Mauve-A-Lisa by FingerPaints – Review

Hey lovelies! How are y’all doing? Hope you’re all doing great! I took the Optometry Admissions Test Thursday, so I’m much better now that it’s over! Now I just need to work on my Optometry School application and study for my upcoming quizzes/tests. So today’s post is going to be very simple and quick. I decided to swatch a new polish I got from Sally’s Beauty and threw some holo on it. Let’s get started!

*Swatches are shown over Ah Ha! Nail Lacquer’s Base Coat & topped with Glisten & Glow’s Top Coat. The second photo also used Galactic Blast Holo Top Coat from Dainty Digits Polish*

*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)

Mauve-A-Lisa by FingerPaints

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

Opacity: one coat!

Availability: Available at Sally’s Beauty & Amazon.

Price: $5.19 USD (on Sally’s Beauty’s website)

Overall thoughts: I love the color and love that it’s opaque in one coat! I wasn’t expecting that from a store brand. I really have no complaints and I think this will be a year-round fave of mine. Especially love it with holo!

My rating: 5/5

That’s all for today! Super quick I know! Bear with me until school slows down a bit.

Please feel free to leave any questions and concerns below! See y’all later.

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Galaxy Nails

Hey lovelies! Today I have a really easy nail art, which is almost impossible to mess up. I’ve been busy with classes and preparing for the Optometry Admissions Test, so I needed a simple nail art to do and galaxy nails were the answer. I actually have done galaxy nails before, but that was about a year ago when I was still new to nail art. It would’ve been cool to do a “Then & Now” comparison, but I had no luck finding a pic of my first galaxy nails. So let’s get into details!

Technique:

After applying base coat, paint all your nails black and top with glossy top coat. Then, rip tiny pieces off of a makeup sponge. I like ripping it instead of cutting because ripping it will result in pieces with an uneven side, and I like to use the uneven side for this design as opposed to the smooth side. To me, the uneven side gives a better galaxy effect than the smooth side. Use as many pieces as you need. I needed 3 pieces for each hand. Take one piece and brush a little bit of white polish on it then sponge it on your nail in whatever pattern you want. I say use a little amount because you can always add more, so it is better to start off small then build up. You should be able to use this piece for white on each nail of one hand. Use a different piece for light blue polish and another different piece for pink. Remember this design is nearly impossible to mess up, so have fun with it! Do whatever pattern you want to do and add how much or how little color you want!

Next, use a small dotting tool to add random dots that appear to be stars. I will say don’t go overboard with the dots because you don’t want this looking like a dotticure; you want it looking like stars in the galaxy. I say 5 stars is the max and it really depends on each nail. I have 3-5 dots on my nails. Let that dry for a bit, then add glossy top coat.

At this point you can be done, but y’all should know by now that I’m extra (LOL), so I added a holo top coat! Scattered holo or linear holo; use whichever you want. Just make sure that its a holo top coat that won’t grey out your polish. Then top with more glossy top coat to intensify the holo.

Products used:

Ah Ha! Nail Lacquer’s Base Coat. I know it may be shocking that I am using a new base coat LOL but I wanted to give this one a try because it is a tad bit cheaper than the one I always use. So I should have a review for it in about a week. I like to wear base coats and top coats for a weekly mani before reviewing them. That’s because, for me, if I have a great base coat and great top coat, they can make the worst chipping nail polish last at least 7 days.

Noir by Nicka K New York. This is a one coater usually. I say usually because since my nails are so long now, it tends to get streaky near the tips. But what do you expect for a $1.99 polish? I can’t seem to find it being sold online, but I got mine from a beauty supply store.

French White Crème by wet n wild.

Blueberry Tart by Emma Jean Cosmetics. It smells like blueberries when it dries!

A mini nameless pink by L.A. Colors

Galactic Blast Top Coat by Dainty Digits Polish. This is new product for me that I’m going to wait to review because I want to do some other manis with this holo top coat and maybe just as a polish itself. But so far I can say that it doesn’t grey out your polish! This indie is also rebranding, so I’ll give you guys more details as changes occur.

Ah Ha! Nail Lacquer’s Top Coat. Yes, I’m using a new top coat again! So I’ll have this glossy top coat reviewed with the base coat.

That’s all for today! As always, if you have any questions or things to share, leave them in the comments section! See y’all later.

