BeautyBigBang – Review

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Hey lovelies! I’m back at ya with another review! A couple of weeks ago, Maggie at BeautyBigBang contacted me to review some products of my choice! BeautyBigBang is a global online retailer for all things beauty (cosmetics, nails, hair, health care, etc). Also, they offer free shipping worldwide for orders that contain more than one item. Delivery time takes 2-4 weeks. You can use my code LALA010 for 10% off your order!

I chose a holo nail polish, dried flowers, and glitter to review. I received them this week and had a lot of fun trying them out. So let’s get into the swatches and reviews!

*All of the following swatches are applied over Bye, Girl! Latex Barrier (it doubles as a peel off base coat) and topped with Glisten and Glow Top Coat. A nameless black polish by L.A. Colors was used as the base color when the glitter was used. Imperial was used as the base color when the flowers were used.

*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).

Purple Black Holographic Glitter Nail Polish

SKU:J2448-8C

Description: A purple-black holographic nail polish. It is 6ml.

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

Opacity: 2 coats

Availability: Available now.

Price: $5.99 USD

Overall thoughts: I freaking love this nail polish! Y’all know that I’m all about the holo (that’s why it’s in my username!), and this nail polish is packed with it! It is a linear holo, which I love even more. It is described as a purple-black, but it looks more like a navy blue in person to me; still gorgeous regardless.

My rating: 5/5

Round Nail Glitter Thin Sequins 

SKU:J1329-3C

Description: There’s 5 different color arrangements to choose from. They are about 1.5mm-3mm.

Application: After applying base coat and base color, I wet the tip of an orange stick to successfully pick up each glitter. I like to place the glitters while the top coat is wet. Then, seal it with top coat.

Price: $1.59 USD

Overall thoughts: Easy to use. Doesn’t take long to apply. I placed glitter on all of my nails in about 10-12mins. I really like how shiny they are and I like that they come in different sizes. My only warning is that they can pop off easily if you don’t use at least 2 coats of top coat. I finished this mani around 9pm on Wednesday night and I usually use 2 coats of top coat just for extra protection, but I only used one coat of top coat this time because I was gonna remove this mani on Thursday night. However, I woke up on Thursday morning around 7am and noticed that 2-3 glitters on each nail had popped off. I decided to apply another coat of top coat and didn’t have any more glitter pop off after that.

Dried 3D Flower Nail Art Decoration

SKU:J2475

Description: These come in multiple random colors and are approximately 5mm-7mm. You get 12 different colors in each wheel and 2-3 flowers of each color.
Application: After applying base coat and base color, use tweezers to pick up flowers. I like to apply the flowers to my nails while the top coat is still wet. Then, seal it in with top coat.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $3.99 USD

Overall thoughts: Easy to use. They’re really beautiful as well and I love that you get a variety of colors. My advice is to be very careful while placing these because you don’t want the flower petals to fold; especially not on wet top coat. So it took me about 15 mins just to do those 2 nails. One issue I had was with the yellow flowers. They’re not as flat as the other flowers; even with 2 coats of top coat. When something isn’t flat on your nail, the top coat doesn’t get to seal every nook and cranny. Therefore, when I oiled my cuticles later, the oil was able to penetrate one side of the flower and made it look dull and not as pretty as it was before. So if you come across any flowers that aren’t flat, try to flatten them out before applying them.

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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If you have any questions or anything to share, feel free to leave a comment below!

QUESTION TIME!!

Have y’all ever shopped with BeautyBigBang? What did you buy? What was your favorite item that I reviewed above? Let me know in the comments! See y’all later.

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Imperial by My Stunning Nails – Review

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Hey lovelies! How are y’all doing? I hope you’re all doing good. I’m doing OK. A little stressed out from studying for my physics final, which is next week! But I received some nail goodies to play with this week, which definitely has helped me unwind.

Lisa at My Stunning Nails sent me another nail polish to review! For a little background information about My Stunning Nails, check out the first review I did for this indie here. Don’t forget that you can use my code PRLK15OFF for 15% off a minimum of $5.

*All of the following swatches are applied over Bye, Girl! Latex Barrier (it doubles as a peel off base coat) and topped with Glisten and 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).

Imperial – Nail Polish of August

Description: A light holographic bluish purple with a pinkish hue that brings to mind royal robes.

