White & Gold Summery Mani

HAPPY HUMP DAY!!! I’m super excited today because guess what?! I’m getting to post another YouTube tutorial video!!! Of course, I’ll go over the basics here in this post, but I’ll also have the tutorial video in the post as well so you can watch the whole thing!

Summer is coming…which means it’s time to start prepping with some summer nail art. Summer art is probably my favorite, tbh. It’s lots of bright colors, studs, rhinestones, aztec designs, and of course lots of glitter. Today’s mani is an elegant but modern design featuring gold polish and studs over a simple, clean white base.

White & Gold Summer Mani 2017

You know how you come up with an idea for a design in your head and then it doesn’t turn out right? Yeah, I was expecting that to happen here….and OH MY GOSH I was so excited when it came out EXACTLY how I wanted it to! XD I loved this mani so much I even wore it for a full week before it peeled off one night after a bubble bath (yes, there was some ugly crying involved, and cursing at the bath).

Without further ado, let’s check out how to create this beautiful mani!

Products Used:

  • Instant Artificials Base Coat
  • White on – Sally Hansen
  • Game of Chromes – Sally Hansen
  • Milani Quick Dry Top Coat
  • Orly Sec N’ Dry Top Coat
  • Gold Nail Studs
  • Nail Decals from Live Love Polish

How To:

  1. Apply Instant Artificials Base Coat to natural nails, let dry
  2. Apply 2 coats of White On to pink, middle, index and thumb nails
  3. Apply 2 coats of Game of Chromes to ring nail
  4. Apply Orly top coat to middle nail, let dry, then apply the nail decal.
  5. Go over decal with a generous coat of Game of Chromes & carefully peel off decal immediately afterwards. Let dry.
  6. To pinky, index and thumb nails – work on each one at a time – apply Orly top coat & quickly but carefully apply the gold nail stud to the base of the nail (near the cuticle). Allow first top coat to dry, then follow up with Milani top coat in 1 – 2 coats (or until you feel like the stud is secure & protected well enough).
  7. Finish off and protect your awesome Summer mani with a final coat of Orly Sec N’ Dry Top coat & enjoy!

And there we are. I would like to point out that I used two different quick drying top coats – and here’s why: the Milani top coat is quite a bit thicker than the Orly one, therefore making it ideal to go over 3D additions like studs or rhinestones, as it offers more protection faster. This simply means you don’t have to add quite so many coats in order to achieve full protection.

Another point I’d like to make is that while you could wear this design for a week (or more if you’re REALLY careful) you’d more than likely lose a stud or chip your tips during the week unless you take the time to apply a thin quick drying top coat once a day at the end or beginning of each day. I use the Orly Sec N’ Dry top coat for this, simply because it dries super super fast and it leaves a gorgeous almost wet-looking shine to my nails.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and the video. If you liked the video please hop on over to YouTube and hit like (and subscribe if you’d like!).

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Orange Butterfly Stamping

Being a beauty blogger can be tough. There’s always some crazy new trend going viral, new methods and designs to try, and new products to test. Lately I’ve been obsessed with nail stamping. It just seems soooo easy and fast! What better way to mass-produce delicate nail art than with stamping?

So I decided to jump on the bandwagon and give it a go. I purchased a few different stamping plates and a couple of stamping polishes (though you don’t need a polish specifically for stamping, but I wanted to get some to test if it made a difference) and thought that since it’s that time of the year that’s kind of Spring but feeling more like Summer – in Florida anyways – that I’d go for a butterfly look.

I used the MoYou-London-Pro 03 Plate, which features the butterfly design I used and several scale-y/feathery/animal print designs. And then I used MoYou-London’s Stamping Polish in Black Knight (again, because I wanted to be able to see how well it worked against a normal black polish in the future).

Orange Butterfly Nails 2017

I didn’t film the process simply because it was soooo time consuming and WAY more difficult than I anticipated. All of those Instagram/YouTube videos make it look so much easier than it actually is. XD

By the time I got them to the point where I was able to get about 85% of the design to transfer I had given up on trying to get a perfect transer. It was probably about 2:00 AM and I just used a striping brush and black nail polish to connect the couple of lines that needed filled – that’s why some of the lines (like on my middle finger) are a little on the thick side.

