A Very Rosey Mani – Review of Little Sunshine Boutik Water Decals

Hey loves! How are y’all? Good, I hope! Today, I have another review for you guys!

Little Sunshine Boutik is Canadian based nail decal, sticker, and foil maker. Little Sunshine Boutik also makes jewelry and embroidered iron on patches! They ship worldwide, and for a limited time, you can try out a decal design for free (excluding shipping and handling). I jumped on that offer LOL. I did have an issue with delivery that was not this indie’s fault; however, they did an awesome job of communicating with me and fixing the issue. A+ on customer service from me! Now, let’s get into the details!

*The following swatches are applied over Ah ha! Nail Lacquer’s Foundation Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow’s Top Coat. The base color used was Glow Up by Twinkled T.

Roses Water Slide Nail Decals (A099)

Description: A sheet of rose design water decals. The sheet is approximately 6.3×5.3cm.

How to use: Apply base coat and base color (preferably white), then let dry. Apply top coat and let dry for at least 30 mins. Cut out a water decal and place it in a container of water for 10-20 secs. Use tweezers to removed the decal from the container of water, and quickly wet the desired nail of placement, then use your fingers to carefully slide the decal off of the back paper and to position it on the desired nail. Make sure to firmly press down on the decal once it is in the desired position. If the decal is longer than your nail, you’ll need to tuck the remainder underneath your tips (I just used my nails on my other hand to do this). Once you have finished all of your nails, you can use acetone and a cleanup brush to remove any of the decal that may be too close to the cuticle or on your skin and to flatten what you tucked under your nail tips. The instructions say to use a blow dryer, but I just let the decal dry for 30-45 mins then applied top coat.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $3.30 USD.

Overall thoughts: These decals are gorgeous and easy to use. My only issue is that they were not quite wide enough for my nails as you can see in the image below. That may be an issue for some people, but for me, it wasn’t that noticeable. It was about 3 days before one peeled, but I was very active in water that week, so that may be the reason. Rachelle was nice enough to throw in 2 extra designs, so maybe my nails won’t be as exposed to water the next time I use them. Overall, I do recommend these decals.

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That is all for today! Be sure to check out Little Sunshine Boutik’s Etsy store and Instagram.

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Midnight Kisses Review + Nail Art

Hey loves! Today, I have some nail art & a review for y’all. I know I usually post weekly Fri-Sun, but doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen with optometry school (at least for now). Going forward, expect my posts to come out every 10-14 days. Let’s get started!

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

Midnight Stars by Ruby Kisses

Description: A rich, blackish-brown nail polish with gold microglitters.

Application: Applies very smoothly without any streaks. Easy to use brush.

Opacity: 2 coats

Price: I bought it for 99¢ USD at a local beauty supply, but it’s $1.99 USD on the Sam’s Beauty website.

Overall thoughts: I really like this polish. I was happily surprised that it’s opaque in 2 coats; that’s unusual for non-indie polishes in my experience. I think it’s pretty, and I have no complaints about it.

My rating: 5/5

Nail art

Products:

How to:

  1. After applying base coat, base color, and top coat (let dry), make 2 brown circles using the dotting tool (make sure they’re far apart).
  2. Use a darker brown polish and the smaller end of the dotting tool to make dark spots inside of the brown circles.
  3. Use a striping brush & yellow polish to draw long yellow petals from the brown circles.
  4. Let dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  5. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  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 later.

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Fairy Tale by FingerPaints – Review

Hey lovelies! Happy Sunday!

I went to Sally Beauty Supply to pick up some things and found myself wandering down the nail polish aisle. As I was scanning their nail polish selection, my eyes locked on this FingerPaints polish. So today, I’m going to swatch it and spill all of the tea about it LOL. Let’s get started!

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

Fairy Tale by FingerPaints

Description: This polish is described as having a “shifting holographic color.” 😒 Obviously, there is nothing holographic about this polish. I would describe it as a rosey pink with a green shimmer shift.

Application: Applies very smoothly without any streaks. Easy to use brush.

