Starry Night

Hey lovelies! Happy Saturday! Today, we’re gonna talk about a mani that I’m not a fan of, but others are LOL. I actually did this mani last week, but I didn’t like it, so I decided not to post it. However, I didn’t feel like redoing my nails (plus I’m busy with finals prep), so I wore them throughout the week, and surprisingly, I received so many compliments on them. Even my Biochemistry professor said that my nails looked like the night sky LOL. So I decided to go ahead and post it now. Let’s get into the details!

Products used:

How to:

After applying base coat and base color, I applied top coat and use tweezers to apply the stars and rhinestones immediately while the top coat was still wet. I sealed it all in with more top coat. Easy!

That’s all for today loves! Today’s post was kinda short, but this mani is so easy; there’s not much to say about it LOL.

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

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Candied Pumpkin by Mace Polish – Review

Happy Sunday! Today, I will be reviewing the last of the 4 nail polishes I bought from Mace Polish. In October, I ordered Candied Apple, Candied Cranberry, Candied Pumpkin, & Candied Plum from the Candied Collection by Mace Polish. Today’s post is about Candied Pumpkin, so let’s get swatching!

*The following swatches are applied over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff and topped with Glisten & Glow 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).

Candied Pumpkin

Description: A gorgeous pumpkin orange with a blend of silver holographic glitter, matte black glitter, and iridescent glitter.

Application: Smooth formula, not streaky, easy to use brush.

Opacity: Swatch shown in 2 coats

Availability: Available now.

Price: $9.00 USD

Overall thoughts: I LOVE IT! This polish is gorgeous, just like the others. I have no problems to report. Very pleased!

My rating: 5/5

That’s all for today loves! Be sure to check out Mace Polish’s store and Instagram.

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Cuticle Oils and Cuticle Butters/Balms

Hey lovelies! How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was great! As most of you know, I did not post during Thanksgiving weekend, and it seems like I’ve been away forever! Today, I want to talk to you guys about some cuticle oils and butters/balms I’ve used before and continue to use.

It is important to always remember that nail art is great, but that greatness starts with healthy nails. Even if you aren’t into nail art, keeping your nails healthy is important. Now there are many steps to nail care and maintaining healthy nails, but I’m just going to focus on cuticle oils and such in this post. If you lovelies want more nail care tips, let me know!

I started doing nail art in May 2016. Before then, I had always been a nail bitter. When I got into nail art, I was more interested in nail art techniques than how to keep my nails healthy, so it took a couple of months before I started learning about cuticle oils. In the beginning of my nail journey, I experienced frequent breaks and peeling; my nails just weren’t that healthy. My nails started getting better in April 2017, and now they’re even healthier! See below for comparisons.

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So let’s talk about the oils and such I’ve used! WARNING: This is a long post😂

*The following information is my honest opinion. Some of these products may not work for me, but may work for you. Everyone is different and so are our nails, so we may have different experiences. You should try many different products to find what works best for you, and it may not be the same thing that works best for me

Sally Hansen: Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil

Ingredients: CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ISOCETYL ALCOHOL, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PANTHENOL, PROPYLPARABEN, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL, AQUA/WATER/EAU, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM/MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID.

Scent: Unscented.

Application style: Polish-like bottle.

Price: Depends on where you buy it from. It’s $5.99 USD on Amazon.

Overall thoughts: I’ve purchased this oil in local stores and from Amazon. This is the first oil I started using. My nails did seem to grow quicker with this oil than without, but my nails were still easy to break and didn’t look that healthy. This oil does not include jojoba oil, which is a necessary ingredient for healthy nails, so I would not use it again and definitely don’t recommend it.

Nailed it! Hawaii: The Balm

*I do not have a link to this balm right now because it is not currently listed (might’ve sold out on Black Friday!), but I did link the store.

Ingredients: mango butter, shea butter, cocoa butter, sunflower wax, jojoba oil, argan oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, kaolin clay, fragrance.

Scent: A variety of scents, but I’ve only tried Berri Vanilla.

Price: Since it’s not currently listed, I’m not sure, and I don’t want to quote an incorrect price.

Overall thoughts: I’ve purchased this balm once, and it lasted me about 4 months. It is definitely one of my faves. I love using it along with my favorite oil. When I started using it, I was still using Sally Hansen’s oil, so this balm really helped out. I used it everyday, multiple times a day! The only reason why I haven’t purchased more is because I have a lot of cuticle butter from another indie, and for me, they work the same. I definitely recommend this cuticle balm though!

Rebecca and Madisen: Cuticle Oil (seasonal and normal scents).

Ingredients: jojoba wax, coconut oil, grape seed oil, safflower oil, argan oil, neem oil, tamanu oil, scent, and vitamin E oil.

Scent: A wide variety; it’s amazing! You can also order unscented. I’ve only tried Pumpkin Eggnog, Monkey Farts, & Spiced Cranberry.

Application style: Dropper bottle or roller; I’ve only tried the dropper.

