Starry Night

Hey lovelies! Happy Saturday! Today, we’re gonna talk about a mani that I’m not a fan of, but others are LOL. I actually did this mani last week, but I didn’t like it, so I decided not to post it. However, I didn’t feel like redoing my nails (plus I’m busy with finals prep), so I wore them throughout the week, and surprisingly, I received so many compliments on them. Even my Biochemistry professor said that my nails looked like the night sky LOL. So I decided to go ahead and post it now. Let’s get into the details!

Products used:

How to:

After applying base coat and base color, I applied top coat and use tweezers to apply the stars and rhinestones immediately while the top coat was still wet. I sealed it all in with more top coat. Easy!

That’s all for today loves! Today’s post was kinda short, but this mani is so easy; there’s not much to say about it LOL.

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

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Thanksgiving Mani: 10 steps!

Hey lovelies! How are y’all? Ready for Thanksgiving? I know I am! That means no Wednesday and Thursday classes or work for me next week! Lol! Today, I have really cute Thanksgiving nail art. It feels like I haven’t done detailed nail art is soooo long. So let’s get right into the details! 
I’m making notes before we start because I know some of my followers may be beginners to nail art ❤

Note: Don’t forget to let each layer dry before applying more polish. Dry time varies, so you learn with practice! Most polishes should be dry within 5 mins though.

Note: When reusing a tool, don’t forget to use acetone to clean the nail polish off before dipping the tool into another polish. You don’t want a muddy design.

Products & Technique:

1. Apply 1-2 coats of base coat to clean, bare nails. I used 2 coats of Foundation Base Coat by Ah Ha! Nail Lacquer. Review here.

2. Apply white nail polish to your accent nail until opaque. I used French White Crème by wet n wild, which is crappy. I had to use 4 coats and it’s very streaky.

3. Apply a brown polish to the rest of your nails until opaque. I used Chocolate Praline Layered Cake by Emma Jean Cosmetics. It applied like a dream, was opaque in 2 coats, and smelled like chocolate cake when it dried!

4. Apply 1-2 coats of glossy top coat to all nails. I used Glisten & Glow’s Top Coat.

Note: It’s time to start making the turkey and let the other nails dry for about 30 mins because we’re gonna apply nail vinyls to them.

5. Use a small nail art brush to draw on red, yellow, and orange feathers that spread out radially on the accent nail. I used a 7mm brush from BeautyBigBang (Use my code LALA010 for 10% off), a nameless mini red Sally Hansen polish, and Nuclear War and D’oh! by wet n wild. When you finish this step, there should be a white space that is surrounded by the feathers; this is where we will put the turkey body.

6. Take the brown polish and apply it to the white space that is surrounded by feathers. You can do this with the nail polish brush. Just be careful and take your time.

7. Take a dotting tool, dip it in brown polish, and apply it above the body we just made. This action should form a head, and the size of the head will depend on the size of the body. Also, you may need to extend the feathers after this step if the turkey head covered some of them.

8. Take white polish on a small dotting tool; one that you know will make smaller dots than the head. Use it to start making eyes. Take an even smaller dotting tool dipped in black to place tiny black dots inside the white dots. Now we have eyes! I used Noir by Nicka K New York (can’t find an online link to it). Using the same dotting tool, apply an orange line (upside-down triangle if you’re that skilled) under the eyes. Apply top coat. I waited 30 mins before applying top coat in order to avoid smears. The turkey is done!

9. Apply leaf nail vinyls to all the brown nails. Apply them how you want; straight, sideways, it’s up to you. I used Fall Stencils from Whats Up Nails.

10. Add whatever colors you want to a small piece of makeup sponge and dab it on the nails that have nail vinyls. I did a gradient effect to make each leaf look more realistic than a solid color. The green I used is a mini no-name by wet n wild. Just be very careful with this step because you don’t want to get the colors outside of the leaf. Do one nail at a time and immediately remove vinyls on finished nails. Apply top coat (I waited 30 mins again).

Note: Clean up as necessary, apply your fave cuticle oil, and take some pics of your new Thanksgiving mani! 

That’s all for today loves! Hope y’all enjoyed. If you do recreate this mani, I would love to see! Use #lookhololala on Instagram, so I can see your lovely recreations. Also, my giveaway ends tonight at 11pm CST, so check it out here before it’s over!

