Purrfect Shine by Sassy Cats Lacquer – Review

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Hey lovelies! Happy Sunday! Last month (April 5th to be exact), I made a post about Purrfect Shine by Sassy Cats Lacquer (click here to view post). It was the first post of “New Product Chit-Chat” in which I discuss a product that is literally new or just new to me in order to give you guys more background information about it, the brand, and my initial thoughts before use and review. Well, today, I am reviewing Purrfect Shine for y’all!

Sassy Cats Lacquer is a 5-free, cruelty free, indie nail polish maker, reintroducing their brand and products after a brief hiatus. They also make liquid nail tape and stamping products. I’ve used this top coat in 4 different manis over the last few weeks, which all required different nail art techniques, so let’s get right into the review!

*My rating for top coats/base coat is a 5 point scale based on the formula (2 points), minimal chipping within a week (2 points), and drying time (1 point).

Purrfect Shine

Description: A glossy top coat.

Application: Smooth application, not streaky, & easy to use brush.

Availability: Available now.

Drying time: 1-2 minutes (the amount of time it took me to apply top coat to my other hand).

Price: Currently on sale for $6. 25 USD.

Overall thoughts: Great top coat! I used it with a dotticure, glitter placement, striping tape, phone book paper, water decals, and swatches. My manis lasted 5-7 days with only minimal chipping on my dominant hand. It is officially added to my list of fave top coats!

My rating: 5/5

That’s all for today lovelies! Be sure to check out Sassy Cats Lacquer’s social media & shop below:

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Graduation 2018 Waterslide Nail Decals by Lucky Star Style – Review

Hey loves! I’m back again! Yes, 2 posts in one night! LOL. In the previous post, I reviewed the Texas Tech Red Raiders Nail Decals from Enigma Design Company (click here to view).  In this post, I am reviewing the Graduation 2018 Waterslide Nail Decals that I used in the same graduation mani.

I ordered the Graduation 2018 Waterslide Nail Decals from Lucky Star Style’s Etsy store. Lucky Star Style sells various types of water decals, ranging from animals to pop culture, etc. They also have their own website to order from if you do not wish to use Etsy. Custom designs are also available. This was my first time ordering from them, so let’s right get into the review!

Graduation 2018 Waterslide Nail Decals

Description: 20 water decals that can be ordered in child size or adult size.

How to use: After applying base coat, base color, and top coat, I cut out a decal and removed the protective plastic. I then placed the sticky side of the decal on my nail, used a damp sponge to wet the back of the decal, and removed the back paper. I let it dry for about 2 mins, then sealed it in with 2 coats of top coat.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $1.95 USD on their Etsy store. $1.75 USD on their website.

Overall thoughts: I really like these decals! They looked exactly like the pictures, they were easy to apply, and applied evenly. They are lasting a fair amount of time. It has been 4 days and the decals have only peeled a bit on the clear edges, not on the actual design. There is some residue around the edges of the decals from when I was doing my makeup yesterday, which was after 3 days of wearing them. Overall, I would order from this brand again and I do recommend them!

That is all for today! Be sure to check out Lucky Star Style’s website, Etsy store, and Instagram.

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

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Texas Tech Red Raiders Nail Decals by Enigma Design Company – Review

Hey loves! How’s everyone? Great I hope! As some of you may know, I graduated yesterday (May 18th) with my BS in Biology, minor in Chemistry, & Summa Cum Laude. I did my nails for graduation on May 15th. Click here to for mani details. In this post, I am reviewing the Texas Tech Red Raiders Nail Decals that I used.

I ordered the Texas Tech Red Raiders Nail Decals from Enigma Design Company. Enigma Design Company sells many different nail decals on Etsy, ranging from football to special causes, etc. This was my first time ordering from them, so let’s right get into the review!

Texas Tech Red Raiders Nail Decals

Description: 1 sheet of 51 total water decals of 5 different types.