Price:

  • 10 mL dropper: $6.00 USD
  • 30 mL dropper: $14.00 USD
  • Roller: $7.00 USD
  • I’ve only used the 10 mL and 30 mL droppers

Overall thoughts: I’ve purchased this oil, won it in giveaways, and it was sponsored in my recent giveaway along with some samples for myself. Therefore, I’ve used oil from this indie many times. I started using this oil after Sally Hansen. I noticed improvements in my nails within a few weeks, and I experienced less nail breaks than before; my nails were getting healthier. I looooove the amazing scents offered; they never disappoint! My fave scent so far is Spiced Cranberry. I continue to use this oil before I use acetone and whenever I’m temporarily out of my fave cuticle oil. I recommend to try this oil out and see how it works for you!

Rebecca and Madisen: Cuticle Butter (normal and seasonal scents)

Ingredients: jojoba wax, local beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, vitamin E, and scent.

Scent: Again, a wide variety that matches the cuticle oil scents! I’ve only tried Pumpkin Eggnog, Lavender, & Spiced Cranberry. Also, you can order unscented.

Price: $5.00 USD.

Overall thoughts: Again, I’ve bought it, won it, etc. I really love using this cuticle butter in combination with my favorite cuticle oil. My fave scent so far is Spiced Cranberry (just like the oil!). I use this cuticle butter everyday and I definitely recommend it!

Kelly’s Arts: Cuticle Potion 8

Ingredients: jojoba oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, lavender oil, argan oil.

Scent: Lavender.

Application style: Polish-like bottle.

Price: $7. 00 USD.

Overall thoughts: I first received this oil in exchange for my review, but I purchased it twice after that. This oil worked better for me than the previous two oils; there were noticeable improvements within just one week of use, and I stopped having nail breaks and peeling when I used it regularly. My only complaint is that it’s lavender scent, and I don’t really like that. However, I would definitely use it again and highly recommend it.

Glisten & Glow: Cuticle Oil

Ingredients: jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, argan oil, castor oil, acai berry extract, tree tea oil and fragrance.

Scent: Currently, 4 scents, but I’ve only tried Sangria White Peach.

Application style: Polish-like bottle or pen; I have both.

Price:

  • Polish-like bottle: $8.50 USD
  • Pen: $3.99 USD

Overall thoughts: I’ve purchased this oil many times and it is my fave so far. It works just as great as Kelly’s Arts, but I prefer this scent better.  It keeps my nails healthy and free from breaks and peeling when I regularly use it. Also, I love the pen because it is very convenient for on-the-go use. I highly recommend this oil!

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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Thanksgiving Mani: 10 steps!

Hey lovelies! How are y’all? Ready for Thanksgiving? I know I am! That means no Wednesday and Thursday classes or work for me next week! Lol! Today, I have really cute Thanksgiving nail art. It feels like I haven’t done detailed nail art is soooo long. So let’s get right into the details! 
I’m making notes before we start because I know some of my followers may be beginners to nail art ❤

Note: Don’t forget to let each layer dry before applying more polish. Dry time varies, so you learn with practice! Most polishes should be dry within 5 mins though.

Note: When reusing a tool, don’t forget to use acetone to clean the nail polish off before dipping the tool into another polish. You don’t want a muddy design.

Products & Technique:

1. Apply 1-2 coats of base coat to clean, bare nails. I used 2 coats of Foundation Base Coat by Ah Ha! Nail Lacquer. Review here.

2. Apply white nail polish to your accent nail until opaque. I used French White Crème by wet n wild, which is crappy. I had to use 4 coats and it’s very streaky.

3. Apply a brown polish to the rest of your nails until opaque. I used Chocolate Praline Layered Cake by Emma Jean Cosmetics. It applied like a dream, was opaque in 2 coats, and smelled like chocolate cake when it dried!

4. Apply 1-2 coats of glossy top coat to all nails. I used Glisten & Glow’s Top Coat.

Note: It’s time to start making the turkey and let the other nails dry for about 30 mins because we’re gonna apply nail vinyls to them.

5. Use a small nail art brush to draw on red, yellow, and orange feathers that spread out radially on the accent nail. I used a 7mm brush from BeautyBigBang (Use my code LALA010 for 10% off), a nameless mini red Sally Hansen polish, and Nuclear War and D’oh! by wet n wild. When you finish this step, there should be a white space that is surrounded by the feathers; this is where we will put the turkey body.

6. Take the brown polish and apply it to the white space that is surrounded by feathers. You can do this with the nail polish brush. Just be careful and take your time.

7. Take a dotting tool, dip it in brown polish, and apply it above the body we just made. This action should form a head, and the size of the head will depend on the size of the body. Also, you may need to extend the feathers after this step if the turkey head covered some of them.

