Messy Fireworks – NYE Mani

Hey y’all! How’s everyone doing? Good, I hope! Are y’all ready for 2019?! Today, I am bringing you my last mani of 2018! How exciting! It’s a bit of messy nail art since the fireworks are not defined, but that’s the best I could do freehand LOL. I like how it turned out! I’m also trying out polishes from a new indie (or at least new to me), so I will have a review up after January 1st.

Let’s get right into the details of this mani!

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How to:

  1. Apply base coat and let dry. Apply black polish and let dry. Then, apply top coat and let dry.
  2. Use any of the 3 liner brushes to create the fireworks. Use tapping motions to make a more concentrated, undefined area, and short curved strokes to make extensions of the firework. I used all 3 brushes for differing effects because they are different lengths, so this part is up to you to make it your own; there’s really no wrong way since it’s messy anyway.
  3. Use a small dotting tool to place some white dots as stars.
  4. Dip your nail art brush into some glitter (the same liner brushes are fine).
  5. Apply top coat to your nails, and while they are still wet, gently flick some glitter off of the nail art brush using your fingers on your other hand in order to apply the tiniest amount of loose glitter. You don’t need to apply a lot of glitter because you will end up covering the fireworks by doing so.
  6. Apply more top coat and let dry.
  7. That’s it!

 

That’s all for today loves! I hope you enjoyed! It’s been another great nail art year with y’all, and I hope you all have a Happy New Year! Stay safe!

Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all in 2019!

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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!

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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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“ 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!

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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More Floral Decals by Little Sunshine Boutik

Happy Sunday loves! How are y’all? Today’s post is gonna be a little short. This mani was created with water decals from Little Sunshine Boutik. Click here to read my last post where I reviewed the decals. Today, I’m bringing you a simple “how to,” so let’s get started!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat and base color (preferably white), then let dry.
  2. Apply top coat and let dry for at least 30 mins.
  3. Cut out a water decal and place it in a container of water for 10-20 secs.
  4. Use tweezers to remove 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.
  5. Make sure to firmly press down on the decal once it is in the desired position.
  6. If the decal is longer than your nail, you’ll need to tuck the remainder underneath your tips.
  7. Once you have finished all of your nails, you can use acetone and a cleanup brush to flatten what you tucked under your nail tips.
  8. Let dry for at least 30 mins then apply top coat.
  9. Let dry.
  10. That’s it!

 

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

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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.

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

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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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