Witch’s Brew by Nailed it! Hawaii – Review

Holo again lovelies! Two reviews in one day? Yes, that is right!

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that Nailed it! Hawaii is my favorite indie nail polish maker. Tia also makes liquid latex, sugar scrubs, body lotions and butters, etc. that I use all the time. All of her products are 5-free, vegan, and cruelty free.

I ordered Witch’s Brew from the Hallow’s Eve Trio. Nailed it! Hawaii also created a Supernatural Trio. So there’s a total of 6 new polishes for Halloween! Awesome right?

I absolutely fell in love with Witch’s Brew when I first saw swatches and I knew I had to have it!  So now, let’s get into my swatches and review!

*The following swatches are applied over Ah ha! Nail Lacquer Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow 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).

Description: A deep purple with scattered flakies and holo sparkles.

Application: Smooth formula, not streaky, and no problems with the brush.

Opacity: 2 coats

Availability: Available now.

Price: $8.50 USD

Overall thoughts: I’m in love! This is just what I needed for Halloween; it’s dark, mysterious, and holo! I love the flakies in it and I think they complement the polish well. I added a skull charm from BeautyBigBang (review here), and it goes with the polish perfectly. First Halloween nail art of the month: Checked!

My rating: 5/5

That is all for today lovelies! Be sure to check out Nailed it! Hawaii’s Etsy store and Instagram.

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

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Gold Glitter Aluminum Flakes from BeautyBigBang – Review

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Happy Sunday! Today I am reviewing some gold flakes I received from Maggie at BeautyBigBang. For some background info about this online retailer, feel free to read here. Don’t forget that you can use my code LALA010 for 10% off your order!

*The following swatches are applied over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff and topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Black Cherry Scented Nail Paint by Emma Jean Cosmetics was used as the base color (review of this polish here).

SKU: J2430-GD (link to flakes here)

Description: 1 box of gold aluminum mirror effect flakes. Also available in silver.

Application: After applying the base color, I gently dabbed the flakes on with the eyeshadow stick provided, then sealed it in with top coat.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $0.99 USD

Overall thoughts: I love the look of these flakes and I think they’d look great with pretty much any polish color. Super easy to apply and I really like that the eyeshadow stick was included. My only advice is to be careful when handing the flakes; they like to go everywhere… I have a couple of specs in my hair LOL. I definitely recommend this product.

That is all for today lovelies! Be sure to check out BeautyBigBang’s store and social media, which are linked below:

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Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all soon (another review will be posted in a few minutes).

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Ah Ha! Nail Lacquer – Review

Hey lovelies! How’s it going? Hope everything is great! Today, I will be reviewing some products from Ah Ha! Nail Lacquer!

Ah ha! Nail Lacquer is an indie polish maker of 5 free nail polishes. Their linear holos are absolutely stunning! This is my second time ordering from this indie and the packaging was adorable as always. My first order was a few months ago and I ordered their Precious Silver Linear Holographic Polish. I posted a swatch and video of that polish a few months ago, so check it out!

For this order, I purchased their new base coat and there was a promo going on in August where you’d get a free mini bottle of their new top coat with all purchases. Also, Amy was sweet enough to throw in a bonus mini Jackpot Winner with my order! So today’s review is about all 3.

*All of the following swatches are applied over Ah ha! Nail Lacquer’s base coat and topped with their 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). For top/base coat, it is based on the formula (2 points), minimal chipping within a week (2 points), and drying time (1 point).

Jackpot Winner

Room temperature

Cold state

Hot state

Description: Thermal and chunky glitters! It’s a mysterious black when cold and white/grey when hot. It contains 5 different glitters to create the ultimate glitter bomb!

Application: Smooth application, not streaky, & easy to use brush.

Opacity: Swatch is shown in 3 coats with opacity achieved.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $6 USD

Overall thoughts: I love that this nail polish is thermal; that’s pretty cool. I love it in its cold state (black), but not a fan of it in its hot state. I also love it in its room temperature state (a gradient for my room temp). The glitters are a gorgeous touch as well.

My rating: 3.75/5

“Protective” Top Coat

Description: Fast drying, shiny, and will make manicures last longer.

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: $6 USD

Overall thoughts: Great top coat. My mani lasted a week with only minimal chipping on my dominant hand, so I’d say it is as great as my fave top coats.

My rating: 5/5

“Foundation” Base Coat

Description: Protects nails from staining and helps polish adhere smoothly.

Application: Again, no problems; 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 base coat to my other hand).

Price: $6 USD

Overall thoughts: Again, another great product. I’ve been using this base coat in all my manis since I got it and they all lasted a week with only minimal chipping on my dominant hand. Definitely as great as my fave base coat from SuperChic Lacquer.

My rating: 5/5

That’s all for today loves! Be sure to check out Ah Ha! Nail Lacquer’s online store and Instagram. This indie makes cuticle oil as well and you can purchase a bundle of top coat, base coat, and cuticle oil (all full size bottles) for $15!

