Thursday, 31 January 2013

Valentines day nails + Born Pretty Store liner polish review.

I received another couple of items to review recently from Born Pretty Store, here's a review of one of them! I ordered a two sided liner/dotting polish, which you can find here. They're pretty cheap, only $3.96 US, and like the rest of BPS, it has free shipping. Here are the nails I used the brush for! I love them, they're great Valentines Day nails :).

Here's the liner polish. They also have many different colours!
I have kind of mixed feelings about this, to be honest. The best way to describe it is you get what you pay for. It's worth the four dollars, but not ten. It won't revolutionize my nail art, but it'd be great for someone just starting out with a small liner brush.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Nail art for short nails #9 - Chuck Taylors/shoe nails!

Shoe nails, tennis shoe nails, chuck taylor nail art, nail art for short nails - whatever their name is, I love 'em.

This design is quite an important one to me. It was the first one that I ever had stolen, and the one that got the most popular. It went viral, getting 70,000 likes on facebook with the awful page that stole it getting tens of thousands more followers and refusing to give me any credit. Of course, it wasn't my original design; it's quite a common one as let's face it, it's awesome. It just happened to be my photo that got picked up on facebook. I should mention that at this stage (August 2012) I had less than 2000 page views, and could have really done with all those followers. I was soooo frustrated. I was literally bouncing up in down in my seat, moaning "this is so unfair!!"
This is one of the main reasons I have such strong feelings about nail art theft. Fortunately in the six months that have passed since then I've gained enough followers to not feel completely ignored, but it's meant that all of my pictures will always have watermarks all over them!

I decided to re-create my old mani exactly, as my nails are the same length as they were then and thought they'd be good for a tutorial. So here it is!

When something goes viral there are a lot of comments. Most people loved them, some didn't, some were blatantly a bit stupid and some had me laughing out loud. The best one was "those aren't real hands, I can tell." Pretty sure I don't have any bionic limbs, sweetie :P.

Now for a comparison: old versus new!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Striped fan brush nail art + Sunburn!

Bit of a late post for me, it's 11.30pm! But it's a Saturday night and... oh man, now I feel like I should be out partying. We're having our flat-warming next weekend, so that'll make me feel like the 22 year old I am.

I've seen a few manicures done with the fan brush that comes in the nail art brush kit that everyone has. I've never used my ones before this, but I think I'll have to do them more often! It didn't turn out perfect by any means but I like them! Not a look you can achieve any other way, really.

I had to re-do the index and middle fingers, as I tried adding in another colour but it just over-did it. Thinking about it, I did these ages ago!! New years! Wow. Here's the other hand of my sister's nails from Christmas time, while I'm at it. Rudolph nails! Oh so cute.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Nude & Black Houndstooth stamping with BM-322

A few weeks ago, my friend posted something from a blog called Eat the Damn Cake on Facebook. I clicked on the link, and wow, this blog is so cool. Kate is smart, entertaining, though provoking, self-depreciating (in a hilarious way) and oh-so relatable. I was reading a recent post just before writing this and simply had to mention it! 

I'd love to make a blog like hers. Sometimes I feel a bit silly, blogging about my nails of all things. A year ago I didn't even know what nail art was! And I really do think/learn about many things other than nail polish. For example, I love gardening. I just moved house and I've spend many hours in the garden since, slowly bringing it to life after having a rough few years with other tenants.

I'm also very opinionated about some things. Quietly opinionated, though, as I know everyone has their own beliefs and ways of doing things and I don't want to shut them down or make them defensive. But still, media, religion, relationships, friendships, gay marriage, war, racism, women's right and women's health are all things I have quite strong opinions about. Maybe I'll post about them at some point. 

NPR ramble OVER! On to the nails! I love houndstooth patterns, but that name still weirds me out. I haven't gotten around to googling it yet. I used the stamping plate BM-322 and Born Pretty Store stamping polishes. I still don't have any konad stuff besides the stamper but am DYING to try it! Why is everything so damn expensive here in New Zealand?

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Nail art for short nails #8 - White leopard print nail art

Internet, I LOVE you! It's been a long few days without it. I'm all moved into our new flat and it is the best house I have ever lived in! It's about three times bigger than my shoebox old one and there's so much more to do! Mostly because the garden is a mess, but it's great. I'm so happy at the moment!

I managed to make another tutorial while I was internet-less and I looove this one :). I have quite a specific way of doing leopard prints; I like the spots to be small and to have some colour mixed in with the print, like it is in this tutorial. I haven't actually done a natural leopard print yet - although if I used a grey instead of pink and purple here it could have been like a snow leopard. 
Here's the tutorial! 

I was careful making this so it'll be hard to crop my watermarking out. I get so angry when people do that. Recently my tribal nail art tutorial was mutilated by an awful facebook group that has over a million likes! They replaced all of the writing with their facebook name :(. I think facebook will end up deleting their page though, they're constantly being reported - they're only famous from stealing other people's work! 

