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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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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Mystical Pink Mani

Hey lovelies! Happy Tuesday! I know it’s weird that I’m not posting during the weekend, but I am out of school now until the fall, so I have more free time to do my nails. Therefore, you may start seeing posts during the weekdays more often until I start back to school.

Today’s mani was not planned at all LOL I knew I wanted to do something pink, and I knew I wanted to use one of the glitter mix samples that I received from Glittertastrophe with a previous order, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. I ended up with these pink gradient nails topped with glitter for a mystical, fairy vibe. Let’s get into the details!

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Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Apply some type of barrier to protect your cuticles. I use liquid latex since I don’t have a latex allergy.
  3. Use a cosmetic sponge to create a gradient and dab it on your nails. Repeat until desired opacity is achieved.
  4. Remove barrier and clean up as necessary.
  5. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  6. Apply more top coat and while it is still wet, use a fan brush to randomly place glitter on your nails.
  7. Dust off any glitter that got on your cuticles and clean up as necessary.
  8. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  9. 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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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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24k Rose by Glittertastrophe – Review + Mani

Hey lovelies! How are y’all? I hope you are all doing great. I know it must be weird seeing a blog post from me during the weekdays instead of the weekend, but I’m going out of town this weekend, so I needed to get this post out now in order to not skip a week.

Today’s post is about a glitter mix from Glitterastrophe. Glittertastrope makes unique & custom glitter mixes for nail art/slime/crafts. Glittertastrophe also makes handmade jewelry with their mixes. They were kind enough to send glitter mixes for March birthdays, and I received mine a little over 2 weeks ago. I received 3 different mixes, and today I will be reviewing one of them. Let’s get right into it!

Other products used for this mani:

24k Rose

Description: An ultra fine rose gold mixed with a ultra fine holographic gold.

How to use: This glitter mix can be used in nail art, acrylics, gel, slime, jewelry and other crafts, and it is solvent resistant (can be poured into nail lacquer). I used the following steps for my mani:

  1. Apply base coat, base color, top coat, and let dry for 30 mins.
  2. Apply 2 strips of striping tape to each nail to make a border.
  3. Apply top coat to the area between the 2 strips of striping tape.
  4. Use an eyeshadow applicator to place glitter on the wet top coat. Let dry.
  5. Dust off any glitter that got outside of the border with a fan brush.
  6. Remove the striping tape.
  7. Apply top coat and let dry.
  8. That’s it!

Availability: Available now.

Price: $2.00 (1/8tsp/just a pinch), $3.50 (tsp), $4.50 (3/8 tsp/mini jar), or $7.00 (tbsp) USD.

Overall thoughts: It’s easy to use, beautiful, and holo…. so I love it! No complaints.

That’s all for today loves! Be sure to check out Glittertastrophe’s store and Instagram.

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

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Holo, it’s Lala’s Birthday!🎂

Happy Sunday lovelies! How are y’all doing? Well, guess what? My birthday is in two days (March 6)!🎂🎈 Therefore, today I am bringing y’all birthday nail art! It felt so good to do detailed nail art again since I’ve been too busy to do anything besides swatches lately. Also, my birthday makes two years since I stopped biting my nails, so there are two things to celebrate!🎉🎊 I really love this mani, and it is definitely one of my faves out of every mani I’ve done. Let’s get right into the details!

Products used:

How to:

The glitter nail (index finger)

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Apply desired base color. Let dry.
  3. Carefully shake a little bit of loose glitter into the lid of the loose glitter container.
  4. Apply top coat and gently shake the lid containing glitter over the wet top coat. Let dry.
  5. Wipe away any excess glitter with a fan brush, and repeat step 4 if necessary (I only did it once).
  6. Seal in your work with top coat.
  7. That’s it!

The charm/gem nails

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  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Apply base color. Let dry.
  3. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  4. This part is really up to you. Use whatever gems, charms, dried flowers, etc. that you want! I used tweezers to place them, and I didn’t use nail glue (I used top coat).
  5. Seal in your work with top coat.
  6. That’s it!

The cupcake

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  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Apply desired cupcake color while being sure to not cover the whole nail; focus mainly on the tip. This step took up about 1/3 of my entire nail. Let dry.
  3. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  4. Take a dotting tool and white polish to make the icing of the cupcake. Make sure to make the icing form a peak, but don’t take it too high either. Let dry for about 10 mins to prevent smearing.
  5. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  6. With a very small dotting tool, take whatever polish colors you want to make sprinkles in the icing.
  7. Make the cherry on top by using a dotting tool and red polish. Let dry for about 10 mins to prevent smearing.
  8. Seal in your work with top coat.
  9. That’s it!

That’s all for today loves! I hope y’all enjoyed this mani as much as I did! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later.

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Ringing in the New Year – NYE Mani

Hey lovelies! It’s time for my last mani of 2017! Gosh, can you believe that the year is coming to an end?! I haven’t even thought of a New Year’s resolution LOL.  Today, we’re going to talk about this gold & black, glamorous mani that is just perfect for NYE. You could do this mani with silver as well if you’re not into gold. However, little miss Lala here prefers gold! Let’s get right into the details!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. I used 2 coats.
  2. Apply black polish.
  3. Apply top coat. I let my nails dry for 30 mins before moving on to the next step just to make sure that I wouldn’t disrupt the black nail polish.
  4. Apply more top coat and start patting on the gold flakes with an eyeshadow stick while the top coat is wet. There’s really no rule to how you disperse the flakes; just do what you like! I went for a full gold flake accent nail and a flake gradient on the rest of my nails. For the full gold flake nail, I found that it was necessary to apply top coat and pat on the flakes 3 times in order to completely cover the nail.
  5. Seal in everything with top coat. I used 2 coats.

That’s all for today loves! Again, another super easy mani. Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! I hope you guys are enjoying the holidays! See y’all in 2018! Besitos.

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