Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Nail Art Mash Up #7 - Refugee Crisis, New Zealand-Themed and Short Nails Series!

Wow, so there's a lot of nail art to share today! Eleven different designs, to be exact, and all with tutorials on my YouTube channel. I won't dawdle, so here's the first!

This design was created as part of a collaboration with Monaco Pro, and as you can see I painted tiny nail polish bottles all over my fingers! Watch the tutorial and learn more about Monaco here.

This next design is from my nail art for short nails series, in which there are now five videos. I'm looking at expanding it in the New Year, so keep an eye out for that if you're cursed with short fingertips. Check out the tutorial for this design here.

Sunflowers were my favourite design for a LONG time! It was quite funny, I had just uploaded this video when I checked my old ones and realised that I had done the exact same design years earlier, as one of my first ever tutorials. Of course, the quality had improved so it was still worth doing, but I couldn't believe I just forgot like that! Watch this short nail design here.

Another one from the same series, this Chevron design is one of my classier looks, and I really loved wearing it. The gold is just beautiful! Watch the tutorial here.

I'm finishing off my graduate diploma in Early Childhood education at the moment, and this is one of the many designs I did for the kids - they just love cute nails! Bumblebees are also a personal favourite, even though I've been stung a stupid amount of times in my life. Watch this tutorial here.

I'm a big believer in New Zealand opening their doors to more refugees, so I joined in with a campaign LUSH was doing - #DoubleTheQuota. Learn more about this cause and see how I did the nail art here.

I feel like the whole world must agree with me when I say that Back to the Future is one of the best movie series ever. I don't even know how many times I've watched them, and so when "Back to the Future day" came around on October 21st 2015, I made sure I had some nails to celebrate. Watch here!

I've been quite patriotic lately, and have done two New Zealand themed designs! The first was to support the All Blacks, our Rugby team as they took on the final in the Rugby World cup. We won (of course, sorry Aussies) and it was a big highlight in a rough year for New Zealand Rugby. Both Jerry Collins and Jonah Lomu have passed away this year, the latter only a few days ago. Watch this video here.

Here are my New Zealand flag nails - the current cause of debate (and in the Stuff comments section, name-calling and general nastiness) in my country. It may be changing soon, so I did this design to commemorate the flag I've grown up with. Watch here.

This next design is another one from my short nails series, and the most recent one. Super easy polka dots! I felt a bit bad putting this up as it was SO simple, so I made sure to include lots of little nail art tips in the video, and got some great feedback for it. Watch this tutorial here.

Finally, here's some Batman nail art I re-painted recently as a tutorial. I love superhero nail art, and may do some superman, comic book and pop culture designs next year - agh, there need to be more hours in the day! Too many ideas! Watch this tutorial here.

Well done if you made it to the end of this post, and I hope you like the designs! Remember, I only update this blog every month or two, so to see all my new tutorials make sure you're subscribed to my YouTube channel.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Nail Art Mash Up #6 - The Hunger Games Nail Art

Hi everyone! I've been a massive Hunger Games fan since I picked up the first book, and each time a new movie comes out I've done nails in theme. This year was no exception! I thought I'd share my latest Hunger Games tutorial with you, as well as the designs I did for both Mockingjay Part 1 and Catching Fire. I've done a few others as well but they were in my early nail art days, so they're not great. Still, if you want to check them out you can find all my Hunger Games-related nail art here.

First, here's the most recent design, which I did for Mockingjay Part 2. I haven't seen the movie yet and am slightly scared of watching it - I know I'm going to ball my eyes out! I'm two weeks away from finishing my study, so I'll probably go after that as a celebration. The index finger and pinky are explosions and smoke here, and the middle finger has the Mockingjay symbol that was inspired by a flag that is held up in one of the movies. The quote on the ring finger is part of "If we burn, you burn with us" - which I just love!

 Watch the full tutorial for this design on my YouTube channel, here.


Here's the nail art I did for last year's release of Mockingjay Part 1 - an amazing movie! I was inspired by the book cover and did my best to copy the Mockingjay emblem on to my nails, and blue-hot fire on to the other nails. Watch the tutorial for this one here.

And here's my design for Catching Fire; as you can see, the themes for 2013 and 2014 were very similar, which is why I went with something different this year. Watch the (probably awful, it's so old) tutorial for this nail art here.

Have you seen the movie yet? I'd love to know what you think of it and if it did the book justice! Judging by the rest of the movies I'm sure it will.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Nail Art Mash Up # 5 - Halloween Nail Art!

