The best manicure I’ve ever given myself!
I have to be honest with you guys. I’m not SUPER into painting my nails. They either always come out super choppy/messy looking or chip away easily since I work part time in manual labor. However, this nail polish brand I found makes THE CUTEST nail polishes and they make super cute nails EASY! This look was created using the following nail polishes: HOLO TACO - Aurora Unicorn Skin
PREP WORK: always wash your hands and remove any remaining nail polish before starting a new look. You can also use a nail polish remover just to remove any excess oils on your nails to make your polish last longer.
BASE COAT: I used the OPI Natural Nails base coat. OPI - Natural Nail Base Coat
CREME BASE: What can I say? I love black nail polish...but so many black nail polishes I have owned in the past take SO MANY coats to make it fully opaque. I finally found a TRUE single-coat black nail polish HOLO TACO - One-Coat Black
TOPPER: This topper polish has my heart. It’s a blue-pink-purple-everything-tinted iridescent flake topper. WHEW! I love using this topper on my nails by itself but on top of black it just takes the look to a whole new level! HOLO TACO - Aurora Unicorn Skin
TOP COAT: This is the strongest top coat I have ever used: HOLO TACO - Super Glossy TacoWhat do you guys think of the look?! #CheriePartner
Gel nail polishes
Long-lasting base coat nail polishes
Base & Top Coats
Cute shiny nails 🎉
Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of painting my nails. I like to keep them neutral but when I use a creme polish, it always chips easily, even when I use a base and top coat. This is because due to my job, I’m washing my hands and using hand sanitizer really frequently for work. So because of this, I wanted to challenge myself to create an elevated “natural” nail look. I used this by layering a few top coats with different shiny mix-ins. The final look turned out SO CUTE, but I wanted to break down my thoughts on each nail polish I used: ￼OPI - Natural Nail Base Coat I do really like this base coat, but my only issue with it is that it doesn’t protect against my daily storm of sanitizer and hand washing. It wears off within 48 hours—I always have at least a few chips by then. ￼HOLO TACO - Aurora Unicorn Skin I am SO entranced by this top coat! It has blue-to-purple shift flakes in there that are invisible unless shifting in the sun. It is such a good addition to any nail look. ￼HOLO TACO - Blue Flakie so this is a holographic top coat but the flakes inside are supposed to be tinted blue. I really love how this looks, but my issue is that the actual clear polish is tinted blue. I wish it were just a clear polish. ￼HOLO TACO - Super Glossy Taco this is HANDS DOWN my favorite top coat. It dries down in under 30 minutes and hardens to protect the look! What are you favorite nail polishes?
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Ice cream. 🍦
You scream, I scream, we all scream - for ice cream. 🍦 ... 💅 . 💅 . To achieve this mani, I used: OPI - Natural Nail Base Coat Sally Hansen - Color Therapy Nail Polish #SALON PERFECT - BROWNIE SCOUTS HONOR[products]# SINFULCOLOR - SINFULCOLOR Professional Nail Polish REVLON - ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Polish #wet n wild - Wild Shine Nail Color-Yo Soy[products]# Invite Only - Color Club . 💅 . 💅 .
Cactus Mani Look
I've eaten some delicious prickly pears in my day (the fruit that grows on some cacti). 🌵🏵 So believe me, when I say I'm trying - SO HARD - not to lick my fingers... because those won't taste as great. 😅😇 . 💅 . 💅 . To achieve this mani, I used: OPI - Natural Nail Base Coat #twinkled t - Glamour Mat[products]# #ORLY - Elsbeth's Rose [products]# #Sally Hansen - Big peel off base coat[products]# . 💅 . 💅
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DIY No-Cleanup nails at home ✨
During COVID times and also penny-pinching times, I think even though we all need a little self care, we can’t really be breaking the bank (or risking our health) to go to a nail salon. Learn how to get my no-cleanup manicure at home: 1. Remove any residual nail polish on your nails. I like to use an acetone-free nail polish remover so it doesn’t dry out my nails too much. 2. File your nails to your desired shape, then wash your hands. You want to make sure before you start painting your nails that they’re in the shape you want! Washing your hands after removes any leftover dust and removes bacteria that might have been trapped under your nail polish. 3. Apply a base coat. This is like a makeup primer for your nails. It also helps tame any oils your nails produce to help make your nail polish last longer. I’m using one of my favorites, the OPI Natural Nails. OPI - Natural Nail Base Coat it dries in minutes so you won’t be waiting around for it to dry. 4. Apply a latex skin protectant. This is the star of the show! I would normally use prosthetic liquid latex you can get at FX or Halloween stores, but since I can’t go anywhere this year I decided to try the version from Holo Taco that comes with an application brush HOLO TACO - Protective Peel I really liked the application of this, and it was super easy to remove. I do this it’s overpriced but the convenient tube with the brush is worth it for travel instead of lugging around a 12 ounce bottle of Spirit brand liquid latex LOL. The point of this is that if you spill over or color outside the lines of your nails, you can just peel this layer off when your nails are completely dry and your skin will be clean of nail polish. 