Application: Smooth formula. Not streaky. Easy to use brush. No problems at all! 

Opacity: 2 coats

Availability: Available now.

Price: $5 USD for the month of August.

Overall thoughts: Lovely color. Y’all know I love the holo! I was scared at first that this polish would be sheer, but I was overjoyed to see that it is completely opaque in 2 coats. Definitely one of my faves from this indie.

My rating: 5/5

That is all for now! I’ll be posting another review shortly. Be sure to check out My Stunning Nails’s store and social media, which are linked below:

If you have any questions or anything to share, feel free to leave a comment below. See y’all later.

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Ice Pop Fun

Hey lovelies! How many of you love summer? I’m more of a fall type of person; however, I do like summer because usually I’m not taking classes, so my brain gets a break from everything. That’s not the case this summer since I’m taking a physics class… My brain hurts!😩 Thankfully, there’s only 1 exam, a week of class, and a final left. So I shall get through this!🙌 

This summer I’ve been really into doing summery nail art. Last summer, I was just beginning to do nail art and wasn’t really concerned with summer themes, but now I am! So today, I’m bringing you another summery mani, featuring an ice pop.

Technique:
After I applied top coat to the base color of my accent nail, I used a toothpick to outline the ice pop, then a dotting tool to fill it in. I also used a toothpick to make the ice pop stick and the white lines. I let it dry for about 15 mins, then applied two coats of top coat.

Products used:

    That’s all for today! 

    Question time!

    How’s your summer going? What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer? Do you like ice pops? What flavor? Lol let me know in the comments below. See y’all later.

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    The Simple Things in Life

    Hey lovelies! This week has been busy for me. I’m taking College Physics II during the summer II semester (July-August), so there’s an exam every Monday over 3-4 chapters! It is really fast paced! Plus, I work as a tutor right after I get out of class, so my week consists of studying, doing homework, writing lab reports, taking exams, and tutoring students in Math, Spanish, various Sciences, and English. Also, I received some nail polish to review, so I had to get swatches and reviews out for y’all lovelies, which can be found here. 🙂 

    This week has been more hectic than the last, and with that being said, I didn’t have time to create a detailed mani. So this week I have a simple and easy mani for you to see! And it just proves that you don’t always have to use detailed nail art to create a cute mani.
    Technique:

    After applying my base coat and base color, I applied a coat of top coat. Then I applied a glitter polish randomly to my nails and mostly to my nail tips (use how much you like), using the brush from the nail polish. Lastly, I topped it with 2 coats of glossy top coat. Easy, right?!

    Products used:

    Bring It On Stain Blocker Base Coat from Superchic Lacquer.  My go-to base coat! I used 2 coats. A short review can be found in “Blue, baby!”

    Lovely Lilac from Nailed it! Hawaii. This is a creme polish with purple and blue flakies. It is opaque in 2 coats. The formula is a little gritty, but everything smoothed out after applying top coat.

    Bling My Thing from Emma Jean Cosmetics. A fun, multi glitter polish! It’s like a clear coat with a bunch of glitters in it. No problems with the formula.

    Crystal Clear Top Coat from Emma Jean Cosmetics. My go-to glossy top coat! I used 2 coats of this as well. Again, you can find a short review in “Blue, baby!”

    That is all for today!

    QUESTION TIME!!!

    What are you doing this summer? Classes? Vacation? Do you enjoy detailed nail art, like to keep things simple, or both? Leave a comment below! See y’all later.

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    My Stunning Nails – Review

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    Hey lovelies! Oh lawd, this week has been busy! Exams, studying, work, oh my! But you know what helps me relieve stress? Painting my nails, of course! And I received some new goodies to play with just in time!

    Today, I have swatches for you from My Stunning Nails (MSN). MSN is an indie, 5 free, cruelty free nail polish brand that creates nail polishes of the month. The polish of the month sales for $5 until the next month’s polish is released. Pretty cool, right? They also have soaps, bath salts, etc. Lisa at My Stunning Nails sent me 5 nail polishes to review, so let’s get started! BTW, you can use my code PRLK15OFF to receive 15% off of a minimum of $5.

    *All of the following swatches are applied over Bye, Girl! Latex Barrier (it doubles as a peel off base coat) and topped with Crystal Clear Top Coat (glossy).

    *My rating is a 5 point scale based on whether the 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).

    My Stunning NailsThe shop’s theme polish.