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

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Nail Decoration Wheel from BeautyBigBang – Review

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Hey lovelies! I have another BeautyBigBang review today. Check out the 2 BeautyBigBang reviews from yesterday here and here. Use my code LALA010 for 10% off your order!

Today, I am reviewing a nail decoration/charm wheel from BeautyBigBang. I am really excited about this product, so let’s get into the review!

*The following swatches are applied over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff and topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Candied Plum by Mace Polish was used as the base color (review here).

Nail Decoration Wheel (SKU: 96404)

Description: Approximately 1200 pcs of mix shaped rhinestones & charms.

How to use: After applying base coat, base color, and top coat, pick up the rhinestone/charm with tweezers and coat the back of it with top coat, then immediately place on nail.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $2.83 USD

Overall thoughts: I loooove this product! You get a variety of rhinestones and charms. There are charms in my wheel for Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day, and for any time of the year! You get sooo much for a low price, so 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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Don’t forget to check out my Instagram giveaway (click here); there’s only 6 days left!

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

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​Frankenstein Nails + Mace Polish Review + Instagram Giveaway

Hey lovelies! Are you ready for Halloween? Well, today I have my final Halloween nail art for y’all. You can view the previous two here & here.

About a week or so ago, I ordered 4 of the 6 nail polishes from the Candied Collection by Mace Polish. Mace Polish is a 5-free, cruelty free indie nail polish maker. I ordered Candied Apple, Candied Cranberry, Candied Pumpkin, & Candied Plum.  Today, I will be reviewing Candied Apple.

*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).

This mani was really easy to create. I just used a detail brush from BeautyBigBang to paint on the black stitches. So let’s get into the review!

Candied Apple by Mace Polish

Description: A beautiful green with a blend of silver holographic glitter, matte black glitter, and iridescent glitter.

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

Opacity: Swatch shown in 2 coats.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $9.00 USD

Overall thoughts: I really like this polish! I usually don’t wear green polishes on their own because I just don’t like how they look with my skin tone, but this green complements my skin tone very well! And it is packed with so many glitters; I just love it.

My rating: 5/5

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

Did you read this far? Great! I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram, so follow this link to learn all the details. See y’all later.

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Nail Social Nail Brand Review + Bloody Mani

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Hey lovelies! Today, I have some Halloween nail art & a Nail Social Nail Brand (NSNB) review!

NSNB is a 5-free, cruelty free, indie nail polish maker based in Detroit. I’ve swatched for NSNB in the past, but that was before I had a blog.

Tasia at NSNB was kind enough to sponsor my upcoming giveaway (keep an eye out!) and send some polishes for me to swatch. The shades NSNB makes complement any skin tone, so I’m really excited to swatch these polishes! Let’s get started!

*The following swatches are applied over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff 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).

Cuban Smoke

Description: This charcoal gray/black metallic polish has speckles all throughout.

Application: A little streaky, but the brush was easy to use.

Opacity: Swatch shown in 2 coats.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $7.00 USD

Overall thoughts: I think this is a very nice color for the fall and to use as a base for nail art! This polish will be available in my giveaway!

My rating: 4/5

All This Winnin’ 

Description: A purple duochrome with a gold effect that sparkles in the light.

Application: Smooth application. No streakiness. Easy to use brush.

Opacity: Swatch shown in 4 coats.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $8.00 USD

Overall thoughts: Love this color. I love the gold shimmer it has in certain lighting; it’s really pretty. The only thing I’m not a big fan of is that it took 4 coats to get to the swatch shown, so I recommend using the sponge technique in order to reach full opacity. If you prefer a more sheer look, then there’s no need to sponge 😊 This polish will also be available in my giveaway!

My rating: 3/5

HBIC – HEAD BOSS IN CHARGE

Description: A metallic red that is hot and exciting for the fall.

Application: Smooth application.. No streakiness. Easy to use brush.

Opacity: Swatch shown in 2 coats.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $8.00 USD

Overall thoughts: I’m in looooove. Not only is this polish great for fall, it’ll be great for Christmas! Call me Mrs. Claus! LOL. This two-coater red is stunning and I can see myself using it a lot.

My rating: 5/5

Bloody nail art

Nail polishes used:

That is all for today lovelies! I do want to note that when I say a polish will be available in my giveaway, I mean a brand new bottle; not the bottle swatched. Just wanted to clear up any possible confusion 😊 Be sure to check out NSNB’s store, Instagram, and Facebook page.

Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! Keep an eye out on Instagram for my upcoming giveaway! See y’all later.

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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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