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!

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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!

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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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!

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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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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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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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