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!


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.

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).


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!


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


  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.