The 5 Best Instagram Hashtags for Nail Bloggers - and how to use them!

With the recent changes to Instagram's algorithm, it's gotten harder for bloggers and nail art/polish enthusiasts alike to get their posts noticed. I know I have noticed a significant drop not only in likes but in who is seeing my posts to begin with. When the change was announced there was a panic in the blogging community in general with everyone rushing to tell people to turn on their notifications. Now, I don't know about you but I hate notifications. Between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter...it can all be just a bit too much. Overwhelming your followers is a sure fire way to lose them. What I decided to do instead is to focus on hashtags. We all know hashtags are important but I think they more important than they've ever been for getting your pics noticed on Instagram. Today I'm sharing my tips for finding the 5 best hashtags for nail bloggers on Instagram and when - and when not - to use them.

 

How to Use the Instagram Search Function

This is pretty simple and the best way to find out what hashtags are trending.  Simply click on search in Instagram and toggle over to "Tags". Then type in your subject which today is "Nails", but this can be applied to any subject matter you are posting about. Instagram will always list the most frequently used hashtags first.  As you can see in the graphic below "Nails" is in fact the most popular hashtag. So of course you would think "well I'll use that one", right? Sure you can, but look at the number of people using it. By the time you've posted your photo a hundred other people will have posted theirs too and yours will get lost in the crowd. I won't say steer clear of this one completely but I will suggest using it sparingly. This is not just about quantity - it's about quality and attracting the people who will turn into loyal followers - not just random likes. 

I tend to opt for the hashtags directly below the most popular one. They are popular enough to not be random and therefore pointless but not so popular that you're just another random pic. As you can see I also typed in "Indie" as a search word. This is good for when you post pics of indie brands you've swatched or if you've done nail art using indie polish brands. Make sure you are only using it for indie brands or your photo will rightfully be ignored! 

Don't Clutter Your Post with Hashtags

This was a bit of advice I got from a fellow blogger awhile ago and it has stayed with me and I use it to this day: Don't flood your post with hashtags! Create the caption for your pic, and once you've posted add your hashtags in the comments section. This keeps your post clean and easy to read and doesn't look like you're being a shill. No one wants to be a shill! The only exception I allow myself for this is when I am posting a "Nails of the Day" pic and I will simply hashtag that phrase. Other than that leave the tags for the comments! Just as important, don't use too many hashtags at once. I have to admit this is something I still do sometimes.  It's my "more must be better, right" way of thinking and I am trying to break it his bad habit. Sooo...pick 3-4 hashtags for your picture and that's it. 

Know Your Audience

We've all seen it. Someone will post a picture of a cat. And then proceed to add 30 random hashtags having nothing to do with said cat. Don't be that person! If your post is about nail art stick specifically with nail art-related hashtags. 

Tagging vs. Hashtags

If you are posting about a specific brand I highly encourage tagging over hashtags. The reason is two-fold. First - it gets your work noticed by the brand of course! When I started tagging companies and brands whose nail products I used for my nail art it opened a lot of doors for establishing relationships with those brands. Second - brands LOVE to repost pics featuring their products which equals more exposure for your page. So this one is a no-brainer and a win-win. 

My 5 Favorite Hashtags

I've listed below my 5 favorite (and in my opinion, the best) hashtags for nail bloggers. The others shown above are great as well and I do use them interchangeably depending on whether I am posting nail art or swatches. But I've noticed that I get the most interaction on my pictures using the hashtags below. 

  1. #nailstagram
  2. #nailsofinstagram
  3. #nailsoftheday
  4. #instanails
  5. #nails2inspire

I could also talk about my favorite hashtags for posting pictures of your cat. But that's a whole other post...

 

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Colors by Llarowe April Polish of the Month Sweet Beginnings Swatch & Review

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Happy Friday all! Today's post features a polish that I have worn at least three times since receiving it I love that much. The Colors by Llarowe April Polish of the Month, Sweet Beginnings. I am woefully late getting this up. Werk and life have both been busy as of late and I thought I'd actually posted this and then realized I hadn't! I feel like such a bad blogger. But better late than never I guess, right? 

Sweet Beginnings is a bright raspberry red linear holo. The formulas on this was very good; thick but not too thick. You could get away with just using one thick coat or two thin ones, whichever you prefer. The finish does dry down slightly dull so a top coat is needed. 

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I have been rocking this color a lot since receiving it. I've gotten sooo many compliments on it as well. So even if you are like me and have a fair share of red holos in your collection I would still consider this one a must have. It's just sooo purty! I recently experienced yet another nail break (story of my life recently) and this was the color I wore to cheer myself up.

