Halloween 2019 ft. Live Imara Nail Tattoos

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Hey guys! It’s been a loooooooong time. I’ve been so busy with 2nd year of optometry school, but I am alive and well! Today, I have a Halloween mani using some spooky decals from Live Imara.

Live Imara is an indie nail polish and nail tattoo brand. They have a store on Etsy, so be sure to check it out! 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. Candied Apple by Mace Polish (rebranded) and Noir by Nicka K New York were the other polishes used in this mani.

About the nail tattoos:

These nail tattoos were very easy to use. After I let my nail polish dry for about 30 mins, I just cut out the designs I wanted, submerged them in water, peeled and placed them on my nails. Of course, I sealed everything in with top coat.

That’s all for today! I Be sure to check out Live Imara’s Etsy store and Instagram.

I hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween! See ya next time.

Blossoms on a Gray Day

Hey loves! I hope everyone is doing well! I haven’t played around with gray nail polish in awhile, soooo today my inspiration was blossoms on a cloudy day. Let’s get right into the details!

**If I don’t include a link to a product, it is due to item unavailability or the indie store is closed temporarily/permanently.

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat and let dry.
  2. Apply base color (gray) and let dry.
  3. Apply top coat and let dry.
  4. Using dotting tools, make 4-5 dots in a pattern that mimics flower petals.
  5. Use black polish and a dotting tool to place a dot in the center of the petals.
  6. Let dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  7. Apply top coat and let dry.

That’s all for today! I hope y’all enjoyed.

Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below!

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Fourth of July 2019

Hey loves! Are y’all ready for the 4th? Well, you will be with this mani! Let’s get right into the details.

**If I don’t include a link to a product, it is due to item unavailability or the indie store is closed temporarily/permanently.

Products used:

How to: The Star

  1. Apply base coat and let dry.
  2. Apply base color and let dry.
  3. Apply top coat so that you have a smooth surface to freehand on.
  4. For instructions on how to draw this kind of star, I watched this video. I used a stamping nail polish for the star.
  5. Let dry for at least 20 mins to prevent smearing.
  6. Apply top coat and let dry.

That’s all for today! I hope y’all enjoyed, and I hope you all have a fun and safe 4th of July!

Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below!

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The Fab Five

Hey y’all! So I haven’t done smooshy nail art in a long time and decided to do some yesterday LOL.

**If I don’t include a link to a product, it is due to item unavailability or the indie store is closed temporarily/permanently.

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat and let dry.
  2. Apply one layer of an opaque white polish and let dry.
  3. Apply a cuticle protector. Since I don’t have a latex allergy, I use Bye Girl Barrier by Nailed it! Hawaii.
  4. Drop a bit of each polish onto a clean stamper and immediately press the stamper onto your nail a couple of times. Do the same for each nail.
  5. Remove cuticle protector and clean up as necessary.
  6. Apply top coat and let dry.

That’s all for today! I hope y’all enjoyed! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below!

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I’m Walking on Sunshine

Hey loves! How’s everyone doing? On June 16, I posted some nail art on my Instagram, so this post is for the details of that mani.

**If I don’t include a link to a product, it is due to item unavailability or the indie store is closed temporarily/permanently.

Products used:

How to:

For stencil instructions, check out All that Glitters is Snow

For dried flower placement and gradient help, check out Bloom from Within

That’s all for today! I hope y’all enjoyed! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below!

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Mooo!

Firstly, Happy National Nail Polish Day! Secondly, I don’t know why I waited this long to do cow nails LOL. It’s super easy, so let’s get right into the details.

**If I don’t include a link to a product, it is due to item unavailability or the indie store is closed temporarily/permanently.

Products used:

How to: The Spots

  1. Apply base coat and let dry.
  2. Apply base color (white in this case) and let dry.
  3. Use a dotting tool and black polish to create the spots. This step is very easy because all cow spots are different, so there’s really no specific instruction for how to create one. Just have fun!
  4. Let dry for 30-45 minutes to prevent smearing.
  5. Apply top coat and let dry for at least 30 minutes before moving on to the cow decals.

How to: The Cows

  1. Cut out the decal and try to cut as close to the cow design.
  2. Peel off the protective clear plastic on the cow design. This side will now be sticky.
  3. Place the sticky side of the decal on your nail in whatever position you want. I ordered the kid-sized decals so that I could apply at least 2 cows to one nail.
  4. Take a cosmetic wedge and wet it with water.
  5. Dab the wet cosmetic wedge on the decal until the backing paper is soaked.
  6. Slide the backing paper off of the decal.
  7. Let your nail dry from any excess water.
  8. Apply top coat and let dry.
  9. That’s it!

That’s all for today! I hope y’all enjoyed! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below!

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Bloom from Within

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has been doing well. Sticking to my summer break theme, this mani is yearning for the first day of summer to arrive. It’s fairly easy to recreate so let’s jump right into the details.

**If I don’t include a link to a product, it is due to item unavailability or the indie store is closed temporarily/permanently.

