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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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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Strawberry Daiquiri – Mani

Hey lovelies! How are ya? Good I hope. Well, today’s nail art was almost a nail fail, but somehow I saved it. I’m gonna talk you guys through my thought process of how I managed to make this a decent mani that reminds me of strawberry daiquiris! Let’s get right into the details!

Products used:

How to:

Of course, I applied base coat first and let it dry. Initially, I wanted to do a clear to red mani. I didn’t have any clear polish (I don’t know the last time I bought clear polish), so I decided to wing it just with base coat. I applied cuticle protectors, used a cosmetic wedge to make a gradient between the base coat and red polish until desired opacity was reached, and let it dry.

However, I did not like the outcome. It was just “meh” for me. I thought, “How about I apply red glitter just to the very tips of my nails?” I applied top coat, and while it was still wet, I used a cosmetic wedge to apply red loose glitter to the very tips of my nails.

I realized that the red glitter was a lighter shade of red than the red polish I used, so it ruined the gradient effect. Now, I was sitting here thinking I needed to grab the acetone to remove this mess (LOL), but I thought about trying to apply a bit of a red holo polish where the red glitter was placed. Again, I used a cosmetic wedge to dab the red holo on top of the red glitter, and I liked the effect. It blended in better than just the red glitter alone.

I still wasn’t pleased with how the base coat blended into the red polish though. Then, I remembered this sheer red polish with glitters, and decided to apply that on top of all of my nails. I used 2 coats, and loved the outcome. Finally, this mani was right with me! I applied top coat and let it dry.

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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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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Fourth of July Gradient

Hey lovelies! I’m bacckkkk! I’ve been very busy for the last couple of weeks, so I hadn’t done anything new with my nails until now. Did y’all miss me? I missed you lovelies! Today’s mani is an easy Fourth of July design, so let’s get right into the details!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Apply white polish (preferably a one-coater) as a base color. Let dry.
  3. Use a cosmetic wedge to create gradients (1 wedge worked for all 10 of my nails). Once all 3 colors are on the wedge, dab them onto your nail.
  4. Repeat as necessary to achieve desired opacity and let dry.
  5. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  6. Apply as many star shaped glitters as desired by using an orange stick to pick up the glitters.
  7. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  8. That’s it!

That’s all for today loves! I may have another 2 week hiatus during the end of July/beginning of August since I am moving for optometry school. I’ll let you lovelies know the plan closer to time.

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

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Summer Gradient Nails

Hey lovelies! Happy Friday! How are y’all? I hope all is well! Summer is just around the corner (June 21), but as most of you know, I started my summery manis in my last post (click here to view). Today, I am continuing that theme with these pink-orange-yellow gradient nails. I decided on these colors because I am going out of town this Saturday to eat and see a movie, and these nails totally match the outfit I’ve picked out and the makeup I’m going to wear. So yeah, I’m really excited because my manis hardly ever match my outfits LOL. Let’s get right into the details!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Apply white polish (preferably a one-coater) as a base color. Let dry.
  3. Use a cosmetic wedge to create gradients (1 wedge worked for all 10 of my nails). I applied the colors to the cosmetic wedge in the following order: yellow, orange, then pink. Once all 3 colors are on the wedge, dab them onto your nail.
  4. Repeat as necessary to achieve desired opacity and let dry.
  5. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  6. That’s it!

That’s all for today loves! I’m not sure at this time whether I will have a new post for next week because I may be super busy, so keep an eye out on my Facebook page because that is where I will notify y’all.

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

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Green & White Stamping Mani – Nail Fail

Hey lovelies! How are ya? Good I hope! I mentioned before that I wanna start doing stamping manis for practice, and well, this try didn’t turn out so well LOL. For that reason, I will list the products I used, but not the instructions. I’ll just kinda talk through what I did, but I don’t wanna give instructions that lead to a nail fail. I’m sure you lovelies understand.

You may ask, “why share a bad mani anyway?” Well, I’ve never been the type to hide my nail fails; I even have a category on this blog dedicated to nail fails LOL so let’s get started!

Products:

As you can tell, I painted my index & pinky finger nails green (and my thumb nail). I decided to do a white to green gradient on my middle & ring finger nails, which I loved. I never thought green and white would look that good together. I sealed everything with top coat, then it was time to stamp. . .

I cleaned my stamping tools with acetone before use. My idea was to apply the white polish and green polish to the plate for a gradient. I wanted the green part of the stamp on the white of my nail and vice versa. As you can see, it didn’t turn out that great. Maybe a gradient stamp was too advanced for a beginner? LOL anywho, I topped it with top coat & decided to wear it because I really like the colors, and this green is kinda hot on my skin tone. 😎

Well, that’s all today for this nail fail! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later.

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