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Leave them in the comments section! See y’all later.

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Thermals, skulls, and brushes! – A BeautyBigBang Review

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Hey lovelies! Today, I have another BeautyBigBang review for y’all!

Maggie at BeautyBigBang let me chose some more items to review. For a little background information about this online retailer, read the first review I did of their products here.

I chose a thermal nail polish, skull rhinestones, and a brush to review. So let’s get into the swatches and reviews! Don’t forget that you can use my code LALA010 for 10% off your order!

*All of the following swatches are applied over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff and topped with Glisten and Glow Top Coat. The macro of the thermal polish was topped with Emma Jean Cosmetics Matte 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).

Thermal Nail Polish

SKU: J4189-1CRoom temperature.

 

Cold state

Hot state

Room temperature with matte top coat.

Description: There are 8 colors to choose from and it is 12ml. The one I picked is purple in its cold state and pink in its hot state. It looks like a gradient at room temperature.

Application: Easy to use brush, but definitely streaky and awful smell.

Opacity: Swatch is shown in 3 coats with opacity not achieved. Maybe a 4th coat would work.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $4.69 USD

Overall thoughts: I love the colors and I love that it is thermal. This was the first thermal polish I tried. However, as I was applying this polish, it smelled like a strong metallic scent. It doesn’t smell like nail polish and you definitely need to wash your hands sometime after using it to remove the smell. I have another thermal polish by a different brand, so I gave it a sniff to compare the two. The other polish smells like normal nail polish… So I’m not sure why this one smells metallic. Also, it is streaky and wasn’t opaque in 3 coats; I can still see parts of my nail instead of it being one solid color. So overall, I am not a fan of this polish.

My rating: 1/5

Skull Nail Rhinestones

SKU: J4173-4C

Description: There’s 6 different color options and the material is described as “drill diamond crystal.” You get 20 PCs.

Application: After applying base coat, base color (Noir by Nicka K), and top coat, I immediately placed the skulls on my nails while the top coat was wet.

Price: $2.99 USD

Overall thoughts: Very easy to use. Literally took seconds to apply. I think these are going to be great for Halloween!

Acrylic Nail Liner Brush

SKU: J1701-1A

Description: There’s 3 different brushes to choose from; 7mm, 9mm, and 11mm. I chose 7mm. It comes in very beautiful packaging with a cap to cover the actual brush part.

Application:  The brush is very easy to use and control. I used it as a detail brush with Mauve-A-Lisa by FingerPaints (review here) and August by Zoya.

Price: $4.66 USD

Overall thoughts: Love this brush. Very easy to use and control, so I know I’m going to be using it a lot with my future freehand designs! And 100% acetone did not destroy it.

That is all for today lovelies! Be sure to check out BeautyBigBang’s store and social media, which are linked below:

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If you have any questions or anything to share, feel free to leave a comment below!

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Mauve-A-Lisa by FingerPaints – Review

Hey lovelies! How are y’all doing? Hope you’re all doing great! I took the Optometry Admissions Test Thursday, so I’m much better now that it’s over! Now I just need to work on my Optometry School application and study for my upcoming quizzes/tests. So today’s post is going to be very simple and quick. I decided to swatch a new polish I got from Sally’s Beauty and threw some holo on it. Let’s get started!

*Swatches are shown over Ah Ha! Nail Lacquer’s Base Coat & topped with Glisten & Glow’s Top Coat. The second photo also used Galactic Blast Holo Top Coat from Dainty Digits Polish*

*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)

Mauve-A-Lisa by FingerPaints

Application: Smooth formula, not streaky, and easy to use brush.

Opacity: one coat!

Availability: Available at Sally’s Beauty & Amazon.

Price: $5.19 USD (on Sally’s Beauty’s website)

Overall thoughts: I love the color and love that it’s opaque in one coat! I wasn’t expecting that from a store brand. I really have no complaints and I think this will be a year-round fave of mine. Especially love it with holo!

My rating: 5/5

That’s all for today! Super quick I know! Bear with me until school slows down a bit.

Please feel free to leave any questions and concerns below! See y’all later.

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Galaxy Nails

Hey lovelies! Today I have a really easy nail art, which is almost impossible to mess up. I’ve been busy with classes and preparing for the Optometry Admissions Test, so I needed a simple nail art to do and galaxy nails were the answer. I actually have done galaxy nails before, but that was about a year ago when I was still new to nail art. It would’ve been cool to do a “Then & Now” comparison, but I had no luck finding a pic of my first galaxy nails. So let’s get into details!

Technique:

After applying base coat, paint all your nails black and top with glossy top coat. Then, rip tiny pieces off of a makeup sponge. I like ripping it instead of cutting because ripping it will result in pieces with an uneven side, and I like to use the uneven side for this design as opposed to the smooth side. To me, the uneven side gives a better galaxy effect than the smooth side. Use as many pieces as you need. I needed 3 pieces for each hand. Take one piece and brush a little bit of white polish on it then sponge it on your nail in whatever pattern you want. I say use a little amount because you can always add more, so it is better to start off small then build up. You should be able to use this piece for white on each nail of one hand. Use a different piece for light blue polish and another different piece for pink. Remember this design is nearly impossible to mess up, so have fun with it! Do whatever pattern you want to do and add how much or how little color you want!

