Cotton Claw from BeautyBigBang – Review

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Hey lovelies! How are ya’ll today? Great I hope! Did you notice the change in my tagline? It used to be “A biology major addicted to nail art.” Now, it is “An optometry student & amateur nail artist.” Yes, that’s right: I’ve been accepted to optometry school! I’m so happy to be one step closer to my dream. Now let’s talk nails because I know that’s what you’re here for LOL.

Today I am reviewing a cotton claw I received from Maggie at BeautyBigBang. BeautyBigBang is a global online retailer for all things beauty (cosmetics, nails, hair, health care, etc). I’ve been reviewing their products since August of this year, including thermal nail polish, holo nail polish, nail art brushes, etc. Also, they offer free shipping worldwide for orders that contain more than one item. Delivery time takes 2-4 weeks. Use my code LALA010 for 10% off your order!

This is the first time I’m posting a video to my blog! It only made sense to show you guys a demo of how the cotton claw is used. So let’s get into the pictures, video, and details!

Cotton Claw (SKU: J2156)

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Description: A stainless steel, innovative tool to remove nail polish without ever touching the acetone soaked cotton ball. 

How to use: When you press down the black tip., the claw part will open. Hold the black tip down and press the claw part into the cotton ball. Release the black tip, which will cause the claw to grab the cotton ball. My cotton ball had already been dipped in acetone before it was attached to the claw because my nails were naked. If your nails are painted, wait until the cotton ball is attached to the claw before soaking the cotton ball. 

Availability: Available now.

Price: $3.99 USD

Overall thoughts: This is a really cool tool. It is easy to use and useful for cleaning my Twinkled T Glamour Mat. I probably won’t use it to remove nail polish from my nails, unless I use it for my toe nails which are hardly ever painted. However, I definitely will be using it from now on to clean my mat. I highly recommend it.

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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Don’t forget to check out my Instagram giveaway (click here); there’s only one week left!

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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Candied Cranberry by Mace Polish – Review

Hey lovelies! Today, I will be reviewing another nail polish by Mace Polish. Last month, I ordered Candied Apple, Candied Cranberry, Candied Pumpkin, & Candied Plum from the Candied Collection by Mace Polish. Candied Apple was featured in my Frankenstein mani last weekend. Let’s get into the swatches and review!

*The following swatches are applied over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff and topped with Glisten & Glow 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).

Candied Cranberry by Mace Polish

Description: A beautiful pinkish red with a blend of silver holographic glitter, matte black glitter, and iridescent glitter.

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

Opacity: Swatch shown in 1 coat!

Availability: Available now.

Price: $9.00 USD

Overall thoughts: Love this polish! The color is gorgeous and I was so excited to see opacity in one coat! It is packed with glitters, which is also a plus!

My rating: 5/5

That’s all for today loves! Be sure to check out Mace Polish’s store and Instagram.

Don’t forget: I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram, so follow this link to learn all the details. See y’all later.

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​Frankenstein Nails + Mace Polish Review + Instagram Giveaway

Hey lovelies! Are you ready for Halloween? Well, today I have my final Halloween nail art for y’all. You can view the previous two here & here.

About a week or so ago, I ordered 4 of the 6 nail polishes from the Candied Collection by Mace Polish. Mace Polish is a 5-free, cruelty free indie nail polish maker. I ordered Candied Apple, Candied Cranberry, Candied Pumpkin, & Candied Plum.  Today, I will be reviewing Candied Apple.

*The following swatches are applied over Ah ha! Nail Lacquer Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow 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).

This mani was really easy to create. I just used a detail brush from BeautyBigBang to paint on the black stitches. So let’s get into the review!

Candied Apple by Mace Polish

Description: A beautiful green with a blend of silver holographic glitter, matte black glitter, and iridescent glitter.

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

Opacity: Swatch shown in 2 coats.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $9.00 USD

Overall thoughts: I really like this polish! I usually don’t wear green polishes on their own because I just don’t like how they look with my skin tone, but this green complements my skin tone very well! And it is packed with so many glitters; I just love it.

My rating: 5/5

That’s all for today loves! Be sure to check out Mace Polish’s store and Instagram.

Did you read this far? Great! I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram, so follow this link to learn all the details. See y’all later.

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Nail Social Nail Brand Review + Bloody Mani

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Hey lovelies! Today, I have some Halloween nail art & a Nail Social Nail Brand (NSNB) review!

NSNB is a 5-free, cruelty free, indie nail polish maker based in Detroit. I’ve swatched for NSNB in the past, but that was before I had a blog.

Tasia at NSNB was kind enough to sponsor my upcoming giveaway (keep an eye out!) and send some polishes for me to swatch. The shades NSNB makes complement any skin tone, so I’m really excited to swatch these polishes! Let’s get started!

*The following swatches are applied over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff and topped with Glisten & Glow 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).

