My Stunning Nails – Review

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Hey lovelies! Oh lawd, this week has been busy! Exams, studying, work, oh my! But you know what helps me relieve stress? Painting my nails, of course! And I received some new goodies to play with just in time!

Today, I have swatches for you from My Stunning Nails (MSN). MSN is an indie, 5 free, cruelty free nail polish brand that creates nail polishes of the month. The polish of the month sales for $5 until the next month’s polish is released. Pretty cool, right? They also have soaps, bath salts, etc. Lisa at My Stunning Nails sent me 5 nail polishes to review, so let’s get started! BTW, you can use my code PRLK15OFF to receive 15% off of a minimum of $5.

*All of the following swatches are applied over Bye, Girl! Latex Barrier (it doubles as a peel off base coat) and topped with Crystal Clear Top Coat (glossy).

*My rating is a 5 point scale based on whether the 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).

My Stunning NailsThe shop’s theme polish.

Description: This nail polish is described as an apple blossom pink with small fuchsia glitters, as well as tiny holo and iridescent glitters.

Application: Smooth application with no streaks. Easy to maneuver brush.

Opacity: Swatch shown in 3 coats. I could still see areas of my nails through it, so opacity wasn’t achieved. I would suggest maybe wearing a white undie before applying it. In my experience, nail polishes like this look more opaque over white. You could also try 4 coats if you want. Personally, I stop at 3 coats.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $9.95 USD

Overall thoughts: This is a pretty color, but I’m not a fan of it on myself. I love all the glitters in it; however, it is too sheer for my preference. I know that there are some people who like to wear sheer polishes, so please remember that this is my honest opinion based on my preference.

My rating: 3/5

Hope – Nail polish of April

Description: This nail polish is described as a reddish-purple with undertones of pink and blue. It has tiny holo and iridescent glitters.

Application: It applies smoothly with no streaks. The brush is easy to work with.

Opacity: Swatch shown in 3 coats. Again, I could still see parts of my nails, so opacity wasn’t achieved and I have the same suggestion for this nail polish as the first one.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $9.95 USD

Overall thoughts: Gorgeous color, love the glitters and undertones, but it is too sheer for me and I wish the holo was more prominent in it. I think this would work as a nice topper as well.

My rating: 3/5

Juicy Apricot – Nail polish of May

Description: This nail polish is described as a goldish-peach polish with chocolate glitter.

Application: Like the others; smooth application, easy to use brush, and no streaks.

Opacity: Swatch is shown in 2 coats with opacity achieved.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $9.95 USD

Overall thoughts: Y’all just don’t know how excited I was that this was opaque in 2 coats! Love the color; it is so unique and gives me a rustic vibe.

My rating: 5/5

Blowing Raspberries – Nail polish of June

Description: This nail polish is described as a pinkish-red raspberry polish with red and gold glitter.

Application: Again, no problems with application. Smooth with no streaks and easy brush.

Opacity: Swatch is shown in 3 coats. At first, it looked opaque; however, when I took a closer look, I could slightly see parts of my nails. With that being said, it’s not as sheer as the first two and the sheerness is almost unnoticeable, so I definitely think opacity can be achieved with a 4th coat or a white undie.

Availability: Available now.

Price: Currently $5 USD until August’s polishes are released.

Overall thoughts: Pretty color. I’m glad that it wasn’t as sheer as the first two, but it still isn’t completely opaque in 3 coats.

My rating: 3.75/5

Sa-fire – Nail polish of July

Description: This nail polish is described as a bright blue with touches of blue and silver microglitter.

Application: Exactly like the others; easy to maneuver brush, smooth, and no streaking.

Opacity: Swatch shown in 3 coats with opacity achieved.

Availability: August 1st.

Price: $5 USD for the month of August.

Overall thoughts: Pretty color and I was glad to achieve opacity.

My rating: 4/5

That is all for today lovelies! FYI, there will be TWO $5 polishes for the month of August! Be sure to check out My Stunning Nail’s store and social media, which are linked below:

Question time!!!

How do you like to relieve stress? Is painting your nails sorta therapeutic for you? Which nail polish swatched above is your favorite? Leave a comment below letting me know! See y’all later.

