Yellow Polka Dot Mani

Hey lovelies! I’m backkkkk! I’m finally all settled in after moving and am so ready to bring y’all more nail art! Today’s mani is inspired by one I saw on Pinterest. It’s really cute and really easy to do, so let’s get into the details!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat, yellow polish, and glossy top coat. Let dry. Tip: paint the tip of the accent nail horizontally.
  2. Use black nail polish and the tip of an orange stick to create a black line where the bare nail and yellow polish meet on the accent nail.
  3. Use black nail polish and the tip of an orange stick to create two small lines that run vertical on the black line of the accent nail. Connect the top and bottom of each vertical line to the horizontal line to create the bow. Tip: I watched this YouTube video to learn how to freehand bows.
  4. Use 2 different sized dotting tools to create a dotticure of white and black dots on all nails.
  5. Use the smaller dotting tool to place a white dot in the center of the bow.
  6. Let dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  7. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  8. That’s it!

That’s all for today loves! Did y’all miss me?? It’s great to be back! Now, all that’s left to figure out is how much free time I’ll have once I start optometry school on the 27th. I have orientation in 9 days!

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

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A Beautiful Sky – Inspired Mani

Hey lovelies! How are y’all doing? Great, I hope! Today, I have a really cute mani for y’all that I couldn’t wait to share! I was inspired by @nailartlily_, so check out her awesome nail art on IG. Let’s get right into the details!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat and let dry.
  2. Apply a sky blue nail polish to all nails as the base color. Make sure this base blue is lighter than the blue that will be used in the rainbow. Let dry.
  3. Apply top coat and let dry.
  4. Use a dotting tool to form clouds. There’s really no special way to form them; just make sure they’re a little “bumby.”
  5. Use a dotting tool to create the sun as well. I used the smaller end of the dotting tool to create the sun rays.
  6. I used a tiny dotting tool to create the rainbow (if you have a small enough detail brush, use that for smoother lines). Try to eyeball the lines enough so that half of the rainbow on one nail aligns with the other half on the other nail.
  7. Repeat step 4 on the ends of the rainbow.
  8. Let everything dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  9. Apply top coat and let dry.
  10. That’s it!

That is all for today! I may not have new posts within the next week or two due to moving. If I don’t have a new mani to post, I will notify you lovelies via my FB Page, so keep an eye out!

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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

4th

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

purple

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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Summer Dotticure

Happy Tuesday! Well, it’s about time that I start doing summery manicures. Today’s mani is inspired by @zammy.nailz. Be sure to check out her IG. Let’s get started!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat, base colors, and top coat. Let dry.
  2. Yellow nails: I used both ends of a dotting tool to make grey and orange dots of varying sizes.
  3. Ring finger: I added a bow tie charm by applying more top coat to my nail followed by applying the charm with tweezers. For a more secure application, you can skip the extra top coat and apply nail glue to the back of the charm before placing it; however, I prefer not to use nail glue due to potential nail damage.
  4. Let nails dry.
  5. Seal in your designs with top coat (excluding the charm nail).
  6. That’s it!
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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Puzzle Piece Mani

I’m a puzzle, yes, indeed
Ever-complex in every way
And all the pieces aren’t even in the box
And yet you see the picture clear as day
“Flaws And All” by Beyoncé

Hello lovelies! Yeah, that song came to mind while writing this LOL. Today I have super cute mani using some polishes from my recent Twinkled T haul (click here to view the haul on Instagram). This haul was one of my graduation presents, and I do plan on making a review after I play with all of the polishes for a few weeks. Also, today’s mani is inspired by @naileasydreamart (link to the YouTube video I watched). It’s an easy mani, but it does require patience, so let’s get into the details!

Products:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Use each polish to paint 1/4 of your nail until your nail is completely painted in 4 different color squares.
  3. Use a dotting tool to make one square overlap with another square to create a puzzle piece. If you can keep track, I like to overlap pink on yellow, yellow on blue, blue on green, and green on pink.
  4. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  5. Use a toothpick and black polish to outline each puzzle piece. Let dry for about 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  6. Apply top coat.
  7. That’s it!

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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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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Matte Spring Dotticure

Hey loves! How are y’all? Good, I hope! Today, I’m bringing you a cute, simple mani that is inspired by another lovely nail artist, @painteddigits. Be sure to check her out on IG!

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Matte
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Glossy

First, let’s address the elephant in the room . . . my nails are short. While I was out of town, my middle finger nail broke when I was opening the car door. It literally just snapped, and it was frustrating because this is my swatch hand. If it happened to my Cindy hand, I probably would’ve just left my nails uneven because, well, that’s how Cindy rolls LOL. However, since it happened to my swatch hand, it was best to trim all of my nails down to the same length. I can’t really feel bad though because 1) I haven’t had a break on my swatch hand (excluding the thumb nail) since December 2016 and 2) I have not been oiling my nails as often as I should for the past few months; I’ve just been so busy and neglected them. This semester is close to an end, so hopefully I can get back into the routine of oiling my nails every day, 3-5 times a day. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into the details of this mani!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat, base color, and top coat. Let each coat dry.
  2. Use 3 different size dotting tools to randomly place different color dots on each nail. Let dry for at least 30 minutes to prevent smearing.
  3. Apply glossy top coat. Let dry. You can stop here if you want a glossy look.
  4. Apply matte top coat. Let dry.
  5. 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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