I'm going to make a post about this soon, but I should make it clear that it is completely illegal to copy pictures, and even worse to claim they are your own. Share them, instead! All you need to do is post a link to the original artist's post, or tag them on facebook. Don't know the original artist? Google search their water mark. If there is no watermark you can still try find them by searching by image. I respect people who credit me and will often follow them just because I like them. Of course, I won't be able to do this forever but at the moment I try!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

"Create" wall design!

This post isn't nail related, but I made this match-stick wall art a while ago and I just had to show you all! 

Excuse my cereal bowl and the messy desk... when I am properly moved into my new house I'll put this in my nail art room and take another picture. Anjali from From L&P to English Tea did an awesome tutorial for this, you can check it out here!

As you can see, it's really simple - all you need is cardboard, a hot glue gun and a heck of a lot of matches. It takes a while, but I enjoyed doing it and it'll make my room a little more unique! Most people who see it point out that it'd be fun to throw in the fire and watch all the match sticks ignite simultaneously. But NO! Maybe one day when it's getting a bit old and tatty.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Naughty nail art!

Sooo I'm a bit dumb. I saw this nail art competition on Lena Loves Nails, and thought it was HILARIOUS! You need to design a "naughty" manicure, for Cervical Cancer awareness. 
"Awesome!" I say to myself, "two of the things I am most passionate about - woman's health and nail art!" And off I go to paint this intricate design on my nails for an hour or two. However, when I returned later to the giveaway entry page, I realised that the competition was US only. SAD FACE! 

So that's how I ended up with provocative, naughty, sexy nails. And I assume mine will be some of the more G-rated ones!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Shaaanxo inspired nail art! Pink Roses ♥

Just a quick post as my new Sims 3 game finally arrived (Supernatural, yay!) and I am DESPERATE to play it as it took three flipping weeks to arrive - coming from New Zealand too! Stupid JB Hi-Fi... but not really, as I bought it for half the price it is anywhere else. Moving on to my next obsession... 

These nails I did as a response/were inspired by Shaanxo, who many of you probably know. She's this super famous beauty vlogger and turns out that a) I used to work with her and b) her best friend Kelly is my friend's sister. Oh, and she lives in the same town as me. But I don't think I've ever actually met her, at least not knowing "who she is." That would be weird, being famous, even if it is on YouTube. People recognise her in town and that... there's a reason I rarely post pictures of me (not that I'm anywhere near as well-known as her).
Anyway, she did this nail art tutorial which had kind of mixed reviews. I didn't really like it at first, but I thought about it afterwards and now think it only looks bad because all her other make-up related stuff is all so good. So, I decided to use her tutorial as inspiration for my own nails.

The picture isn't very good, but I couldn't find another quickly, but you can see her nails above :).

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Rainbow Unicorn nail art - Inspired By Robin Moses

I was a bit late to the party, but I finally discovered Robin Moses. Of course, I've seen her designs all over the internet, but it's only been in the last few weeks that I've really been following her, and when I saw her latest tutorial I knew I had to try it!

Ages ago someone asked for unicorn nails, and it's been on my to-do list (along with dozens of others - yeah, I'll get there eventually :P) for months now. I just wasn't brave enough to try them! I didn't know how I was going to do it - I wanted to make a decent job of them, but wanted it to be a design I could do on both hands too! When this tutorial popped up on Robin Moses' facebook page I knew it was the one for me.

Isn't it super cute? I LOVE that Robin Moses is a mum and still does nail art like this (even if it's not her own nails). I'm sure some people who see them will think that it's too childish to do on anyone over ten but that's just boring! Unicorns and rainbows are amazing and should be for everyone! I'm 22 and will still be painting my nails like this when I'm 80.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Polka Dot Stripes nail art inspired by PackAPunchPolish!

So a few months ago I discovered PackAPunchPolish and thought both Samantha and her nail art were absolutely adorable! She has heaps of tutorials on YouTube which you can find here, and I decided to try one of them! She called it "Polka Dot Stripes nail art tutorial," but you could get away with rainbow nails, dotty nails... whatever. I just love 'em. I'm sooo doing this again. I ending up doing it a little different, but the basic idea is the same.

Here's the tutorial she made - so quick, easy and cute!

Here are some more photos...

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Born Pretty Store review - glequins!

So I've seen heaps of awesome glequin nail art designs by nail artists such as The Nailasaurus and thought it was time to give it a go. Born Pretty Store sent me them for review, you can find the product here!
It turns out that I'm not the most amazing pure-glequin nail artist, so I decided to mix it up a bit in this first manicure.

I love it, to be honest! I think I'll try this kind of manicure more often - different nail art on each finger - what do you even call that?? As you can see, I made little glequin triangle/half moons on my ring fingers and thumbs - more pictures further down. 

