Friday, January 13, 2017

Smooshy Zipper Nails




Hey guys! Lately I been a little uninspired with my nails. Don't you hate it when that happens? I've found that when your creative juices stop flowing its best to try something you never done before. I decided to try a smooshy mani. I've seen a lot of people on Instagram do it but I guess I just never got around to trying it. If your not sure about what a smooshy mani is, then let me explain. You will need at least three colors. Next, you apply each color to your stamper and make sure you only apply a few drops at a time. Last, you apply the nail polish to your nails using your stamper, which gives your nails a marble effect. I'm pretty sure there are other ways to do it but this worked best for me. Oh, and don't forget to use your cuticle peel off protector because it can get kind of messy. After when I decided to try smooshy nails I needed more. So I went through my nail art supplies and found zipper water decals from a bundle monster mystery bag that I got ages ago. To be honest I thought I would never use those decals but it was time to start thinking outside the box. I'm so glad that I took a chance on those decals because my mani turned out so fabulous! Who knew zippers could look so good on nails, I know I didn't think so. Down below you can see the results. Don't forget to comment and let me know what you think.






Check Out My Tutorial

All products used: Alexa by Nails Inc, Baol by OOO Polish, Case of The Mondaze by Ever Glaze, water decals B-131 by Bundle Monster, and Quick Dry Top Coat by Seche.







Saturday, December 10, 2016

Zoya Enchanted Holiday 2016 Collection Swatches and Review


Hey Guys! Today I have my swatches and review of Zoya's Enchanted Holiday 2016 Collection. One of my friends on Instagram informed me that they were having a 70% off sale on Black Friday. I have never tried this brand before so this was the perfect opportunity. The collection at regular price is $60.00 and I paid $18.00. What a steal right? After I placed my order on 11/25/16 I received my order almost two weeks later, which is not bad considering the amount of orders they had. When my order arrived my nail polish was in a small box with lots of paper for cushion to protect the nail polish from breaking. At first glance I knew these polishes were going to look amazing. Out of 6 polishes four are PixieDust (textured) and the other two are color-flips (shifting colors). I can see why they named this collection Enchanted, these colors are dark, sparkly, and hypnotizing. Down below I have names and swatches of each polish. Until next time! Happy Holidays!



Elphie

Elphie is an captivating emerald green polish with sugary green PixieDust matte sparkle formula. The first coat of Elphie was a little streaky. On the second coat the polish covered the whole nail. Finally, on the third coat the polish was fully opaque. Also, Elphie had a lot more shine than Lorna, but both are beautiful. No top coat was applied.


Olivera

Olivera is a deep dark hypnotizing color-flip metallic with an indigo base that shifts from green to purple. Olivera was almost opaque in one coat but you will need two for it to be fully opaque. This was the only one of my swatches that had a top coat applied it because I wore it for three days. With in those three days there was no chipping.



Lorna

Lorna is a berry shade with the sugary sparkle of PixieDust. This polish also has a matte finish. The first coat was a little streaky. I got full coverage on the second coat but I applied one more coat to make it fully opaque. No top coat was applied.



Waverly

Waverly is a deep blue polish that also has the sugary sparkle PixieDust matte Formula. Like the other three PixieDust this polish was also streaky on the first coat. The second coat gave me full coverage and on the third coat it was fully opaque. No top coat applied.


Alice

Alice is a alluring periwinkle with magenta blue sparkle with the PixieDust matte formula. Surprisingly the first coat was not as streaky as the other PixieDust. Alice is fully opaque in two coats. No top coat was applied.



Saint

Saint is a fanciful color-flip metallic that shifts from periwinkle to magenta. I wouldn't describe Saint as streaky but more sheer like. You will need at least three coats in order for it to be opaque. You can wear this shade depending on how light or dark you want it. No top coat was applied.