5. Apply your nail polish in 1-2 coats. In this photo I’m wearing 2 coats of Protozoa by Lights Lacquer. I got an ad for this brand (I’m not really a fan of KathleenLights) and decided why not! LIGHTS LACQUER - Protozoa I will say that while I like that the nail polish isn’t super expensive, and the dry down time is fairly quick (10-15 minutes), my nails chipped less than 24 hours after painting them. That doesn’t happen with other nail polish brands I use so I’m rating this particular polish 3/5 stars. 6. Apply your top coat. This is pretty simple. I’m using my favorite top coat at the moment which is Super Glossy Taco by Holo Taco. HOLO TACO - Super Glossy Taco my only complaint is that near the end of the bottle it gets kind of goopy (since it is only 3-free) so I am having to use a nail polish thinner to use up the rest of the bottle. However it still dries down very quick, thick and shiny! 7. With tweezers, or your fingers, remove/peel the latex off. It’s super simple and voila. Mess-free nails! #CheriePartner
Ice Queen Nail Tutorial ❄️
Hey guys!! Is anyone else just...completely OVER summer??? No? Just me? Ok 😂 I have been so excited for winter that I decided to do some ice queen inspired nails to bring out the true queen in my heart ❄️💙 Here are my thoughts on each polish and how I did them!: ￼BASE COAT: I used my trust Holo Taco long lasting base. This actually works a lot better for my fingernails than the OPI natural nails base coat, only thing is that it takes longer to dry...but it’s WORTH IT! HOLO TACO - Long-Lasting Base ￼COLOR BASE: To get that true Ice Queen look, I used Frost Light from Holo Taco. It’s not as full coverage as some of their other glitter polishes but it dries REALLY FAST. So I love it! I applied 2 coats of this in under 30 minutes. HOLO TACO - Frost Light ￼EXTRA COAT: I wasn’t feeling icy enough so I added a silver and rainbow glitter top coat before my final top coat. This is the second polish I have tried from Cirque Colors; it is called Delirium and it is a silver and rainbow glitter top coat. Definitely made me feel more icy, but it took a long time to dry down. cirque colors - cirque colors Holographic Polishes ￼FINAL TOP COAT: I used my trusty Super Glossy Taco from Holo Taco. This has to be one of the best top coats I’ve ever used. It only takes about 20-30 minutes to completely dry down. I did end up having to do 2 coats of this since all of the glitter was...CHUNKY. HOLO TACO - Super Glossy Taco What do you think? Are you ready for fall or winter? #CheriePartner
HOW TO DO RHINESTONE NAIL ART AT HOME
Rhinestones are one of the blingiest things that you can add to your naols—and you don't have to go to a nail salon to use them! Once you have finished painting your nails, all you need to do is add a little dab of top coat wherever you want to stick the rhinestone, then carefully place it there adding a little bit of pressure (but not too much that it disturbs the nail polish underneath). and voila! You have a blingy rhinestone mani to rival cardi b's!
essence-Extreme Shine Top Coat
y’all asked- full how-to for my rose nails! 🌹🌹
hey y’all! a while ago I posted a video of my rose nails but didn’t attach a tutorial... well, ask and you shall receive! read on for the full tutorial! 🌹step one- start with your base color! •for this manicure, I chose a nude color close to my skin tone; however, you could choose any color that would compliment the color of the roses. •start painting your nails with the color of your choosing. the brush should start just above your cuticle. push the brush towards your cuticle, then pull back across the rest of the nail. repeat this process to cover the sides of the nail. 🌹step two- paint the roses •for the roses, I used two shades of red, one darker than the other. •start with your lighter shade. paint slightly irregular circles on your nails in varying sizes- you want the circles to have a bit of a wavy edge to mimic petals. •once the first color has dried completely, outline the roses in the darker color, and make little half circles inside the roses to look like petals. 🌹step three- add some leaves •i used two shades of green for the leaves. •start by painting little leaf shapes in the empty spaces around the roses. •once the first color has dried completely, outline your leaves in a darker shade of green. 🌹lastly- some finishing touches! •use some acetone to clean up your fingers and finish with a glossy top coat. enjoy! happy painting! xoxo abra
my favorite ~nude~ polish
my favorite type of nail color is one that looks super natural. I love CHANEL - LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour because it just looks like really natural, white nails! it doesn’t chip on me even without a base coat, and you can get different “looks” with different coats. 1 coat is super subtle, you can hardly see it. 2 coats leave a light white shade 3 coats is my absolute favorite, and what is pictured here. this shade is just so classy to me, and the minimal packaging doesn’t hurt! I’ll repurchase this forever! #cheriepartner
CHANEL-LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour
French Manicure at Home