 

Sweet Beginnings is sold via the Colors by Llarowe website and retails for $12. 

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KBShimmer Peony Pincher & Stalk Market Swatches & Review

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Happy Tuesday gentlefolks! Today I have for you two colors from KBShimmer's new Spring collection. They launched two new Collections; an Ultra Flame and a Mega Flame. So just think lots of bling!

 

First up is Peony Pincher from the Ultra Flame collection. It is a lavender pink with a strong linear holo. I have a fair amount of pink holos, and in the bottle this onw didn't look all that different from them, but once I applied it I could really see the strong lavender/purple undertones which makes it unique and perfect for Spring. The formulas was really impressive, the polish is on the thick side but it applied smoothly and if you use thick coats you could probably get away with just one. I used two thin coats for pics and no top coat. 

 
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Next up is Stalk Market from the Mega Flame Collection. A green-gold holo glitter that is completely opaque in two coats. This applied like a dream! I applied once coat and had a few bald spots; on the second coat I just lightly applied polish to those areas and it self-leveled perfectly with no streak or patchiness. I definitely recommend using top coat with this since it dries downs rather gritty. I used once coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top for pics. 

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Of the two I would say Peony Pincher is my favorite- it's such a perfect Spring color. 

You can check out the full collections on the KBShimmer website. Each bottle retails for $9.25.

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Spring Geometric Nail Art Inspired by March Birchbox

Happy Hump day gang! Today I have for you a design that was inspired by this month's Birchbox. It came in this adorable box covered in pastel colored geometric print with flashes of gold. In a word- beeyutifool! It's been a minute since I've had time to sit down and do nail art and this was the perfect inspiration to get the creative juices flowing.

 

Tools used:

Whats Up Nails Nail Vinyls (wide stripes)

Small nail art brush

Polishes used:

Sinful Colors Snow Me White

A-England Holy Grail

Essie School of Hard Rocks

Zoya Cala & Lake

China Glaze Def Defying

KB Shimmer Clearly on Top

Steps:

I started with one generous coat of Snow Me White and allowed to fully dry. I used the wide stripe nail vinyls as a guide for my lines by cutting them in half to form triangle patterns and then filled them in with each color. I quickly removed them and allowed each triangle to dry a bit before apply a generous coat of Clearly on Top.

 

 Between cutting each vinyl and cleaning up any bleeding or oopsies, this was a time consuming design! But totally worth it because I am in love with how it turned out. I didn't want to be too literal in my interpretation so the looks is different while still having a similar colors and feeling.

 

What do you all think? Do you like how the design turned out? Let me know in the comments section!

 
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Colors by Llarowe Krispy Kreme Dreams Partial Collection Swatches & Review

Hi all! When I first saw the Colors by Llarowe Krispy Kreme Dreams Collection I knew that some of the colors would be coming to live with me. It is a collection of 6 vibrant saturated holos and shimmers. Alas, I was a very good girl and allowed myself only three of the colors.

 

First up is Bananas and Krispy Kremes Are Better Than HBO. A vibrant lime/yellow green with yellow/green flame. I lurv this polish! So much so that after I got through swatching the other colors I put it back on and wore it for two more days. The formula was great; thick but not too thick. I used two coats for full opacity but you could get away with just one generous coat as well. 

 

I first previewed Giant Giraffes in my Yard on Instagram about a week ago. It was the first color I tried on and the one that first caught my eye in the collection. It is a described as a deep purple holo with pink shimmer. This reads a little darker and warmer on my skin tone than I've seen in other swatches but I still love it. The formula was the thinnest of the three but still easy to work with. I used two coats for full opacity. 

 

Last is High School Was Rough Man. This color was rough on my camera, man. Seriously. I had the hardest time getting my skin tone to look somewhat human in these pics.  Blues make my skin look red as hell in photos for some reason. This is the closest I could get so ignore that and focus on the gorgeous color of this polish! It is a vibrant Teal-y blue-y green-y holo. Another favorite for me. I am sucker for colors like this. The formula was pretty much identical to Bananas and Krispy Kremes'. I used two coats for pics but again you could get away with just one generous coat.

 

I am really happy with my pics from this collection. I almost talked myself into buying the other three colors but I have spent and insane amount of money on Spring collections over the last few weeks and my wallet is screaming for mercy. 

The Krispy Kreme Dreams Collection is available via the Llarowe website. They retail for $12 a bottle. 

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