It’s definitely something that takes some trial and error, and absolutely 100% something you have to figure out for yourself after a couple of videos that go over the basics. Oh, and it’s ALLLLL about timing. I’ll try to film a little tutorial after I get the hang of it so it maybe helps anyone trying out this trend for themselves. But for the most part, I was happy that I got the designs to look even this good. XD

It’s funny, in the nail art world you often get to a place where you think you’re great at it all and then the next new trend comes up and upon attempting said trends all you hear in your head is Ygritte from Game of Thrones mocking you, saying “You know nothing, beauty blogger”.

Anyways, here’s what I used for this design:

  • Sunrise Affair by Femme Fatale
  • Black Knight Stamping Polish by MoYou-London
  • MoYou-London Pro Plate 03
  • Orly Sec N’ Dry Quick Dry Top Coat

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Tiffany Blue & Glitter Mani Revamp

Happy Wednesday my lovely geeks! A while ago I posted this super cute mani featuring Tiffany & Ariel’s Tale by Picture Polish. When I originally posted this, I really wanted to make a video of me doing it – however, I just never got the time to do so.

aquaglitter

But today, I’m bringing you guys a super special surprise!

I redid this adorable mani for you all (with slight changes to the rhinestone layout)…and I caught it on tape! πŸ˜‰

tiffany blue & glitter

(I apologize for the kinda crappy lighting – we just recently moved and I wasn’t able to find my photo lights 😦 )

But here’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – my very first YouTube nail tutorial!!!

Products Used

  • Salon Sciences – Instant Artificials Base Coat
  • Picture Polish – Tiffany
  • Picture Polish – Ariel’s Tale
  • Silver rhinestones
  • Cosmetic wedge sponges

So – I guess now would be as good a time as any to say this, but if you liked the video please hop on over to my YouTube channel and hit subscribe. I won’t be posting videos super often just yet (mostly due to lack of proper filming equipment – this was all done on my iPhone 7 camera XD ) but I hope to slowly push out more over the year. At least 1 a month is my goal right now.

So what’d you think? Anything I could improve on in my videos? (I’m sure there’s a long list!) Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to know if you guys have any tips or tricks, or things you’d like me to make a video on!

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Spring Pink Holo Nails

Happy Wednesday my beautiful geeks! Spring is finally here, which means it’s the perfect time for pastels (aka some of my favorite shades). Of course, since I’ve realized I am 100% a holosexual, I felt it was necessary to include a pink holo polish in my first Spring design. This one is simple and cute, and perfect for welcoming the fresh new season.

spring pink holo

What’s better than a french tip, pink polish, AND pink holo?……actually….I can’t really think of anything. This design is so easy to recreate, and you can literally use ANY color combo. You can even substitute a normal creme polish for the holo (but who would want to do that?). You could also opt for a straight up glitter polish instead. Silver would be a good option, if you don’t have any colored glitter/holo that matches the spring color you wanted to use.

spring pink holo polishes

For this look I used Wet n Wild’s Megalast polish in Love Fest (from the 2016 Spring Collection) and Menchie the Cat by Starrily & SimplyNailogical.

I’m so happy with this design – it’s simple but easy, and the french tip can quickly be done with either tape or nail decals. Just be sure that your base color is 100% dry before attempting! πŸ˜‰

My work schedule has made it a little hard to find time to even paint my nails a single color, let alone attempting some nail art. So being able to get this design on my nails fairly quickly makes me very happy – I notice that I get kind of depressed if I go too long without having nail polish or a design on my fingers. XD I’m hoping that with Spring here and Summer on it’s way, I’ll be more inspired and will be able to maybe even make my first nail art video! Fingers crossed!

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Not All That Glitters Is Gold…Sometimes It’s Holo ;)

Holo everyone πŸ˜‰

Today I’m bringing you this simple but shimmery (not to mention holo) St. Patrick’s Day inspired look.

St. Patrick's Day 2017

This look was achieved using the items below!

  • SaGreena The Teenage Witch by Wet n Wild Fastdry
  • The Gold & The Beautiful by Wet n Wild Fastdry
  • Intergalactic Dust by Polish Alcoholic
  • Shamrock Stencils by Whats Up Nails

Intergalactic Dust (the holo top coat) is 100% optional, if you prefer something a little more toned down. But after I topped everything with The Gold & The Beautiful I felt like it was missing just a little something…so obviously a holo top coat was completely called for. πŸ˜‰

I hope you guys all have a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day this Friday!

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