8. Take white polish on a small dotting tool; one that you know will make smaller dots than the head. Use it to start making eyes. Take an even smaller dotting tool dipped in black to place tiny black dots inside the white dots. Now we have eyes! I used Noir by Nicka K New York (can’t find an online link to it). Using the same dotting tool, apply an orange line (upside-down triangle if you’re that skilled) under the eyes. Apply top coat. I waited 30 mins before applying top coat in order to avoid smears. The turkey is done!

9. Apply leaf nail vinyls to all the brown nails. Apply them how you want; straight, sideways, it’s up to you. I used Fall Stencils from Whats Up Nails.

10. Add whatever colors you want to a small piece of makeup sponge and dab it on the nails that have nail vinyls. I did a gradient effect to make each leaf look more realistic than a solid color. The green I used is a mini no-name by wet n wild. Just be very careful with this step because you don’t want to get the colors outside of the leaf. Do one nail at a time and immediately remove vinyls on finished nails. Apply top coat (I waited 30 mins again).

Note: Clean up as necessary, apply your fave cuticle oil, and take some pics of your new Thanksgiving mani! 

That’s all for today loves! Hope y’all enjoyed. If you do recreate this mani, I would love to see! Use #lookhololala on Instagram, so I can see your lovely recreations. Also, my giveaway ends tonight at 11pm CST, so check it out here before it’s over!

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

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Nail Decoration Wheel from BeautyBigBang – Review

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Hey lovelies! I have another BeautyBigBang review today. Check out the 2 BeautyBigBang reviews from yesterday here and here. Use my code LALA010 for 10% off your order!

Today, I am reviewing a nail decoration/charm wheel from BeautyBigBang. I am really excited about this product, so let’s get into the review!

*The following swatches are applied over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff and topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Candied Plum by Mace Polish was used as the base color (review here).

Nail Decoration Wheel (SKU: 96404)

Description: Approximately 1200 pcs of mix shaped rhinestones & charms.

How to use: After applying base coat, base color, and top coat, pick up the rhinestone/charm with tweezers and coat the back of it with top coat, then immediately place on nail.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $2.83 USD

Overall thoughts: I loooove this product! You get a variety of rhinestones and charms. There are charms in my wheel for Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day, and for any time of the year! You get sooo much for a low price, so I definitely recommend this product.

That is all for today lovelies! Be sure to check out BeautyBigBang’s store and social media, which are linked below:

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Don’t forget to check out my Instagram giveaway (click here); there’s only 6 days left!

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

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Candied Plum by Mace Polish – Review

Hey lovelies! Today, I will be reviewing a third nail polish by Mace Polish. Last month, I ordered Candied Apple, Candied Cranberry, Candied Pumpkin, & Candied Plum from the Candied Collection by Mace Polish. Candied Apple was featured in my Frankenstein mani and I posted a Candied Cranberry review last week. I will be posting some nail art right after this post using the nail polish of this review, so let’s get swatching!

*The following swatches are applied over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff and topped with Glisten & Glow 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).

Candied Plum by Mace Polish

Description: A beautiful purple with a blend of silver holographic glitter, matte black glitter, and iridescent glitter.

Application: Smooth formula, not streaky, easy to use brush.

Opacity: Swatch shown in 2 coats

Availability: Available now.

Price: $9.00 USD

Overall thoughts: Again, I love this polish. So far, the nail polishes from the Candied Collection have not disappointed me. Absolutely stunning.

My rating: 5/5

That’s all for today loves! Be sure to check out Mace Polish’s store and Instagram.

Don’t forget to check out my Instagram giveaway (click here); there’s only 6 days left!

Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all soon (another review will be posted in a few minutes).

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Super Matte Top Coat from BeautyBigBang – Review

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Hey lovelies! I just reviewed a cotton claw by BeautyBigBang a few minutes ago (check it out here), and now it is time to review a matte top coat from BeautyBigBang. Use my code LALA010 for 10% off your order!

Now, I did not wear the following mani for longer than 2 hours, so I cannot speak on how long this matte top coat lasts. Therefore, I’m not going to give this product a “My rating” since wear-time is a part of that rating. I just haven’t gotten into wearing matte manis, so if you guys want to know how long a mani lasts with this matte top coat, let me know in the comments below. Other than that, let’s get into the swatch and review!

*The following swatches are applied over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff and topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat BEFORE applying the matte top coat. Chocolate Praline Layered Cake was used as the base color.

Super Matte Top Coat (SKU: 66330)

Description: Use this matte top coat to turn any nail polish color to a dull flat matte finish.

Application: Smooth application, not streaky, & easy to use brush. No white specs were left behind (that’s a spec of glitter on my index nail; it wasn’t from the matte top coat).

Availability: Available now.

Drying time: 1-2 minutes.

Price: $3.59 USD

Overall thoughts: This matte top coat gives a really nice finish, and I will definitely use it for future swatches. If you’re a matte lover, I highly recommend this matte top coat.

That is all for today lovelies! Be sure to check out BeautyBigBang’s store and social media, which are linked below:

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Don’t forget to check out my Instagram giveaway (click here); there’s only one week left!

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

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