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Back to School

Hey lovelies! I’m sure many of us have started back to school or are getting ready for back to school. My fall classes start on the 28th, so I’m still getting ready and can agree that shopping around this time of year can be very hectic. So today, hopefully we can relax with some back to school nail art!

Well, that was my plan; to relax through nail art…But sometimes nail art isn’t so relaxing 😣 I had other plans for my index finger nail and pinky nail. My index finger nail was going to be grey with “E=mc2” written in white, and I was going to do a black & red (my university’s colors) chevron on my pinky nail. Both were total FAILS and I tried twice! So, I got frustrated and I just threw on some holo because holo makes everything better right?!  🙌 Let’s get into the details.

Technique:

For the pencil, I applied base coat, white as my base color, and top coat. Then I studied my nail and decided how far to apply the yellow polish, so this will vary for each person and their preference. I used a cleanup brush dipped in acetone to make the yellow’s stopping point even, and I used a striping brush to make orange lines. Then, I carefully applied a silver holo (I don’t own a metallic silver polish, so gotta work with what we got!) and cleaned it up the same way I did the yellow polish. Lastly, I applied the pink polish at my nail tip and sealed everything in with top coat.

For the notebook paper, I used base coat, white as my base color, and top coat. Then, I took a striping brush and made the blue lines of the paper and the red line. Again, a cleanup brush dipped in acetone can clean up your lines. As always, seal in everything with top coat.

For the pinky and index finger nail, I used base coat and a pinkish red holo to calm my frustration 😊, then sealed it in with top coat.

Products used:

Bring It On Stain Blocked Base Coat. I used 2 coats.

French White Crème” (white), “D’oh!” (yellow), & “Nuclear War” (orange) from wet n wild. All 3 are opaque in 3-4 coats.

“Me & You” (silver holo) & “XOXO” (pinkish red holo) from Nailed it! Hawai’i. These two polishes are from the Conversation Hearts Collection. I don’t see them being sold in her online store currently, but I’m sure you could ask Tia whether there will be more and she will gladly answer your questions. Both are opaque in 2 easy coats.

Blueberry Tart (light blue) by Emma Jean Cosmetics. This polish is opaque in 2-3 coats and smells like blueberries when it dries!

nameless mini red & mini pink by L.A Colors. Opaque in 4+ coats, so I only use them for small nail art.

HK Girl Top Coat by Glisten & Glow. This top coat has been renamed to “Glisten & Glow Top Coat.” I sealed in all of my nails with 2 coats.

That’s all for today! Leave any questions, suggestions, and tips in the comment section below!

Question time!!!

Are you going back to school this semester? As a middle schooler, high schooler, or college student? Have you already started the semester? Are you a parent of a back to schooler? Or maybe a spouse to one? Have any nail fail stories to share? Let me know in the comments below! See y’all later.

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Cuticle Protectors from BeautyBigBang – Review

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Hey lovelies! How are y’all? Doing well? I hope so! I am so overjoyed to say that my Physics II class is over! I took my final exam Tuesday! It’s finished! It’s done! Hooray! LOL I start the fall semester on August 28th, so I will have a little more relaxation time until then. I still won’t be completely relaxed because I’m prepping for the Optometry Admissions Test, which I take on September 7th, so wish me luck!  I am still on my summertime spree of nail art and this week’s mani features my attempt at pineapple nail art!

When I received items from Maggie at BeautyBigBang last week to review, she also threw in some cuticle protectors. I’ve never used cuticle protectors before; just liquid latex, so I will be reviewing those in this post as well. For a little background information about this online retailer, read the first review I did of their products hereDon’t forget that you can use my code LALA010 for 10% off your order!

10Pcs Peel Off Cuticle Protecting Tape: Latex or Latex-free

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Before smooshy

After smooshy

After removing protectors

Description: These protectors ared used to reduce cleanup when doing messy nail art, such as watermarble, smooshies, gradients, and even just sponging on glitter nail polish. There’s 5 color choices to choose from and you can order latex or latex free.

Application: I peeled up each protector with tweezers and placed them around my cuticles. I recommended using the tweezers to fit and stretch the protectors on your fingers, then press down on the protectors with your fingers to secure them. When you are done painting your nails, remove the protectors with tweezers carefully.

Price: Latex: $2.59 USD. Latex-free: $1.99 USD.

