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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St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art

Hey y’all hey! How’s everyone doing? Great I hope! Since St. Patrick’s day is Saturday, and I usually change my nails every Friday/Saturday, I decided to go ahead and do St. Patrick’s Day nail art today. Hence, I wanted you lovelies to have a chance to re-create this nail art without being rushed. These nails were really a last minute thing for me; I literally just finished them a couple of hours ago because I didn’t really feel like doing my nails LOL. We all have days like that even if we’re nail art obsessed, but I did it for y’all, so let’s get right into it!

Products used:

*I chose to use a peel-off base coat because the polishes I used are heavy in glitter. I loooooove these polishes; however, I have experienced that they take longer to remove (and yes, I use 100% acetone). Therefore, I felt like I was “scrubbing” at my nails for too long, and I don’t soak my nails in acetone with foil, so it’s best for me to just use a peel-off base coat with these two polishes.

**If you’re allergic to latex, I recommend using latex-free cuticle protectors.

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Apply one thin coat of the lightest color polish (gold). Let dry.
  3. Apply the protective barrier around your cuticles. If using liquid latex, let dry.
  4. Use makeup wedges to make gradients. Let each coat dry.
  5. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  6. Apply the individuals clover stickers from the stencils to your nails. Yes, you can leave the stickers on your nails instead of using them just as stencils.
  7. Seal in your design with top coat.
  8. 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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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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Holographic Unicorns

Hey lovelies! Happy New Year! I hope you all are doing well. Today, we have my first mani of 2018! I decided to create a mani that really reflects what I like; pink & holo! Yes, it may be a new year, but it is the same me when it comes to nail art LOL. This mani was quick and easy, so let’s get right into the details!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. I used 2 coats.
  2. Apply base color nail polish. I used 3 coats of Spring Fling.
  3. Apply top coat and wait 30 minutes.
  4. Apply the unicorn vinyls to your nails and use the sponge technique to carefully dab the desired nail polish onto the stencil (not outside of it). I used Me & You for the unicorn.
  5. Immediately peel off the vinyl while the polish is still wet (use tweezers).
  6. Seal in everything with top coat.
  7. 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. Besitos.

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Thanksgiving Mani: 10 steps!

Hey lovelies! How are y’all? Ready for Thanksgiving? I know I am! That means no Wednesday and Thursday classes or work for me next week! Lol! Today, I have really cute Thanksgiving nail art. It feels like I haven’t done detailed nail art is soooo long. So let’s get right into the details!
I’m making notes before we start because I know some of my followers may be beginners to nail art ❤

Note: Don’t forget to let each layer dry before applying more polish. Dry time varies, so you learn with practice! Most polishes should be dry within 5 mins though.

Note: When reusing a tool, don’t forget to use acetone to clean the nail polish off before dipping the tool into another polish. You don’t want a muddy design.

Products & Technique:

1. Apply 1-2 coats of base coat to clean, bare nails. I used 2 coats of Foundation Base Coat by Ah Ha! Nail Lacquer. Review here.

2. Apply white nail polish to your accent nail until opaque. I used French White Crème by wet n wild, which is crappy. I had to use 4 coats and it’s very streaky.

3. Apply a brown polish to the rest of your nails until opaque. I used Chocolate Praline Layered Cake by Emma Jean Cosmetics. It applied like a dream, was opaque in 2 coats, and smelled like chocolate cake when it dried!

4. Apply 1-2 coats of glossy top coat to all nails. I used Glisten & Glow’s Top Coat.

Note: It’s time to start making the turkey and let the other nails dry for about 30 mins because we’re gonna apply nail vinyls to them.

5. Use a small nail art brush to draw on red, yellow, and orange feathers that spread out radially on the accent nail. I used a 7mm brush from BeautyBigBang (Use my code LALA010 for 10% off), a nameless mini red Sally Hansen polish, and Nuclear War and D’oh! by wet n wild. When you finish this step, there should be a white space that is surrounded by the feathers; this is where we will put the turkey body.

6. Take the brown polish and apply it to the white space that is surrounded by feathers. You can do this with the nail polish brush. Just be careful and take your time.

7. Take a dotting tool, dip it in brown polish, and apply it above the body we just made. This action should form a head, and the size of the head will depend on the size of the body. Also, you may need to extend the feathers after this step if the turkey head covered some of them.

8. Take white polish on a small dotting tool; one that you know will make smaller dots than the head. Use it to start making eyes. Take an even smaller dotting tool dipped in black to place tiny black dots inside the white dots. Now we have eyes! I used Noir by Nicka K New York (can’t find an online link to it). Using the same dotting tool, apply an orange line (upside-down triangle if you’re that skilled) under the eyes. Apply top coat. I waited 30 mins before applying top coat in order to avoid smears. The turkey is done!

9. Apply leaf nail vinyls to all the brown nails. Apply them how you want; straight, sideways, it’s up to you. I used Fall Stencils from Whats Up Nails.

10. Add whatever colors you want to a small piece of makeup sponge and dab it on the nails that have nail vinyls. I did a gradient effect to make each leaf look more realistic than a solid color. The green I used is a mini no-name by wet n wild. Just be very careful with this step because you don’t want to get the colors outside of the leaf. Do one nail at a time and immediately remove vinyls on finished nails. Apply top coat (I waited 30 mins again).

Note: Clean up as necessary, apply your fave cuticle oil, and take some pics of your new Thanksgiving mani! 

That’s all for today loves! Hope y’all enjoyed. If you do recreate this mani, I would love to see! Use #lookhololala on Instagram, so I can see your lovely recreations. Also, my giveaway ends tonight at 11pm CST, so check it out here before it’s over!

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

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