Holo & Black Nail Art

Helllooooo lovelies! It’s been so long since I’ve been this happy with a nail art design…in fact, behind the scenes I have been applying and taking off one design after the next all this past week because I just wasn’t happy with them. *sigh* #nailbloggerlife

Anyhow, today I am bringing you this sparkly and Fall-ready mani!

holo & black full sun

Gah! ❀ I still can’t get over this new holo top coat that I have.

HERE’S WHAT I USED:

  • Unt Peel Off Base Coat
  • Black Tie by Confetti
  • Holo On Top by Picture Polish
  • Whose Line Is It Anyways linear nail decals from Live Love Polish
  • Small silver rhinestones
  • Nail Glue
  • Orly Sec N’ Dry Top Coat

HOW I DID IT:

  1. Paint on Unt peel off base coat, let dry
  2. On pinky, index and thumb nails, apply 2 coats of Black Tie, let dry & then apply top coat.
  3. On ring & middle nails, apply 2-3 coats of Holo On Top, let dry & apply top coat.
  4. Once all nails are dry, carefully apply linear decal to ring finger nail & apply a generous coat of Black Tie, quickly & carefully removing decal immediately afterwards. *for an in-video look of how I apply this decal, take a look at the summer mani I did a little while ago*
  5. On pink, index and thumb nails, apply a small dot of nail glue near the cuticle & carefully place a single rhinestone on each nail. (it’s best to do this one nail at a time to keep the glue from drying too fast!)
  6. Once everything has dried completely, carefully add 1-2 more layers of glossy top coat to seal it all in!

I did this design on Monday and so far they’re still holding up really well! You can of course, use other colors or glittery polishes for the accent nails, but I felt the holo polish was a good contrast to the black. You can also use a thin layer of top coat on the nails with rhinestones to attach them as opposed to using nail glue, but since I used a peel off base coat on all of my nails I’m not worried about the glue making the rhinestones too difficult to remove. πŸ˜€

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Pink & Rose Gold Nails

Hello loves! September is here, which can only mean ONE thing…the beginning of all of the amazing Fall & Halloween themed nail designs, makeup looks, and more! ❀

Very little else makes my heart quite this happy. (fun fact, btw, there will actually be a Friday 13th in October – super spoopy! )

So to welcome September with a great big embrace, I give you this sweet and simple french tip mani. There’s just something about rose gold that screams FALL to me for some reason.

Pink &amp

Here’s What I Used:

  • Instant Artificials Base Coat
  • Dollface – Formula X
  • Buy Me A Cameo – Essie
  • Tape
  • Sec N’ Dry Top Coat – Orly

How I Did It:

  1. Paint on Instant Artificials base coat, let dry
  2. Paint on 2 thin layers of Dollface for the light pink base, let dry
  3. Apply a thin coat of Sec N’ Dry top coat so the tape doesn’t risk peeling up your base color next. Let dry
  4. Once the top coat is 100% dry, apply a strip of tape across the nails to where you want your french tip to be. You can make them as thin or thick as you like
  5. Use Buy Me A Cameo to paint on the french tip, carefully peeling the tape off of each nail as you go to achieve a crisp line.
  6. When your french tip has dried, apply 1-2 more thin layers of top coat to seal in and protect the design.

Again, this one is really easy and can be used with all sorts of colors, even the classic pale pink & white if you wanted.

I’m SOOOO in love with this design, it’ll be so hard to take it off. 😦

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Worth The Purch? Little Ondine Water Based Nail Polishes

Life as a nail polish and nail art addict is pretty awesome. However, there are a few drawbacks (especially if you’re in love with glitter). For instance, the constant application and removal of nail polish is not only time consuming but also can be very drying on your nails. Plus, the process of applying and removal of glitter polishes can be, well, a pain. Sure, there are peel off base coats. But those are really only great if you like to change your polish every day or if you’re using it to do nail art and then remove as soon as all of the polish is dry. Personally, I like wearing my designs for at least a few days, and although I love peel porn I hate the anxiety that comes with peel off base coats…the constant worry of “will my nail polish peel off today while at work and leave me with naked nails?” is too much for me. XD

Enter: Little Ondine Water Based Nail Polish. (yes. you read that right. WATER based)

little ondine polish

Little Ondine is a fairly new (or at least to me) brand of polish that fits into a very special niche in the polish world. This is a water based nail polish that is pigmented with rich mineral colorants. They also claim that their polish is easy to peel off, quick drying, odor free with a rich & smooth formula – oh, and they also say that it can last up to a week with a good application.

For someone that changes their polish often but hates drying my nails with remover every few days, I was intrigued. Their website is U.K. based, but they also have one for the U.S. The U.K. site has a lot more color options available, as well as the special base/top coat that they recommend, so I ordered all of mine there. I’m sure I ended up paying more than if I had just got them from the U.S. site, but at the time the base/top coat was out of stock and the U.S. site also doesn’t have the holographic glitter polish that I desperately wanted to test. After all, if you’re going to test a peel off glitter polish why not make it holo?

Here are the colors I got to try out –

  • Secret – their special and recommended base and top coat
  • Radiance – a mesmerizing holographic silver polish
  • Twins set with First Love & Cherry Blossoms – First Love is a bright Barbie pink and Cherry Blossoms is a really cute baby pink.

