Sunday, 24 September 2017

The End

Five and a half years ago, Nailed It NZ begun. What started as a hobby grew quickly into a passion; one that I believed would never die. I daydreamed about where I would take it, and adamantly stated that I'd still be painting cartoon characters on my nails in my retirement. Every new follower was a thrill - and then I started getting things to review! It went from strength to strength, and I was blown away as my followers went from ten to 10,000, to where it is now at a combined following of over 200,000. I trained as a nail technician. I won competitions, met celebrities, threw myself off the Auckland Harbour Bridge on live radio. I've met friends for life, developed a brush and file line... and that takes me to where I am now.

While summed up in a quick paragraph, it all sounds great; but in reality I've spent five years of weekends and late nights cooped up in whatever space I've allowed for my nail art. It always had to come first, and when you allow 4-6 hours for filming, 4-8 hours for editing and several more hours for promotion, there isn't a lot of weekend left. Often I'd finally complete my to-do list, and triumphantly announce that my weekend has now begun... only to realise it was now 5pm on a Sunday. It took me a long time to settle into Auckland, with a key factor being that my recreational time was limited.

And the funny thing is, despite all this, I was fine. The passion for nails withheld so much! I could write a book on everything I experienced and the good and bad sides of humanity I saw along the way - but the love of nail art remained strong.

Until, it didn't.

I'm not sure exactly when it started, but I know the last few months have been a real confirmation of it. I kept trying to reinvigorate it, thinking it was just a phase; but the reality is that I'm just not that interested in nail art any more.

It's not coincidental that this coincides with the growth of my "normal" career. I'm an early childhood teacher, and for the last year I've been fortunate to be in an amazing job with inspiring leaders and a strong career path. I love going to work, I love being around people, laughing, having fun, planning the future, developing my professional and personal skills. I love the kids I work with, and my colleagues are pretty amazing as well. Sitting at home, alone, editing video after video, blog post after blog post no longer has any appeal to me.

The funny thing is, I always thought I'd be upset when I eventually wrapped this up, but I'm not at all. My husband and I are about to embark on a whole new chapter of our lives; making big life decisions and facing new challenges, and I don't want to start them clinging on to old dreams. It's time for new ones.

This means that I'll no longer be updating Nailed It NZ on any platform, and my shop will shut on Thursday the 28th September 2017 at 11.59pm. All of my accounts on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram etc will still stay active, and of course can still be used to help you out for ideas and techniques.

I hope this isn't too much of a let down for those amazing people who have been so supportive for such a long time. Believe me, I will never forget your names; your kind words and love of my work really made a difference. But all good things come to an end - or else how can we make room for the great things?

I'm going all-out for a short closing down sale - everything is 50% off at The last day for ordering is Thursday 28 September (remember, I'm in New Zealand), and I'll be canceling my shop subscription at the end of the month. If you really want some brushes or files at a later date, you can email me - use my one - the other one I'll probably get redirected as it has a cost associated with it.

Again, thank you. I'm so happy I went on this journey and it's taught me so much. I can't wait to see what the next chapter in my life brings.


Friday, 8 September 2017

Galaxy Drips + 20% Off Nail Art Brushes!

A new week, a new manicure!

After months of having "drip nails" on my to-do list, I finally gave them a shot. I hadn't done galaxy nails in this style before, so after googling some inspiration I decided to put my own take on it. And wow - they were more challenging than I imagined! I sponged part of it and painted on the rest, trying to keep within the confines of the drips. As you can see, this worked out on some areas better than others... plus I changed up the final look quite a few times before settling on this one. So, painting it on was a bit of a mission and quite time-consuming, as I did both hands.

That wasn't the most frustrating part, though...

As a bit of background, I've been having trouble for the last year with my nail polish cracking (not just chipping) within 24 hours of application. This takes a fair bit of the fun out of nail art, as my nails simply don't last. So far I've found two brands that last longer (Sally Hansen Color Therapy and Picture Polish), but I've put the problem down to, well, an occupational hazard. 

Sunday, 3 September 2017


I'm a bit late to the party, but on Facebook a while ago there were a tonne of sparkly nails going around. Not just a little glittery - but magical, glimmering beams of joy coming from the tips of people's fingers. Everyone was amazed - even when they found out that 90% of the sparkle came from using an app. I've downloaded said app (it's called kirakira+) and at the end of this post have a video showing what it does.

Sparkle nails (sans app).

The point of these nails was to create the most sparkly, over-the-top nails possible, so I could use the app to it's full advantage. I feel like I ticked that box pretty well! I liked them for about 45 seconds, and then spent the next week or two regretting that I did them in gel polish. Fun, yes, but a tad tacky.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Crayon Nail Art | Inspired by Crayola

 I've been tagged in so many Crayon/Crayola nails lately! This design links two key parts of my life - nail art and teaching, so many of my friends have noticed that and shared them with me. Of course, I had to try them for myself.

