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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Twinkled T Stamping Polishes – Review

Hey lovelies! A few weeks ago, I started using the Rainbow Stamping Polish Bundle by Twinkled T, as well as two single stamping polishes (Lit & Glow Up). All of my manis since then have featured one or more of those polishes. I’ve had a chance to use them in various types of nail art besides stamping, so today I will be giving you lovelies an in-depth review of these polishes. Let’s get started!

The Rainbow Stamping Polish Bundle

Description: This bundle consists of 6 stamping polishes that can also be used as regular polishes. This bundle includes the following polishes: Friyay (a baby blue), Bothered (a hot pink), Goals (a rich purple), No Filter (a lime green), Saucey (orange), and Subtweet (yellow).

Availability: Currently in stock.

Price: $32.00 USD or $6 per bottle.

Lit

Description: A fiery red stamping polish that can be used as regular polish.

Availability: Currently in stock.

Price: $6.00 USD

Glow Up

Description: A white stamping polish that also doubles as a one-coater regular polish

Availability: Currently in stock.

Price: $6.00 USD

How I’ve been using them:

Puzzle Piece Mani

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The polishes were applied directly to my nails in this mani. At this point, I could tell that all 4 used in this mani were creamy and had great opacity. The 4 used were a little streaky in application when used as regular polish. Also, when using them as regular polish, Bothered and No Filter were opaque in one coat, but I needed to apply a second coat for Friyay and Subtweet. Lastly, No Filter and Subtweet stained my cuticles, but the other 2 were easy to clean.

Green & White Stamping Mani

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For this mani, I attempted stamping and failed lol. It was not the polishes’ fault; it was user error. I used Glow Up as a base color before the gradient. Glow Up applied a bit streaky and was opaque in one coat. Also, it was a bit of a pain to clean up, but it didn’t stain my cuticles like Subtweet and No Filter. Both No Filter and Glow Up worked great for the gradient. I then attempted to stamp No Filter over Glow Up and vice versa, which didn’t work out well lol but they did stamp with great opacity.

Summer Dotticure

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Since I had just failed stamping, I decided to do a dotticure lol. I used Subtweet and Saucey as regular polishes. Saucey applied streaky, but was opaque in one coat and didn’t stain my cuticles.

Summer Gradient Nails

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For this gradient, I used Bothered, Saucey, and Subtweet and they worked perfectly fine. Again, I used Glow Up as a base color before the gradient.

Fourth of July Gradient

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Another gradient! lol I used Glow Up again as a base color and for the actual gradient with Lit. Lit worked great with Glow Up for the gradient.

Purple Glam

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Lastly, I attempted stamping again and was successful! I used Goals as a regular polish. It did not apply streaky, was opaque in one coat, and din’t stain my cuticles. I used Glow Up as a base color for the dotticure, and stamped it over Goals. It stamped perfectly.

 

 

Overall thoughts of Twinkled T stamping polishes: I really enjoyed these polishes. The colors are so vibrant and fun. In my experience, most of these polishes are one-coaters when applied as regular polish; however, most of them do have a bit of a streaky application. The brushes are easy to use, and the formulas are creamy. I did not get to use Lit as a base color, so I’m not sure whether it applies streaky or could use an extra coat. I am a newbie to stamping, so I’m pretty sure that’s why my first stamping mani using these polishes failed, but I was able to redeem myself the second time. Also, I would suggest letting these polishes dry for 10-15 mins before applying top coat because one of my top coats created bubbles any time I didn’t let them dry that long. Overall, I would definitely recommend these polishes.

My rating: 4.5/5

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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Purple Glam + Finally A Successful Stamp

Hey lovelies! How are y’all? Good I hope! Well, I had another nail break on my swatching hand as you can tell. My last nail break on my swatching hand was about 3 months ago. Oh well, I knew it was bound to happen from all the stuff I’ve been moving. And I couldn’t bear to cut my other nails as short as my ring finger nail; it’s a nub! Give me another 2 months, and I’ll have long nails again, so no worries! Although, I am gonna keep them short (but maybe a tad bit longer than they are now) since I am starting optometry school in late August. Extra long nails just aren’t gonna be ideal as an optometry student nor as an optometrist. Anywho, enough blabbing. Let’s get into the details of this mani!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat, base colors, and top coat. Let dry.
  2. For 2 of the purple nails, I used a dotting tool to apply a straight line of silver holo dots down the center of each nail. Do the same to the thumb nail.
  3. For the white nail, I used the same dotting tool to apply silver holo dots and purple dots diagonally to the nail.
  4. For one of the purple nails, I used white polish to stamp. Here is my version of stamping instructions, but I suggest watching a YouTube video on stamping as well:
    • Once your stamper, scraper, and stamping plate have been cleaned with acetone, apply white polish to the design on the stamping plate that you desire.
    • Quickly scrape the polish on the plate using the scraper, and quickly press the stamper onto the plate (do this using a rolling motion).
    • Quickly, but carefully, press the stamper onto the nail using the same rolling motion to transfer the design.
  5. Let all nails dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  6. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  7. That’s it!

