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!

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 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!

Products used:

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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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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