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Sin City Beauty Box by Nailed it! Hawaii – Review

Happy Saturday! So I was so supposed to be on “No Buy” until late August, but then Nailed it! Hawaii released the Sin City Beauty Box and well, I couldn’t resist! This box includes: Bubbly Body Polish, Velvet Body Butter, Silky Satin Body Lotion, and your choice of nail polish from the Sin City Collection (I chose All That Glitters). A Sin City keepsake is also included for all Sin City orders. As always, the packaging was cute and a handwritten note and candy always warms my heart. 😊 Also, everything is created cruelty free and vegan friendly. If you have been following me on Instagram @holo_its_lalas_nails, you know by now that I am a huge fan of this indie.  I’ve been using the products in this box for a week, so I’m ready to give you a review of each.

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Velvet Body Butter: The scent is Pink Sands, which has a strong citrus smell that I very much enjoy. I’ve used body butter from this shop before and loved it, but this is a new and improved formula. It is much lighter than the old formula and is almost the consistency of a lotion. Like the old formula, it is very hydrating and applies smoothly. Unlike the old formula, it is easier to massage into the skin and it absorbs into the skin faster. I only use it when I’m at home, so about 2 times a day. I like to moisturize my hands every time I use cuticle oil,  so how often I use it has nothing to do with how long the product keeps your hands hydrated. In fact, even if I wash my hands a few times after using this body butter, my hands still don’t feel dry. I used it on the rest of my body as well. Lastly, I do find myself having to use a larger amount of product for each use than I did with the old formula.

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Silky Satin Body Lotion: The scent is Cucumber Melon, which has a faint smell. It applies smoothly and is easy to massage into the skin. I use this product on the go, so it’s always in my purse or backpack. I use it about 3 times a day (Again, I like to moisturize my hands every time I use cuticle oil). I’ve only used it on my hands. It is hydrating; however, for me, the body butter keeps my hands more hydrated than the lotion.

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Bubbly Body Polish: The scent is Pink Cosmo, it is a light scent, and smells so good. I’ve used sugar scrubs from this shop before and they always leave my skin soft AND prevent my breakouts. I was so excited to try this new one! Bubbly, foamy sugar scrub?! Yasssss! So I typically use sugar scrub twice a week and only on my face, neck, hands, and arms. One thing I noticed when I use new sugar scrubs or washes is that I tend to break out on my face for the 1st use, but I’m fine with future uses. Well guess what? This one didn’t break me out on the first use nor the second! When you scoop it out of the little container, it’s like marshmallow goodness; much more fun to use than regular sugar scrubs (I sound like a child right now, huh?). Make sure to use a dry spoon (or dry finger if you’re like me) to scoop. The sugar particles dissolve as you rub it in and it gets so foamy! But best of all, my skin felt so soft afterwards. Compared to the other sugar scrubs from this indie, (1) it has a lighter smell than the ones I’ve used (Cotton Candy Clouds & Gummy Bearz), (2) to me, it makes my skin even softer, and (3) it is foamy!

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All That Glitters: This polish… OMG… It’s got me singing “24 karat magic in the airrrrrrrr!” I love it! Gold and holo?! Yes, it’s hypnotizing. With polishes from this shop, I always use 2 coats; however, when I used 2 coats of this polish, it wasn’t as opaque as I wanted it to be. So I sponged on a 3rd coat with a makeup sponge and would suggest just sponging it on to begin with. Most of us in the nail art community know that sponging will give you maximum glitter payoff anyway. I topped it with 2 coats of top coat and had no chipping all week!

Overall thoughts:

  1. I think this is a great option for people who have never used these types of skin care products because you get to use a variety with this box, plus nail polish! It is also great for those of us who love using a variety of products and want to spoil ourselves (or others).
  2. The lotion, body butter, and sugar scrub are all hydrating and keeps skin soft. I will continue to use all three.
  3. The nail polish I chose, All That Glitters, is definitely a must-have! Especially for lovers of holo.

So that is all for today. As of now (7/22/2017), there are still boxes available, so if this sounds like something you may be interested in, head over to Nailed it! Hawaii’s Etsy store. You may even find something else you’ll love!

