Tuesday, 30 September 2014

My Little Pony Nail Art | Rainbow Dash + Tutorial!

 Today I have a Rainbow Dash nail art tutorial to show you! I'm really happy with how the face turned out - you'll see in the video that it took a bit of work to get the details right but was worth it in the end.

Here's the tutorial - please subscribe ☺.

My Little Pony was a big part of my life from about the age of 10. Not because I was into them, but because my younger sister became utterly obsessed with these toys; she had dozens! I used to know a lot more of the names, but the only ones that come to mind right now are Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash... although the names Perri-winkle and Flutter Shy ring a bell!

Monday, 29 September 2014

"Bang Bang" Nail Art Tutorial | Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj & Jessie J

Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj has been playing repeatedly on my iTunes playlist for a good few weeks now, so I checked out the music video to see if there was anything in it that could inspire some nail art. Turns out there was! This is what I ended up with.

Of course, I had to make a nail tutorial, and here it is. Please subscribe to my channel ☺.

The polishes I used in this design are:
China Glaze - Platinum Silver
Essie - Fifth Avenue
Essie - Naughty Nautical
Jordana - Mellow Yellow
Jordana - Rich Green
Jordana Pop Art - Black Mark
Nicole by OPI - City-Pretty Rose
Picture Polish - Fairy Floss
Picture Polish - Wisteria
Revlon - Alluring Amber
Revlon - Black Lingerie
Sally Hansen - Himalayan Blue
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

Friday, 26 September 2014

New World Little Shop | Nail Art Tutorial

New Zealand is obsessed with Little Shop... and for a good reason, it is ADORABLE! Little Shop is a promotion run by New World supermarkets, where every $40 you spend you get a Little Shop toy. Spend $80, get two,  $120, get three. I've found it's a) made me change supermarkets and, b) made me spend more money at the checkout (we're $5 away from getting two! Grab some gum!). So maybe not so great for my wallet, but seriously, they are COOL. I'll show you some pics of the little toys shortly, but first here are the nails I did that were inspired by them.

I was really happy with how the thumb turned out! Here's the tutorial for this design - and please subscribe to my channel.

As you can see, Little Shop is a bunch of common household goods, miniaturised. And really well, too - it's like someone got a shrink ray and zapped them; the detail is amazing! Ingredient lists, barcodes, logos and the rest are all perfect. Kids love them!

Here are the Little Shop toys that inspired this manicure; Tip Top ice cream, Keri orange juice, Marmite spread and Surf washing powder. The first three are actually from last year's collection. I really hope they bring it back next year; this year's lot is almost finished and I've only got about eight out of forty, eek!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Mini Strawberries | Easy Nail Art Tutorial

Strawberry nail art is just so cute! I've done this design a few times recently and have been asked to make a tutorial for it, so I finally got my A into G and did. Here's the final design...

And here's the tutorial. Hope you like it, and please subscribe to my channel ☺. At 6,500 now, if I'm really lucky I might reach my goal of 10k by the end of 2014... but it'll be close!

Polishes used:
China Glaze - Wicked Style
Jordana - Rich Green
Picture Polish - Fairy Floss
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

This one's really quite easy to do - three steps and you're done. And while if you look at each individual strawberry they're far from perfect, as a group they're just adorable. I've always been a fan of patterns, which is another reason why I tend to go for nail designs like this.

That's one of the interesting things about being a nail tech now though - you learn different ways of doing nail art. Sometimes a client will come in with a picture that I never would have considered trying, but then I LOVE it! Breaking out of your comfort zone is always a good thing ☺.

Hope you like this strawberry nail art and the tutorial.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Guest Post by Popping Nails | Floral Nail Art

Hey everyone - a while ago I guest posted on Popping nails, a post which you can see here. Today she's returning the favour - thanks so much Charlie! Love your nail art!

Firstly I'll introduce myself, I'm Charlie from the blog Popping Nails and I'm so excited to be a guest post for Jessie. I've been a fan of her work since I started nail art so I hope everyone likes my style and what I've done for today!

For this design I found the inspiration a while ago and forgot about it so it was nice to go back to it and try it out. For my base colour I used China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On. To start with I took Sinful Colors Snow Me White and put in the basic shapes for all the flowers and leaves.

I then took Barry M Key Lime and painted in the round leaves and stems. For the flowers on my thumb and little finger I used Barry M Pink Flamingo and on my index finger Bright Pink and Passion Fruit. The orange flowers on my ring finger are done with Barry M Mango with the lighter one being mixed with Yellow. Finally the darker leaves are done with Barry M Spring Green mixed with American Apparel Army Jacket and the purple flowers are Revlon Grape Fizz and O.P.I Gouda Gouda Two Shoes dotted on top of each other.

Here's the inspiration image I found on Pinterest by Stephanie Ryan. I think I managed to match the colours well and I think they're really cute and nice to bring back summer as it's quickly turning to autumn here.

Thank you Jessie for having me on your blog and hopefully you all enjoyed my design!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass | Nail Art Tutorial

Hi everyone! Lately I just can't get Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" out of my head, so I decided to do some nail art based on the music video. It's so bright and colourful and cute - watch it here!

Here's the tutorial - please subscribe to my channel ☺.

Pastel nail art is my favourite, and I just love the middle and pinky nails in this design. It looks a bit like watercolour, even though that wasn't the technique I used.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

When Cancer & Nails Meet | We Need Your Help

Meet Ness. She's a fellow nail technician here in New Zealand, and more importantly, she's a breast cancer survivor. Several years ago she went through the trauma of being diagnosed with, fighting, and eventually beating this dreaded disease. No resting on her laurels though; Ness then went on to crusade for others, and was heavily involved in several charities, including Shocking Pink and Penguin Cold Caps.

Picture source here.

Earlier this year, Ness developed excruciating back pain and consulted medical professionals for help. She was recommended to a chiropractor and given panadol - none of which did anything. The pain grew increasingly worse, but the doctors didn't seem to take it seriously, even though she was in and out of hospital and in near-constant pain. She was booked a semi-urgent MRI and told to go home.

 On the 10th September 2014, she was taken to the hospital by ambulance due to her severe pain, and on Thursday an urgent MRI discovered lumps in her spine. Two days later, she was told the cancer had advanced to her spine, ribs and liver, and that she has 2-12 months to live.

Ness is a solo mother of two young boys - one of whom's autistic. She's 36 years old.

Ness had plans to set up a salon that would offer free beauty therapy treatments for breast cancer patients. She was almost there - had completed her training, leased the space and bought all the equipment. She was just waiting for her back to get sorted out so she could get started.

Now those dreams are forgotten, while she fights to get more time with her children. She can no longer work, so what Ness needs the most is money to survive on, and to help extend her life. 

Please help this young mum, and donate here. Even a few dollars will make a difference.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and you can follow Ness' support page on Facebook here.

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