I was especially curious to see if the glitter polish would not only apply well but peel off as well. But I decided to get a small duo set of colors to test out a dark/bright color to test for any staining, since peel off base coats don’t protect from staining I was weary that these might stain.

I went ahead and applied Radiance to my index nails and First Love to all my other nails so I could test them at one time. Below is the lighting comparison – Direct artificial light on the Left and then Natural light on the Right.

little ondine rev. lightnat light

OH. EM. GEE. How incredible is that holo?! ❀    (oh and btw, these photos were taken on Day 3!!!)

The application process is pretty simple, think of it as a combination of normal and gel polish. You apply it like normal polish and let it air dry. But you HAVE to clean up the cuticles and edges before it dries to prevent peeling.

How To Use:

  1. Clean & dry nails
  2. Apply 2-3 layers *2 layers provides rich color according to the website*
  3. Clean edges before polish dries
  4. Keep dry for the 1st hour (ideally 3 hours). Polish hardens and sets over time & may soften and cause the edges to lift if it gets wet too soon.

They also recommend to use their Base/Top coat to make your color last longer and appear brighter. I used it and holy cow it makes the polish super glossy. ❀ ❀ ❀

little ondine polish 2

Again, the above picture was taken on Day 3 after applying. So, needless to say this polish lasts really well without any issues chipping/peeling if you apply it correctly. I didn’t even have any problems on my right hand, which I’m hardest on as it’s my dominant hand.

However, I definitely had to use at least 3 layers of both Radiance and First Love to reach full opacity – I took an extra step and did 4 layers of everything plus a layer of the Secret base/top coat as a Base and then once as a Top coat. So I wouldn’t say that this is going to be a super opaque polish, I didn’t test the opacity of the baby pink Cherry Blossoms, as lighter polished are typically less opaque anyhow. Perhaps darker colors are more opaque?

That aside, it does dry really quickly, so I don’t think it’s too much of a problem to have to do a 4th layer (or even 5th if you wanted/needed to). These polishes also apply really smoothly with absolutely NO streaks.

Oh, and I am IN LOVE with Radiance. It’s a gorgeous amazing super pretty silver holo with GREAT glitter payoff, absolutely no sponging needed. I applied 4 coats and got it to full opacity like the rest of the polish. This would be a great one to layer over their other colors as a “holo top coat” if you wanted to.

Now, they do advertise that there is no odor to their polishes, however, I could definitely tell there was some kind of smell. Not the normal strong polish smell that you usually get, but almost a very faint “plastic” smell. Again, it’s not really strong and I just barely noticed it. So if you’re doing your nails around people with sensitive noses (or if you have one) this wouldn’t bother them with a nail polish smell.

Now for the true test, does this polish ACTUALLY peel off? Let’s find out….

This just in, this polish DOES INDEED peel off, including the several layers of highly packed holo glitter polish! I does leave your nails a tad dry, but nowhere near as dry as they would be is you used remover.

That being said, this happened at the very end of Day 3 after I had showered. I realized after showering/drying off and dressing that the polish on one of the nails was starting to peel every so slightly at the tip. I decided that 3 days was long enough of a test, after all, they specifically advertise this as a polish used by people that change their polish often, so 3 days is a good end point.

I do feel as though the rest of the nails would have held up for at least another day or two, because they were all pretty stable and one or two of them took a little bit of coaxing to start peeling to remove.

Conclusion: TBG Rating 5 out of 5 stars
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Yes, I wasn’t able to get it to last for a full week. But again, this polish is designed for those that change polish frequently. These polished did absolutely everything I asked of it. It held up for 3 days solid, not even starting to peel until after my third shower and plenty of hand washing. No chipping, no peeling, and holy cow it actually stayed 100% glossy the entire three days. Most of the time you get a tiny bit of fading on your glossy top coat as it wears off with hand washing and every day life. But the Secret base/top coat held up super well. On top of it all, both First Love and Radiance peeled off without and flaking or staining, and there was NO glitter left over to remove!

I will definitely be using these again, and more than likely I will be purchasing more. ❀

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Office – Ready Holo Mani

The unfortunate thing about having a job is that sometimes, it keeps you from wearing what you like on your nails. Luckily for me, I’ve never had this issue. However, I know that in many situations (mostly formal office settings) there are no doubt restrictions on not only what you wear but what polish you use as well…talk about people not having any fun. So what can you do aside from a #basic french manicure?

How about a holographic accent nail?! (obviously there may be some places with restrictions on “glitter” – how boring)

corner office glitter

If you are lucky enough that your workplace allows glitter but unlucky enough that you can’t wear crazy nail art, this one is definitely for you! The main polish is a gorgeous fawn nude, which is absolutely PERFECT for any office setting (in fact, it’s name is *literally* ‘Corner Office’… ha!). Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Corner Office – Formula X
  • Strobe Light – Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear
  • Base coat of your choosing (I used Instant Artificials on the nails w/ normal polish & a peel off base coat for the glitter accent nail)
  • Quick drying top coat of your choice
  • Makeup sponge for dabbing on glitter polish

The process is easy and actually pretty fast if you do your coats thin enough. Corner Office has a great formula and is just almost a full coverage polish. The most difficult part is the glitter – which is still pretty easy! All you do is paint on a thin coat of the glitter polish to give you a good tacky base, then apply some glitter polish directly onto your makeup sponge and dab it onto your nail until you reach full glitter coverage.

What’s your favorite “office-ready” mani? Let me know in the comments below!

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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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