Overall thoughts: These are pretty good at protecting your cuticles. I did still have a little cleanup, which I experience with liquid latex as well, but I feel like I had to do more cleanup with these. That could be due to not securing them well because they kept lifting up in places. So I definitely think I would have to use these a few times before I get used to them. Personally, I still like liquid latex better and will continue to use that because I’m already used to dealing with it. However, I do reccomend giving these protectors a try because you may like them and they do work!

Nail art technique:

For my accent nail, I applied base coat as always, a white undie, and chose orange as my base color. Then, I applied top coat and waited 30 mins before I applied striping tape in diagonal patterns from the left then right. Next, I applied a yellow polish over the striping tape and immediately removed the tape. After letting it dry for about 5 mins, I applied top coat and used a green polish to draw on 3 leaves with a small dotting tool. Once I was done with that, I added orange rhinestones to the center of each “diamond” shape in the pineapple. I used top coat to stick the rhinestones to my nail. 

For the rest of my nails, I applied a white undie, let it dry for about 10 mins, then used a stamper to make smooshy nails. This step can be accomplished by obtaining a clean stamper, dropping different colors of nail polish on it, and smooshing it on to your nail. Just be sure to use a latex barrier or latex-free cuticle protectors to reduce cleanup.  Cleanup as necessary; I used a small nail brush and 100% acetone.  And don’t forget to seal all of your nails (pineapple included) with top coat (I use two coats).

Products used:

Bring It On Stain Blocker Base Coat from Superchic Lacquer.  My fave best coat! No problems with the formula and it is a milky base coat (that’s good!). Dries very fast. I always use 2 coats.

Cuticle protectors from BeautyBigBang: Latex or Latex-free

French White Crème from wet n wild. This is opaque in 3 or 4 coats and applies streaky. I used 3 coats.

Nuclear War from wet n wild. A neon orange that is opaque in 3 coats and is a little streaky.

D’oh! from wet n wild. A bright yellow that applies streaky and is opaque in 3 or 4 coats. I used about 3 coats, but I didn’t let each coat dry because you’re supposed to remove nail vinyls and striping tape while the polish is still wet.

Nameless green mini from wet n wild. Since I haven’t used this polish all over my nails, I can’t say anything about its opacity, but it does seem very sheer.

Orange rhinestones from @rhinestone_by_nailstraz. Easy to use. They stay on until you take them off!

Glisten and Glow Top Coat (formerly known as HK Girl Top Coat). I’ve been using this top coat since last week and I really like it. It keeps your manicure long lasting and gives it a nice shine. So far, I’d say it is just as great as Marvel Liquid Macro Top Coat from SuperChic Lacquer and Crystal Clear Top Coat from Emma Jean Cosmetics.

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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QUESTION TIME!!!

What is your favorite fruit? I’m a big fan of grapes, cherries, and pears. Actually, pineapples are my least favorite fruit because they always cut my tongue LOL. Let me know in the comments below. See y’all later.

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BeautyBigBang – Review

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Hey lovelies! I’m back at ya with another review! A couple of weeks ago, Maggie at BeautyBigBang contacted me to review some products of my choice! BeautyBigBang is a global online retailer for all things beauty (cosmetics, nails, hair, health care, etc). Also, they offer free shipping worldwide for orders that contain more than one item. Delivery time takes 2-4 weeks. You can use my code LALA010 for 10% off your order!

I chose a holo nail polish, dried flowers, and glitter to review. I received them this week and had a lot of fun trying them out. So let’s get into the swatches and reviews!

*All of the following swatches are applied over Bye, Girl! Latex Barrier (it doubles as a peel off base coat) and topped with Glisten and Glow Top Coat. A nameless black polish by L.A. Colors was used as the base color when the glitter was used. Imperial was used as the base color when the flowers were used.

*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).

Purple Black Holographic Glitter Nail Polish

SKU:J2448-8C

Description: A purple-black holographic nail polish. It is 6ml.

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

Opacity: 2 coats

Availability: Available now.

Price: $5.99 USD

Overall thoughts: I freaking love this nail polish! Y’all know that I’m all about the holo (that’s why it’s in my username!), and this nail polish is packed with it! It is a linear holo, which I love even more. It is described as a purple-black, but it looks more like a navy blue in person to me; still gorgeous regardless.

My rating: 5/5

Round Nail Glitter Thin Sequins 

SKU:J1329-3C

Description: There’s 5 different color arrangements to choose from. They are about 1.5mm-3mm.