Monday, 7 January 2013

Review of Ozotic Beam 907

The best thing about this polish is how surprising it is! I thought it was just a normal white shimmer, but it's actually this freakin' awesome top coat that has heaps of colourful flecks in it!
It looks gorgeous over a dark base colour and if you layer it enough, it's a beautiful colour in itself. This is the last polish that I received from the ladies at PiCture pOlish - I've reviewed the other three already so I've had plenty of time to get acquainted with this last one :).

The other reviews are here, here and here.

I ended up doing a little bit of nail art with it the last time I used it. Here it is over a deep red colour.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Velvet nails (Flocking powder from BPS review)

I've been wanting to try out the velvet nails trend for ages now, so I chose it for my next Born Pretty Store review.  Here's now my nails turned out!

I also tried doing some stripes with them too. They weren't perfect, but still kind of cute! To apply the flocking powder you just paint two coats of polish on your nails, then drop a bunch of the powder on the wet second layer. Then you pat it down with the tweezery things that are supplied and then brush it off with the brush that also comes with it. There are heaps of YouTube tutorials for it :).

Friday, 4 January 2013

Rainbow nails tutorial - on YouTube!

Oh my goodness, I've put my first tutorial on YouTube... scary! It's totally unprofessional and I'm kind of embarrassed... but hey, first time. It was really hard to get the shots because a) my camera doesn't have a screen that flips around so I can see and b) I don't have a tripod and had to balance the camera on a bunch of Sims 3 games with bluetak to put it on an angle!!

I'm going to borrow my mum's tripod for my next one. I'm thinking about music too, but I don't want to breach any copyrights... I wonder if I wrote to say, Brooke Fraser (or whoever manages her copyright stuff) and asked if I could use her music in the background it would be okay? That'd be so cool, and I'd like to play NZ music in the background instead of Lady Gaga or whatever.

Anyway, here's my first tutorial. I'm happy, it's got over 100 views already and I haven't even posted it on my blog (or anywhere else but facebook) yet!
I don't really expect my YouTube stuff to take off and am not even sure if I'll have the time to update regularly but I guess I'll just see how it goes.

Here's the tutorial! I love rainbow nail art :). I should probably add in that these are good for short nails as well. My nails are quite short at the moment and I'll probably keep them that way as it's a lot easier to do... everything!

Here are some more photos of the finished look :)

Thursday, 3 January 2013

My Christmas haul!

I was sooo spoilt this Christmas. Actually, I am every Christmas - not gonna lie my family is pretty awesome at gifts. And nail polish is a cheap one! Turns out $5 here and there = a lot of Christmas polishes! 

The grand total was 22 new nail polishes! 10 of them were cheap Ultra3s, but I was still super stoked to get those as I only had one before and really liked it. Here they all are, and hopefully one day I will have reviewed them all on my swatches page!

From left to right...

OPI - Moonraker
Revlon - Super Nature 
China Glaze - Platinum Silver
Ultra3 - Calypso Holiday
OPI - Pink Shatter

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Three designs that don't have homes! Roses, spots and fishtail nails.

I did want to write individual posts for these (especially the first one) but I just have sooo many designs piled up in my folders and wanted to get a few out at once! So here we have roses nail art, polka dot nail art and fishtail (braided) nail art!

These first ones I really liked. It was my first time doing rose nails and I was a bit worried about how they'd turn out but it I'm happy with them. I might do a video tutorial for them at some point, once I get my YouTube stuff started. I like that they're quite a small rose design, it makes them look quite delicate and cute.

The background white/cream colour is OPI's creme of crete. I totally thought it was a fake... the brush is different (among other things) and the mixture was terrible! But someone told me that it was just from the old OPI collections before they started doing the fancy brushes, so oh well. Felt a bit ripped off anyway as it honestly is a terrible nail polish! I've never had a bad OPI until now! It does look nice though, once you've finally applied all five coats that are needed...

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Favourite nail art of 2012 + blogging resolutions!

I saw some other bloggers do their favourites of 2012 and thought it was a good idea, so here you go! I can't really show one design per month of the year though, as I only started Nailed it NZ in May. 
I'm still going to do 12 designs (in no particular order) and plan to do the same thing each year!

I should note that these are my personal favourites, not the most 'liked' or viewed or whatever. I'll say what I like about each one as I go through them :). You can click on the name of the nails to see the post about them!

I did these for one of the Take Two challenges, and loved them. They were inspired by an artwork and I was just really stoked that they worked out, and were definitely a step forward in becoming a better nail artist. I particularly like the water - the sponged-on gradient worked well!

These looked better in real life than in the photos, but I still like them! Again, it was a real step forward in learning how to do the more arty side of nail art. And hey, I loooove the movie Anastasia, how could I NOT pick these?