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Friday, December 2, 2016

Catching Up


Hey guys! I haven't posted in a while and just wanted to let you guys know what I been up too. Just know if your not hearing from me doesn't mean I'm not doing my nails. On the other day I realized that I been a nail blogger for a little over a year. It's amazing how time flies when your painting your nails. When I first started this journey I knew very little about the nail community. But, over the past year I have learned new skills and met so many wonderful people. What I like most about our community is that its more than just about nails. For some of us its about relaxing after a really hard day or just simply expressing our selves through a form of art. It really warms my heart when someone messages me just to say hello or ask how my day is going. I look forward to what next year will bring to me. Now, moving on to what I been up to. The holiday season is my favorite time of year. I love drinking my Starbucks latte on a cold fall or winter morning, in my opinion it just makes it feel more like Christmas. I have say though, I hate Christmas shopping but I enjoy seeing my family and friends open their gifts. Also, Christmas nails are my all time favorite kind of nail art to do. Therefore, I have been purchasing Christmas stamping plates and polishes. If you would like to check out one of the polishes that I got for the holidays check out this weeks polish pick. In addition, I'm currently waiting on nail mail from Zoya and Pretty Woman that I purchased during Black Friday. When I receive my nail mail you guys will be the first to get all the details. Until then check out some of the manis that I did in the month of November.


Thanksgiving Nails

Okay, so lets start with this one since Thanksgiving just ended. I think this one was my absolute favorite. Any time I do freehand I always appreciate the design more. Just knowing that you painted something with your own hands just makes it more special. This shade is called "Kensington High Street" By Nailsinc. On my accent finger I used "Skinny Dippina Colada" by Zombie Claw Polish. I hand painted the turkey, isn't he cute? I think I shall call him Ed.
IG Photo


Futuristic Nails

These nails are something I normally wouldn't do but I wanted to try something different. I'm really not into aliens but I have to admit these ones look pretty cool. Its a little hard to see but on my accent finger is robotic women who fight aliens from destroying her planet called "Polish". This shade is called "Turn On The Haute Light" by OPI. Stamping plate BP-XL135 from Bundle Monster was used to achieve this look.
IG Photo


Simple Flower Nails

This mani was very easy to do. I applied two coats of "Sultry" By Revlon. Next, I used stamping plate BP-20 from Born Pretty Store for the flowers. Finally, I applied a quick dry top coat. I love this deep blue shimmer polish from Revlon. It also has tiny pink glitter that peeks through it.
IG Photo







Tuesday, October 25, 2016

JLB Nail Polish Swatches & Review




Hey guys! Today I have my swatches and review of the 4 piece nail lacquer collection set by JLB Cosmetics. I haven't heard of or tried this brand before. While doing research on this company, I found very little information on them. Therefore, I will just get on with the review. I got this polish set from Ross for $5.99. I normally stay away from buying nail polish sets like these because I'm always skeptical of the quality. When I saw how cute these little polish bottles were I thought I would give them a try. I must admit I've never seen nail polish bottles like these before, they remind me of perfume bottles. Although, they are pleasing to the eye the brushes were a little uncomfortable to use. The brush was short and the top of it felt like a door knob. As a result, it was kind of hard to get a good grip on it. But, I've had more difficult times while painting my nails. In addition, these polishes had a slightly strong smell, but after a while it went away. However, there's no denying that these shades are gorgeous. I realize I have to be realistic with this review. Four polishes for $5.99 is a great bargain. When you pay a price like that you can't expect the quality to be like China Glaze or OPI. Overall, I enjoyed playing with these polishes and look forward to trying more in the future.



Hot Crush

Hot Crush is a bright candy apple red polish with a jelly like consistency. While applying the first coat I noticed the polish was a little on the thin side. So I applied 2 more thick coats. No top coat applied.






Glamour Metal

Glamour Metal is a micro-shimmer nail polish. This shade was opaque in two coats. Also, it was very shiny, especially when it hits the light. However, it took a little time to get all the little sliver glitters off my skin after removal. No top coat applied.





Grace

Grace is a sheer fuchsia polish. It was opaque in two coats, no top coat applied. This shade is just simply gorgeous, it has such a distinct mature look about it. I love a classic pink shade!




Pixie

Pixie is a gold glitter polish. This polish was very thick and only needed one coat. No top coat applied. Pixie is my favorite out of all four. It's so lovely especially in the light.




