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The best manicure I’ve ever given myself!

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relpixela
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
HOLO TACO - One-Coat Black
HOLO TACO - Super Glossy Taco
OPI - Natural Nail Base Coat
I’m usually not a huge fan of YouTuber brands but Holo Taco makes such unique nail polish formulas that help me save time (and subsequently money) with something that I would never pay a professional to do, but never felt comfortable doing myself. Here’s the step-by-step of how I created this look:
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
I purchased this pretty recently (within the last month) since I work in manual labor and my nail polish chips (not to mention my nails BREAK) pretty often and I wanted to help offset that. This base coat works WONDERS and really does make my polish last longer. Pro tip: I always take the base coat along the tip of my nail and sometimes underneath it to stop tip chips.
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
it’s insane. This is the first nail polish I purchased from this brand and it had me hooked immediately! So yes, I only used one coat of this polish before moving on.
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
this is such a unique nail polish formula and it’s not chunky or strange feeling on the nail. However I would always recommend sealing it with a top coat just in case. I only used one coat of this.
TOP COAT: This is the strongest top coat I have ever used: HOLO TACO - Super Glossy Taco
and it really does completely flatten out any glitter, flakes, bumps, or ridges that occur on my nail. I love this stuff!! I only used one coat of this to complete the look.
What do you guys think of the look?! #CheriePartner
Aug. 9
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WendSwow!
Aug. 10
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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
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relpixela
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
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