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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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

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All that Glitters is Snow

Hello lovelies! How is life treating you these days? Great, I hope! Today, I am bringing you my last Christmas-theme mani of 2018. I just noticed that I did a snowflake mani last year as well (Click here to view), and omg I cringed so much. LOL! This year’s mani is definitely better, and I like my nail shape better now. If you didn’t notice last week, I’m sure you’ll notice this week that my nails are “long” again. Yeah, I haven’t cut them since a couple of weeks before finals, so it’s been about a month. I love them at this length, but they’re not the best when it comes to working with patients, so they will be cut down when classes start back. Anyways, enough of my rambling. Let’s get right into this mani!

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 top coat and let dry for at least 30 mins.
  7. Apply the snowflake vinyls to your nails and firmly press down to prevent any leakage in the next step.
  8. Take a clean cosmetic wedge and paint a tiny piece of it white, then dab it onto the vinyl. Note: Use an opaque white polish. Remove the vinyl immediately.
  9. Use a dotting tool to place white dots randomly on your snowflake nails.
  10. Let dry for at least 15 mins to prevent smearing.
  11. Apply top coat and let dry.
  12. That’s it!

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That’s all for today loves! I hope you enjoyed! I hope to do another mani before the year is over for New Years Eve. Until then, I hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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

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Gingerbread Man, run as fast as you can!

Hey loves! How are y’all? Great I hope! Well, finals are over! I finished the first semester of optometry school! Now that I’m on break til January 7th, I can bring you guys some more nail art! Today’s mani is bringing the Christmas spirit, so let’s get right into it!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Since I had problems before with this brown polish not sponging opaque over vinyls, I decided to paint all of my nails brown as the base color. I used 2 coats to achieve opacity, but use as many as you require. Let dry in between coats.
  3. Apply top coat and let dry for 30 mins.
  4. Take the actually gingerbread man part of the vinyl (the part that’s already filled in) and place on your nails. Press down to make it flat.
  5. Apply a barrier to your cuticles. I use liquid latex barrier, but there are also latex-free barriers. Let it dry if you use the liquid latex one.
  6. Take a sponge and apply whatever nail polish you want to it, and sponge it onto your nails until opacity is reached. Note: the color/shade of the sponged polish will most likely be altered because you are applying it on top of a brown base color. I didn’t mind this effect.
  7. Immediately grab the tweezers and remove the gingerbread men from your nails. This should leave behind brown gingerbread men. Also, remove your barrier.
  8. Take a tiny dotting tool to decorate your gingerbread men however you want and with whatever colors you want! I only used black dots. Let dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing (I didn’t and you see what happened to my gingerbread man smile lol).
  9. Apply top coat and let dry.
  10. Thats it!

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That’s all for today loves! I hope you enjoyed! I missed y’all so much! I am back for the holidays, so expect more frequent nail art during this break from school. See y’all later.

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

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Happy Thanksgiving!!! – Mani

Hey loves! OMG it’s been sooooooooo long since I’ve talked to y’all! How has everyone been?? I’m Ben super busy with optometry school, so it’s been very difficult to find time to do my nails and post about them. I did do a Halloween mani, but I decided not to post about it here and only posted it on Instagram for time’s sake. But today, I have some Thanksgiving/fall inspired nail art for y’all! Let’s get started!

Products used:

 

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Use a cuticle protector like liquid latex or latex-free cuticle protectors.
  3. Grab 3 cosmetic wedges.
  4. For each gradient, use a different cosmetic wedge to paint 2 colors onto the wedge vertically.
  5. Once you’ve reached opacity, apply top coat and let dry for at least 30 mins.
  6. After the 30 mins, apply leaf stencils to your nails and make sure they are laying flat.
  7. Use pieces of cosmetic wedges to paint a color onto the wedge and sponge it over the stencils. Remove the stencils as soon as you finish sponging it. Note: I did NOT use a green polish. I had trouble with the brown polish showing up as an opaque leaf, so I sponged yellow over it which gave it a greenish effect. 
  8. Let dry for at least 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  9. Apply top coat and let dry.
  10. That’s it!

That’s all for today loves! I hope you enjoyed! I missed you lovelies so much! Just know I’m still around, but very busy, and thank those of you who’ve stuck around! Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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

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Strawberry Daiquiri – Mani

Hey lovelies! How are ya? Good I hope. Well, today’s nail art was almost a nail fail, but somehow I saved it. I’m gonna talk you guys through my thought process of how I managed to make this a decent mani that reminds me of strawberry daiquiris! Let’s get right into the details!

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How to:

Of course, I applied base coat first and let it dry. Initially, I wanted to do a clear to red mani. I didn’t have any clear polish (I don’t know the last time I bought clear polish), so I decided to wing it just with base coat. I applied cuticle protectors, used a cosmetic wedge to make a gradient between the base coat and red polish until desired opacity was reached, and let it dry.

However, I did not like the outcome. It was just “meh” for me. I thought, “How about I apply red glitter just to the very tips of my nails?” I applied top coat, and while it was still wet, I used a cosmetic wedge to apply red loose glitter to the very tips of my nails.

I realized that the red glitter was a lighter shade of red than the red polish I used, so it ruined the gradient effect. Now, I was sitting here thinking I needed to grab the acetone to remove this mess (LOL), but I thought about trying to apply a bit of a red holo polish where the red glitter was placed. Again, I used a cosmetic wedge to dab the red holo on top of the red glitter, and I liked the effect. It blended in better than just the red glitter alone.

I still wasn’t pleased with how the base coat blended into the red polish though. Then, I remembered this sheer red polish with glitters, and decided to apply that on top of all of my nails. I used 2 coats, and loved the outcome. Finally, this mani was right with me! I applied top coat and let it dry.

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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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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