If you like French manicures but don’t really want to go to the Salon for it, then this is the post for you. These press on nails are the perfect alternative for days where you’re feeling a bit preppy and want to switch things up from your regular nail varnish routine. As someone who has smaller sized nails, sometimes I can find it difficult to find press on nails that fit my fingers– but I’m about to let you in on a little secret. These “Girlz Only” press on nails fit me perfectly. By chance I came across these in my local supermarket a few days ago and I’m not looking back. Not only are they cheaper compared to most regular press on nails, but the quality of these pleasantly surprised me and were a lot better than I expected. They come in a pack of 24 nails and of multiple sizes so everyone will be able to find something to fit them. Everything you need comes in the pack making it easy to use at home. To apply, add about 2 drops of the nail glue onto the back of the fake nail and use the end of the glue container to spread the glue evenly across the fake nail. Once the glue is evenly spread, position the fake nail against your cuticle, and slowly lower it onto your real nail and press down gently for 10 seconds. And you’re done - it’s as simple as that. Repeat for the rest of your fingers and you’ll be left with something that looks like this! With complete honesty, I didn’t expect to like these press-ons as much as I did! They’re super affordable, convenient (since everything comes in one pack) and looks great – you can’t really complain for the price you’re getting them for. I would definitely recommend to people who want an at home alternative to getting your nails done at the salon.
Believe it or not, you can make it at home!!!💅
Whether you're looking for a way to cut costs on your beauty routine or you just like the art of painting your nails, you don't have to go to the salon to get a good French manicure. There are a number of high-quality home kits available on Amazon. The best French manicure nail polish usually comes as part of a set, with a base or color polish, a white polish, and sometimes even tip guides. As for what to look for in the polish itself, it should be especially chip-resistant and long-lasting. It's a huge hassle to have to redo your nails every couple of days, especially with a French manicure. When putting together my list of picks below, I read through the reviews to make sure real-life people have vouched for the polish's longevity. The polish should also be easy to apply. After all, if it's too difficult or messy, you'll never want to give yourself a French manicure. You'll be happy to know that one of my picks comes with handy stick-on tip guides, while another includes an easy to use pen for the tips, instead of a polish, for precise application. What's great about it: Made with a tough, chip-resistant formula that contains platinum and diamond powder, this French manicure set is a long-lasting option. It comes with everything you need: a beige polish, a dual base and top coat, a white pen for the tips, and a set of tip guides. The color glides on smoothly, according to reviewers on Amazon, and the white pen is easy to use. The classic beige color looks simple yet elegant, and it's available at a good mid-range price. Usage Instructions: Sally Hansen - Diamond Strength Base & Top Coat Step 1. Clean Nails then prep and push back cuticles. Step 2. Shake up the Gel; it can make the polish color be balanced. Step 3. Apply Base coat, with UV lamp or LED lamp. Step 4. Apply Color directly, cure under UV lamp for 2-3 minutes or cure with LED lamp for 60 second; when dry, apply a second coat, and cure with UV lamp or LED lamp for 2 minute. Step 5. Apply topcoat, which can make color more shining, then cured by UV lamp or LED lamp. Step 6. Remove the tacky surface with cotton soaked with cleanser. To remove: Soak cotton pad with acetone (acrylic remover) and warp the nail. Wait a few minutes for the gel becoming soften. Rip it down gently. File away the residual gently. I really love this! The two nail polish bottles it comes with are great strength polishes and the white tip pen is easy to use and looks great.The results are great. I had been giving myself french manicures with a cheap nude basecoat and white nail art pen. This set greatly improved on the finished look of my nails. The top coat is super glossy and really strengthens your nails. They don't last quite as long as a gel manicure would but they don't chip as bad as normal polish either. Comes with stickers to get a perfect white tip, but the applicator is easy enough to use that I didn't have to use the stickers.
Sally Hansen-Diamond Strength Base & Top Coat
Top Coat on a Budget
Hey, y’all! If you’re looking for a reliable top coat that’s in reach by way of a drugstore, try Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri (red bottle)! When I’m in a pinch (which is usually lol) this top coat saves the day by drying in 5 min or less while coming through with an incredible shine. I’ve been using this top coat for over 7 years and haven’t looked back. One critique would be that because of its great drying chemistry the top coat doesn’t have a very long shelf life like the average product. Personally for me, someone who nail paints everyday, it lasts at most 4 months on the shelf. If you have tried this or considering it let me know! 💕
Sally Hansen-Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat
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