QUESTION TIME!!!

Have you ever used any products from Nailed it! Hawaii? If so, what kind? Have you ever bought nail polish, nail care products, or skin care products from an indie? If so, which indie? Leave a comment below! See y’all later.

Black Cherry Scented Nail Paint by Emma Jean Cosmetics – Review

*singing* smells so good, makes a nail artist cry! Yes, I changed those lyrics to make it fit me. Haha!


So, this polish was just featured in my post “Rhinestone by Nailstraz – Review”

I ordered it a couple of months ago from Emma Jean Cosmetics with a bunch of others and I am just now using it. It can be found here: Black Cherry Scented Nail Paint.

It has a very smooth formula and isn’t streaky to apply. It is opaque in two coats and it literally smells like cherry candy! I loved it! However, the scent is very faint now after top coat, which I have never experienced with scented polishes from this indie. Usually, I can still smell the scents through 2 coats of top coat. Overall, I love the color.

What do you guys think? Ever shopped with this indie? Leave a comment below! See y’all later.

Rhinestone by Nailstraz – Review

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Hey lovelies! Have you ever been searching through you nail art stuff and found something that made you ask yourself where you got it from or when? Well, that happened to me yesterday!

I had no ideas for a mani this week, so I was looking through my stuff and found some slider designs. A couple of months ago, I received some rhinestones and charms from @rhinestone_by_nailstraz. At this time, I didn’t have a blog, so these products can be found on Instagram in my Under the Sea, Mother’s Day, and Sailing inspired manis. They also threw in some slider designs, and today I built up enough courage to attempt to use them. I had never used slider designs/water decals before!

After I applied Bring It On Stain Blocker Base Coat, Black Cherry Scented Nail Paint, and Crystal Clear Top Coat (all of these nail polishes were purchased by me), I cut out a section that I wanted to use and placed it in water. Anything that holds water would work for this as long as you can get tweezers inside to pick up the decal, but I used the little cup that is a part of my Twinked T Glamour Mat. I waited about 30 seconds, picked up the slider with tweezers and then slide it right off the paper it is attached to using my fingers. It slid off easily and I was able to apply it to my nail in the orientation I wanted with no problems. After that, I topped it with top coat and used a clean up brush dipped in acetone to remove excess parts. Then, I decided to throw on a few of their rhinestones because I didn’t like how the curved silver line looked. I didn’t use nail glue to adhere the rhinestones; I just put some top coat on the back of each one.

Overall thoughts:

  1. The slider designs are quick and easy to use and great for when you don’t want to do freehand designs.
  2. The rhinestones work great for the most part. Since I have used them before, I know that the small rhinestones stay on 7+ days without using nail glue, but the larger rhinestones can fall off within a couple of days if you’re not careful.

That is all for this post! Noticed I didn’t say “for today” like I usually do? That is because I have another post coming up today, featuring the Black Cherry Scented Nail Paint that I mentioned. So keep an eye out!

QUESTION TIME!!!

Do you guys like using rhinestones and charms in nail art? What about slider designs/water decals? What kind of nail art do you like to do and what supplies do you use? Let me know in the comments below! See y’all in a bit!

​Take me to the beach!

Hey lovelies! I haven’t been to the beach in so long! The last time I was at a beach was about 3 years ago when I received my AS degree and went to Galveston as a grad vacation. Well, I have a beach inspired mani today! Be sure to check it out on IG @holo_its_lalas_nails.

Technique:
After applying base coat and base color (the lightest color of the gradient), I applied liquid laxtex around my cuticles to make cleanup easier. Once the latex was dry, I used a makeup sponge to create a gradient of the blue and nude polish. Then I cut off a tiny piece of sponge and used it to sponge on a little white in between the gradient. I sealed my gradient in with a top coat and painted on the starfish with a small dotting tool (patience is key!). I peeled the latex, did some clean up with acetone, and sealed in everything with 2 coats of top coat.

Products used:

Bye, Girl! Latex Barrier from Nailed it! Hawaii. The max it takes to dry is 3 minutes. It glitters when it is dry and it is easy to peel up. Also, I have used it as a peel off base coat when swatching and it works great. The one I have is Berri Vanilla scent which smells so yummy.