Wednesday, October 19, 2016

INDIE POLISH LOVE...KBShimmer




Hey guys! Lately I been on a quest of trying different indie polish brands. If your not familiar with indie polish, then let me explain. Indie polish is usually a small business that hand makes nail polish. Also, most of indie polish can not be found in stores but only online. One thing that I love most about indie polish is that many of them are camphor, carmine, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, and formaldehyde free. Which means they do not contain chemicals in them that can be harmful to you. The most recent indie polish brand that I have tried is KBShimmer. I ordered four polishes off of their Amazon store for $9.25 each. And I know what your probably thinking, does she get everything from Amazon? The answer is yes, I receive about 90% of my nails stuff from Amazon. I am a Amazon Prime member and I take advantage of the free two day shipping that comes with my membership. Keep in mind that not all indie polish lines have Amazon stores. Also, another great way to find different indie polish lines is on social media. My biggest social media account is on Instagram and I always see many different indie polish lines just by browsing. Also, its always good to follow accounts that support indie brands by advertising different collections or sales. In addition, you can check out some of your friends pages and see what indie brands they like to use and recommend. Another thing that I love about indies are the background stories of the owners. For instance, the owner of OOO Polish started her polish line because she was turned away at a nail salon because of the color of her skin. Parrot Polish gets its inspiration from the many colors of parrots and Parakeets feathers. We all have a story to tell. It just so happens that indie polish line owners tell their story through nail polish. Today I have four swatches for you to view from KBShimmer. In the future I hope to try some of their other products such as hand made soaps, mani bombs, and vinyl nail decals. If you would like to find out more about them you can visit their website.


Full Bloom Ahead

Full Bloom Ahead is a white crelly glitter polish. This polish is full of blue, pink, purple, and other color glitters that remind you of spring time. I applied three thin coats and topped it off with a clear top coat.





Blush Money

Blush Money is peachy rose color that shows off gold shimmer in dim light and holographic rainbow that shines in the sunlight. I applied three thin coats and topped it off with a clear top coat.





In Bare Form

Who doesn't love a nude polish? In Bare Form is a soft beige polish with a light linear holographic effect. I applied three thin coats and topped it off with a clear top coat.





Rollin' With The Chromies

This shade was definitely one of my favorites. Rollin With The Chromies is a multichrome linear holographic shifting color polish. It shifts from cyan, blue, to red orange, and many more. I applied three coats and topped it off with a clear top coat. You can also try this polish with one coat over black.




One coat of "Rollin With The Chromies" over black








Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gel Nails Tutorial



Hey Guys! Today I wanted to give you the details on my gel nails mani that I posted on Instagram and Facebook on Monday. Because Instagram only allows 60 seconds for videos I wasn't able to put every thing in it. First let me just say that I love gel nails. However, I'm not able to wear them like I want because I paint my nails every two to three days. Can you imagine taking off gel polish every two to three days? Your worst nightmare, right? Last week I went to Sally's Beauty Supply and they had a sale on some of their gel nail products, which motivated me to dust off my uv light lamp and put it to use. I have everything listed down below of what I got from my mini nail haul. Also, all of these products were used for this mani. While recoding my tutorial I forgot to record myself painting my nails with "RE-FRESH-MINT" which is the minty green polish that you see in the picture on the right. Also, another step that I did not include is after I applied my gel top coat I used rubbing alcohol to wipe away any access stickiness or residue. For those of you who are not familiar with gel polish or want to know how to apply it yourself I have a video and instructions listed down below. Until Next Time!

RE-FRESH-MINT

RE-FRESH-MINT is a mint green Gel-n-Base in One polish by China Glaze. Which means it does not need a base coat. When applying this polish it was a little thick. I wasn't sure why but my first thought was it could be because of the formula. My guess is that the base coat is mixed in which causes the formula to be a little thicker than regular gel polish. Although, I did use a gel basecoat this time around. I still like the idea of not having to use one if I don't want to.




What's a tire jack?