Products used:

How to: The Gradient

  1. Apply base coat and let dry.
  2. Apply one coat of the lightest colored polish you’re using for the gradient and let dry.
  3. Apply a barrier to your cuticles. I use liquid latex, but there are latex-free options.
  4. Use a cosmetic wedge to apply nail polishes for the gradient effect. Dab it on each nail until you reach desired opacity.
  5. Remove barrier and do any clean up necessary.
  6. Apply top coat and let dry.

How to: Flower Placement

  1. Reapply top coat, and while it is still wet, use the tweezers to place a single flower on one nail at a time.
  2. Gently push down the flower petals using the tweezers in order to flattened the flowers to the nail.
  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 for each nail.
  4. Once dry, apply another layer of top coat to each nail in order to seal in the dried flowers.
  5. Let dry for 30 mins.

That’s all for today! I hope y’all enjoyed! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below!

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Lala’s backkkkk!

Hey lovelies! OMG it’s been soooooooo long since I’ve been on here. My life got really busy with optometry school, but I am back now! Thank you to those who stuck around and any new readers, I just finished my first year of optometry school and have the summer off, which means plenty of time for nail art! Let’s get into the details about my first mani of summer break 2019.

*If I don’t include a link to a product, it is due to item unavailability or the indie store is closed temporarily or permanently.

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat and let dry.
  2. Apply one coat of the lightest colored polish you’re using for the gradient and let dry.
  3. Apply a barrier to your cuticles. I use liquid latex, but there are latex-free options.
  4. Use a cosmetic wedge to apply nail polishes for the gradient effect. Dab it on each nail until you reach desired opacity.
  5. Remove barrier and do any clean up necessary.
  6. Apply a glittery topper. I used Blue Sparkle for this step.
  7. Apply top coat, and while it is still wet, use tweezers to place the charms and studs on your nails.
  8. Let dry for 30 mins.
  9. That’s it!

That’s all for today loves! I hope you enjoyed! I’m looking forward to bringing y’all lots of nail art this summer! Besitos

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Aries & Galactic Mermaid by The Nail Bazaar – Review

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Hey there lovelies! How are y’all doing? I hope 2019 is beginning great for all of you! Today, I am bringing you my first review of 2019. Gosh, it seems like it’s been forever since I’ve done a review; optometry school keeps me busy! Classes start back on Monday, January 7th, so this will be my last post for a couple of weeks.

I was contacted by Meghan at The Nail Bazaar, and she provided a discount code because of the type of Instagram account I have. I checked out their website and decided to make a purchase, using the discount code, when I saw two beautiful linear holos. The Nail Bazaar is a 5-free, vegan, cruelty-free indie who creates nail polish and fake nails in the USA. This company was started in August 2018, and their collection consists of 10 nail polishes. At the time of my order, two of the polishes were being sold as a New Year’s Duo. The duo is no longer available, but you can still purchase them individually. Now, let’s get right into the review!

*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).

 

Aries

Description: A dark pink linear holographic polish.

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

Opacity: 2 coats

Price: $11.00 USD

Overall thoughts: I am very pleased with this polish. It’s a beautiful color, and I didn’t have any linear holos of this color in my collection. Applies beautifully, and it just overall stunning.

My rating: 5/5

 

Galactic Mermaid

Description: A sea blue linear holographic polish.

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

Opacity: 2 coats

Price: $11.00 USD

Overall thoughts: Like Aries, this polish is stunning and I have no complaints.

My rating: 5/5

 

That’s all for today loves! Be sure to check out The Nail Bazaar’s online store and Instagram.

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

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Messy Fireworks – NYE Mani

Hey y’all! How’s everyone doing? Good, I hope! Are y’all ready for 2019?! Today, I am bringing you my last mani of 2018! How exciting! It’s a bit of messy nail art since the fireworks are not defined, but that’s the best I could do freehand LOL. I like how it turned out! I’m also trying out polishes from a new indie (or at least new to me), so I will have a review up after January 1st.

Let’s get right into the details of this mani!

Products used:

 

How to:

  1. Apply base coat and let dry. Apply black polish and let dry. Then, apply top coat and let dry.
  2. Use any of the 3 liner brushes to create the fireworks. Use tapping motions to make a more concentrated, undefined area, and short curved strokes to make extensions of the firework. I used all 3 brushes for differing effects because they are different lengths, so this part is up to you to make it your own; there’s really no wrong way since it’s messy anyway.
  3. Use a small dotting tool to place some white dots as stars.
  4. Dip your nail art brush into some glitter (the same liner brushes are fine).
  5. Apply top coat to your nails, and while they are still wet, gently flick some glitter off of the nail art brush using your fingers on your other hand in order to apply the tiniest amount of loose glitter. You don’t need to apply a lot of glitter because you will end up covering the fireworks by doing so.
  6. Apply more top coat and let dry.
  7. That’s it!

 

That’s all for today loves! I hope you enjoyed! It’s been another great nail art year with y’all, and I hope you all have a Happy New Year! Stay safe!

Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all in 2019!

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