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.

I used my detail brush from my own Nailed It NZ line for the details. What I love about this brush is that it's fine enough for whisker-thin details, but once loaded up can cover large areas with ease. You can buy my brushes (and files) here.

I used gel polish for this design, although you could achieve the same results with normal polish. I pressed the glitter into the tacky layer and sealed it with a top coat, however you could use nail glue or clear polish for this part. For the scale pattern on the egg, I used this black soak-off gel, also from Born Pretty Store. I've tried a few different brands of gel paint in the past, and have often had issues with it curing. This kind of gel is highly pigmented and some lamps just don't work with it... but I was pleasantly surprised to find it cured with no issues at all! For those wondering, I use largely EzFlow gel polish and the EzFlow LED lamp.

I made a video for this one - and without narration and all the little details, it was a lot easier to do! Not every design I do from now on will have a video tutorial - some will have picture tutorials and some will just be images of the design. I'll judge it by whether I think it needs a tutorial or if the steps are pretty obvious. And, of course, if I have the time ☺.

Here's how this design was done.


I had a bit of a fail with these - half an hour after painstakingly painting both hands, I went and made a batch of scones. I used a metal bowel, and while kneading accidentally scrapped off the tip of the gel polish on the bowl - breaking the seal. This allowed water to sneak in with some of them and the top layer started peeling. To prevent against this, make sure you avoid metal bowls (!) and try to minimise the glitter on the free edge of the nail. Apply two coats of top coat and cap the tips thoroughly.

Overall, I love these BPS products. Both did what they were meant to and were easy to use. I love the design I created with them and I got so many compliments on them!

If you want to buy what I used in this post for yourself, you can find the links below.

Chameleon Iridescent Flakies by Born Pretty Store 

Black soak-off gel by Born Pretty Store

Detail Brush from Nailed It NZ

The Born Pretty Store products used were gifted to me, but of course all opinions are my own. There are affiliate links used in this post, so if you want to buy the products please do so with my links - it helps support my blog! You can also support Nailed It NZ by buying my own products or supporting me on Patreon ☺.

Thanks for reading my first proper blog post in a LONG time, and I'll see you again next week with some bright and easy Crayola nails.


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! 

 As you can see, I'm selling two different files. One's called the Natural Nail File, and with 180/240 grit it's designed to use on the naked nail. 180 grit is the lowest grit that should be used on the natural nail, and over time I'll be making some blog posts explaining this sort of thing in more detail.

The second file is called the Professional Nail File, which is aimed more at Nail Technicians and their clients. At 100/180 grit it's designed for filing acrylics and gel polish. Both files are reinforced with a pretty pink centre, so they don't bend as easily as their lesser-quality counterparts.

In each pack I'm including a little note about how to use, clean and store the file the customer purchased. I've made packs that include both the brushes and files, as well as a duo-pack and of course, the individuals.

I've tried to keep the price as low as possible for these, as nail files are one of the most important things regarding nail health and I want to make sure they're available to everyone! Because of this, these files are just $4 (NZ) each, and can be purchased online here. As usual, I ship internationally!

On a side note, I'll be appearing a lot more on the blog again soon - YouTube isn't really doing it for me anymore and it's time to come back to my roots. There will still be videos, though - just in a different style ☺.

Thanks for checking in and I hope your weekend is going well.

♥ Jessie

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 ☺.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Five Years of Nailed It NZ | 20% off Nail Art Brushes + NEW NAIL ART!

 Hey guys - I just realised it's the last few days of my five year celebrations and I haven't mentioned it on the blog! I've been talking about it a lot over on YouTube and Facebook; May marks five years since I started Nailed It NZ. Right here on this platform, too ☺. Crazy to see how far it's come since then - and there's more on the way, I promise!

I won't waffle on - but in case you've been thinking about buying my nail art brush line, I currently have a really good sale on. 20% off all stock, no minimum order - just pop in the code BIRTHDAYSALE at checkout to get your discount. Also, if you order with a friend you can get free shipping - all orders over $40 get free shipping worldwide.

The sale ends tomorrow though, so if you're wanting some head over to now and I'll send them out to you ASAP.

I ship internationally and you can read a bit more about Nailed It NZ here, and see our FAQ's here.

 Now, on to the nail art!

As part of the birthday celebrations I recreated three of my oldest designs and made them into tutorials. All are really simple to do ☺. Here we have these little blue monsters, before and after.

Seriously, could I have at least TRIED to avoid the cuticles?


Next there's this heartstings design - a long-term favourite!


And of course, here's the before and after of these cute little cows. Always simple and SO cute!


I've also recently made a video about how I fixed my nail when it broke - it was a nasty one! As you'll see in the video, the fix lasted until the nail grew out, almost two weeks later.

 There's plenty more nail art to update you with, but I'll just leave you with three of my favourites from the last month or two. All other tutorials can be found on my YouTube channel.

Realistic Marble Nail Art

Wonder Woman Nail Art

Geode Nail Art

Thanks for checking in and I'll see you around.

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 ☺.