Puzzle Piece Mani

I’m a puzzle, yes, indeed
Ever-complex in every way
And all the pieces aren’t even in the box
And yet you see the picture clear as day
“Flaws And All” by Beyoncé

Hello lovelies! Yeah, that song came to mind while writing this LOL. Today I have super cute mani using some polishes from my recent Twinkled T haul (click here to view the haul on Instagram). This haul was one of my graduation presents, and I do plan on making a review after I play with all of the polishes for a few weeks. Also, today’s mani is inspired by @naileasydreamart (link to the YouTube video I watched). It’s an easy mani, but it does require patience, so let’s get into the details!

Products:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Use each polish to paint 1/4 of your nail until your nail is completely painted in 4 different color squares.
  3. Use a dotting tool to make one square overlap with another square to create a puzzle piece. If you can keep track, I like to overlap pink on yellow, yellow on blue, blue on green, and green on pink.
  4. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  5. Use a toothpick and black polish to outline each puzzle piece. Let dry for about 30 mins to prevent smearing.
  6. Apply top coat.
  7. 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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Mystical Pink Mani

Hey lovelies! Happy Tuesday! I know it’s weird that I’m not posting during the weekend, but I am out of school now until the fall, so I have more free time to do my nails. Therefore, you may start seeing posts during the weekdays more often until I start back to school.

Today’s mani was not planned at all LOL I knew I wanted to do something pink, and I knew I wanted to use one of the glitter mix samples that I received from Glittertastrophe with a previous order, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. I ended up with these pink gradient nails topped with glitter for a mystical, fairy vibe. Let’s get into the details!

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Products used:

How to:

  1. Apply base coat. Let dry.
  2. Apply some type of barrier to protect your cuticles. I use liquid latex since I don’t have a latex allergy.
  3. Use a cosmetic sponge to create a gradient and dab it on your nails. Repeat until desired opacity is achieved.
  4. Remove barrier and clean up as necessary.
  5. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  6. Apply more top coat and while it is still wet, use a fan brush to randomly place glitter on your nails.
  7. Dust off any glitter that got on your cuticles and clean up as necessary.
  8. Apply top coat. Let dry.
  9. 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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Purrfect Shine by Sassy Cats Lacquer – Review

*Discount Sample*

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:

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

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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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Taurus – Zodiac Sign Polish by Nailed it! Hawaii – Review

Hey lovelies! I know. . . it’s almost been 2 weeks since I last posted! Sorry loves, I’ve just been so busy with the end of the semester and getting ready for graduation. Yes, that’s right; your girl will be graduating with her BS in Biology in less than 2 weeks! I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to do my nails for it! Anywho, today I am reviewing a purchase I made a couple of weeks ago from Nailed it! Hawaii.

Nailed it! Hawaii is a 5-free, vegan, & cruelty-free indie brand that makes nail polish, artisan soaps, liquid latex, sugar scrubs, etc. This year, Tia started making zodiac and gemstone polishes for each month! So far I have Garnet, Aquarius, Pisces, and now Taurus (click the links for my reviews)! Also, for the month of a certain zodiac sign/gemstone, that particular polish is only $6! After that month, it returns to its normal price. So let’s get right into swatching and reviewing Taurus!

*The following swatches are applied over Foundation Base Coat by Ah ha! Nail Lacquer and topped with Purrfect Shine by Sassy Cats Lacquer (Discount sample).

*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).

Taurus

Description: A bubbly pink with purple sparks. This is a scattered holo for all the lovers of pink!

Application: Smooth formula, not streaky, easy to use brush.

Opacity: 2 coats.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $8.50 USD (it was $6.00 USD for April).

Overall thoughts: The color is beautiful; it’s the perfect shade of pink. Of course, I love the holo. I have no complaints and can see myself using this polish a lot in the future.

My rating: 5/5

That’s all for now loves! I’ll probably have another review posted later on today, so keep an eye out! 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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