Sweet Lacquer Nail Vinyls review + nail art

Press Sample buttonHi everyone! This is a post a long time in the making, because I wanted to be able to use and review Sweet Lacquer Nail Vinyls as a normal customer would, in regular manis. So this is going to be a longer post with a few different manis!

Skinny Wavy Zigzag Stencils Sweet Lacquer Nail Vinyls | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Sweet Lacquer Nail Vinyls Skinny Wavy Zigzag Stencils | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I’ve been having trouble with nail vinyls lately and Sweet Lacquer offered to send me a variety of their vinyls to try out. What impressed me right off the bat is that on the back of each vinyl sheet is basically a mini business card – their name, website, and what that sheet of vinyls is – as pictured above and below.

Fishnets Variety Sweet Lacquer Nail Vinyls | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Sweet Lacquer Nail Vinyls Fishnets Variety | Be Happy And Buy Polish

This is seriously genius because though I don’t use nail vinyls a lot, there have been times when I’ve used up a whole sheet and thought, “Now darn it, who made this and what was it called?” So, from a consumer standpoint, I wish all nail vinyl makers did something like this. It’s so useful. Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day mani with Pretty & Polished + Girly Bits Cosmetics

Press Sample buttonGood almost afternoon! I’m working on this post one handed (baby in the other arm), so excuse any typos! Last night I started off with a bunch of polishes with the intent of doing a St. Patrick’s day watermarble but nothing was working. So I decided to go simple with some water decals from KBShimmer, a creme polish from Pretty & Polished, and a crelly from Girly Bits Cosmetics.

St. Patrick's Day mani swirls | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I used 2 coats of P&P Pine Over Me [press sample, previously swatched], then used these decals from KBShimmer on top. On my thumb and ring finger, I started with a coat of a white Glitter Gal (can’t remember the name!), and used two coats of Girly Bits Cosmetics Eggnogoholic on top.

Girly Bits Cosmetics Eggnogoholic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Eggnogoholic is such a beautiful polish, it deserved a close up!

Even though it’s a fairly simple mani, I do love how it turned out. 🙂 I hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day – maybe you’ll see a rainbow and find a pot of gold!

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Girly Bits Cosmetics Sprout And About [March A Box Indied Exclusive]

Press Sample buttonHi everyone! I’m so excited to be showing you this polish today so I’m just going to jump right in. Today I get to show you Girly Bits Cosmetics Sprout And About, an exclusive polish to the March edition of A Box Indied. The March edition is called Spring Theory; it includes polishes from Girly Bits, Black Cat Lacquer, Contrary Polish, Fair Maiden, and Crowstoes.

Girly Bits Sprout And About 3-finger pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Girly Bits Sprout And About macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Sprout And About is a cool minty green holographic nail polish with a metallic finish and silver holographic flakes. This is 2 coats plus top coat. (Please excuse my kitty scratch!)

Girly Bits Sprout And About | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Formula on this was really beautiful – went on smoothly and had good coverage. I was pleasantly surprised that the flakes didn’t stick up off the nail.

Girly Bits Sprout And About sun photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Girly Bits Sprout And About sun photo macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

If you’d like to see photos of all five polishes, you can check out posts from the 5 permanent bloggers for A Box Indied: Cosmetic Sanctuary, Pointless Cafe, My Nail Polish Obsession, Nailed the Polish, and Ermahgerd Perlish.

 The pre-order is at Llarowe.com from March 1-4th; it is priced at $50 USD, free shipping with in the US. Overseas shipping will vary. There will be a giveaway the week prior to the launch, and the info for that will be posted on the ABI Facebook page and IG account.

Each month there is five $25 gift cards (one from each participating maker for that month for their own stores) included and those are randomly inserted with one bottle from each maker.

Phew, with all the details out of the way, let me know what you think about this beauty. It definitely has me longing for spring (though our February has been quite nice!).

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Blobbicure with Girly Bits Cosmetics

Press Sample buttonMorning polish peeps! I have been aching to show this nail art to you, so I’m so excited the day is finally here. I created a blobbicure awhile back with 3 Girly Bits Cosmetics creme polishes [previously reviewed, press sample] and Girly Bits Witch, I’m Fabulous.

