Bloom from Within

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has been doing well. Sticking to my summer break theme, this mani is yearning for the first day of summer to arrive. It’s fairly easy to recreate so let’s jump right into the details.

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Products used:

How to: The Gradient

  1. Apply base coat and let dry.
  2. Apply one coat of the lightest colored polish you’re using for the gradient and let dry.
  3. Apply a barrier to your cuticles. I use liquid latex, but there are latex-free options.
  4. Use a cosmetic wedge to apply nail polishes for the gradient effect. Dab it on each nail until you reach desired opacity.
  5. Remove barrier and do any clean up necessary.
  6. Apply top coat and let dry.

How to: Flower Placement

  1. Reapply top coat, and while it is still wet, use the tweezers to place a single flower on one nail at a time.
  2. Gently push down the flower petals using the tweezers in order to flattened the flowers to the nail.
  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 for each nail.
  4. Once dry, apply another layer of top coat to each nail in order to seal in the dried flowers.
  5. Let dry for 30 mins.

That’s all for today! I hope y’all enjoyed! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below!

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Lala’s backkkkk!

Hey lovelies! OMG it’s been soooooooo long since I’ve been on here. My life got really busy with optometry school, but I am back now! Thank you to those who stuck around and any new readers, I just finished my first year of optometry school and have the summer off, which means plenty of time for nail art! Let’s get into the details about my first mani of summer break 2019.

*If I don’t include a link to a product, it is due to item unavailability or the indie store is closed temporarily or permanently.

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat and let dry.
  2. Apply one coat of the lightest colored polish you’re using for the gradient and let dry.
  3. Apply a barrier to your cuticles. I use liquid latex, but there are latex-free options.
  4. Use a cosmetic wedge to apply nail polishes for the gradient effect. Dab it on each nail until you reach desired opacity.
  5. Remove barrier and do any clean up necessary.
  6. Apply a glittery topper. I used Blue Sparkle for this step.
  7. Apply top coat, and while it is still wet, use tweezers to place the charms and studs on your nails.
  8. Let dry for 30 mins.
  9. That’s it!

That’s all for today loves! I hope you enjoyed! I’m looking forward to bringing y’all lots of nail art this summer! Besitos

Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below!

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“ A Rose By Any Other Name” – Nail Art

Hey loves! I’m back! And I’m back with a simple mani!

I ordered the Juliet & Her Romeo Collection by Nailed it! Hawaii , & I’ve had it in my possession for about 2 weeks now. I’ve just been very busy with school and midterms, so I’m just now getting to play with one of the polishes. I will be doing a review on the collection once I try out each polish, but for now, let’s talk about this mani!

Products used:

How to:

This mani is very simple, so I’m not gonna go deep into “how to” details. I simply applied base coat, the base color (A Rose By Any Other Name,” and top coat. Then I applied another layer of top coat and while it was still wet, I used tweezers to place the little pearls on my nails. I let that dry for 30 mins, then applied a final layer of top coat. That’s it!

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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

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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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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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Holo, it’s Lala’s Birthday!🎂

Happy Sunday lovelies! How are y’all doing? Well, guess what? My birthday is in two days (March 6)!🎂🎈 Therefore, today I am bringing y’all birthday nail art! It felt so good to do detailed nail art again since I’ve been too busy to do anything besides swatches lately. Also, my birthday makes two years since I stopped biting my nails, so there are two things to celebrate!🎉🎊 I really love this mani, and it is definitely one of my faves out of every mani I’ve done. Let’s get right into the details!

Products used:

How to:

The glitter nail (index finger)

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Apply desired base color. Let dry.
  3. Carefully shake a little bit of loose glitter into the lid of the loose glitter container.
  4. Apply top coat and gently shake the lid containing glitter over the wet top coat. Let dry.
  5. Wipe away any excess glitter with a fan brush, and repeat step 4 if necessary (I only did it once).
  6. Seal in your work with top coat.
  7. That’s it!

The charm/gem nails

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  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Apply base color. Let dry.
  3. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  4. This part is really up to you. Use whatever gems, charms, dried flowers, etc. that you want! I used tweezers to place them, and I didn’t use nail glue (I used top coat).
  5. Seal in your work with top coat.
  6. That’s it!

The cupcake

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  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Apply desired cupcake color while being sure to not cover the whole nail; focus mainly on the tip. This step took up about 1/3 of my entire nail. Let dry.
  3. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  4. Take a dotting tool and white polish to make the icing of the cupcake. Make sure to make the icing form a peak, but don’t take it too high either. Let dry for about 10 mins to prevent smearing.
  5. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  6. With a very small dotting tool, take whatever polish colors you want to make sprinkles in the icing.
  7. Make the cherry on top by using a dotting tool and red polish. Let dry for about 10 mins to prevent smearing.
  8. Seal in your work with top coat.
  9. That’s it!

That’s all for today loves! I hope y’all enjoyed this mani as much as I did! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later.

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Cupid Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me

Happy Sunday lovelies! How are y’all? Great, I hope! Well, I finally did nail art again! It’s been like a month because I’ve been so busy, but I had to do nail art for Valentine’s Day, of course! Also, this Valentine’s nail art is actually really simple and easy, so let’s get into the details!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. I used one coat.
  2. Apply pink linear holo until opaque (2 coats).
  3. Apply one coat of top coat.
  4. Once the top coat has dried for 30 mins, peel off the foil stickers (use tweezers) carefully and place on nail(s). Make sure that all of the edges of the sticker(s) are smooth and flat (you may have to gently flatten it with your fingers; that’s why I wait 30 mins for the top coat to dry).
  5. Apply top coat to the back of the gems (I just do this using the top coat brush) and place on nail(s).
  6. Apply top coat on entire nail.
  7. That’s it!

That’s all for today loves! I hope you enjoyed and have a great Valentine’s Day! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later. Besitos.

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