Bring It On Stain Blocker Base Coat from Superchic Lacquer. My fave base coat! I use 2 coats. A review can be found in “Blue, baby!”

See the Shells from Emma Jean Cosmetics. This nude applies a little streaky and is opaque in 2-3 coats.

Blue Skies Ahead! from Nailed it! Hawaii. This polish has been used in 3 manis in a row! I used 2 coats. Check my blog post “Blue, baby” for a review of this nail polish.

A mini nameless coral by L.A. Colors. I used this to make the starfish. All of my mini L.A. Colors are horrible (more than 3+ coaters and streaky), but I like using them for small art.

French White Crème by wet n wild. I used this to make the dots on the starfish and to sponge on white. This white is not opaque in one coat (more like 3), but it is the best white polish I have for now until I buy a one-coater white. I’ve heard that French Tip by Color Club is a great one-coater, so it’s on my list after “no-buy” is over!

Crystal Clear Top Coat from Emma Jean Cosmetics. One of my fave top coats! I used 2 coats of this as well. Again, you can find the review in “Blue, baby!”

That is all for today. What’s your fave summer mani? What kinds have you created this summer? Do you like going to the beach? Have any questions? Want to share tips/tricks? Leave a comment below! See y’all later.

Blue, baby!

Hey lovelies, so today I recreated a mani on Instagram. Be sure to check it out so you can see the original version as well @holo_its_lalas_nails. I really like this mani and I’ve never painted roses before, so that was new to me. I had to watch a couple of YouTube videos to learn the basics and then add my own thing to it because the videos I watched were using gel polish or acrylic paint (I have neither).

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Technique:
Use 3 different pinks (a light pink, a dark pink, and one that’s in between).

  1. After you have applied your base coat and base color, apply top coat. I find that making designs is much easier on top of a top coat. Then, make circles with the medium pink (I used a large dotting tool to draw out a circle).
  2. Apply top coat again. Make 3 little curved lines close to the edge of the circle but not actually at the edge. For this step you can use a small detail brush or a toothpick (I used a toothpick).
  3. Make similar curved lines inside of the dark pink curves using the light pink.
  4. Draw on leaves. Just 2 to every rose and they don’t need to be large. Finish with top coat of course!

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Now let’s talk about the products I used and what I think of them:

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  1. Bring It On Stain Blocker Base Coat from SuperChic Lacquer. By far, the best base coat I’ve used. It’s not sticky and it is milky which helps fight stains. The previous base coats I’ve used made my manis peel easily, but this one doesn’t. I usually use two coats of this.
  2. Blue Skies Ahead! from Nailed it! Hawaii. First of all, this is my favorite indie polish store! This polish is from the Sprung into Spring Collection. It is a very pretty baby blue creme with tiny glitters. It’s opaque in 2 coats. It is a little gritty and applies a little weird, but after the 2nd coat and top coat, it looks fab.
  3. Blue You Away from Nail Social Nail Brand. Yes, that is ya girl as the product image 🙂 I received this polish a month ago in exchange for my honest review and swatches. This is the very pretty blue that I used as the base color on my middle nail. It has a smooth formula and is opaque in 2 coats.
  4. 3 pinks by L.A. Colors. They have no name! Ugh! But any 3 pinks will do. These polishes are actually horrible for painting your full nails with. They are streaky and not even 3 coaters! More like 4 or 5! But they are great for little designs like dots, or in this case, roses.
  5. Mint by L.A. Colors. Works the same as the nameless pinks.
  6. Crystal Clear Top Coat from Emma Jean Cosmetics. I’ve tried many glossy top coats before, but this is one of the best. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks. This company threw it in my order for free when I ordered like 6 nail polishes from them. I experience no chops for 7 days with this top coat. It could probably last more than 7 days, but I change my mani weekly. I use two coats of this as well. To me, this top coat is just as good as Marvel Liquid Macro Top Coat from SuperChic Lacquer.

Well, that’s all for now lovelies. If you have any questions or tips of your own, please feel free to leave them in the comment below! And absolutely NO RUDE/NEGATIVE COMMENTS. See y’all later.