Opacity: Swatch is shown in 3 coats and the “smile” lines still show.

Price: I bought it for $4.99 USD in-store; however, right now (August 26, 2018) it appears to be on clearance for $2.99 USD on the Sally Beauty website.

Overall thoughts: I think this polish is very pretty. I am a bit disappointed that it didn’t reach opacity in 2-3 coats, so I’ll probably use it as a topper in the future.

My rating: 3/5

That’s all for today loves! I start optometry school tomorrow (August 27), and the workload is a lot! Therefore, my posting schedule may change. I’ll be sure to let y’all know and update my blog description if I have to make a permanent change to my posting schedule. Thanks for understanding. ❤

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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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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:

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Graduation 2018 Waterslide Nail Decals by Lucky Star Style – Review

Hey loves! I’m back again! Yes, 2 posts in one night! LOL. In the previous post, I reviewed the Texas Tech Red Raiders Nail Decals from Enigma Design Company (click here to view).  In this post, I am reviewing the Graduation 2018 Waterslide Nail Decals that I used in the same graduation mani.

I ordered the Graduation 2018 Waterslide Nail Decals from Lucky Star Style’s Etsy store. Lucky Star Style sells various types of water decals, ranging from animals to pop culture, etc. They also have their own website to order from if you do not wish to use Etsy. Custom designs are also available. This was my first time ordering from them, so let’s right get into the review!

Graduation 2018 Waterslide Nail Decals

Description: 20 water decals that can be ordered in child size or adult size.

How to use: After applying base coat, base color, and top coat, I cut out a decal and removed the protective plastic. I then placed the sticky side of the decal on my nail, used a damp sponge to wet the back of the decal, and removed the back paper. I let it dry for about 2 mins, then sealed it in with 2 coats of top coat.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $1.95 USD on their Etsy store. $1.75 USD on their website.

Overall thoughts: I really like these decals! They looked exactly like the pictures, they were easy to apply, and applied evenly. They are lasting a fair amount of time. It has been 4 days and the decals have only peeled a bit on the clear edges, not on the actual design. There is some residue around the edges of the decals from when I was doing my makeup yesterday, which was after 3 days of wearing them. Overall, I would order from this brand again and I do recommend them!

That is all for today! Be sure to check out Lucky Star Style’s website, Etsy store, and Instagram.

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Taurus – Zodiac Sign Polish by Nailed it! Hawaii – Review

Hey lovelies! I know. . . it’s almost been 2 weeks since I last posted! Sorry loves, I’ve just been so busy with the end of the semester and getting ready for graduation. Yes, that’s right; your girl will be graduating with her BS in Biology in less than 2 weeks! I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to do my nails for it! Anywho, today I am reviewing a purchase I made a couple of weeks ago from Nailed it! Hawaii.

Nailed it! Hawaii is a 5-free, vegan, & cruelty-free indie brand that makes nail polish, artisan soaps, liquid latex, sugar scrubs, etc. This year, Tia started making zodiac and gemstone polishes for each month! So far I have Garnet, Aquarius, Pisces, and now Taurus (click the links for my reviews)! Also, for the month of a certain zodiac sign/gemstone, that particular polish is only $6! After that month, it returns to its normal price. So let’s get right into swatching and reviewing Taurus!

*The following swatches are applied over Foundation Base Coat by Ah ha! Nail Lacquer and topped with Purrfect Shine by Sassy Cats Lacquer (Discount sample).

*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).

Taurus

Description: A bubbly pink with purple sparks. This is a scattered holo for all the lovers of pink!

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

Opacity: 2 coats.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $8.50 USD (it was $6.00 USD for April).

Overall thoughts: The color is beautiful; it’s the perfect shade of pink. Of course, I love the holo. I have no complaints and can see myself using this polish a lot in the future.

My rating: 5/5

That’s all for now loves! I’ll probably have another review posted later on today, so keep an eye out! Be sure to check out Nailed it! Hawaii’s store, Instagram, and Facebook group.

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

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