautiful Sky – Inspired Mani

Hey lovelies! How are y’all doing? Great, I hope! Today, I have a really cute mani for y’all that I couldn’t wait to share! I was inspired by @nailartlily_, so check out her awesome nail art on IG. Let’s get right into the details!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat and let dry.
  2. Apply a sky blue nail polish to all nails as the base color. Make sure this base blue is lighter than the blue that will be used in the rainbow. Let dry.
  3. Apply top coat and let dry.
  4. Use a dotting tool to form clouds. There’s really no special way to form them; just make sure they’re a little “bumby.”
  5. Use a dotting tool to create the sun as well. I used the smaller end of the dotting tool to create the sun rays.
  6. I used a tiny dotting tool to create the rainbow (if you have a small enough detail brush, use that for smoother lines). Try to eyeball the lines enough so that half of the rainbow on one nail aligns with the other half on the other nail.
  7. Repeat step 4 on the ends of the rainbow.
  8. Let everything dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  9. Apply top coat and let dry.
  10. That’s it!

That is all for today! I may not have new posts within the next week or two due to moving. If I don’t have a new mani to post, I will notify you lovelies via my FB Page, so keep an eye out!

Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later.

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Strawberry Daiquiri – Mani

Hey lovelies! How are ya? Good I hope. Well, today’s nail art was almost a nail fail, but somehow I saved it. I’m gonna talk you guys through my thought process of how I managed to make this a decent mani that reminds me of strawberry daiquiris! Let’s get right into the details!

Products used:

How to:

Of course, I applied base coat first and let it dry. Initially, I wanted to do a clear to red mani. I didn’t have any clear polish (I don’t know the last time I bought clear polish), so I decided to wing it just with base coat. I applied cuticle protectors, used a cosmetic wedge to make a gradient between the base coat and red polish until desired opacity was reached, and let it dry.

However, I did not like the outcome. It was just “meh” for me. I thought, “How about I apply red glitter just to the very tips of my nails?” I applied top coat, and while it was still wet, I used a cosmetic wedge to apply red loose glitter to the very tips of my nails.

I realized that the red glitter was a lighter shade of red than the red polish I used, so it ruined the gradient effect. Now, I was sitting here thinking I needed to grab the acetone to remove this mess (LOL), but I thought about trying to apply a bit of a red holo polish where the red glitter was placed. Again, I used a cosmetic wedge to dab the red holo on top of the red glitter, and I liked the effect. It blended in better than just the red glitter alone.

I still wasn’t pleased with how the base coat blended into the red polish though. Then, I remembered this sheer red polish with glitters, and decided to apply that on top of all of my nails. I used 2 coats, and loved the outcome. Finally, this mani was right with me! I applied top coat and let it dry.

That is all for today! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later.

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