Girly Bits blobbicure with Witch I'm Fabulous! accent nail 3-finger pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Girly Bits blobbicure with Witch I'm Fabulous! accent nail full hand pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with 1 thin coat of Blue Christmas. Then nail by nail, I added a thicker second layer and blobbed on dots of Don’t Paddle Break a Nail (pink) and Dreaming Tree (which looks really blue here but it is turquoise).

Girly Bits Witch, I'm Fabulous! macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

For accent nails (thumb and ring finger), I used 3 thin coats of Witch, I’m Fabulous! and hells yes, this is a fabulous polish! It has color-shifting flakies in there and smaller glitters of various colors. I only wish I had sun the day I took my photos to show you how awesome this is in the sun!

Girly Bits blobbicure with Witch I'm Fabulous! accent nail right hand | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I also ended up doing my other hand and I love how it turned out as well. 🙂

Girly Bits blobbicure with Witch I'm Fabulous! accent nail | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I can’t wait to hear what you think so holler at me below in the comments!

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Girly Bits Cosmetics Dreaming Tree, Blue Christmas, + Don’t Paddle Break a Nail swatches + review

Press Sample buttonAfternoon all! Thursday afternoon…ready for the weekend? I know I am! I have a trio of polishes from Girly Bits Cosmetics to show you today: Dreaming Tree, Don’t Paddle Break a Nail, and Blue Christmas.

Girly Bits Dreaming Tree | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Girly Bits Dreaming Tree side pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Dreaming Tree is a bright turquoise creme polish. Formula was nice! This is 2 coats plus top coat.

Girly Bits Cosmetics Don't Paddle Break a Nail | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Girly Bits Cosmetics Don't Paddle Break a Nail side pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Don’t Paddle Break a Nail is a berry pink creme polish. Funny story, when I first received this package from Pam at Girly Bits, my bottle of this was so sad – sticky and stringy. I told Pam and after talking, we figured out my bottle had frozen between Canada & Montana (go figure). Pam sent me out a new bottle and the formula was just perfect. This is 3 thin coats plus top coat.

Girly Bits Blue Christmas | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Girly Bits Blue Christmas side pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Blue Christmas is a perfectly amazing navy blue creme polish. Formula was good – thin, but the good kind of thin. This is 2 coats plus top coat. If my nails were a bit shorter, I could have gotten away with one. Plus, NO STAINING! Woot!

All three are still available at Girly Bits Cosmetics as of this writing. You’ll get to see all three together in a manicure next week! Have you tried any creme polishes from Girly Bits? Any favorites to recommend to me?

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12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge: Wrapping Paper

Good morning! For today’s prompt of ‘wrapping paper’ for the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge, I took some inspiration from a photo I saw on lipglossandcrayon’s instagram page.

Christmas wrapping paper nail art | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started with 3 coats of Cult Nails Thrive on all the nails except the ring finger. I was kind of disappointed in the formula of Thrive, it was lumpy and hard to control. It is gorgeous though!

Christmas wrapping paper nail art macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On my middle finger, I used 2 coats of Darling Diva Polish The Alchemist, aka the most perfect red holo polish I’ve ever tried. For the dots, I used The Alchemist and Girly Bits Walk Like An Egyptian.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else did for the wrapping paper prompt!

Did anyone else’s parents recycle wrapping paper every year? I swear some years I received presents wrapped in last year’s paper!

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Girly Bits Stardust + BBC Weekly Round-up

Good morning all! Quick post today with Girly Bits Stardust…let’s check it out! 🙂

Girly Bits Stardust | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Girly Bits Stardust macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Stardust is described as a “silvery/smokey blue holo, with pink and blue shimmer, and neon micro glitters.”

Girly Bits Stardust sun photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Girly Bits Stardust sun photo macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I’ve used 3 thin coats here plus top coat. I really loved how this stood out every which way I moved my hand! Formula was really great, no problems with application and it wasn’t rough before top coat.

Girly Bits Stardust sun photo holographic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Bonus sun shot, just because! Now for the weekly Beauty Blog coalition link-up:

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  • Girl Gloss: ColourPop Eyeshadow and Lipstick Review and Swatches
  • From My Vanity: Want longer, bolder lashes? Katie is sharing her experience with the GrandeLASH formula this week!
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