It's been a while since I last updated and in that time I've doubled my uploads on YouTube to two a week, so I've got a lot to share! Because of this I've separated them into three different blog posts which I will release over the next week or two. This one contains all of the Halloween nail art I did this year - and you'll see I saved the best for last!

As usual, click on the image to go to the tutorial ☺.

This first design was a popular one from last year, and I decided that this year I should actually make a tutorial for it. To be honest, last year's design came out better but I had longer nails back then and didn't have to awkwardly hold my hands in front of the camera while painting... so I'm cutting myself some slack.  
Watch this here.

 I'd been wanting to do some more Sesame Street nails ever since I did my Cookie Monster nails, so when Halloween came around I went straight for The Count! He was a lot of fun, plus I did both hands as well - watch here.


Painting on one of the Boos from Super Mario was a request from a friend, and while this tutorial didn't get overly popular I still enjoyed painting him. Watch this tutorial here!

And now for my favourite nails ever - and the most disgusting! Zombie crushed halloween nails, absolutely gross and awesome at the same time. Next year I will hopefully have more time (seriously, don't get me started on my 2015) and I'll do some more nail art like this. Watch the tutorial here.

So that's what I did for Halloween this year! I'm currently in celebration mode; we've recently had an internet upgrade and after a week of not being connected properly I had a good play around this morning and got it working downstairs. Now it's four times as fast as before, and my seven minute video I just put up only took 10 minutes to upload! I'm sure anyone else who spends far too much time on the internet will feel my joy.

I'll be back in a couple of days with a new blog post - this will be some of my favourite Hunger Games nail art over the years.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Nail Art Mash Up #4 - Birthday, M&M's, Minecraft & more!

Hi everyone - time for an update! Today I've got six new videos to show you, one of which is a challenge and the rest are nail art tutorials. As with my previous few posts, feel free to click on the pictures to go to the tutorial.

First up is my newest one - Birthday nails. At the time of writing this it's only been live for about 11 hours, which is still exciting to me, even though I have uploaded almost 200 videos on my channel now! This birthday nail art was actually filmed back in July, for my birthday, but due to my once-a-week upload schedule it kept getting pushed back as I uploaded more relevant content. It finally made it. I love the pastel colours in this - I'd chose pastels over shimmers any day! A full list of the nail polish used is in the video description.

Click the image to watch the tutorial for these Birthday nails.

You'll see in the video that I actually had to change the ring nail - sometimes it just doesn't look right first time around! I'm collecting footage that didn't work out at the moment, so I can eventually make a "nail fails" video. My most epic nail fail I deleted before I even uploaded it to my computer, and I always regretted it... it was so bad that it was good!

Click the image to watch the tutorial for these Birthday nails.

Wednesday's tutorial was the first of my new series - nail art for short nails! I don't have a playlist up for this yet (it would look a bit lonely with one video) but I'll make one once I have a couple more up. As you can see, I've done m&m's! This design is absolutely perfect for little nails; in fact, it actually looks a bit strange on longer ones so finally shorter nails can win! I cut all my nails down to nubs to start this series, and now I've got five tutorials filmed I can grow them again. It felt so weird when they were this short - almost painful!

Click the image to watch the tutorial for these m&m nails.

I couldn't chose just one or two photos of these to put up, so I've used three. I had heaps of fun with the m&m's in the photos - but they didn't last long once that camera was down! You'll see at the beginning and end of the tutorial that Chris (hubby) poured all the m&m's into my hands - I was like a little kid when that happened! The footage wasn't quite as amazing as I had hoped it would be, but still pretty cool.

Click the image to watch the tutorial for these m&m nails.

Also, I started the nails before Chris came home with the m&m's, so I got the shade of green a bit wrong. I'm not worried too much though, as I think the white 'm' would be pretty hard to see over such a light background.

Click the image to watch the tutorial for these m&m nails.
Next is some Minecraft nails! These were off my requests list, plus I know a couple of little boys who were begging me to do them! These will feature in my 'nail fails' video, whenever it happens, as the first time I tried painting the ring finger it looked awful. I was trying a different design but was a bit ambitious and nope, no way was that going to do. It's always annoying having to start again, but usually worth it. This is the right hand - which turned out surprisingly well considering I'm not left handed! I have a tutorial about how I paint with my left hand here.

Click the image to watch the tutorial for these Minecraft nails.

And here's the left hand. Loved doing these! The creeper on the ring finger turned out pretty cute. I'll probably do some more Minecraft nails one day - maybe Hero Brine or some of the animals.

Click the image to watch the tutorial for these Minecraft nails.

