Midnight Kisses Review + Nail Art

Hey loves! Today, I have some nail art & a review for y’all. I know I usually post weekly Fri-Sun, but doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen with optometry school (at least for now). Going forward, expect my posts to come out every 10-14 days. Let’s get started!

*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).

Midnight Stars by Ruby Kisses

Description: A rich, blackish-brown nail polish with gold microglitters.

Application: Applies very smoothly without any streaks. Easy to use brush.

Opacity: 2 coats

Price: I bought it for 99¢ USD at a local beauty supply, but it’s $1.99 USD on the Sam’s Beauty website.

Overall thoughts: I really like this polish. I was happily surprised that it’s opaque in 2 coats; that’s unusual for non-indie polishes in my experience. I think it’s pretty, and I have no complaints about it.

My rating: 5/5

Nail art

Products:

How to:

  1. After applying base coat, base color, and top coat (let dry), make 2 brown circles using the dotting tool (make sure they’re far apart).
  2. Use a darker brown polish and the smaller end of the dotting tool to make dark spots inside of the brown circles.
  3. Use a striping brush & yellow polish to draw long yellow petals from the brown circles.
  4. Let dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  5. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  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 later.

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Dreamcatcher Nails – Inspired Mani

Happy Sunday lovelies! How’s everyone doing? Great I hope! I’m doing well, and still preparing for optometry school. I start orientation on August 21st. I start class on August 27th, so I’m looking forward to it, but I am still a bit nervous. Also, my optometry school has a Big Sib/Lil Sib program where first year students like myself are matched with students who have already completed the first year. A few days ago, I was notified of my Big Sib and started texting her, so I am feeling less nervous now. Anywho, enough about my life update; let’s get into the details of this dreamcatcher mani! I was inspired by this video from cutepolish.

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat, base colors, and top coat. Let dry.
  2. I highly suggest watching the “Dreamcatcher Nail Art” tutorial by cutepolish in addition to my instructions so that it’ll make more sense.
  3. Use a striping brush and black nail polish to create 2 semicircles near the cuticle of the nail painted white.
  4. Using the same brush and polish, draw a triangle that intersects with the 2 semicircles and extends pass them without closing the triangle. Basically, there should be 2 extended lines from the last semicircle.
  5. Using the same brush and polish, draw a line down the middle of the triangle.
  6. Use a small line brush/detail brush and a brown polish (one that isn’t a one-coater) to draw the feather. Start with very tiny strokes then make the strokes a bit longer. Then trace over the feather with black polish (I did this in an attempt to add a bit of dimension).
  7. Use a dotting tool to create “beads” on the dreamcatcher.
  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! 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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A Beautiful Sky – Inspired Mani

Hey lovelies! How are y’all doing? Great, I hope! Today, I have a really cute mani for y’all that I couldn’t wait to share! I was inspired by @nailartlily_, so check out her awesome nail art on IG. Let’s get right into the details!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat and let dry.
  2. Apply a sky blue nail polish to all nails as the base color. Make sure this base blue is lighter than the blue that will be used in the rainbow. Let dry.
  3. Apply top coat and let dry.
  4. Use a dotting tool to form clouds. There’s really no special way to form them; just make sure they’re a little “bumby.”
  5. Use a dotting tool to create the sun as well. I used the smaller end of the dotting tool to create the sun rays.
  6. I used a tiny dotting tool to create the rainbow (if you have a small enough detail brush, use that for smoother lines). Try to eyeball the lines enough so that half of the rainbow on one nail aligns with the other half on the other nail.
  7. Repeat step 4 on the ends of the rainbow.
  8. Let everything dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  9. Apply top coat and let dry.
  10. That’s it!

That is all for today! I may not have new posts within the next week or two due to moving. If I don’t have a new mani to post, I will notify you lovelies via my FB Page, so keep an eye out!

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

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Floral Cap Inspired Nails

Hey lovelies! How are y’all? Great, I hope! This week I bought a new cap because, well, I’m really into caps lately since they hide bad hair days lol and I was really inspired by the floral design. So I did my nails based off of that. It kinda looks like children’s art, but I like it lol. Let’s get into the details!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat, black polish, and glossy top coat. Let dry.
  2. I used different dotting tools to draw flowers and leaves on my nails. Take your time with this step and have fun. There’s no right or wrong way to do it.
  3. Let dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  4. Apply glossy top coat. Let dry.
  5. Apply matte top coat. Let dry.
  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 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

puzzle

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

green

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

dotti

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

summer gradient

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

4th

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

purple

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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Puzzle Piece Mani

I’m a puzzle, yes, indeed
Ever-complex in every way
And all the pieces aren’t even in the box
And yet you see the picture clear as day
“Flaws And All” by Beyoncé

Hello lovelies! Yeah, that song came to mind while writing this LOL. Today I have super cute mani using some polishes from my recent Twinkled T haul (click here to view the haul on Instagram). This haul was one of my graduation presents, and I do plan on making a review after I play with all of the polishes for a few weeks. Also, today’s mani is inspired by @naileasydreamart (link to the YouTube video I watched). It’s an easy mani, but it does require patience, so let’s get into the details!

Products:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Use each polish to paint 1/4 of your nail until your nail is completely painted in 4 different color squares.
  3. Use a dotting tool to make one square overlap with another square to create a puzzle piece. If you can keep track, I like to overlap pink on yellow, yellow on blue, blue on green, and green on pink.
  4. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  5. Use a toothpick and black polish to outline each puzzle piece. Let dry for about 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  6. Apply top coat.
  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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