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.

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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

*Discount Sample*

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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All that Glitters is Snow

Hello lovelies! How is life treating you these days? Great, I hope! Today, I am bringing you my last Christmas-theme mani of 2018. I just noticed that I did a snowflake mani last year as well (Click here to view), and omg I cringed so much. LOL! This year’s mani is definitely better, and I like my nail shape better now. If you didn’t notice last week, I’m sure you’ll notice this week that my nails are “long” again. Yeah, I haven’t cut them since a couple of weeks before finals, so it’s been about a month. I love them at this length, but they’re not the best when it comes to working with patients, so they will be cut down when classes start back. Anyways, enough of my rambling. Let’s get right into this mani!

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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 top coat and let dry for at least 30 mins.
  7. Apply the snowflake vinyls to your nails and firmly press down to prevent any leakage in the next step.
  8. Take a clean cosmetic wedge and paint a tiny piece of it white, then dab it onto the vinyl. Note: Use an opaque white polish. Remove the vinyl immediately.
  9. Use a dotting tool to place white dots randomly on your snowflake nails.
  10. Let dry for at least 15 mins to prevent smearing.
  11. Apply top coat and let dry.
  12. That’s it!

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That’s all for today loves! I hope you enjoyed! I hope to do another mani before the year is over for New Years Eve. Until then, I hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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

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Gingerbread Man, run as fast as you can!

Hey loves! How are y’all? Great I hope! Well, finals are over! I finished the first semester of optometry school! Now that I’m on break til January 7th, I can bring you guys some more nail art! Today’s mani is bringing the Christmas spirit, so let’s get right into it!

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How to:

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Since I had problems before with this brown polish not sponging opaque over vinyls, I decided to paint all of my nails brown as the base color. I used 2 coats to achieve opacity, but use as many as you require. Let dry in between coats.
  3. Apply top coat and let dry for 30 mins.
  4. Take the actually gingerbread man part of the vinyl (the part that’s already filled in) and place on your nails. Press down to make it flat.
  5. Apply a barrier to your cuticles. I use liquid latex barrier, but there are also latex-free barriers. Let it dry if you use the liquid latex one.
  6. Take a sponge and apply whatever nail polish you want to it, and sponge it onto your nails until opacity is reached. Note: the color/shade of the sponged polish will most likely be altered because you are applying it on top of a brown base color. I didn’t mind this effect.
  7. Immediately grab the tweezers and remove the gingerbread men from your nails. This should leave behind brown gingerbread men. Also, remove your barrier.
  8. Take a tiny dotting tool to decorate your gingerbread men however you want and with whatever colors you want! I only used black dots. Let dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing (I didn’t and you see what happened to my gingerbread man smile lol).
  9. Apply top coat and let dry.
  10. Thats it!

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That’s all for today loves! I hope you enjoyed! I missed y’all so much! I am back for the holidays, so expect more frequent nail art during this break from school. See y’all later.

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

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Happy Thanksgiving!!! – Mani

Hey loves! OMG it’s been sooooooooo long since I’ve talked to y’all! How has everyone been?? I’m Ben super busy with optometry school, so it’s been very difficult to find time to do my nails and post about them. I did do a Halloween mani, but I decided not to post about it here and only posted it on Instagram for time’s sake. But today, I have some Thanksgiving/fall inspired nail art for y’all! Let’s get started!

Products used:

 

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Use a cuticle protector like liquid latex or latex-free cuticle protectors.
  3. Grab 3 cosmetic wedges.
  4. For each gradient, use a different cosmetic wedge to paint 2 colors onto the wedge vertically.
  5. Once you’ve reached opacity, apply top coat and let dry for at least 30 mins.
  6. After the 30 mins, apply leaf stencils to your nails and make sure they are laying flat.
  7. Use pieces of cosmetic wedges to paint a color onto the wedge and sponge it over the stencils. Remove the stencils as soon as you finish sponging it. Note: I did NOT use a green polish. I had trouble with the brown polish showing up as an opaque leaf, so I sponged yellow over it which gave it a greenish effect. 
  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! I hope you enjoyed! I missed you lovelies so much! Just know I’m still around, but very busy, and thank those of you who’ve stuck around! Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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

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