What's a tire jack? is a black gel polish by OPI. While applying this polish it seemed clear or jelly like at first but after a few strokes it became opaque. You can see the application of this polish in my video tutorial.



Universal Top Coat

Universal Top Coat is by All Season Professional. This is my first time trying this brand. I applied one thick coat. I really liked the quality of this gel top coat. I was pleased with the glossy look that it gave my mani.



Base Seal

Base Seal is by Nail Bliss. This is my first time trying this product. The only gel base that I have used before this one was Sally Hansen and I have to say that I prefer Nail Bliss. Nail Bliss just seems to be a better quality and it doesn't take as long to dry.


Sally Hansen UV Light

I received this gel curing UV lamp from the Sally Hansen Gel Kit that my husband got me for Christmas last year. It's very small and you can only fit one hand in it at a time but it works very well. As you can see there is a button on top that you press to turn it on. It only turns on for 30 seconds at a time. Keep in mind that uv/led lights have a different wattage so dry times may differ depending on the wattage of your uv/led light lamp.


Gel Nails Video Tutorial

Other products used in the tutorial that was not mentioned above are: nail jewels and French manicure guides by Sally Hansen, Seche Vite base coat, Revlon dry fast top coat, "Black Creme" by Wet n Wild, and "Gold Plated" by Milani. Keep in mind these products were only used after I applied my gel nail polish. Regular nail polish will not dry under a uv/led light lamp.




Steps for DIY Gel Nails

  1. Prep nails by shaping them, remove cuticles, and free nails of any debris
  2. Apply a thin layer of gel base coat
  3. Let it dry under the uv/led lamp for at least 45 seconds
  4. Apply a thin layer of gel polish. Make sure you cover the tip of your nail to prevent if from curling back.
  5. Let it dry under the uv/led lamp for at least 45 seconds
  6. Apply a second coat of gel polish if needed
  7. Let it dry under the uv/led lamp for at least 45 seconds
  8. Apply gel top coat
  9. Let it dry under the uv/led lamp for at least 45 seconds
  10. Wipe nails from any sticky residue










Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ttluvstutorials


Hey guys! Well, I have finally done it. I have entered the video world! I been wanting to make tutorials for a while now but I just didn't know where to begin. I first started out with making slide shows of my favorite manis. I had fun with doing those until I started getting board. However, the thought of making a nail tutorial was intimidating. Every day, I see so many awesome nail videos and I wonder how people even do it. Eventually, I let all my fears go and decided to try it. You'll be surprised at what you can do with a iPhone. I have to say though, making a nail tutorial can be quite tricky. For instance, you have to fit 10:00 minutes worth of footage into 60 seconds. Oh Yeah! Don't forget you need the right lighting and proper hand placements. But, I'm pretty sure as time goes on I will get better. In the future I hope to post longer videos here on my blog. But for now, I have a tutorial for my pink cloud mani. If you didn't  know by now, pink is my favorite color. So I thought to myself why not make my clouds pink. See, that's the thing about art. You do what you want and there are no rules. You can go as far as your imagination takes you. Pink skies makes me think of a mystical/fairytale kind of place that is in a land far away. Away from drama, stress, and all the other things that bother you. So next time you need a place to escape just come to my blog and look at these pretty pink clouds. Oh, and it's free of charge. Until next time!

Pink Cloud Mani Tutorial

I used "Trends Matters Angels" as my base coat. Next, on my accent finger I used "Starry-Eyed For Dear Daniel," Then I used "Neon Purple," "Between The Sheets," and "Look at My Bow" for the gradient. Finally, I used a dotting tool make the fluffy clouds and a manicure stick for detailing of the clouds.


Products Used:

  • Look at My Bow! by OPI
  • Trend Matters Angels by Sinful Colors
  • Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel by OPI
  • Between The Sheets by Deborah Lippmann
  • Peel Cuticle Protector by Bundle Monster
  • Seche Vite Dry Top Coat
  • Revlon Dry Top Coat
  • UNT Peel Off Base Coat
  • Neon Purple by Kleancolor

Tools Used:

  • Dotting Tool for the clouds
  • Makeup sponge for gradient
  • Manicure Stick for detailing