Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Easter Nail Art Tutorial | Bunnies & Eggs

I am SO in love with these cute little Easter nails! I first did them on my flatmate, then became obsessed with them and had to do them on myself - and make a tutorial. They'll be my only Easter nail art of 2014, unfortunately, but I have done others in the past - here, here and here. (That last one's particularly cool!).

Here's the tutorial! Please subscribe!

Here are the links to the videos I mentioned in this one:

Friday, 11 April 2014

Michaela's Nails; Engagement, Christmas, Cats & Fashion ♥

Every few weeks, I do my flatmate Michaela's nails. I normally just put a photo of them on Facebook or Instagram, but recently I realised the pictures were starting to stack up, and I might as well make a blog post out of them. So here they are! Some date back to Christmas (betcha can't guess which ones they are) while others are only a week old.

First up I have some nails I did when she got engaged - this was only about a month ago, and I'm going to be a bridesmaid so it's still pretty new and exciting ☺. I think these would make nice wedding nails, too - simple but a little bit special too!

These next ones were done around Christmas time, and are based off my Christmas tree nail art tutorial. I love these trees!

The cuticles (well, eponychiums to be correct) here are a mess, so don't look too closely...
 Michaela and I have very similar looking cats (although they hate each other) so we painted her cat, Lewy, on her nails, along with a blue-white gradient. Kind of cute!

And lastly, here are some nails I painted to match her dress last weekend. She actually ended up wearing a different dress but they matched the other one perfectly too ☺.

 I'll be doing a nail school diaries update this weekend - I've got too much going on and feel like I've been slacking so much with my blog! It's been pretty fun though, lately - my whole life is nails!

Let me know which of these designs is your favourite!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Lego Nail Art | Roadworks

I really like doing complicated nail designs. I've always enjoyed art and I love the challenge of trying to get really fine details on my nails, so I do something crazy every now and again. These are the latest super-detailed nails!

This design came about after a discussion at nail school about my roadcone-orange nail polish. Roadcones led to roadworks, led to diggers, little men, and I eventually made them lego men! They tie in (kind of) with the new lego movie,which I am yet to see but looks pretty awesome. I filmed the process of doing these, so here you go. Please subscribe!

Here's the right hand. It always shocks me a little when the nails I painted with my non-dominant hand turns out better! I really like this one - although I screwed up that machine he's driving; I removed the back window which means the driver wouldn't be able to see/control the digger half. How impractical.
But they're lego nails. Practicality is moot.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

I'm Training as a Nail Tech - Why?

In a perfect world I'd have a nice long, descriptive blog post to go along with this video, but I really just don't have the time at the moment. My life has gotten a lot busier since January and it's all I can do to keep the basics of social media up-to-date! It only just occurred to me that slowly my focus is becoming less on my blog, and more on my YouTube channel. I just really enjoy the filming! Of course I won't be dropping my blog any time soon, and there will always be things on here that won't make it to YouTube.

Anyway, choosing to train as a nail tech wasn't the obvious choice that you'd think. It took a long time and lots of thinking to decide to commit, and in this video I explain why. Hopefully it'll help others in the same position - even if it's for another career. I think it's so important to do what you love!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Foot Fetishes, Anxiety, Heart Surgery & Serial Killers | 30 Facts About Me

Bit of an unusual video today! I almost didn't put this one up, as when I went to edit it I realised that 
a) I had mascara on my eyelid
b) I repeated a fact or two from my TMI video, and 
c) I was in SUCH a hyper mood! 
I re-filmed it the next day when I was filming two other videos, but when reviewing the footage the first lot was a lot more entertaining to watch. So, here it is, messed up make up and all...

Hope you enjoy it! I'm about to upload my lego nail art tutorial - it's quite detailed work so keep an eye out for it here ☺.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Nail School Diaries | Week 5

I am super tired after a long (but good) day, so I'll try keep this brief. This week was mostly about applying acrylics and practising full manicures. I think for the next few weeks these updates will be less regular; at the moment it's more about perfectly our technique than learning theory. It's time to buckle down and get good at this!

I did more walking to nail school this week. I'm trying to make it a regular thing, but sometimes getting a ride is so much easier. I also wore out my normal nail file when shaping my acrylics that I got last week - I couldn't believe it, it took it right down to the plastic! It was kind of annoying, as the file was only a few weeks old, but oh well. It shows that the files we use in course are good quality!

Above are a few more snapshots from nails I've done/had done this week. Can't wait until we re-stock the nail art supplies, the old ones are looking a bit miserable! Those towels are in the picture for a reason - to remind me to use tongs when getting hot towels out! I grabbed one with my hand and it burned. I did the whole "oh, ow, oh, ow" thing, then threw it at the table, and consequently at my poor friend's hand... I think I'll be hearing about how I'm a danger to my clients for a long time yet. Oops! It was pretty funny though.

 We've now all done a full set of acrylics, but on separate days. The first time we pretty much went straight into it, but the second time we had learnt a bit about the form and shape of the nails. Naturally take two was better! It's going to take a bit more practice to get the nails right, but I'm sure we'll get there in the end.

Nails I did on someone else this week ☺

I asked my teachers if I could name both them and the school I'm learning at on my blog, and they said I could. So, I'm doing the National Certificate in Beauty Services (Nail Technology) Level 3, at Ucol. It's a nationally recognised qualification and while the nail industry in NZ isn't regulated yet, it will be one day and this course is great at making sure you're up to high standards. My teachers are both called Andrea, which is a bit confusing! One is Andrea Billing (she's the one I've nick-named 'Smiley' on here) and the other is Andrea Jackson. They're both very knowledgeable, friendly and approachable ☺.

That's about it! I don't have any little facts I can think to add right now, I'll store them up and maybe do a post about it after the course. It's practise practise practise from here on out! I'll update when I feel I have enough information to, but I will probably do mini-updates on Facebook and Instagram, so make sure you're following me on there ☺.

On a bit of a side note, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my followers yesterday! Kaitlyn's been following me online for ages and when she told me she was in town I was super keen to meet her. I always remember the people who regularly comment on things, and she's one of them. She's such a lovely girl and I had a great couple of hours hanging out in town with her. If she's a good representation of the kind of people who follow my blog I am honoured to have such a cool group of fans!

Today I went to a polish party - more to come later in my very first vlog! Keep an eye out for it on my YouTube channel here ;).

And that's me for now. I've had such a full-on last few days and am looking forward to getting some sleep!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Doctor Who Nail Art | Tardis In Space Tutorial

These nails are some of my current favourites, mostly because of the theme. I was actually quite disappointed at how they turned out, the Tardis looks a bit funny but it got a good online reaction, so I'm not too worried! I filmed a tutorial for them too, which is now up on YouTube. Here are the nails...

And here's the tutorial!

It's basically a tutorial for galaxy nail art as well, as that's the bulk of this design. Galaxy nails are relatively simple, but always look awesome (I don't think I've ever seen bad galaxy nails, ever) so I'm pretty happy with this design. The Tardis was the only part that was hard, but that was only one nail ☺. 

I've been making all sorts of plans for my next Doctor Who nail art! Can't wait! And next time I'll be sure to get better photos. I took a bunch, assumed they'd be okay and by the time I realised they weren't I had already removed the polish. Cue heaps of blurry pictures. The ones I have here are the only half decent ones.

Hope you like my Tardis nails! If you're not already, remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

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