Cuban Smoke

Description: This charcoal gray/black metallic polish has speckles all throughout.

Application: A little streaky, but the brush was easy to use.

Opacity: Swatch shown in 2 coats.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $7.00 USD

Overall thoughts: I think this is a very nice color for the fall and to use as a base for nail art! This polish will be available in my giveaway!

My rating: 4/5

All This Winnin’ 

Description: A purple duochrome with a gold effect that sparkles in the light.

Application: Smooth application. No streakiness. Easy to use brush.

Opacity: Swatch shown in 4 coats.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $8.00 USD

Overall thoughts: Love this color. I love the gold shimmer it has in certain lighting; it’s really pretty. The only thing I’m not a big fan of is that it took 4 coats to get to the swatch shown, so I recommend using the sponge technique in order to reach full opacity. If you prefer a more sheer look, then there’s no need to sponge 😊 This polish will also be available in my giveaway!

My rating: 3/5

HBIC – HEAD BOSS IN CHARGE

Description: A metallic red that is hot and exciting for the fall.

Application: Smooth application.. No streakiness. Easy to use brush.

Opacity: Swatch shown in 2 coats.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $8.00 USD

Overall thoughts: I’m in looooove. Not only is this polish great for fall, it’ll be great for Christmas! Call me Mrs. Claus! LOL. This two-coater red is stunning and I can see myself using it a lot.

My rating: 5/5

Bloody nail art

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That is all for today lovelies! I do want to note that when I say a polish will be available in my giveaway, I mean a brand new bottle; not the bottle swatched. Just wanted to clear up any possible confusion 😊 Be sure to check out NSNB’s store, Instagram, and Facebook page.

Questions? Concerns? Tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments section below! Keep an eye out on Instagram for my upcoming giveaway! See y’all later.

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Witch’s Brew by Nailed it! Hawaii – Review

Holo again lovelies! Two reviews in one day? Yes, that is right!

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that Nailed it! Hawaii is my favorite indie nail polish maker. Tia also makes liquid latex, sugar scrubs, body lotions and butters, etc. that I use all the time. All of her products are 5-free, vegan, and cruelty free.

I ordered Witch’s Brew from the Hallow’s Eve Trio. Nailed it! Hawaii also created a Supernatural Trio. So there’s a total of 6 new polishes for Halloween! Awesome right?

I absolutely fell in love with Witch’s Brew when I first saw swatches and I knew I had to have it!  So now, let’s get into my swatches and review!

*The following swatches are applied over Ah ha! Nail Lacquer Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow 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).

Description: A deep purple with scattered flakies and holo sparkles.

Application: Smooth formula, not streaky, and no problems with the brush.

Opacity: 2 coats

Availability: Available now.

Price: $8.50 USD

Overall thoughts: I’m in love! This is just what I needed for Halloween; it’s dark, mysterious, and holo! I love the flakies in it and I think they complement the polish well. I added a skull charm from BeautyBigBang (review here), and it goes with the polish perfectly. First Halloween nail art of the month: Checked!

My rating: 5/5

That is all for today lovelies! Be sure to check out Nailed it! Hawaii’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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Gold Glitter Aluminum Flakes from BeautyBigBang – Review

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Happy Sunday! Today I am reviewing some gold flakes I received from Maggie at BeautyBigBang. For some background info about this online retailer, feel free to read here. Don’t forget that 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. Black Cherry Scented Nail Paint by Emma Jean Cosmetics was used as the base color (review of this polish here).

SKU: J2430-GD (link to flakes here)

Description: 1 box of gold aluminum mirror effect flakes. Also available in silver.

Application: After applying the base color, I gently dabbed the flakes on with the eyeshadow stick provided, then sealed it in with top coat.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $0.99 USD

Overall thoughts: I love the look of these flakes and I think they’d look great with pretty much any polish color. Super easy to apply and I really like that the eyeshadow stick was included. My only advice is to be careful when handing the flakes; they like to go everywhere… I have a couple of specs in my hair LOL. I definitely recommend this product.

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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Dark Green Holographic Nail Polish from BeautyBigBang – Review

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Happy Saturday! I’m back at ya with another BeautyBigBang review!

This review is about a green linear holo nail polish I received from Maggie at BeautyBigBang (feel free to read background info here). Don’t forget that you can use my code LALA010 for 10% off your order! Let’s get into swatches and the review!

*The following swatches are applied over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff and topped with Glisten & Glow 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).

SKU: J2448-9C (link to polish here)


Description:
 A 6ml dark green linear holo polish.


Application:
 Smooth formula and not streaky. No problems with the brush.


Opacity:
 2 coats


Availability: 
Available now.


Price: 
$5.99 USD


Overall thoughts:
Another love! Unfortunately, I was unable to capture the true emerald color of this polish, but it is beautiful and makes me think of Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz!


My rating:
 5/5

That is all for today lovelies! Check back tomorrow for another BeautyBigBang review! 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 later.

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