Next, use a small dotting tool to add random dots that appear to be stars. I will say don’t go overboard with the dots because you don’t want this looking like a dotticure; you want it looking like stars in the galaxy. I say 5 stars is the max and it really depends on each nail. I have 3-5 dots on my nails. Let that dry for a bit, then add glossy top coat.

At this point you can be done, but y’all should know by now that I’m extra (LOL), so I added a holo top coat! Scattered holo or linear holo; use whichever you want. Just make sure that its a holo top coat that won’t grey out your polish. Then top with more glossy top coat to intensify the holo.

Products used:

Ah Ha! Nail Lacquer’s Base Coat. I know it may be shocking that I am using a new base coat LOL but I wanted to give this one a try because it is a tad bit cheaper than the one I always use. So I should have a review for it in about a week. I like to wear base coats and top coats for a weekly mani before reviewing them. That’s because, for me, if I have a great base coat and great top coat, they can make the worst chipping nail polish last at least 7 days.

Noir by Nicka K New York. This is a one coater usually. I say usually because since my nails are so long now, it tends to get streaky near the tips. But what do you expect for a $1.99 polish? I can’t seem to find it being sold online, but I got mine from a beauty supply store.

French White Crème by wet n wild.

Blueberry Tart by Emma Jean Cosmetics. It smells like blueberries when it dries!

A mini nameless pink by L.A. Colors

Galactic Blast Top Coat by Dainty Digits Polish. This is new product for me that I’m going to wait to review because I want to do some other manis with this holo top coat and maybe just as a polish itself. But so far I can say that it doesn’t grey out your polish! This indie is also rebranding, so I’ll give you guys more details as changes occur.

Ah Ha! Nail Lacquer’s Top Coat. Yes, I’m using a new top coat again! So I’ll have this glossy top coat reviewed with the base coat.

That’s all for today! As always, if you have any questions or things to share, leave them in the comments section! See y’all later.

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Back to School

Hey lovelies! I’m sure many of us have started back to school or are getting ready for back to school. My fall classes start on the 28th, so I’m still getting ready and can agree that shopping around this time of year can be very hectic. So today, hopefully we can relax with some back to school nail art!

Well, that was my plan; to relax through nail art…But sometimes nail art isn’t so relaxing 😣 I had other plans for my index finger nail and pinky nail. My index finger nail was going to be grey with “E=mc2” written in white, and I was going to do a black & red (my university’s colors) chevron on my pinky nail. Both were total FAILS and I tried twice! So, I got frustrated and I just threw on some holo because holo makes everything better right?!  🙌 Let’s get into the details.

Technique:

For the pencil, I applied base coat, white as my base color, and top coat. Then I studied my nail and decided how far to apply the yellow polish, so this will vary for each person and their preference. I used a cleanup brush dipped in acetone to make the yellow’s stopping point even, and I used a striping brush to make orange lines. Then, I carefully applied a silver holo (I don’t own a metallic silver polish, so gotta work with what we got!) and cleaned it up the same way I did the yellow polish. Lastly, I applied the pink polish at my nail tip and sealed everything in with top coat.

For the notebook paper, I used base coat, white as my base color, and top coat. Then, I took a striping brush and made the blue lines of the paper and the red line. Again, a cleanup brush dipped in acetone can clean up your lines. As always, seal in everything with top coat.

For the pinky and index finger nail, I used base coat and a pinkish red holo to calm my frustration 😊, then sealed it in with top coat.

Products used:

Bring It On Stain Blocked Base Coat. I used 2 coats.

French White Crème” (white), “D’oh!” (yellow), & “Nuclear War” (orange) from wet n wild. All 3 are opaque in 3-4 coats.

“Me & You” (silver holo) & “XOXO” (pinkish red holo) from Nailed it! Hawai’i. These two polishes are from the Conversation Hearts Collection. I don’t see them being sold in her online store currently, but I’m sure you could ask Tia whether there will be more and she will gladly answer your questions. Both are opaque in 2 easy coats.

Blueberry Tart (light blue) by Emma Jean Cosmetics. This polish is opaque in 2-3 coats and smells like blueberries when it dries!

nameless mini red & mini pink by L.A Colors. Opaque in 4+ coats, so I only use them for small nail art.

HK Girl Top Coat by Glisten & Glow. This top coat has been renamed to “Glisten & Glow Top Coat.” I sealed in all of my nails with 2 coats.

That’s all for today! Leave any questions, suggestions, and tips in the comment section below!

Question time!!!

Are you going back to school this semester? As a middle schooler, high schooler, or college student? Have you already started the semester? Are you a parent of a back to schooler? Or maybe a spouse to one? Have any nail fail stories to share? Let me know in the comments below! See y’all later.

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