These Birds of a Feather nails were pushed forward, thanks to votes on social media! They went up two weeks ago and are one of my favourite designs, so beautiful. I always feel slightly uncomfortable doing designs that are popular, as it's near impossible to know who first did them. I just try make them my own in some way, and ask others to share if they know the original designer.

Click the image to watch the tutorial for these Birds of a Feather nails.

Here's how the right hand turned out - the feather wasn't anywhere near as good. I changed the brush I was using by the time I started the other hand and that made a difference. I've seen this same Birds of a Feather design as a tattoo, too - so cool! I've never been certain enough on a design to get a tattoo, although for over five years now I've had a couple ideas in mind. We'll see...

Click the image to watch the tutorial for these Birds of a Feather nails.

Here we have some Pirate nails - I LOVED these ones! The little pirate dude came out so cute, and anchors are another one of my all-time favourite designs.

Click the image to watch the tutorial for these Pirate nails.

This makes me want to have a Pirate movie marathon, now. Hook, anyone?

Click the image to watch the tutorial for these Pirate nails.

That's it for the nail art videos, but here's a nail challenge that Bridgette and I did! This was a heap of fun, but also felt SO INCREDIBLY WRONG. I ended up being lazy and keeping my poorly-painted nails on for a couple of days, even though I cringed every time I looked at them. At least the colour was pretty!

Something pretty cool happened lately, too - as you can see, I was in the paper! A year ago a very similar thing happened, but the [insert expletives] journalist never published the article. I was pretty gutted, and angry too, as he didn't even bother replying to my email questioning why. However, this reporter - Rose - was so lovely and communicative! Aucklanders are a good bunch ☺.

If you follow me on social media or of course, YouTube, you may have noticed that I've recently doubled my upload schedule to two a week! This definitely requires better time management, but so far I'm keeping up. I had a huge backlog of footage, and with Halloween coming up I really wanted to get it all up now, rather than waiting until November. Speaking of Halloween, I did the most disgusting, amazing, awesome nails ever for a tutorial (modest, I know), and I cannot WAIT to upload them! Bring on October! 

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Nail Art Mash Up #3 - Minions, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park & more!

The months are flying by - how is it possible that it's been six weeks since my last update?! 
Today I've got eight videos to show you, six of which are nail art tutorials. Here we go!

This Inside Out nail art was inspired by the promotional poster for the film - I love all the little bubbles, and the silhouette seemed like a good idea! Unfortunately I STILL haven't seen this movie (there's always another more socially acceptable one when you're in your mid-twenties) but I will definitely hire it out once it comes out on DVD. I've heard so many great things about it! You can watch this tutorial on my channel here, or just click the picture.

 When my friend Bridgitte (Eyedolize Makeup) was staying with me recently, she did some Minion lip art. I thought it was a really good theme, so came up with these little guys! I put quite a lot of detail into them, and I'm pretty happy with how they came out. I had to laugh at some of the anti-minion comments I got on the Facebook video for this though - I guess some people are sick of them! I will eternally think they're cute, though. Watch the tutorial for these here, or click on the picture.

I can't even remember how I came up with the idea for this next nail art. I sat down a few weeks ago and pumped out three or four designs in a row - and somehow they all turned out okay. This one was inspired by the new Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World, and while I love how the dinosaur turned out, the people running away look like stick-men zombies... ☺. Still, it's one of my favourites of late and there's been great feedback for it. I've also seen some cool recreations. Watch it here, or again, click on the pictures.

If you've followed my work for a while, you'll probably know I'm a big Taylor Swift fan. I can still remember the first time I heard Love Story (as a 16-year-old!) and I've been a Swiftie ever since. My latest Taylor Swift nail art is inspired by the music video to Bad Blood. I had to watch the video about four times to decide on the themes I was going to draw from it, and as you can see I went with fire, weapons and a pretty badass silhouette. Click here to watch the tutorial, or click on the pic... you know the drill.

I laughed so much editing the next video! It was one I had filmed a few weeks prior with Bridgitte, and is called the "Blindfolded Nail Art Challenge." Since it had been awhile since filming and I hadn't checked the footage I had no idea that it would be as fun! I was literally crying with laughter, tears pouring down my face and having to stop editing to recover... I just look like such an idiot!
You can watch this here, or click the picture.

This next design was a nightmare to film. I did nine nails off camera easy as, but it was impossible to keep my nail facing away from me while sponging. I couldn't believe how difficult it was; I'd do it on the wrong angle, or merge the colours too much and it'd go brown, or the sponge would dry up... yuck. I ended up giving up and flipping my finger around, which made it a lot easier. Still, I like the way it came out for the most part. I did this mani to show my support for same-sex marriage - congrats, America! Watch here, or click on the nails.