    Description: This nail polish is described as an apple blossom pink with small fuchsia glitters, as well as tiny holo and iridescent glitters.

    Application: Smooth application with no streaks. Easy to maneuver brush.

    Opacity: Swatch shown in 3 coats. I could still see areas of my nails through it, so opacity wasn’t achieved. I would suggest maybe wearing a white undie before applying it. In my experience, nail polishes like this look more opaque over white. You could also try 4 coats if you want. Personally, I stop at 3 coats.

    Availability: Available now.

    Price: $9.95 USD

    Overall thoughts: This is a pretty color, but I’m not a fan of it on myself. I love all the glitters in it; however, it is too sheer for my preference. I know that there are some people who like to wear sheer polishes, so please remember that this is my honest opinion based on my preference.

    My rating: 3/5

    Hope – Nail polish of April

    Description: This nail polish is described as a reddish-purple with undertones of pink and blue. It has tiny holo and iridescent glitters.

    Application: It applies smoothly with no streaks. The brush is easy to work with.

    Opacity: Swatch shown in 3 coats. Again, I could still see parts of my nails, so opacity wasn’t achieved and I have the same suggestion for this nail polish as the first one.

    Availability: Available now.

    Price: $9.95 USD

    Overall thoughts: Gorgeous color, love the glitters and undertones, but it is too sheer for me and I wish the holo was more prominent in it. I think this would work as a nice topper as well.

    My rating: 3/5

    Juicy Apricot – Nail polish of May

    Description: This nail polish is described as a goldish-peach polish with chocolate glitter.

    Application: Like the others; smooth application, easy to use brush, and no streaks.

    Opacity: Swatch is shown in 2 coats with opacity achieved.

    Availability: Available now.

    Price: $9.95 USD

    Overall thoughts: Y’all just don’t know how excited I was that this was opaque in 2 coats! Love the color; it is so unique and gives me a rustic vibe.

    My rating: 5/5

    Blowing Raspberries – Nail polish of June

    Description: This nail polish is described as a pinkish-red raspberry polish with red and gold glitter.

    Application: Again, no problems with application. Smooth with no streaks and easy brush.

    Opacity: Swatch is shown in 3 coats. At first, it looked opaque; however, when I took a closer look, I could slightly see parts of my nails. With that being said, it’s not as sheer as the first two and the sheerness is almost unnoticeable, so I definitely think opacity can be achieved with a 4th coat or a white undie.

    Availability: Available now.

    Price: Currently $5 USD until August’s polishes are released.

    Overall thoughts: Pretty color. I’m glad that it wasn’t as sheer as the first two, but it still isn’t completely opaque in 3 coats.

    My rating: 3.75/5

    Sa-fire – Nail polish of July

    Description: This nail polish is described as a bright blue with touches of blue and silver microglitter.

    Application: Exactly like the others; easy to maneuver brush, smooth, and no streaking.

    Opacity: Swatch shown in 3 coats with opacity achieved.

    Availability: August 1st.

    Price: $5 USD for the month of August.

    Overall thoughts: Pretty color and I was glad to achieve opacity.

    My rating: 4/5

    That is all for today lovelies! FYI, there will be TWO $5 polishes for the month of August! Be sure to check out My Stunning Nail’s store and social media, which are linked below:

    Question time!!!

    How do you like to relieve stress? Is painting your nails sorta therapeutic for you? Which nail polish swatched above is your favorite? Leave a comment below letting me know! See y’all later.

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    Sin City Beauty Box by Nailed it! Hawaii – Review

    Happy Saturday! So I was so supposed to be on “No Buy” until late August, but then Nailed it! Hawaii released the Sin City Beauty Box and well, I couldn’t resist! This box includes: Bubbly Body Polish, Velvet Body Butter, Silky Satin Body Lotion, and your choice of nail polish from the Sin City Collection (I chose All That Glitters). A Sin City keepsake is also included for all Sin City orders. As always, the packaging was cute and a handwritten note and candy always warms my heart. 😊 Also, everything is created cruelty free and vegan friendly. If you have been following me on Instagram @holo_its_lalas_nails, you know by now that I am a huge fan of this indie.  I’ve been using the products in this box for a week, so I’m ready to give you a review of each.

