Sunday, 12 March 2017

Moana, Magic & Love Nail Art, Plus Exciting Shop Update!

 Hi guys - I thought it would be nice to give a little update as to what I've been up to in the last couple of months. Over on YouTube I've been releasing a new tutorial every week, as usual - and here are some of my favourites from the last little while.

These playing card nails were part of a collaboration I did with a (very clever) magician called Alfie Whattam. He's from the UK and has just moved to NZ and I was blown away by his card tricks - watch our collaboration here and here.

These Moana nails just went up last night, and I swear most of my weekend has been devoted to these - five relatively complicated nails aren't easy to edit! Good thing I love the movie, otherwise having "How Far I'll Go" in my head for 24 hours straight could be seen as a bad thing... ;).

You can watch this tutorial here.

This Valentine's 5-in-5 proved pretty popular in the weeks before the day of love, and I really enjoyed painting it - not too simple, not too complicated! I've got a new 5-in-5 coming very soon, this time with an Easter theme.

Of course there are plenty more recent tutorials that I haven't included here, but that's a little taster without going too crazy. 

Now for store updates! I've been wanting to take more stylized photos for a while, but between working my normal 9-5, making videos, sending packages and maintaining something of a social life, I manage to find plenty of excuses. However I've given myself the rule of "baby steps" - a few updates here, a few changes there... slowly does it. And finally I've got some pretty pictures!

 With them, I've updated my store - and that's the part I haven't posted on here about yet... I'm now selling single brushes! These have proved pretty popular, and obviously there are quite a few benefits to buying individually - lower cost, personalised orders, stocking up. I'm glad I've sorted that out, and if you'd like to view my stock head over this way.

 One more thing is that I've just made my very first newsletter! I've been trying to figure out how to do it for a good month, but finally got on to a good website (MailChimp, if anyone is interested) and I finally have a place to update everyone at once. Of course the mailing list is starting pretty much from scratch, so if you want to join enter your email address in the right hand side bar and you'll be in ♥. If you'd like to see what you're signing up for, check out March's newsletter here.

That's about it! Time to perhaps move away from the computer now and clean my house ☺☺. Hope you're having a great weekend and I'll let you know next time there's an important update.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Bit of an update...

Whew - been a while! 
In case you're just dropping by, I used to update several times a week on this blog, however over time I've moved over to YouTube as my main platform. However, things have been a bit exciting lately so I thought I'd do a quick update...

In November 2016, I released my very own line of nail art brushes!

This has been a dream of mine for so long - to have quality, beautiful brushes available for my followers to purchase. These brushes are the four essentials you need for nail art - there's a detail brush (already nicknamed "The Goddess" by customers for it's versatility!), a striping brush, a dotting tool and a clean up brush.

Each brush is stylishly shaped, with a black finish and silver embossing for my logo. The bristles are thin and flexible, great for all kinds of hand-painted nail art.

As a bit of a bonus, I use these brushes on my YouTube channel now, so you can now use the exact same tool I do, in the same way. No more trying to create something pretty with an old, frayed or too-thick brush! I also have tutorials on cleaning and storing them, to maximise the life of them.

 This is my own little business - it's me sitting down and packing them at the end of the day, then sending them off the next morning. I love recognising long-term followers amongest customer's names, and am constantly surprised and thrilled by the new ones!

If you're a fan of my work and are interested in buying a set of these, please check out my online store. I ship internationally ☺.

Also - tag me in your Instagram photos when you receive them and show me what you get up to! I've made a dedicated IG just for the brushes - @shopnaileditnz, to complement my original IG - @naileditnz.

Hope you're having a great start to 2017 ♥.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas Nail Art | Tree, Lights, Sweater, Candy Canes & Snowflakes

Christmas is just around the corner, and I've been very busy making Christmas nail art tutorials! Assuming everything goes to plan, this post will publish at the same time as my last video, so they should all be available for you to view. 

The first design I did this year was this Christmas tree squiggle design, and I actually did it twice in the end. The first time was just for fun, but I liked it so much I re-did it for a tutorial! You can watch that here.

The next Christmas nail art I did was this cat tangled in Christmas lights design. There's a bit of a story behind this one, including a huge waste of time, but that will be saved for my "Nail Fails" video that I'll pop up some time in the new year. Watch this video here.

Ugly Sweater nail art designs are huge in other parts of the world, but as New Zealand has a Summery Christmas I've never done one before now! I'll definitely be doing this again though. Watch the tutorial here.

This Candy Cane nail design was probably my favourite out of this year's Christmas tutorials - it's something I've been wanting to do for ages. I'm going to be doing my own nails for Christmas tonight and will be re-doing this on one nail of each hand. Watch this tutorial here!

And this is the last Christmas design, but also would suit for New Years or as simply Winter nails. I wore these for a week or so, they're were so lovely and sparkly! You can watch the tutorial for them here.

Now if all goes to plan there will be a tutorial for this last one embedded as well, but it's not working on my end right now as the video is unpublished at the time of writing this. I'll try to remember to come back and check later!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! You can find all of my nail art tutorials over on my YouTube channel ☺.

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!