These Harry Potter nails are probably my favourite out of all of today's nail art! They were inspired by some awesome fan art, but there was no watermark and I've struggled to find the artist's name to credit them. If it ever turns up I'll update this ☺. I recently re-watched all the movies and was inspired to do these. I think they're pretty cute - Ron with his freckles, Hermione with her little Gryffindor bow and Harry with his funky glasses. As you'll see in the picture after this one, I also painted the Harry Potter logo on the thumb.
As usual, click on the pictures to see the tutorial, or go here.

Finally, this is today's video! I wasn't actually going to publish it until September, but I've had a heap of followers pleading for it to go up sooner, so I decided to put it up now. It's actually a follow up to my "How to grow your nails LONG and STRONG" video - and one that was promised almost a year ago, whoops. In it I tell you all about cuticle oil and the countless benefits it provides for your nails, then talk you through some of my favourite brands. Hopefully there's enough variety there for everyone to be able to find at least one oil they can easily purchase from where they live! Click here to watch the video, or just click on the play button below.

I hope you like my recent nail art creations! I've got three more pre-recorded videos that I'll be releasing weekly, and two challenges that I'll pop in as bonus videos. Then I'll need to film some more - something I really haven't had a spare second to do lately! I've got about 60 requests and ideas written down to inspire me though, so it won't be difficult finding a theme at least ☺.
See you in a month or so.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Nail Art Mash Up #2 - Cookie Monster, How to Make your Nail Polish Last Longer & more!

I suppose it must be time for another round up of my latest tutorials - it's been a while! I've had a busy last few months; four weeks on practicum and then another few weeks of doing a crazy amount of assignments. I've just had a week and a half of lovely holidays, but unfortunately they're almost over and it's back to study. While I love early childhood, I am dreading going back to the heavy workload of my graduate diploma... six months until I finish! 

I've filmed a lot of tutorials over the last week and am just bursting to put them online. I always get like this when I'm ahead, but am forcing myself to stagger them so I have something there for weeks when I'm too busy to film. Tutorials that are up, however, are these ones!

I had some gems and rhinestones sent to me by Rhinestonz, and was amazed at the superior quality; previously I had assumed they were all the same. I made a video about how to apply rhinestones - and importantly, how to make them last! I hope you'll find it useful; just click on the picture to go to the tutorial. 

 Cookie Monster is a long term childhood favourite of mine, and when I was on practicum I wanted to create some nails that the kids would love. So, these were born! I was pretty happy with how Cookie Monster turned out, and plan to do some other characters from Sesame Street soon. I made a couple of little videos for these on Instagram, and was stoked when a bunch of huge accounts shared them! 


 This video is all about how to make your nail polish last longer, and it's packed with tried-and-true tips I've learnt from my experience as a nail tech and the three years I've been obsessed with nail art. Isopropyl alcohol made such a huge difference for me - it honestly changed the way I do nail art. Again, just click on the picture to go to the tutorial.

This next tutorial was a little different. Months ago, I was approached by Constance, a lovely lady who asked if I could create some nail art to spread awareness of a rare disease called Evan's Syndrome. I read up a bit about it, and it confirmed that I'd love to do anything I can to let people know about it. Together we put together this video, which I hope will teach you something new! You can also, of course, adapt this design to make it suit another cause.

 This is my most recent tutorial - prom nail art. However, it can be used for a variety of occasions - parties, new year, school balls and many more. It's the shortest and simplest nail art tutorial I've done for a while!

 This is a random little arty design that I came up with one day, and had a bit of fun with. Nails that join together to make a design are my favourite! I called these Art Attack nails, and you can find them here.

Another tutorial filmed while on practicum was this one - unicorn nail art (in space, of course). One little girl really loved ponies, so I came up with this, which the children loved. You can watch the tutorial here.

These last two videos aren't nail ones; this first one is the "Not my arms Challenge" which I filmed with my friend Bridgitte from EyeDolize makeup. This was a long time ago now - it took awhile to get the footage and edit it! Bridgitte is actually staying with me at the moment as she starts her very exciting trip around the world, so she's here with us in New Zealand for a month. There are sure to be more videos from us during that time! You can watch the "Not my arms Challenge" here.

 Finally, here's a clothing haul I did a few weeks ago - I wanted to compare a bunch of different brands and see how they stacked up. You can watch this video here!

 Phew! That's a lot of videos. I'll try remember to do this monthly, especially with all the exciting tutorials I've got coming up. If you're not following me on Instagram you can find me @naileditnz - I have released sneak peeks of all the nail art I've done recently ☺.

See you in a month or so!

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