They are by no means my original design - I'm not sure who created them first. When I do a search thousands of designs come up - so if anyone knows who initially did these please let me know so I can credit them!

As you will know if you read this post on Facebook, I'm no longer making weekly YouTube tutorials, and instead will be alternating between picture tutorials, mini video tutorials and just the nails themselves. I haven't made a picture tutorial for years before this one, and quite enjoyed it! The problem I've had in the past is that people will come along and crop out all of my watermarking and claim it as their own. I'm now using a Nailed It NZ mat, which hopefully will help prevent against this in the future - although I need to re-position my nail to a part where the text is smaller next time!

These are really quite a simple design, but bear in mind the squiggle is harder than it looks. Doing all ten nails is quite time-consuming, so make sure you set aside at least an hour, and use a good, thin nail art brush.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Dragon Egg Nails - Game Of Thrones Inspired! | Born Pretty Store Review

Today's something of an important day, for me. For years this blog has been rejected for months at a time, with only the occasional post to promote something major. However, I've made some big decisions about the future of Nailed It NZ lately, and the end result is that from now on there will be a lot more blogging and a lot less YouTubing. I could write a book on all the reasons why, but the main ones are outlined in this Facebook post.

I'm quite excited. I'm far more eloquent in writing than speech (it's hard to act natural on camera when you've messed a line 34728947294 times!) and this just feels right. I'm going back to my roots, before the high workload/low reward of YouTube destroys my passion for nail art. The plan at the moment is to be much more active on Facebook and Instagram, and update this blog once a week. Of course, my shop will continue as usual, selling nail art brushes and nail files.

So! Here we are! This post is a review of some Born Pretty Store goodies. I've used their products for many years now, and they were the first company to ever contact me. Cheap and with a wide variety, they're great - as long as you're prepared for a bit of a wait for their (free) shipping.

I've created some Dragon Egg Nails using two of the products they sent me. I had quite an exciting goodie bag and was sorting through and testing it out when I discovered these iridescent flakies. They're actually SO amazing. You can check them out on their site here.

 As you can see, it creates the most amazing colour-changing nail, with huge amount of depth. The second I saw how it looked I was blown away, and after raving about it to hubby I decided to create Dragon Eggs out of it. I had just caught up in Game of Thrones (SO GOOD!), so it was pretty good timing.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

An Exciting Little Update!

 Back in January I announced I had opened a little nail art store online, selling nail art brushes. It was all very exciting! Since then hundreds of people from around the world have purchased my brushes, and because of this I've been able to expand my store. So firstly, THANK YOU! I couldn't have done this without you guys.

So, today's announcement is... Nailed It NZ now sells nail files ☺.

These files are awesome, if I do say so myself. I used to hate nail files when I was younger; they were bendy, tiny, hard to hold, and they always felt so rough. As I did my nail tech training I explored many of the nail files the world had to offer, and developed a strong preference for diamond-shaped files. What I love most about these is how comfortable they are to hold. They sit so nicely in your hand and before long they feel like they've become an extension of yourself. With the diamond-shape, it means there are eight edges you can file with - and of course, I made sure the grit was just right! 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Nailed It NZ has a Patreon!

Hey guys - just a quick update to let you know that Nailed It NZ is now on Patreon! 
Patreon is a popular way for people to show their support for their favourite creators. Patrons pay a chosen amount - for me it's per month, to help the creator continue what they're doing... and make it better. Some well-known users of Patreon are Hank and John Green, Amanda Palmer , Blind Wave & Wait But Why. You can learn more about Patreon and how it works here and here. 
A lot of work goes into creating online content, and after getting a bit of interest in my own Patreon lately, I thought I'd share it publicly.

If you enjoy my videos and find that you get real value out of them, I'd love it you showed your support by throwing a couple of dollars my way each month. This money will help to pay for new camera equipment, upskilling classes, computer parts and will generally help with replacing things that wear or run out. Investing in these things mean that the quality of my videos will continue to increase, and you'll have a part to play in the direction Nailed It NZ grows in. 

In case you're wondering - here's what Patreon isn't; a way to pay for my bills, rent and groceries. Not that there's anything wrong with creators doing this - everyone's got to eat, right? But I have a great job, and that has me covered for the day-to-day stuff. This is just to help build a better support and tutorial channel for you guys, without dipping into my grocery money too much ☺.
Check out the reward tiers on Patreon (yes, there are rewards! Discounts! Woo!), and if you have any questions, feel free to comment them here, on Facebook or email me at 
I'm an open book ☺.