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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Summer Dotticure

Happy Tuesday! Well, it’s about time that I start doing summery manicures. Today’s mani is inspired by @zammy.nailz. Be sure to check out her IG. Let’s get started!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat, base colors, and top coat. Let dry.
  2. Yellow nails: I used both ends of a dotting tool to make grey and orange dots of varying sizes.
  3. Ring finger: I added a bow tie charm by applying more top coat to my nail followed by applying the charm with tweezers. For a more secure application, you can skip the extra top coat and apply nail glue to the back of the charm before placing it; however, I prefer not to use nail glue due to potential nail damage.
  4. Let nails dry.
  5. Seal in your designs with top coat (excluding the charm nail).
  6. That’s it!
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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Purrfect Shine by Sassy Cats Lacquer – Review

*Discount Sample*

Hey lovelies! Happy Sunday! Last month (April 5th to be exact), I made a post about Purrfect Shine by Sassy Cats Lacquer (click here to view post). It was the first post of “New Product Chit-Chat” in which I discuss a product that is literally new or just new to me in order to give you guys more background information about it, the brand, and my initial thoughts before use and review. Well, today, I am reviewing Purrfect Shine for y’all!

Sassy Cats Lacquer is a 5-free, cruelty free, indie nail polish maker, reintroducing their brand and products after a brief hiatus. They also make liquid nail tape and stamping products. I’ve used this top coat in 4 different manis over the last few weeks, which all required different nail art techniques, so let’s get right into the review!

*My rating for top coats/base coat is a 5 point scale based on the formula (2 points), minimal chipping within a week (2 points), and drying time (1 point).

Purrfect Shine

Description: A glossy top coat.

Application: Smooth application, not streaky, & easy to use brush.

Availability: Available now.

Drying time: 1-2 minutes (the amount of time it took me to apply top coat to my other hand).

Price: Currently on sale for $6. 25 USD.

Overall thoughts: Great top coat! I used it with a dotticure, glitter placement, striping tape, phone book paper, water decals, and swatches. My manis lasted 5-7 days with only minimal chipping on my dominant hand. It is officially added to my list of fave top coats!

My rating: 5/5

That’s all for today lovelies! Be sure to check out Sassy Cats Lacquer’s social media & shop below:

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

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Matte Spring Dotticure

Hey loves! How are y’all? Good, I hope! Today, I’m bringing you a cute, simple mani that is inspired by another lovely nail artist, @painteddigits. Be sure to check her out on IG!

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Matte
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Glossy

First, let’s address the elephant in the room . . . my nails are short. While I was out of town, my middle finger nail broke when I was opening the car door. It literally just snapped, and it was frustrating because this is my swatch hand. If it happened to my Cindy hand, I probably would’ve just left my nails uneven because, well, that’s how Cindy rolls LOL. However, since it happened to my swatch hand, it was best to trim all of my nails down to the same length. I can’t really feel bad though because 1) I haven’t had a break on my swatch hand (excluding the thumb nail) since December 2016 and 2) I have not been oiling my nails as often as I should for the past few months; I’ve just been so busy and neglected them. This semester is close to an end, so hopefully I can get back into the routine of oiling my nails every day, 3-5 times a day. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into the details of this mani!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat, base color, and top coat. Let each coat dry.
  2. Use 3 different size dotting tools to randomly place different color dots on each nail. Let dry for at least 30 minutes to prevent smearing.
  3. Apply glossy top coat. Let dry. You can stop here if you want a glossy look.
  4. Apply matte top coat. Let dry.
  5. 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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Super Cute & Easy Easter Nail Art

Hey lovelies! How’s everyone doing? Did y’all miss me last week?! LOL we’ll I’m back today with this cute Easter mani. Easter is a week from the day I’m posting this, so why am I doing it so early? Because I won’t be posting during Easter weekend; I want to wear this mani through Easter plus I want to spend that time enjoying the holiday and not thinking about new nail art/swatches to post. New posts will return April 5th. Yes, that is a Thursday, and I always post Friday-Sunday… There’s something coming up that won’t allow me to post that Friday-Sunday, which I will tell y’all about on Thursday, April 5th.

This mani is inspired by @ehmkaynails (IG). Link to the original blog post. I thought this design was sooo cute because it looks like Easter eggs, so let’s get right into the details!

Products used:

How to:

***I think this mani design could turn out different for each person depending on their own creative preferences, nail length, etc. I followed Ehmkay Nails’ pictures, but did some things a little different. For example, I changed some of the base colors, which you lovelies can do as well when following my picture. Some of the dots and lines on our nails are the same and some are different, so just use the pictures as a guide and have fun with it.

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Apply base colors until opaque. Let each layer dry before adding a new layer.
  3. Apply top coat. Let dry for at least 10 mins.
  4. Use dotting tools of varying sizes to make dots, and a detail nail art brush to make lines. This is an easy design; however, that does NOT mean that it’s super quick. Take your time and have fun with it! Let dry for at least 15 mins to prevent smearing.
  5. Apply top coat.
  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 April 5th and have an awesome, blessed Easter! Besitos.

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