Application: After applying base coat and base color, I wet the tip of an orange stick to successfully pick up each glitter. I like to place the glitters while the top coat is wet. Then, seal it with top coat.

Price: $1.59 USD

Overall thoughts: Easy to use. Doesn’t take long to apply. I placed glitter on all of my nails in about 10-12mins. I really like how shiny they are and I like that they come in different sizes. My only warning is that they can pop off easily if you don’t use at least 2 coats of top coat. I finished this mani around 9pm on Wednesday night and I usually use 2 coats of top coat just for extra protection, but I only used one coat of top coat this time because I was gonna remove this mani on Thursday night. However, I woke up on Thursday morning around 7am and noticed that 2-3 glitters on each nail had popped off. I decided to apply another coat of top coat and didn’t have any more glitter pop off after that.

Dried 3D Flower Nail Art Decoration

SKU:J2475

Description: These come in multiple random colors and are approximately 5mm-7mm. You get 12 different colors in each wheel and 2-3 flowers of each color.
Application: After applying base coat and base color, use tweezers to pick up flowers. I like to apply the flowers to my nails while the top coat is still wet. Then, seal it in with top coat.

Availability: Available now.

Price: $3.99 USD

Overall thoughts: Easy to use. They’re really beautiful as well and I love that you get a variety of colors. My advice is to be very careful while placing these because you don’t want the flower petals to fold; especially not on wet top coat. So it took me about 15 mins just to do those 2 nails. One issue I had was with the yellow flowers. They’re not as flat as the other flowers; even with 2 coats of top coat. When something isn’t flat on your nail, the top coat doesn’t get to seal every nook and cranny. Therefore, when I oiled my cuticles later, the oil was able to penetrate one side of the flower and made it look dull and not as pretty as it was before. So if you come across any flowers that aren’t flat, try to flatten them out before applying them.

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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If you have any questions or anything to share, feel free to leave a comment below!

QUESTION TIME!!

Have y’all ever shopped with BeautyBigBang? What did you buy? What was your favorite item that I reviewed above? Let me know in the comments! See y’all later.

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Imperial by My Stunning Nails – Review

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Hey lovelies! How are y’all doing? I hope you’re all doing good. I’m doing OK. A little stressed out from studying for my physics final, which is next week! But I received some nail goodies to play with this week, which definitely has helped me unwind.

Lisa at My Stunning Nails sent me another nail polish to review! For a little background information about My Stunning Nails, check out the first review I did for this indie here. Don’t forget that you can use my code PRLK15OFF for 15% off a minimum of $5.

*All of the following swatches are applied over Bye, Girl! Latex Barrier (it doubles as a peel off base coat) and topped with Glisten and 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).

Imperial – Nail Polish of August

Description: A light holographic bluish purple with a pinkish hue that brings to mind royal robes.

Application: Smooth formula. Not streaky. Easy to use brush. No problems at all! 

Opacity: 2 coats

Availability: Available now.

Price: $5 USD for the month of August.

Overall thoughts: Lovely color. Y’all know I love the holo! I was scared at first that this polish would be sheer, but I was overjoyed to see that it is completely opaque in 2 coats. Definitely one of my faves from this indie.

My rating: 5/5

That is all for now! I’ll be posting another review shortly. Be sure to check out My Stunning Nails’s store and social media, which are linked below:

If you have any questions or anything to share, feel free to leave a comment below. See y’all later.

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Ice Pop Fun

Hey lovelies! How many of you love summer? I’m more of a fall type of person; however, I do like summer because usually I’m not taking classes, so my brain gets a break from everything. That’s not the case this summer since I’m taking a physics class… My brain hurts!😩 Thankfully, there’s only 1 exam, a week of class, and a final left. So I shall get through this!🙌 

This summer I’ve been really into doing summery nail art. Last summer, I was just beginning to do nail art and wasn’t really concerned with summer themes, but now I am! So today, I’m bringing you another summery mani, featuring an ice pop.

Technique:
After I applied top coat to the base color of my accent nail, I used a toothpick to outline the ice pop, then a dotting tool to fill it in. I also used a toothpick to make the ice pop stick and the white lines. I let it dry for about 15 mins, then applied two coats of top coat.

Products used:

    That’s all for today! 

    Question time!

    How’s your summer going? What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer? Do you like ice pops? What flavor? Lol let me know in the comments below. See y’all later.

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