How to use: After applying base coat, base color, and top coat, I cut out a TTU symbol and placed it in a container of water for 30 seconds. I picked up the decal with tweezers and used my fingers to slide the TTU symbol off of the back paper. The symbol stuck to one of my fingers, so I was able to press that finger against the desired nail in order to apply it. I let it dry for about 2 minutes then sealed everything in with 2 coats of top coat.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $3.75 USD

Overall thoughts: Unfortunately, I do not like these water decals, so here’s a list of the pros and cons in my experience with these decals:

  1. Do they look exactly like the pictures? Yes.
  2. Were they easy to apply? Yes.
  3. Did they apply perfectly? No, they applied a little wrinkly. However, I have only used water decals twice before, so that could just be user error.
  4. Did they last a fair amount of time? No. The decals peeled within 24 hours. The polish was still intact, but not the decals. Half of the decal was missing on each hand, and my nails hadn’t been through anything extreme; just showers and regular hand washing. Also, I sealed them in with 2 coats of top coat, so I’m not sure what the issue could be other than quality. We could blame it on user error again; however, I didn’t have this problem with the water decals I used in the past or the other ones that I used in this same mani.
  5. Do I recommend them? No. If you lovelies wanna try them out for yourselves, go ahead, but I’m not going to recommend a product to y’all that I had a bad experience with.

That is all for today! Look for the next post in which I review the other water decals that were a part of this mani. Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later.

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Red Raiders Graduation Nails

Hey lovelies! How’s it going? Great I hope! Well guess what? Your girl is graduating! Yes, I took my last final exam yesterday morning and will be walking the stage this Friday, May 18. I am so excited! And it is only fitting that I do my nails in celebration! This graduation mani features water decals from 2 shops that are new to me. I will make a review of each shop in subsequent posts next week. I’ve only used water decals maybe 2 times, so I’m still getting used to applying them and my application isn’t perfect LOL. Let’s get right into this mani’s details!

Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat, base colors, and top coat.
  2. Let dry for at least 30 mins after applying top coat.
  3. For the Texas Tech decals, cut out the desired decal and use tweezers to submerge the decal in water for 30 secs. Afterwards, slide the back paper off of the decal and place the decal on the desired nail.
  4. For the Graduation decals, cut out the desired decal and remove the protective cover. Place the sticky side of the decal on to your nail, then use a damp sponge to wet the back of the decal. Remove the back paper.
  5. If there is any water left on your nails, use a cotton ball to gently soak it up.
  6. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  7. That’s it!

That’s all for now loves! Really easy! Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all later. Guns up!

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Grey Cute Cat Nail Water Decals from BeautyBigBang – Review

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Happy Saturday! I have another BeautyBigBang review today. Check out yesterday’s posts here and here. Let’s get right into the review! Don’t forget, you can use my code LALA010 for 10% off your order.

*The following swatches are applied over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff and topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Blueberry Tart by Emma Jean Cosmetics was used as the base color.

Grey Cute Cat Nail Water Decals (SKU:J1412)

Description: 1 sheet of cat water decals.

How to use: After applying base coat, base color, and top coat, I cut out a cat and placed it in a container of warm water for 10-20 seconds. I picked up the decal with tweezers and used my fingers to slide the cat off of the paper. The cat stuck to one of my fingers, so I was able to press that finger against the desired nail and it applied perfectly. I let it dry for about 2 minutes then sealed everything in with top coat.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $2.69 USD

Overall thoughts: I’m in love! I think I’ve only used water decals once before this, and they were from a different retailer. I have to say that this application was very easy. My only issue is that part of the cat was transparent, so that area came out blue. Therefore, in the future, I would use these particular water decals over a white polish.

That is all for today lovelies! Be sure to check out BeautyBigBang’s store and social media, which are linked below:

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Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! See y’all soon (another review will be posted in a few minutes).

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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!

QUESTION TIME!!!

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!