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    Velvet Body Butter: The scent is Pink Sands, which has a strong citrus smell that I very much enjoy. I’ve used body butter from this shop before and loved it, but this is a new and improved formula. It is much lighter than the old formula and is almost the consistency of a lotion. Like the old formula, it is very hydrating and applies smoothly. Unlike the old formula, it is easier to massage into the skin and it absorbs into the skin faster. I only use it when I’m at home, so about 2 times a day. I like to moisturize my hands every time I use cuticle oil,  so how often I use it has nothing to do with how long the product keeps your hands hydrated. In fact, even if I wash my hands a few times after using this body butter, my hands still don’t feel dry. I used it on the rest of my body as well. Lastly, I do find myself having to use a larger amount of product for each use than I did with the old formula.

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    Silky Satin Body Lotion: The scent is Cucumber Melon, which has a faint smell. It applies smoothly and is easy to massage into the skin. I use this product on the go, so it’s always in my purse or backpack. I use it about 3 times a day (Again, I like to moisturize my hands every time I use cuticle oil). I’ve only used it on my hands. It is hydrating; however, for me, the body butter keeps my hands more hydrated than the lotion.

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    Bubbly Body Polish: The scent is Pink Cosmo, it is a light scent, and smells so good. I’ve used sugar scrubs from this shop before and they always leave my skin soft AND prevent my breakouts. I was so excited to try this new one! Bubbly, foamy sugar scrub?! Yasssss! So I typically use sugar scrub twice a week and only on my face, neck, hands, and arms. One thing I noticed when I use new sugar scrubs or washes is that I tend to break out on my face for the 1st use, but I’m fine with future uses. Well guess what? This one didn’t break me out on the first use nor the second! When you scoop it out of the little container, it’s like marshmallow goodness; much more fun to use than regular sugar scrubs (I sound like a child right now, huh?). Make sure to use a dry spoon (or dry finger if you’re like me) to scoop. The sugar particles dissolve as you rub it in and it gets so foamy! But best of all, my skin felt so soft afterwards. Compared to the other sugar scrubs from this indie, (1) it has a lighter smell than the ones I’ve used (Cotton Candy Clouds & Gummy Bearz), (2) to me, it makes my skin even softer, and (3) it is foamy!

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    All That Glitters: This polish… OMG… It’s got me singing “24 karat magic in the airrrrrrrr!” I love it! Gold and holo?! Yes, it’s hypnotizing. With polishes from this shop, I always use 2 coats; however, when I used 2 coats of this polish, it wasn’t as opaque as I wanted it to be. So I sponged on a 3rd coat with a makeup sponge and would suggest just sponging it on to begin with. Most of us in the nail art community know that sponging will give you maximum glitter payoff anyway. I topped it with 2 coats of top coat and had no chipping all week!

    Overall thoughts:

    1. I think this is a great option for people who have never used these types of skin care products because you get to use a variety with this box, plus nail polish! It is also great for those of us who love using a variety of products and want to spoil ourselves (or others).
    2. The lotion, body butter, and sugar scrub are all hydrating and keeps skin soft. I will continue to use all three.
    3. The nail polish I chose, All That Glitters, is definitely a must-have! Especially for lovers of holo.

    So that is all for today. As of now (7/22/2017), there are still boxes available, so if this sounds like something you may be interested in, head over to Nailed it! Hawaii’s Etsy store. You may even find something else you’ll love!

    QUESTION TIME!!!

    Have you ever used any products from Nailed it! Hawaii? If so, what kind? Have you ever bought nail polish, nail care products, or skin care products from an indie? If so, which indie? Leave a comment below! See y’all later.

    Black Cherry Scented Nail Paint by Emma Jean Cosmetics – Review

    *singing* smells so good, makes a nail artist cry! Yes, I changed those lyrics to make it fit me. Haha!


    So, this polish was just featured in my post “Rhinestone by Nailstraz – Review”

    I ordered it a couple of months ago from Emma Jean Cosmetics with a bunch of others and I am just now using it. It can be found here: Black Cherry Scented Nail Paint.

    It has a very smooth formula and isn’t streaky to apply. It is opaque in two coats and it literally smells like cherry candy! I loved it! However, the scent is very faint now after top coat, which I have never experienced with scented polishes from this indie. Usually, I can still smell the scents through 2 coats of top coat. Overall, I love the color.

    What do you guys think? Ever shopped with this indie? Leave a comment below! See y’all later.